Kaplan University

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#56 Overall Score: 72 Best Online Bachelor's Programs

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Bachelor's Program Overview

About 20 bachelor's degree programs are offered through Kaplan University and most can be earned entirely online. Degree programs include business administration and management, criminal justice, psychology, information technology, paralegal studies and liberal studies. Students can also take in-person classes at one of Kaplan's brick-and-mortar facilities in Iowa, Nebraska, Maine and Maryland.

Faculty at Kaplan use a variety of instructional methods to teach course content, including interactive seminars, online quizzes, discussion boards and Web-based field trips. Students are required to log in to a typical course at least three times per week and can interact with instructors during online office hours. Online writing, math, science and technology centers offer tutoring as well as project and paper reviews, among other support services. The school is military friendly and offers a tuition discount on all associate and bachelor's degree programs to active-duty personnel.

Kaplan is a for-profit institution that is regionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Prospective students are advised to research licensure requirements for some technical careers to ensure Kaplan's degree programs meet requirements.

Kaplan University, a proprietary institution, has been offering online bachelor's degree programs since 2001-2002.

Quick Stats

Academic year founded 2001-2002
Total enrollment 35,372
2013-2014 Tuition $371 per credit
Application deadline N/A
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U.S. News Rankings

Student Engagement rank 49
Student Engagement score 69
Faculty Credentials and Training rank 66
Faculty Credentials and Training score 69
Student Services and Technology rank 71
Student Services and Technology score 53
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 2.0


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Denies admittance to qualified applicants Yes

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Maximum class size 30
Full-time instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 159
Part-time instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 2,564
Average online teaching experience 5 years
Five most popular majors
Business Administration and Management, General 16%
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 14%
Psychology, General 11%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 8%
Information Technology 8%
Can earn degree entirely online Depends
Students enroll as online students No
Can earn degree entirely outside U.S. Yes
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Student Body

Total enrollment 35,372
Student gender distribution
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New entrants who are first-time freshmen 3%
Average student age 32

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Technology & Support

Required Internet speed 128k
Instructor response expected within (hours) 24
24-7 live tech support No

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Paying for School

Tuition for U.S. students (per credit) $371
Tuition for international students (per credit) $371
Financial aid available Both institutional and federal aid are available

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