Kaplan University

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Introduction to Kaplan University

Based in Davenport, Iowa, Kaplan University is owned by Kaplan, Inc., which is a subsidiary of The Washington Post Company. The school originally started as the American Institute of Commerce in 1937, before the name changed to Quest College.

In 2000, Quest changed to Kaplan after the company acquired it along with the purchase of Quest Education Corporation. Currently, there are eight other campuses in Iowa and Nebraska, as well as support centers in Chicago, Phoenix and South Florida.

Kaplan University also owns Concord Law School. Kaplan deals mainly with distance learning education, giving students the chance to earn a degree in a nontraditional university setting.

Student Life at Kaplan University

Despite a large campus and online student population of more than 41,000, Kaplan manages to keep its classes small so that students receive individual attention from the faculty. Classes are flexible to accommodate the busiest working professionals, while interactive and engaging sessions keep students on track. Online quizzes, discussion boards, seminars and "web field trips" are just part of what makes Kaplan's online system unique from other schools.

FAQs on Kaplan University

What is the Accreditation Status of Kaplan University?

The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools regionally accredits Kaplan University. The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education also accredits Kaplan University.

What Are Some Requirements for Admission to Kaplan University?

Prospective students to Kaplan University start by emailing information or calling an admissions adviser. From there, students will go through an informational interview and send in official high school transcripts. Nursing and health science programs require a minimum of a 2.5 grade point average and active registration as a nurse.

Can I Receive Financial Aid From Kaplan University?

Students in need of financial aid should fill out the FAFSA form for government loans. Kaplan offers the Kaplan University Success Scholarship, as well as the Criminal Justice Scholarship, the Accelerated Scholars Award and the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship to help pay for tuition costs. Military service members may be eligible for tuition discounts, while some students may be able to offset some of the cost with employer reimbursement.

What Are the Online Degree Options at Kaplan University?

All of Kaplan's degree programs are career-oriented and designed for students who want to maximize education. Kaplan is organized into ten schools focusing on business, criminal justice, arts and sciences, health sciences, education, legal studies, information systems and technology, nursing, continuing education and the law school at Concord.