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Kaplan University Online


Originally named the American Institute of Commerce and based in Davenport, Iowa, this venerable business training school was purchased by the Kaplan test preparation juggernaut in November 2000 and promptly re-arranged into Kaplan University. The transformation since the merger has been thorough and complete, with over 40,000 online and campus-based students pursing associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees through Kaplan. The university offers more than a dozen different career training regimens, as well as Masters of Science degrees in business, education and criminal justice. Some of its degree-granting programs can be completed in as little as a year.

Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a member of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities.

Points of Distinction

Kaplan university is known for the following:

  • Extensive, diverse online study offerings including graduate and undergraduate degree programs
  • Degrees available in as few as twelve months
  • Ranked #79 by U.S. News & World Report for best online bachelor's degree programs
  • 11 on-campus locations in 4 states
  • Professional and doctoral degrees also available online
  • Small class sizes


Kaplan University employs professors with long-standing exposure to both the theory and practice of business, as well as real-world experience in the subjects that they teach. Due to the small class sizes, faculty at the university are able to work directly with each of their students. Class sizes average about 22 students for undergraduate courses and 17 for graduate-level studies.

Student Life

Most of the students at Kaplan University are adult learners. Of the over 40,000 students registered through Kaplan, 94% of them complete their coursework online. Additionally, campus-based students take 61% of their courses in an online format. Kaplan University offers a wide range of co-curricular activities that include student organizations, student life workshops, and a student advisory board. Nearly 5,900 students take part in at least one of these activities. According to a student capstone poll, 88% of students said Kaplan offered support to keep their program requirements in line with changing life situations.


  1. Kaplan University History, Kaplan University, http://www.kaplanuniversity.edu/about/history.aspx
  2. Kaplan University Facts and the Annual Report, Kaplan University, http://www.kaplanuniversity.edu/about/annual-report.aspx
  3. Kaplan University Academic Programs, Kaplan University, http://www.kaplanuniversity.edu/academic-programs.aspx
  4. Kaplan University Bachelor's Program Overview, U.S. News & World Report, http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/kaplan-university-4586/bachelors
  5. Kaplan University Faculty, Kaplan University, http://www.kaplanuniversity.edu/faculty.aspx
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