Kaplan University is not a traditional learning institution. It does not offer traditional day classes held in a classroom on a campus that students go to everyday. Instead, it offers a predominantly online learning style of education that makes itself available to anyone who wants to complete a degree regardless of his or her situation in life. Fulltime workers, stay-at-home moms, late-bloomers and those who can’t, for some reason, attend the regular day classes, all of them can enroll and have a chance to pursue a professional degree. Through the use of the Internet, video chats, regular email exchanges and weekly online seminars, the university is able to deliver education to its over 48,000 online students. It also maintains various campuses in Iowa, Maryland, and Nebraska.
Founded in 1937, Kaplan University represents Iowa College Acquisition Corporation, owner of various independent, private, for-profit colleges. Largely a distance learning institution, Kaplan offers associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees as well as certificates in various fields of specialization. Academically, it is divided into ten schools; namely, School of Arts and Sciences, Business, Criminal Justice, Education, Health Sciences, Information Systems and Technology, Legal Studies, Nursing, Kaplan Continuing Education, and Concord Law School of Kaplan University. Although the university has its main headquarters in Davenport, Iowa, its main administration building is situated in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Cost of tuition for the various courses differs based on the chosen field of study and the medium through which the student prefers to take up his courses – online or at the various campuses. Individual course descriptions and costs are available online upon request. Financial aid is also available.
On-campus housing via residence halls is available only at Kaplan University, Hagerstown campus.