History 

 
Stanley H. Kaplan, founder of Kaplan, Inc.

1938

Stanley Kaplan starts tutoring students in the basement of his parents' Brooklyn home. Many of his students were from immigrant families, eager to pursue higher education and achieve success in America. Click here to learn more about Stanley Kaplan.

 
 
 
American university, circa 1940s

1945

American universities begin relying more heavily on standardized tests as a measure of student potential. While test-makers claimed these exams were not coachable, Kaplan knew that it was possible for people to improve their scores with the right preparation.

 
 
 
American university admissions office

1975

The Federal Trade Commission concludes that test preparation like that provided by Kaplan helps students raise their test scores. This led to legislation to help make the university admissions process more transparent and encouraged more students to believe a college education was within their reach.

 
 
 
Kaplan test prep center in the United States

1984

Kaplan, now with over 100 centers around the US, is acquired by The Washington Post Company (now called Graham Holdings Company).

 
 
 
London, site of first international Kaplan test prep center

1993

Kaplan expands beyond the US with a test prep center in London.

 
 
 
Jonathan Grayer, former Chairman and CEO, Kaplan, Inc.

1994

Jonathan Grayer, a young, dynamic executive from within The Washington Post Company, is appointed CEO of Kaplan at the age of 29. He builds a talented management team, including current Kaplan Chairman and CEO Andy Rosen, setting the foundation for the company's future growth. Click here to learn more about Jonathan Grayer.

 
 
 
Students at SCORE! Educational Centers, now Kaplan Tutoring

1996

Kaplan enters the K-8 market with the acquisition of Score Learning Inc. (today Kaplan Kids), a provider of online learning and after-school tutoring for children.

 
 
 
Concord Law School graduation speaker

1998

Concord Law School makes history as the world's first fully online law school. Kaplan forays into professional training with the acquisition of Dearborn Publishing.

 
 
 
Kaplan Higher Education students

2000

Kaplan enters the higher education market with the acquisition of Quest Education Corporation, a publicly-traded network of career colleges. Higher education becomes Kaplan's biggest business.

 
 
 

Kaplan University student studying online

2001

Kaplan offers three online higher education programs to just 34 students. Today, Kaplan University has multiple campuses and more than 100 online programs, serving more than 59,000 students.

 
 
 

Dublin Business School graduates

2003

Kaplan furthers its international expansion with the acquisitions of The Financial Training Company (UK and Asia) and Dublin Business School (Ireland).

 
 
 
Students at Kaplan office in Hong Kong

2004

Kaplan exceeds $1 billion in revenue and becomes the largest and fastest-growing business unit of The Washington Post Company.

 
 
 
Kaplan Aspect location in Cambridge

2006

Kaplan becomes one of the world's largest providers of academic English programs with the acquisition of Aspect, based in London, and expands its financial and real estate training business to Australia.
The Kaplan Educational Foundation is launched, our largest philanthropic effort to date.

 
 
 
Kaplan China pre-university foundation program graduates

2007

The Washington Post Company officially declares itself an "education and media company" to reflect the rise of Kaplan within the company.
In response to great demand for Western-style education in China, Kaplan introduces pre-university foundation programs and degrees from Western universities in several Chinese cities.

 
 
 
Andrew Rosen, current Chairman and CEO, Kaplan, Inc.

2008

After 17 years at Kaplan, Jonathan Grayer resigns and Andy Rosen is appointed Kaplan, Inc's new Chairman and CEO. As CEO of Kaplan Higher Education, Rosen redefined the higher ed landscape, bringing online and campus learning opportunities to working adults.