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 Kaplan's mission is to serve non traditional college students efficiently and effectively

With over 65,000 students, Kaplan's higher education division offers post-secondary coursework either online or at 69 campuses located across the United States. Over the past decade, more than 300,000 students have graduated from these schools with certificates, and associate's, bachelor's, and graduate degrees.


On a comparable student basis, Kaplan offers better outcomes than public institutions

Kaplan's higher education programs specialize in serving students with multiple "risk factors," characteristics defined by the Department of Education as potential hurdles to a student's likelihood of graduating from a college program—among these are such factors as studying
part-time, working full-time, having dependents, or being a single parent. The average Kaplan higher education student has four of these risk factors compared with 1.5 risk factors, on average, for undergraduates nationwide. Additionally, many Kaplan students (75 percent) are lower income.



On a comparable basis, Kaplan offers better outcomes than public institutions for these students. For example, Kaplan students with two or more risk factors have graduation rates nearly double that of similar students at public and nonprofit schools. 


Kaplan achieves better results using fewer tax dollars

Kaplan is also less costly to taxpayers. The annual net taxpayer cost per student for a Kaplan education is half what it would cost to provide that program at a two-year public institution and a quarter of the cost at a four-year institution.


If all of America's students with at least one "risk factor" went to schools with Kaplan's metrics, America would have an additional 800,000 college graduates each year and the cost to U.S. taxpayers would be an estimated $41 billion less.


Kaplan is committed to assuring the continuing quality of its educational programs

All of our colleges and Kaplan University are accredited, either by regional, national, and/or programmatic accreditation agencies. These are some of the same agencies that also accredit many traditional colleges and universities. Our higher education programs are developed by academics and industry experts and designed to align with current marketplace needs.

Our non-higher education programs include test prep courses, K12 tutoring and professional certifications and examination preparation. All are offered by experts in their fields using innovative learning applications and tailored to student needs.

We have a long-term commitment to education. Kaplan's history goes back more than 70 years. Successful student outcomes are the barometer by which we gauge ourselves on a daily basis.


Kaplan proudly serves members of the military, veterans and their families 

Kaplan is proud to serve students who proudly serve their nation. 

Today, Kaplan University enrolls approximately 8,600 military personnel (active duty, veterans, and their spouses) and has more than 2,000 military alumni. Military students come to KU because of its educational quality and career-focused curriculum, support services, and the convenience of flexible, online courses compatible with their challenging schedules and frequent changes in deployment status. They appreciate Kaplan's interest in their success, embodied in our discounted military tuition plan.




Letter from Kaplan Inc. Chairman Andy Rosen to Senator Tom Harkin (May 2011)


• Graham Holdings Company Chairman and CEO Don Graham's Letter to Shareholders (February 2011)


• 2009-2010 Kaplan University Academic Report—reporting key data and student success outcomes


• "The Public Costs of Higher Education: A Comparison of Public, Private Not-for-Profit, And Private For-Profit Institutions," a study by economists Robert Shapiro and Nam Pham on how for-profit colleges educate students at a lower taxpayer cost than public and non-profit institutions (September 2010)


• "Building Futures One Success Story at A Time"— personal stories of achievement by Kaplan students and graduates


Top 10 Facts about Kaplan Higher Education