Kaplan University (“CAP-linn”) is the “doing business as” (DBA) name of the Iowa College Acquisition Corporation, a company that owns and operates for-profit colleges. It is owned by Kaplan, Inc., a subsidiary of the Washington Post.
Kaplan University is predominantly a distance learning institution of higher education that is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). The DBA name comes from Stanley Kaplan, who founded Kaplan Test Prep.
Kaplan University offers associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees as well as certificates in such fields as education, business, information technology, arts and sciences, healthcare, nursing, criminal justice, and law. Kaplan serves more than 66,000 online and on-campus students. While Kaplan University is based in Davenport, Iowa, the main administration building is located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In addition to 10 campuses in Iowa, Nebraska and Maryland (and one Kaplan University Learning Center in Milwaukee), Kaplan has online student support centers in Florida, Illinois and Arizona. Kaplan has more than 3,600 instructors, professors and administrators.