AUBURN HILLS, MICHIGAN -- First of all, I'd like to discourage anyone who is even thinking about going to Baker College in regards to the medical field. All of Baker College medical programs sucks, and require ridiculous GPA requirements and has inadequate externship training. You're not going to learn much that will enable you to find employment.
The Registered Nurse program is 5 years, with at least a year wait list. Echocardiograph program have ridiculous GPA requirements, and during your last year; you can get kick out of a program just because a worker at one of your clinical sites complain about you, be it justifiable or not. They will kick you out and then investigate later. So, any bad word from anyone about you is your ticket out the door.
Secondly, Baker College's Career Center is another joke and sham. They won't help you find a job. Only teacher's pets get this privilege. They will help you pretty much only with resume editing. They will make you depressed and feel like it's your own fault that you can't get a job. They will tell you a bunch of lies to make you feel like you're the only one that doesn't or can't find work in your field. Total waste of life here.
Current students, you need to figure out a way to leave! The "Career Advisers" they are all salesmen and sales women, advocating for Baker College. If you don't have a clear vision of what you want to do or study for, they will manipulate you into picking useless degrees, such as their Bachelors of Health Service Administration degree, which has NO core business classes like Micro and Macroeconomics, and Accounting I and II. However, they still charge you the 4-year degree price. Really? They will steer you towards a wreck in the end. A lot of student debt, and living in poverty.
I have 2 degrees from Baker College. I spent 6 years of my life at this worthless place. Baker College sounds like a bakery school. Some place that makes cakes and creme puffs. Believe me, they'll make a cake and creme puff out of you. No one respects or even knows anything about "Baker College", especially outside of Michigan. It's a creme puff place to employers, so it ought to be a creme puff place to you too. Ask yourself, would you hire someone with an engineering degree from a place named "Baker College"? Please! LOL!
Many colleges won't even accept Baker's credits either, that ought to tell you something. That's because your so-called education is unacceptable! It's crap, they've just told you, that you'd better throw that degree in the trash and start all over! Go to a community college and grab all the cheap credits you can and can think of, and then transfer those to a reputable four year university. That's the only way to go, folks.
CLINTON TOWNSHIP/ALLEN PARK, MICHIGAN -- After 3 years of getting poor advice from academic advisors, financial aid, and instructors alike, I felt dejected and so ripped off! Not only money, but time as well. I am an older student going back to school, but after last semester I am no longer willing to affiliate with Baker College. I have transferred to another school and I hope to apply for 3 different programs this coming February.
Waste of time and money. Baker is horribly run with some of the worst instructors (I cannot believe some of them are seen fit to teach grade school level much less college level). I had a few good ones, but mainly inadequate and obviously not qualified. Academic advisors telling you to drop a class "immediately, like today or by noon tomorrow" and then having an instructor give out 50+ points in the 10th week, basically handing people entry into a particular program - being lied to outright by the acting Dean of Health Sciences because the original Dean left last minute. It was a terrible experience and would not suggest anyone waste 1 minute going to Baker.
Add to it, they keep anything you don't use in financial aid and it supposedly "goes back into the pool to help other students." After 3 years of looking, I could not find any "other students." Save time, energy and money and go to OCC, WCCC, or MCCC. You'd be better off in the long run.
ONLINE, MICHIGAN -- I graduated form ground campus, with AA degree on General Business on 2009. When I register with them, they told me they are going to help me to find a job. But at that time I did not need it because I was working, but when I lost my job and I need it/them to help me, they were not there for me. They just direct you to their websites, where suppose different companies they are hiring, but I don't see to get hired. So I decided to get back to college to get my BA degree but this time I am taking online classes.
Again according to their advertisement, it say that the online classes are flexible, which when I got in I thought it was okay, until I got some instructors who don't give you credit for the work because is five minutes late - so I don't call that flexible. If a class is six week, or 12 weeks, the student should be able to tuned their work at any time before the weeks are over, like Phoenix University do it, because most online students are adult working student.
Yes you do the time management, but there are days that thinks don't work the way you planned. For example you have sick children, or you are six, and if you attend it halfway in class and you get sick, you have no choice but to drop out and don't get any money back. But if the student turned the work before the weeks are over, it gives the student more time to do their home work. For example, most of us, we have two days off work - in those two days, most students spend it to catch up with the homework and assignment.
There been many classes I have to drop out because of the "Flexibility"! I have five more classes to graduate with BA degree, and I don't expect them to find me a job, especially now I lived in Florida, because they already told me that they don't work with companies out of Michigan where their home state is.
I attended Baker College Online for three years and I obtained my Bachelors Degree last Spring. Although I had a pretty good experience, looking back on it, I would have gone to a traditional college or university had I put more thought into it. The good thing about Baker is their curriculum can be compared to that of a top 10 university or college, I know this because I work at one. I didn't attend school there because they don't offer online degrees.
All of the professors that I had at Baker held at least a Master's degree; most of them had a PhD. I had a few bad instructors, one did not interact with the class at all and the other two were just messy. That is a vague word, but it is the only one I can think of to describe them right now.
I do feel like the quality of the education I received at Baker was excellent; however, Baker is not flexible and this is what many adults are looking for in an online setting. The participation requirements become unreasonable especially when you have a professor that wants detailed responses (150-200 words minimum) at least two times a day, 5 days a week. Since participation often makes up 30-40% of your overall grade, you can receive really bad scores because of this. THAT IS A MAJOR DOWNSIDE TO BAKER COLLEGE. In addition to this, some of the professors expect you to submit homework assignments 4-5 times a week and this is extreme for an online school.
The other downside to Baker is the cost. They boast about how their classes are cheaper than most institutions, and they are BUT you have to have more credit hours to graduate so it ends up being a little bit less or about the same in cost. It will also take you much longer to graduate unless you are constantly going to school all year with no breaks because they operate in quarter hours. I had an OK experience at Baker and as stated before, I learned a lot. I already have a job making twice the amount that I earned before I graduated; however, I would not recommend the school to working adults with families at all.
AUBURN HILLS, MICHIGAN -- I have attended Baker College of Auburn Hills for almost 5 years, just trying to obtain my Bachelors degree. I do have to say that they've had some amazing instructors and I wish them the best. However, Baker College is a scam and a joke. They advertise affordable tuition and classes that fit the working adults schedule. HA!!! Those are lies. The financial aid advisors are uneducated about student problems. They are improperly trained and the head of the department condones this!
When it comes to class availability, that doesn't happen. I had 5 classes left including and internship and they weren't offering them at all, except during fall quarter when they offered all 5 on the same night. I was told that I should have scheduled better and there was nothing they would do. I spoke to the Dean and he told me there were 3500 other students they were worried about and I was not one of them.
I registered a complaint with the BBB and Baker told them there was nothing they could do for me. I should have taken the classes when they were offered. It's hard to take 5 classes in one night! I was told I would have to travel to a different campus that was 45 minutes away if I wanted to graduate. I was finally able to get 2 of my classes that I need after much stress and frustration.
I was recently sick with the flu and could not make it to the class. The assignment was stated in the syllabus as worth 10 points. I figured that it wouldn't hurt my grade too much to miss it or hopefully should would work with me on doing something to make it up. She emailed me 12 hours after I sent the email and 2 hours after the class started saying that the assignment was worth 100 points and not 10. It was going to drop my grade significantly and that I should be advised.
I will say that this class was an independent study because no one else, at this time, was able to take this class. This school dishes out threats, false advertisements, and poorly trained staff. Please beware that you will not get a good education here. You will be too busy trying to get what you're paying for!
AUBURN HILLS, MICHIGAN -- When I see the word college after the name, I have certain expectations. My high school was harder than this college. The credits you earn from Baker will not transfer to any other college/university (the school is not transparent about this). Once you start at this school, you will never be able to leave it. This is a diploma mill school, they claim they are non-profit. This is a farce.
FLINT, MICHIGAN -- I took 38 credits in Baker's online BBA program. Tried to transfer the credits to Baker's brick and mortar campus in the BBA program. They would transfer one class! How bad is a program when the "parent" college won't take the credits?! If Baker won't take the credits, WHO WILL? I know U of Michigan won't because I tried. Going to Baker is tossing your time and money into the wind.
MICHIGAN -- A prior review mentioned they felt Baker's claim of 98% of their graduates are employed. I went to Baker College in Cadillac for over two years about five years ago. At the end of my certificate program, I took a required course called "Career Strategies". During this course, a fellow student mentioned this claim to the speaker (**) and her response amounted to: the 98% doesn't necessarily mean in your field of study!!
I went to Baker thinking I would be working in Medical Billing when I became certified. The ad's are so convincing....but what a crock! If you are employed when you start at Baker, you're already in that 98% and one of their great success stories. It's a wonder they haven't been sued for false advertising.
When considering pursuing admission into a "Limited Enrollment/Restricted Enrollment" medical program at Baker College, make sure you fully understand the criteria for gaining admittance. Ask questions upfront. Don't make assumptions. Make sure you meet with the Dean or Program Director to determine how well you need to do on the prerequisites, expected performance on the entrance exam, impact of transferring in classes from another university and the impact of repeating any prerequisite courses.
If entrance is based on a total point count, inquire what the range was for the highest and lowest student admitted to the prior year program start up. That way, you'll know what you have to target in the way of your performance. Do not strictly accept an answer that admission is based on competitive standing amongst the applicants. Dig for feedback. The economy has pushed many people back to school. Competition is strong amongst peers. You may be surprised how well you need to perform in order to get in to the program of your choice. Best of luck to you!