Kaplan University-Des Moines Campus

  • Kaplan University has everything you need to train for a successful future. Because we value choice, we give you many options for beginning your college education. Through career-focused degree programs, our experienced instructors teach technical skills and inside knowledge that you won’t find in most textbooks. At Kaplan University, we understand your need for options when it comes to school. That is why we offer classes both day and night giving you the flexibility needed to balance your life and your education. You can continue working at your current job while receiving an education that could lead to a successful career. We also offer online courses to create even more balance in your life. Our programs are designed to provide you with knowledge and skills for the professional world, not just for the classroom. With employers increasingly hiring candidates with experience, training, and a formal education, an education from Kaplan University is just what you need. The courses, along with the externship opportunities we offer, can prepare you for the real-life challenges of a new career.
School Highlights
  • Kaplan University-Des Moines Campus serves 874 students (60% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 46:1 is higher than the state community college average of 33:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 21% of the student body (majority Black and Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 31%.
  • Kaplan University-Des Moines Campus is one of 3 community colleges within Polk County, IA.
  • The nearest community college to Kaplan University-Des Moines Campus is Vatterott College-Des Moines (11.1 miles away).

Top Placements

Kaplan University-Des Moines Campus places among the top 20% of community colleges in Iowa for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 19 teachers has declined by 20% over five years.
Kaplan University-Des Moines Campus(IA) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelFour or more yearsFour or more years
Institution ControlPrivate, for profitPublic
Total Faculty19 staff95 staff
Kaplan University-Des Moines Campus Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of Kaplan University-Des Moines Campus has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 46:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Kaplan University-Des Moines Campus diversity score of 0.36 is less than the state average of 0.50. The school's diversity has grown by 52% over five years.
Total Enrollment874 students2,620 students
Kaplan University-Des Moines Campus Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio46:133:1
Kaplan University-Des Moines Campus Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students522 students1,090 students
Kaplan University-Des Moines Campus Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students352 students1,530 students
Kaplan University-Des Moines Campus Part-Time Students (2011-2016)
Kaplan University-Des Moines Campus Enrollment Breakdown IA All Enrollment Breakdown
# Undergraduate Students470 students1,120 students
# Graduate Students52 students44 students
Kaplan University-Des Moines Campus Graduation BreakDown IA All Graduation Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Kaplan University-Des Moines Campus American Indian/Alaskan (2014-2016)
% Asian
Kaplan University-Des Moines Campus Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Kaplan University-Des Moines Campus Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Kaplan University-Des Moines Campus Black (2007-2016)
% White
Kaplan University-Des Moines Campus White (2007-2016)
% Unknown races
Kaplan University-Des Moines Campus Ethnicity Breakdown IA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.360.50
Kaplan University-Des Moines Campus Diversity Score (2007-2016)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$39,400$36,000
Kaplan University-Des Moines Campus Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The private state tuition of $15,352 is less than the state average of $15,502. The private state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
Private State Tuition Fees$15,352$15,502
Kaplan University-Des Moines Campus In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid100%87%
Kaplan University-Des Moines Campus % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$29,493$12,000
Kaplan University-Des Moines Campus Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$6,334$6,334
Kaplan University-Des Moines Campus Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Hamilton College was originally established in Mason City, Iowa, in 1900 as a proprietary career college, and has the distinction of being the oldest continuously operating college in the state of Iowa specializing in business education. In 1980, Hamilton opened a campus in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to allow more students to be part of the Hamilton educational experience. In 1988, the Des Moines, Iowa, campus was added to create a triad of campuses to better accommodate the entire state. Hamilton College recently completed renovations on an additional 8,000 square feet of classroom and nursing lab space. The expansion brings the total campus size to just under 40,000 square feet. The Des Moines, Iowa, campus offers programs in Business, Legal, Information Technology and Healthcare. The 2+2 Bachelor of Science in Management Degree option is an innovative progam that combines the career-oriented focus of a two-year program with the academic curriculum of a four-year program. Hamilton College has a well-established and long-standing reputation for providing hands-on training in a student-centered learning environment. Through the 2+2 option, students receive the same advantages of a two-year program while having an opportunity to expand upon their base knowledge while working toward the Bachelor of Science in Management degree. The 2+2 Bachelor of Science in Managment degree with concentrations in Accounting, Business Administration, Criminal Justice and Management of Information Systems. The college is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

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Did You Know?
For Iowa public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,714 per year for in-state students and $5,619 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,502 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Iowa community colleges have a diversity score of 0.50, which is lower than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in Iowa is Kaplan University-Davenport Campus. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.