Kaplan College

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Kaplan College
Type For-Profit
Location Birmingham, AL
Campus Locations 10 in California; 2 in Indiana; 1 in Nevada; 1 in North Carolina; 1 in Ohio; 1 in Tennessee; 11 in Texas
Affiliations Education Corporation of America
Website www.kaplancollege.com

Kaplan College is a system of for-profit colleges in the United States and is owned and operated by Education Corporation of America.


Before being acquired by Education Corporation of America (ECA) in September 2015,[1][2] Kaplan College was part of Kaplan Higher Education, a subsidiary of Kaplan, Inc.

Kaplan, Inc., purchased the American Institute of Commerce, a business training school founded in 1937, and renamed it Kaplan College in 2000, later renaming it to Kaplan University in 2004.[3]

In 2000, Kaplan acquired Quest Educational Corporation, which served 30 schools in 11 states.[4] Quest Education Corporation was renamed Kaplan Higher Education in 2002.[5]

In April 2004, Kaplan Higher Education owned 64 campuses, including Hesser College in New Hampshire and CEI College in California.[6]

California locations operated under the Maric College brand from 2004-2008, then as Kaplan College. In June 2008, Las Vegas-based Heritage College was folded into the Kaplan College brand. In 2010, the Texas schools acquired as part of the Quest purchase were renamed Kaplan College.

In October 2015, Kaplan College's Dayton campus was renamed Brightwood College.[7] The remaining Kaplan College locations are due to become Brightwood College by March 2016.[8]


  1. ^ "Education Corporation of America Completes Purchase of Kaplan College Campuses". PR Newswire. Retrieved 2015-09-03. 
  2. ^ Fain, Paul (7 May 2015), "Can for-profit colleges survive their slump?", The PBS NewsHour, retrieved 10 September 2015 
  3. ^ "Statement of Accreditation Status". Higher Learning Commission. Retrieved 2015-09-15. 
  4. ^ "Kaplan Will Acquire a Chaing of Post-Secondary Schools". The New York Times. 
  5. ^ "Educational Medical, Inc. Changes Name to Quest Education Corporation". 
  6. ^ Julie Flaherty (2004-04-25). "The Alternative Universe: A Guide". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-06-10. 
  7. ^ "Dayton College Changing Its Name". Dayton Business Journal. Retrieved 2015-10-08. 
  8. ^ "Education Corporation of America Announces Re-Branding of Kaplan College Campuses". Business Wire. 

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Coordinates: 26°12′14″N 80°09′55″W / 26.20389°N 80.16528°W / 26.20389; -80.16528