Founded in 1858 in Baldwin City, Kansas, Baker University celebrates the title as the first university in Kansas. Named after a well-noted Methodist bishop, Osmon Cleander Baker, the University has continued to grow and expand. Today, Baker retains affiliations with the United Methodist Church and has seven campuses extending from Kansas to Missouri. Baker University confers Associate’s and Bachelor’s, along with graduate degrees, and is comprised of four schools, including the:
- College of Arts and Sciences
- School of Professional and Graduate Studies
- School of Nursing
- School of Education
Baker University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges, in addition to individual programs that have been awarded specific accreditation. The University also retains multiple memberships, including memberships in the Council of Independent Colleges, and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.
For students that require greater flexibility, especially working professionals, Baker University offers online programs and courses. Undergraduate students can choose to pursue Bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration or Business Leadership online. In addition, Baker offers an Associate’s degree in Business, as well as concentration programs, which include marketing, human resources, finance, international business, and information technology. Online graduate options include Master’s degrees in Education, Liberal Arts, and Business Administration. In addition postgraduate concentrations in Liberal Arts and Business are also available.
Online classes meet the same academic standards as on-campus programs and professors hold no less than a Master’s degree in their discipline. Classes meet asynchronously, and students can log into the Moodle learning management system 24/7 to access assignments and class information. Twenty-four hour technical support is also available. Students complete one course at a time, ranging from six to eight weeks in length, and year-round classes and ongoing start dates afford students the opportunity to complete degrees in accelerated plans. Realizing that online classes require a measure of self-motivation, Baker provides an Online Aptitude Assessment to help students determine if online learning is right for them.
Baker University supports financial aid through grants, loans, and scholarships for qualifying students.
Grants programs include:
- Federal Pell Grant
- Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant
- Federal TEACH Grant
- Kansas Comprehensive Grant
- Federal Perkins Loan
- Federal Direct Stafford Loan (Subsidized/Unsubsidized)
- Federal Direct Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)
- Federal Work Study
In addition, the University supports the Kansas State Scholarship and the Kansas Ethnic Minority Scholarship programs.
Recognized as a Military-Friendly institution, Baker University supports the ongoing education of military personnel, their families, and veterans. Baker awards ACE transfer credit for prior military training and experience. The University also offers tuition discounts and participates in the Tuition Assistance program. Eligible active duty, Reserves, or National Guard students enrolled in a degree program through the School of Professional and Graduate Studies pay a flat tuition. Qualifying spouses of military personnel may also be eligible for a tuition discount. In addition, Baker partners to provide the following veterans benefits to eligible students:
- Post 9/11 GI Bill
- Montgomery GI Bill, Active Duty & Selected Reserve
- Reserve Educational Assistance Program
- Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance
- VA Vocational Rehabilitation.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Sector Of Institution:4-year, Private not-for-profit
Highest Level Of Offering:Doctor's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:1,922
Calendar System:Other academic year
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