Kaplan, Inc. is a global educational services company that provides training and educational programs to individuals, universities and businesses. Founded in 1938, Kaplan has operations in 27 countries and serves approximately 700,000 students and professionals and 12,000 corporate and 4,000 educational clients worldwide.
The company offers a range of programs including exam preparation, corporate training, professional certification preparation, education as a benefit, career advisement, international student recruitment, pathways programs, career-oriented degree and non-degree programs, online enablement, project-based bootcamps, apprenticeships, online career exploration programs, university and career guidance, hosted campuses, and immersive language training in English, French and German.
The company was founded in 1938 by Stanley Kaplan, who at age 14 began tutoring students in the basement of his parents' Brooklyn home. When his applications to medical schools were denied due to anti-Semitic admissions policies of the day, he turned his full attention to tutoring students for the New York State Regents exam, as he recognized that scoring well on the exam gave students from working- and middle-class families the opportunity to get into college. This formed his belief in standardized tests as a way to level the playing field and give first generation students a chance to compete against their wealthy peers. As other standardized admissions tests were introduced, beginning with the SAT for college then the GRE, LSAT, MCAT and GMAT for graduate, law, medical and business school, Stanley Kaplan's business grew.
In the 1970s, Kaplan's business expanded into various locations across the U.S., and in 1984, the company was acquired by The Washington Post Company, which today is the Graham Holdings Company. Beginning in the 1990s, Kaplan began to expand both geographically – opening licensee centers around the world – as well as into other programs, beyond exam prep into other educational services, including English languages, higher education and online education, launching the first wholly online law school, Concord Law School, in 1998.
- Andrew S. Rosen (Chairman & CEO)
Products and Services
The company offers various services for students, institutes, and businesses, some of which are mentioned below:
For Students and Individuals
- Test preparation for admissions and licensure exams
- Professional training, licensure and qualifications
- Language training
- Accredited degree and non-degree programs
For Schools and Universities
- International student recruitment
- Online enablement services
- Pathways programs
- Career-oriented degree and non-degree programs
- Project-based bootcamps
- Test prep programs
- Pre-college career exploration programs
- Shared career services resources and support
- Professional licensure and certification
- Education as a benefit programs
- Training and development programs
- Career and academic advisement services
Awards and Recognition
- Fast Company's World Changing Ideas 2022 for Kaplan Career Core
- Newsweek's 100 Most Loved Workplaces, 2021 and 2022
- Sun-Sentinel's South Florida Top Workplaces, 2021
- Wealth Management Magazine's #1 Instructor-Led Online Certificate Programs for the CFP Exam 2021
- PQ Magazine's Private Sector Accountancy College of the Year, 2021
- Chicago Tribune's Best SAT Test Prep Book for 2021 and 2020
- Chicago Tribune's Best MCAT Test Prep Book, 2019
- Fast Company's Most Innovative Education Company, 2014
The Kaplan Educational Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity initially established in 2006 and supported by an endowment funded by Kaplan, Inc. executives to help underrepresented, overlooked, low-income community college students transfer to top four-year universities. Kaplan, Inc. and its employees continue to provide financial, in-kind and volunteer support to KEF and its scholars. Eighty-seven percent of KEF scholars earn a bachelor's degree. Scholars have attended elite schools and have secured post-graduation employment with Fortune 500 companies.