The Baker College system represents the largest private educational institution in Michigan. A self-described “career college,” over 40,000 students attend classes either online or at one of their many campuses. Opened in 2003, the Allen Park campus serves over 3,000 students pursuing bachelor’s degrees, associate’s degrees and certificates. The fastest-growing of all campuses, Allen Park has witnessed enrollment balloon by over 500 percent.
Students have the option of working towards several types of degrees at this campus. Currently, there are associate, bachelor’s, and certificates available in the following subjects:
Students can choose from 20 associate’s of applied science degrees many of which facilitate quick entry into promising, lifelong careers. For students who want to continue their studies, the associate’s degree allows entry into another institution, typically at the junior level.
- Associate of Applied Science
- Associate of Business
- Associate of Nursing
- Bachelor of Business Administration
- Bachelor of Health Services Administration
- Bachelor of Human Services
- Bachelor of Information Systems
- Bachelor of Information Technology and Security
- Bachelor of Science in Construction Management
- Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
- Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education
- Bachelor of Science in Education
An accelerated program in business administration is available. Applicants must hold a relevant associate’s degree and submit a resume detailing their business experience. The Dean of the program reviews each applicant’s information and makes the final determination as to who earns admission. The program is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education.
Certificate programs require fewer credit hours than associate’s degrees and are more targeted in terms of career training. Many certificate programs can be completed within a year and offer a great deal of flexibility for busy students.
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Both high-school applicants and mature adults who perhaps have never attended college are welcome to apply. Prospective students can fill out a paper or online application. The application fee may be waived in cases of severe financial hardship, and early application is encouraged for financial aid purposes. Baker admits 100% of applicants who meet the basic requirements, such as holding a high-school diploma or GED.
Transfer students are likewise welcome to continue their educational path on this campus. An admissions counselor works with each prospective student to determine how best to transfer their earned college credits. According to the school’s website, the aim of their Admissions Office is to make the entire process as straightforward and hassle-free as possible.
All students are strongly advised to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. This application can be completed online and a student aid report produced in only a few days. Advisors can meet and help figure out any aid application forms so students can get the best financial add package available.
Financial aid breaks down into three basic categories: grants, scholarships and loans.
In general, grant monies are awarded based upon the demonstrated financial need of the student. The Jewell Educational Fund is sponsored by the school; the exact award amount is dependent upon the student’s calculated need. The federal government also administers several grant programs, including the Pell Grant and the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant. The Michigan Tuition Grant is awarded to financially needy students at independent colleges.
The market for scholarships can be bewildering. The school’s website has information about scholarships available at each of the campuses. Every scholarship has specific eligibility requirements, and awards are usually based on academic merit rather than financial need. An admissions officer can work to pair deserving students with the most likely sources for scholarship aid.
Loans, either private or federally-funded, are a last resort for students unable to cover the cost of their education. Federal Stafford Loans are the most popular source of funding for undergraduates. The strength of the federal government allows for competitive interest rates and gracious repayment plans. Loans may be subsidized, which means they do not accrue interest while the borrower attends school, or unsubsidized, meaning the loans accrue interest all the time.
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Students attend classes on a small suburban campus ten miles from Detroit. As a career-oriented institution of higher learning, Baker does not provide campus housing or dining services. About 40 percent of students take classes on a part-time basis while pursuing full-time jobs. The student to faculty ratio is relatively high at 32 to 1.
Despite its small size, the school has numerous resources and organizations to help students make the most of their experience. The R.I.S.E. group – Realizing Individual Strengths and Efforts – provides students in any program the chance to extend a helping hand though volunteer and other service work. For avid readers, students at the Allen Park campus have founded a book club. Each semester, a new book is selected for the club to read and discuss. Book club meetings are generally held in the campus library.
A variety of human and technological resources are in place at the Allen Park campus to assist the student body. A Learning Support Services unit provides tutoring in the following subjects: Basic Math, Pre-Algebra, Introductory Algebra, Composition I, Composition II, Accounting, College Reading and English. Also available from Learning Support Services are guidance in both test taking and study skills.
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More than 200 faculty members lead classes, many of whom work as professionals in their fields of instruction. Approximately 95 percent of the faculty teach on a part-time basis.
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