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Kaplan College in Maryland to merge with Kaplan University

July 02, 2009

Kaplan College in Maryland and Kaplan University have announced the merger of the Maryland campuses into the university.

The merger is intended to provide students with a wider selection of program offerings and new online learning opportunities at a regionally accredited university, the school said in a release.

The Hagerstown and Frederick, Md., campuses are among 10 Kaplan University campuses across the nation.

The merger gives campus students greater flexibility to pursue blended learning options by offering both online and campus-based courses, the release says.

Kaplan College courses of study included certificate and degree programs in allied health, business, information technology and criminal justice. Kaplan University gives students the opportunity to explore additional degrees online, including master's degrees, which were not available to Kaplan College students in Hagerstown and Frederick.

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Kaplan University serves nearly 2,300 online and campus-based students across Maryland, according to the release.

Kaplan College's Hagerstown campus was founded in 1938 as Hagerstown Business College. It is the only post-secondary institution in Washington County where a student can start and finish a four-year bachelor's degree at the same institution. In 2004, a branch campus opened in Frederick.

The combined campuses serve nearly 1,000 students and employ more than 140 people, the release says.

More information can be obtained at www.portal.kaplan.edu or www.hagerstown.kaplanuniversity.edu/.

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