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1938Start UP

Stanley Kaplan started tutoring students in the basement of his parents’ Brooklyn home. Many of his students were from immigrant families, eager to pursue higher education and achieve success in America.

1984Development in US

Kaplan, then with over 100 centers around the US, was acquired by The Washington Post Company (now called Graham Holdings Company).

2003Global Expansion

Kaplan furthered its international expansion with the acquisitions of The Financial Training Company (UK and Asia) and Dublin Business School (Ireland).


Kaplan exceeded $1 billion in revenue and became the largest and fastest-growing business unit of The Washington Post Company.

2012All-round Support
for Students

Kaplan teamed with a university partner to open its first student residence facilities for international pathway students in the U.K. These residences set new standards by incorporating learning science principles into the design of the dormitories to help students assimilate to their new surroundings and support their academic work.