Complaint / review text:
I graduated from Katharine Gibbs in NYC in 2004, with an associate's degree in office administration (my concentration was in medical billing). At my interview, I specifically asked them if the school was an accredited school. My reasoning was that, since I wanted to continue my education and pursue a bachelor's degree (not an option at Gibbs), I would need to be able to transfer my credits to a 4-year college. The interviewer assured me that the school is an accredited one and that they also offer placement assistance to their graduates.
In fact, I was given a list of the colleges that accept Katharine Gibbs credits during my final semester. Since then, I have taken my transcript to two of those schools (Borough of Manhattan Community College [BMCC], and Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York) and was informed that my credits would not be accepted because they were earned at an unaccredited school. I have since contacted another school (by phone) on that list only to be told the same thing. I further took the transcript to Broward Community College when I relocated to Florida and was told once again that they would not accept credits from an unaccredited school.
I made numerous attempts to connect with the employment counselor at Gibbs, but the most I ever got from her were instructions to log onto the employment website and enter the user name and password provided by them - which did not work. Subsequent attempts to resolve the problem proved fruitless. The result was that I had to start over again at Medgar Evers as if I had never attended college at all. I am still struggling, still in debt as a result of the student loans ($25K and ever-increasing interest) taken out for Katharine Gibbs, and have never been employed in the medical billing field (other than during my internship, which Gibbs did provide). Apparently they may have had temporary accreditation but lost it. I really don't know but I suggest thorough research before putting down your hard-earned cash to attend a school. At one point I read that they were accredited by the NYS Board of Regents but I see they are not on the Board's list of accredited schools.