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Capella University
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Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2016
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There's alot of complaining here, but I still agree with what some people have said. You only get what you put into school. Regarding the professors never assisting, mine have always been there. Mine have given me opportunities when I turned in an assignment late with no penalty. My grading criteria was extremely thorough. It was rare that I got a "good job". I got a detailed explanation of what I did well and what I could have done better. My degree involves coding, so I'm not really sure how I can "fly" through the assignments. I've had to learn how to code, and I can't really "forget" what I learned unless I stop applying myself.

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Degree: Human Services, General
Graduation Year: 2015
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The curriculum is outdated. Most readings are no more current than 2009. I consistently get 100's on my assignments with comments like "great job". Nobody's work is perfect, and "excellent work" is not a teaching tool. This class I have an instructor who can't put together a grammatically correct sentence. This school is the biggest student loan fraud institution. It's designed for students who wish to use the financial aid system for "a check" to supplement their income, nothing more. The teachers are nothing more than "hall monitors" who complain their student load is too much for them to respond to each student individually. This is criminal.

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JD - 6 days ago

lol! I'm in tears over here. I was really considering this school. How can people supplement their income? This truly amazes me. What program are you currently doing and how long have you been active? My goal was the Feb 2015 enrollment, but looks like i have to research more. Thanks

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Degree: Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs
Graduation Year: 2015
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I have spent $120K on my Ph.D. and was not allowed to reenroll recently. I have a 4.0 GPA. Really! I put a lot of effort into my studies. I put "n/a" for whether the degree was helpful, because I believe it was helpful to a point. Now, that I can't go back it will completely stall my career unless I can come up with the money to continue. The reason why I couldn't come back? My "academic history"...huh? I think it took me too long because I took time off when work got crazy, as I climbed the ladder. Now, at a university without a Ph.D., I'm screwed. Thanks for nothing Capella. Go to your local state university. At least if you take a long time you don't have student loans up the @#%$^)#.

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Degree: Human Services, General
Graduation Year: 2012
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Capella University's online program allowed me the flexibility to work full time while caring for my child. The professors a highly trained and knowledgeable. The education i received was invaluable and the on-line class format is easy to use.

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MBA Review, causing Headaches
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Degree: Marketing, Other
Graduation Year: 2011
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I have obtained a Masters Degree in Business Marketing. I graduated in 2011 and have not landed a Ideal or Beneficial career yet. Most are impressed with the fact that I obtained a MBA but once they learn it was online, I am frowned upon. The Workload was strenuous and it was hard to get ahold of the Instructors if you had a issue. Once it came to group work, be prepared to have majority of the work fall upon your shoulders as many of the students do not do there share of the work and the teachers are oblivious to it . The books are seriously expensive and they get New editions each semester and many are not compatible with an International edition. So Please, Do not believe the hype that, ONCE you ADVANCE your education the MONEY rolls in. You have to know someone in the industry or company in order to get a GREAT career. I have been told by every company , I am OVER QUALIFIED and it makes you think, What's the point of the Degree if I can't use it.. Hope this helps

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Degree: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
Graduation Year: 2016
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I am currently enrolled at Capella. It has taken me 4+ years and I will graduate in March of 2016 with a Bachelors in Bus. Mgmt. I only take 2 classes a year as that is what my employer pays for. Is Capella convenient? Yes it is? Was it worth all of the stress... meh. People say that you get out what you put in and that is very true. I've worked very hard and currently hold a 4.0. I guess my biggest issue is that I feel as though the professors don't care. I keep saying to my husband that I'd love to be a prof at Capella because their job is SO easy. The benefit to Capella and it's classes is that your itinerary (syllabus) is laid out exactly as the prof expects it. They can just go in and check-check-check and boom there's my 4.0. Yes, I'm getting really good grades because it's a program that's easy to follow but I do not feel that I'm actually retaining a lot of the information learned. I've kept all my books so that I can go back and refresh. When it's all said and done, I'll have my Bachelors but as someone else said, companies frown on Capella. I'd say they frown on online education period. therefore, once I have that diploma in hand, I'm going to make an attempt to my local University to transfer as many credits as possible and get a degree with them. I'm essentially going to mask my degree from Capella with a real degree from a reputable school. So, that is my honest reflection, it's the truth, I'm not going to sugarcoat it or cover it up. I'm not trying to talk anyone into or out of attending there but looking back, I wish I'd chosen a brick & mortar university. .

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Lisa - 13 days ago

I'm confused. Why would you obtain a bachelor degree from Capella and register at a University to get another. A word of advice, that makes no sense. One thing I have learned is, obtain a degree from whatever school you choose. It's up to YOU to make it work for you. Save your money and make that Capella Degree work :), or go get a Masters from the University. Blessing to you!!!

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Degree: Human Services, General
Graduation Year: 2015
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I am a current Graduate student at Capella. Recently a close family member had a major life change to happen that has subsequently put a physical and emotional strain on my family. I contacted my instructor as I was directed by the "advisors" to do, but I received very little leniency. I also work a very demanding job that requires me to be on-call. The problem with that is this: I had a conversation with the enrollment advisor about the demands of my job BEFORE I enrolled with Capella. I was assured that weekly coursework would not exceed approximately 8 hours per week. That has been a lie from day one of class. If you don't care about the quality of your work or the grades you receive surely you can fit assignments into the quoted 8-hour time frame. I am not that person. I hold a 4.0 GPA here and it has been hell to maintain. Sleepless nights at least 3 times per week trying to balance work with the demands of Capella instructors; forget a life outside of those 2. This last semester has been the absolute worst. The instructors formulate their course syllabus with absolutely no regard for the learner's obligations outside of their class, including OTHER CLASSES. You never know how anal the next instructor will be; one semicolon missing from a citation being used to lower your grade. I have read responses from people on this site who have called learners in situations like mine "lazy" or "unorganized". I am neither of those and I feel they should grow up and realize everyone's situation is not going to be ideal and definitely not identical to the next person. I am extremely ready to be done with this school, and I can promise you I will not be back for the degrees I plan to pursue after this one, nor will I recommend this school to anyone.

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Kesha Rose - 20 days ago

I totally agree with your response. I am a 45 y/o student with four children earning a BA in Health Administration. I had a 4.0 before beginning a class with an anal professor who had a doctorate and she graded as if I were a PhD student. I complained about her from day one and no one ever addressed the issue. I am currently disputing an "F" she gave me. I said gave because usually I am very good about taking full responsibility for the grades I earned. I can in no way accept that I earned a F in a course I studied more than 15 hours a week for.

I am currently seeking a new school to attend in case they do not comply with my request to re-take the course with a different professor who does not realize on-line students have outside lives such as families and full-time jobs.

Had I not expressed my concerns from day one I don't think I would have a leg to stand on, but that is not the case.

Good luck in your future endeavors!

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Edward E - 20 days ago

You get out of school what you put in it!!!!!

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K Rose - 19 days ago

Edward, you can in no way respond without proper information. I stated I put 15 hours a week of studying into this class. I give 150% + to my education. I do not earn "F's". Heck, no one does unless they go to class and sit all day and do nothing. When you submit (7) six page papers and receive proficient and commended on 5 of the six that does not constitute me receiving a F!! Get the facts straight before you respond!

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Eddie M - 18 days ago

Kesha, Edward E is right.

You really need to put more effort into school otherwise you will fail.

You got an F probably because you did not do what the instructor asked you to do.

Take the responsibility and move on. Let your hubby take care of the kids while you study.

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Melissa D - 17 days ago

A brick and mortar college or university will require you to be in class approximately 5 hours a week. The advice I received at these schools was for every hour spent in class, 1-2 hours should be spent studying. If you use this logic, your 8 hours of anticipated coursework hours should be met with an additional 16-24 hours of study. Earning a degree is not an easy ordeal. It takes long hours and hard work. That's probably why universities are designed for students to live on campus. It's easier for them to realized their life revolves around their education. I'm not judging anyone, just being realistic.

Not easy but worth it
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Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2015
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I have 2 BS degrees, a MS, and an MBA. I wanted to advance my education and a doctorate degree was the next option. I debated several online schools until I settled on Capella. The instructors hold doctorates from some very prestigious schools. The program was not easy and was very challenging. If you are lazy dont do this program. There is alot of work and even getting to the dissertation phase is insane. I will appreciate my doctorate when I get it because I know how challenging the process was. Im 5-10 years the quality of graduates that are impacting the world from capella will be recognized because this is not a handed out degree. It is worked for from the first class. I highly recommend capella.

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DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME
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Degree: Psychology, General
Graduation Year: 2013
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Only go to this college if getting lied to and getting messed over is what you truly want! I spent a semester at this college (online) and it is so UNORGANIZED, well the I/O Psychology courses were for my friends and I to follow! When I first signed up to attend this college I was told that the program was accredited, and after I began classes I learned that the accreditation was non existent with the American Psychological Association. Then after I left that college, I learned that they charged me over 2, 000 for no reason, and tried to tell me that it was because I withdrew! The funny thing is that the Department of Veteran Affairs paid my college, and I had financial aid as well, so how would I have a balance if all my fees were paid for? Just make sure that this is what you really want to do before you do it, and don't take what those smooth talking counselors tell you because they have been lied to and continue to lie to prospective students! Everything about the college looks and sounds very professional, but do your homework and ensure if you are doing this for your job; ensure that your job will accept the program that you are going to get your degree in. Just because the school is accredited doesn't mean that the program you are getting your degree in is accredited!

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Melissa D - 17 days ago

If you fail to complete a course your VA monies and grants are returned and the balances come back to you for payment. The government doesn't pay for you to quit.

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Degree: Business Administration and Management, General
Graduation Year: 2011
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As with anything good in life - its takes focus, commitment to excellence and a willingness to change course in the face od adversity. My experience at Capella was amazing. A wonderful series of cohorts and professors provided a wonderful venue to learn and apply newly developed skills and learning.

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