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Capella University
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One more year until I graduate!
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Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2016
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I have found all of my professors to be extremely knowledgeable and the coursework to be relevant. My professors have Doctorate degrees from renowned institutions and some are actively involved in professional groups. I am happy with the education I am receiving and believe I will have the knowledge to actually meet or exceed the expectations for the roles I will apply for. I am not using financial aid, a loan which I am required to pay back, to supplement my income. I am currently employed and spend my evenings reading the required books and articles, participating in organized online discussions, working with remote assigned teammates on team projects and writing essays. The work is exhausting and I personally find it more extensive than the traditional classes I have had. I am not only learning the material but learning to communicate and meet goals in non-traditional methods due to the nature of online school. Professors and students cab be in all corners of the country which is different from a traditional class with everyone in a room at the same time. When I compare this type of learning to the skills needed in today's organizations I feel confident I will be able to use my education within a culturally diversified global organization. With that being said, this school is not for everyone. If you are not a self motivated and success driven individual, you may not do as well. Also, each program is different. I am enrolled in the undergraduate Information Technology program and specializing in project management.

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Too Far To Turn Around
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Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2016
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I am currently a student with Capella University, pursuing the Doctorate of Public Administration. I am not new to Capella University since I obtained my Masters in Criminal Justice with the University as well. However, the longer I remain with the University the worst the Financial Aid department becomes. I have compared the tuition rates with other online Universities and Capella is far more expensive than some of the ones I have compared them with. However, I am too far to turn around. My perspective graduation date is December 2016. When I began with the University in 2010 the Financial Aid department was far more professional and attentive than they have become in recent years. On a Master’s level my financial aid refund normally was about $1,800 providing I did not purchase books and I received it promptly on the first day of the month following the start day of each new academic quarter. As I continued to the Doctorate’s level, the refund amount decreased to roughly $1,200.00 if no purchases were deducted from the amount. I realize tuition rates do occur; however, throughout the year of 2014 the refund date moved from the first of the month (which is normally the third week of the academic quarter) to fifth and sixth week following the first day of class without explanation. When I contact the financial aid office for clarity, the staff is rude, unprofessional, and short tempered. If I wasn’t too far to turn around, I would drop Capella University as quickly as I would a hot potato.

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Worthless accreditation
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Degree: Science, Technology and Society
Graduation Year: 2014
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I have received my BS degree from Capella last year. Unfortunately when I tried to apply to a state school master degree program, I was told that the majority of my Capella credits are not recognized by the state school. The reason? The accreditation is worthless. Do your homework. If you just want a degree, go ahead and attend Capella, but if you want it to be worth something, go to a real school.

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issac - 5 days ago

I am a current student and what you stated doesn't make sense because the school is regionally accredited. Also it in the same commission that accredits Notre dame. so you should check your state school.

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Chris - 4 days ago

The value of Capella's accreditation depends on the program/class. Specific example: the majority of the specialization courses in the Information Technology program from Capella are not recognized for transfer by the University of Washington, other courses such as English, Economics, Math, etc are OK. So if you try to transfer, the admissions office will count only about 50% of the credits and refuse the rest.

Totally recommend Capella
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Degree: Education, Other
Graduation Year: 2015
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I just completed my doctorate in Education at Capella University. I have two Bachelor degrees and a Master's degree from traditional schools, and Capella was just as rigorous as my traditional schools. Course work was challenging, and most instructors were engaging. Some instructors were not present as much as they could have, but I have had similar instructors in my traditional programs as well. I have never had a problem navigating the library, getting help from financial aid or technical services, and even from disability services. I require ASL interpreters for required colloquia and committee meetings, and disability services were quick to get top notch interpreters for me. The only thing is that the pre-dissertation phase dragged on and I felt I could have gotten feedback sooner (or some of these parts could have been done during the last few classes). They also made changes to this process while I was working on it, which dragged it out as well. The drag-out was also partially my fault, since by the time I got to this point, I was burnt out both academically and in my personal life (move, new job, etc). Such is life. The Research Plan was actually the longest part than even the dissertation itself, but it was very helpful because once I got to the dissertation, I already had a lot of my information that I could pull from the RP. In writing the dissertation, I have referred to other dissertations including ones by non-Capella students and my process was comparable to other doctorate programs and dissertation writing. My mentor was excellent, with a rich academic background. I know people who have graduated from Capella, and are now working principals, administrators, and as tenure-track professors at good universities. Even though my student loans are now pretty high, which could have been lower if I didn't drag out 2 years I could've completed before, I am glad I finished my degree and I look forward to the next phase in my life.

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Good school for dedicated students.
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Degree: Business Administration and Management, General
Graduation Year: 2016
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Capella is a great university to attend. As with all schools, the experience is as good as the effort you put into it. I'm currently in a Management position where I have the need to get an MBA to advance me to senior leadership. Capella is flexible, affordable, and challenging.

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Jessica - 5 days ago

Hi I am currently choosing a school with an online MBA program. Capella is one I considering because I have not taken the GMAT or GRE so my options are limited. Just wondering if you could elaborate on your thoughts of the program? My major concern is that prospective employers will not respect a degree from Capella or other online universities like Capella, Any thoughts to help me with this fear? Thx!

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Jay - 4 days ago

Hello Jessica,

Thanks for responding to my review. Your concern is valid. Capella has recently received Global ACBSP Business School Accreditation, which is an important credential. My employer has also approved tuition reimbursement for my MBA program because they were impressed with how my education correlated to my management performance. As long as you are educated about Capella's program, you shouldn't have an issue.

Financial Aid Nightmare
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Degree: Counseling Psychology
Graduation Year: 2014
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I've decided to withdraw from Capella. I dropped a course in the first week and was later charged for dropping in the second week. I had to debate with Finacial aid, and my enrollment advisor about it. Their system does not give you course drop confirmation or an email correspondence of your dropping the course, so that you may confirm it for your records. I am disgusted with them, and will never recommend Capella to anyone. Rip Offs!

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Janet - 12 days ago

I graduated with a Masters of Science in Psychology with a specialization in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. And, I have a career in my field since my graduating. I found Capella University to be just as good if not better than some of the traditional colleges and my professors were very engaging ...... What I don't understand is individuals who do not take the time to finish what they start but want to complain about their misfortune .....

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Debbie - 11 days ago

The same thing has happened to me. I left Capella for this reason.

terrific school
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Degree: Psychology, General
Graduation Year: 2016
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I've attended community college and Liberty University online, but Capella is one of the best schools and the staff is very helpful. The price is responsible and the instructors and professors are professional and understanding. I love this school and I will be attending this to soon getr my Masters!

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Don't let all negative reviews fool you
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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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MHA from Capella Online - has it's pros and cons
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Degree: Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator
Graduation Year: 2016
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I went to this school because I already had the experience and I wanted to further my career. I attend classes online because it's very convenient. All I can is if you are already working with your company and you wanted to obtain a master's or doctorate degree to grow or move to another position, Capella may be a great choice. Capella is very easy. It's easy to get an "A" with doing minimal work. If you are fresh out of high school, you may want to think about going to an reputable school and take your classes online. My undergrad courses were at another school and I was in the classrooms. Hope this helps someone. Good Luck!

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Disgusted
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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 - about 1 month 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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ZB - about 1 month ago

I can understand the frustration but as was stated by others you will get what you put into the program. I have found my course work very challenging and relevant to current issues. - JD do not be discouraged

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JL - 19 days ago

I am not using financial aid, a loan which I am required to pay back, to supplement my income. I am currently employed and spend my evenings reading the required books and articles, participating in organized online discussions, working with remote assigned teammates on team projects and writing essays. The work is exhausting and I personally find it more extensive than the traditional classes I have had.

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