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Capella University
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Highly recommend Capella's MBA program
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Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2002
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I went through the MBA program the same time a friend went through the MBA program at St. Thomas. My coursework and class requirements were much more rigorous and demanding. I don't think I would have been hired at my current company or promoted to the executive level job I have without my MBA from Capella.

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Angela - 20 days ago

I tried Capella and the staff acted insane on more than one occasion and more than one person lied about their policies on purpose according to how much money they want to get out me. As long as you're giving them the most money possible they'll act nice. Although, they will switch this attitude in an instant. They lied to me about a 3 grand scholarship they were offering to all students for my course of study. When I said I wanted to use it despite being told not to use it, the enrollment counselor badgered me not to use it, and it was clear she didn't want to give it to me under any circumstances. Then she snapped at me for asking and told me she would just put me into whatever course she found available instead of the course I wanted to take, then threatened just to put me into a different course of study.

Don't waste your time
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Degree: Human Services
Graduation Year: 2013
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They get you in, then you can't transfer credits. You apply for degree and then they make up another class that you all of the sudden need to graduate. Then they receive your tuition audience from the military, student loan money, and GI Bill money, and forget to take all of their cut out of it before they give you a refund. Lastly they won't release your transcript, because they claim you now owe them money.

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Lifetime Opportunities
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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2015
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I am a graduate PhD (2009), HRM Cert (2010), Mgt Not4Prof Agencies (2010), CJ (204), PMasters HigherEdu (2014); and enrolled in PBacc HealthCare (2015) which is an solicited endorsement. I am a graduate of W2W BBA and MBA programs, and was I fooled thinking that Capella was easy. I was wrong! And the journey, though difficult was worth it all. With the highest, I recommend Capella as the school of choice and value.

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thomas case - 25 days ago

For example: Ask clarifying questions, share your experience with this school, ask for more information (on classes, professors, career opportunities, etc.)

I hope you meant unsolicited endorsement?

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EdSmith - 25 days ago

Please change:

"solicited endorsement".

To:

"unsolicited endorsement".

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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Nancy Bajer - 26 days ago

Thank you! Never having had the opportunity to even consider a college degree until now. I had begun to believe that all the on-line offers were bogus due to the plethora of negative reviews I have read. Your however, yours gives me hope. Yours is well thought out and intelligent, mindful of how people like me (older and not as accustomed to the on-line world of education) think and the information that we are looking for to make well informed decisions.

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JL - 25 days ago

I am glad I was able to help. Each program offered by Capella is different however. Please be sure to research the accreditation type and compare to other institutions. Another online college may be better suited for you based on the program you select. While I feel I made the best choice for myself and my career goals, I don't believe this is a reflection of every program offered. I don't mean to discredit other programs, I just don't know enough about them to provide an opinion. Also, with the negative perception of online school, be aware extra work may be needed to prove the value of the education received, ie the coursework and amount of time spent. The reason I chose online school is because my work schedule will not allow for traditional class schedules. I am also in my early 40's and while a college degree is required, I feel it is les about the school and more about my work experience. Those about to enter the workforce may consider traditional school as there is more scrutiny with the lack of experience.

Whichever you choose, I wish you luck on your endeavor and much success!

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 - about 1 month 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 - about 1 month 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.

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Terra - about 1 month ago

Capella is accredited through The Higher Learning Commission so I don't understand the comment about it being worthless. I received my two year degree from a traditional college with 30,000 students, with this same accreditation when I transferred to the four year program at the same college they did not accept all of my credits, this is more common than you think.

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Angie - about 1 month ago

I am not a student at Capella but I do know a little about transfer credits. Technically accreditation has nothing to do with whether your credits transfer. Some schools classes are too different in content to work for what another school wants you to learn. That has been my experience at least.

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John McClure - 30 days ago

I am considering a online school after having a stroke. I am confin I have college credits from a NYC University. I would like to transfer my credits and finish my coursework in Early Childhood Education. The problems I am having are: I am not confident that I will get a Job as a teacher. How do prospective employers look at online degrees; are they as good as brick and mortar school?

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John McClure - 30 days ago

I am considering a online school after having a stroke. I am confin I have college credits from a NYC University. I would like to transfer my credits and finish my coursework in Early Childhood Education. The problems I am having are: I am not confident that I will get a Job as a teacher. How do prospective employers look at online degrees; are they as good as brick and mortar school?

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 - about 1 month 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 - about 1 month 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 - about 1 month 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 - about 1 month 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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