Capella University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (285)
I am half-way through my Masters in Public Administration (MPA) degree at Capella University. I am taking one class per quarter, which has been a good pace for me while I work full-time and maintain my normal life. I received my BA in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine (UCI) in 1992, attending in the traditional manner. My studies at Capella are all on-line. I will echo the other positive reviews regarding Capella’s graduate programs. If you are disciplined, and know what you want, Capella is an ideal university. The website works well, and is fluid and easy to access. They really have the access part well organized. Each week, there are required readings, plus some research to find additional articles. You receive complete access to their library, and the academic journals you will need to complete your studies. At the end of the week, you are required to submit one or two discussion essays (1-3 pages each) and respond to at least one other student’s postings. Usually, there are 1-3 longer projects/papers due each quarter as well, depending upon the class. Depending upon how well you read, it is 4-8 hours of work per week for the discussion essays, and 8-10 hours of work for the longer papers. There are no lectures, and the learning is all asynchronous (meaning it’s all when it is convenient for you). Here is the one issue; because Capella is a for-profit institution, some of the graduate students probably shouldn’t be there. Students (or learners) are required to write in the third person, and in an academic style. They are to cite their references in the appropriate way (APA 6th Edition). Many of the students do not do this. Many post like they are posting to Facebook or some blog cite. This is despite the school and the professor instructing them not to. I do not know if they fail the class, or what they are being told by the professor (since that would be private). It can be frustrating when you’re posting and writing in an academic manner, and others are not. However, this is between those students and the university, not me. I have received good grades, and am doing what I believe is good work. At the graduate level, I am not looking for a lot from the professors. I am learning from the authors of the books and articles I am reading and the essays I am composing. If you are the type of person that needs a lot of feedback and/or hand-holding, this may not be the program for you. The professors make themselves available by phone or email, but I haven’t had a need to use that access. A friend and co-worker of mine received her PhD from Capella, and also had nothing but good things to say about the university. It is not the cheapest, but it also not the most expensive. I needed an online school, and eventually narrowed it down to Capella and several others. I looked at Grand Canyon University, Walden College, Columbia College, and Arizona State University. They all seemed pretty good, and Capella worked at little better for me based upon some timing issues when I was starting in 2015. TLDR: Capella is a good university for your graduate degree, as long as you are self-disciplined and self-motivated. The learning is what you put into it, and you will write the essays and do the readings. It is by no means a “diploma mill”.
I am in my second year at Capella for my B A and I regret choosing this school . They are not very helpful when I have questions or problems, Most times they don't even respond to my e mails and If I call I get the run around.. It is very obvious to me that they don't care about the students.. They are money motivated and as long as they get paid they don't give a darn. I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS SCHOOL TO ANYONE. KEEP LOOKING.
I was a little hesitant when it came to registering with Capella, but after completing my degree, I can say I was not only challenged, but wholly satisfied with my experience. I graduated last week, and am in a career where I am now making about 10% more annually than prior to having my graduate degree. The online learning takes a lot of discipline, particularly if you are working full-time as I was, but every moment was worth it, though a challenge at times. I found this experience much richer in terms of learning opportunities and overall satisfaction as opposed to my undergrad degree, which I completed in a traditional brick-and-mortar university. I would recommend this school to anyone looking to further their knowledge, skills, and abilities.
I decided in 2013 to complete my degree that I had started some 20 years ago. I transferred a ton of credits so only had like 18 courses to complete. I was trucking along taking 1 course a semester to avoid burn out working full time and doing school work. In June of 2015 I was the subject of a downsize at work after working there for 8 years. I plugged along with classes while attempting to secure work. For some reason It was difficult to secure work then I had a series of personal issues come piling in (job loss, had to sell house and move, grand kids moved 1400 miles away) I continued the course work but in January after enrolling in a course I had a few more personal issue (unemployment ended and Longtime relationship ended) These last 2 things caused me to turn 100% focus on finding a job and therefore did not participate in the course after the first 2 weeks. Needless to say Capella dropped me from the course returning my fin aid monies and causing a negative balance at the school whereas had they just failed me then I would just have to retake the course at a later time. As a result of the balance they are not allowing me to take additional classes until the balance is paid. I understand the school is for profit but to just add another obstacle on my plate was just wrong. I am working out a repayment plan with school but This leaves a bad taste in my mouth and I am reconsidering if it is even worth finishing.
I am a current learner at Capella University and I felt compelled to write a review after reading the negative comments. Although everyone's experience is different, some good and others bad, it really depends on the dedication and consistency of the student. In my experience I had medical complications and had to leave the school. When attempting to return two academic advisors guided me through every step until I was re-enrolled. They even took extra time to email and call me just to see how things were going. I was septical about taking online classes but the feedback that the advisors gave boosted my level of confidence. I have never experienced that before. I thank God for another opportunity to obtain my degree and if these advisors who have never met me but only know my name and Student ID number can take time to care, I think it's safe to say that Capella cares about their learners. Also, one review spoke about the college scamming for money. As I recall my advisor recommended a cheaper course to me so that I could have more money refunded from my loan. She also recommended I take particular courses that would help me finish quicker and be applied to two required courses instead of one. Finally, the navigation though the website and course material is easy to follow. The classes are not boring either, they mix media, text and visual components in the coursework, so your not just reading through a text book day and night. I have enjoyed my experience and there are two others that I know personally, one who is a current learner and another who has graduated, they have good feedback as well. The current learner is working on a master's degree and was able to get a job in the IT field just from using the new knowledge learned in the course room. That job makes him $95k a year. He's my husband so beleive me it is beneficial. I Hope this review helps those who are looking for a fresh new start!
I will be graduating in September of 2016. The program has been absolutely beneficial to my current job and I have been able to incorporate my job into my studies and apply them in a constructive manner. The course, professor and fellow learners have been mentors and inspire me to keep moving forward. I have no ill will to speak on behalf of this institution and will recommend to fellow learners.
Never go to this school. I had issues submitting assignments online and would contact IT, they would create tickets and not document the fact that they were created. I had to contact them multiple times..yet, I was still dropped. $3000 for nothing...
I found the Capella experience to be challenging and rewarding. The Information Assurance curriculum aligned with my current job and I found that I could apply much of what I learned almost immediately. The classes focused on IA, technical IT studies, and project management. I highly recommend the BSIT degree to individuals within the military or DoD environment.
I am in my final course at Capella and all I can say is how grateful I am that I chose Capella to obtain my MS in Human Resource Management. The classes are fulfilling, relevant and interactive. You get what you put in. If you apply yourself and take pride in your work, you will be rewarded. I have not run into any issues with my financial aid and consider Capella to be just as costly as any other graduate school so I guess I am not understanding people comments on it being expensive. What graduate school isn't expensive? Some programs (i.e. MBA) cost more than others (i.e. MS,HRM) and I guess that is to be expected given the demand. What I like about the MS,HRM is that you get a hypothetical simulation called CapraTek which learners must apply different HR principals to the situation over the 10 week course. Not only are the hypothetical completely HR relevant but they are extremely fascinating and keeps learners engaged. I am sure the different schools have it's own version of this but these are the things that I look forward to in each course. These are things that you pay for. Also, Capella MS, HRM program is recognized Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) as being accredited and aligned with their professional standards. I suggest others research the various societies for their school before making any commitment to any school. Not just Capella. I think people get the idea that with it being online, courses are more relaxed, which cannot be further from the truth. You have to create your own classroom setting and stick to your plan. Since there isn't a physical classroom, you have to find a designated area where you can focus and be successful. No one will hold your hand. Counselors and professors will be there to help as needed and I have experienced nothing short with the except for one bad Prof. I will end with this: many of these professors have been teaching for years at prestige universities, have written peer reviewed articles, hold various credentials, written best selling books, been keynote speakers, etc. I do not believe for a minute that if Capella wasn't legit, that these highly skilled and professional professors would ever considering working for a school with poor reputation knowing that can lead to an end of a career.
One of the requirements to complete the marriage and family therapy/counseling program is to complete both a practicum and internship. I am very frustrated and unsatisfied with the services and assistance that I have received whenever I have reached out to the university for help. If you reach out to them for help they will just tell you to look at the resources on the websites. The most frustrating thing was that my advisor told me that I come off as entitled that they are supposed to help me find a place. I don't think they are supposed to hand me a site but provide me with assistance and an UP TO DATE LIST of potential sites. I will not recommend this place to anyone who wants to pursue something in marriage and family degree this university. Its sad because I have had some great classes and professors but the treatment I have gotten just upset me.