Capella University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (266)
This school is horrible. For my first class I did not buy the book. But still managed a passing grade. This is because they do not pride themselves on academics but on money. A passing student is a paying one. I decided I was going to take a different route after my first class and participates do twice in my next courses. I honestly did not take the two courses. I asked for weeks to be dropped. When I finally was dropped I was billed for almost 5k. For courses I DID NOT TAKE! This school is crap. I tried to work a payment plan. They would not accept what I was able to pay. The reason I'm in school is to get a better job once I graduate. As of right now i am not making very good money. I get by and that is it. So they sent me into collections. Ruining my credit and now I can't even get a loan to fix the issue. Go to this school if you want to hand them 25k for your degree. You won't learn anything. If Capella worked with me on my budget I wouldn't complain. But they were insistent that I pay 250 a month until the classes which I did not take were paid for. Good luck to those who go here who are in financial stress.
My experience at Capella was exceptional. It was rigorous and comprehensive. I had three friends in the Leadership in Higher Education EdD program at USC while I was at Capella and we would often compare the work they were doing with what I was doing. Consistently, my work was more in-depth, rigorous and more thoroughly reviewed by faculty. Since graduating, my education has helped me move up through the ranks at my college from faculty, to chair to dean in six years. From curriculum development to college financing to student development theory, I use what I learned at Capella everyday! I am still in contact with cohort friends I met and with faculty who are still giving me support and advise. I would recommend Capella to anyone who finds it challenging to attend a regular brick and mortar school.
This is the best program I have been a part of and for those who think it's a scam, you're wrong. The level curriculum is very challenging and requires a high level of determination and self-motivation to get through. Do you research before judging. This program has helped me to develop strong analytical and critical thinking skills and I'm able to effectively develop high level corporate strategy that is relevant and consistent with current business standards. I am confident that this degree will greatly enhance my ability to be competitive in the business world. Thank you, Capella!
Smooth transition into university, requires hard work, dedication and motivation. very challenging, but very rewarding, lots of writing and classroom interaction that is mandatory. Professors are strict when it comes to grading. Also discussion and feedback are mandatory as mentioned earlier.
Capella University presented itself as compassionate and concerned when taking money from me, but they are for profit. I completed all degree requirements but needed an approximately an extra 4 weeks to complete the last two steps in my dissertation process but was denied. The reason given, I did not finish by September 30. Per Capella, "best regards in the future".
I do believe this university is only about and after money. I wish I had never attended this school. I have two graduate degrees from another university and I personally would not recommend this school to anyone. I wish someone had warned me prior to attending.
This review is because I completed the B.S. in Information Technology with the Multimedia Specialization. I was very pleased with the curriculum quality and professionalism of the professors. I transferred over into the School of Education to further my interest in Instructional Design for Online Learning. There was a huge difference in how professors treated students. It took 3-3.5 weeks to receive grades. I highly would not recommend Capella University's School of Education. The department thought they were at a higher status. On top of that in 2013, after reviewing my loans, I found that the School of Education never returned unused funds when I withdrew in 2007-08. After 6 months of debates with the financial aid office, they eventually returned 1700 in funds back to my lender. That was a huge battle. In 2007, Capella University was sited for not returning unused funds, but they still did it to me in 2008. This can be found at the bottom of Wikipedia for validation. If you select this college it is a hit or miss. Again, I had a very good experience with the School of Business and Technology, but not the School of Education. If you enroll, monitor your funds carefully if using financial aid. The quality for I.T. was very current to the industry and organizational standards.
Finished 3of5 dissertation chapters. Told Capella, leaving to save tuition, return. Returned, program changed plus 20K. Asked for Masters, offered CERTIFICATE for courses. Complained. They did nothing. Capella changes program then demands more money.
I love Capella University. I am 1/3 towards my doctorate and so far I have had a wonderful experience. I went to an Ivy league undergraduate college for my bachelors of science. Capella is more rigorous than was the graduate program for earning my master of science degree at TAMU. Many of the professors are also professors at other top universities, such UCLA and are experts in their fields. I have made many professional connections and am not limited to those at a brick and mortar college. My classmates are doctors, scientists. social scientists, dual enrolled graduate students and fellows, and nurses. They are all intelligent, engaging, and literate. You have to have a 3.0 with a M.S. to be considered for this program. The instructors have been engaging and pipe into the discussions, provide additional resources, pose challenging prompts and questions and thoroughly review our assignments in track changes. We get feedback on every discussion post. Everything we post must be supported by scholarly data or publication. The 3 things that make Capella great are 1) there are no annoying "off-the-cuff" speculative classroom discussions- discussions are well thought out and supported; 2) many of the students are working in the fields of the topics we explore and thus have much anecdotal information to contribute to the classroom; 3)having professors from a variety of top academic institutions enriches our learning experience and engages us in real world research. Every night I sit down at my computer and engage in what I call "Academic Warfare." It is fun and challenging. After 5 classes, I have amassed enough information and developed enough papers to publish several review articles. You must be a self-starter and learner to succeed at this school. You must understand how to be scholarly and if you are a poor writer, forget it. It has been a perfect learning model for me because I work full time and have a family. Capella works with you on your course schedule and path- especially if you have delays. They also give you scholarships and grants like many universities. I know of a student who has had difficulty finish a PhD due to lack of rigor. While it may seem like a money scam, I believe that the profs are right in demanding additional rigor to this student's thesis. The profs are not paid by the number of quarters a student is enrolled, but they do get dinged if their students do not produce academically rigorous work. I honestly love the school and have been impressed thus far. Since I work in scientific research, I know what academic rigor is and Capella has it. Capella is also highly regarded by EPA, DoD and other US government institutions as being a legitimate and worthy institution of higher education. I don't see a problem with the for-profit model. Even the not-for profit institutions are trying to make money to break even. It is not like you can walk into Capella and give them money and get a degree. They have a standard and reputation to uphold.
Capella University is fully accredited, and an academic institution that requires students to actively engage in academic work. If you do not make the cut, you simple get the letter grade that you deserve. To attend Capella University you need to be a serious student that is is self-directed, and self motivated. I encourage all of those that might be interested in online education to reconsider Capella University. The biggest mistake is that people tend to assume that Capella University is 100% Online. This is not the case, and as a matter of fact there are residences, colloquial, seminars, summer classes etc. You can certainly have the college experience, and much more, but you need to be a student in order to know. There is more to Capella University. (www.Capellauniversity.edu) Again, the academic institution is accredited, and it is just a fact of life that some students do not meet the requirements to receive an accredited college degree. Some students think that just because they are paying the tuition that they will pass a course at Capella University. Serious mistake. If you are interested in obtaining this type of education I encourage those seeking a college degree to look somewhere else. Also, take the time to explore the faculty that Capella University hires. Some of these professors are graduate from some of the finest universities in the United States, and some of them have obtained State Licenses in their chosen professions. On a final note, the name of the school, or the degree does not make the man, but the man must make the degree work for him, or her. Hit the books! JM