Capella University Reviews
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If you are looking for any handholding this is not a college for you...nor are many of the online universities. I would not call any of the professors instructors as there is no teaching. I repeat there IS NO TEACHING just a list of things you must do. Coursework is mostly relevant to real world but what is assigned and what you end up having to discuss in a required online discussion and the assignment may not match. Reading and assignments in many courses do not even match up correctly. Many courses you could do the course without the book and just rely on Internet resources. I do not know how much (if any) control each professor has on the coursework or reading material except for supplemental. Discussions are mostly useless in the courses but more due to lazy students than anything else is. Please do not be one of those and put some effort into them, as the other students have to respond to you when you post crap. Only a handful of professors actually get involved in the discussions others just auto-grade at the end. To do well you need to do your required postings at the frequency the professor wants. This normally is one post and two responses but some have wanted more. When initial post occurs fluctuates from the Wednesday to last day of the week (Sunday). Many professors are lenient about turning in assignments late if you contact them ahead of time, which has been a very good thing and greatly appreciated. Last week of course all material is due by Friday instead of Sunday. So, if you have a weekly paper and a final paper both are due on Friday and you lose the weekend to work on it. Shortest week for the most amount of work. APA required format seems to differ between one instructor and the other. I have seen different requirements for font, size, etc. Many do not seem to care and others may mark you off (two professors) and then proceed not to tell you what you were marked off for. Seems random and just a way to normally pad the great upward. Just create a solid template, adjust MS Word to what you need and re-use and modify as necessary. If you have a project paper keep using the previous week's paper so all the references stay intact within the paper to save you a lot of time...helpful tip for you! Use references though each professor requires a different amount. I have seen three references per paper to 3-5 per page. All discussion and assignment feedback seems automated with maybe a handful of assignments that comments were unique to my paper during the last 15 courses or so. I have even seen professor review comments that did not match the assignments or discussions! I have added a couple times irrelevant references to something like an alien invasion that went unnoticed one time :-) This lack of even caring what a student writes drives me insane. So, you NEVER have any true feedback (at least I didn't). Biggest pet peeve is you never will know if a teacher is or is not talented, since you will never talk with them. Some provide phone numbers so some are possibly reachable but I have never tried that way just through e-mail. I don’t want to talk to the professors I just want to check the boxes and move on. Messages, e-mails or the "Ask the Instructor" discussion option…these are all used for communication and is always a roll of the dice what instructor uses what so there is no continuity. Courses are not difficult. Just do your required discussions when they are due and write your paper. Make sure that you include what the assignment states and what they the pdf file states the breakdown of the grade will be...as I have seen them not align! I have some years of experience already in the field so much of the curriculum is remedial for me. Those new may have difficulties at times. Many papers due do not have a minimum size others do. I normally run over minimums (and maximums at times but have never been penalized. Time I used for courses ranged from 4 - 15 hours with an average probably around 5. Your mileage may vary. Before diving into the reading as I mentioned look at what you need to turn in and get that done...then read the rest if useful. I cannot emphasize that enough...read carefully and work accordingly it will save much grief and time. Advisers are helpful and no complaints. They are definitely a bright spot and have helped me make some decisions related to courses and options. I have contacted them a few times and they have been patient with me on my questions :-) Financial side hopefully has improved...but they do love their money. A couple years ago had a very bad experience. Capella handled the situation appropriately once escalated. This was specific to collection tactics by a person who was hired recently and went after me like a pitbull...even though I just got the bill two days prior. As I said, this was handled so kudos for the management for talking to me and dealing with it. This should not be an issue unless you are truly delinquent then well... it is what it is. Those with certifications or previous courses should speak to an advisor for options. Capella was/is excellent for applying courses to your degrees. It may be easier for many to attain a certification and then fill out the forms/papers to get out of the course. There will probably be a fee involved so be warned but to me it is worth it. I found Capella extremely generous and worked with me. Keep in mind I have a lot of experience and some certifications that many of the courses try to get you ramped up for. For those that do not know online colleges read up about adjunct professors. I may have beat up the professors some but the colleges (not just Capella) have created the environment of facilitators and not professors. Honestly, they seem more administrative then professors and are paid accordingly...not a get rich job. I have a few friends that are adjunct professors at other universities. Students in my courses ranged from extremely knowledgeable to so weak that I am amazed they passed middle school. Many students if tests were given on the topics during the course I feel would fail. All courses are based on either papers or discussions…not tests no quizzes so there is no requirement for any memorization. Most coursework is relevant and the material seems recent in most cases. To get the true learning experience one should read much of what they give you but you will only be graded on a small portion of it. A few books have been a bit dated but overall a good selection of material. In summary, Capella is good to get your degree in a hurry. They are flexible on assignments depending upon instructor. There is no warm and fuzzy feel at all. If you do not do the work then you fail and do not expect them to care much. Write your discussions and papers and try and believe they will be read. If nothing else it is good practice :-) If you follow directions well and set enough time you can pass with a very good grade. Having a bachelor's from Capella is great, but to me it was more about jumping through hoops to get the piece of paper.
This University is a joke. They do prey upon students and they are not consistent with graduation requirements. In the DBA program, they allowed some students extra time and support to finish work that was not afforded other students. I finished my coursework with a 4.0 and they did not allow me to complete my dissertation to finish the program. I had health issues, family deaths, and other personal crisis that I was facing, and I was never advised to take "leave" from the program. Out of the group that I started the program with, only 2 people, JUST two have completed the program. To my knowledge they did two of us the same way, but their graduation rate is abysmal and the program is a joke. DON'T go to this school. AND, they started to loose numbers so they kept raising tuition to make up for it.
I found the psychology coursework to be intellectually challenging and stimulating. The professors were helpful - providing feedback, assistance, compelling discourse and thought-provoking dialog with me and my fellow coursemates. During the 4 years it took me to achieve the MS, I experienced two family deaths which caused me to drop and re-take several of the courses required for the degree. In both situations, the Psychology department advisors helped me appeal and re-establish academic standing, and the profs were accommodating in terms of coursework due dates. In spite of having to re-take 3 courses, I graduated with a 3.2 GPA. It's important to know what you want out of the degree program and to make your decision with eyes wide open regarding the commitment, both monetary and time-based, to graduate from a fully online degree program. Regarding the question of how the degree prepared me for a career: I was unable to gain traction with this psychology degree as I live outside of the US. However, I feel that it added significant value to me as a person. Good Luck!
Obtained by RN to BSN at Capella due in fact that they were accredited and recommended by the ANA. While a lot of writing and redundancy, it was no different than the CSU system online programs. While the cost is not cheap, it provides the same curriculum as others. I did not need the use of financial aid, an in fact received a discount as a member of the American Nurses Association (ANA) so perhaps others have issues sole due to financial concerns.
As one other review stated, since this is a "For-Profit" institution, they are more interested in getting your tuition than giving you the support and mentoring you need to graduate. After taking all the necessary coursework, Capella University ignored me and any support I needed to finish. Even when I applied for student loans at FAFSA, there was a warning that states Capella's graduation rate is low compared to their drop out and transfer rates. The only consolation is that if Capella looses its accreditation, I can get my money back. Caution is definitely advised before registering with Capella.
Stay as far away from Capella University as you can get. This school has the absolute worst faculty, tech support, library support, learner support, advisors, financial aid team and practices! They take your money just fine and then you are on your own. Want to actually learn something without a ton of aggravation and someone always trying to reach into your pockets for more and more money? Enroll elsewhere. This school has NOTHING to offer except deceptive practices, inaccessible resources, and absolutely NO ONE to help you.
The PhD program at Capella University is not for everyone. You need to have tenacity to meet the demands to earn your degree. Earning a PhD has been the most challenging but rewarding accomplishment of my entire life. Capella University offers excellent coursework to prepare you to write your dissertation. A mentor, and committee members are always there to provide feedback and guidance to achieve each milestone. If you are driven and up for a challenge, Capella University is for you.
I applauded Capella University out of necessity because I finished up by BS in Business Admin and they have multiple accreditation. However, I was recently kicked out of my course room due to financial aid ineligibility. I would be happy to pay, but it appears that they prey on student loans. I am now stuck out and was kicked out of the course room in which I have a 93. Seek something else and do not hesitate.
The value of the PhD from compelled the is multi-folded: I. It afforded an online community, and summer courses, that offered an excellent cross-cultural study group. 2. Their guest speakers and lectures were some of the major contributors in the field of psychology which would not have been available in one brick and mortar institution. 3. It offered a pill for a of job opportunities from classmates who live around the world. 4. It was the most eclectic academic experience I have had outside of my studies at the Frei University in Berlin Germany. 5. To me, it was the closest American education program that paralleled my European studies in both Germany and France - excellent learning opportunities were afforded each student and creativity was praised.
The program didn't prepare me for the working in a new field. There is nothing to show what I can do that will give me a chance. The after graduation follow up is nonexistent. There is no industry tie in what so ever so you on your own. The only help is a review of my resume. Getting in the door of a company with a degree from this school is impossible. The school has made no attempt to forge alliances with companies. My time was wasted and my money was wasted. The "school" sold me on this degree making me employable. What a joke. If you are considering this school getting you further in your career, look elsewhere.