Capella University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (334)
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.
Capella SCAM Complaint After four years and over $80K in expenses, I have realized that it would be folly to continue with the doctorate program in education at Capella University. I've never ever left a program before, but I am doing it now. I really wanted to believe that the school was organized to help students succeed, but I have experienced and realized it is set up more to take money than to support its students. Fact one: the constant changes of the program require constant adaptation on the student's part and resubmission of materials. Fact two: contact information for complaints is not readily available. Good luck trying to contact the president or top deans, they simply don't want to be bothered. Fact three: the tremendous amount of complaints and lawsuits documented online suggest the problems at the school are systemic. Fact four: After you have completed two years of course work, you will have five years to complete your doctorate. It took two years to gain approval for my research, leaving me only three years to complete the dissertation. When it became obvious after multiple attempts to obtain participants that the project was not going to work, the adviser, help desk and mentor could not offer any help other than to suggest to "try harder" or graduate with a masters, which I already have. To resubmit a new topic and finish within three years, given the timelines simply was not doable. Fact five: In my experience, the majority of the mentors are not full time employees and have side jobs. The quality of the mentorship is severely lacking. It would have been helpful to have a mentor to counsel me on the appropriateness of the topic rather than to allow me to stumble along wasting time and money. The reality I learned was that when you are doing a doctorate, you need access to participants. Go easy and find support for this outside the university, because Capella won't do anything, except provide you with matrix and outlines for your $5,000 per quarter. In sum, Capella has been one of the most frustrating and incompetent educational programs I have ever experienced in my forty years of education and I would warn anyone who is considering it to reconsider and find a program that has support to get you to your goal. If you are in the program and experiencing the same frustrations, you may want to cut your loses and move on.