Capella University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (275)
Go somewhere else. You will not get anything more from Capella than you will get anywhere else, but you will get it 100 times cheaper. Capella is no different than other schools anymore in that they set their tuition based on knowing what the government will give you in loans. There was a time when I was younger tuition was reasonable and the loans helped you live while you studied hard. Now, schools pay their teachers crap, but their administrator executives million dollar salaries with golden umbrella retirement packages (work 5 years get full retirement) so they make sure they max out tuition to the very limit so they get the most money. Anyway, teachers are okay, some bad, some too political (like every college that hires liberals). Here is the worst - when your money is coming in they are the worlds best friend, when it isn't or you're having trouble and once they can't pressure you, they drop you like a sack of potatoes. Just go somewhere else.
As a recent graduate of Capella's MSN program (nursing education), I would like to say the curriculum prepared me for my teaching role. While enrolled, the college where I work went through a board of nursing accreditation. The concepts learned helped me prepare for that process. I found the instructors to be very knowledgeable in their field and always willing to help. They always provided timely feedback when needed and when personal issues arose, were willing to work with me. I put in a lot of effort towards my studies and I am proud of the grades received even if I did not earn an A due to subpar work. I would recommend this school to anyone interested in pursing higher education.
Capella university is garbage do not go here if you can help it. They are trying to say I owe money for a class that was dropped before it started saying I was not supposed to get full disbursement when clearly I have been getting full disbursement every quarter with one class. I have asked them on numerous occasions to validate the debt in writing they still have not done it. But they state the debt is valid then why can they not validate it. I am beyond furious with their business practices if I could sue them I certainly would as a matter of fact I may look into that as a option. Somebody needs to teach them they can't falsely state you owe debt you do not. So I am unable to finish school because of this "false debt" they claim I owe. I basically wasted over 60,000 with them to still not end up with a degree this school ruined my life. Please do not attend here if you can help it
I have attended more than a few schools of higher education in my life, from technical certificate programs to 4-year private schools. Capella has got to be the worst of them. They have no regard for students needs, preferences, etc. It seems as long as they are getting that financial aid money and keeping students quiet and enrolled, they are quite happy to do nothing for it. If you have a problem with any aspect of the school, good luck getting help to solve it. If you have a question about any aspect of your course or coursework, don't ask since you will NOT receive any answers, not even any guidance on how to find the answer yourself. Worst school ever! DO NOT ENROLL here!
If you want to loose over $120,000 and your sanity, perhaps your job and family too, then go to Capella....I hope to God every night that they get slapped with a HUGE lawsuit or something....in either case, they have destroyed my life, and I am not the only one...I have nothing left and the strange part is I completed 100% of their curriculum yet did not graduate, and I'm not the only one, read more reviews on line!
I earned a Ph.D in Human Services in 2010. Did I know that studying at a for profit institution would be a gamble? Yes, I did. Still, as a professor at a community college already working on a tenure track back in 2003, I can assure you that I weighed the pros and cons of enrolling very carefully. Ultimately, Capella is/was fully accredited and it allowed me the flexibility to work full-time, raise a family, and reach my highest educational goal. As a professor myself, at no time did I ever feel as though my program's curriculum was second rate. All of my professors, courses, mentors, and residential requirements were challenging. I learned a lot and have drawn upon my years at Capella to earn tenure and contribute to my discipline. All that said, my credentials have been "put down" by some of my less than enlightened colleagues at my institution and elsewhere. All I can do is my best as an alum. To be very candid, it is my assertion that the differences between a non-profit and a for-profit University are actually few and far between. For example: non-profit administrators are eager to see a "surplus" of funds in any given year... surplus is another name for "profit." In closing, I value my earned Ph.D from Capella University and recommend the institution for adult, non-traditional learners.
I am very pleased with Capella. The initial school advisors and my assigned advisor were/ are very helpful. Like all things, you get out of it what you put in to it. I find the course work challenging and my instructors knowledgeable and responsive. The quality of some of the other students work is not graduate level. Perhaps stricter admitting requirements would help. All in all, I have learned a great deal and the leadership concentration is competency based. I would prefer a brick and mortar school for a PhD only to have face to face interaction for real time instruction and attention. For the graduate level, however, I am very pleased. Just for the record, I went to brick and mortar for my a Associates and had a GPA of 3.5. I also went to a brick and mortar University for my Bachelors with a GPA of 3.75. I currently have a 4.0 at Capella and have put in the time and work because I have not had to commute anywhere. Capella is a good school. Your personal experiences need to be aligned with what they are capable of offering.
I would like to clarify that I do not write reviews but If I could save someone from falling I would write one. Capella is a joke. They will call you all hours of the day trying to get you to commit. Once you commit you now work of their time. My advisor would take days to email me back once he knew he got me. I am disappointed in this school because the financial team is horrible. The financial team told me I could not go to school because another school paid and extra 30.00 in school loan. Really?? 30.00!? After contacting my loan services & showing proof of documentation. I was still not cleared for 30.00 and was told I cant take my next courses( after I purchased books for 300.00). My professor spelled my name wrong each time we communicated and my name has 4 letters in it. She would also doc points but would spell my name wrong during the email. I hope that anyone that goes here do not believe the hype about the commercials. Do extensive research and choose wisely. Again, I was a real student that have dreams and hopes of finishing school. It will not be at Capella!
I loved Capella. The school was built with people who were concerned about my education and helping me excel. I was allowed to chose a mentor and she was amazing. She helped me all the way through and guided me to completion.
I was a learner at Capella in the MBA program. I took three classes and passed all (with As.) Now some people applaud my "A's," but I tell everyone that EVERY STUDENT probably gets A's. They are the easiest classes to complete and I feel I learned very little in the 3 classes I completed. When completing my last final paper, I barely put much gusto in it because I knew I’d still get an A. And to prove it, I did it without much work. Sure enough – I received an A. I have transferred to private - REAL - school since then that I know will critique and grade appropriately. On another note, I also had issues with their financial aid department. On my third class, soon after the class was finished (and already paid for), I received a bill that I owed $1080. Because I receive partial education reimbursement from my employer, apparently now I owed them. It was never very clear why… even after I asked why this had never happened before. But that isn’t why I left. I left because I was embarrassed to call Capella my school when all they care about is money, not the quality of my education. I almost WISHED to get a B or even a C on an assignment just to have some real assessment of my work. Some people have said that maybe I’m just smarter than I think, but it is not the case in anyway. I have read reviews and have seen others bragging about their 4.0 status, but I should tell them now – don’t be proud. If Capella had an Honor’s system, every student would be on it. I work with two very intelligent men who are at two of the best brick-n-mortar schools in MN and they work incredibly hard to receive their As or even pass the class - up all night and studying every day. Capella doesn’t require this - it is maybe 5 hours a week working on assignments. But if you want an easy education – Capella is the school for you. I certainly was not proud to call Capella my school and I’m so happy I transferred out. If you want online, maybe University of Phoenix would be a better idea. But from now on, every person I talk to about schools will hear about my opinion of Capella. It is an embarrassment to higher education. Some good things about Capella: I don't blame the professors for the grading criteria. I have a feeling this is an institution thing. The Online Library - resources - is very impressive. To find academic resources was very easy and had a large inventory. I liked their iGuide as well. Technology was more than par.