Capella University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (302)
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
My experience was awful! I got sick the week of a final. I explained in detail to the "professor" my situation. I didn't turn in final on the date because I was sick, but I had it completed to be turned in. The "professor" for the class gave me an incomplete grade which hindered me from registration for another semester. I had NO response back from her. I contacted my academic advisor about my situation and concerns, and then she attempts to reach out to the professor; she too received no response back. Therefore, I missed the opportunity to enroll in future courses because of the incomplete grade. My academic advisor suggested that I write a complain on the "professor," but instead I decided to withdraw from the program. I was not going to continue to pay for a program that had was quick to take my money, but not precise on hiring caring,professional individuals. I wish I would have listened to the review I read before going to this program.
Capella will max out your financial aid. They held me back and would not let me go through the process in which I enrolled. They made me go through a SMR process where I had to write the proposal again. I had to write a pre-proposal, proposal and SMR. I had to repeat components that I had already done. Capella is after money. There is no one to talk to when you are having a problem. I don't see how they stay in business. It is the longest process that I have ever seen to obtain a degree. Capella will take all your money. It is a horrible school.
This college as a bait switch scheme and my complaints run from in class buffoonery to lies, false information,incompetence and I have contacted the Florida Board of Education and I suggest while it maybe be a pain do it anyway this has got to stop! I have also retained an attorney.
The school in itself is ok. There were good and bad instructors. The cost is inflated but it is what you get for being a distance learner. I had very few bumps in the road through my masters and doctoral programs but you must be prepared to pony up $10,000 out of pocket for "weekend experiences" which are not much of anything, and most importantly to be stretched out when trying to complete your dissertation. It is a money play. $2800.00 a semester while you jump through hoops. The IRB approval is a joke. My research was qualitative and nothing more than a few interviews of students and what their learning experiences were in secondary education. This is a greedy institution that I am still fighting. Worst of all, the name doesn't help you at all getting a good job. There is no respect for Capella or any other proprietary institution which is sad because some of them have good programs. Capella is not easy in any way. It is challenging and did help me get a solid education, unfortunately the name ruins your chances of being able to showcase what you know.