Capella University Reviews
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I am currently a student with Capella University, pursuing the Doctorate of Public Administration. I am not new to Capella University since I obtained my Masters in Criminal Justice with the University as well. However, the longer I remain with the University the worst the Financial Aid department becomes. I have compared the tuition rates with other online universities, and Capella is far more expensive than some of the ones I have compared them with. However, I am too far to turn around. My perspective graduation date is December 2016. When I began with the University in 2010 the Financial Aid department was far more professional and attentive than they have become in recent years. On a Master’s level my financial aid refund normally was about $1,800 providing I did not purchase books and I received it promptly on the first day of the month following the start day of each new academic quarter. As I continued to the Doctorate’s level, the refund amount decreased to roughly $1,200.00 if no purchases were deducted from the amount. I realize tuition rates do occur; however, throughout the year of 2014 the refund date moved from the first of the month (which is normally the third week of the academic quarter) to fifth and sixth week following the first day of class without explanation. When I contact the financial aid office for clarity, the staff is rude, unprofessional, and short tempered. If I wasn’t too far to turn around, I would drop Capella University as quickly as I would a hot potato.
I have received my BS degree from Capella last year. Unfortunately when I tried to apply to a state school master degree program, I was told that the majority of my Capella credits are not recognized by the state school. The reason? The accreditation is worthless. Do your homework. If you just want a degree, go ahead and attend Capella, but if you want it to be worth something, go to a real school.
I just completed my doctorate in Education at Capella University. I have two Bachelor degrees and a Master's degree from traditional schools, and Capella was just as rigorous as my traditional schools. Course work was challenging, and most instructors were engaging. Some instructors were not present as much as they could have, but I have had similar instructors in my traditional programs as well. I have never had a problem navigating the library, getting help from financial aid or technical services, and even from disability services. I require ASL interpreters for required colloquia and committee meetings, and disability services were quick to get top notch interpreters for me. The only thing is that the pre-dissertation phase dragged on and I felt I could have gotten feedback sooner (or some of these parts could have been done during the last few classes). They also made changes to this process while I was working on it, which dragged it out as well. The drag-out was also partially my fault, since by the time I got to this point, I was burnt out both academically and in my personal life (move, new job, etc). Such is life. The Research Plan was actually the longest part than even the dissertation itself, but it was very helpful because once I got to the dissertation, I already had a lot of my information that I could pull from the RP. In writing the dissertation, I have referred to other dissertations including ones by non-Capella students and my process was comparable to other doctorate programs and dissertation writing. My mentor was excellent, with a rich academic background. I know people who have graduated from Capella, and are now working principals, administrators, and as tenure-track professors at good universities. Even though my student loans are now pretty high, which could have been lower if I didn't drag out 2 years I could've completed before, I am glad I finished my degree and I look forward to the next phase in my life.
Capella is a great university to attend. As with all schools, the experience is as good as the effort you put into it. I'm currently in a Management position where I have the need to get an MBA to advance me to senior leadership. Capella is flexible, affordable, and challenging.
I've attended community college and Liberty University online, but Capella is one of the best schools and the staff is very helpful. The price is responsible and the instructors and professors are professional and understanding. I love this school and I will be attending this to soon getr my Masters!
There's alot of complaining here, but I still agree with what some people have said. You only get what you put into school. Regarding the professors never assisting, mine have always been there. Mine have given me opportunities when I turned in an assignment late with no penalty. My grading criteria was extremely thorough. It was rare that I got a "good job". I got a detailed explanation of what I did well and what I could have done better. My degree involves coding, so I'm not really sure how I can "fly" through the assignments. I've had to learn how to code, and I can't really "forget" what I learned unless I stop applying myself.
I went to this school because I already had the experience and I wanted to further my career. I attend classes online because it's very convenient. All I can is if you are already working with your company and you wanted to obtain a master's or doctorate degree to grow or move to another position, Capella may be a great choice. Capella is very easy. It's easy to get an "A" with doing minimal work. If you are fresh out of high school, you may want to think about going to an reputable school and take your classes online. My undergrad courses were at another school and I was in the classrooms. Hope this helps someone. Good Luck!
The curriculum is outdated. Most readings are no more current than 2009. I consistently get 100's on my assignments with comments like "great job". Nobody's work is perfect, and "excellent work" is not a teaching tool. This class I have an instructor who can't put together a grammatically correct sentence. This school is the biggest student loan fraud institution. It's designed for students who wish to use the financial aid system for "a check" to supplement their income, nothing more. The teachers are nothing more than "hall monitors" who complain their student load is too much for them to respond to each student individually. This is criminal.
Capella University's online program allowed me the flexibility to work full time while caring for my child. The professors a highly trained and knowledgeable. The education I received was invaluable and the on-line class format is easy to use.
I have obtained a Masters Degree in Business Marketing. I graduated in 2011 and have not landed a Ideal or Beneficial career yet. Most are impressed with the fact that I obtained a MBA but once they learn it was online, I am frowned upon. The Workload was strenuous and it was hard to get ahold of the Instructors if you had a issue. Once it came to group work, be prepared to have majority of the work fall upon your shoulders as many of the students do not do there share of the work and the teachers are oblivious to it . The books are seriously expensive and they get New editions each semester and many are not compatible with an International edition. So Please, Do not believe the hype that, ONCE you ADVANCE your education the MONEY rolls in. You have to know someone in the industry or company in order to get a GREAT career. I have been told by every company , I am OVER QUALIFIED and it makes you think, What's the point of the Degree if I can't use it.. Hope this helps