Capella University Reviews
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A Capella grad, now online instructor, I can provide perspective from both sides of "the desk." Capella is a real and challenging program. Online study is not for everyone, particularly at the doctoral level. It requires a significant amount of self-motivation and drive. The dissertation alone is a bear of a life consuming project that prospective students should thoroughly understand before undertaking. Of the complaints I've read, sound like my students who want the degree without the work. One such student recently conveyed that quality work couldn't be submitted on time because priorities had been set: 1) Family; 2) Job; 3) Church. Sorry, but if your education can't crack the top three, you won't succeed at ANY program. While I feel the education was excellent - including the practical skills of clinical practice - there are some unavoidable obstacles. Learning those practical skills cannot be done solely online. The clinical psych program is more correctly a hybrid. Travel to a series of "residencies" is required. Beyond Capella, clinical psychologists require three years of supervised practice - practicum, internship, post-doc residency. As a "national campus," a distance program cannot offer the sort of support conventional programs do (e.g. an associated teaching hospital for practicum). Internship is a nationally competitive process that already has an only 75% placement rate - some students from top-tier programs don't get placed - and most all require relocation for a nearly minimum wage income. Same for post-doc, but with a slightly higher income. Then there is the licensing exam which all but requires completing a prep course, at your own expense with no institutional support. Finally, the lack of APA accreditation, automatically disqualifies you from licensing in 1/3 of the US. (There is a significant status quo problem with APA that speaks more to it as an organization than the quality of distance delivered programs.) Bottom line - this is a solid program which some larger issues that are navigable IF a prospective student goes in with eyes WIDE open.
I started class on December 7th and dropped December 29th. I submitted my first paper to Turn it in and it was kicked back with NO feedback on paper. It helps if you can get someone to actually read your paper. I was taking Flex Path. My first time trying to submit paper, the system did not work on their end. I had problems with my computer and printer that I had to pay for during this process. My loans were supposed to be deposited in my account on the 25th, in which I was counting on being around Christmas time and having the repairs that I hadn't expected. The money never was deposited. I'm still being charged $2,000 for 22 days of frustration.
I have to admit I was a bit wary about originally applying to this school; however, I've had a great experience. Yes, some professors are a bit challenging to get in touch with, as I recently experienced this past quarter, but I was able to go through academic advising and then to learner services to have the matter dealt with. Most of the professors, though, are very eager to help and stay in touch on a weekly, if not more frequent basis. This is not a brick and mortar school where you will have people chase you down if you do not turn in assignments, you need to make sure to maintain your own schedule and calendar so that you are able to meet deadlines. I have found that if you have an emergency, most are willing to give you extensions. Unfortunately, the deadline at the end of the quarter is pretty set, so unless you have a catastrophe, you won't find much sympathy. The amount of work I've done has been similar to what you would find in a regular, non-online school. The level of academic writing ability that I've seen in the rest of the students has varied significantly. Yes, this is a for-profit school, but it's tuition prices are comparable to most other schools. Have you seen the tuition rates lately?! But, I would not let the economic status of the school fool you. Capella is extremely academic and will push you to learn more than you ever thought you could, as long as you make an effort.
This is the worst school ever, nothing for their online course ever worked and it was the worst year of school ever for me. I dropped out of this school after 3 classes and they are saying I owe them over 4000 dollars for a class that I did not ever take with them now. I would never advise anyone to do anything with this sorry excuse for a school. It is basically a school in a box that has terrible student customer service and the staff is never helpful and yes I might sound a little disgruntled and yes I am.
This is my second masters degree, my first from an online institution. The rigor is high, but professors are generally supportive. Sure, I had some dud professors, but my department chair was eager to help. Additionally, when I contacted academic advisement, they were happy to help with future registration. College is not for everyone, and if you cannot handle the work, Capella is not a diploma mill. The work is difficult but you can learn a great deal if you choose. You can also burn through your tuition and do nothing. It's college, not middle school. No one is going to hold your hand. But if you work hard, and show dedication to the program, when you ask for further guidance from the professors, they are most often available--- as with any university.
This school is horrible. For my first class I did not buy the book. But still managed a passing grade. This is because they do not pride themselves on academics but on money. A passing student is a paying one. I decided I was going to take a different route after my first class and participates do twice in my next courses. I honestly did not take the two courses. I asked for weeks to be dropped. When I finally was dropped I was billed for almost 5k. For courses I DID NOT TAKE! This school is crap. I tried to work a payment plan. They would not accept what I was able to pay. The reason I'm in school is to get a better job once I graduate. As of right now i am not making very good money. I get by and that is it. So they sent me into collections. Ruining my credit and now I can't even get a loan to fix the issue. Go to this school if you want to hand them 25k for your degree. You won't learn anything. If Capella worked with me on my budget I wouldn't complain. But they were insistent that I pay 250 a month until the classes which I did not take were paid for. Good luck to those who go here who are in financial stress.
My experience at Capella was exceptional. It was rigorous and comprehensive. I had three friends in the Leadership in Higher Education EdD program at USC while I was at Capella and we would often compare the work they were doing with what I was doing. Consistently, my work was more in-depth, rigorous and more thoroughly reviewed by faculty. Since graduating, my education has helped me move up through the ranks at my college from faculty, to chair to dean in six years. From curriculum development to college financing to student development theory, I use what I learned at Capella everyday! I am still in contact with cohort friends I met and with faculty who are still giving me support and advise. I would recommend Capella to anyone who finds it challenging to attend a regular brick and mortar school.
This is the best program I have been a part of and for those who think it's a scam, you're wrong. The level curriculum is very challenging and requires a high level of determination and self-motivation to get through. Do you research before judging. This program has helped me to develop strong analytical and critical thinking skills and I'm able to effectively develop high level corporate strategy that is relevant and consistent with current business standards. I am confident that this degree will greatly enhance my ability to be competitive in the business world. Thank you, Capella!
Smooth transition into university, requires hard work, dedication and motivation. very challenging, but very rewarding, lots of writing and classroom interaction that is mandatory. Professors are strict when it comes to grading. Also discussion and feedback are mandatory as mentioned earlier.
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".