Capella University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (390)
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".
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.