Capella University Reviews
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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
I am currently enrolled at Capella. It has taken me 4+ years and I will graduate in March of 2016 with a Bachelors in Bus. Mgmt. I only take 2 classes a year as that is what my employer pays for. Is Capella convenient? Yes it is? Was it worth all of the stress... meh. People say that you get out what you put in and that is very true. I've worked very hard and currently hold a 4.0. I guess my biggest issue is that I feel as though the professors don't care. I keep saying to my husband that I'd love to be a prof at Capella because their job is SO easy. The benefit to Capella and it's classes is that your itinerary (syllabus) is laid out exactly as the prof expects it. They can just go in and check-check-check and boom there's my 4.0. Yes, I'm getting really good grades because it's a program that's easy to follow but I do not feel that I'm actually retaining a lot of the information learned. I've kept all my books so that I can go back and refresh. When it's all said and done, I'll have my Bachelors but as someone else said, companies frown on Capella. I'd say they frown on online education period. therefore, once I have that diploma in hand, I'm going to make an attempt to my local University to transfer as many credits as possible and get a degree with them. I'm essentially going to mask my degree from Capella with a real degree from a reputable school. So, that is my honest reflection, it's the truth, I'm not going to sugarcoat it or cover it up. I'm not trying to talk anyone into or out of attending there but looking back, I wish I'd chosen a brick & mortar university. .
I am a current Graduate student at Capella. Recently a close family member had a major life change to happen that has subsequently put a physical and emotional strain on my family. I contacted my instructor as I was directed by the "advisors" to do, but I received very little leniency. I also work a very demanding job that requires me to be on-call. The problem with that is this: I had a conversation with the enrollment advisor about the demands of my job BEFORE I enrolled with Capella. I was assured that weekly coursework would not exceed approximately 8 hours per week. That has been a lie from day one of class. If you don't care about the quality of your work or the grades you receive surely you can fit assignments into the quoted 8-hour time frame. I am not that person. I hold a 4.0 GPA here and it has been hell to maintain. Sleepless nights at least 3 times per week trying to balance work with the demands of Capella instructors; forget a life outside of those 2. This last semester has been the absolute worst. The instructors formulate their course syllabus with absolutely no regard for the learner's obligations outside of their class, including OTHER CLASSES. You never know how anal the next instructor will be; one semicolon missing from a citation being used to lower your grade. I have read responses from people on this site who have called learners in situations like mine "lazy" or "unorganized". I am neither of those and I feel they should grow up and realize everyone's situation is not going to be ideal and definitely not identical to the next person. I am extremely ready to be done with this school, and I can promise you I will not be back for the degrees I plan to pursue after this one, nor will I recommend this school to anyone.