Capella University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (266)
I am in the fieldwork phase of the Masters in counseling program. My experience with this school is that it advertises itself as a school for professionals who happen to students but their expectations are that you will be a professional student.
During the years I have been studying here, the school is constantly changing the graduation requirements; creating more hurdles for the students. The latest change for counseling students is that the supervision they have with their instructor (on a weekly basis for 90 minutes) may no longer be done over the phone but must be done thru a webcam.
The times for supervision are during the work day and require the students to sit at a location for 90 minutes with no interruption and where privacy is guaranteed. A working student cannot accommodate this requirement because very few workplaces will excuses you for 90 minutes and give you a private space with a webcam. This was a change made without any discussion with the students and it is typical of the school. The school will expect that working students make school the priority in their lives.
Some student actually quit their jobs to complete the internship, but for some of us, giving up steady income, health benefits, and retirement accounts is simple not an option.
The "academic advisors" are bachelor's level student who have not completed the graduate programs and will only try to pacify you; they will not act on your behalf and will be reluctant to pass you on to anyone of authority in the actual department. The school demonstrates ivory tower syndrome, where people are making decisions without considering how this will practically impact student lives. A traditional school will be quicker, more rewarding, and more appreciative of the students’ time.
I've only attended Capella for 3 classes now, and I find the workload to be more than enough. The coursework has been immediately useful for me. The good thing about online learning is that the student must do the work themselves, so you actually learn something. The bad thing is that with online learning, the student must do the work themselves :) If you coasted by with friends notes, or cliffnotes, or whatever means before, it won't work here. Cost? bearable in my case, the average MSIT class is just over $2000 per class.
I'll post again when I've done more than 50% of the work.
Student services is good enough too, that they don't warrant any high praises or low marks, they just do their jobs, and keep the wheels going. They check up on you frequently. I was given all the information upfront about when to expect to pay, when to expect a refund, etc. I had trouble once when I expected my loans to get disbursed to a class, and they hadn't disbursed 3 weeks into the class. I called and it was handled right away.
I have been to one other online university setting for my undergraduate work - Devry University. I left them for Capella because I wasn't to excited about Devry's Graduate level work. Capella has amazing teachers, who are experienced in the field as well as students that put alot of effort into their work which enriches your learning enviroment. Another thing I like about Capella is the fact that you can do your homework and discussions in advance. though be careful, if you dont read ALL discussion postings by others you will get deducted, thus very time consuming.
What I DONT like about Capella is their Student Services. You can hardly ever get the same person, especially with Financial aid, if you live off refunds from tuition etc, they dont come in till your class is over. You better have money for your books because they dont offer a student account that lets you pay it back with your student refund.
Capella is a very organized online school. Every facet of your learning is computerized-there's the library, tutors, any and everything you can imagine to help is there except time. The sessions are quick 9 weeks and its on to the next course which is great if you don't need time to think.
For 4 years I did online classes at Iowa State University where online was just like being there on campus with thanksgiving break, Christmas break, spring break etc, etc, etc 4 months and then I graduated and decided to go for my Masters at Capella. !st and foremost the courses are only 9 weeks, you have to buy your books from them and you have to go to class for 3 weeks BEFORE you get your Fi-Aid which is only $1700 just enough to pay my cable, electric, gas and water bills. Capella's ready for you BUT are you ready for Capella?! You have to be on your toes and have a part-time job because the financial aid won't get you on top of your utility bills to stay home and study. There is NO testing just writing papers 8-10 pages, 8-20 pages and 8-25 pages and all must be peer reviewed, and APA style and postings, postings, postings required OF 250 words always. I felt like stepford student. If you're not interested in a race to the Degree do not choose Capella.
Capella University has a complete disregard for their students. They do not care about you as a student they only care about you as $$$$. I have spent 5 years and $120K and they told me today "we do not design our classes for licensure" which means my counseling psychology degree is worthless!
When I spoke to an adviser a couple of years ago about licensure worries I was told I would be OK. But now that they got my money they told me "the only option is to transfer to another school". I have to basically give up on my dreams of being a counselor or start over. They duped me and are frauds. Do not attend this school. Do yourself and your wallet a favor and find another school. There are much, much better ones out there.
I received an associates and then a B.S. from bricks-n-mortar (the B.S. from good traditional university).
I wanted to pursue my masters degree and started taking some graduate courses in a Big 10 school. It was okay, but trying to enroll in classes, finding parking, etc. were a real pain. I was getting really discouraged by the paperwork, lack of communication/contacts and also with the generally poor learning experience. Many of the instructors were too focused on their research & writing & too busy to bother with improving their teaching. Many of my classmates were pretty ignorant.
So I took a Capella class & that was it. I went in whole hog. Most of the classes were right on -- perfect for the field I wanted to go into, very challenging, but exciting, inspiring, etc. My MS at Capella changed my life. I was totally in a dead end job, destined to be a secretary type and now I have a great job with no limit in my career. I know this all sounds corny, but its true.
I think the difference for me was that I love learning and I totally threw myself into my studies. I would sometimes stay up all night trying to get things right. Some people took short cuts. I did not. The products from my class assignments were really professional quality I used as examples in job interviews.
I only regret not spending enough time with my kids during that period, but they are reaping the benefits with the job income & my new job pays their tuition.
I am totally disappointed with Capella. I chose online learning because of good experiences I had with technology at other schools, but I was disappointed to learn that Capella does not use a lot of technology to teach counseling. I would be ready to graduate soon, but I discovered that Capella does not teach students to counsel at the six day residencies. To learn how to counsel, one must do volunteer work and attend the residencies to show Capella what they learned on their own or get lucky at the residency.
If you are unsuccessful at counseling during the six day residency, you must do volunteer counseling then repeat the residency to show Capella that you can counsel. You can complain about Capella to Capella, but everyone at Capella knows what's going on. Capella is not concerned that you are a busy adult, nor do they treat students like adults.
I am finishing my final quarter at Capella. I am currently working on my Integrative Project (Thesis)...Masters in Human Services/Social and Community Service. For the past two years, I have had an excellent experience at Capella. I've had the most awesome instructors, who allowed the learners to call them. I also had a couple of professors who held phone conferences for the learners. I never had problems in the financial aid department. Many of my courses were challenging, however I decided that I would work hard and do well and I am excited to say that so far, my GPA is 4.0. I would recommend Capella, it is an accredited university and the professors and staff are very caring.
I started Capella University in May of 2010. At first I thought this was the perfect school and I trusted my school with my funds and my education. The first class was a joke, there was no gradebook, no progress report, no feedback from the instructor, you were on your own. I took this for 4 weeks, I sent e-mails to the instructor since this was my first class and I recieved nothing at all. When I looked at my financial aid page I realized that they were taking out a 2nd loan that I was not aware of. 54 thousand dollars is a lot to pay besides the school taking a extra loan behind your back. I donot reccommend this school to anyone. Oh forgetabout transferring your credits and recieving your transcripts.
Capella has a good basis in PhD courses but the process to earn a PhD beyond the course process is ambigious and subjective at best. The "readers" of the comprehensive PhD exam are a mix of those cought up in their own "power" complex and those that want to prove that Capella U is a good investment. The result is a dice roll if you pass your COMPS and continue on to dissertation. Meanwhile, the cash register is clicking.
I wish I would have taken an alternative PhD route in a recognized university with on-line programs rather than Capella. with a $70,000 and 3 year investment I have no choice but to contiue on with my PhD from Capella. The COMPS exam and dissertation process is not prefected and is highly subjective. If draw competent "readers" for your COMPS you will proceed quickly to the dissertation portion of the PhD process.
Capella is not yet matured into an objective, continum process for the PhD process. Very expensive and very frustrating process with little support at the PhD level.