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4 out of 5

Regardless of whether it is online or brick and mortar, you get out of school what you put into it. I completed both a Bachelor and MBA at a traditional school, but due to extensive travel had to pursue my PhD online. First I wanted an accredited school. Capella is upfront about certifications in every state and so nothing is hidden. Faculty has been great although once the coursework is done, you are on your own for the comprehensive exam and the dissertation process.

This is the only thing I do not like about the school. You feel abandoned by the University unless you pay extra money for writers retreats where you may or may not have someone from your specialization. If they could fix that it would be great. Their technology is the best I've seen and I teach online elsewhere.

5 out of 5
Degree: Psychology

I received my undergrad degree from a state university, and my MBA from a different online university. Capella takes online education to the level it should be. The faculty and staff are extremely supportive and knowledgeable.

The classroom is set up to make sure that you do more than just scratch the surface of the topics. Also, the curriculum provides a challenge without being too invasive in your weekly schedule. The cost is there, but you have to realize that you are earning a graduate degree from a private school.

You are paying for the convenience of not having to go into a campus - but at Capella, you are also getting quality education. I would highly recommend this university to anyone.

5 out of 5
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2015

I have read various reviews and many, suprisingly, complain about price. It is a college education and if it was cheap everyone would have a college education and you could forget ever getting promoted. It is all about the competative edge over the competition and Capella University will give you that.

True, it is not free, but it is an excellent online environment with an easy to access and use setup. The instructors are intelligent and approachable. The assignments are challenging and rewarding.

I highly recommend Capella University for family people or busy people. I am the father of five children and have sufficient time to get all the work done each week.

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2 out of 5

Capella really got me so distressed in their program that I almost put off my educational goals. The school is awful the instructors are not very helpful and they will really put you in a lifetime of debt with their fees. The online environment is not user-friendly. I had attended other universities and this was one of the worst on line educational experiences.

5 out of 5
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2012

I have been attending Capella since 2010. My overall experience has been wonderful! My professors are highly intelligent and my assignments are very challenging. I am not due to complete my degree until later this year, but it will be a degree I will take much pride in.

I have attended two other schools before this one. Both brick and mortar and very well accrediated schools. However, neither of those institutions made me feel as proud to be a memeber as Capella has.

I think Capella does nto get the credit it deserves because it is an online school and people complain about the amount of work and the price.

As with any online courses, the price is much more than traditional courses and I will not deny that the work can often be intense, but each class I complete, I feel more worthy and ready to venture into my field! I am excited to be attending Capella and I would definitely suggest giving this school a try!


3 out of 5
Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2013

I have been working towards my degree for several decades. Like most, I started off at a brick and mortar school, but didn't know what I wanted to be when I grew up. I fell into the project management feild and found that I really liked the challenges that it had to offer. I decided that I wanted to find a school that offered a bachelors in project management. There are not a lot of school that offer this focus until masters levels. Since I was a working professional with children, I felt that I needed a program that I could have passion about.

I found Capella through PMI and started classes in October 2009. I have another year left til graduation, so I feel I have a pretty good experience with Capella, which has not been all sunshine and perfection. This program takes a lot of work and dedication to complete, but for me it is worth it. I have grown so much in the last 2 1/2 years, not only in my cofidence, but in my writing abilities and what I have to offer my employer. Spelling is still a challenge for me, but that isn't Capella's fault!

Enrollment at Capella was super easy, the advisors really work with you on getting everything that is needed including working with financial aid. I have read some comments here that are negative towards financial aid, I personally have not found issue with the department. Every time I have had questions, I have received answers or directions on where to go. There have been some occasions where I have had to make several follow up calls but have been able to get everything worked out.

I have had good and bad professors, but for the most part they have been better then at other schools. I do recommend Capella, but as in anything that you do, you must research and ask questions so that you have a complete understanding of what you are commiting too. Lastly, getting a higher education takes commitment and work, so remember, your get what you put into it!

4 out of 5

I graduated from a traditional undergraduate University (a prestitious top rated University, actually), joined the Army for student loan repayment, was deployed for long durations, but still wanted to pursue a graduate degree. I was accepted into a graduate program at Georgetown University, but simply could not commit to the physical requirement of attending a brick-and-mortar structure due to my military duties.

Then, I found Capella University. I was hesitant and quite suspicious at first, but figured I'd give it a try. It offered the flexibility I needed and the course offerings appeared reasonable. I completed my MS at Capella and, overall, had a good experience. I found the curriculum appropriate and the required reading relevant. I did, however, go over and above by seeking outside sources and conducting personal study. That was a personal choice and not something all students choose to do.

After completing my MS, I applied again to Georgetown University for a PhD, and again, was accepted. While it would have been nice to earn my PhD from Georgetown, I simply couldn't commit to the physical attendance. During the PhD years I had a family, a job, and other commitments that demanded even greater flexibility.

Overall, my experiences at Capella were quite good. I found the instructors to be engaging for the most part. Like any school, some professors are better than others; and some classes will be more interesting than others. The only complaint I have is the high financial cost of an online education. You do pay for convenience.

2 out of 5
Graduation Year: NA

Enrollment office was great and gave such a false impression of how they really operate. I had a medical emergency and had to with draw from class. They refused to credit my semester even though I dropped the second week of class.

I sent doctors notes, hospital forms and insurance forms but they still tried to bill me. They even lied and tried to say I didnt drop until one month later , lucky for me I kept the notice from federal loans which showed the school reported I with drew on the on the right date , Even with that the student care center tried to find a loop hole to still get me to pay for a semester I was not active in.

Funny thing is with out asking they re-enrolled me in the same course for the next term I found out when they billed me for that too.

5 out of 5
Graduation Year: 2012

I hear over and over again about negatives and online schools. Complaints ranging from student service, to curriculum, and so on. I actually watched the PBS Frontline: College Inc. In many ways this review is a response to all of them.

No one cares about students going to "traditional college" and coming out not able to get jobs, or with high student loans. No one listens to their complaints about their professors, or how they failed out. Suppose I went to Georgetown or OU or Harvard and said they were a degree mill... would anyone believe me?


No. Have a "for profit program" that offers a degree to ANYONE who has the drive and talent to get it and you have congressional hearings, pbs investigations, and other activities of similar stripe.

I went to a "traditional college" when I came out of high school. I did not mind my studies and left after two years. I got a job, met a girl and got married. I did well. I opened my own business and things were going great, until I made a few mistakes and 2008 came. That ended my business. Well I had saved up some money and my wife had a good job, so after a few conversations I went back to school.

I tried to apply to a "traditional university" and did not have enough hours to transfer. My previous transcript was an embarrassment, my fault, but I had to move forward. I applied to a local Community College and they didn't care. I called, nothing... So I called Capella after researching online options. Odd how all the "traditional universities" that didn't care about me being a "traditional student" wanted me to attend THEIR online program...

Capella seemed to care. They helped me get started, talked to me about costs, loans, and everything. Yes it was going to cost something but all colleges do. I told the guidance counselor that I wanted to graduate in 2 years, she said that it was possible, but it would be tremendous work. Well guess what, IT WAS and I DID. Everything they told me was the truth. They cared about my feedback. My professors acted like every other professor I had ever had. Everything about the school was challenging.

Online schools, especially Capella, take a LOT of self discipline, but then again so do all colleges. That is what I was missing the first time around.

Good luck to you. IF you choose Capella, and you try hard, engage the course room, read, and stay disciplined; you will do well.

2 out of 5
Graduation Year: 2012

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.

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