Capella University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (302)
I would definitely NOT recommend this school if you need to be spoon-fed your education! This type of schooling is not for the unmotivated student. If you're looking for a degree mill, this is not it! My education at Capella helped me greatly . . . It was a wonderful opportunity to interact with others in my field and learn from them through the process of posting assignments and providing peer feedback. I had one instructor who was less than responsive but student services assisted in the process of bringing that professor back into line. The curriculum is challenging and you will not make it through if you aren't self-directed, self-motivated, and selfish with your time. It requires a huge commitment of time and energy and other areas of your life will suffer . . . If you aren't prepared for that, don't start. You will not get the grade just for attending.
I thought student services were great. They helped me to develop a practicum that would further my career . . . And it did! But I was in the lead. If you aren't prepared to drive the process, this is NOT the school for you. I did not avail myself of any "job placement" services as my practicum site offered me employment upon graduating.
Bonus . . . Some life-long professional relationships and some life-long friendships.
Not for everyone, but it was right for me and I am the better person for having the Capella Experience.
I can not put into words what Capella means to me. I originally started my MBA with Capella back in 2005 but had to stop the following year. I just recently restarted my degree endeavor in April 2011 and was surprised by the welcome I received from the admissions staff. They bent over backwards to assist me in the degree completion process. My counselor was also able to get me going with the degree and helped me save nearly $2000 from jump street. Since then, every time I have questions I am always able to reach someone at Capella. When I have left messages, I was contacted in return by a staff member to offer information. Now, I am only 5 courses from graduating and will earn my MBA in Global Operations and Supply Chain Management in the spring. At work, I have already seen a benefit from my degree. I also posted my resume on line and get multiple calls from various recruiters and employers. Also, every few months, an advisor contacts me to discuss my future course selections and my educational plan. It is definitely a positive experience. Whenever I have had issues, the advisor assists in remedying them within a few days.
I would suggest that anyone that is desiring to attend Capella take a moment and assess all those negative reviews about Capella and see the commonality in them - they all have problems and blame the problems on the school. I found that even in my undergraduate school, similar negative scenarios played out with some students. I had negative experiences during undergrad and was able to overcome them and graduate but everyone has a different experience. Some people just can't see beyond the forest and know there is a wide open meadow beaming with sunshine ahead. I pray your Capella experience is similar to mine.
I enjoyed my experience at Capella. I am in my final quarter. The only thing I am skeptical about is how will my degree be viewed by employers. Now that I am focusing more on my career search, I am scared. I currently do not have a job. I was a stay at home mom and decided to pursue a degree online. I will recieve my BS in Business Administration from Capella. Because I dont have a job already, Im just worried how this will be percieved on my resume by employers.
The school is very expensive, so if you want to go out a cheaper route, research other schools, I only began my course work here because a freind spoke so highly of Capella. I would not recommend this school financialy, but you will get a good education if you apply yourself. Thats the realist review you will get, trust me!!!
I am completing my Master's in School Counseling. My experience has been extremely good. I went to a highly respected state school for my BA, and I can honestly say that this has been a much more challenging educational experience. You have to self motivate, manage your time and be willing to work hard.
The faculty has been extremely supportive. Everyone I have dealt with on the campus has been helpful and nice. I have never been treated like a number or as if they just wanted my money. The people who have stated that the school only wanted money must have limited educational experience. I get calls weekly from the state school I graduated begging for money for the alumni association, is that not money driven?
I would highly recommend this school to those wanting a good education and are willing to work hard.
NO ONE SHOULD GO TO THIS SCHOOL, THEY JUST WANT YOUR MONEY. THEY ARE LIKE WESTWOOD COLLEGE. YOU DO NOT LEARN ANYTHING FROM THIS SCHOOL. THE COMMERCIALS ARE BOGUS JUST LIKE WESTWOOD COLLEGES COMMERCIALS. WHEN YOU DROP THEY PUT A HUGE BALANCE AND FORCE YOU TO PAY IT! DO NOT GO TO THIS SCHOOL. I WON'T!
throughout my study with capella since 2008 till now, i have received extremely poor student services. Given that the unviersity offers online study, communiation with students should be essentila, however, the delays are so bad and the people there that are supposed to help students just ignore all requests..
you have to make one complaint after another in order to be heard.. the worst i ever encountered.. would never recommend the university due to the very poor student services provided..
I am finishing my Graduate work at Capella University in the field of Psychology. The work is very hard and time consuming. The university has something called Supplemental Instruction or SI for the most difficult classes.
For the reviewers that stated that "teaching" doesn't occur, they have not taken advantage of the SI opportunities, in which a Skype class with an instructor takes place for 1.5 hours twice a week.
I have had problems with 2 of my 12 professors and these problems were remedied by support staff. This university is only right for you if you are self-motivated and a hard worker.
I obtained my MS in Business / Organizational Management from Capella (started when it was the Graduate School of America) and every course I took involved written projects or papers. Program was well structured and followed my degree plan.
You will learn how to wright APA style and instructors were good. Like most things in life you get out of the program what you put into the program. Only negative is high tuition but comparable with many other on-line schools.
Definitely not a degree mill, you will earn the degree through documented work, so if you are looking to buy a degree this is not the school for you.
I'm very pleased with Capella. I'm currently on my 2nd quarter and it's moving along very well. The overall process was smooth, from the application to my class start date. Please keep an open mind when reviewing schools as every situation is different, start by speaking with an admission representative.
The course load if duable, however you need to stay focused and current on all assingments, do not fall behind. Check if your employer is an alliance partner!
I was in the Phd Program in human services. I had finished everything but my research to complete the Phd, but the last course I took - in professional counseling for personal enhancement as I felt it would help me professionally - and turned in my final paper on time - but the instructor said she didn't get it and gave me an F. She lied, not me, but I had no recourse and they still have me down for owing $3600 for the course.
I wasn't real pleased with the quality, but also not displeased. Not perfect, but that's okay I can deal with that. But what got me is they seriously abandoned me. I got ill, I had a long misdiagnosed illness that festered until it got too bad and changed my life. I took a break. Their office called me, told me they would take care of the student loan issue (I couldn't take a class at the time due to the illness) and deferment due to illness.
Then another financial lady emailed and said "we don't do that." and acted like I WAS THE ONE who initiated it. It was them. She was rude, hateful, and basically after that I NEVER heard from them again. I left messages, I emailed, I have done everything maybe 10 times in 2-3 years and NEVER EVER heard from them again. I asked for help making things right and finishing. I explained my illness again. And to date I have NEVER heard from them again. They just kissed me off completely. I guess if they feel you owe something you are no good to them. Sad. Likely why a school like that gets so many foreign students - they aren't wise enough or familiar with the US education system to know better.
They are THE most expensive and set the tuition to match the financial aid as they know what you will get. My tuition was raised every single year I was there, so buyer beware. I teach college as a professor elsewhere as my primary occupation(I am a physician assistant and no stranger to graduate education) so I am an insider to the system. I don't think the education is horrible. They have regional accreditation which is the top, and in some ways I was so close so I am a little sad. With the illness it just added insult to injury. I have decided since they will not talk to me to have to let it go and I will now get a Phd in psych and become a psychologist.