Capella University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (373)
All I can say is that the experience was tremendous. I really enjoyed the studies and found them so beneficial. They were practical and I found so much to bring back into the workplace. I found the professors tremendous. Just like in any school there are good and bad professors but I guess I really lucked out because I never had a bad one.
My reason for the program was mainly for professional development. I have heard that if you want to teach full time in a regular university that you might have trouble with them accepting an online degree. But I think this is mainly due to the unknown.
So far I have been really impressed with Capella. I'm taking my first class only, but find that they are very well organized. I don't feel so much that I am doing this all online, and am getting to 'know' the other people in my class through their posts. I am very busy, and appreciate the calls from Capella to remind me about appointments and paperwork due, for example. I do like the online format, as it enables me to study or check in at times that are convenient for me. When I was pursuing my undergrad, I would get Bs instead of As because of my attendance. I don't have to worry about that now!
I love Capella University. I originally got accepted into the Social Work program at UW Tacoma, but my work hours wouldn't fit there schedule. I then was looking into City University, but the advisors there weren't so friendly, they think that you can only be a school counselor if you have been a teacher first. I then heard from a friend about capella. The staff are very helpful and friendly. The school cousneling program is new there and they are working on it getting CACREP accredited. There mental health cosuineling and marital and family counseling programs are CACREP accredited. The courses are tough, but I have probably learned more online then I did on my undergraduate work. They have a learner support team available 24/7 and financial aid staff available a majority of the time. I love this school and the program I am in. My program is 72 credits and includes two colloqias and practicum hours.
After having taken 5 courses so far at this online school I am considering a transferr. I love the school, the course room is simple and the website is awesome. But the instructors are often giving work that would be given to a student going there due all by the end of the week.
For example: my last class we had to read three chapters by Wed. so that by Thursday we could participate in the graded discussion and then by Friday having to submit the assignments so that you could get feedback by Sunday to which all the work was due and your quiz. I am a full time mom, wife, and employee. I go to work 8 hours a day, come home take care of the kids, by the time they are asleep whatever little time I have left before bed is usually when I get school work done so I can get to bed at a good hour. But to have to read three chapters *and they were long ones*, on top of submitting two graded discussions by Thursday, 2 graded assignments by Friday and 1 quiz by sunday of the same week was really difficult.
The plus side to this for me is that I don't have to go to an actual school because Lord knows I don't have time. But if the instructors could lay out a simplier schedule of work it would be nice. Not to mention more than half of the instructors I have had already are terrible and do not care much at all. My advisor is nice and is very helpful, oh and do not bring up politics in the course room, I had a teacher tell me I can't talk about it at all. A lot of BULL S*** if you ask me.
I attended Capella for 2 years and obtained my MS in Counseling Studies. I was very nervous about on-line school; however, the first course I experienced was a lab which taught me how to navigate the course room, respond to fellow learners, post discussions, and submit papers. The instructors were very helpful and the other learners were very engaging. I had some of the most intellectual conversations at Capella. \r\nWith the good comes the bad.
Every quarter it seemed like I was assigned a new advisor and getting in touch with him or her was so very time consuming. Also, I have learning disabilities and even though I was part of the Learning Center I did not have an advisor through the center. So I was constantly going back and forth.
will end on a positive note. Capella was the best decision for me. I was able to work full-time and take my classes. It was very difficulty and stressful but all of my instructors and fellow learners were there for me anytime I needed. am currently trying to get a part-time job with Capella. I would like to give new learners what was given to me; confidence, strength and the ability to complete my Master's degree without ever entering a traditional classroom.
As a busy administrator, mother and wife, I earned my BS and MS through an on line program at a brick and mortor school. I recieved a wonderful education. When I decided to return for a PhD, I searched for months to find a school that 'fit'. I found it at Capella. Capella provides PhD learners the opportunity to network with peers and faculty for three weeks during the doctoral classes, preparing students for the rigor of the comprehensives and emersing them in the culture of doctoral scholars. Once in the dissertation phase, the advisors are fully committed to support learners while completing the scholarly document. I made the choice to join a University that not only provides an excellent educational experience, but also provides every tool for success. Students who embark in on-line learning must remember that this educational environment requires self direction and self motivation. What do you recieve for your efforts? You reap what you put into it. I have recieved a relevant and applicable education and a sense of self pride that only is achievable through hard work and dedication.
I will say only that I am a proud Capella graduate. Having earned an MA from Siena Heights in 2002, I began Capella in the summer of 2003 working toward a PhD in Organizational Management. I (finally) graduated from Capella Dec. 2008 instead with an MS in Organizational Management. Where I went wrong in my doctoral studies truly have nothing to do with Capella so I am quite thankful that the Capella faculty/staff stood behind me for all those years! If they will allow me back, I will still earn my PhD from Capella.
I was at a local traditional university before Capella. I have to say it was difficult at the traditional university as there was not a one on one feel and balancing it with work was nearly impossible. When I searched online schools and narrowed it down to Capella, I was skeptical at first. I found Capella to be very rigorous and challenging.
For one you cannot be passive in an online course as you are in a classroom and it required at least 20-25 hours per week of preparation and research. Every online interaction at Capella must be well thought out and backed up with peer reviewed research. It was tough! The comprehensive examination phase is quite similar to many traditional programs and as in traditional programs, many people not get to the next phase and do not graduate(ABD).
I realize that Capella is for profit so that means that they take in more students than a non-profit school . I think the blogs of complaints are from those who feel that because they paid for an education they should graduate, well dream on. Nevertheless, the poor students are weeded out but they do get a fair chance.
I assure you this is not for everyone. I repeat it this is not for everyone. My degree has already helped me gain a competitive teaching position and I am on a tenure track. So of course, examine all universities when searching and consider Capella, phoenix etc. you will find that many traditional universities are modeling schools like Capella but cannot get away from the liberal traditionalism and get rid of the walls.
I believe Capella is best for those who have a solid work history and experience and need an accredited degree for promotion.
Capella graduate 2008
Capella's MBA program was a great choice for me. Being a frequent traveler in my job made it impossible to meet traditional classroom requirements, but I found Capella's schedule, though rigoruous, encompassed all the flexibility I needed to complete a graduate degree.
I specifically enjoyed the variety of professors teaching the various classes in the program, who came from top ranked universities across the nation. I found their teaching styles to be stimulating and thought-provoking - particularly the professor from Stanford.
The courses in the program that sealed my belief in Capella as the right choice for me, were the in-depth courses in business ethics and diversity. The final project was an amazing experience; designing a company or division of a company from scratch, including creation of presentations to potential investors or board, an intricate detailed business plan and financial spreadsheets.
The research required for this final piece of the program was amazingly rigorous and included many visits via the Capella link to the library at Johns Hopkins University. The 2-year course demanded hard work, but I found the challenges and learning from the courses and the interaction with other students extremely invigorating and enlightening. I've also used many of the techniques and processes gained from the program in my current career.
I would recommend the MBA program to anyone with a bit of writing skill, as well as a lot of self-motivation and personal discipline. I wouldn't change a thing about the program I encountered at Capella.
I received my PhD from the School of Education last June. Previously, I'd dropped out of two other doctoral programs: one at the University of Maryland and the other at George Washington University (both respected schools. I lost interest in the problem I originally wanted to explore.) So, I have some basis of comparison in terms of program quality.
I found Capella to be every bit as good--actually, better--than either UMD or GWU. However, online schooling is quite different from a "brick and mortar" school and I was in a different place in my life that made attending classes in my bathrobe with no commuting or parking hassles the way to go.
I did have one "luxury" (for which I paid a hefty price--heart failure) that allowed me to replace a job with school (work disability). Most learners have a problem balancing school, family, work, community, etc. I only had to stop to play with the cats! (I plan to teach at an online university. My mind's fine--it's just my body that's cranky.)
My program within the School of Ed is called Professional Studies. What that means is that you are allowed to take courses outside of education. I choose psychology courses and ended up with a specialization in educational neuropsychology--a new and rather demanding interdisciplinary subject I find utterly fascinating. Capella provided me with the freedom and support to pursue an area outside the academic mainstream. I couldn't have been happier!
Personally, I suspect that name recognition only counts if you're the grad of an Ivy League school. I read dissertations from graduates of Harvard and have no doubt (nor did my committee) that mine was as good or better. And Capella prepared me to be able to say that honestly. (Loving my topic so much didn't hurt either. I think that's a key to motivation and success). I can't imagine receiving the kind of support and flexibility I did in either of the other doctoral programs I was in. My mentor was and still is one of the "angel people" in my life.
Bottom line, I had a wonderful experience with Capella and recommend it without hesitation. But as all things in life, you need to be proactive about getting what you need and letting folks at the school know what that is so they can help you achieve it. I would only add the caveat that I graduated a year ago and since then, Capella has changed some of their program requirements.