Capella University Reviews
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Capella University is a joke! Their Flex Path program is a huge waste of money. I tried to withdraw and they ignored me and still charged me for classes. I would not recommend this school to anyone! They say I owe them money and will not release my transcripts. BAD BAD SCHOOL DO NOT GO TO CAPELLA UNIVERSITY!!!
This is an amazing school! It may be difficult for people who need constant interactions with professors, but for people who are self-motivated and able to teach themselves the course material, this is an excellent option that is fully accredited. Some of the professors create interactive videos and also live discussions that also help students feel more connected to the classroom and it also allows a chance to ask questions and receive feedback face to face. There are also residency training seminars that meet each year where you get to spend almost a week with your classmates and professors. Overall, Capella is a great school that offers opportunities for people who want to advance their education on their own schedule, while still keeping their current life and job. If someone doesn't like Capella, they may just need more hand holding from a local brick and mortar school, or they may just not be good at figuring out the coursework on their own. It certainly takes a lot of self-discipline and motivation to stay ahead with a school like Capella... but in the end it is definitely worth it because you will end up with a solid degree that is fully accredited. Their tuition is a bit on the expensive side, but again, this is definitely not one of the crappy online schools. It is a very challenging and legitimate school with very qualified professors. That is why CACREP gave them full accreditation for their counseling programs. This is the equivalent of the APA for psychologists or AMA for physicians.
I have had a very positive and productive experience with Capella University. I found the Admissions process to be pretty quick and straightforward. With the academic plan tool on iGuide, I always knew where I was with my degree plan, and the sequencing of courses. Once I decided that I wanted to change to add a concentration, I was able to get that approved pretty seamlessly. Academic advisors have, over the 4 years I have been a student, nothing but courteous, understanding, empathic, knowledgeable, and helpful. Any time I started feeling discouraged about my progress, or when I had to take a couple of quarters off while dealing with a terminally ill parent, they were so responsive and helpful. Same iwth the financial aid department. Never got any run around, only clear answers to my questions so I always knew what to expect. Advisors would call to check my progress, or if I got a late start, would check with me to make sure everything was okay and remind me to login and post to my course. The modular structure of the courses is SO great. Very predictable, which I really needed as a working mom of three with a full time day and part time teaching job. As a teacher in higher ed myself (workforce ed), I had high expectations, and Capella exceeded my expectations in terms of providing me with a quality experience each course. I only had one negative faculty experience - all the rest have been positive. I just completed by undergrad, and have enrolled in an MEd program that begins in June. Love my Capella U Experience!!! Have recommended it to several colleagues and students.
The doctoral program at Capella was excellent. I worked harder at Capella than I did at Columbia University where I received my MSW. The professors were from great schools all over the world and they expected nothing less than doctoral work. I was challenged daily.
If lack of communication and high levels of incompetence is something you crave to deal with than Capella is the place for you. They overall program was great. The professors were awesome. Unfortunately, the business, financial aid, &a advisor suck!
Capella Stay away from this place. I spent over $60,000 to obtain PhD in nursing education. I completed all of the course work and my comps in just overt 2 years. In the second doctoral residency you select you topic and have it approved passing milestone 1 & 2. When I reached the final doctoral residency I was told the Head of the School of education had make mistake in her assessment and my work of two years was worthless, Therefore I would need to start over at the beginning. This final research project was approved by the Head of the School of Education for Capella. This implies more time and more money. I went ahead and signed up for the doctoral classroom. The instructor was not help in trying to see if I could tweak at least part of my SOE. The course is worthless. I made appoinmtments trying to see what would be acceptable and was told the road the journals. I withdrew from this classroom as there was no assistance offered. I was told there is a class-action suit currently against Capella. The search engine is full of dissatisfied and many others have been hurt in the same way as myself.. Do not sign any separation agreement or release agreement that Capella may ask you to sign. Instead join in on the class-action suit. Just Google it and you will get a number of hits relating to the class-action lawsuit and how to join in. If you would life to join I am starting a page on Facebook so please put your experiences there. Laurie L., PhD(c) Former student with 3.6 GPA
I have degrees from 3 colleges in different disciplines. Capella was my first online university experience and my experience was awesome. The university has a group of qualified people with human feelings that will assist you get through the toughest course.I immediately began my doctoral journey with the college due to the pleasant experience I had . I have recommended the school to many and will continue to share my experiences with others. GO CAPELLA COMMUNITY!!!
I transferred to Capella from a "brick-and-mortar" university where I also received my BS degree. I have had better experiences with Capella while obtaining my MSN than I did at my former school (no problems obtaining my BS). The course work at Capella is just as challenging. I appreciate the fact that there are no group assignments like there were at my former school. I work with other people every day at work and have been for years. I don't need the frustration of group assignments to prove that I can collaborate with others. Capella is CCNE accredited just like my former school. Capella also has some great partnerships that my former school doesn't have, such as those with the ANA (American Nurses Association) and HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society-for those interested in informatics). Nurses are offered a 10% discount with an ANA membership. I received a discount with Capella because of my employer and also received a scholarship (it took a few quarters for it to take effect). This brought the cost of my tuition to about what it would've been at my former school. I love the course work. The syllabi and grading rubrics are pretty straight forward. I've learned a lot that I'm able to apply to my current nursing practice and will continue to be able to use in the future. I started out taking one class a quarter to get my feel of the university and just started taking 2 classes so that I can finish sooner. I'm taking my informatics classes now as well and like learning with the addition of Vila Health. Learners are able to interact and request information from members of the health care team just as they would in a real health care setting. Ebooks are included in tuition costs. This is nice, but I have ordered hard copies of some books. I like to be able to actually flip the pages and highlight myself with some things. I also want to add that the practicum requirement for my program is the same that it is at the school that I transferred from. I will be eligible to apply for and take the ANCC (American Nurses Credentialing Center) Nursing Informatics Certification Exam upon program completion, the same as at my former school. I don't feel cheated in any way by coming to Capella. I have had nothing but good experiences with Capella.
Capella has a wonderful learning environment for most classes. I was able to work when I needed to and had several instructors that were understanding when I has a home issue and needed to turn in work a couple of days late. I have run across classrooms that have instructors that were hard to read. I mean that once I thought I had figured out what they were expecting of me in my work, then it would change a bit for the next assignment. Otherwise I have never had a bad class through the school. Financial aid has been helpful when needed and my advisor was fantastic when helping me get my program set up. Online schooling is not for the faint of heart and you must be self motivated to do well in these classes and in this environment. If you are, then you should do well here. I liked my Master's experience enough that when I was ready for my PhD program I came back to Capella. I am a few quarters into my PhD and the classes run how I remember them.
So I did the RN to MSN program with Capella university and I must say it was a overall good experience. I had one class in which I would have my papers reviewed before I submitted them and twice received a grade of 50 with no real explanation and that was discouraging. But aside from that one class and professor (I requested not to have them again for any future classes) my experience was good. If I had questions or concerns I could always reach out to the professors. If they felt I was lacking in a area they would coach me on how to better improve my writing and studying tactics. They also turned out to be great resources when it came time to learning how to conduct research. I'm strongly considering continuing on with them for a PhD. This has been a good experience that has now made me eligible to do other jobs and work at magnet hospitals. Thank you Capella for this chance to earn my education and prove to employers that I am worth the investment.