Capella University Reviews

  • 692 Reviews
  • Minneapolis (MN)
  • Annual Tuition: $14,540
69% of 692 students said this degree improved their career prospects
63% of 692 students said they would recommend this school to others
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  • Reviewed: 11/12/2022
  • Degree: Psychology
"Capella will rob you. I attended this school online, there was no help from anyone. They do not answer or return your calls or emails, I try to drop out a week after signing up and now they are charging me over $5000 that I have no clue of. I am going to dedicate a page only to advise others not to attend this school."
  • Reviewed: 11/7/2022
  • Degree: Nursing
"A lot of money for little quality. Faculty in early courses are attentive but once the capstone portion is near the experience takes a nosedive. There is no consistency amongst faculty, so each professor from course to course gives conflicting directions, which causes re-work over and over again. Instructors miss grading deadlines and make ridiculous mistakes. You can get this degree done quickly but you'll pay a price in actual education. Pay to play university."
  • Reviewed: 11/4/2022
  • Degree: RN to BSN
"Please avoid this school! Surprise fees and bills. One of the financial aid representatives all but admitted Capella is meant to rob students. You learn virtually nothing by wiring paper after paper and pay far too much money for the horrible education"
  • Reviewed: 10/30/2022
  • Degree: Psychology
"I have been dropped from two courses at Capella, both due to their own lack of responsibility. The first time, I was dropped due to lack of payment. I had a loan waiting for them. It had been approved by the loan company a month earlier, they just had to do the paperwork. I never received any response from the financial aid department, over email or phone. The second time, I was dropped due to lack of participation. I had filled out assignments and participated in discussion boards. There is no reason why I should have been dropped. There was never any communication from the University before I was dropped either time. I found out when I tried to open up my course and couldn't find it. Both of the times, I had to search and search as to why I was dropped and received barely any help from academic coaches or the financial aid department. I would not recommend this University to anyone."
  • Reviewed: 10/4/2022
  • Degree: Clinical Psychology
"Absolutely amazing they charge people for their online degree program. Capella’s online portal is terribly organized, uses numerous outside sites for submitting or completing work, and after three weeks still was not graded on weeks 2-3. It leads me to wonder what you’re actually paying for, they type up a really long blog for each class with imbedded links within the blog they call “assignments” and the student checks off their progress when they complete a task because there is no program tracking what you’ve completed and submitted and what is left to complete. Barely any response from academic leadership and at least a week to wait and in order to speak to an academic advisor, once you speak to the advisor they then inform you that without dropping a course in the first 12 days they charge you for it. Just a shady and unprofessional school in its entirety. If I were to graduate I wouldn’t feel the need to hang a diploma from them on my wall. I transferred to Arizona State University and it’s been such a better experience like the previous college I went to for my A.S."
  • Reviewed: 9/19/2022
  • Degree: Nursing
"Capella will waste your time while they collect tuition. The school simply tries to prolong your journey so that they can keep charging you for tuition. You can write a perfect DNP project paper, but the instructors will grade your poorly and ask you to integrate their biased opinions into your plans. Then, they will question everything you say or do. The school gives you 3 attempts on assignments but the instructors help you waste them pretty quickly. For example, instructors will tell you to change "x + y = z" to "y + x = z" and will then change their mind completely and ask you to change it back to "x + y = z." When you do, they will just tell you that the answer was never Z. You see...there is no pleasing them. They are paid pawns. They're not there to help you succeed. They're there to syphon your money."
  • Reviewed: 9/18/2022
  • Degree: Clinical Psychology
"The school is completely disorganized. The programs they use are horrible and out dated. The. learning environment online is awful. They set you up to fail and are completely ok with it. I have gone to community college online during the pandemic and the rushed to combat the pandemic doing online was better organized then this garbage. You don't get what you pay for at all"
Narine Dat Sookram
  • Reviewed: 9/4/2022
  • Degree: Social Work
"I am in my first year in the Doctor of Social Work (DSW) and my experience as been great. The professors are very helpful and are easy to reach if/when needed. I realize that this is my journey and my financial invest.....WHAT I put in is what I'll get out of it. So far I have been getting all A's but it's a matter of staying on top of everything. NS"
  • Reviewed: 6/15/2022
  • Degree: RN to BSN
"I am working full time as a nurse, so 40 hours a week working Monday - Friday. I needed a school that is flexible and allow me to go fast at my own pace. I was determined to finish in 1 semester. I only had to do the core classes (8 classes total) with 4 papers each for the last 7 courses, the first being 3 papers; a total of 31 papers for my BSN. I completed my BSN in 11 weeks (1 semester), which cost me only $2,800 (after military discount; would have been like $3,200 or something like that). I would have finished in a month and a half, but I was just too lazy to go day after day with papers. I averaged one class every 1.3 weeks (again would have been a class and a half every week but too lazy). Papers are super easy to write (except for 4030, that was a bit difficult but def doable in 1 week). Let me know if you have any questions."
Caught on Early
  • Reviewed: 4/21/2022
  • Degree: Computer and Information Science
"Lucky for me, I caught on early to the scam that is Capella University. As a late learner in my life, I have completed all of my higher education online. I attended two well known online universities and one local university online and obtained my Associates, Bachelors, and Masters degree. I chose Capella for my Doctorate because they were one of the only universities to offer a doctorate in my field. From day one of the course, I realized something was wrong. Their student class portal was unlike any portal I have seen. Every other university leads you and helps you by showing you what is due weekly. At Capella you have to spend an entire day looking at each week of your course and pulling out what is due each week. Additionally, the lay out of the course itself is a mess with what you learn and the assignments listed twice making you search to find where to submit your work. I promise you, look at any other University and you will see an easy to follow, well structured course. Capella breaks theirs up to ensure it "look" in-depth and fancy but it is simply the same information listed over and over. I advice you, as someone who has had great success online, avoid Capella like covid. Mask up, put you gloves on and stay a minimum of 6 feet away from them and their enrollment specialist"
Professional SC
  • Reviewed: 4/10/2022
  • Degree: School Counseling
"Great overall experience. Capella was supportive from the initial questions throughout graduation. The professors were supportive, clear, and concise during courses. The academic counselors were quick to answer any questions and provided guidance throughout my program."
Dr. Carter
  • Reviewed: 2/1/2022
  • Degree: Social Work
"My experience at Capella was phenomenal. You get back what you put in! I'm of the belief that some students enroll in Capella because they though it's an easy way to get a degree. This is far from the truth! In order to succeed, one has to be willing to do the heavy lifting. With that being said, I definitely recommend this university to learners willing to take responsibility for their own academic success."
  • Reviewed: 1/12/2022
  • Degree: Business Administration
"The issue is the financial department. I completed the FASA application and completed 1 course. However, I was dropped during my 2nd course as a result of bill due. I had made multiple attempts to find out the issue from the FD. The FD never returned my calls or emails. Now, I am being told that I still owe over $2600 in tuition. What a mistake this was."
  • Reviewed: 11/17/2021
  • Degree: Business Administration
"I love Capella. I got both my undergrade and graduate degree here. I have a job in my degree field and earn a good wage. The only issue I have was in the end when financial aid messed up and I ended up paying $1,700 outside of my financial aid package to get my degree. Otherwise... like many have said.. this program takes work and you have to do the work."
Marianela Cruz
  • Reviewed: 9/17/2021
  • Degree: Healthcare Administration
"I did not pay attention to what other people said and I made a mistake enrolling in Capella. My experience with academic coaches and financial aid department was bad. After realizing that I had picked the wrong major I attempted to process a change of program and my academic coach never did. Do not enroll in Flex path if you are not a person who is going to work fast, otherwise they will charge you for courses you are not taking. Very disappointing."
Madison Sullivan
  • Reviewed: 8/26/2021
  • Degree: Psychology
"For starters, the financial aid department, any customer service and professors are extremely difficult to get ahold of. Then, when trying to transfer, they pulled my financial aid and left me with over $1,000 to pay out of pocket before they would release my transcript. So now, I can’t enroll in another school until that debt is paid even though the entirety of my education there has been on loans. The professors are not helpful or communicative. This school is truly a joke."
Pissed student
  • Reviewed: 8/18/2021
  • Degree: Social Work
"I had completed 90% of the DSW program and had to leave due multiple family members passing away. I was told that I had to write a statement as to why I should continue in the program. I was not mentally stable to write any statement which lead to me being dismissed from the DSW program. I was also informed that I could never apply to any Doctoral programs at Capella."
  • Reviewed: 7/22/2021
  • Degree: Education
"Many professors did not read or review papers. I attended a residency and watched a professor receive a paper within 20 seconds, returned with an A and no comments. No one was on the same page. I had no support and had no preparation for my dissertation. I was pushed though having to complete a qualitative study and could not change the research or topic at any time. Husband cannot get a full time professor position from capella with a PhD and feels like a failure. It’s a paper mill. I left during my dissertation phase on my own and moved on to another school to start over. I did start over! I found I was taught nothing at cappella. My husband and I paid too much to be failed by the school. We earned nothing but pieces of paper that mean nothing to prospective employers."
Nicole Payne
  • Reviewed: 7/2/2021
  • Degree: Psychology
"I liked the flexpath Capella offered. It was great because I could spend my time focusing on my studies. However, online, there was a lot of miscommunication. Most of my instructors were great. They were approachable and understanding. I had a few who really worked with me and I appreciated that. There was one really bad instructor who was biased and that was challenging. The other challenge was that I had three different academic advisors and the last one was the worst. The library staff was amazing and very helpful when doing my research. The writing tutors were hit or miss. But over all what I paid in tuition and what I got for a degree was well worth the cost."
George zappalorta
  • Reviewed: 6/7/2021
  • Degree: Social Work
"This school left me financially devastated. I am 200 grand in debt without a degree. I was 90 percent through the program with a 3 .6 GPA. I had a mentor that was horrible. She did everything to get me out of the program. I tried everything to stay in school. I was thrown out of the school basically for running out of financial aid and a mentor who berated me and did everything to stop me from finishing my degree. Please do not go to this school . This school does not care about anyone. This school does not care about its students. They milked my money dry. They are not senior friendly. This school ifvthe mentor dies not like you watch out the school will use every resource possible to get you out of the school even with my 3.6 gpa."