Capella University Reviews - Bachelor's in Information Technology
Review of Information Technology Bachelors Degrees
I will tell every right now, save your money and go elsewhere. I am currently fighting a case against them adding more "required courses" in their flexpath program because they stated the required courses for their information technology major changed. I will be calling the Minnesota Higher Education offices tomorrow morning. It might be an accredited college, however, it is not worth the hassle, time, and money that goes into dealing with this school. Maybe their more expensive and regular college is not this bad, but their flexpath program is absolutely terrible. Don't even get me started on what happened when I needed help with an assignment. I waited days for an answer which caused my assignments to be turned in late. Seriously, save your money and go elsewhere. Hopefully the Higher Office of Education can help me where Capella failed to do so. All of this is currently happening when I am a month and a half away from when I was supposed to graduate.
So I have attended Capella for a year as a IT major. The one thing I have found is that while some of their basic courses were of an okay quality their IT courses are a joke. I turned in several assignments that were intentionally of a very poor quallity and was still given an A. So if you want a degree with little to no meaning behind it this is an great school however I am leaving in favor of self education and obtaining certifications while building a portfolio to demonstrate my capabilities.
I'm fairly a new student and currently taking my 7th class there. I was nervous at first going back to school since haven't been in such an environment in decades. I decided to go back to get a degree in what I currently have as a career: Information Technology. Having been an instructor in the IT field myself and having gotten various technical certifications over the years, I didn't think I'd learn anything new. I was wrong and actually enjoy the fact that a lot of the courses I've taken so far has not only solidified what I knew but also have enlightened me on the materials I did not know. The classes are very demanding and the instructors push you to think and I appreciate that. I am learning a lot and that's what's more important to me. So far I have not had any regrets.
I am currently enrolled with Capella's Flex Path programin and my experience has been great so far. I love being able to take control of my academics, allowing myself the time to research, implement, and create assessments accordingly. I do not feel pushed or rushed when it comes to submitting school work; To note, there are reminders, but for me, the serve as a push to continue chugging. Further, I may not be where I want to be right, but with the help of Capella University, I know i"ll be able to achieve my goals, one step at a time.
I would highly recommend Capella for any person who thinks work/life balance and going to school is impossible. I transferred from a prestigious New England College that caters to young adults with rich parents. I am a veteran with a family and work full time. It wasn't until I transferred to Capella that I could actually envision completing my degree. The reason being, the professors go above and beyond to help you if you don't understand, fall behind or just need some extra motivation. The academic advisers are amazing and feel like close friends. They always keep your best interest in mind and help you not only realize your potential but also help you meet your goals. I can honestly say, I would still be going to school without the backing of Capella's staff to keep me on track and motivated to finish.
Capella University is pioneering the way people can learn online. I used the FlexPath system and was able to complete my BS in 2 years. It provided me the flexibility to continue working full time and earn my degree. The courses are in depth and challenging as well. What I was able to learn I was able to apply in real-life situations regularly.
I started part time in 2011 and with 30 credits to complete in 2017 left have exhausted financial aid. They will not work with me and just want money. The staff is either grading to easy or too hard, knowing my skill level. It was good at the beginning but now near the end they have no interest in allowing me to complete my degree. I cannot help that I work and have a family to support, they do not care. The coursework is easy but the technology in the classroom is sometime out of date and doesn't work. Most of the labs can be done elsewhere and they say they prepare you for CompTIA certification but it goes nowhere when you don't have time to complete the labs and take the tests for certification. If you want a great experience to start and are just out of high school this is a good place but if you are a working adult, don't fall for it. They will bleed you dry. I don't see myself ever completing my degree now as their credits don't transfer. They try to have your save money through Sophia learning but you have to come up with $350 up front per course. I can see why the grad rate is near 0 for undergraduates. Most of my fellow students have been in their fields for years and are just now completing their degrees. If you can't go some where else the don't go here.
Overall a good experience- for students who are self-starters and goal-oriented, the classes offered can work quite well. On the other hand, if you are a student who needs more supervision and/or assistance from professors this might not be a good fit. While most of the instructors seemed quite competent in their chosen field, the nature of online classes in general and the format used by Capella in particular would probably make learning more difficult for those without a solid educational foundation. In my experience, many of the classes used a collaborative format for learning, which entailed a large volume of group discussion and many team projects. For those planning on entering the workforce with their degree, this is an excellent format to use; many schools focus far too much on individual projects, which of course is not how any competent employer runs their organization. In the classes I took there were a few people who simply did not seem to take the process seriously- this is one fault of a school that will admit almost anybody. However, these students were the exception rather than the rule, and so long as you don't take their lack of drive personally such students are little hindrance to the educational experience. I do recommend taking advantage of Capella's "Prior Learning Assessment"- it is an excellent way to "test out" of a limited number of classes, saving time and money on your degree. Keep in mind you must actually demonstrate some expertise in the area you are claiming credit for- your application will be reviewed, and while I can't say the process is exceptionally difficult, if you don't submit quality documentation you are probably wasting your time. My suggestion for this process is to start with the class you have the strongest case for (presumably because you work in that field!). This will help you understand the process and make decisions on which other classes you may be able to get credit for. My closing assessment would be simply that you will get out of this school what you put in- you may very well be able to graduate by doing the bare minimum of work, but if you take the time to engage your instructors and fellow class-mates and to put real effort into your assignments, you will emerge with valuable skills for the workplace. FYI for those wondering if this school would be a good fit- I entered with approximately half of the total required credits (earned at a major traditional 4 year university). I did not use the GI Bill or other programs; I paid approximately half of my tuition at the time of enrollment and borrowed the other half through Federal loans (which I was able to pay off in under 5 years). I was employed full-time during classes, and remained with my employer after graduation. I can't say that my earnings were impacted much by this degree (as I was already doing reasonably well), but I am glad I did it, and would recommend to others.
I decided to pursue a Bachelors degree and spent many hours online researching schools that best fit my busy life and my professional goals. Capella was one of the many schools I researched and from the moment I talked with an enrollment counselor I knew that this was the place for me. I have encountered some of the best people along my journey and am looking forward to graduating in December of this year. I have referred many people to Capella and plan to continue my own education with them in the future!
I would highly recommend the B.S. in Information Technology degree residing within the School of Business and Technology Department. However, I would not ever recommend any of the School of Education programs. There is a huge difference in learning experience and treatment by professors. I was in my second graduate class in 2008 and I was in week seven. The professor was just now grading the beginning of week three assignments. I received a 4.0 for my undergraduate work and and "A" for my first graduate class. I received an "F" in my second graduate course. I dropped out because I just couldn't get the professor to respond. Her excuse was, I am being told to work on other assignments. Again, I wouldn't recommend the School of Education. I even tried to work with my Academic Counselor, Michael. He told me, "those people in the School of Education need to grow up." Needless to say, I have all A grades from this college and 1 F. All because I couldn't get the professor to respond. I decided the class wasn't worth the stress anymore, because the professor was so difficult to work with. On top of this, they kept my unused funds for 2008, which I found out after examining my loans in 2013. After six months of emails, I finally got Capella to send my lender a check for those funds. So just a word of caution. I have image snap shots to prove my statements as well that I kept all these years. This is the truth.