Capella University Reviews - Doctorate in Psychology
From the first time I called Capella to the commencement, I only have positive comments. Capella was very challenging, yet staff and faculty cherished our successes. They were highly supportive from the beginning to the end. I can honestly say that I had the best academic experience at Capella. Very organized, challenging, creative, and supportive!
Capella University offers a rigorous psychology program. The program is comparable to other institutions with appropriate regional accreditation. The program could be greatly enhanced by obtaining the APA program accreditation. This accreditation speaks volumes in the industry. Faculty are extremely knowledgeable practitioners who share their experience in the classroom to enhance the students' experiences. I found the faculty to be quite helpful in guiding me through the course material and Capella expectations. Another area of improvement could be financial aid. Capella's financial aid consists only of student loans and a few in-house scholarships. It would be helpful if they had access to other scholarships to assist students in securing additional financial aid. Tuition is also a bit pricey.
I am in the process of completing my PhD, just finalizing the dissertation. I've taken a lot of time lately to read through reviews of the university, and on the whole I am disappointed by the negative feedback. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, so here is mine. I've been working on my PhD since 2010. I've plugged away steadily at it, class by class. I've had great, engaged professors, and I've had ones that were less than inspiring. I've made amazing friends (and met several in person) and I've also muddled my way through discussion posts with terrible grammar and obvious plagiarism. I have never once had a problem with financial aid, communication, or the administration. Not to say that there haven't been bad situations out there, but that has not been my experience. And it's not like the last six years have been stable. I changed jobs twice. I adopted my son. I got divorced and I got remarried. I relocated halfway across the country. I've managed my coursework from planes, hotels, on vacation, from my desk and from my kitchen table. Capella has been there through it all - making me better, pushing me past my limits, and helping me achieve a goal I set for myself when I was 10 years old. This is a university. It's an institution. You can approach it from the mindset that you should get what you pay for and play the blame game when it's not exactly what you expect, or you can step up and recognize that they are holding you accountable to a commitment you've made to yourself. You are expected to work. You are expected to have your act together. But they are willing to help you if you need it. Take negative experiences with a grain of salt. Everyone's experience is different, and nothing is perfect. Online learning is the only way I could be a doctor today, and I am immeasurably grateful for the experience.
This degree was much tougher than my Masters from an Ivy-like brick and mortar university. The professors were generally great and very attentive to their students. I got a lot of guidance in writing my dissertation and in the research required to do so. The only downside is that they are not yet APA accredited. I did not use financial aid and paid for my degree myself so I cannot comment on the hoops required for this process.
So I just started at Capella. It was ok but then I was getting graded poorly on work that I had no text book for yet. We were told that we did not need test books until the fourth week of school. Grading was very subjective to me. I did not like it all. They claim they are people to help you with academics that you struggle in but when you try and get help its only like 15 minutes. The instructor just refer you to another person but wait you are the instructor for the class, you are supposed to be available to help your student not push it off on somebody else. People never respond to the questions that I ask which was a valid question about the assignment. I do not recommend Capella. I dropped the class, my financial aid was never disbursed and they still telling me I have to pay 2550 for a course that I dropped at the beginning of the semester. Crooked money hungry staff. Don't go their not accredited either and I am out of money and never took the class.
Capella University presented itself as compassionate and concerned when taking money from me, but they are for profit. I completed all degree requirements but needed an approximately an extra 4 weeks to complete the last two steps in my dissertation process but was denied. The reason given, I did not finish by September 30. Per Capella, "best regards in the future".
Capella University is fully accredited, and an academic institution that requires students to actively engage in academic work. If you do not make the cut, you simple get the letter grade that you deserve. To attend Capella University you need to be a serious student that is is self-directed, and self motivated. I encourage all of those that might be interested in online education to reconsider Capella University. The biggest mistake is that people tend to assume that Capella University is 100% Online. This is not the case, and as a matter of fact there are residences, colloquial, seminars, summer classes etc. You can certainly have the college experience, and much more, but you need to be a student in order to know. There is more to Capella University. (www.Capellauniversity.edu) Again, the academic institution is accredited, and it is just a fact of life that some students do not meet the requirements to receive an accredited college degree. Some students think that just because they are paying the tuition that they will pass a course at Capella University. Serious mistake. If you are interested in obtaining this type of education I encourage those seeking a college degree to look somewhere else. Also, take the time to explore the faculty that Capella University hires. Some of these professors are graduate from some of the finest universities in the United States, and some of them have obtained State Licenses in their chosen professions. On a final note, the name of the school, or the degree does not make the man, but the man must make the degree work for him, or her. Hit the books! JM
The school in itself is ok. There were good and bad instructors. The cost is inflated but it is what you get for being a distance learner. I had very few bumps in the road through my masters and doctoral programs but you must be prepared to pony up $10,000 out of pocket for "weekend experiences" which are not much of anything, and most importantly to be stretched out when trying to complete your dissertation. It is a money play. $2800.00 a semester while you jump through hoops. The IRB approval is a joke. My research was qualitative and nothing more than a few interviews of students and what their learning experiences were in secondary education. This is a greedy institution that I am still fighting. Worst of all, the name doesn't help you at all getting a good job. There is no respect for Capella or any other proprietary institution which is sad because some of them have good programs. Capella is not easy in any way. It is challenging and did help me get a solid education, unfortunately the name ruins your chances of being able to showcase what you know.
This school is not for those who think for themselves. I had an issue over Darwin's theory of evolution. I was asked to write a paper regarding the ascent of man. I don't believe in evolution and my paper was centered around that. I explained that fossil evidence is missing in regards to this theory. Also Darwin had doubts about his own theory. One of my professors said that he worked with a woman who did not believe in the evolution theory. The professor told her she should look for another profession. The other professor gave me a zero on my paper. We are told that we need evidence for everything. When fossil evidence is missing for Darwin's theory that is acceptable. The response from the professors was not professional.
As one other review stated, since this is a "For-Profit" institution, they are more interested in getting your tuition than giving you the support and mentoring you need to graduate. After taking all the necessary coursework, Capella University ignored me and any support I needed to finish. Even when I applied for student loans at FAFSA, there was a warning that states Capella's graduation rate is low compared to their drop out and transfer rates. The only consolation is that if Capella looses its accreditation, I can get my money back. Caution is definitely advised before registering with Capella.