Capella University Reviews - Education

3.48 out of 5 stars
(11 Reviews)
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73% of 11 students said this degree improved their career prospects
73% of 11 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
Wendy - 9/19/2018
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2019
"Capella University's FlexPath program allows me an incredible amount of freedom to study when and where I need. The customer service has been excellent: my Enrollment Counselor made sure that FlexPath would be the right fit, and she helped me plan out the program's courses to best match my needs. My FlexPath Coach keeps me on track and helps me manage my Academic Plan. She's been there for me through ups and downs. The Writing Center, Tech Support, Library services and Faculty respond within a very reasonable amount of time, and they always want to help. I love being able to re-submit an Assessment up to three times in order to earn the highest score possible. FlexPath is for truly motivated people who are willing to manage their time. I began in January of 2018, and I hope to complete my work in June of 2019."
4.6 out of 5 stars
K.Kees - 9/19/2018
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2018
"Capella University is a school of opportunity! Capella has afforded me access to a great online education as well as most of my instructors. The education and knowledge that I have gained in pursuing my degree is directly related to the internship expectations of the site and school. Time management is your best friend. "If I can change the way you think, I can change your mind. If I can change your mind, I can change the way you think, Kees, 2014." Be sure to set short- term, intermediate and long-term goals!!!"
5.0 out of 5 stars
Sarah - 4/24/2018
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2012
"I have TWO Masters degrees from Capella. Both of my Masters are in Education with specializations in Enrollment Management and Training and Performance Improvement. The classes are twice as hard as a traditional brick and mortar college and I was highly pleased with how much research is required and how much I learned from every single class. Expect to write about 10 pages or so per week (between class discussions/responses and assignments). You will end up writing almost a full thesis in each class. It's obviously a lot more difficult than a traditional brick and mortar college, but you will learn a lot more and be more prepared. If you are looking for an easy degree, this is not it. If you do not participate then you are not going to do well. Unfortunately there are quite a few negative reviews, but I have not had a negative experience at all with this school. Everyone was friendly and all of the enrollment advisers and academic advisers provided the best of the best service. I have nothing negative to say about this college. If you do not want to work hard and expect an easy degree than you may not do well...but if you are willing to do the work, contact your adviser, contact the faculty, and actually take the degree seriously, then you shouldn't have a problem. My degrees are highly regarded and in line with traditional brick and mortar colleges of equal status. If you are not getting a job in your area I wouldn't be blaming the school since there are graduates from states schools in the same position. Some professions and areas are just overly crowded and you may need to move to get a job in the area that you want. I was happy with my experience here and would definitely recommend this school to others. I am considering doing a doctorate, but have not decided at this time since in my area openings for Faculty are few and far between and unless I move, I most likely will not be able to secure a job as a full time faculty (even if I graduated from an Ivy League college) simply because there are no openings. That's why it's important to be open to relocating since you may not be able to get your dream job in your city if there are no openings and too many applicants applying. At my local city college they typically hire PhDs and people with Harvard MBAs because there are so many applicants that they can take the cream of the crop. That means that people from state colleges and other colleges tend to get overlooked simply because there are no openings, not because their degree is bad. I have had a good experience here in the classes I've taken and definitely hope that others will as well."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Keith Brashter - 8/14/2017
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2016
"So here is an honest assessment. First, the class with the professor wasn't bad, but they make you pay for a non-credit class to start. This is a bogus way of forcing you to pay more money at Capella. If you're admitted there is no reason to take an extra class. Second, I had an outside scholarship. They proceeded to hold that money long after it had already been sent to them, and long after my tuition had already been paid. This is where the main issue began. Even though I showed them that the money had been sent to them electronically they continued to deny they had received it. Finally someone from their FA office admitted to having received it when I said they had, but that it had not processed and it could take several weeks to process. After going through days of trying to get them to release money that was at this point 100% owed to me since there were no outstanding charges I get this woman from the admissions department who was a manager. She begins to talk about my personal life and my child. Long story short, they released my funds after I was able to learn of a supervisor and manager in the FA department and receive their contact information. Once I had that and made multiple calls the funds were released...rather quickly. I withdrew from the class and school as soon as the funds were released. I had intended to go through their entire program, but this ridiculous behavior and the woman discussing my personal life was too much."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Neil - 5/8/2017
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2011
"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."
1.1 out of 5 stars
Gil Carde - 12/22/2016
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2020
"I spent 10 years pursuing my doctoral degree in Education. Once the federal financial loan was exhausted I was abandoned. The school refused to work with me in order to enroll for the next semester; I had completed the comp exams and 2 of the 5 chapters of my dissertation. The issues I had with the school are too numerous to mention. Do your own research on this school's graduation rate before getting stuck with a debt you can never recover from in your lifetime."
Laurel, Capella staff - 1/10/2017

Hi, Gil. Thanks for your post. We would welcome the opportunity to discuss your concerns. Please send us an email with you name, contact information and learner ID to learnersupport@capella.edu and we will have a team member reach out to you.

3.8 out of 5 stars
Anne - 6/19/2016
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2018
"I started my Ed.D with a focus on Adult Ed in January, and so far so good. I have found that if you keep on top of assignments, and manage your time appropriately, you're golden. On the other hand, I have seen students drop off from the roster who I previously noticed during discussions were sorely lacking in writing and analysis skills, not to mention the basic skill of doing what the instructions tell you to do. I suspect that is what happened to many of the negative reviewers on this site (although certainly not all). The professors are pretty decent, although like any school they have their pluses and minuses. A lot of busy work early on and catering to the lowest common denominator, but as I said, that LCD has already started disappearing from classes and I am seeing rigor increase accordingly. I am a self-pay, so I can't comment on the student loan process or financial aid. They are a regionally accredited school so I have already been able to apply credits earned at Capella toward salary advancement at my work."
3.6 out of 5 stars
Anne - 4/29/2016
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2018
"I started my Ed.D with a focus on Adult Ed in January, and so far so good. I have found that if you keep on top of assignments, and manage your time appropriately, you're golden. On the other hand, I have seen students drop off from the roster who I previously noticed during discussions were sorely lacking in writing and analysis skills, not to mention the basic skill of doing what the instructions tell you to do. I suspect that is what happened to many of the negative reviewers on this site (although certainly not all). The professors are pretty decent, although like any school they have their pluses and minuses. A lot of busy work early on and catering to the lowest common denominator, but as I said, that LCD has already started disappearing from classes and I am seeing rigor increase accordingly. I am a self-pay, so I can't comment on the student loan process or financial aid. They are a regionally accredited school so I have already been able to apply credits earned at Capella toward salary advancement at my work."
1.0 out of 5 stars
peter dragula - 3/2/2016
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2016
"Capella SCAM Complaint After four years and over $80K in expenses, I have realized that it would be folly to continue with the doctorate program in education at Capella University. I've never ever left a program before, but I am doing it now. I really wanted to believe that the school was organized to help students succeed, but I have experienced and realized it is set up more to take money than to support its students. Fact one: the constant changes of the program require constant adaptation on the student's part and resubmission of materials. Fact two: contact information for complaints is not readily available. Good luck trying to contact the president or top deans, they simply don't want to be bothered. Fact three: the tremendous amount of complaints and lawsuits documented online suggest the problems at the school are systemic. Fact four: After you have completed two years of course work, you will have five years to complete your doctorate. It took two years to gain approval for my research, leaving me only three years to complete the dissertation. When it became obvious after multiple attempts to obtain participants that the project was not going to work, the adviser, help desk and mentor could not offer any help other than to suggest to "try harder" or graduate with a masters, which I already have. To resubmit a new topic and finish within three years, given the timelines simply was not doable. Fact five: In my experience, the majority of the mentors are not full time employees and have side jobs. The quality of the mentorship is severely lacking. It would have been helpful to have a mentor to counsel me on the appropriateness of the topic rather than to allow me to stumble along wasting time and money. The reality I learned was that when you are doing a doctorate, you need access to participants. Go easy and find support for this outside the university, because Capella won't do anything, except provide you with matrix and outlines for your $5,000 per quarter. In sum, Capella has been one of the most frustrating and incompetent educational programs I have ever experienced in my forty years of education and I would warn anyone who is considering it to reconsider and find a program that has support to get you to your goal. If you are in the program and experiencing the same frustrations, you may want to cut your loses and move on."
5.0 out of 5 stars
drfahey - 1/23/2016
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2007
"I earned a PhD from Capella in March 2007. This took 36 months to achieve with intense focus. Now I am back earning a second masters and similar to the first time at Capella, I have never had a problem with any aspect of the process from registration to graduation. I am here tonight writing because I never wrap my mind around why others have so many problems, issues, or concerns. I just do the work, enjoy the learning process and win. During the time it took me to earn my first degree I never had to pick up the phone once to call anyone as everything went fine. I am now taking my second class in this new program and again, cannot understand why anyone is or could have a problem. Currently, I am an academic dean for an international school in Boston, Massachusetts. My degree from Capella has always been recognized as fully accredited. However, my future goal is to teach English, thus the reason for returning. I want to now specialize in this area of knowledge. So far, so good. Good luck to all those who register for this school or any one online college or university as it takes special motivation to move successfully through any one class."
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