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Degree: School Counseling
Graduation Year: 2017

Going to Capella was a rewarding experience. It was a challenging school but flexible. I was able to work on my own time. I am anemic and Vitamin D deficient. Both of these ailments together make me extremely lethargic at times. Capella worked with me to obtain an accommodation that worked for me. Refund checks always came on time. During my matriculation I had 2 residencies. One was in Virginia and the other in Florida. Both were fun, interactive, and informative. It was a time for us to engage with our professors in ways we could not, due to us being online students. However, it was very expensive. We had to pay for our transportation and lodging and the school took care of breakfast, lunch and a snack. Grant it they provided us with hotel information at a discounted rate, but it was still very expensive. Residency is a full week experience so we are paying for each night. Residency can be very stressful and the added financial obligation was no help. On top of that the refund check for the quarter with residency was cut shorter because of residency. This was a difficult time. Capella needs to rethink this aspect. Additionally, for a lack of a better word, graduation was lit! Mine was in New Orleans, a place I had never been before. I was able to explore the city while celebrating graduation. What an unforgettable time. Capella is always very organized in what they do. Check-in was smooth. I knew where I need to be and when I needed to be there. I knew what was going to happen during graduation. The speaker was excellent. And our unconventional president took the tradition out of boring graduations.

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Degree: School Counseling
Graduation Year: 2019

During my first college experience I struggled to maintain a B average, which was hard for me considering I had always earned A's or high B's in high school. After receiving my diploma from my first degree I started dragging my feel when it cam time actually try and find a job in my field. So I started working full time at my family's business and within a year to a year and a half I was miserable and was itching to get back to the school system just not as a teacher. After talking it over with my parents we decided that the transportation business was not the industry for me and I belonged in a school. Due to my work schedule attending classes in a normal setting was out of the question so I started looking into colleges that would allow me to become a school counselor. Capella was ranked one of the top three programs on every website I searched and it has been the best decision I have ever made!! I have gained so much knowledge and a better understanding of who I am and what I can become because of this program. Before I was never as diligent as I am about getting my homework done and reading the assignments. Now I try to get as far ahead in my classes as I can so I can fully focus on my assignments and make sure I am able to maintain my GPA. Capella has allowed me to be able to continue working my full time job (at one time it was 60+ hours a week) while being able to have two classes go on. Any time I have issues or concerns about the homework assignment or questions the professors email back right away. My program does have two one week residencies where you go and meet people from the same program as you and you get to better understand theories and how different assessments work. Overall, I could have asked for a better program to be in and a better school to be a part of!

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Degree: Public Safety Management
Graduation Year: 2018

Excellent program of study, materials were amazing and instructors motivated continually throughout the program. A phenomenal education journey and life experience, Capella University is an excellent institution, I will cherish my experiences and I have achieved a goal never thought to be achievable before

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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.

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Degree: Human Development and Family Studies, General
Graduation Year: 2015

Beyond accessibility and the conveniences for working students, the program challenged my boundaries of intellectual output. I learned to be more objective in responding to life and business by first learning to accept and then developing an instructors eye for knowledge. This aspect forced me to determine whether to conform to get the grade or to develop. I chose to allow the training to develop me for the future. This is a great program for the innovative rising professional.

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Degree: Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling
Graduation Year: 2019

This program is intense. It will take a lot from you in order to finish. Before you start, take some time for yourself. Create your own study process that will work on a daily basis. Take a vacation, save some money, and create a self-care plan. The program is designed to prepare you for becoming a person that will care for other people in an intense manner. There are courses in ethics, culture and diversity, theories, and socialization. Be prepared. You will have to travel on 2 occasions for what is called residency. Start saving now for your flight and hotel costs because the school will not cover that cost.

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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2021

I have been in the MSW program since July 2016. I am taking one class at a time because I have a full time job and a family that keeps me busy. If I chose to take a 2nd class, it would limit my time with my family and I'm not willing to make that happen. I love spending time with my family and would like them to understand that school is important, but so is family. We all continue to make sacrifices, but it is with the understanding that mom is going to get a better job and be able to help more people. Capella provides me with opportunities to learn and grow within my profession, which is exactly what I need. I continue to find that each class gives me invaluable insight into my current job in case management. I am able to talk with my clients on a deeper level and gain insight into what they are dealing with and how I can help them. I highly recommend this program to others seeking an MSW as it provides not only online education, but real world value. Another great aspect is the residencies. I've completed one and the experience was amazing. I learned so much in that one week, it was intense, but so worth it! Good luck to you in your endeavors and I hope that you choose Capella!

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Degree: Psychology, General
Graduation Year: 2018

The Flexpath program was perfect for me. I was able to work at my own pace and complete the degree in less time than with a traditional program. There was always a way to contact someone for help or clarification on an assessment. The feedback and comments left by the professors where helpful and added to my content knowledge.

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Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2018

My experience with Capella has been wonderful. I have found the professors to be responsive and engaged, and the courses to be challenging. I have not experienced any problems but any time I had to call with a question or speak with my advisor I found my questions were answered quickly and professionally.

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Degree: Mental Health Counseling/Counselor
Graduation Year: 2017

My experience with Capella has been excellent. Faculty (counselors, librarians, instructors, etc.) are friendly, helpful, and easily accessible. The interface is easy to use and the university has a prolific database filled with resources. If you need to brush up on writing skills, research skills, typing- it's available. To make the most of your investment, have a plan. DO NOT rely on others and point the finger at the school and faculty for your struggles. They are accredited and a little pricey but any school not subsidized by state governments is going to be (it's a private college). Sometimes it's difficult "to see the forest from the trees" but do your best to know your objectives. Because it is online, you must reach out to your own community. In school status can open doors for job shadowing, volunteering, networking. You are responsible for creating your own opportunities. I have known several students from other universities using similar formats, as well as colleagues who received credentials through Capella. My general understanding is Capella is strong (my colleagues had achieved excellent positions as Deans and Directors). Remember, no matter what you choose Brick and Mortar or online, what you put into your education is what you will get out of it. Whether you are content just coasting and doing bare minimum or you put everything you have into into it, often your outcomes will reflect this. I work in medical as a mid-level provider; I have class room teaching experience; and community volunteering experience. My ultimate goal, is a PhD, which will potentially open doors for further teaching opportunities, consulting, mentoring, research, leadership positions, or other opportunities. Online graduate level programs are the future... they are flexible, don't require mortgage, campus security, insurance for student safety, more flexibility in staff, can attract students from all over the world and once technical infrastructure is in place a high return on investment. Capella is ahead of the curve. For undergraduate students: depending on what your goals are, its a good idea to save money by attending state/community schools on campus. There are things that online can't provide. Graduate students: if you are already working, your commutes are increasingly horrible, parking difficult, wear and tear on car, or have family, then consider online learning. You have your foundation and if it is strong- this will only help t further build. I give Capella strong support and positive ratings. Hope this helps- Best of Luck!!!!!!

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