Capella University Reviews
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I have a high gpa because I worked very hard and put in way too much time. The classes here were comparatively much harder than going to a regular college. You are penalized for the online convenience. There is virtually no teaching. You are on your own. Be warned if you want to be a student. If you want to "teach" and need a job with little to no work, this is the place for you.
Here's what you need to know about Capella University: I worked on my Ph.D. from 2008 to 2010. It was an arduous process with little support provided. Once I completed it, there was NO career support provided, NONE. Then I applied for adjunct online teaching positions with Capella from 2010 to 2017, at least twice per year, and each time I was told they wouldn't hire me because I was a graduate. Yet they would gladly hire someone with NO experience to teach online doctoral classes, especially if you are female and of color. This year I applied for an online teaching position with Capella, titled Education, Postsecondary Adult Education. My doctorate: Postsecondary Adult Education. What was Capella's response? They would not move forward with my application, even though I have 12+ years online teaching experience. This is a shameful practice and one I have come to expect from Capella University.
I am a student that is due to start school and I have not graduated, I don't like the fast track orientation, don't like the unnecessary symposiums and I really don't like the main office and their personnel. I recommend that you watch your back at all times if you are to attend this organization.
DON'T ATTEND THIS SCHOOL! If you have medical issue come up that prevent you from completing a course they will through you to the wolves and than collections. They do not care how they treat you and most of the instructors have no clue what the course material is. When attempting to receive assistance with courses I would receive mixed answers that don't make sense. Few times I received answers to questions replying, did you try google. One teacher had no clue what the questions meant and just told me to do my best. I had surgery come up and unable to preform my class work. Was never dropped out of my class properly so than I was forced to pay for the classes out of pocket. This is by far the worst manage school I have ever experienced. I only wasted my time and money. Spent 8 month trying to get a credit for the classes and was pushed aside and forgotten multiple times.
Most all of the instructors were helpful, others were out of touch with the industry. In general I would say this was a beneficial program. I liked the opportunity to interact during the Colloquiums. They were some of the best learning opportunities. Advising team was amazing they were always helpful even though they didn't always give me the answer I was hoping for.
I started at Capella in 2009 to work toward my BS in Psychology. I took several semesters off as I was working full-time and raising a toddler and newborn. However, I never gave up and continued on because I wanted to complete my degree to move on to a Masters program. I can say my experience at Capella was great!! At one point I applied to St. Johns and transferred. After a few weeks at St. Johns I was so dissatisfied with their on line program I transferred back to Capella. The work was overwhelming at times but I feel that made me want it more and felt very accomplished upon completing each quarter. 99% of my professors were amazing. Sure I had a hand full I didnt care for, but you find that anywhere. Fast forward several years, after a semester break, I was told about the new Flex Path program and how it would save me money and time. While it may have saved me money or time, I just learned after completing my Capstone that there is no honor recognition either at commencement or on your diploma. I am very upset about this as I busted my butt to get a high GPA. I contacted Capella and was basically told Im not the first person to feel this way, however, it is what it is. Had I known this or been told by the individual I dealt with that this was the case I would have continued in the guided program as I only had 6 or 7 classes to go at the time. For this reason only I would stay away from the Flex Path program. I am bewildered by this. Why cant they recognize a students achievement? To make matter worse the official transcript doesnt show letter grades but rather shows distinguished in the competencies. I mean really if you can provide the student with a letter grade on a billing invoice it should be on the transcript as well.
First, I did not graduate. I had to put something in the space for it to take my review. I attended Capella starting in 2009 and I regret it! They reported that I received more in school loans which I did not and I am taking my case to the Dept of Ed. I have emails from the school stating there were discrepancies. Also, I passed my comps, and had to take time away due to my health. I stayed away for 18 months. When I came back, I was told NO I could not reapply because my "record" was not that of what they expect from their students. I received a UNSAT for 1 term due to my health. So, the advisor recommended that I transfer my 'credits' for a "certificate.' Are you kidding me? I'm up to my eye balls in school loan and I already have a certificate? Please. Lastly, the time it took for the instructors to get back to me to approve my proposal. They extend the time, and as the student, you are left paying more each semester. I generally don't comment on sites like these - but please - BE AWARE!! DO NOT GO TO CAPELLA! There are other schools. Fortunately, I found a more reputable school that was generous in taking my credits. I will finish in 2018 and the experience has been so positive. Not what I experienced with Capella.
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 rarely write reviews, but I feel a duty to warn anyone who plans to go to this University. I am surprised that anyone would give this University high scores. The cost of tuition is high; you have little to no interactions with instructors. They rarely give you any feedback on assignments. If you plan to work on your doctorate, you go through 2 years of course work, then are expected to take exams. These exams are graded by instructors and are subjective their grading criteria. Good Luck with that! Then you move to the dissertation phase, where you are left alone with a dissertation template, and a mentor who has no idea how to help you. Semesters are only ten weeks, and it takes two weeks to get any feedback from your mentor. Most of the time, mentors only focus on grammar and punctuation and not content. If you're lucky enough to get it passed to the committee (which are three additional mentor level instructors), they will rip your paper apart for content; this also takes two weeks. All of them must agree on the content before it goes anywhere else. You can send several semesters trying to gather their approval. If you ever get their approval, then the school (another mentor level instructor) will tear your paper apart for content they also have two weeks to do this. None of these mentor/instructors can agree on anything, and you as the student are left paying $5000 a semester. Most of your time is spent revising and waiting two weeks at a time for them to review your document. Please keep in mind that a semester is only ten weeks. So you could easily spend four weeks just waiting for feedback out of those 10. The rest of the time you are revising. Going to this University was the most horrible experience of my life. I would not suggest anyone do this at Capella. Please go to a local university, in State to get your doctorate, not only will you save money, but you will have so much more support. Please also read other comments on this blog, I have experienced a lot of the same things. The only reason why I didn't quit is the money and time away from my family and friends working through this program. I did finish but not before spending almost $100,000 in getting this doctorate. I am a social worker, how exactly am I suppose to pay that back. Capella is a scam. Don't do it to yourself!
Loved every minute of it! Fantastic instructors the support and service you receive is top notch! I received my DNP form Capella and have had nothing but positive outcomes since I graduated. Everything is organized and the degree plan was set and never changed. They were nothing but upfront and honest with me and were there for anything I needed. I highly recommend Capella DNP program!