Capella University Reviews

3.43 out of 5 stars
(667 Reviews)
  • Multiple Locations
  • Annual Tuition: $14,579
68% of 667 students said this degree improved their career prospects
64% of 667 students said they would recommend this school to others
Find an Online Degree:
GradReports is supported by advertising. Schools that compensate us advertise via school search results. This does not influence our college rankings or our content.

Student & Graduate Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Good experience - 3/1/2019
Degree: Health Psychology
Graduation Year: 2003
"As a tenured full professor, this degree served me well and I had a great experience. The faculty were great and library services excellent. You have to be able to write well and I was already a published author. This did culture me to write and I have since had over 50 publications and two text books. The psychology school has a few higher expectations so it is important to say I can't speak for the rest of the university."
4.7 out of 5 stars
JoanneF - 2/20/2019
Degree: Healthcare Informatics
Graduation Year: 2019
"My time with Capella has been nothing but great. The progression of the courses and its content was relevant and effective. I particularly liked one course where we were asked to do and record a powerpoint presentation together with a paper. It was definitely training for the real world. Online classes work best for students who are self-directed and motivated to do the coursework correctly and on time. I am 2 courses away from graduating and my facilitators are providing feedback on content and APA. This is helpful as i prepare for my capstone."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Claribel Perez - 2/14/2019
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2015
"Capella University performed a formidable job recruiting me and promising a PhD in General Psychology within two years. Furthermore, they did an excellent job exhausting more than $100,000.00 of my Student Loans and in the end, using the excuse that I did not pass a Comprehensive Exam that they encouraged me to enroll three times to retake, they performed an Administrative Withdrawal. Within the four years spent at Capella, my doctoral level performance seemed superior, until I reached the COMPS-DISSERTATION phase. In the end, after thorough investigation, I, along 53 other learners in similar situation, discovered that during those years, prior to 2013, they did not meet the requirements to offer a PhD in Psychology nor did they have the appropriate statues in place, according to the Minnesota Higher Education Affairs. In all, Capella University is a scam and they certainly are the best in utilizing a switch and bait system to entertain you, and in the end withdraw you, making you feel like a failure, most certainly leaving you with thousands in student loan debt and without a degree."
2.7 out of 5 stars
Dory - 2/13/2019
Degree: Higher Education
Graduation Year: 2013
"Terrible doctorate support. Careless counselors and committee members. Over 100k in tuition and a very negative experience. I have known at least 55 doctorate students in similar situation and experience. I had to completed doctorate degree in another university that did support students!"
1.0 out of 5 stars
Deborah Parker - 2/13/2019
Degree: Organizational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2050
"This University may be receiving business awards but it is a for-profit university that has stockholders. They are great at making profits for the stockholders. From 2002-2015,Capella's interest was not in protecting their PhD students but was instead focused to making profits for this Ed. Company. They took those PhD Public Service Leadership General Human Services PhD students and circulated them within the system for years while all the other Cap. University schools PhD students were corralled and waiting----then with extensive debts Capella gave some of them Masters degrees instead. Those PSL PhD Students developed the faculty training template at this wholly on line school for 2 years then they were often removed....many with $200,000 debts and no degree. Beware is all I can say. Somehow, I lived through this experience but it was not a good one. Find a public or non profit University."
1.4 out of 5 stars
Toya - 2/5/2019
Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2019
"Horrible school. I was kicked out of classes due to their websites lack of functionality. After 5 calls to tech support, the issue was not resolved, and I am no longer admitted to my class this semester. No one would work with me to resolve the issue. The people are unprofessional across the board."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Dr. Martha McClain - 1/30/2019
Degree: Curriculum & Instruction
Graduation Year: 2015
"My studies at Capella University was excellent regarding assistant from the staff to the business office, and so on. You can communicate with the professors, library, and your advisor. My PhD in Curriculum and Instruction provided me with vital information in curriculum development/design, research, consultant, administration, and many more opportunities in the field of education. I can conduct training, coordinate/develop/implement curriculum in order to meet the needs of my staff and learners. In my supervisory role with my doctorate, I can set the standards for learning in the highest educational learning environment. Capella University was totally an asset to me in my career. I would recommend Capella University to any student who are thinking about higher education. I am satisfied with my field of study at Capella University."
1.6 out of 5 stars
Kelly A. - 1/17/2019
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2018
"Please please do your homework before you choose this online program. You will need to read all the fine print. The flex plan is a farce. Their use of the black board is subpar. You must go to several different places to get the entire homework requirements. When you ask the professor a question, they respond with "ask your tutor." Seems like a waste of money paying a professor and a tutor. The professors are not on the same page when it comes to submissions. Some follow APA and some don't care. Just do your homework. Capella is not what they advertise."
1.1 out of 5 stars
Amber - 1/15/2019
Degree: Marriage & Family Therapy
Graduation Year: 2015
"Capella is a corporate machine who will take your money without any recourse. I would caution anyone choosing to go here. They are very hands off because they are so large and are for profit. You are not a student they care or work with but a means to make money. I received my Master in Marriage and Family Therapy through them and paid over $90k in fees and they have recently sent me to collection for a $900 class I did not formally withdraw from. I have tried to work with them for the past month to set up payment plans (even though I disputed the charges) and they will not pull me out of collection. (I have/had great credit and have never been sent to collections before in my 37 years.) Thanks, Capella!"
1.0 out of 5 stars
Jennifer Mazonas - 1/14/2019
Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2020
"I have never experienced such negligence from another university. I know reviews can always be hit or miss, but I highly suggest not attending this school; especially if you require financial aid to pay for your tuition. I also want to note that the counseling program is very generic. Everything is set up by the school so that each student is following the same path per the requirements of CACREP. I felt like I was not being challenged and it has turned me off completely from counseling. I transferred to another university and changed my major. Good luck."

Programs with 5+ Reviews