Capella University Reviews

3.43 out of 5 stars
(655 Reviews)
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  • Annual Tuition: $14,579
68% of 655 students said this degree improved their career prospects
64% of 655 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars
Kate - 11/21/2018
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2022
"Capella is good University. Great instructors, great program, very flexible. The only issue is financial part. I am able to pay for school, but they gave me basically one month to pay $2,000 or gave me a choice to start dropping the courses (actually they dropped it for me, forcefully). Very irrational step from financial department. First of all, as for a student, all my finances are on the track. I think they need to let you know not one month before dropping classes but way earlier. Now, since THEY START DROPPING CLASSES FOR ME - I am total mess. My credit score are mess, my program are mess. After all that, I was one step from quitting or thinking of transferring somewhere else. It is not a first time. They need some sort of flexibility in financial department."
4.7 out of 5 stars
Student at Capella - 11/16/2018
Degree: Human Resources
Graduation Year: 2018
"I have been attending Capella University on the flex path program for a little over a year now and I do enjoy it. I am a mother, daughter, friend, worker, wife, Aunt, etc. so having time to fit in college was hard. My first experience with college before Capella was good, but it also took a lot of time out of my night, the seminars were scheduled so late that I was exhausted and it required so much of my time I almost didn't graduate. I like the flex path program because it is convenient and fits in my busy schedule. You get what you put into it though. If you write an amateur paper, you will get an amateur grade so this course is more for people who want to succeed quicker and put in the effort as a self-paced person. I saw some other reviews that were bad but again if you don't put in the work, be prepared to get bad grades. I have never used a tutor because I don't need one and yes some of my instructors are ghosts but I never had a bad experience."
1.5 out of 5 stars
Grad Student Anonymous - 11/7/2018
Degree: Project Management
Graduation Year: 2020
"Avoid school. Took 1 class, had the worst professor I ever had and transferred out. The professor was Emotionally unstable and used class to build her ego. Wrote weekly 2 page emails to class insulting everyone, responses to assignments were insulting and rude, wrote 3 page long essay assignments so no matter how hard you tried she could say you missed something, and the class material was based on emotion based theories. Waste of 4k. Go to state college with checks and balances."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Vanessa - 10/29/2018
Degree: RN to BSN
Graduation Year: 2020
"Do NOT go to this school! Absolutely no help from anyone! They take your money but you are on your own! No tutor will ever get back with you and the instructor just says she is busy with other students! Not user friendly at all!!!! No customer service"
1.0 out of 5 stars
Jamie - 10/24/2018
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2020
"I was taking the flexpath online. My very first "instructor" graded my second paper informing me it did not meet the paper criteria and needed to be redone. I rewrote my paper, only leaving my introduction the same. My paper went from a 4 page paper to an 8 page paper. My instructor evaluated my paper and gave me feedback with another students name stating there were no changes to my paper so she would not change my grade. I reached out to my adviser to ask for assistance with this matter and they referred me back to my instructor and had me email her, which I did. She promptly changed the name and left the rest the same. My final paper was a debate; my instructor evaluated it stating I did not show both sides of the debate, rather I chose one. I rewrote this paper and highlighted both sides of the debate. She evaluated my second attempt and stated I did not do what was asked as I needed to choose one side of the debate. I reached out to the dean of students as I already knew the response of my adviser would be email your instructor. The dean said there was nothing that could be done and I needed to contact the instructors superior, so I did. I promptly received an email from the instructor stating she heard I had questions about her grading system. This school is a joke. The instructors have free reign to play games with you and you have no say over your future. I have received threatening letters that if I do not pay my balance they will send it to collections, however, I didn't receive the service I am being charged for, so why would I pay? This "university" is all about the money and does not care about the student. Do your research and go elsewhere. My instructor did not follow through with evaluating my papers and giving me the feedback she was supposed to, I lost an entire summer due to her lack of commitment to her job, and now I have to find another University to face track this degree so I don't lose my job."
4.8 out of 5 stars
Laura - 10/22/2018
Degree: MSW - Clinical
Graduation Year: 2020
"Began with Counseling then decided I wanted to try a 'live' class so went to another school that offers synchronous classes, ugh that was an error. I was hesitant to return to Capella as the classes were populated by individuals who seemed incapable of writing beyond what I think of as a high school level as well as the issue of having left in the 1st place. I could not be more pleased. The school I left seems to be circling the drain while Capella has made significant changes, the support is amazing - of course there are issues - that's life. The MSW program begins with research - the most important aspect of any master's program I think, possibly any program. If you know how to research you will do well. I also have received text messages and emails from my advisor, admission counselor and professor, he even had a conference call - not mandatory just for added support. I also like that everything is spelled out and instructors do not deviate from the schedule, it's not well the paper is due on the 10th then the following week they announce it is due on the 20th followed by another date the following week. Capella has made it a simple process, I know what I need to do, when I need to do it and have support every step of the way - sure there are glitches - but I expect that and will request assistance when needed."
1.3 out of 5 stars
Shannon - 10/16/2018
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2018
"This school is okay but the BSN courses were redundant. If you have any tragedies or anything that happens to you in life they are unforgiving and truly run strictly business without any sympathy or compassion. The course work for the different classes were basically the same concept just worded different."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Paula A. Cardillo - 10/16/2018
Degree: Curriculum & Instruction
Graduation Year: 2018
"Capella University offers a superb doctorate in education. My specialty was curriculum and instruction, with leadership and accountability. The program content and instructors were excellent, they expressed a desire to help, instruct, and guide the student for success. As an older student beginning the program I had many concerns, would I be able to complete assignments and understand the material. My plan included a study schedule, which was not changed or altered in anyway. I knew I order to be successful it would require dedication and focusing on the material. The course content was excellent and provided me with new skills. Completing the program has given me a new sense of confidence and accomplishment. Completing with a 4.0 GPA was a personal goal and fulfilled what my mom would say "you can do anything as long as you put you mind and time to it". Thanks Mom!"
1.0 out of 5 stars
Patti Maisner - 10/15/2018
Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2020
"They intentionally, for some reason, pretended to enroll me in the fall, and forwarded my financial aid to be approved, but to start in Jan., of 2019. I was told then on 10.01.18 that my FA would not cover the fall, but not to drop the class. However, there was no guarantee that I would be repackaged, and that if it was not approved for the fall, but I would owe them money. They postponed everything for 48 hours, thus overlapping the add/drop period. I was told on 10.18 that I would have to drop by 10.12, but if my FA was approved on 10.15 that I could be added back into the class. At the exact moment, my FA was approved, but the class drop also processed. When I called a few moments ago, I was told that I could not re-add the class, that it was too late. So, they gave me the run-around for almost 3 weeks, and I am not sure why. I am so disappointed; everyone that I talked to lied to me. I do not recommend them, at all. I know now, they do not care about me as a student or person, as five people lied to me, and ignored me for 48 hours, which would've made all the difference in the world."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Students cant spell - 10/13/2018
Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2022
"So far, I keep encountering peers who cannot spell. I am incredulous how being unable to spell is ever going to allow someone to muster the rigors of APA/dissertation. Also, the answers provided by classmates are very rigid, canned, expected, pro forma, not reality. Thinkers? I am not sure if this is intentional or unintentional? Whether pursuing a PhD by definition weeds out the humanity or vice versa?"

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