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3 out of 5
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Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2016

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.

3 out of 5
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2017

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.

2 out of 5
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Degree: Management
Graduation Year: 2014

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.

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5 out of 5
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Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2020

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.

2 out of 5
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2017

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!

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Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2013

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!

2 out of 5
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Degree: MSW
Graduation Year: 2017

Thank God that I only wanted to receive a second Masters Degree. If you choose to disregard ALL the negative reviews as I did and give them a chance you will REGRET IT. Capella is HORRIBLE, DISHONEST, and lies for financial aid purposes. Noooooooooo

1 out of 5
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2017

Absolutely awful. Communications go unanswered for weeks at a time. Class requirements aren't included in the syllabus. Don't find about about "requirements" until you've submitted assignments. Structured so you have to keep paying tuition and never quite meeting hidden objectives. Easily the worst education experience I've had. DO NOT GO HERE.

3 out of 5
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Degree: Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services, Other
Graduation Year: 2017

I recently received my MS in Human Services from Capella. I found the professors to be very efficient with grading, responding to email, and very understanding of life situations. The Professor I encountered were very respectful and compassionate about their students success with the program. The academic advisers were also very helpful, as I have had to consult with them on a few occasions. I will admit that the program is a little more costly than others, however, I made the choice to attend, with this in mind. Therefore, I cannot complain about it. My courses were 10 weeks long, and I only took one class per quarter. The financial aide department could benefit from customer service training and honesty. I think, aside from the cost, that Capella is an excellent school to pursue a MS in Human Services.

1 out of 5
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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.

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