Capella University Reviews
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Outstanding and challenging program. I received my MSN from a challenging online University and was well prepared for the structure of Capella. The instructors, financial aid, mentors, and IT are responsive and available and the technology assists in the learning process. This program is not for those who are not structured or prepared for deadlines and research level writing--excellent for those who are! The coursework including grant proposals and executive briefs strongly prepare the learner for real life.
The flexpath program can be very good since there will be times when you cannot turn in a full assignment during a particular time. During those times be careful with activity/participation. Those submissions, unfortunately may be read with subjective eyes. If they feel things was not explained enough they will not count your weekly participation. In my case I always did my submission the same way and found out later after I was dropped from a course that my previous participation submission was not counted. Because I was using financial aid, I had to pay immediately out of pocket - which I had to borrow - back since the financial aid obligations was not met. Then I had to write and appeal to get back in school/class. This whole process took close to a month before I started back, meanwhile the financial aid clock was still ticking. So I still had to have a certain amount of course/credits completed to keep my financial aid. If you choose to take a chance on them be careful because a mistake on their part could cause you problems that they cannot or will not fix.
I was skeptical about starting Capella University in November 2016 after seeing so many negative comments. My instincts told me to move forward after doing my own research, and I am happy I did. I recently relocated to another country after marrying and am currently out of the workforce until I am sorted to work. I used this time finish my degree which I started at a brick and mortar university. I decided to utilize the Flexpath program to move at an accelerated pace and was able to complete about 18 courses in one quarter. I worked day and night, studied and read. And now I am 3 courses away from completing. I thought Capella would hold me back to make more money. But after spending $2,200 for my first quarter and now $2,200 for my current and last quarter I am in awe. With myself for the hard work and Capella for the support and curriculum. I have learned so much that I am using in everyday life, and I know once I rejoin the workforce this is invaluable. And because I have to rely more on myself in my studies, my grades and understanding are better than when I was in a traditional university. Honestly, I believe Capella is the future for higher learning. And students that complain are merely not driven, has poor time management, or are not simply cut out for online university. The Flexpath program leaves you flying solo and I am okay with that. Most people are not and require explanation for every detail and assignment. If you are challenged in some way, this is not the University for you. But if you are driven and focused, you can excel. And another thing, those complaining that classmates are writing below their standard, that is at all universities. I do not believe it waters down my degree because there are always students barely moving along whether online or brick and mortar. So stop being bitter if you are not cutting it. Look at what you are doing wrong. This university has more accreditations than some brick and mortar so stop nit-picking! I will be wrapping up my bachelors in a few weeks and starting my MBA. My advice is to do your own research and not rely on these comments by people, some of whom are by disgruntled students that expected online to be easier. Online is harder! But it can be convenient and if you work hard, you will get results.
I started part time in 2011 and with 30 credits to complete in 2017 left have exhausted financial aid. They will not work with me and just want money. The staff is either grading to easy or too hard, knowing my skill level. It was good at the beginning but now near the end they have no interest in allowing me to complete my degree. I cannot help that I work and have a family to support, they do not care. The coursework is easy but the technology in the classroom is sometime out of date and doesn't work. Most of the labs can be done elsewhere and they say they prepare you for CompTIA certification but it goes nowhere when you don't have time to complete the labs and take the tests for certification. If you want a great experience to start and are just out of high school this is a good place but if you are a working adult, don't fall for it. They will bleed you dry. I don't see myself ever completing my degree now as their credits don't transfer. They try to have your save money through Sophia learning but you have to come up with $350 up front per course. I can see why the grad rate is near 0 for undergraduates. Most of my fellow students have been in their fields for years and are just now completing their degrees. If you can't go some where else the don't go here.
I started my masters here, then quickly realized I did not care for the mentality at the school. I transferred on after 4 courses and a 4.0, because I felt like I was just a number. Instructors were rigid and took days to answer me. The online modules did not work properly, and their were no outlines. I felt as though I was writing just for a grade and not learning. Several times I had to email instructors and stress the syllabus. Upon moving on there was a night and day difference at the new school.
I completed my Master's degree in Business Administration from Capella University and support them 100%. I have recommended Capella to my peers and had several of them apply based on my recommendation. I was a single parent while pursuing my degree and received support throughout the process from my instructors, advisors, and administrative team. When I decided to pursue my doctoral degree, I chose another university based on price and it was a terrible decision. I left and came back to Capella and couldn't be happier!!
The school feeds you with a guided path and help along the way to achieving your degree. The only help Capella provides is when they sign you up for loans that you don't even know you're agreeing to, which once you enroll you can't withdraw from class, they will say you can but keep you in the class to keep your financial aid money. When you ask about it they say they withdrew you, but you will have an F on transcript and they will say they had to grade the work at the time you withdrew on the whole course scale so they can get your financial aid money. I would put this online school below university of Phoenix, not only for the poor class and business office experience, but also the professors have no clue what they're doing either and generally send out pre-typed automated emails concerning the class or your questions. Online universities, actually they don't deserve that name, any online 'money-mill' not associated with a 'real' university or school, PLEASE STAY AWAY. Keep your money, credit score, and stress free from the bull, a university like this will entangle you with. Any questions or help on how or why to stay away, please email me.
I went to Capella for my masters and then transferred into the Ph.D program. The Ph.D program started out great, no real issues. All the issues started with the comprehensive exam. I attended the required residency weekends which was supposed to prepare you for comps and milestones 1 to 3. Three weeks before comps started Capella emailed my the comprehensive exam manual, however when the course room open up there was a different manual. The new manual was the opposite of the one that was sent to me. Under the old manual you had to the end of week 2 to get your questions, which I was planning to do as I had to go for foot surgery. However, under the new manual you had to get questions no later than Monday of week 2. This 2 days before I went for surgery. I emailed the dissertation advisor and as the manual said that in situations like medical an extension would be granted. However, Capella did not want to work with me. I ended up having complications and was not home until Thursday, which eat up most of the first week. I passed one of the questions and got rewrites on 2. The grades feedback was made no sense. I was told in one part that something was right and than the next sentence said it was wrong. I turned in the rewrites on time, and they were supposed to have a grade it within 7 days. I ended up waiting another 3 weeks before I found out I did not pass. The new grading system is terrible. You need all proficient/ distinguish to pass the exam on all criteria and if one of the grades gave you something that was not proficient you failed. Under the old system all you needed was 30 points per question which you could get 20 points on just APA alone. With this in mind I was sure I was going to have no problem. However, my cohort was the first group under the new grading criteria and after speaking to students most of us did not pass. It seemed like they were just failing students. I took their writing class and the instructor went over the results from comps, by looking at our papers and I was told my responses were passing and the instructor could not find the problems even with the feedback that I was given. This set-off alarms for me. It was then I found out that the only thing Capella cares about is how much money they can get from the students. I also requested being moved to the DPA program and I requested made that request after I failed the rewrites, but the advisor never processed the degree program change request until it was too late, so I was going to be stuck in writing classes wasting time and money. I ended up transferring to another school.
Some individuals have good thoughts about their Capella journey ;and others have shared not so good experiences. As for myself, I have no regrets. The institution was just what I expected in meeting, and in some cases, exceeding my expectations. I do believe, it is each student's responsibility to make sure he/she perform their "due diligence" particularly when it comes to a financial investment such as higher education. For those expressing both positive and negative reviews, I do understand because it is reviews and concerns such as yours that can potential result in the betterment of the institution. Best of luck in your pursuit of your educational goals; whether, you are attending Capella or some other university.
Please, please DO NOT waste your time on money on this school. I have several other college degrees and have NEVER had the problems I've experienced with this school. There is NO preparation or guidance for the doctoral project and each instructor has a different idea of what it entails. My instructors kept changing too, mid-project and then I'd be with someone unfamiliar with my project. I started my project over four times and this required many extra quarters of work....but of course if they keep you in school, the school makes more money. The financial office could never get my account right either. I would NEVER, EVER recommend this school to anyone. Run, do not walk, away from this school.