Capella University Reviews
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Having attended only brick-and-mortar schools in the past, I was initially skeptical about opting for a virtual Ph.D. program. However, I'm glad I chose Capella University for such an adventure. To begin with, at the doctoral level "you get what you put in"; in particular, I found that online training, such as the type offered at Capella is suited for experienced professional (like me) who are life-long independent learners, and who will be too bored listening to the type of instructions given by a professor at your typical brick-and-mortar school that might not have as much practical experience. On that note, I had a fantastic experience during my almost four-year Ph.D. journey at Capella. During course work, I found the instructional materials, the assignments, and course-room discussions to be very useful. Also, I thought that the residencies I attended were well planned/organized, and they provided an important avenue to have face-to-face interaction with other learners and instructors. During the dissertation process, the vast amount of knowledge and instructional materials I had acquired during the course work and residencies were extremely valuable. In sum, I thought that my experience at Capella University was great--I was very impressed with the rigour, thoroughness, and often frustrating reviews I experienced while completing the 16 milestones for my dissertation study. Last but not least, I would definitely recommend this school to others in the future.
My experience with Capella has been excellent. Faculty (counselors, librarians, instructors, etc.) are friendly, helpful, and easily accessible. The interface is easy to use and the university has a prolific database filled with resources. If you need to brush up on writing skills, research skills, typing- it's available. To make the most of your investment, have a plan. DO NOT rely on others and point the finger at the school and faculty for your struggles. They are accredited and a little pricey but any school not subsidized by state governments is going to be (it's a private college). Sometimes it's difficult "to see the forest from the trees" but do your best to know your objectives. Because it is online, you must reach out to your own community. In school status can open doors for job shadowing, volunteering, networking. You are responsible for creating your own opportunities. I have known several students from other universities using similar formats, as well as colleagues who received credentials through Capella. My general understanding is Capella is strong (my colleagues had achieved excellent positions as Deans and Directors). Remember, no matter what you choose Brick and Mortar or online, what you put into your education is what you will get out of it. Whether you are content just coasting and doing bare minimum or you put everything you have into into it, often your outcomes will reflect this. I work in medical as a mid-level provider; I have class room teaching experience; and community volunteering experience. My ultimate goal, is a PhD, which will potentially open doors for further teaching opportunities, consulting, mentoring, research, leadership positions, or other opportunities. Online graduate level programs are the future... they are flexible, don't require mortgage, campus security, insurance for student safety, more flexibility in staff, can attract students from all over the world and once technical infrastructure is in place a high return on investment. Capella is ahead of the curve. For undergraduate students: depending on what your goals are, its a good idea to save money by attending state/community schools on campus. There are things that online can't provide. Graduate students: if you are already working, your commutes are increasingly horrible, parking difficult, wear and tear on car, or have family, then consider online learning. You have your foundation and if it is strong- this will only help t further build. I give Capella strong support and positive ratings. Hope this helps- Best of Luck!!!!!!
I earned my Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in Teaching and Learning back in 2005. I'm extremely proud to have a doctoral degree from Capella University. My program was rigorous and my instructors challenged me every day. They gave me continuous critical feedback, positive support, and encouragement all along they way. The colloquiums that I attended enabled me to make personal connections with my instructors and allowed me to get pick and choose professors for upcoming courses. My studies provided a deep and rich learning experience that helped me to become a better teacher. The knowledge I gained through the coursework and through all the research I completed for my comprehensives and dissertation has helped me to become a subject matter expert in my field of education. Upon graduating with my Ph.D., I immediately was hired as a adjunct professor of early childhood education, and subsequently have been hired as a curriculum writer, teacher professional developer, literacy coordinator, and principal. Without a doubt, I would not have advanced as far as I have in my career as an educator had I not pursued and received a doctoral degree at Capella University. For every bad review on this page, there are 2 or 3 strong (5 star) reviews. Some people may have a had a bad experience with Capella, but perhaps that was their own fault. Maybe they don't have what it takes to put in the amount of work and effort to be successful at an online school (for example, during the 3.5 years it took me to complete my Ph.D., I worked full-time as a teacher/60 hours a week, was a fully engaged father of 3 young children, and stayed up from 9:00 pm. until 1:00 a.m. working on my coursework six nights a week. That left only about 4 hours a night for sleeping for most of 3.5 years! That's what it takes folks! If you aren't willing to do that, then Capella is not for you - you're right.
I am very pleased with my choice of Capella University for online studies as a doctoral student. Not only is Capella University regionally accredited, but it's recognized as a quality institution over other online institutions. I found the enrollment team to be courtesy, helpful, and timely when I initially sought to enroll. In addition, I found the program faculty to be engaged and caring despite the barrier of distance with online education. What I enjoyed the most, though, is the combination of primary, secondary, and higher education teachers, instructors, and administrators in the program--we each brought something unique to the table with respect to our experiences and the issues/opportunities faced in our own institutions.
So I have attended Capella for a year as a IT major. The one thing I have found is that while some of their basic courses were of an okay quality their IT courses are a joke. I turned in several assignments that were intentionally of a very poor quallity and was still given an A. So if you want a degree with little to no meaning behind it this is an great school however I am leaving in favor of self education and obtaining certifications while building a portfolio to demonstrate my capabilities.
As a current student at Capella University, I have been so impressed by the quality of education and communication with Capella faculty that I have experienced so far. Online learning is not new to me since I earned my undergraduate degree online as well. For a graduate program, I thought it might be limiting to further my education online instead of in a traditional setting. However, I have received the same amount and quality of knowledge regardless of the setting and I have experienced great communication with my professors. They have always been eager to give feedback and helpful in many ways. Every staff member I have communicated with has shown me kindness and has put the effort in to connect with me and help in any way they can.
The program is phenomenal over all. In terms of the online courseroom experience, it has been very "do able". At first I thought that I would struggle with the online format. This has not been the case. With the exception of one class that required a live video feed for a discussion with the professor, it has been a smooth transition. The professors have been very helpful and it is obvious that they are knowledgeable in the areas that they are teaching. Also, I appreciate their professional experience that they bring into the course, this adds to the knowledge base. The only area that I have had an issue with the technological aspect. Specifically, "Turnitin" gives you an option to upload your assignment from Google Drive but the link doesn't work. It would be very helpful if it was fixed as this would enhance my experience much more. I do all my work in Google Chrome so having this fixed would save me a lot of time.
I chose to attend Capella after reviewing curriculum and instruction doctoral programs at four other schools. I was impressed with Capella primary because the the Capstone project. I wanted to be able to contribute the educational field beyond a paper. In addition, I love technology. Capella offers blended learning which works well for me as an independent learner.
I was looking for a program that allowed me flexibility, but that also challenged me. Capella University has done both. I feel have gained valuable information on my program and would definitely recommend it to individuals that are initiators. Magdalena
Capella provided an amazing online experience where the instructors were helpful and willing to answer any questions I had throughout the duration of my degree. I was able to graduate with honors in 2016 and currently work in the field of substance abuse counseling. I have used many of the skills I learned at Capella in the work force such as time management, critical thinking and writing. I love to write and I was able to hone this skills through the various tutoring opportunities that Capella provides such as smart thinking and turnitin. I would say that two areas that Capella can improve are the book allowance and continuity in regards to due dates across classes. I would recommend giving students the opportunity to opt in or out of the standard fee at the beginning of each semester if they are able to obtain their books and materials for cheaper than $150.00. The due dates often go back and forth depending on the teacher and I always had a sigh of relief when the due date was Thursday of every week rather than Wednesday. I think a standard due date across the board would benefit and allow the student to know what to expect from semester to semester. I have always been a huge fan of Capella University and have personally helped at least three people begin their journey at Capella and my fianc is currently still enrolled and well on her way to obtaining her BA in Business.