Capella University Reviews
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DO NOT go anywhere near this school. I earned a 3.8 GPA in my ADN program and 4.0 in my BSN program. I also have additional degrees outside of nursing. I evened earned a 4.0 throughout three years of coursework at Capella. However, I will never graduate as I was administratively withdrawn from the program. The regular courses of the program are actually quite good and challenging. The doctoral project of their program is poorly developed and the professors do not have the knowledge needed to actually teach how to do a project. The school had no problem reenrolling me each semester until I started calling academic advising looking for help to move my project along. I asked for a new professor when the professor submitted my project proposal to the school telling me it was perfect and would easily be approved only to have the school tell me to start over. The next professor was even worse than the first. She actually responded to one of my questions with "I don't understand what you mean." This, of course, leaves me to continue to figure everything out on my own. I now have a useless 4.0 GPA, membership in an academic honor society, $50,000 in debt, and no chance for a degree. PLEASE do not waste your time. Google the lawsuit information first.
My journey began attending another online University that had no respect for me as an individual after suffering a severe shoulder injury. I never had any family or academic support which, lead me to Capella University. The first day I began I have had nothing but support and worked really hard towards my academics which, earned to be on the Presidents List, invitation to be a Chi-Sigma Iota as well as becoming an Ambassador. My experience has been so supportive as well as positive throughout my journey with Capella. The instructors are awesome as well as supportive providing guidance even through are most challenging times of our lives. Now, that I only have a one quarter left I am encourage to pursue my PhD in clinical counseling with Capella University with a goal to develop an Ambassador program that represents Capella University.
I had wanted my MBA for a long time. I started it twice; however, being on call 24/7 just did not allow me to reliably attend a Brick and Mortar school. Only when I taught classes was I able to do the B&M and then I still got interrupted. I thoroughly enjoyed my classes and the interaction with other students. Most of my instructors were very good I had a couple that were not so I transferred out or dropped the class and rescheduled. I wanted my doctorate and looked around of a different school as I thought that would be better. However, I came back to Capella as I did not find a school with the courses available that I wanted. Capella worked with me to adjust the courses I wanted. After taking all required courses except the Comp and Dissertation, I switched to an MS due to the cost and the loss of educational assistance when I changed jobs. My online experience was much better than B&M especially since there were a lot of international students with much different perspectives on the subjects. I would go back for another degree if I could afford it just because I enjoyed the learning, interaction with others and the challenge.
Capella University was a tremendous opportunity and experience for me. The learning system was very appropriate and it gave me the chance to manage my timeline accurately where every tools where just available for my advantage. I will recommend to check it there.
While the program was rigorous, my committee chair and cohort were tremendously supportive and extremely encouraging! Other students have discussed their program success with similar sentiment. I highly recommend Capella for any Are and degree level.
I have truly valued the education I have received throughout my degree program at Capella University. I transferred into Capella from an alternative online school and the difference between the education, faculty, and University had a significant impact on my success. This program is truly designed to help students reach their academic goals while working with their busy schedules. I am a single mother of two toddlers, working 60 hour weeks at the office, and working towards finishing my degree. The faculty is extremely understanding and always available to help when I have needed it. Additionally, the course work is designed to focus the assignments on my current (and future) organization, making the lessons more personal and relevant to my career path. Due to the significantly positive experience I have had with this organization, I would highly recommend this school and program to future students.
Capella has been absolutely phenominal to work with. I started with the guidedpath program and while I was learning a lot, it didn't offer me the flexibility that I needed as someone who typically works over 40 hours a week on top of school. My counselor offered me the option to switch to Flexpath which was more convenient for me. She walked me through each and every step of the process and made me feel confident in my choice. Flexpath has offered me a way of learning that allows me to fit my studies into my schedule wherever I see fit, and has made school exponentially easier on me. The counselors, tutors, professors and all other staff I've had to pleasure of contacting have been incredibly helpful in making sure Capella fits my needs as a learner. Highly recommend.
What I like about Capella was the support by the faculty. My mentor for my doctoral degree was Dr. Valerie Cox. She would always be available for me. She would call me to check on how I was doing, she made a difference in how I succeeded. She believed in me.
The doctoral program was a great experience with a heavy emphasis on research and writing. This was necessary in order to do a quality job on thinkng through the research need to ensure that I produced a high quality product during the dissertatiom phase of my program. Unlike masters programs it is also essential that doctoral students understand the inter workings of the academy and my advisor made sure that I understoood this very well by the end of the program. Upon graduation I secured a high level HR role at a private higher education institution and have since moved to a large public higher education institution as the AVPHR.
FlexPath is sold as a flexible way to complete a degree program, but it's so poorly executed that I can't recommend it to anyone. There is vast inconsistency in how each course is presented. Most are sorely lacking in resources to complete the course, or are so vague in their resource recommendations that you'll need to be entirely self-sufficient. Where software is needed (e.g. statistics), there is virtually zero guidance on which package to use or how to obtain it for free or at a discount (Other than SAS, which is impossible to learn quickly enough to be useful). Policy regarding academic engagement are not aligned with the website rules, so if you're interacting in spurts (as will be the case with most professionals), you'll be annoyed with warnings and the occasional course drop even though you've not violated policy. It really could be a great program with some attention, but in 2.5 years that I've been enrolled it's not improved. My advice, keep looking.