Capella University Reviews

  • 669 Reviews
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  • Annual Tuition: $14,579
68% of 669 students said this degree improved their career prospects
64% of 669 students said they would recommend this school to others
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  • Reviewed: 11/28/2020
  • Degree: Business
  • Graduation Year: 2021
"The FlexPath program is perfect for my schedule as I work full time and prefer to learn online rather than physically in a classroom. The only complaint I have is the communication with financial aid and counselors. My personal counselor was always either "on vacation" or never responded to my emails. If I needed anything I would have to call Capella University and they would transfer me to another counselor to help me, usually having to wait on hold for long periods of time while being transferred from department to department. My counselor was also pretty rude if he did respond to an email and was never able to actually help me with anything besides registering for classes when I needed assistance with that. I don't understand why his role is needed at all since he obviously doesn't do anything. The financial aid department was also impossible to get in touch with. Every semester I had some kind of issue with them and would be on hold trying to resolve something for hours at a time. There where quite a few times the person assisting me had no idea how to help me and had to transfer to a supervisor. There where also quite a few times my call was lost and I had to start the process all over again. The actual academic part of the program I had no problem with, but financial aid and counseling where a nightmare every semester. If you are able to figure things out on your own, I suggest enrolling. But if you need any hand holding, this university is not for you."
  • Reviewed: 11/20/2020
  • Degree: Organizational Leadership
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"This might be the worse school for pursuing any degree. They will treat you like a king until they get you enrolled after that you are on your own. They have no clue what an adult learner has to deal with on a daily basis. When you need them the most they turn their backs on you. If you call them out for their incompetence, they will hold it against you and try to get you removed just because you told the truth. Their tuition is too high and the degrees are looked at as inferior to most organizations that hire. Nearly impossible to get and teaching job with these degree milled schools like capella. What a joke. I am retired from the Army after 21 years and I recommend any veteran that is considering this school that you seriously consider any other options. You will be disappointed with this school. Trust me."
  • Reviewed: 11/13/2020
  • Degree: Information Assurance
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"I completed my BS and MS in Information Assurance/Cybersecurity at Capella University. I have enjoyed every moment of my degree programs. The learning platform is solid and curriculum is current and relevent to current employment in the field of Information Technology and Cybersecurity. IF you enjoy learning, Capella is a great place to start or continue an education journey. As many other reviews have mentioned, with any learning it's about what you put into it. Work hard and you will not be dissappointed."
Okay, but not challenging enough
  • Reviewed: 11/8/2020
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2021
"I'm halfway through my program and I don't have many complaints. I'm specializing in behavior analysis. I've had no issues with speaking with anyone if I needed to reach financial aid or have any general questions. My professors have been pretty responsive as well. Keep in mind that this an online school. Sadly, no one is going to hold your hand and make you feel like you're a part of something. It's a self accountable program. What you put into it, is what you'll get out of it. I have learned a lot so far and if you have live class meetings that are 'optional', I would urge you to attend those at every opportunity. They could use more live class sessions or lectures to teach the program. Otherwise, if there aren't any live sessions for a class, it can feel very dry, as you'll be basically teaching yourself through readings and discussion with classmates. Also, if you're new to online school or you're returning after a significantly long period, you might feel a little lost navigating the campus site, but you'll get accustomed to it, hopefully. I would add that I don't think the program is very challenging right now (that might change as the course sequence progresses). I also don't think they grade papers as harshly as they should for a graduate level program either. I'm not sure if I'm just a good writer, or whether the standard is pretty low, but I've only seen one professor provide a significant amount of feedback. Anyways, take all that with a grain of salt. Program's okay and the course sequence is ABAI approved. It'll get me where I need to be. I'm not wowed by it and I most certainly would not pursue a PhD through them. Go to a brick and mortar school for that. So in short, I'm sure there are better schools to consider before this one, but if, like me, you were just ready to roll up your sleeves and jump in and just get that course sequence done, it's worth considering, I guess."
  • Reviewed: 10/27/2020
  • Degree: Nursing
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"I worked ahead during my ADN program to have all GE courses out of the way for when I would start with Capella. I transferred the max amount of credits and had only the core nursing courses of the BSN course to complete. I enrolled as a FlexPath learner and finished my BSN in only 4 months (I wasn't working at the time). I am currently working on my MSN with the same satisfaction and success. I have recommended Capella to many of my previous classmates and coworkers and a number have also started/completed it very happily. I had researched extensively, and I mean EXTENSIVELY, BSN programs. Here is what took me to Capella. 1. They accept ACE transfer credits e.g. from Straighterline, Sophia, and Saylor Academy. This saved me many thousands of dollars. 2. I received a promo code from Capella to complete transferable prerequisite courses on Sophia for $99 each. I could do these classes in a week or less each. 3. Capella does not require specific GE/prerequisite courses. Rather, whatever classes you have already taken fit into "categories" of prerequisites. This pretty much means anything you've ever taken before will fit in somewhere. 4. The FlexPath option allows you to complete classes as fast as you are able. You are billed every 3 months. The sooner you finish, the less you pay. 5. If you want to continue on to do an MSN elsewhere that is not competency based, they do not always know how to make sense of the grading system that Capella's FlexPath uses that doesn't give you a GPA but only offers a "Distinguished" "Proficient" "Basic" or "Non-performance" score. Capella does offer however an unofficial translated transcript to accompany your official transcript that shows that "Distinguished" is an "A", "Proficient" is a "B", and "Basic" is a C. This has satisfied the NP school that I am applying to. (They are even accepting Master's level transfer credits from Capella by the way). I had also looked into doing my BSN with Western Governors University who offers similar competency based coursework, but they do NOT offer a translated transcript and that scared me when I thought of applying to an NP program. I highly recommend Capella especially to anyone who is anxious to do their BSN from an accredited school as quickly as possible. Yes, it's a serious exercise in self-study - after all, it's a competency based course which means it's on you, not an instructor."
Daniel Russell
  • Reviewed: 10/26/2020
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"This school is very expensive and when they say for profit they are not kidding this school is in the business to make money go to a public school were your degree will have much better weight avoid loans that you will have to pay back forever and don't be held hostage to this type of monopoly."
Benita Holland
  • Reviewed: 10/18/2020
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"I completed my Masters and PhD at Capella. It is a great school. My professors were helpful and professional. My mentor during the dissertation process was awesome! The residencies helped me to lay the foundation for my dissertation. It also provided me the opportunity to get to know some of my favorite professors. I completed my PhD in 3.5 years. I highly recommend Capella to others!"
  • Reviewed: 10/13/2020
  • Degree: Information Technology
  • Graduation Year: 2021
"Don't do it... Capella is a truly a scam. They have changed milestone requirements repeatedly throughout the programs, added more requirements and updated policies throughout the program (and don't tell you anything about it) and they do not consider current students under the rules they started with. They tell you that you can move through the program at your own pace, that is as long as they are receiving tuition funds each quarter that they slowly push paperwork through or make you take pointless classes that have absolutely nothing to do with research or teaching you how to be a good researcher. They say that it will cost about 30-40K for a professional doctorate, they don't tell you that they will keep dragging it out to get 60K or more. They will support the student as long as the checkbook is still good. For those that are paying their own way - good luck, they will continue to drag things out until you either give up or they get every last dime. Find a school that is Non-Profit. This one is FOR PROFIT and it is apparent. They will take every dime, continuously change the rules. The program chairs will look you in the eye and lie straight to you face. If you are looking for a school with integrity - this is not it."
  • Reviewed: 10/12/2020
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"I've been applying to Capella for 6 weeks and they still have not finished my application. Capella informed me that, I will still be billed but will not be granted access to my courses until my application is completed. Spoke to the supervisor of Admission who stated due to Covid and people working from home we are behind. THEN DONT BILL ME OR GRANT ME AN EXTENTION. HANDS DOWN THE WORST EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION I HAVE EVER EXPERIENCED."
  • Reviewed: 10/6/2020
  • Degree: Nursing
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"I have nothing but good to say about this school/university. I got both my BSN and MSN here and am about to sign back up for the DNP program. Beware of negative reviews where people complain of not succeeding because that is a direct reflection on them and their study ethic. If you are not a self-starter, self-motivated learner, you won't do well in ANY school. The one who are complaining would complain if they had signed up at Harvard or Yale then complained about how expensive it was. Come on folks....DO THE WORK and put in the time. You WILL succeed. You guys are adults and chances are, you did not accept the responsibility of finding answers to your questions, as that is on YOU as a learner. The classes are not 'easy' but that is not what school is all about. Learning can be challenges but that is a reflection on the learner and not the school. But I digress. I am on to my DNP and I love this university. Congrats to all who have put the time in and succeeded!"