Capella University Reviews

  • 679 Reviews
  • Minneapolis (MN)
  • Annual Tuition: $14,540
69% of 679 students said this degree improved their career prospects
64% of 679 students said they would recommend this school to others
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  • Reviewed: 9/30/2016
  • Degree: Early Childhood Education
"I have been a graduate student at Capella since September 2015, and I have had the most amazing experience, from excellent courses, to great instructors to interacting with insightful, enthusiastic and highly professional educators. I am learning, growing, and implementing all of the invaluable information and I am looking forward to continue growing as a student, professional and lifelong learner."
  • Reviewed: 9/26/2016
  • Degree: Higher Education
"Being part of Capella University has challenged me to think outside the box, to be practical, and most important, finish the journey. Certain obstacles have temporarily impeded that process, but im still progressing and pushing for that towards the ultimate goal."
Monica B
  • Reviewed: 9/21/2016
  • Degree: Psychology
"Capella University offered me individualized service and support that I have not received at another college. I attended 2 community colleges prior to enrolling and I felt more involved with the online experience than on campus! Now I am in the graduate program and plan to complete my doctorate as well. My education at Capella has opened doors that would not have been there otherwise,"
Roland Baylous II
  • Reviewed: 9/20/2016
  • Degree: Business
"Being a parent and a full time employee, Capella made going to school manageable. The courses added to my skill set which make me marketable and competitive. What I have walked away with is an understanding that even in the midst of what life brings, I am capable."
Julie C
  • Reviewed: 9/19/2016
  • Degree: Business
"I started at Capella in July of 2011, transferred from Devry - BEST decision I made during my college career. Mid-January of 2016 I started in the FlexPath Program - OUTSTANDING!! I finished 6 courses in 10 months!! FlexPath is the perfect way to get your degree if you have a busy personal and work schedule. I was able to move my assessment dates up or back depending on what was happening in my life. It really fit MY schedule. No discussions, no deadlines. I worked at my own pace and loved it!! The tutors and professors were GREAT at answering questions and my adviser was amazing! She knew exactly what I needed to get the most out of my education dollars. I also have huge respect for the financial team at Capella - during my years with Capella, when finances were tough for me, they were understanding and flexible. THANK YOU!! I am #CapellaProud."
Mack Dixon
  • Reviewed: 9/19/2016
  • Degree: Social Work
"I have seen many reviews written against Capella, however, in my own personal opinion, Capella is a good school. My second year of classes begin in October 2016 and my first year was awesome. There were many adjustments that I had to make to make my first year work for me and I did quite well. The program is not a cake walk and it should not be. The professors have been very knowledgeable and helpful towards helping me to reach my goal of obtaining my doctorate in social work. I am glad that I chose Capella because with Capella, I am able to work and also be a student. I look forward to realizing more of my educational potential with Capella!"
Kathy Aanonsen
  • Reviewed: 9/19/2016
  • Degree: Nursing
"Similar to other reviews, I cannot understand why some reviewers have given Capella bad - and some terrible - reviews. I've been with Capella University for a few years, and the only issue I can honestly say I have is with the changes made in how we obtain our text books... That's it. Otherwise, each and every one of my instructors have been phenomenal - granted, some more than others - but all were wonderful in their own right and each had their strengths. But, they all had a great deal of experience, were knowledgeable, and eager to share and support learners in succeeding. I cannot say enough wonderful things about the Advising Staff if I tried. My advisor(s) are extremely helpful, go above and beyond, and on the rare occasion I don't hear back from them - it is only due to a time off situation, such as vacation, sick, etc. My advisor gets back to me as soon as she possibly can - and it never takes a long time; and always able to resolve my issue or help me out. I don't know how the instructors are in other programs - just in graduate nursing. Therefore, I cannot say 'every' Capella instructor is fabulous - but I can say that the MSN nursing instructors are - for sure."
  • Reviewed: 9/19/2016
  • Degree: Healthcare Informatics
"I've chosen to attend Capella University because the admissions process was a lot easier to pass; though I prefer a more brick-and-mortar college. Capella is a nice university of itself. However, my program in health care informatics do not live up to the expectations that I had. The courses taken are fluff. I wish the program was more tailored on informatics itself without all of the irrelevant extras. But looks like I'm enrolled in the program for now. This is the only downfall that I have about Capella. Though it does boast on being a good quality online university."
  • Reviewed: 9/19/2016
  • Degree: Nursing
"I started 2014, and I thought it will be a waste of my time because I would not graduate now 2016. I graduated with a BSN I am happy and my kids are proud to have a mother to finished. Love my instructors, love my school love to be a Capellan . You won't be wasting your time... Start now."
Disappointed consumer
  • Reviewed: 9/12/2016
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (NP)
"The DNP program has been the biggest joke. I am well over the recommended number of quarters to complete my degree. There are road blocks every step of the way. I have wasted so much time and internal consensus between faculty either, they all disagree on what constitutes an acceptable project. Some have raved about how great my project is, only to have it repeatedly kicked back for more and more. But if this for profit organization keep you in school, they reap the financial benefits. BEWARE."
Laurel, Capella Staff
Responded: 9/14/2016

Hello. We appreciate your feedback and would like the opportunity to look into this situation. Please send an email to and include your full name and learner ID number. We will have a team member reach out to you to discuss your concerns.

Adam Ciccio
  • Reviewed: 9/12/2016
  • Degree: Counseling Psychology
"This school is a joke. I went for my doctoral degree in Addiction Counseling, I registered for the first courses, and realized that the program isn't even nationally accredited! Then when I decide to drop the program and return my books, before the classes even start, the school tells me I can't return them!! I end up owing $279.00 in books I will never use. Just a horrible, horrible experience and I do not recommend ANYONE to attend this "school." If you're going to take online classes, try U of Phoenix or another more accredited school. Don't get scammed."
Laurel, Capella Staff
Responded: 9/14/2016

Hi, Adam. Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The Higher Learning Commission is among the 6 regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Institutional accreditation can be achieved via regional and some national accreditors, and specialized accreditors recognize specific units and programs. You can read more about Capellas institutional and specialized accreditations here: If you have additional questions or concerns, please reach out to us at

Linjalynn Grier-Groover
  • Reviewed: 9/2/2016
  • Degree: Counseling
"Mental Health Counseling I am working on my Master my classes are all on line. I will completed my coursework in a little under 3 years (I work full time). Thus far I've enjoyed my time here at Capella, My online classes are enjoyable plus it has really worked for me because of my full time work schedule. The teacher are willing to help, I've had no problems when calling the school about anything this far. As a new student i will tell you attending Capella University online learning programs require the learner to have discipline, dedication, and determination. It is not an easy ride- you must apply yourself."
Christine Fleming, PhD
  • Reviewed: 9/2/2016
  • Degree: Instructional Technology
"I'm so surprised by poor reviews of Capella. My experience was very rigorous (so not "fun") but well structured and professionally delivered. I gained enormously from the experience and my career has reflected that. You get out what you put in, as with everything in life."
Shannon Archer
  • Reviewed: 8/26/2016
  • Degree: Psychology
"Capella University and their Flexpath BS option in Psychology is a wonderful alternative to regular online programs. This program allows those who are busy as well as independent learners to move at their own pace. This program also provides support such as an academic coach as well as a tutor."
  • Reviewed: 8/26/2016
  • Degree: MBA in Human Resources
"I was a bit skeptical at first, but after the first couple of weeks into my first class, I love it! The staffs at Capella are friendly and helpful. The adviser and counselors are great at coaching and providing information that I needed. The professors are very professional, and they have real life experiences in the course that they teach."
B. Reagan RN MSN Transitional care Coordinator/ADON
  • Reviewed: 8/25/2016
  • Degree: Nursing
"I have been going to school for 2 years now and I am currently working on my PHD in nursing education. I love on line learning. The instructors are great and willing to help you any way they can. The tuition is reasonable but love the convenience. I work Mon through Friday and Capella fits my schedule"
  • Reviewed: 8/25/2016
  • Degree: Accounting
"I have been left no choice but to write you as my efforts at Capella seem effortless. Instructors will grade the wrong paper, and keep the incorrect 7% score in the gradeb ook. Furthermore, the advisors (T.B.) do not return phone calls unless you make a "phone appointment by following the link in the signature of the email". In over a week, I have not received phone calls back from Dr. G. T.B,  F.H. or Dr. B. ,B-W., even though I left them all voice messages. I have been on the schools' Twitter page and Facebook to complain, but no one seems to care enough to contact me. I will be sending more email chains soon."
Laurel, Capella Staff
Responded: 8/31/2016

Hi, Terrica. Thank you for sharing your concerns. I believe a representative from the school has reached out; please continue to work with our teams that have been in touch with you. If you have additional concerns, please email us at and include your full name and learner ID number.

Tinika Houston
  • Reviewed: 8/23/2016
  • Degree: Business Administration
"As an accredited online university, it is build to accommodate those who work and have no time for traditional university. Plus the tuition is much cheaper! The advisors and professors are very helpful and understanding. In some cases they themselves are also graduates from an online program. As someone who has 3 jobs, i am able to comfortably incorporate study and homework time around my job. My hard work pays off tremendously because my professors are there with me, to encourage me and support me. They have a great team in the financial aid department. As someone who has never applied for financial aid, the team was very patient and informal about the process i have to take. As part of the program, one of our weekly assignments is to communicate in a discussion with our colleagues. As an online university, it attracts people of all ages and work background to come together for 6 weeks (per course) and work together. You are able to get a little insight on different industries each person works for and therefore give you a better perspective. It might even help you with you assignments. Whereas for traditional universities, you primarily have people in their 20's who have little to no experience in the work field. Either way, i am happy with the choice i have made in trusting Capella University with my future."
  • Reviewed: 8/23/2016
  • Degree: Educational Leadership
"The heatlh care environment requires nurses to have advance degrees. I was looking for an accredited university to obtain my MSN. I found Capella University to be extremely helpful in navigating my academic career. They helped me with course selection, grant and financial aid information, as well as continue to track my process. Their on-line library, blackboard, and course work is easy to use, and the support staff is always available. Their professors are wonderful, as well as helpful, and provide clear and insightful instructions to complete the course work. I would definitely recommend Capella University."
  • Reviewed: 8/22/2016
  • Degree: Counseling
"Capella University was an amazing experience, one that I have chosen to carry forward into the PhD program. The instructors are of the highest quality, and are always willing to assist learners in every way possible. I could not have asked for dreamed of a better experience."