Capella University Reviews

  • 675 Reviews
  • Minneapolis (MN)
  • Annual Tuition: $14,579
69% of 675 students said this degree improved their career prospects
64% of 675 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Jesse Thomas, MPH
  • Reviewed: 8/18/2016
  • Degree: Public Health
"Capella University has been a wonderful catalyst for lifelong learning. I attended a wonderful public land-grant University for undergrad in my early twenties. It helped develop soft skills required for success in my career. Now that I'm in my early thirties, brick and mortar is not practical. I had to find an online institution that was well received in my field, regionally and nationally accredited, good value for money, and allowed for flexibility in scheduling (military). Capella fit all criteria for my Master of Public Health degree. Combining field experience practicum, interaction with working students, and academic rigor only built upon my previous University experience. I graduated with my MPH in 2016 and have decided to pursue a terminal degree. I am a current doctoral student at Capella and wouldn't have it any other way. Higher education is an investment in one's self. For my field of study (health policy), the benefit out weighs the cost. I invite others to truly sit down and assess their college plans. It is a major investment in time and money so be realistic in the decision making process. Capella was a great fit for my criteria and for my program. Good luck in your school search."
Shannon
  • Reviewed: 8/18/2016
  • Degree: Healthcare Management
"With twenty year's experience in the healthcare field I already knew a lot about healthcare. Cappella was instrumental in helping earn my bachelor's degree in six months. I was able to quickly prove what I already knew and focus my time on what I needed to know."
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  • Reviewed: 8/18/2016
  • Degree: Clinical Psychology
"I love Capella! I am learning so much and meaning so many great people.. Residency is very important and if it were not for my instructors for my residencies, i would be completely lost!! Thank you Capella! Come on 2017!! Im ready to graduate!! C/O 2017"
Jordan
  • Reviewed: 8/18/2016
  • Degree: Information Technology
"I decided to pursue a Bachelors degree and spent many hours online researching schools that best fit my busy life and my professional goals. Capella was one of the many schools I researched and from the moment I talked with an enrollment counselor I knew that this was the place for me. I have encountered some of the best people along my journey and am looking forward to graduating in December of this year. I have referred many people to Capella and plan to continue my own education with them in the future!"
Donna
  • Reviewed: 8/17/2016
  • Degree: Nursing
"I am currently in the DNP program/Nursing Leadership. The program has been both challenging and rewarding, and as with any doctoral program, sacrifices are to be expected while matriculated. Every resource is available to make a student successful, one needs to just reach out to the school for assistance. Doctoral candidates are paired with a mentor to guide them through the dissertation/capstone process. Yes, the work, reading, writing, revisions of work are just that - work. But it is my work, my final product, and one which to be proud."
The Best Academic Experience of my Life
  • Reviewed: 8/17/2016
  • Degree: Psychology
"From the first time I called Capella to the commencement, I only have positive comments. Capella was very challenging, yet staff and faculty cherished our successes. They were highly supportive from the beginning to the end. I can honestly say that I had the best academic experience at Capella. Very organized, challenging, creative, and supportive!"
Ambassador
  • Reviewed: 8/17/2016
  • Degree: Counseling
"I was attending another online University that did not consider my disability or even allow me a medical extension due to my two surgeries. Instead I was placed on academic probation and informed that if I did improve my grade I would be drop out of the school. So, I made the decision to leave that University very dissatisfied and was told to complete my degree with Capella. I was very hesitate at first since I would be losing credits and falling behind a year or so but, after attending Capella and all the support I have gained I don't regret it at all. Capella has lifted my self-esteem, self-confidence and motivation even allowing me to participate in becoming an Ambassador, being part of an Honor Society, which I have never experienced in my life. Their instructions are very supportive although, it is expensive but worth it in the long run its like investing in your future."
Jerome
  • Reviewed: 8/17/2016
  • Degree: Public Administration
"I have learned a great deal at this school. I have faced many challenges and the professor at Capella push you to overcome those challenges. I have no problems with this school. You have to work hard to earn that degree. I enjoy my days at Capella."
Amanda Henry
  • Reviewed: 8/17/2016
  • Degree: Psychology
"I have been a student at Capella since last Winter and am very happy with the university as well as my classes and professors. The university is very helpful if you have any questions and the tuition is reasonable. The employees at the school are very friendly also. I am in the Bachelor's Degree program now and look forward to continuing on to my PhD at Capella."
Yvonne Burhannan
  • Reviewed: 8/17/2016
  • Degree: Psychology
"Capella is the best online college experience. You will have a great team of support to help you through out your learning experience. The course are very resourceful and provide a detailed outlook of what to expect in your career. You gain the tools you need to fully understand what you are learning."
Leana B.
  • Reviewed: 8/17/2016
  • Degree: Business Administration
"I completed by BS through Capella's FlexPath Program. OMG! What a great program! In FlexPath you can complete as many units as you can take each quarter for a flat rate. I finished my BS in only two quarters, saving so much money over other BS programs. I loved the format and flexibility. This is a program where you are in total control of your outcomes and timing. It was hard work to finish so fast, but as a returning adult who works full time, I just couldn't see spending years to get my degree. FlexPath allows you to finish as quickly s you are willing to work."
Cecilia Chavez
  • Reviewed: 8/17/2016
  • Degree: Nursing
"Obtained by RN to BSN at Capella due in fact that they were accredited and recommended by the ANA. While a lot of writing and reading was expected but a redundancy was able to help me as a reinforce in my learning. Although the cost is not cheap i am proud I did it. I did not need the use of financial aid, an in fact received a discount as a member of the American Nurses Association (ANA). As a Nurse I enjoyed doing my assignments and discussion. Thank you to all my instructors and thank you Capella you were good to me. Love you and you will be in my heart always... Cecilia"
Morgan
  • Reviewed: 8/17/2016
  • Degree: Nursing
"Capella University is a great place to earn an online degree. I am currently working on my DNP and highly recommend this program. It is rigorous and I have learned a lot already. I also like that they are updating the degree program per comments received. This strengthens the program. The courses are great, the online format is great, and so far most of my professors have been wonderful. As a Capella Ambassador, I highly recommend Capella!"
JEM
  • Reviewed: 7/30/2016
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"Capella was OK, but TOO expensive. I do NOT recommend it for this reason alone. The instructors were knowledgeable in their field, but to pay the price I paid, for this degree, it was NOT worth it! The Criminal Justice system does NOT pay enough for a person to get a Master's degree!"
Laurel, Capella Staff
Responded: 8/17/2016

Hi, Jem. If you are interested, Capella alum have lifetime access to the career center. The career center has several resources, including job search tools, career planning and access to career counselors. You can find it on campus iguide: https://campus.capella.edu/web/career-center/home.

Patience and unfortunately no need for guidance.
  • Reviewed: 7/27/2016
  • Degree: Human Services
"This is suppose to be a college geared to people that are employed. Some courses unnecessary readings from 150 pages and beyond. Many glitches to access course rooms and ebooks. I had to rent two of my books and purchase another because ebooks were not available. Alas after I received my books I was charged for ebooks that I was able to gain access to. I am going to continue to strive however the lack of professors guidance is concerning. Really not convinced this is better than a traditional school. All this and unfortunately a glitch with accepting financial aid/loans. This is not a comprehensive learning experience its a rush but I am dedicated to both learn to understand and to complete my degree."
Laurel, Capella Staff
Responded: 8/17/2016

Hello. I am sorry to hear that you are concerned about aspects of your program. We would welcome the opportunity to discuss your experience. Please send us an email that includes your name, learner ID and contact information to learnersupport@capella.edu and we will have a team member reach out to you right away.

Whitaker
  • Reviewed: 7/15/2016
  • Degree: Psychology
"Hello my name is L. W. and Im a mother of 5 kids who is desperately trying to redeem the time of my life by going back to school so I can provide a better life for my family. I started online college. Which has been the best decision so that I could continue to be a mother with Capella University 4 years ago. While the finish line seem clear and close I need help in paying 3000 so that I can finish my last stride into greatness. Thank you guys so much for rhe opportunity!! God bless"
Nurses Rock
  • Reviewed: 7/4/2016
  • Degree: Nursing
"I have been in the RN to BSN program since August 2014. I do wish that the school would offer an option of continuing courses without waiting 3 weeks in between each one. I don’t understand where all the negativity comes from with reading all the posts online. I follow the syllabus, do the research, writing, and posting materials in a timely manner. I’ve not had any problems with professors, counselors, etc. I would highly recommend Capella, but one has to be willing to put in the time and effort to succeed. However, I am disappointed with the level of student academic writing abilities….writing abilities vary significantly within each class."
Dr. Susan Lawson
  • Reviewed: 6/28/2016
  • Degree: Human Resources
"I received a PhD in Human Services, with a specialization in Social Work and Community Services. It appears that this degree is no longer available from looking at the current curriculum. My program was very rigorous. Online programs were taught in the form of research assignments. Everything that was written for the online courses was required to be composed with appropriate grammar, spelling, citations, etc. This prepared me for my competency research topics (4) and then the biggest feat of my life: my dissertation. I had three committee members and a committee chair. However, I did request a change from my initial committee as I did not feel adequately supported. The school provided me with a very supportive committee from that request. The chair of my school also stayed involved to assure I received whatever I needed to complete my program. I will have to say that initially I was pressured to stay on task. This did not continue and eventually it took me close to FIVE years to finish my degree. Very expensive. However I am proud that I endured the pressure, the strain, the emotional turmoil, and the never ending education in order to successfully completing this program. If it had not been for the support I received from several dedicated educators, I would had became a victim of defeat several times. I am so proud as a poor woman from a disadvantaged life growing up in West Virginia to have completed my PhD. I attended fairly well known universities for my BSW and MSW degrees (Marshall U & Univ of KY). I feel Capella was more challenging as I was independently making decisions most times. My support system was available but as a PhD candidate, I was expected to research and write solely on my own. The committee would review my draft of whichever chapter I was writing when my committee chair felt it was at a point to be reviewed. Conference calls were so helpful as was unlimited telephone support to/from my chair. I have read that admittance was complicated for some reviewers. For me, it was not. That could be because I enrolled at a different time. However, my admittance counselor was great. She told me exactly what she needed from me. She called me when she received it. It was very simple. At that time, she also assisted me with financial aid. I am grateful to Capella. I am sad to see people give bad reviews. I just wonder if they are disgruntled dropouts who could not endure the program, as it is not easy. Or has Capella changed that much? I wish I had the answer. Sounds like a good topic for a dissertation."
Krystal Leddy
  • Reviewed: 6/28/2016
  • Degree: Clinical Psychology
"As a hybrid program, the master's in clinical psychology was mostly online, with residential colloquia occurring for three "tracks", or week-long events. I learned a great deal in my studies, and my concerns over a mostly-online degree program have been laid to rest. I will be beginning my practicum/internship soon, to fulfill my degree requirements. Excellent, professional staff."
John Doe
  • Reviewed: 6/20/2016
  • Degree: Counseling
"Everything was going fine until the Resource Kit became mandatory. You have to pay $175 per semester for e-books. To opt out you have to pay $80-$90 and still have to buy your own books. If you chose to pay $175 its extra money for physical books. The school says the money is also going toward peer reviewed journals and other resources. Well what is my tuition money going for? I wouldn't be surprised if they start charging online students for lockers and parking spots. Money grab..."