Capella University Reviews
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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.
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.
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...
I started my Ed.D with a focus on Adult Ed in January, and so far so good. I have found that if you keep on top of assignments, and manage your time appropriately, you're golden. On the other hand, I have seen students drop off from the roster who I previously noticed during discussions were sorely lacking in writing and analysis skills, not to mention the basic skill of doing what the instructions tell you to do. I suspect that is what happened to many of the negative reviewers on this site (although certainly not all). The professors are pretty decent, although like any school they have their pluses and minuses. A lot of busy work early on and catering to the lowest common denominator, but as I said, that LCD has already started disappearing from classes and I am seeing rigor increase accordingly. I am a self-pay, so I can't comment on the student loan process or financial aid. They are a regionally accredited school so I have already been able to apply credits earned at Capella toward salary advancement at my work.
I am a current student at Capella University; and have been for a year now. I'm in the Masters Program to receive my Human Resource Management degree. Already, I've applied my studies to my current HR Generalist role. In fact, I am working toward a promotion at this time. Having this degree will push me forward in the right direction personally and professionally. The instructors are precise, helpful, knowledgeable and genuinely care about your well being throughout your education. Online school is not for everyone, but with some self discipline, this could be a really great decision for someone; especially if you're looking to advance the career you're currently in.
Having just completed numerous courses with Capella, I can honestly say the courses and instructors fully prepared me for the advancement of my career with real world assessments and projects. In addition, I was fully supported by coaches and instructors to succeed. I have been a regular student on a regular campus, an online student and a Flexpath student and had found all avenues to be equally challenging and rewarding. I cannot emphasize the strong support and ease with which to navigate the site and courses with Capella. I realize online schooling is becoming more acceptable and also believe that being able to navigate large projects and communications online is a great benefit in the world or ever-growing and changing technology. Best schooling experience I've ever had, and I'm fully prepared to achieve my career goals.
I have been a student at Capella for a year now, and I must say that my experience has been wonderful. I don't want to talk about the school itself in detail, but I want to talk about personal responsibility, the changing world, perceptions, and reality. I want to start first by mentioning my sister is a graduate of Colorado State University, with a degree in sociology; c/o 2003, I chose to join the Air Force 4 years prior; 1999. So we left the nest at the same time, and did different things with our lives, she picked education, I picked to go straight into the workforce, and no, she did not participate in distance learning, she she did all of her work on campus, in Fort Collins. When she graduated, she had very high hopes for her future now that the was equipped with the knowledge she needed to be of professional value to some entity. To her disappointment, no one wanted a fresh college graduate, why? take some guesses? between the time she graduated, and up unitl about 3 years ago, she could not find steady work in her field or related fields. To make my point here, your degree, no matter where you get if from is only worth what you do with it, and what someone is willing to pay for the services you can provide based off your education. People think because it is distance learning the experience will be easy, but the reality of it is that it is not, you will have to fight with financial aid sometimes here just like you would at Colorado State, or you may have a professor who is just not a people person, just like you would at Colorado State; same challenges, just in a different way. One's education is what they make of it, how much are they willing to learn? and how much effort fo they want to put forth? It is only the schools job to provide you with the information and insight, they are not supposed to just give you good grades because you come to class and go through the motions, that is not learning. To end, I am sorry to reveal to some that for-profit program are no different that others, if you think this is not true, consider this, go to CSU's admissions office and say" I would like to enroll" and when they ask you "how will you be paying for your education, say, " I want to go here for free" and wait for the campus police to arrive, point is, even though most schools o not advertise they are for-profit, they essentially all are .
This school is only good if you just want the piece of paper saying graduated. Customer service lacks across the board, the cirriculum does not provide much if you are an experienced professional, and the financial department does not do much unless prompted to do so. This experience has not been favorable and I would only recommend it if you have education benefits to make it free. I would never want to pay for the quality provided.
If you care about your future or education, please do not associate with school. My experience with Capella began with them loosing my transcript not once, but twice. I ended up having to send the transcripts via certified mail and had proof they received it but they still denied it. They lost my financial aid documents three times. Financial aid wasn't available at the start of the quarter. I called every other day for two months to find someone who could help me and to make sure I could meet my financial obligations. Each time I called, I was given the same story, we don't know, it's a glitch in the system.No one could tell me what was going on. Instead they continued to make empty promises and sounded so sincere, but no one ever followed through on their commitment to even have the decency to return my calls much less do anything to resolve the problem. This was only the beginning of my sorrow with this institution.Worst mistake of my academic career. Finally getting into the class, I turned in my first assignment; it was successful. On the second assignment, I felt I produced the same quality level of work. My work was graded as failure. From that time, I emailed the instructor and the academic coach but to no avail. Emails and calls were not returned. I recall reading the reviews for Capella before applying there. I thought surely this school cannot be as bad as the reviews make them seem to be. I ignored their advice thinking nothing could be as bad as they have made it out to be. I reasoned my experience would be a positive one. Sadly, my experience confirmed for me that the previous negative reviews are accurate. PLEASE, if you care anything about your education or your career, do not entangle yourself with this school.
I had to be in a year to give a review but I founded Capella to be a maze. I would not recommend Capella to anyone. The instructors are not knowledgeable. Capella also changed their curriculum several times and regardless to when you entered or the maximum completion time, you will be placed in the new curriculum or be withdrawn from the school. Capella is unethical and does not care about the students. This school is only interested in money and it is very expensive to attend. I would check the reviews and graduation rates and also look into where the professors received their degrees. When you have problems at Capella there is no one to help. All communication is through emails. This school is constantly in reform and the students are caught in the middle. The advisers and mentors are not knowledgeable of the laws in your state or how to get you through the program. The reviews for the dissertations are not given in a timely manner. Advisers and mentors are only there for the pay. Stay away from Capella! Mentors have more students than they can handle and this is a big disadvantage to the student who is writing the dissertation. I had a bad experience at Capella and would not recommend this school to anyone. This is not a good online school. I had a good enrollment counselor and she quit. Most schools grandfather students in when making a change to the program, but not Capella. My dissertation was being reviewed by the School of Education and I was close to maximum completion time. Capella placed me in the SMR prgram. I had to do a title for the 2nd time and proposal also for the 2nd time. All of my emails were ignored. I lost time and money attending Capella. Mentors will not pass in dissertations to be reviewed in a timely manner. This school is awful! Stay away from Capella.