Capella University Reviews
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Capella is really one of the worst school to attend. Universities such as Capella will take our country back years and years. The education materials are weak. They promise you of flat rate, and you think you will be able to save thousands of dollars because now you can take as many courses to finish fast, but it's big lie. This school should be going through serious audit and former students should be getting their money back. My advice to students, if you're busy professional make your choice very careful. It's not like before that you have no options, there are many other reputable schools that offer online education to working busy individuals. Don't be fooled by no GRE, GMAT, or other standardized test that CAPELLA offers, invest some money and time to complete courses in GRE, or other exams and attend good school. You will see a good return on your investment. Capella will find many ways to keep you in school and you will find yourself paying more and spending more time to get your degree. Be AWARE of Capella practices.
For anyone reviewing the negative comments- please note the grammar, language, emotion, and content of those negative posts. I have seen a multitude of students disappear from the program and in my opinion it was the correct decision. I have read numerous posts where the student did not last through one course. It takes time to get used to an on-line program and it is challenging to work in a virtual environment. I am entering the dissertation phase of my degree and I think that those that have made it this far deserve it. The dissertation process is extremely challenging and I imagine that we will lose more learners. A friend of mine is a full professor at a Big 10 university and when I told him how challenging the dissertation process was, he just gave me a wry smile and said "it should be"! You can believe what you want, but it takes effort, desire, resilience, and support to make it happen. Only those who deserve it make it through. The rest is up to you....no excuses.
I was pleased with my coursework and found the classes timely and current. I was pleased until I started the dissertation process and have found roadblock after roadblock and most could be prevented. Feedback and approval from chairs and committees takes forever. For this reason, I would strongly suggest no one invest any money in Capella University. I am extremely disappointed with the program.
Capella is a great institution. I have since recommended several individuals to this institution. My husband graduated with his masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy (practicing and licensed therapist now) and my cousin is pursuing hers at his time. It was a difficult 7.5 years. I graduated with a 4.0 because I gave it everything I had. I took one year off because I had a baby. After that, I went full force ahead with the dissertation. The dissertation took me 2.5 years alone. After speaking with my advisor, I realized that I had actually finished the dissertation faster then "average". I'm told that it takes an average of 16 semesters to pass dissertation. Hey, it just takes time. I did mine in 10 ( or something like that) . It's hard and arduous but hard work pays off. I teach at six different institutions. I have taught at a total of 8. I make well over six figures teaching. I have been offered various opportunities, including full-time opportunities and opportunities to serve as a subject matter expert for various classes. I have taught over 70 different criminal justice/forensic related courses for various institutions at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. I have no problems securing employment. This is a regionally accredited institution. You will be academically prepared and professionally prepared once leaving this institution, if you put in the work. In my experience as a professor of higher learning, students who complain, are more often than not, those who simply do not have the tenacity to forge ahead. Things will not be handed to you on a silver platter at this institution. Most complaint individuals on this board associate issues with their financial situation with the school being a lackluster institution because it's for-profit. Take a look at the complaints. Often times you will see a complaint tailored more towards financial issues than towards academics. Just because you "want to PHD" doesn't mean you have the tenacity it takes to persevere. If you want it, really want it, you will do what it takes to EARN it. Plan for it-allocate your budget. You may need to finance your education via other means; beyond federal aid. Know this ahead of time. Plan for a longer dissertation process than originally expected. This way, you won't be disappointed when in fact, it does take longer. Look into working smarter not harder. Purchase software such as voice typing software. I would not have made it through my program without Dragon NaturallySpeaking or Dragon dictate for Mac. I never have to type a thing. I use it to teach my courses as well. You will save so much time and energy. Also, invest in a good computer software called EndNote or Bookends. APA software. The software will keep all of your research and resources organized in a reference library so that you can refer to it later on. Ready to be called Dr. yet?
So I just started at Capella. It was ok but then I was getting graded poorly on work that I had no text book for yet. We were told that we did not need test books until the fourth week of school. Grading was very subjective to me. I did not like it all. They claim they are people to help you with academics that you struggle in but when you try and get help its only like 15 minutes. The instructor just refer you to another person but wait you are the instructor for the class, you are supposed to be available to help your student not push it off on somebody else. People never respond to the questions that I ask which was a valid question about the assignment. I do not recommend Capella. I dropped the class, my financial aid was never disbursed and they still telling me I have to pay 2550 for a course that I dropped at the beginning of the semester. Crooked money hungry staff. Don't go their not accredited either and I am out of money and never took the class.
I earned a PhD from Capella in March 2007. This took 36 months to achieve with intense focus. Now I am back earning a second masters and similar to the first time at Capella, I have never had a problem with any aspect of the process from registration to graduation. I am here tonight writing because I never wrap my mind around why others have so many problems, issues, or concerns. I just do the work, enjoy the learning process and win. During the time it took me to earn my first degree I never had to pick up the phone once to call anyone as everything went fine. I am now taking my second class in this new program and again, cannot understand why anyone is or could have a problem. Currently, I am an academic dean for an international school in Boston, Massachusetts. My degree from Capella has always been recognized as fully accredited. However, my future goal is to teach English, thus the reason for returning. I want to now specialize in this area of knowledge. So far, so good. Good luck to all those who register for this school or any one online college or university as it takes special motivation to move successfully through any one class.
Fraudulent in academics and finances. Do not attend this school many illegal practices going on. Check the Web reviews. ..there are tons of students who hAve had their funds stolen. Esp pell grants. If you do question their practice they drop you out of the program with no valid explanation. My experience was they enrolled me in a class I had already taken, I informed them the day after they enrolled me. I had to argue it was same class from a university that was accredited through same committee. They dropped me from the class and gave me a F. When I said that's not legal they said there was nothing I could do about it. Up until that point I had taken 6 classes from them and had a 4.0. The next class I was dropped bc I didn't make fast enough progress...I was in the flexpath program that stated take as much time as you need. I was in my 7th or 8th week and just completed 4 papers with all A's. I only needed to finish one paper and I was finished with the class...and they dropped me. The reason I received was I wasn't working fast enough. This is not what the program advertised...they will lie to you, ignore you, and take your money. Please do not consider this school.
I did not graduate from Capella University. I went there for a total of 4 classes before I found out they lied and were not accredited to provide an MPH degree. Many employers require an MPH to have specialized accreditation called the CEPH. I live in California and in order to get a state job my degree must be CEPH accredited. Capella advisors talked a big game about accreditations, discounts, scholarships, fast trac, etc. I specifically asked if they were accredited for giving out MPH's and the person said yes we are… bull. tried to apply for a paid internship and the employer said that I have potential and would love to take me on but they wouldn't because the school I was using to meet the requirements for an MPH internship was not properly accredited. I was so pissed, I called up the advisor and they kept saying they were accredited and the advisor was only referring to being regionally accredited despite me asking over and over if they had a CEPH. After going through the CEPH data base of schools who met the accreditation Capella was not on the list. I then withdrew from the school and got F's for the two classes I was enrolled in at the time. Capella talks a big game but be aware what accreditations you need for the degree you are seeking and I suggest not to trust the admission advisors when they say they have them. Go to the specialized accreditation website and do a search for the school in their database first. I take some of the blame for not checking myself via the CEPH website, but they also said they had the accreditation. Also the classes I took were not transferrable to a CEPH MPH program that I am now enrolled in through a local California college. If you want an MPH degree, don't go to Capella.
I was scared at first but once my classes started it was all good. They were the only school that took all 122 of my transfer credits so I was only there for a year. I got a $8k scholarship so overall its all about what I put into it. I enjoyed it a lot. I really have nothing bad to say about the Capella
A Capella grad, now online instructor, I can provide perspective from both sides of "the desk." Capella is a real and challenging program. Online study is not for everyone, particularly at the doctoral level. It requires a significant amount of self-motivation and drive. The dissertation alone is a bear of a life consuming project that prospective students should thoroughly understand before undertaking. Of the complaints I've read, sound like my students who want the degree without the work. One such student recently conveyed that quality work couldn't be submitted on time because priorities had been set: 1) Family; 2) Job; 3) Church. Sorry, but if your education can't crack the top three, you won't succeed at ANY program. While I feel the education was excellent - including the practical skills of clinical practice - there are some unavoidable obstacles. Learning those practical skills cannot be done solely online. The clinical psych program is more correctly a hybrid. Travel to a series of "residencies" is required. Beyond Capella, clinical psychologists require three years of supervised practice - practicum, internship, post-doc residency. As a "national campus," a distance program cannot offer the sort of support conventional programs do (e.g. an associated teaching hospital for practicum). Internship is a nationally competitive process that already has an only 75% placement rate - some students from top-tier programs don't get placed - and most all require relocation for a nearly minimum wage income. Same for post-doc, but with a slightly higher income. Then there is the licensing exam which all but requires completing a prep course, at your own expense with no institutional support. Finally, the lack of APA accreditation, automatically disqualifies you from licensing in 1/3 of the US. (There is a significant status quo problem with APA that speaks more to it as an organization than the quality of distance delivered programs.) Bottom line - this is a solid program which some larger issues that are navigable IF a prospective student goes in with eyes WIDE open.