Capella University Reviews
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I am a current Graduate student at Capella. Recently a close family member had a major life change to happen that has subsequently put a physical and emotional strain on my family. I contacted my instructor as I was directed by the "advisors" to do, but I received very little leniency. I also work a very demanding job that requires me to be on-call. The problem with that is this: I had a conversation with the enrollment advisor about the demands of my job BEFORE I enrolled with Capella. I was assured that weekly coursework would not exceed approximately 8 hours per week. That has been a lie from day one of class. If you don't care about the quality of your work or the grades you receive surely you can fit assignments into the quoted 8-hour time frame. I am not that person. I hold a 4.0 GPA here and it has been hell to maintain. Sleepless nights at least 3 times per week trying to balance work with the demands of Capella instructors; forget a life outside of those 2. This last semester has been the absolute worst. The instructors formulate their course syllabus with absolutely no regard for the learner's obligations outside of their class, including OTHER CLASSES. You never know how anal the next instructor will be; one semicolon missing from a citation being used to lower your grade. I have read responses from people on this site who have called learners in situations like mine "lazy" or "unorganized". I am neither of those and I feel they should grow up and realize everyone's situation is not going to be ideal and definitely not identical to the next person. I am extremely ready to be done with this school, and I can promise you I will not be back for the degrees I plan to pursue after this one, nor will I recommend this school to anyone.
I have 2 BS degrees, a MS, and an MBA. I wanted to advance my education and a doctorate degree was the next option. I debated several online schools until I settled on Capella. The instructors hold doctorates from some very prestigious schools. The program was not easy and was very challenging. If you are lazy dont do this program. There is alot of work and even getting to the dissertation phase is insane. I will appreciate my doctorate when I get it because I know how challenging the process was. Im 5-10 years the quality of graduates that are impacting the world from capella will be recognized because this is not a handed out degree. It is worked for from the first class. I highly recommend capella.
Only go to this college if getting lied to and getting messed over is what you truly want! I spent a semester at this college (online) and it is so UNORGANIZED, well the I/O Psychology courses were for my friends and I to follow! When I first signed up to attend this college I was told that the program was accredited, and after I began classes I learned that the accreditation was non existent with the American Psychological Association. Then after I left that college, I learned that they charged me over 2, 000 for no reason, and tried to tell me that it was because I withdrew! The funny thing is that the Department of Veteran Affairs paid my college, and I had financial aid as well, so how would I have a balance if all my fees were paid for? Just make sure that this is what you really want to do before you do it, and don't take what those smooth talking counselors tell you because they have been lied to and continue to lie to prospective students! Everything about the college looks and sounds very professional, but do your homework and ensure if you are doing this for your job; ensure that your job will accept the program that you are going to get your degree in. Just because the school is accredited doesn't mean that the program you are getting your degree in is accredited!
The school offers excellent tools to assist with time management, tutoring, writing, specific links etc. It is a good idea to use all of the resources provided as they carry no additional cost to the student and are very helpful. The professors are knowledgeable and reasonable. There were times when I was called out of town on a special project for work and had to ask my professors for extensions; they were very understanding. I took advantage of the BS/MBA program. It allowed me to use four MBA courses for my BS at the undergrad cost. I have now graduated with my BS and have four courses towards my MBA. The counselors are very helpful when planning your courses and helping you decide what type of program will work best with your learning style. I was able to take advantage of some Sophia courses that were self-paced and will be taking advantage of their new Flex program for my MBA. The university has a lot of options; learn what they are before you decide what will work best for you personally.
DO NOT go Capella University. Most the teachers do not even have Doctorate degrees and most have never worked in the fields they are teaching. I spent $80,000 + and was withdrawn from the school stating that I took too long to graduate. I was given very bad information and this is the worst school I have ever been to. The guidance is horrible and the teachers are the worst. DO NOT go Capella University. I have an Associates, a Bachelors, a Masters, and 5 certifications from OTHER universities and schools Capella is the WORST school I have ever been in contact with.
I really loved my professors and had better relationships with them than I did with professors at my undergraduate land based school. All the professors I had were really very seasoned professionals and many of them also taught at land based schools as well. They genuinely cared and it showed. I think the biggest disappointment for me has been the bias and harsh opinions people form about the school without having any true or direct experience with the school or the academic team. Some companies boast of their discrimination against people from online schools. It's sad to see and makes me really question the quality of the schools they attended - particularly, since a good program will teach you about the importance of critical thinking, substantiating your work, minimizing bias by leveraging logic and sound analysis. I stand by the quality of my degree and my own capability, because I know how good my professors were and feel proud to be representing their teaching efforts. I'm very good at what I do.
Capella has been an amazing school. It's professors and curriculum are completely applicable to each areas of learning. I would recommend this university to anyone who is motivated and has good time management skills. No more brick and mortar necessary for me.
I was able to work full time while earnings Ph. D. Capella offered me the flexibility to achieve this. During my journey life happened several times and Capella worked with me through the setbacks. I completed my degree this year and graduated in March. Thank you for a rigorous program that helped me grow professionally.
All the courses I have taken so far are very challenging. You have to put in a lot of time and energy to get good grades. Professors are all very professional and most are currently working in the IT field as a project manager, IA security officer etc. Most professors have degrees from prestigious universities. Expect not to have any weekends for two years! You have more homework compared with most traditional classrooms. If you're lazy, then this school is not for you.
I read other reviews before enrolling in this program and I decided to ignore them, that is why I am writing this review. They all said that they did not learn anything and it was a lot of money for a piece of paper and I totally agree. If you want to get a masters with little effort and little learning than this is the program for you. I did enjoy getting 100 on every single assignment I submitted with little effort. But I would have enjoyed a good education as well. Just remember this when you decide if you would like to attend this school.