Capella University Reviews

3.43 out of 5 stars
(655 Reviews)
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  • Annual Tuition: $14,579
68% of 655 students said this degree improved their career prospects
64% of 655 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

1.0 out of 5 stars
Shocked - 12/28/2016
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2019
"I went into this university with high hopes and expectations. I very quickly realized that my passions and expectations were crashed by a very poorly presented curriculum, overloaded with information that does not pertain to what my dissertation is focusing on, and poor supports from instructors and academic coaches. I work hard on my writing skills, and topic of chose for dissertation, but I do not feel that I am learning anything. I feel like I am being expected to write at the academic level in the first and second quarters without any proper experience in the past. In addition, the instructor is the same for every course, well at least up until this point, the communication is poor and confusing, and the speed at which you have to write and read is unrealistic. I am very disappointed that I wasted few quarters in this school and I am actively searching to either transfer or leave the idea of pursing Doctorate's degree all together, because of one instructor crashed my passions and hopes."
Laurel, Capella staff - 1/10/2017

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1.1 out of 5 stars
Gil Carde - 12/22/2016
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2020
"I spent 10 years pursuing my doctoral degree in Education. Once the federal financial loan was exhausted I was abandoned. The school refused to work with me in order to enroll for the next semester; I had completed the comp exams and 2 of the 5 chapters of my dissertation. The issues I had with the school are too numerous to mention. Do your own research on this school's graduation rate before getting stuck with a debt you can never recover from in your lifetime."
Laurel, Capella staff - 1/10/2017

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2.1 out of 5 stars
A Graduate Learner - 12/20/2016
Degree: Business Administration
Graduation Year: 2017
"Capella University courses are good courses and the program is a very good program. I am currently studying for a Master of Business Administration. The financial aid is horrible and the financial aid organization does not know what it is doing. I was enrolled in a semester or quarter as they call them and I dropped a course within the stated time and checked to make sure that my financial aid would not be affected. The assured me that it was fine. The tuition was not charged for the course however they reversed the aid I received for the course that I took in the 1st semester and then said I owed then $1900.0 for a course that I took and received financial aid for. The financial aid process should not be this difficult or cumbersome."
Laurel, Capella staff - 1/10/2017

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4.8 out of 5 stars
MarvinWelch - 12/15/2016
Degree: MBA in Organizational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2007
"Capella offers excellent, high-quality faculty and relevant, high level course contents. I had several class papers subsequently published in well-respected journals. For those unable to leave the workforce to study full-time for a doctoral degree, Capella is an impressively credible and relevant option."
4.9 out of 5 stars
Michael Parker - 12/12/2016
Degree: Project Management
Graduation Year: 2016
"I am a experienced information security professional with about 26 yrs of experience. I have been "finishing" my degree program since 1992... to that end, I had attended a number of brick & mortar and online colleges ( recognizable organizations) and settled on Capella in 2012. Over the past few years ( I received credit for PgMP cert and took about a year off) I took a class a quarter and finished BSIT with a specialization in project management this past April, so about three years of academic study. All in all I found the course work, curriculum and instructors to be vey good... yes, there where probably a couple classes I could have taught myself, but by and large classes were good, instructors solid/ knowledgeable. All in all, I recommend the school, my experience was favorable... I started a Masters Program, I'm two classes into the program... all is well."
1.3 out of 5 stars
BusinessMan - 12/12/2016
Degree: Human Resources
Graduation Year: 2016
"Blood Sucking University is what they should be called. Worst college experience I've ever had. They just keep putting on fee after fee after fee. They're bleeding me dry! I'm not sure how I'm going to pay for everything they're charging me. I took 2 classes there. One class cost me $2040.00. What kind of school charges that much for 1 class? It is awful and I can't wait to go somewhere else. All I got to do now is take out loans to pay Capella off. Worst mistake of my life."
4.0 out of 5 stars
Frank - 12/3/2016
Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2004
"Overall a good experience- for students who are self-starters and goal-oriented, the classes offered can work quite well. On the other hand, if you are a student who needs more supervision and/or assistance from professors this might not be a good fit. While most of the instructors seemed quite competent in their chosen field, the nature of online classes in general and the format used by Capella in particular would probably make learning more difficult for those without a solid educational foundation. In my experience, many of the classes used a collaborative format for learning, which entailed a large volume of group discussion and many team projects. For those planning on entering the workforce with their degree, this is an excellent format to use; many schools focus far too much on individual projects, which of course is not how any competent employer runs their organization. In the classes I took there were a few people who simply did not seem to take the process seriously- this is one fault of a school that will admit almost anybody. However, these students were the exception rather than the rule, and so long as you don't take their lack of drive personally such students are little hindrance to the educational experience. I do recommend taking advantage of Capella's "Prior Learning Assessment"- it is an excellent way to "test out" of a limited number of classes, saving time and money on your degree. Keep in mind you must actually demonstrate some expertise in the area you are claiming credit for- your application will be reviewed, and while I can't say the process is exceptionally difficult, if you don't submit quality documentation you are probably wasting your time. My suggestion for this process is to start with the class you have the strongest case for (presumably because you work in that field!). This will help you understand the process and make decisions on which other classes you may be able to get credit for. My closing assessment would be simply that you will get out of this school what you put in- you may very well be able to graduate by doing the bare minimum of work, but if you take the time to engage your instructors and fellow class-mates and to put real effort into your assignments, you will emerge with valuable skills for the workplace. FYI for those wondering if this school would be a good fit- I entered with approximately half of the total required credits (earned at a major traditional 4 year university). I did not use the GI Bill or other programs; I paid approximately half of my tuition at the time of enrollment and borrowed the other half through Federal loans (which I was able to pay off in under 5 years). I was employed full-time during classes, and remained with my employer after graduation. I can't say that my earnings were impacted much by this degree (as I was already doing reasonably well), but I am glad I did it, and would recommend to others."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Sammy - 11/24/2016
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2004
"CAPELLA UNIVERSITY was a great college exp. This Academic Institution was my vehicle for upward mobility. IT is fully accredited, and my diploma, transcripts have been accepted by other academic institutions, State Board of Psychology in California, and government institutions. Currently employed with a U.S. Govt. Thanks to all of my professors. Vivamus mi literatum and Semper Peterum!"
5.0 out of 5 stars
Greg - 11/9/2016
Degree: Instructional Technology
Graduation Year: 2015
"Great support from the professors great communication. Valuable texts I still refer to. The knowledge has enhanced my career already. Flexible enough to keep me busy without being overwhelmed. School support was great from enrollment process through strategy for completion and library use."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Ronnie - 10/27/2016
Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2017
"I am a current learner at Capella University finishing up a Masters degree in counseling. After 2 and a half years it has been one bad experience after another at at the end of the day your just another student ID. I have completed all but 3 classes and have maintained a 4.0. Capella has charged hidden fees, they charge you for books even when you have no intention of buying your books from them. A money hungry establishment. I would not recommend this university to anyone."
Laurel, Capella Staff - 11/9/2016

Hi, Ronnie. Thank you for your feedback and congratulations on your success and progress in your degree program. We take your concerns seriously and would welcome the opportunity to discuss them with you. Please send us an email at with your full name and contact information and we will have a team member reach out to you right away.

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