Capella University Reviews
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It takes a highly motivated person to be successful with online schooling. Capella really helps motivate and educate which empowers each study to succeed. I will be completing my degree this fall and can't say enough positive things about the university.
I am a current student and was too deep in program to turn around before I identified issues. Strongly feel the educational process at Capella SOE is designed to keep students in the program. Unlike other learners experiences, my mentor was really good and available. But anytime when documents were submitted to the university, they were lost, had long waits for feedback, after receiving feedback small changes/adjustments to dissertation, SMR, paperwork, or proposal during the process (that took me a half an hour to fix) is resubmitted to wait all over (10 to 14 business days) to repeat the process. Was not told this up front when I enrolled. No matter what anyone says this is NOT a normal process. Other students have had similar experiences and spoke to professors on my dissertation committee that said their other learners submitted paperwork to the university have been lost in the past as well. This all results in massive delays and more money out my pocket. I should finish my PhD soon but took a whole year longer because of the process and costed me $20,000 dollars extra. I did voice my frustration to the school but was not heard when I asked for compensation back. The federal government is investigating schools like Capella.
I started Capella directly after graduation from Ashford University with honors. I was told by the advisor this was the best school for psychology and they have the only school that can allow you to actually can sit for the boards. (not true).
I had high expectations and was fully prepared to be very busy with my school work. To my surprise there is NO structure to the online system. They allow each instructor to set the course anyway they see fit. You have to be on their time zone for assignments, which is just impossible to adhere to. If you live in another time zone you have to basically wear to watches and keep up with your life in two time zones. I never had to do this at Ashford and I do not have to do this in my current school.
They also have these writing labs that are included in the classes that you are required to attend, which is no problem however they rarely functioned properly, the instructors would change the meetings or not show up, and they were on the schedule of the instructor's time zone so it could be 4am or 10 pm for me at times. And I felt the writing labs were just remedial at most. If a student is in graduate school they should not be taking remedial writing classes on APA format !!! It was so boring I could barely take it.
The outlines in the classes were so vague I could not really understand what I was supposed to be doing and would have to ask the instructors what they were supposed to be. I think I am a pretty intelligent person but felt really stupid because I could not make any sense of the assignment. I was so frustrated during the time I was enrolled with this school that I developed stress related high blood pressure. It has since went away and I am back to normal.
I would dare to say at some point this school could develop a better system for the online distance learner but for my time at Capella I was never brought to believe that was ever going to happen. The school feels like they are doing it all right. However I have many emails with other students that were also having the same problems I was having with the outlines and assignments.
This school lacks structure and leadership.
I completed my Masters with Capella and finished my first year of my PhD program and very pleased with the school. If you apply yourself and read the APA Manual, you will be fine.
To give perspective. I am a 50 year old male, retired from the USAF after 23 years. I was an aircraft structural craftsman. I retired as a Senior Non Commissioned Officer with some college. I am currently a certified dog trainer and own two businesses. I have attended two previous schools and I am a 4.0 GPA at Capella. I have completed 12 courses at Capella.
Capella is no different than other schools in that some of the students you will find don't belong in any college.
As others have said, Capella is not a hold your hand kind of school, you will have to be self motivated and expect to read a lot. There aren't many lectures like there are in a brick and mortar. Instructors cannot see how hard you are trying, they only see what you provide for them. There are student help center and tutoring if you need it. When I have had trouble with instructors it seemed as if they were concerned about my point of view. Some of the instructors are much better than others. My physics instructor is certainly arrogant and provides canned copy paste answers, but that has not been my experience with most classes. That is true of any school.
I've had no trouble with my grants, they give a military discount, getting the money sent to me that should be sent or paying any debt.
What I can say after three years at Capella. I feel like I have learned a lot, but question my ability to apply it. I will not be pursuing an Masters at this time.
Counslors have been helpful. So, I wonder how some of these people have been treating the Capella staff they have dealt with. I would not be quick to help some one being biligerant myself.
Overall I had a very nice experience with Capella. Yes it is relatively expensive but that should be expected when youre trying to get a higher degree (the higher the degree, the higher the price of tuition it seems...). The classes were nicely formatted and were very much appropriate to the healthcare field; all of the topics were relevant and very beneficial to both my individual and professional development.
I've noticed some complaining about the quality of the education and the design of the online schooling/courserooms but I personally feel that Capella has met or exceeded my expectations. The courses were challenging and often required you to complete different forms of coursework (i.e. online presentations, group work, course readings, individual research, research field projects). Additionally, please note that as an online school you only get out of it what you put into it therefore you need to dedicate yourself to learning the material and engaging yourself with other students/the professors; if you decided to not put forth your best effort or fully participate in the courseroom activities than no you most definitely will not get what youre paying for.
Ultimately Capella provides you with a great opportunity to gain education and experience, and it can only be seen as a tool to better yourself.
I completed my MS degree in Informational Technology from Capella University in 2012. The coursework was engaging. The students were amazing. The instructors, for the most part, were very helpful. As with all schools, some were more helpful than others.
The only down side to the school was that it is a bit more expensive than other schools. I chose this school partially because my employer recommended it. I also was looking for a quality on-line school.
I averaged 20 hours per week for each course I completed. Each course was 10 weeks long. In order to succeed at Capella, you must have a strong support system both at work and at home.
I am a smart person and a 3.5 student, and I just dropped out of Capella. Why? The coursework is absolutely boring and seems to be more focused on teaching what was going on in psychology in the early part of the 20th century than on teaching anyone skills that will help them become a good counselor.
The second two classes I took seemed to be a rehashing of the first two, with boring content, vague assignments that left you scratching your head as to what the deliverable was supposed to be, professors who are pretty absentee when it comes to offering detailed instructions, and some assignments that bordered on being silly.,/p>
In addition, their computer system has major issues, does not work in all browers, goes down quite a bit. Also their financial aid department refers you to course counselors when you ask about grants and scholarships. HUH??? Save your money and your time! Go to another university if at all possible.
Let me begin by saying that I am a working professional who unfortunately was not able to attend traditional school. My current employer supports higher education and is in alliance with Capella University. I trust my employer who is an industry giant and therefore decided to give Capella a chance.
The courses were both relevant and challenging. It was not easy by far and I was definitely exhausted. I did feel that my success and/or failure was completely on me. I did not have a professor reminding me to do my work but that was fine. After all...I am an adult.
Now, I do see that Capella gets bad reviews for being a For-Profit organization, but as a business major, I do not see For-Profit as being all that bad as long as the organization complies with regulatory requirements to keep their accreditation as I see Capella doing. Furthermore, I see For-Profit as an advantage as the organization is able to recruit and retain high quality professors who would like to get paid well. After all, we all do. I have met many professors working for a non-profit educational institute who are unhappy and unsatisfied and do not provide support for their students.
So in closing, I am happy with the quality of my education. The on-line environment is fast-paced and challenging. Not for everyone. You have to be committed and self-motivated.
If I were to say one thing about Capella, it's not for the disorganized.
I got my MS and started a doctoral program at a brick and mortar school 20 some years ago so I have some basis for comparison.
Most of the faculty are very good and stay engaged in the courserooms. I had two instructors who not nearly as engaged. While disappointing, it wasn't out of character with my previous grad school experiences.
I never had a problem with learner support, but I went to a large midwestern land-grant school as an undergrad and was used to the idea of taking the bureaucracy by the horns. They were always polite and did what they said they were going to do. My employer paid for the lion's share of my tuition, but it only covered 2 quarters per year so that's all I ever enrolled for. I got a bit tired of getting called when I didn't register for courses to convince them I really did know what I was doing.
WRT the dissertation process, it's ambiguous wherever you go, that's why getting a Doctorate is hard. So much of the frustration of the dissertation process comes from having an adviser/mentor that you don't get along with or just don't communicate well with. Choose carefully and your life will be much easier. Try finding someone who's had students successfully graduate. The proof is in the pudding. Besides basic interests, I only nominated mentors who had their mentees graduate on a regular basis.
I would recommend Capella more to folks who have jobs already and can't be running off to classes several times a week. There is an unfair stigma to online only degrees. Capella will make you work for your degree. It's no diploma mill. That being said, it's not for everyone. There are many distractions when you do your schooling from home. If you can't block out extraneous signals, you're going to have a much harder time.
You can get the minimum out and cruise at 'B' level work, but you'll have a hard time passing the Comprehensive exam and an even harder time getting it together for the dissertation.