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

2.5 out of 5 stars
JEM - 7/30/2016
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2011
"Capella was OK, but TOO expensive. I do NOT recommend it for this reason alone. The instructors were knowledgeable in their field, but to pay the price I paid, for this degree, it was NOT worth it! The Criminal Justice system does NOT pay enough for a person to get a Master's degree!"
Laurel, Capella Staff - 8/17/2016

Hi, Jem. If you are interested, Capella alum have lifetime access to the career center. The career center has several resources, including job search tools, career planning and access to career counselors. You can find it on campus iguide:

2.3 out of 5 stars
Patience and unfortunately no need for guidance. - 7/27/2016
Degree: Human Services
Graduation Year: 2018
"This is suppose to be a college geared to people that are employed. Some courses unnecessary readings from 150 pages and beyond. Many glitches to access course rooms and ebooks. I had to rent two of my books and purchase another because ebooks were not available. Alas after I received my books I was charged for ebooks that I was able to gain access to. I am going to continue to strive however the lack of professors guidance is concerning. Really not convinced this is better than a traditional school. All this and unfortunately a glitch with accepting financial aid/loans. This is not a comprehensive learning experience its a rush but I am dedicated to both learn to understand and to complete my degree."
Laurel, Capella Staff - 8/17/2016

Hello. I am sorry to hear that you are concerned about aspects of your program. We would welcome the opportunity to discuss your experience. Please send us an email that includes your name, learner ID and contact information to and we will have a team member reach out to you right away.

5.0 out of 5 stars
Whitaker - 7/15/2016
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2017
"Hello my name is L. W. and Im a mother of 5 kids who is desperately trying to redeem the time of my life by going back to school so I can provide a better life for my family. I started online college. Which has been the best decision so that I could continue to be a mother with Capella University 4 years ago. While the finish line seem clear and close I need help in paying 3000 so that I can finish my last stride into greatness. Thank you guys so much for rhe opportunity!! God bless"
5.0 out of 5 stars
Nurses Rock - 7/4/2016
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2017
"I have been in the RN to BSN program since August 2014. I do wish that the school would offer an option of continuing courses without waiting 3 weeks in between each one. I don’t understand where all the negativity comes from with reading all the posts online. I follow the syllabus, do the research, writing, and posting materials in a timely manner. I’ve not had any problems with professors, counselors, etc. I would highly recommend Capella, but one has to be willing to put in the time and effort to succeed. However, I am disappointed with the level of student academic writing abilities….writing abilities vary significantly within each class."
4.4 out of 5 stars
Dr. Susan Lawson - 6/28/2016
Degree: Human Resources
Graduation Year: 2008
"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."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Krystal Leddy - 6/28/2016
Degree: Clinical Psychology
Graduation Year: 2017
"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."
2.8 out of 5 stars
John Doe - 6/20/2016
Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2020
"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..."
3.8 out of 5 stars
Anne - 6/19/2016
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2018
"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."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 6/9/2016
Degree: Human Resources
Graduation Year: 2017
"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."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Andrea Phillop - 6/1/2016
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2016
"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."

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