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

3.3 out of 5 stars
I prefer anonymous - 5/2/2016
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2016
"Capella University offers a rigorous psychology program. The program is comparable to other institutions with appropriate regional accreditation. The program could be greatly enhanced by obtaining the APA program accreditation. This accreditation speaks volumes in the industry. Faculty are extremely knowledgeable practitioners who share their experience in the classroom to enhance the students' experiences. I found the faculty to be quite helpful in guiding me through the course material and Capella expectations. Another area of improvement could be financial aid. Capella's financial aid consists only of student loans and a few in-house scholarships. It would be helpful if they had access to other scholarships to assist students in securing additional financial aid. Tuition is also a bit pricey."
4.7 out of 5 stars
Ganesh - 5/2/2016
Degree: Information Systems
Graduation Year: 2016
"I completed MS from Capella through Flexpath during last winter. It was a wonderful experience. It was enriching, useful and helped in gaining recognition. Capella provided me maximum credit for my PMP course and recognized my earlier seduction. I am a proud alumni of Capella."
3.6 out of 5 stars
Anne - 4/29/2016
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
K. L. - 4/28/2016
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2016
"I am in the process of completing my PhD, just finalizing the dissertation. I've taken a lot of time lately to read through reviews of the university, and on the whole I am disappointed by the negative feedback. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, so here is mine. I've been working on my PhD since 2010. I've plugged away steadily at it, class by class. I've had great, engaged professors, and I've had ones that were less than inspiring. I've made amazing friends (and met several in person) and I've also muddled my way through discussion posts with terrible grammar and obvious plagiarism. I have never once had a problem with financial aid, communication, or the administration. Not to say that there haven't been bad situations out there, but that has not been my experience. And it's not like the last six years have been stable. I changed jobs twice. I adopted my son. I got divorced and I got remarried. I relocated halfway across the country. I've managed my coursework from planes, hotels, on vacation, from my desk and from my kitchen table. Capella has been there through it all - making me better, pushing me past my limits, and helping me achieve a goal I set for myself when I was 10 years old. This is a university. It's an institution. You can approach it from the mindset that you should get what you pay for and play the blame game when it's not exactly what you expect, or you can step up and recognize that they are holding you accountable to a commitment you've made to yourself. You are expected to work. You are expected to have your act together. But they are willing to help you if you need it. Take negative experiences with a grain of salt. Everyone's experience is different, and nothing is perfect. Online learning is the only way I could be a doctor today, and I am immeasurably grateful for the experience."
4.8 out of 5 stars
Charlotte K., - 4/26/2016
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2011
"This degree was much tougher than my Masters from an Ivy-like brick and mortar university. The professors were generally great and very attentive to their students. I got a lot of guidance in writing my dissertation and in the research required to do so. The only downside is that they are not yet APA accredited. I did not use financial aid and paid for my degree myself so I cannot comment on the hoops required for this process."
4.9 out of 5 stars
Satisfied Graduate - 4/24/2016
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2006
"I have two graduate degrees, including my PhD from Capella. The other is an MS from a well-respected brick and mortar school where I now teach. By far, I worked harder and learned more at Capella (which should be expected, since it was a more advanced degree). Many doors have opened to me that I never could have anticipated, including (among others) the opportunity to chair a prestigious international conference at one of the top Boston-area universities. (Hint: what are the first two that come to mind? You probably thought of the one I'm referring to.) Those who says this is a diploma mill have no clue what they're saying. It is anything but. Enroll here only if you're seriously about learning. And be prepared to work hard. You will EARN any degree you get from Capella."
2.8 out of 5 stars
Busy Mom - 4/16/2016
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2017
"I wish I could give 5 stars. But I can't. If Capella would fix a few things, it'd be great, but the "left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing" there. Questions are given the run-around. Academically, most of the assignments are def. challenging, and I already have a masters, so I know a bit about graduate level work at a solid, well-known "brick and mortar" university. Work is not as relevant to my field, as I'd like. Some feel like impossible hurdles without knowing exactly what the prof. wants. I had one EXCELLENT tutor to help with one math-related class, but the rest have been pretty useless with the most basic questions re: what the prof. wants. My biggest complaint is the many technical issues that caused delays. I should be done by now, which would have saved me money, but I'm not done due to tech. issues and delays hearing back with coursework questions that really slowed me down. If these problems get fixed and I can actually finish my last few classes in a timely fashion, I'd come back and give at least 4 stars. It has been frustrating."
1.0 out of 5 stars
gloria - 4/15/2016
Degree: Supply Chain Management
Graduation Year: 2018
"Do not attend this school. Please go somewhere else. THEY MISS USE GOVERNMENT FUNDING FOR DOCTORATE AND PhD programs. Then, they will add to your curriculum later. Make you take additional courses and then administrative withdraw you not keeping their end of the bargain."
Laurel, Capella Staff - 9/9/2016

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5.0 out of 5 stars
Satisfied Learner - 4/14/2016
Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2014
"I loved Capella and the opportunities it has afforded me. I found the courses challenging and interesting. I loved the Colloquial experiences. The course was challenging. When I went to take my licensing exam for Professional Counselor I passed it the first time. Online learning requires discipline, time management and this maybe challenging for some. Capella is a decision that I would make again. I became employed on my graduation day. I thank God and Capella University for making the education relevant to my field."
5.0 out of 5 stars
AndrewG - 4/11/2016
Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2017
"I am half-way through my Masters in Public Administration (MPA) degree at Capella University. I am taking one class per quarter, which has been a good pace for me while I work full-time and maintain my normal life. I received my BA in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine (UCI) in 1992, attending in the traditional manner. My studies at Capella are all on-line. I will echo the other positive reviews regarding Capella’s graduate programs. If you are disciplined, and know what you want, Capella is an ideal university. The website works well, and is fluid and easy to access. They really have the access part well organized. Each week, there are required readings, plus some research to find additional articles. You receive complete access to their library, and the academic journals you will need to complete your studies. At the end of the week, you are required to submit one or two discussion essays (1-3 pages each) and respond to at least one other student’s postings. Usually, there are 1-3 longer projects/papers due each quarter as well, depending upon the class. Depending upon how well you read, it is 4-8 hours of work per week for the discussion essays, and 8-10 hours of work for the longer papers. There are no lectures, and the learning is all asynchronous (meaning it’s all when it is convenient for you). Here is the one issue; because Capella is a for-profit institution, some of the graduate students probably shouldn’t be there. Students (or learners) are required to write in the third person, and in an academic style. They are to cite their references in the appropriate way (APA 6th Edition). Many of the students do not do this. Many post like they are posting to Facebook or some blog cite. This is despite the school and the professor instructing them not to. I do not know if they fail the class, or what they are being told by the professor (since that would be private). It can be frustrating when you’re posting and writing in an academic manner, and others are not. However, this is between those students and the university, not me. I have received good grades, and am doing what I believe is good work. At the graduate level, I am not looking for a lot from the professors. I am learning from the authors of the books and articles I am reading and the essays I am composing. If you are the type of person that needs a lot of feedback and/or hand-holding, this may not be the program for you. The professors make themselves available by phone or email, but I haven’t had a need to use that access. A friend and co-worker of mine received her PhD from Capella, and also had nothing but good things to say about the university. It is not the cheapest, but it also not the most expensive. I needed an online school, and eventually narrowed it down to Capella and several others. I looked at Grand Canyon University, Walden College, Columbia College, and Arizona State University. They all seemed pretty good, and Capella worked at little better for me based upon some timing issues when I was starting in 2015. TLDR: Capella is a good university for your graduate degree, as long as you are self-disciplined and self-motivated. The learning is what you put into it, and you will write the essays and do the readings. It is by no means a “diploma mill”."

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