Capella University Reviews

3.43 out of 5 stars
(667 Reviews)
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  • Annual Tuition: $14,579
68% of 667 students said this degree improved their career prospects
64% of 667 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

1.8 out of 5 stars
Disgusted - 1/13/2015
Degree: Human Services
Graduation Year: 2015
"The curriculum is outdated. Most readings are no more current than 2009. I consistently get 100's on my assignments with comments like "great job". Nobody's work is perfect, and "excellent work" is not a teaching tool. This class I have an instructor who can't put together a grammatically correct sentence. This school is the biggest student loan fraud institution. It's designed for students who wish to use the financial aid system for "a check" to supplement their income, nothing more. The teachers are nothing more than "hall monitors" who complain their student load is too much for them to respond to each student individually. This is criminal."
4.5 out of 5 stars
Mildred - 1/9/2015
Degree: Human Services
Graduation Year: 2012
"Capella University's online program allowed me the flexibility to work full time while caring for my child. The professors a highly trained and knowledgeable. The education I received was invaluable and the on-line class format is easy to use."
2.0 out of 5 stars
Christina E - 1/9/2015
Degree: Marketing
Graduation Year: 2011
"I have obtained a Masters Degree in Business Marketing. I graduated in 2011 and have not landed a Ideal or Beneficial career yet. Most are impressed with the fact that I obtained a MBA but once they learn it was online, I am frowned upon. The Workload was strenuous and it was hard to get ahold of the Instructors if you had a issue. Once it came to group work, be prepared to have majority of the work fall upon your shoulders as many of the students do not do there share of the work and the teachers are oblivious to it . The books are seriously expensive and they get New editions each semester and many are not compatible with an International edition. So Please, Do not believe the hype that, ONCE you ADVANCE your education the MONEY rolls in. You have to know someone in the industry or company in order to get a GREAT career. I have been told by every company , I am OVER QUALIFIED and it makes you think, What's the point of the Degree if I can't use it.. Hope this helps"
2.5 out of 5 stars
Regretful but soon to graduate - 1/5/2015
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2016
"I am currently enrolled at Capella. It has taken me 4+ years and I will graduate in March of 2016 with a Bachelors in Bus. Mgmt. I only take 2 classes a year as that is what my employer pays for. Is Capella convenient? Yes it is? Was it worth all of the stress... meh. People say that you get out what you put in and that is very true. I've worked very hard and currently hold a 4.0. I guess my biggest issue is that I feel as though the professors don't care. I keep saying to my husband that I'd love to be a prof at Capella because their job is SO easy. The benefit to Capella and it's classes is that your itinerary (syllabus) is laid out exactly as the prof expects it. They can just go in and check-check-check and boom there's my 4.0. Yes, I'm getting really good grades because it's a program that's easy to follow but I do not feel that I'm actually retaining a lot of the information learned. I've kept all my books so that I can go back and refresh. When it's all said and done, I'll have my Bachelors but as someone else said, companies frown on Capella. I'd say they frown on online education period. therefore, once I have that diploma in hand, I'm going to make an attempt to my local University to transfer as many credits as possible and get a degree with them. I'm essentially going to mask my degree from Capella with a real degree from a reputable school. So, that is my honest reflection, it's the truth, I'm not going to sugarcoat it or cover it up. I'm not trying to talk anyone into or out of attending there but looking back, I wish I'd chosen a brick & mortar university. ."
1.8 out of 5 stars
Current Learner - 12/26/2014
Degree: Human Services
Graduation Year: 2015
"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."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Ben - 12/11/2014
Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2015
"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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Christopher Kelly - 12/11/2014
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2013
"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!"
4.3 out of 5 stars
S C Threatt - 11/29/2014
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2014
"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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Worst School - 11/20/2014
Degree: Information Systems
Graduation Year: 2020
"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."
4.5 out of 5 stars
Michelle - 11/8/2014
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2013
"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."

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