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I definitely do not recommend this school to anyone who truly wants to graduate. I wasted more than 80,000$ dollars here and have no degree. You will be passed through your classes without issue. However, getting the intensive help needed to complete your dissertation will not be there. Find a university close to home so that you can receive one on one assistance if needed. Do not waste your money here. Its truly heartbreaking.
If I weren't so far into my program, I would drop this school and run without ever looking back!! The advising staff is useless and will tell you what you want to hear just to appease you without addressing or fixing any issues. Once you start your first course there is no other communication with any staff other than your professor, if you're lucky they may give you a bit of feedback. If you do continue on with your program and end up having to do a practicum through the school may you have the ability to function completely on your own with zero support from the school. I have called about 10 times in the last 2 weeks with very little support from the advising office. There has not been any support or follow up on any conversations that have occurred. In fact, they did the complete opposite of what was asked of them. Integrity is lacking with this institution. I will have my degree in a few months. Unfortunately, it will have Capella's name on it. In hindsight, I wish I would have spent more money to go to a much more reputable institution.
I have been a FlexPath student pursuing a General Psychology Bachelor's Degree since June 2017. I have encountered several problems with the Capella online learning format over the last two years. First, the online bookstore has always failed to release the books that were pre-loaded into my shopping cart. There is a small window to check out and/or purchase your books, however, the system has never given me the capability to actually check out/purchase books. During the two years that I have attended Capella, I did not once use their course material. Thank you, Google. Second, the instructors vary in grading so severely that while one instructor gives the best possible score, another instructor may be citing plagiarism on every assignment, refusing to grade the paper. I have experienced both types of instructors with Capella, even though I have never, in my life, plagiarized anything on a professional level. Third, the FlexPath program is not designed to set students up for success. The billing period runs for 12 weeks and they release one class at a time, with each class requiring from 5-9 written assignments. For what you pay in a flat-rate billing period and how many assignments you can reasonably achieve, it makes more financial sense to take the GuidedPath program. However, if you try to change from the FlexPath program to the GuidedPath program, you may experience difficulties, like I have. I have attempted changing 3 times, only to find out each time that my financial aid year for FlexPath does not align with the financial aid year for GuidedPath. I can, for instance, complete a couple credits using financial aid, but will have to pay for the remaining credits out of pocket until the next financial aid year. For the 2018-2019 financial aid year, I have hardly used any financial aid, but if I were to change to the GuidedPath program right now, I would not be able to use financial aid until March 2020. I only have 6 classes left to complete to earn my Bachelor's degree, along with $38,000+ of student loan debt. I am at the point of considering a transfer to another college, even if it means I will need to take more classes to complete their degree, because my experience with Capella has been so unpleasant.
This college s****** me big time. I've been working on getting my financial aid awarded for over 5 Months and so far all they do is ask for the exact same information in a different format. It is absolutely ridiculous. I finally asked for a manager as I was about to be dropped from spring semester and they said everything was taken care of and my award would be there soon and instead they asked for more info and dropped me anyway. I will not be finishing my degree with this school and I recommend no one ever attend.
At first I thought this would be a great place to earn my PhD, and at first it was. However towards the end, I realized this school is truly a profit oriented center, with little to no regard for the studentas long as they got their money. Don't waste your time and more importantly your money on this school, there are far better schools out there even those that are profit centers.
This University is a place that I would think several times before enrolling. Experience with classes and learning process are not bad overall. I just wish some Instructors was more communicative. When in come to leaving comments for completed paper work - it is never there. Interesting. Degree program is good overall. What about financial part - I can write a novel about this part. Pricing students for classes that much and DO NOT EVEN PROVIDING PAYMENT PLANS?! This is bad. I tried to set up payment plan since the beginning, but it is always saying I am on the hold for something and that is why I cant set up payment plan. It ended up with Capella staff dropped me off from courses.This is so uncomfortable and don't worth it at all. Every-time I talked to financial aid department - there is no straight answer. In any way there is a lot wrong with this institution, starting from unprofessional staff and finish with instructors who do not communicate with you.
The people at Capella University or so unhelpful. They expect you to give up a full-time job that you rely on to support your family in order to complete the non-negotiable 20 hours a week that is unpaid to complete the practicum hours. They are not even willing to allow students to extend the time of the practicum for students who have severe financial constraints that forces them to keep their full-time job even if it means them dropping out of the program. BUYER BEWARE!!!!
When you get to dissertation there are costly Capella delays and excuses with no recourse. It costs students money and time. Advisors are not supportive. Teachers are knowledgeable but cannot push your work through so students end up spending more money.
Capella University performed a formidable job recruiting me and promising a PhD in General Psychology within two years. Furthermore, they did an excellent job exhausting more than $100,000.00 of my Student Loans and in the end, using the excuse that I did not pass a Comprehensive Exam that they encouraged me to enroll three times to retake, they performed an Administrative Withdrawal. Within the four years spent at Capella, my doctoral level performance seemed superior, until I reached the COMPS-DISSERTATION phase. In the end, after thorough investigation, I, along 53 other learners in similar situation, discovered that during those years, prior to 2013, they did not meet the requirements to offer a PhD in Psychology nor did they have the appropriate statues in place, according to the Minnesota Higher Education Affairs. In all, Capella University is a scam and they certainly are the best in utilizing a switch and bait system to entertain you, and in the end withdraw you, making you feel like a failure, most certainly leaving you with thousands in student loan debt and without a degree.
This University may be receiving business awards but it is a for-profit university that has stockholders. They are great at making profits for the stockholders. From 2002-2015,Capella's interest was not in protecting their PhD students but was instead focused to making profits for this Ed. Company. They took those PhD Public Service Leadership General Human Services PhD students and circulated them within the system for years while all the other Cap. University schools PhD students were corralled and waiting----then with extensive debts Capella gave some of them Masters degrees instead. Those PSL PhD Students developed the faculty training template at this wholly on line school for 2 years then they were often removed....many with $200,000 debts and no degree. Beware is all I can say. Somehow, I lived through this experience but it was not a good one. Find a public or non profit University.
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