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Very inconsistent in feedbAck about dissertation and during comp exams

Ph.D. in Education in Postsecondary and Adult Ed. - September 16, 2018
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The student feedback during the development of the dissertation and during the comp exam process is extremely inconsistent between facility. For example, when submitting the DRP, in one residency students are given compliments on their work and told by one faculty member that the content meets all the required criteria. The next residency, a different faculty member says it is incorrect and needs to be rewritten to a different recommendation. By the third residency, another faculty member goes on to report that the second recommendation was incorrect and the student should have kept the work as it was initially submitted in the first residency. Then along comes the comp exams. The same inconsistency in feedback and grading occurs. There are three readers that review and grad the comp exam base upon their own interpretation of the content. One reader will give a very high grade in all sections, one will give similar feedback and recommendations and the third will report that none of the required criteria is met. If all three readers do not pass students on the comp exam, students are required to have the exam revised in 10 days. Again, the readers provide inconsistent feedback. The initial two readers grade the paper low due to the changes and the third grades it high according to the revisions the student made under the recommendations of that faculty member. The student is then required to redo the comp exam in another session with three different readers interpreting the content. This process is a set up for failure. In addition, there is a faculty assigned to students in the course room section of the comp exams and provides answers to questions about the guidelines of the comp exams if they are unclear to the student. The answers to questions again do not align either the readers. The student is given feedback that is initiated into the comp exams only to be told it is incorrect by those reading the exam. The initial course room content throughout the PhD program itself is reliable and consistent, but the residencies and comp exam aspect is terrible. Students work through several years of classroom material to get to the level of the program that should be considered an accomplishment; when in fact it becomes a nightmare of inconsistency among faculty. Unfortunately the level of inconsistency during the residencies and comp portion of the program is something that ruines the experience of the Phd program and I would NOT recommend it to learners that are truly in a program for learning, guidance and consistency in feedback for personal and professional development.

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Financial Aid/Business office

Master of Business Administration - September 12, 2018
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First and foremost I should have listened to an associate of a previous student. I was notified by a 3rd party collection agency that I had an outstanding balance due to the University nearly a year later. I NEVER received notice by the University. I completed the course taken, in good standing. And before completion, called about balances that I could possibly have after looking online to get an understanding of the financial breakdown. At the time I only saw dispersements and no balances after dispersements. I called to confirm was that correct and was told it was with a sense of uncertainty. All answers received from any person I spoke with, were give in a language of uncertainty or they gave you the run around, saying they will follow up and never would. It was their way of sweeping it under rug and hoping you wouldn't call back. Fast forward, I just recently a collection letter a couple of weeks ago, which my attendance there a year ago. I called right after receipt asking to have it pulled from collections due to not being properly notified of it and I was told NO we called you and emailed your university email (which was inactive for me after completion of the course). Therefore, I would not have received the email. I counter explained that they had 3 ways of reaching me and if 2 of 3 wasn't getting a response the next is postal mail. Their only argument was, since they are an online university they primarily communicate online. Well if that's the case why did you go as far as, to call? They should have taken it a step further and sent a mail notification as well. Why am I upset because, they have put a stain on my outstanding credit history. And I tried to correct it with them with complete honesty and was blown off. And apparently this is common because, as I stated in the beginning I should have listened, what happened to me is exactly what happened to that person. However, I was trying to remain hopeful and optimistic.

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Great experience

Clinical psychology - May 15, 2018
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As I worked through my BS in Psychology at Capella University, I felt supported by instructors and staff at every capacity. I am proud to be a Capella graduate. I am currently applying for the Psy.D in Clinical Psychology at Capella. To be an online student it is vital to be a self-starter and disciplined. You must work hard and never give-up!

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Doctor of Public Health Specialization Epidemiology

Public Health - December 15, 2017
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What a year Capella Ambassadors, Let’s Go Out With A BANG, & In With A Plan!! We, have witness a year of ups and down’s. I myself went through the loss of a mother and middle sister. The loss of many lives, due to forest fires, schools shootings, drive-by, Hurricanes, tornado's, flash floods, and terrorist attacks. The up-roar of America politics and clouds of smoke parades throughout every living room in America, in which a child dreams of going to college, may be in limbo, but for what I know there is a higher power says there dreams will come true. This has been other great year for me at Capella, my expectations were met, windows and doors of opportunities invited me in. Capella pride, is the key to the great behavior of each Capella instructors, they are open, full of challenges, answers to complex questions, well knowledgeable, and quick to aid our needs. I look forward to continue my education with Capella, at the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. I encourage and challenge all that is thinking about going to college or looking to complete something you started and ready to get back on the horse and ride the success online learning pony express with Capella University FlexPath learning or join us full-time, now come join me let’s finish the race. Chaplain Perry McClinton School: School of Nursing & Health Sciences Program: Doctor of Public Health Specialization: Epidemiology

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Disappointed

Psychology - October 14, 2017
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The classes are either so easy it's stealing an easy A or so hard that I spent way too much time and money completing a class. The work load I experienced was far greater than that of the other college I had attended.

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Shameful Capella University

Ph.D. in Education in Postsecondary and Adult Ed. - October 10, 2017
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Here's what you need to know about Capella University: I worked on my Ph.D. from 2008 to 2010. It was an arduous process with little support provided. Once I completed it, there was NO career support provided, NONE. Then I applied for adjunct online teaching positions with Capella from 2010 to 2017, at least twice per year, and each time I was told they wouldn't hire me because I was a graduate. Yet they would gladly hire someone with NO experience to teach online doctoral classes, especially if you are female and of color. This year I applied for an online teaching position with Capella, titled Education, Postsecondary Adult Education. My doctorate: Postsecondary Adult Education. What was Capella's response? They would not move forward with my application, even though I have 12+ years online teaching experience. This is a shameful practice and one I have come to expect from Capella University. Dr. J

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DNP Capstone mentored by earth's GREATEST INEXPERIENCED instructos who's goal is to prolong the project for thier personal financial gain!!!!!

Doctorate of Nursing Practice - October 6, 2017
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The actual academic portion of the DNP program was engaging and effective in teaching students, however it was poorly organized, and the steps in the program were poorly explained. Most of the time the instructors themselves do not know how to explain the programs expectations. Once I started the capstone portion of the program the mentor and committee members provided poor feedback, and it was not until I hired an outside source to read my intended capstone proposal did I learned that the inexperienced, poor faculty at Capella University had not realized that I wrote a research project and not the specific required project per the capstone expectations. One particular instructor gives the worse directions that the school's higher level reviewers find inappropriate, then she tries to clean her azz by saying the site needed the changes (she is a pathetic, compulsive liar). She wastes our time with vague posts, fails to read our proposals on time, then returns it with only minimal portions reviewed, having minimal unhelpful feedback. Each time a student submits the proposal for review the mentor has 10 days to review it, they do not care that the quarter is ending and you will need to pay another $3200 for the next quarter to repeat the same process. They try to justify it by telling students it is a reiterative process meaning the student will need to rewrite until their brains are traumatized, and the faculty exhausted of reading the same song and dance, before they will allow you to progress through the milestones that they themselves do not understand. Basically, these pathetic instructors are getting paid to do absolutely nothing, until the student has spends 8 or 9 quaters of this back and forth mundane nonsense. Then the academic advisor, who is supposed to be your support, and who initially sold you the program to get you to join tells you the capstone will only take 5 quarters to oomplete, but once you complain about the mentors poor practices changes the story and says completion of the capstone depends on the student, when clearly it is NOT dependent on the students at all but on the lazy instructors who are there getting paid to do absolutely nothing, but get into altercations with students when they are held accountable for not providing timely/helpful feedback. They are making easy money working from home to play the role of a "Mentor" when they now nothing about mentoring DNP students, or the steps needed to facilitate the steps to completion of the program for the students. STAY AWAY FROM CAPELLA UNIVERSITY!!!!! They misguide the customers (students), change program guidelines and apply it to all students just to make you stay there longer!!!!!!!

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UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU ARE GETTING

PhD Organization & Management/Leadership - August 20, 2017
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All of you who are giving positive reviews of this institution and the type of degree it is conferring, do not understand comparatively what you could have received. If you had gone to an accredited, high-end Ph.D. program, you would better understand how unfounded is your confidence in Capella. You will not be hired at my university unless education has just fallen apart (which I believe is close).

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PhD

PhD psychology - August 18, 2017
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I graduated with my PhD in General Psychology in 2015 and had an excellent experience. I am now a full time Assistant Professor of Psychology and this program prepared me well - both in general content and in research literacy. It was a very rigorous program and the professors were both challenging and supportive. As I was working full time and raising three children at the same time, it was a real challenge to keep myself organized. Capella seemed to understand the demands of a working parent, but continued to keep pushing me to the high standard of academic excellence. My dissertation mentor was especially helpful. I am happy to recommend Capella to future students and colleagues. Jane Whitaker

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Excellent Doctoral Experience

Ed.D Doctorate of Education - July 25, 2017
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Capella University's instructional faculty and support staff were simply phenomenal. When I had an issue, it was readily resolved without having to elevate any concerns. As well, I felt my education was superb, especially in light of having colleagues in other institutions!

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Online Experience with Human Touch

Business Administration-Management-Project Management - July 19, 2017
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My doctoral experience was awesome. The exposure to scholar/practitioner world through my DBA program has opened my eyes to many opportunities I never thought were possible. That, you can contribute to the society at multiple directions while earning income from various sources. The education was very engaging and allowed high connectivity with other learners and instructors. I still stay in touch with many of my school colleagues and my dissertation mentors. Indeed, Capella for me was an online experience with human touch.

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Capella University

Master of Science - July 19, 2017
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Capella is a great university; I am so glad that I chose this university to pursue my MSN with a focus in leadership and administration. There is always someone available to help in every department that I have contacted. I would refer this institution to anyone.

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General Psychology

Psychology - July 18, 2017
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Capella University has been my biggest inspiration to pursue a degree that I never thought I would be interested in. I started at Capella University in the Fall of 2016 nervous, scared, and a bit worried that I was not prepared to take on Graduate school. After talking with the advisors and faculty, I felt much more confident in myself and ready to take on the challenge at Capella. I love my choice here and would not have done anything differently. This tuition makes sure that as a student, you are happy with your courses and not trying to take on more than you can handle.

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Proud Capella University Ambassador

PhD in General Information Technology - July 18, 2017
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I am Dennis Wharton and I am proud student and ambassador for Capella University. I have been a student of Capella University for almost three years trying to earn my PhD in General Information Technology. I wanted to provide my thanks to Capella University for helping me become more highly educated and trained student in the career world of information technology. I try to set a positive example as a American citizen who encourages those to continue in higher education. I am also a person who recommends Capella University as a great academic institution for higher learning. I would to encourage Capella University students to do their best within earning their degrees as earning their degrees can be very beneficial for their future. I also encourage Capella University student to take advantage of all the additional resources (such as writing, mathematic, and job career online centers) to help prepare to be not only an outstanding student, but to help aid them into getting into the career they desire.

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Capella University: A Great University That Challenges Its Learners

Ph.D. in Education in Postsecondary and Adult Ed. - July 18, 2017
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I was already a little apprehensive about beginning the doctoral process, and making the decision to complete my studies online added to that feeling. After being enrolled at Capella University for one quarter, my comfort level and respect for online learning grew. The faculty and staff were always available and helpful, and the colloquiums were simply outstanding. Through the colloquiums, I met individuals that I am still in contact with to this day. Commencement...Capella University really celebrates their graduates. I would not trade my Capella experience for the world!

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MSN nursing business administration

Master of Business Administration - July 17, 2017
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I will graduate March 2018. I am very proud to be a student at Capella. Everyone is very supportive since before I started my program. Online classes are easy to maneuver through. This was the best choice I have made coming to Capella.

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Amazing school with tons of helpful options

Public Service Leadership - July 17, 2017
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I have been attending for one year now. I am finding, with each new course, that I am drawn in deeper. I love the instructors, the courses, the technology options, and the residencies. I would encourage anyone looking to increase their knowledge to consider Capella

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Excellence and standards of Capella Uniersity

Public Health - July 17, 2017
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Capella University is an excellent school of study. The support and learning process is an embodiment of the school,s integrity, drive, credible accreditation of the principles and policies that make Capella stands out as the school of choice.

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Review of Capella University's MPH Program

Master of Public Health - July 17, 2017
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If you are searching for an excellent online education for a Master's of Public Health degree, look no further. You will find everything you need here.

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Master program

Psychology - July 17, 2017
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Great option in education for those who don't have the flexibility to sit in regular classrooms.

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My Review

Criminal Justice - July 17, 2017
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Teachers, could get more involved with students, than they are now. Starting up programs or clubs, should be easier, sometimes it's not about whether or not there is enough to keep it running but that there is an opportunity for it, obtainable by the students, over all excellent job couldn't be prouder. There is always room for improvement no matter what

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Capella University Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling. 1st year student review.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling - July 17, 2017
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They made my transition from bachelors degree to masters degree very easy. They adhere to the requirements necessary for everyone to succeed. The teachers are wonderful and the materials are also extremely helpful. I am not near graduation yet but i have already advanced in my career.

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My Experience

Psychology - July 17, 2017
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I started spring of 2016 and hope to finish my bachelors in general psychology. I love the freedom of online classes and most instructors are great.

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Loved it

Clinical psychology - July 13, 2017
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You need to be a self starter and go above and beyond to get what you want out of this program. There is always staff there to help but it's up to you to utilize your peers, the discussions, your personal experience and know how to spot read to complete all reading assignments. It takes some getting used to but it's worth it. I got a lot out of the program and even more out of the networking of fellow students and colloquias. What I will say is you get what you put in. I only experienced one professor that did not see my own clinical reasons for diagnosis in one class and I got B because I went a different way then he did. I don't like over diagnosing and I use clinical terms to support the evidence. Besides that, it went well. I don't like most advisors because they aren't as helpful as Austin C in financial aid. He was my go to.

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Excellent School with Full Accreditation!!

PHD education - May 9, 2017
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Capella University is an amazing school! It may be difficult for people who need constant interactions with professors, but for people who are self-motivated and able to teach themselves the course material, this is an excellent option that is fully accredited. Some of the professors create interactive videos and also live discussions that also help students feel more connected to the classroom and it also allows a chance to ask questions and receive feedback face to face. There are also residency training seminars that meet each year where you get to spend almost a week with your classmates and professors. Overall, Capella is a great school that offers opportunities for people who want to advance their education on their own schedule, while still keeping their current life and job. If someone doesn't like Capella, they may just need more hand holding from a local brick and mortar school, or they may just not be good at figuring out the coursework on their own. It certainly takes a lot of self-discipline and motivation to stay ahead with a school like Capella... but in the end it is definitely worth it because you will end up with a solid degree that is fully accredited. Their tuition is a bit on the expensive side, but again, this is definitely not one of the crappy online schools. It is a very challenging and legitimate school with very qualified professors. That is why CACREP gave them full accreditation for their counseling programs. This is the equivalent of the APA for psychologists or AMA for physicians.

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Learning in Public Health.

Master of Public Health - April 26, 2017
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The learning examples that were given to us in some of the classes really helped me look at different fields of public health. This degree literally gives you a little piece of every public health topic there is and you become very well rounded. I feel like I now have more options than the field focus that I have, which is in the field of HIV prevention.

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Capella MBA

MBA - April 26, 2017
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The MBA program offered by Capella is one of unique value and quality. It provides learners the opportunity to grow in the idea of business, the idea of the supply chain & the idea of making a conscious difference in today's and the future of our economy. What I have learned is a priceless authentication of information that has helped my growth as an entrepreneur and will help develop the minds of future businessmen and women.

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Emergency Managment

Public Safety - April 25, 2017
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In the BS of Public Safety concentration in Emergency Management, the professors are knowledgeable and aid towards the completion of each class. Course rooms are easy to follow and provide a helping hand towards completing each unit through the 10 weeks. Books are easily located through the vitalsource bookshelf.

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Capella University: Excellence in Virtual Education

Ed.D Doctorate of Education - April 21, 2017
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My experience as an adult learner that started my degree working full time has been above reproach. I entered the Doctoral Program for Adult Education (EdD) in 2014 with some trepidation. I was unsure of what was to come, and if I could handle the workload and balance my other obligations. I chose Capella after doing research on other schools that offered what I wanted to do in a format that I was comfortable with. Capella gave me the option to work in a digital environment without having to travel for residencies. This was exceptionally flexible for me. That alone was enough to solidify my choice. An added bonus was that this degree was less expensive than other schools. This was the final factor. Once my journey started, I found that the faculty and other staff were accessible and very willing to help with any issue I had, which were few. Every professor was willing to work with me to overcome personal obstacles, of which I had a few, and as a result, I was able to push through, instead of quitting. The curriculum is challenging but well designed and the learning platform is easy to use. A sense of community is built into the structure, and I feel that I am a part of a student body. There is plenty of support, from help with writing to conducting a job search and marketing your new skills. I have had a completely positive experience and would recommend Capella to everyone looking for an affordable and flexible educational experience.

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Masters in Information Technology

Master of Science - April 20, 2017
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I completed my masters in Information Technology concentrating in Project Management at Capella. I was pleasantly surprised with the knowledge I gained via the program! I've been a project manager for a number of years, but I added to my skill set immensely with my Capella degree! I also made some great contacts/friends through the class projects and even after graduation we keep in contact and support each other. My Capella degree allowed me to advance my career goals. I now have an excellent job with upward mobility all because of my Capella degree! In fact, I felt that my masters was so valuable that I continued on with the PhD program!

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Excellent Program!

Doctor of Public Administration - April 20, 2017
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Joining the Capella adventure has been the best decision I've made in a long time. My husband did his Master in Public Health at Capella University, and I became curious about the process and the learning style. So, I decided to enroll in the doctoral program of Public Administration. This happened three years ago, and I am now on my way to begin writing my dissertation. I thought I would not make it this far, but the Professors at Capella made the process attractive and engaging. Therefore, I encourage everyone who is looking to increase their education to try taking classes at Capella. I promise you will fall in love, just like I did.

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Great Course for the Training Counselor!

Clinical Mental Health Counseling - April 20, 2017
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The degree I am on is of a very high standard and is accredited by CACREP which is essential if you want to go onto obtain a counseling license. The interaction amongst students is very important and for an online course we have excellent peer discussions and sharing of our experience of the Profession. I only did not grade a ten as I have not yet completed the program so I am sure there is room for improvement all around by my completion date. The support is fabulous: from academic advising to the work study program,finance and disability

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PHD Program (Stay away)

Training & Performance Improvement - April 20, 2017
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Stay away from this institution. They are only concerned with being a for profit organization. If you are looking for a PHD program do not attend Capella University. Once you complete your course work and enter into the dissertation process/course, the whole process slows down and is stretched out as long as possible so they can get all the money they can from students. The financial aid office is dishonest and disorganized.

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Has been wonderful!

Master of Public Health - April 20, 2017
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I am glad that I chose Capella University to achieve my Masters in Public Health. At first, I was a bit nervous, because of the things I would hear people say about online classes, but it is convenient. My professors have been wonderful and very helpful. They share so much information and encourage you a lot. The classes can be a bit challenging, but it's not hard to ask for help and most of the time you will receive that help or they will provide with resources. I don't expect achieving my MPH to be easy, but I haven't failed a class yet all while earning my grades fairly. I am glad I chose Capella University and guess what? I will complete my Doctoral program with them also!

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Do your homework!

Master of Science - April 20, 2017
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My degree will ultimately lead to a license in the state I live in. I am fortunate enough to live in a state that aligns with the national guidelines. However, there are some states that have more or less requirements and some that do not even hire for my specific field. I highly recommend Capella University, there help and support throughout this journey has been unparalleled! Land based programs have offered me less but I always feel like I am talking to someone who knows me and understands me. I have had several instructors who are amazing in their knowledge and skill. They are remarkable in their fields and offer so much more insight into the world of work. My experience would not have been the same without them.

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Tammy Tabak's Review

Psychology - April 20, 2017
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My experience at Capella University has been very rewarding and wonderful! I am in my third year of completing my degree and I love everything about the college! The staff is very understanding and extremely compassionate about their students and they do everything they can to provide encouragement and the support each student needs. The courserooms online are very simple and easy to use and comprehend. The only thing I do not really approve of is that Capella makes every student get the books from their bookstore and it gets delivered to us electronically, I am the type of student that needs and actual textbook right in front of me because it is easier for me to learn. As far as everything else I love the University and I look forward to completing my degree here.

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review on masters in human services

Public Service Leadership - April 20, 2017
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Overall i am happy i chose this school i love that registration is taken care of for you. There are some teachers that were awesome and others i didnt vibe with. I would definitely recommend this school to others

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The Best Decision I Have Ever Made

Psychology - April 19, 2017
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When I began my search for the right university to attend after going to a community college I considered a lot of different things. I needed the flexibility to be a stay at home mother of three young children who are very involved in life. I also need the ability to obtain the best degree I can while attending school online. When I began my search I wanted to make sure that I would be able to use my degree where ever my career path may take me and I feel that Capella has given me the best of both worlds. At Capella, I have the ability to grow as an individual as well as a student. The information that is taught here is something that I can use not only in the professional world but also in my everyday life. I am able to learn and grown from all of the feedback that my instructors have given me and I must say, I feel as though I have become a better person since starting here at Capella University.

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Emergency Management

Master of Science in Homeland Security - April 19, 2017
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• Public Service Leadership/Emergency Management o The course materials were oriented primarily for Police and then for fire and military learners. o There should be an alternative degree with a business orientation. • The key hear is Public Service. • There needs to be Business Continuity/Emergency Management. • There can and should be a coordination of these two programs as disasters and emergencies have a distinct overlap for the effected responders. • There is also a need to provide training to deal with volunteers to differentiate when Command and Control orientation is needed and when Transformational or Situational Management are needed

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Experience of my Master's in Education

Higher Education Administration - April 19, 2017
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During my higher educational course study, at Capella University, I was stressed from personal life experiences. I wasn't sure I was going to make it through, but I had some awesome professors that took my struggles and encouraged me to keep going. How? The professors went beyond teaching and became a positive voice that guided me through it! No school is perfect, because people aren't perfect, and I had two professors that I was displeased with, but for the years I attended, the great professors out weighed the two bad experiences!! I recommend keeping your goals posted where you can see them everyday. My personal muse was my daughters. I wanted to show them that they can go to college and graduate, no matter what life brings them. I went through being laid off to homeless. I wanted to quit, but when I looked at my girls faces, there was no why I was going to quit. There has to be a goal that drives you to the finish line! Finally, I suggest that you interact with your professors to cross the finish line and obtain your degree. The interaction I had with my professor, during my capstone,helped me finish. She had a good tone, and I felt her sincerity. She corrected my errors with care and complimented my successes. More importantly, you have to believe in yourself and you will win, because you are a master of knowledge!!

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Welcome to Capella University

Doctor of Public Administration - April 19, 2017
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Welcome to Capella University. Choosing Capella University is a wise choice because of their excellent concentrations in learning at the Masters, PhD, and Doctorate degree levels of education. Learning about Capella University was through a Mentor's experience while completing my undergraduate studies. Academic planing at Capella University, has proven to be beneficial throughout numerous changes and challenges. Capella has a distinguished blackboard and open door approach in education, when attaining individual degree goal requirements and completion. With more than twenty years as an online learning institution, Capella University has flexible paths to offer diverse learners academic success.

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Follow your dreams with endurance

PhD in Counseling - April 19, 2017
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If you are deciding to continue or embark upon furthering your education, I would highly recommend attending Capella University. This adult learner investigated many online schools before choosing Capella University as a way to progress forward in a graduate program in Human Services / Counseling. The professors and instructors are willing to work with adult learners as they know of the various "hats" of life students wear to accomplish family and educational goals. The academic advising teams are always responsive and respectful when answering questions and making suggestive comments about program completion. What I found most encouraging about being part of Capella University team as an adult student is their many support systems to assist learners to achieve their passions of gaining quality education for advancement and participation in making a positive difference in the world.

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Great Program at Capella University!

Masters of Science in School Counseling - April 19, 2017
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The MS in School Counseling program at Capella University is stellar! The professors are competent in their field and are not only willing to help, but also engage in class discussions and provide feedback on assignments. The program format lends itself to student success and true, deeper learning. The technical side of Capella University is also excellent with ease of access and technical support; students never have to worry about the website or mobile app being down. The university library is loaded with an incredible amount of resources and every search yields ample resources for any subject of research. The course materials at Capella University are always easy to use, search, and are always available to use in plenty of time for the first assignment. Having attended several schools, both on campus and online, I can say with confidence and enthusiasm that the programs at Capella University are the BEST out there! I am proud to call myself a Capella University student and cannot wait to call myself an alumni!!!

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Happy Doctoral Student

Counseling Education - April 19, 2017
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Capella has restored by faith in believing I am able to succeed. No matter the journey or the task, instructors are valuable to my learning abilities. I have been able to go beyond my expectations and continue to climb the latter. Capella University has set the bar high for my Counseling Education specialization. I truly believe I am better at processing information, writing, and research due to my time at Capella.

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My Journey

PhD Organization & Management/Leadership - April 19, 2017
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My journey has been great and I've learned a great deal alone the way. One thing Capella has given me as a learner is the confidence to move forward in my career as a professional. Choosing Capella was the best decision I made to continue my educational journey.

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Capella Opens Doors

PhD in Counseling - April 19, 2017
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After an attempt at a traditional degree years previous, Capella Faculty opened doors for me to obtain my PhD. The Faculty were present and very informative to guide me to success. In the previous attempt, I was left to guess and flounder with no guidance and little learning.

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My PhD Journey

PHD education - April 19, 2017
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I began my journey in graduate school with a traditional brick and mortar environment. The challenges of work and school's conflicting schedules left no choice but to move to a distance education environment. After the initial learning curve, I can honestly say that Capella has not only changed my career but also my life. I have been able to use the knowledge that I have learned at Capella in my current position and have also used it to seek even greater opportunities. I am a proud Capella learner and I take that very seriously.

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Why I Chose Capella for an EdD

Ed.D Doctorate of Education - April 19, 2017
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When I became ready to embark upon a doctoral degree, my research began by speaking to colleagues in various online programs at varying institutions. After determining an online experience was best for me, researching program offerings was the next step, including typical completion times, and finally, online college rankings were reviewed. At the time (2011), Capella University was in the top 5 nationally and once I considered the Doctor of Education Program and factors therein, it became an easy choice. As well, Capella had, and continues to have, impressive statistics for graduates' promotions, which I found very appealing.

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Re-introduction To Learning, My Capella Experience Part 1

Psychology - April 19, 2017
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My experience with deciding on which online institute to attend was a very detailed one. I had a checklist of items that I needed answers to: from program of interest, accreditation, tuition cost, making sure there would be enough monies available to complete the program (which was dependent in part to the number of transfer credits Capella would accept), to the customer service encounters. Capella made my experience and decision really easy. Starting over after a 16 year absence can be daunting, but my Admission Counselor assured me every step of the way. He did everything he said he would do and even followed up with me after my classes had started. That for me was PRICELESS! My academic advisor, Instructors, Teaching Assistants have all made this transition back to fulfilling my educational dream an amazing reality. The online training before classes started enabled me to become familiar with online learning and moving around in course rooms. I am still getting adjusted to not having hardback books (old school, lol), but even that need has been dwindling away! I am now in my third quarter here and I am excited about what the future holds for me as a Capella University Graduate.... hmmm, I love the sound of that! I am really happy and satisfied with my experience and learning at Capella University! Tonya E. McKoy

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Review of Capella- Choosing Capella for a Degree

Clinical Mental Health Counseling - April 19, 2017
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Capella University is a great online University because it is accredited and affordable, as well as has teachers that respond quickly and promptly to any issue that could present itself in relation to technological or personal problems. No matter the case, the highly trained and educated staff are always there to lend a helping hand. The school offers E-book solutions as well as books bundled so that students can save money, and even gives their students scholarships for good grades as well as a variety of variables. In researching Capella a prospective student can find that their tuition is fair, financial aide is offered, Flex path can be taken so that classes fit better into your schedule, it is accredited, and its programs not only offer the right education material, but the internships and on site fieldwork that has to be done for certain programs is offered easily and efficiently through the school with no added stressors. By doing your own personal research on Capella you can see how it is comparable to other institutions, as well as why it goes beyond expectations in areas like tuition rates, scholarships, on site work opportunities, etc. In all honesty, I enjoy my education at Capella as well as the added benefits and would suggest for anyone to apply so that they can appreciate and learn about the same factors I mentioned above.

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Clinical Mental Health Counseling - April 19, 2017
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I currently have a 4.0 GPA and I couldn't have done it without the help of excellent teachers and staff at Capella University. I have really enjoyed the classes and feel that it will enrich my experience as a counselor and help me further myself in my career choice. I would recommend this University to anybody.

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Challenging and Rewarding

PhD Organization & Management/Leadership - April 19, 2017
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I am currently a PhD Learner in the School of Business and Technology, Business Management (Leadership Emphasis) in the last quarter of my first year. The work is real, the expectations are high, and the reward for your efforts is the internal change that you make happen. 100% of what you get out of this program, and others like it, depends on what you put into it. With that being said, the professors I have had up to this point have been tremendous guides with a true passion for teaching adult students. To them you are not just a student, you are a potential future peer in the academic world. The transformation from graduate student to PhD is long and challenging; the path to PhD is not for everyone and, as the zen hot dog vendor told his customer, "Change must come from within." So far, though, I am enjoying the transformation. Why not come join me?

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My Experience with Capella University

PhD psychology - April 18, 2017
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I chose an online degree because I am a married woman with three children. Capella is known to be a respected school and provides quality education. My experience was priceless. I felt supported and empowered for seven years. Despite life'so changes, Capella faculty were consistent in my life and guided me through my academic changes. I am so grateful to Capella facultyou. From day one, I NEVER regretted my decision to attend this university.

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Great Experiene

PhD psychology - April 18, 2017
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Capella, is a good school. The work is not easy but the instructors work with you. Many people says it is more expensive then the other schools but to me it is worth every penny. I am currently taking a statistic class and I fear this course but I have learned that I am not the only one. What is great is that Capella understands that many fear this course so they set up a week study group to assist us is completing our assignments and to get a better understanding. The instructors are there to help you to be successful.

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Masters program

Public Safety - April 18, 2017
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For me, Capella was the best choice. The Masters program prepared me for the field, to the point I am now co-writing books for a program in Africa. The staff assured my progression through their commitment to helping me stay on track and to meet my goals along the way.

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I Made the Right Decision

Psychology - April 18, 2017
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It took a lot of research in order to decide what college I'd like to attend and I am happy that I chose Capella. Overall, my decision was based on how long it would take to obtain my degree, the amount of money it would cost to and I wanted to attend a school where myself as an older student didn't have to be bothered with a lot of children. Choosing to achieve my degree online at Capella was a great decision. Because it was my first time, I was so afraid of taking online classes but the staff at Capella was so helpful. In the beginning, I was overwhelmed but there is so much interactive material inside the classroom, that I always manage to figure things out on my own. This surprises me because I have always felt that I was the student who had to have an physical instructor there in order for me to learn- especially because I ask a lot of questions, but Capella makes everything so easy to figure out on your own. I tell everyone I know who is thinking about going back to school and who feel overwhelmed with taking online classes that if they choose Capella, they won't go wrong.

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CAPELLA- ROAD TO YOUR IDEAL DEGREE

Healthcare Management - April 18, 2017
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Juggling between a full time job and two young kids is difficult enough, add to this a passion for learning! Definitely not an easy task, the mind ponders over a million questions and doubts plague your judgement. After going through a series of counseling and advice I opted for an online degree. I needed one which would fit my crazy schedule and allow me the flexibility to give my little ones the love and attention they needed. Another pivotal criterion was to let me choose the path I wanted to pursue. Having been in the medical field for almost fifteen years, there is no better field I would rather be in. A casual conversation with a coworker prompted me to give Capella a call and rest is history. Here I am, almost at the end of my journey and I could not have chosen a better university to make my dreams a reality. From the initial advice regarding options and transfer of credits to continuous financial and academic guidance, the counselors at Capella have been there for me at every step of the way. I am so grateful that I decided to give Capella a chance and there is not one thing I regret. I have never been so confident and grounded about my career and cannot wait to see what the future unfolds. Thank you Capella !

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Exceptional Learning

Information Technology/Networking Technology - April 18, 2017
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When I decided to go back to school, the research of which school to attend was daunting. After much deliberation with different schools and online research, I made the decision to attend Capella University. I requested information which was prompt and was followed by a no hassle, stress-free phone consultation. The individual I worked with answer many of my questions around accreditation status, financial aid, student loans, as well as helping evaluate my transfer credits from a community college. Each step of the way the team was friendly, helpful, and ensured that I was successful (for the first year you have a personal advisor that holds your hand if needed). Every single instructor I had was dedicated to my success. Offering faculty expectations early on, grading scales, when assignments and discussions would be due, as well contact information made for a great learning environment. Toward the end of my coursework many books were going electronic (ebooks) and although I am comfortable with using those types of documents, the software was a bit slow and, at times, a challenge to use (in all fairness this could have been the tablet I was using which was a few years old). The knowledge I gained was valuable and relative to my field (I have over 18 years in the IT field from PC to Network Technicians) and feel that the degree awarded corresponds to real world acceptance and relevance. My advice is to do your research, see how the school fits with your learning style and other personal commitments, and then take the plunge.

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Choosing Capella

Ed.D Doctorate of Education - April 18, 2017
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I made the best choice when I chose Capella to pursue a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Management. However, Capella was not my first choice. Being from Louisiana, my first choice was an in-state institution that many of my professors and colleagues had attended, and had success factors with. Unfortunately, for me, it was not the same. After my first semester, I knew it was not the place for me. In the meantime, I had networked with an Assistant Principal and a Curriculum Coordinator in which had received degrees from Capella; one a Masters in Educational Leadership and the other a Doctor of Education. Both told me how successful they were, how much the enjoyed both the University and their programs, as well as the support they received. I decided to give it a shot. Before then, no one really could read into me or understand the passion I had. I gave Capella a phone call and talked to an enrollment counselor. I told them that I wanted to inquire about their Doctoral programs in Education, and that I had been referred. They were excited to know that an alumni had referred me. What impressed me the most was that without trying to tell me what I needed to do, the enrollment counselor asked me to tell them a little about myself, as well as what I was interested in. After doing such, she then recommended that according to what I had told her, the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Management seemed to be the degree I would be most interested in. With that, I made the decision to give it a go and enrolled. Because of the recommendation, I did not even have to pay an application fee. Enrollment was easy and I was well on my way. Being into my sixth semester, I do not regret any of it and am pleased with the my program, my instructors, and the support I have had all along the way. The abundance of resources that Capella provides for its learners is unreal. I would recommend Capella to anyone!

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Decision was obvious

MBA - April 18, 2017
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Courses for MBA program exceed programming from other schools. Flexpath program aligns with business objectives to receive competent graduate-level performance. Each paper prepared takes a firm position about a topic, supported by relevant and timely printed resources. Professors' comments and mentoring of each paper prepares you to apply the concepts in life upon completion of each paper. The competency you develop will last many years into the future; you cannot ask for more value from a university. Tuition is affordable, facilitating payoff within 12-24 months.

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It takes work

Business Administration-Management-Project Management - March 17, 2017
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I have read many negative comments on Capella. I can see that having a life issue can cause a disturbance in how you can attend your classes or actually do your work. Most believe that the school has to accommodate this, they don't. If you were in a brick n mortar, it would be the same.. Originally I had attended Kaplen University and through some mistake of mine and their stupidity I had changed to Capella. Lets say I was dropped for having a 3.0 due to "completion" rate. I had a bad 2 semesters which was not the schools fault, and after I petitioned to be re-enrolled they gave me the okay but only if I got a 4.0 in that semester. In the higher level classes A's are harder as the professors grade with much more scrutiny. I could have done it but if it was any other student they would not have said the same thing. I digress. Currently I am enrolled in Flex path. I thought this would be easy but boy was I absolutely wrong. This program, as with all online programs, takes self discipline. If you don't take the time and put effort into it, you will not pass and this is not the program for you. Unlike brick n mortar schools where you take test based off of memorizing facts, you actually have to take those facts and apply them to a real life situation. I believe this is where you find most of the negative comments. It was not as easy as they thought it would be, you cant just memorize and regurgitate facts. You have to use critical thinking and facts to analyse then assess an issue. If you like a challenge, want to have the most bang for your buck ( unlimited classes in a semester for $2000 is like a dream compared to most every other school online), and be able to use the information, then Capella is for you. If not I would suggest a community college or trade school instead. Those still interested, there are some downsides. The Guided path (which my husband is currently enrolled in)is not as interactive as other schools, so if you want to truly have a discussion or have some over the computer classes, Capella doesn't really offer that. maybe in the future. The Flex path there is really no interaction at all. I would love to see them have weekly seminars by professors which would help at least learn some of the concepts (accounting ugh) to help take that information.

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Great Experience

Information Technology Management - February 7, 2017
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After reading so many reviews, I can see that many complain about issues that were probably due to their own problems/situations (not trying to fault people). You have to put in the work to get the grade. Online classes ARE NOT EASIER than brick and mortar, and I think that is what people see as "inferior courses" or thinking it would be a cake walk. I was able to transfer some of my course work from a community college and worked on the rest in 2 years (take anywhere from 9 to 15 units per term) while working full time in an IT position at a college district. It was hard. Many late nights, giving up social activities that interfered with my studying, research, and projects, but it was necessary. I graduated with highest honors in Dec of 2016 (4.0 although I almost missed it because of a challenging class the last term) and can say that if you apply yourself, do what is required, and not complain about how hard or unfair the work is, anyone can achieve their dreams! Good luck to all of you!

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Liars

Doctorate of Nursing Practice - January 5, 2017
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I was enrolled into the DNP program for one quarter and a few weeks of the second quarter. I was told I would get a scholarship and I took out a financial aid loan. I was billed 2,600 for the first quarter. I never saw my scholarship applied. I was not told it did not take effect until the second semester. Also I was asked by one of your enrollment counselors if I could use my 2nd quarter refund to pay for the first quarter. I was not told why but I agreed as long as I wouldn't owe a balance. I got turned over to collections for 4,596. Because transferring funds across aid years is not permissible and I was not told that. Bridget Rewitzwr was the person whom I spoke to about this and I have a copy of the original email. Yes I withdrew from the college during my second quarter. I was not active in the course due to having surgery moving states changing jobs and a major health crisis with my parents and got removed for inactivity. I was expecting a $900 or so withdrawal pay back but not this. I have no way of paying this and now my credit is ruined because I was trying to better my life. Your staff is ill informed and misinforms it's students. I will never recommend your program to anyone. If I had known that my scholarship didn't activate until the second quarter I never would have enrolled in the first place. Poor communication. Worst university I ever attended! I will be sure to make this as public as I can!!! Thank you all for a waste of my time and for destroying my credit. I was enrolled under false pretenses!

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Capella University = SCAM! THIEVES! Its CEO will be next @ Congressional hearing

PhD Organization & Management/Leadership - October 31, 2016
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What's the wording I see on here, "teachers"? Really? CAPELLA UNIVERSITY is next on the government's chopping block! CAPELLA, its faculty & administration are CROOKS, and no better than University of Phoenix, Clinton's university, Devry, ANY of the for-profit so-called "universities". All its "leaders", "faculty", CEOs, administration - you name 'em need to appear in front of congress, fined and imprisoned! From a former Capella University PhD “learner” scammed by a crappy curriculum and a "school" that stole $130,000 in Federal School Loans and of course -- the infamous Wells Fargo Bank. Imagine! Capella University = SCAM DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME -OR- YOUR MONEY AT CAPELLA UNIVERSITY!!!!!!TRUST ME!!!!!! I KNOW!!!! I earned 2 masters degrees at brick/mortar school in Miami, Florida - without problems, making excellent grades, and having tremendous academic support from the faculty - even the dean. At Capella - you will not receive any support or communication - UNLESS YOU OWE THEM MONEY. In fact, the even enroll you in the next, upcoming quarter when you haven't even completed 6 weeks of your present Capella course. After EIGHT years of earning my Ph.D. at Capella, I was constantly mislead, communication/answers to my questions and concerns would take WEEKS for the academic advisor and my mentor. My mentor all of a sudden "disappeared", then I was assigned another mentor - having to practically START ALL OVER my dissertation phase/requirements! Capella then later introduced the SMR (Scientific Merit Review) - a new process to students, event though they (students) wear near completion of the dissertation phase or half-way there. The SMR phase was brutal - taking nearly TWO years to complete (PASS!), It did "pass" with 3 faculty members, but low a behold - they too disappeared and I had to START ALL OVER!!!! The new faculty advisor denied ("failed") my PhD proposal - even though I had "passed" and was already preparing for DATA COLLECTION and already in the writing phases of Chapter 4 & 5. Chapters 1, 2 & 3 were approved, written & completed. But - when this SMR was introduced, conveniently and to serve the financial interest (gain) of Capella, I was told I had to go backwards and re-write Chapter 1, 2 & 3. Well at this point, I already had my Ph.D. proposal approved, my research topic, data methods, etc - ALL APPROVED. In fact, I already collected all of my data and was in the data analysis phase - which positioned me to be near completion of my Ph.D. within a projected six (6) months. Again - another setback. Then, it GETS BETTER (or I should say [much] WORSE!). My THIRD assigned mentor up and quit mid-class, leaving me and many other doctoral learners stranded. I was ready to complete my Ph.D. but my third mentor and Capella faculty/administration led me on and were trying to penalize ME for this "professor" (if that's what I would call anyone associated being an educator at this university), told me I was late to re-enroll in my current class. This made no sense!!! Why did I have to re-enroll in a course that was actively ongoing and in week 6?!? Obviously this was for finances and to adhere to what I am assuming some sort of educational, legal standard. I was assigned ANOTHER mentor who had NO CLUE above my dissertation's topic, nor where I was (NEAR COMPLETION) of my Ph.D. ALL MY WORK WAS DONE! ALL MY DATA COLLECTION! ALL MY DATA ANALYSIS! I WAS DONE! Done with my paper and done with this university - a school that STOLE over $90,000 from me in government-assisted student $. Every quarter I was harassed for $4,200 in tuition! IN FACT, when I first enrolled with Capella to earn my Ph.D. ( ~ mid-2000s), Capella students did not have to pay $4,200/quarter. I believe the tuition once in the dissertation phase was ~ $1,200. They switch rules on you, leave you in the dark. Change rules of the game as they see fit; in fact, in the beginning of its doctoral education, the “university” didn’t even provide a graduate student’s handbook. The “university” misleads & lies. The only time you will get a response is if you owe them money! And, many occurrences transpired where I posed urgent questions regarding my dissertation – only to receive a vague response, and on many occasions, even having me wait an entire quarter for a response, while in the meantime I am “on hold”, paying $4,200 waiting. This university is NOT WORTH $4,200/quarter! AT ALL! Even if they were just issuing Ph.D.s without your having to complete ANY work - CAPELLA UNIVERSITY IS NOT WORTH YOUR TIME OR YOUR MONEY. DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY HERE! THEY ARE A SCAM! Stay away! FILE YOUR COMPLAINT AGAINST CAPELLA UNIVERSITY (on this website, type in “Capella Education” in the required search field in their “complaint section”: http://shareholdersfoundation.com Also, file with the BBB @: https://www.bbb.org/minnesota/business-reviews/schools-academic-colleges-and-universities/capella-university-in-minneapolis-mn-11003265/reviews-and-complaints University of Phoenix students get relief from student loans following federal government investigation: http://aidingstudents.com/student-loans/breaking-news-university-of-phoenix-students-get-relief-from-student-loans-following-federal-government-investigation/ University of Phoenix owner gets out as 50,500 students flee: http://money.cnn.com/2016/02/08/pf/college/university-of-phoenix-online-sold/

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Ph.D. In Psychology---Educational Psychology

Educational Psychology - October 8, 2016
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Capella University changed my life! The Graduate Education received at Capella University allowed me to qualify for State License to practice in California. I have also secured teaching positions with Community Colleges, and Accredited Universities. In addition, I APA Post-Doctoral Training have recognized Capella University's superior curriculum. Other friends that graduated with me are Practicing Psychology in Private Practice in the following states: Washington, California, and Arizona. Salary increased was present prior to graduation, but it is up to the individual to make the degree work them. Good luck to all of you pursuing ed to a higher level.

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Master in Clinical Psychology

Master of Science - September 26, 2016
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I completed my MS in Clinical Psychology at Capella University and am currently pursuing my Psy D for Clinical Psychology through them. I found the programming to be more rewarding than sitting in a class room and have someone regurgitate something from a text book. Having the requirement to find articles that are scholarly to write posts on has only assisted me in strengthening my ability to research for information. I obtained a practicum with the Department of Corrections and have since been hired on and get payed well for what I do. If I were to have a criticism, the college should make more of an effort at developing sites where students can apply for practicums and internships instead of telling students "You're on your own to find a site". Yes, the books are expensive IF you go through their book store. I chose to purchase elsewhere due to the ridiculous costs at their book store. I would recommend, and have recommend, Capella to others for furthering their education, especially non-traditional students.

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Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling Student Perspective

Master of Science - August 24, 2016
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I am in the marriage and family therapy/counseling program and let me say that when it comes to finding fieldwork the university does a HORRIBLE job in assisting finding a place for students. If you reach out to them for help you will always be refer back to modules and resources on the websites. They have a fieldwork resource tool where it contains lists of places that you can try to do your fieldwork, but when i used it most of those places say they dont accept or offer internship opportunities. I had have some great classes and professors in the past but my whole complaint is the way they go about not helping students find places for internship and charge you a bundle if you drop a course.

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Worst School Ever

Ed.D Doctorate of Education - August 9, 2016
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This is a total scam. When I enrolled in the doctoral program my paperwork shows 10 quarters of classwork, and 3 quarters for dissertation. I have been in dissertation over 2 years, they change the program constantly adding new milestones. They assign you a "mentor" to work with. If you are unfortunate enough to enroll in this institution and you are assigned a mentor named Jillian Skelton, IMMEDIATELY demand to be switched to another. She leaves you with no feedback for weeks at a time, and you are left losing precious time. This is the equivalent of a low rate version of Trump University.

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Ed.D Doctorate of Education - you get what you put into it

Ed.D Doctorate of Education - June 20, 2016
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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.

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Run when you see the name Capella, If I could give a -10 rating I would

Public Service Leadership - June 14, 2016
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I would not recommend Capella University to anyone. I completed my Masters at Capella and than was admitted into the Ph.D program. The program has 3 residencies that amount to a whole lot of just sitting in front of a computer for 3 days for each residency. They are supposed to prepare students for the comprehensive exam and dissertation, however the truth of the matter is that the residencies do nothing. Also Capella likes to change things at the last second without telling students. One such change they made was how they grade the comprehensive exam, they changed it from a point systems to some new system where you have to get proficient or distinguished on all sections and any section that is less than that will cause an automatic fail, however the residency instructors push the 30 point system. When I asked my residency instructor about the change, he said he did not even know of it. After failing comps I decided to transfer out of Capella and go to a school that focus on the students and not on the money. Capella is a for-profit school and they don't care about the students. More and more of my classmates are leaving Capella because they see what Capella really is. Capella is taking students money and not delivering on what they promised the students. Also Capella might be accredited, but the individual programs are not. Also classes at Capella don't transfer to other schools because of this one reason. Capella in my opinion is based on a business model that focuses on providing stockholders the most profits, while providing the students nothing. In my opinion I don't see Capella being around long if they continue to treat students as cattle as Capella only cares about how much money they can make off the students while providing them with little support, and little resources. I would not recommend Capella to anyone. This school only cares about money and not the students.

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PhD Psychology Doctoral program (to the cleaners)

Psychology - June 8, 2016
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I completed a MS which went rather good having some unstable support. The sale of books is outrageously high in price as compared to a normal college. Once you get into the doctoral program a learners scope becomes a moving target having constant change. I think this is done purbusly to run the clock out. There is no standardization on mentors. If you're unlucky and get acritical mentor your ship will sink. If you think you can read between the lines and not heed these comments, then take your loads and waste your money on a partially accredited college. DO DO IT You will only endup with an "ABD"

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Capella University = SCAM

PhD Organization & Management/Leadership - June 5, 2016
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DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME -OR- YOUR MONEY AT CAPELLA UNIVERSITY!!!!!!TRUST ME!!!!!! I KNOW!!!! I earned 2 masters degrees at brick/mortar school in Miami, Florida - without problems, making excellent grades, and having tremendous academic support from the faculty - even the dean. At Capella - you will not receive any support or communication - UNLESS YOU OWE THEM MONEY. In fact, the even enroll you in the next, upcoming quarter when you haven't even completed 6 weeks of your present Capella course. After EIGHT years of earning my Ph.D. at Capella, I was constantly mislead, communication/answers to my questions and concerns would take WEEKS for the academic advisor (MICHAEL) and my mentor (DR. STIKA). My mentor all of a sudden "disappeared", then I was assigned another mentor - having to practically START ALL OVER my dissertation phase/requirements! Capella then later introduced the SMR (Scientific Merit Review) - a new process to students, event though they (students) wear near completion of the dissertation phase or half-way there. The SMR phase was brutal - taking nearly TWO years to complete (PASS!), It did "pass" with 3 faculty members, but low a behold - they too disappeared and I had to START ALL OVER!!!! The new faculty advisor (Dr. Disch) denied ("failed") my PhD proposal - even though I had "passed" and was already preparing for DATA COLLECTION and already in the writing phases of Chapter 4 & 5. Chapters 1, 2 & 3 were approved, written & completed. But - when this SMR was introduced, conveniently and to serve the financial interest (gain) of Capella, I was told I had to go backwards and re-write Chapter 1, 2 & 3. Well at this point, I already had my Ph.D. proposal approved, my research topic, data methods, etc - ALL APPROVED. In fact, I already collected all of my data and was in the data analysis phase - which positioned me to be near completion of my Ph.D. within a projected six (6) months. Again - another setback. Then, it GETS BETTER (or I should say [much] WORSE!). Dr. Antunez (my THIRD assigned mentor) up and quit mid-class, leaving me and many other doctoral learners stranded. I was ready to complete my Ph.D. but Dr. Antunez and Capella faculty/administration led me on and were trying to penalize ME for this "professor" (if that's what I would call anyone associated being an educator at this university), told me I was late to re-enroll in my current class. This made no sense!!! Why did I have to re-enroll in a course that was actively ongoing and in week 6?!? Obviously this was for finances and to adhere to what I am assuming some sort of educational, legal standard. I was assigned ANOTHER mentor who had NO CLUE above my dissertation's topic, nor where I was (NEAR COMPLETION) of my Ph.D. ALL MY WORK WAS DONE! ALL MY DATA COLLECTION! ALL MY DATA ANALYSIS! I WAS DONE! Done with my paper and done with this university - a school that STOLE over $90,000 from me in government-assisted student $. Every quarter I was harassed for $4,200 in tuition! IN FACT, when I first enrolled with Capella to earn my Ph.D. ( ~ mid-2000s), Capella students did not have to pay $4,200/quarter. I believe the tuition once in the dissertation phase was ~ $1,200. They switch rules on you, leave you in the dark. Change rules of the game as they see fit; in fact, in the beginning of its doctoral education, the “university” didn’t even provide a graduate student’s handbook. The “university” misleads & lies. The only time you will get a response is if you owe them money! And, many occurrences transpired where I posed urgent questions regarding my dissertation – only to receive a vague response, and on many occasions, even having me wait an entire quarter for a response, while in the meantime I am “on hold”, paying $4,200 waiting. This university is NOT WORTH $4,200/quarter! AT ALL! Even if they were just issuing Ph.D.s without your having to complete ANY work - CAPELLA UNIVERSITY IS NOT WORTH YOUR TIME OR YOUR MONEY. DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY HERE! THEY ARE A SCAM! Stay away!

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Academic advising provides pot assistance

Doctorate of Nursing Practice - May 20, 2016
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My experience with my program was fine...minor issues with timely feedback, but overall fine. The support or lack thereof that I received from academic advising was poor. After being enrolled in the wrong course I spent several weeks in 2 sections of the same course. Multiple conversation with 'my' advisor were unproductive and unprofessional. I contact the advising supervisor and was told that a teleconference was required, requiring me to take time off work to submit to his schedule. During the discussion I was told that it was my fault that I had been enrolled incorrectly and that he did not believe there was any unprofessionalism im her lack of responses. When I asked who his supervisor was because I wasn't being satisfied with his response or customer service skills I was told there was no one else that he was the advising supervisor. They entire experience was incredible disappointing. I truly expected to be treated with professionals when dealing with this 'support' team but was met with hostility, dishonesty, and incompetence. I have contacted admissions to get the information that advising refused to give, but in the mean time have lost 6 weeks of course work time to a error that was made by the school. I would highly recommend on-line learning to many graduate degree students however I would also strongly recommend going sonewhere else. The learner support services within academic advising has significantly missed the mark on assisting student and instead seem to focus on shifting blame. I honestly expected more.

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Horrible customer service

Master of Science - May 3, 2016
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I have to have a graduate date to review, but I did not stay with this college. The class I took when I started my master's was easy. The financial aid office messed up my money situation. They did not tell me, I had to find this out after it was too late. I tried multiple times to get it straightened out, and spent countless hours on the phone with different departments. No help. Finally, I quit and enrolled in a normal school with a great support system. I am left owing them money for their mistake and they will not take any responsibility. They want their money (side note: the course I am paying for is not accepted by any other university so it means nothing) and that is that. They sent me a bill, I made a small payment but they sent me to collections anyway. I asked how they can, legally, send someone to collections who is paying and they said the bill was to be paid in full and that I had to set up a formal payment plan with them, but I didn't....no one ever told me that. The business office has very rude people that do not care about the student. I would NEVER recommend Capella for this reason. When the financial aid office doesn't understand what they are doing, it can set you up for financial ruin. And when the university doesn't care about you, except for your money, that is a tragedy.

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Limited Value

Psychology - April 2, 2016
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Well, I only took one class out of curiosity...I was eventually steered away from friends and family. The class was well organized and interesting..but very easy. I ended up at my state university and am very glad I did not go this route. Capella is a business, not a university. No one in education respects a degree from there...so beware. Most educated people think its a joke. Once I realized this, I got out. I was the first in my family to go to college....as are many Capella students. So, I just didn't know how it all worked. As for the graduate programs...I have no idea why anyone would get a masters or PHd from here. Just my opinion. Its rep might change...but not likely.

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Capella MS Graduate 2016

Master of Science - March 22, 2016
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I have just completed my MS Degree in Human Behavior. I had a wonderful experience at Capella. The work load was very challenging. I have attended a traditional college for my associate, and BA degree so I can honestly say that I have had the experience of both types of colleges. I will say that if you are not the type that has a problem with time management, this may not be the school for you. I had to learn how to pace myself, because of working a full time job while attending. I know my limit so therefore I took one class at a time, in the graduate program 4 hours is part time. I attended every quarter for the three year period and had no problems with registration or with financial aid. A friend of mine who is also a MS graduate of Capella is the one who told me about Capella. I was so impressed that I told a co-worker, and she enrolled and will graduate in June 2016. Neither of us had any problems with our instructors. They all held Phd degrees and everyone of them was most helpful. They graded and responded to questions in a timely manner. I once had to call for technical assistance and they helped me with my problem. My enrollment counselor called and checked on my progress the first year, and told me that if I ever had a problem do not hesitate to call. When it was time for me to take my elective classes I called and was emailed a four page list of classes that I could choose from. I chose, called back and was registered for those classes and my final class. I am sorry for any of you who have had a negative experience, but I really enjoyed my experience at Capella, and I made many friends who were also in class with me from the beginning and we all graduated together March 2016. If you are looking for an online school that is going to challenge you, this school is for you. Thank you Capella!!!!

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Excellent Education

MBA - March 15, 2016
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I've seen several bad reviews, and I must admit I'm a bit surprised. I earned both my BS and MBA with Capella, and am now enrolled in my Doctorate of Business Administration. The professors have been top notch, especially in the graduate and post graduate courses. Even more, they are usually well rounded in a career that helps bring a touch of the real world to the material. I've referred several students because I believe the quality of the education is quite high. That being said, it's a lot of work. If you're not willing to put in a lot of time, and really work, you won't make it through. If you lack self-motivation or need the face-to-face interaction of a traditional school, the Capella environment may not work for you. However, they have excellent support staff that have always been available when I needed them. I couldn't be happier with my choice to attend Capella.

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FLEXPATH MBA - EXCELLENT!

MBA - February 22, 2016
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The FlexPath MBA program is for those who have a desire to put practical business knowledge to the test to see how it applies in an "MBA World". This program is designed in a self-paced format that allows you to excel based on your own capabilities. There are no timed courses; books to read; or, participatory events. It's just you and your work, evaluated independent of others. The beauty is the cost of the program is in your control based on what you can accomplish in a quarter. If you are excellent at accounting, then get it done quickly so you can spend time in areas that may not be your strength. I highly recommend this program for someone who is driven, disciplined and takes initiative. Every course is a set of problems that must be solved, very similar to the real world.

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complaint

Psychology - January 9, 2016
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I was going to attended Capella University. I went online and register for a class they sign me up for . I was not able to get on line so the admission office told me to email the teacher. It took the teacher a couple of days to email me back. By that time the classes had started. Capella want me to pay for a class that I never took. They are a RIP OFF. DON'T GO HERE.

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Self Directed Learning and Success

MBA - December 10, 2015
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Any online degree program can be unfairly scrutinized and criticized by anyone. this program challenged every ounce of brain I had and I put the effort in to get the A's I received. The most important and life changing part is the knowledge derived from this program. It is not the letters that have changed my life but what I have learned about the world and myself. I am proficient in business and have been promoted not because of this degree but because of knowledge intelligence and applicability. I am a proud 2015 Capella University Graduate and this is my second masters. I attended an institution prior to this that did not challenge me intellectually as Capella. You get in what you put in, and you can used everything learned to not only grow professionally, but personally.

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Good Education vs The Source of Complaints

PhD in Counseling - November 15, 2015
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I have read many of the reviews online and I disagree with most. Yes Capella University is expensive, I believe this is a price you pay for the convenience of on-line learning. I am attending (since 6/2009) Capella University for a PhD in Counseling Studies. I have completed all course work with a 4.0 GPA. I completed and passed my Comprehensive Exams, I submitted my SMR within 1 year. In the time I have been attending Capella, I have experienced spine surgery, 3 moves (the second one to another state 1000 miles away), started up my own business which is very successful, have the experience of coping with a mother with dementia, and I myself suffer with several other illnesses (rheumatoid arthritis being one). I am a go getter and I always persevere. I have not allowed these issues to interfere with my education- any more than I would have in a brick and Mortar (which I 've also attended- 3 schools for 3 other degrees). I am currently in the dissertation review stage. My mentor has approved my dissertation (which I have been writing since May 2012) and it is currently with my committee for their approval. I am anticipating graduating in March 2016. I believe that the education I have received at Capella far exceeds any other school program I have attended (Adelphi University, St. Joseph's College, and Briarcliffe College). If you are a self-starter and motivated you will do well at this University. I paid a lot of money for my education and I am interested in getting my money's worth which requires hard work. If a PhD was an easy education than everyone would have one. It is not easy- it is worth it however. I have my regrets about my PhD but they have nothing to do with the institution itself and more to do with my choice of programs. I would and have recommended Capella University to others- they are CACREP accredited and they employ educators with specialized education in their field of study. In my opinion, before I would consider all the negative comments written in this post, I would take into consideration what their central complaints are (the ability to handle life's problems while engaging in school activities), they really are not about the quality of the schools education process- which in my opinion exceeds many others.

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Suppression of Africans and related Research

Public Health - October 30, 2015
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Universities which discriminate Africans because they are trying to choose their destiny is a violation of human rights and freedom as it goes. Capella is unquestionably one of those universities and should be closed because they don't help students learn anything of their choice if they are Africans.

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Prior PhD learner

Counseling Education - October 14, 2015
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I'm unhappy that I chose an institution that when it comes down to passing vs not-passing the comprehensive, you only get two attempts and then you are basically KICKED out of the program. Why only two attempts? Why not mandatory remedial classes after the 2nd attempt? Money wasted and transferred to a program that is not wanted. Will not refer anyone :(

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Independant Study

Master of Science - September 6, 2015
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I am a MS student at Capella one course away from graduation with and undergraduate degree from a brick and mortar college in Ohio. There are some valid criticisms of Capella here that I would like to put into perspective. Financial aid- Capella makes it very easy to get a loan, and if you can possibly pay for the courses on your own then simply make the payments back to your loan with the balances. All the complaining about them being nonresponsive is valid, but I went through the exact same thing at my undergraduate college in Ohio, with the university sometimes not getting back to me fora week or more during course registration. The loan is just like a credit card, if you don’t have the self-discipline to manage your own money, give the responsibility to someone who can (parent relative guardian etc.). College is expensive, finish it up, or start making payments now, but stop complaining to everyone on the blog. Easy courses- Capella is a business, anyone who only took the opening salvo of courses didn’t get much of an education. Just like at traditional schools the first several courses are designed to get you into the next round. The courses get harder, the workload increases to the point where you will be asking yourself what the heck you were thinking when you started the process, and the professors grade much harder. If you cannot solve problems by finding solutions on your own, using the online tools they provide, then please go torture a professor face to face someplace else. This is independent study, if you are not self-motivated, then do yourself a huge favor, and find another college. If you do not you may become one of the unhappy posters listed in this blog. Licensing and Accreditation- Capella is regionally accredited that means they are not a diploma mill. I had the luxury of working with folks who graduated from unaccredited universities. I can verify that you will do more work at Capella in a one week session, than those individuals did for an entire course at unaccredited colleges. Self-study is heavy reading and heavy writing. If you don’t like to write and are not willing to learn how, then Capella is not for you. Next do your research! If the degree you are seeking is not eligible for the license that you are trying to obtain (this happens a lot in my field) then move along to a university who offers the program you need, Capella is not going to change their curriculum just for you. Employment- The job market is still horrible, nobody is going to hire you just because you obtained a graduate degree. More people have graduate educations now, and the value of the education has declined simply because more people have them. Online degrees in general are for people working in their occupation already who just need the piece of paper to advance. Career changes are iffy, especially when you went to college online and have zero experience in the field that you are applying for. The world is full of online degree graduates running successful businesses who hire people with online degrees. Don’t let the elitists snobs complaining about “for profit” universities get you down. They only hire their frat brothers and sisters anyway. Cheating and plagiarism- This one is valid criticism I read on this board. If you are the first one to post on the weekly discussion, all the other people in the course can see your references with page numbers, and possibly cut and paste. So who cares? If you were sitting at lecture in school, and the jerk who was out parting all night looked over at your textbook to see what page you are on, it would be the same thing. Websites like Citefast.com are awesome and do the same thing for you, and you can actually use your own work. Capella claims that all the discussion boards are checked for plagiarism and they may be, I have no idea. Before you turn in any paper in it must be checked by turnitin.com, and the amount of similar material within parameters. Nobody is plagiarizing their way to a degree at Capella. By the way most people’s citations are formatted incorrectly and the professors can tell who cut and pasted citations, simply by the error in the citation. Do your own work and you don’t have to worry about it.

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All classes and colloquium completed but appeal denied

Public Service Leadership - September 3, 2015
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I went through three years of course work passing all of the classes and completed all three colloquia under the Human Services PHD program. During the comp exams I got really sick with the flu and then was involved in a bad car wreck. I had two chances to complete the exam and could not because of my circumstances. The school denied my appeal and told me that I could not enroll in another phd program there and offered me the Masters in Human Services. I already have a Masters Degree. What I'm I going to do with another one. Don't attend this school and expect sympathy when it comes to life's unexpected. Now all of my dreams and aspirations of having an PHD as well as all of the hard work and travel that was put into the program is in the trash! Its truly a sad situation for me but Capella don't care. In the process of trying to get my credits transferred to another school.

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Bad Representation

Healthcare Management - August 19, 2015
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RUN! RUN!! RUN!!! Attend this school for two years thought it was going pretty good until I got sick Spring 2014 and had to drop out with good legitimate reasons. They are making me pay for two classes plus other charges and told me that I had no more money through financial aid. Huh!! I have never heard of such a thing. I spoke to an so CALLED ADVISOR she told me she would have to investigate my case. I faxed her all my medical information, she told me that she spoke to the business office and they were going to charge me only a small fee huh!! a small fee my toe nail they are making me pay for two classes I had to drop because of my illness. I would RUN as fast as I could in opposite direction and never look back. I will never, never, never, RECOMMEND THIS SCHOOL OR GIVE IT A GOOD RATING FOR NOTHING IN THIS LIFE AND THE NEXT.

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CAPELLA NOT RECOMMENDED

Information Technology/Networking Technology - June 6, 2015
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I went to Capella for 2 semesters, took 4 classes, and I am now almost $7000.00 in student loan debt. My degree was supposed to be Information Technology with a minor in Web Application. I was forced into taking the core classes at the beginning which had nothing to do with what I wanted to learn. The academic adviser fought me every time I tried to take a web application class. I became so discouraged that I ended up dropping out of this university. The university admittance adviser was inadequate at the start. He didn't seem to know a lot about the IT degree programs. Therefore I was steered onto the wrong path in the beginning. He also said I would receive a discount on my classes and I had to contact him about the discount at least 4 times over the course of 2 months. I finally had to take the problem to someone two levels above his head to get it solved. The first core class in the curriculum that I was forced to take was a class on how to write an APA research paper! This class costs $2000.00! Really?!! If you enter college on a junior level and don't know how to write a research paper you need to go back to high school! Even though I made A's in all the classes I took, I can't tell you what I learned. All I did in every class was type research papers and answer questions in the class forums. I finally dropped out after taking Software Architecture which was one of the core classes. The scheduling adviser told me that I had to take this class before I could take any data base classes. This didn't make any sense because all I did in Software Architecture was draw software schematics. I've never even had a software class in my life! We were also supposed to create a game in JavaScript. The instructor was not helpful at all and I could have learned more JavaScript from a library book! I was ecstatic when it finally ended! In August of 2014 I wrote a letter to the president of Capella telling him of my experiences there. He immediately gave the letter to a Senior Academic Associate in Learner Affairs. She emailed me saying she would look into my concerns. I never heard from her again even though I sent another email to her in April of 2015. I would NOT RECOMMEND this college to anyone. I'm in debt now and I've not received any real education in my chosen field.

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Questionable Ethics

Public Service Leadership - March 24, 2015
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I have taken 6 Master level classes towards a degree in public administration from Capella. The university is accredited but the specific degree is not. That being said, an accredited degree from a competitive university is 2-3 times more expensive based on my research of online and brick & mortar schools. Given that I work in the public, government sector, I most likely would not recoup the academic investment from an accredited program. As to the instructors, I had one (1) instructor out of six (6) that called me on the phone and was actually engaged in my learning process for that course, he also graded accurately. All other instructors gave cursory feedback and very liberal grading. Without much effort, I continuously receive 100% on all discussions and papers. With a recent course, I made intentional, obvious errors (never plagiarism though) on the assignments to test my concerns for liberal grading and again received 100% grades. I also put lackluster effort into the discussions, receiving 100%'s. Fellow learners were submitting much better and/or some terrible work (APA style, grammar, content, ect.) I can only surmised that since the sub-par learners did not drop out and continued submitting garbage (yes, garbage, middle school style work, not advanced degree level) that they were getting acceptable grades to continue finishing the course. I actually inquired with some of my fellow learners that consistently submitted sub-par work and they repeatedly indicated getting excellent grading. From there, I researched the professor and found they are full of academic accolades, so it would seem they would grade critically. They did not. I am by no means a brilliant, academically inclined adult learner, so it's a bit perplexing that I can get straight 4.0/A grades. As to the financial aid office, they are all about you when your getting student loans but when you alter from the student loan funding stream, the financial aid office is less than professional towards you. As to the academic advisors... lets call them academic advertisers instead. Over my 2 years of learning, and my wife's time with Capella for her M.ED, the advisors have little knowledge about courses and your academic plan other than to read the main page of the degree programs offered. For easy A's and easy coursework towards a Master's degree, Capella's got you covered. If you desire more intensive learning, go elsewhere. Capella is clearly a For-Profit institution with very good marketing. Please note I submitted the anonymously to avoid retaliation (legal or academic) from Capella.

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For Profit, not for education

MBA - February 11, 2015
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I was a learner at Capella in the MBA program. I took three classes and passed all (with As.) Now some people applaud my "As," but I tell everyone that EVERY STUDENT probably gets As. They are the easiest classes to complete and I feel I learned very little in the 3 classes I completed. When completing my last final paper, I barely put much gusto in it because I knew I’d still get an A. And to prove it, I did it without much work. Sure enough – I received an A. I have transferred to a more distinguished - REAL - school since then that I know will critique and grade appropriately. On another note, I also had issues with their financial aid department. On my third class, soon after the class was finished (and already paid for), I received a bill that I owed $1080. Because I receive partial education reimbursement from my employer, apparently now I owed them. It was never very clear why… even after I asked why this had never happened before. But that isn’t why I left. I left because I was embarrassed to call Capella my school when all they care about is money, not the quality of my education. I almost WISHED to get a B or even a C on an assignment just to have some real assessment of my work. Some people have said that maybe I’m just smarter than I think, but it is not the case in anyway. I have read reviews and have seen others bragging about their 4.0 status, but I should tell them now – don’t be proud. If Capella had a Honor’s system, every student would be on it. I work with two very intelligent men who are at two of the best brick-n-mortar schools in MN and they work incredibly hard to receive their As or even pass the class - up all night and studying every day. Capella doesn’t require this - it is maybe 5 hours a week working on assignments. But if you want an easy education – Capella is the school for you. I certainly was not proud to call Capella my school and I’m so happy I transferred out. If you want online, maybe University of Phoenix would be a better idea. But from now on, every person I talk to about schools will hear about my opinion of Capella. It is an embarrassment to higher education. Some good things about Capella: I don't blame the professors for the grading criteria. I have a feeling this is an institution thing. The Online Library - resources - is very impressive. To find academic resources was very easy and had a large inventory. I liked their iGuide as well. Technology was more than par.

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Think Twice

Public Service Leadership - January 30, 2015
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Although I found the website easy to navigate I did not find the instructors as user friendly. Courses list instructor contact forum yet once submitted in the three courses I completed that only few responded, and when they did it was with read the syllabus, etc... This is my first experience with online learning, and honestly I am not impressed. During my term I had some medical issues and found the institution overall handling of the situation inhumane. Little was done to accommodate the situation yet as business majors and discussions during course work we were learning how to deal with such a situation within the work environment. Finally, academic advising provided misinformation that resulted in adding stress to already stressful situation. If questions asked that can't answer due to lack of knowledge they fall back on to let me explain and repeat themselves. I changed colleges and found it very helpful and actually changed my view of online learning. All I can say is if you also have such an experience don't give up based on your experience with Capella, you can succeed. If you are thinking of enrolling here I would suggest that you do your research and don't base it on feedback provided on website.

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Worth Every Penny

PHD education - January 28, 2015
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My PhD experience at Capella was worth every penny invested. Due to the open admissions enrollment process, the first couple of classes were not great for student interaction. Many people could not write well enough to succeed. But the faculty never accepted excuses or low-quality work. If you could not do the work, you were out. My professors were national and international leaders in the field of instructional design. Even now, years later, most of them keep in touch with me via FB or LinkedIn, and they seem truly happy to see me successful in a career. When I was writing my dissertation, every member of my committee spent a lot of time trying to help me along and finish as quickly as possible. Any obstacles to a quick finish were my own creation. The degree completion let me quickly to a job with a significant raise over my past teaching experiences. There are always those who try to put down the value of an online degree, but as our numbers continually grow, I have never felt it hurt my chances at success. I was truly a working professional with two jobs and a large family when I decided to pursue a PhD. Capella welcomed me when brick and mortar institutions would have made me choose between work and school. Yes, the tuition was higher at Capella, but i was not forced to teach 100 level classes to slave my way through the process. I focused on study and kept my job. To me, the flexibility was a key to success.

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Let's get real here

PhD Organization & Management/Information Technology Management - January 28, 2015
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I'm continuously amazed at the bimodal distribution of reviews for Capella. Seems like some folks don't really pay attention to simple things like what it takes to be a therapist or a licensed teacher in their state when Capella's website says quite plainly their various degrees may not be useful for licensing in your state but "check with your state agencies for their specific requirements", etc.. Seriously, are we 15 years old here? I graduated from their School of Business and Technology with a Ph.D. in Information Technology Mgmt. in 2011. Most of the faculty are NOT typical college teaching faculty. Most are Ph.D.s who went into the normal workplace and not academia but want to do some teaching on the side. That results in a bit of a wide variance in ability and approach. That's the way of the world in many colleges these days. They rely on very few tenured full-time faculty and load up on part-time adjuncts. I think it also makes the grading a bit easy as well. (Do you give faculty better reviews when they give you a better grade?) Capella also has a pretty open enrollment policy. Did you graduate from an accredited institution at one level lower than your next degree without any major blemishes on your transcript? Then you're in. It makes you wonder whether some folks are cut out for their next degree when you see their course postings early on. Are they exploiting people or giving an under-served population a shot and something many schools wouldn't give them? My bachelors and masters degrees were in engineering and I wound up in IT after several career changes along the way. I was hoping for more technical IT content in my coursework since that wasn't my strong-point, but got "how to do nresearch in..." topics courses, which was what I guess I should have expected out of a doctoral program since everything should be pointed towards your dissertation. I thought the coursework was pretty useful on the whole and had 2 or 3 courses where the instructors were just mailing it in. You are paying some decent coin for tuition at Capella so expecting good value isn't unreasonable. The Comprehensive exam stage was difficult but not unreasonable. I do often wonder if the easier than expected grading gives folks a false impression that the Comp Exams and Dissertation phases are a piece of cake. They aren't. Doing a dissertation with a virtual committee is VERY HARD. You can't just swing by your mentor's office to chat things over and Capella is very picky about making sure research plans meet some some very strict criteria so they won't be perceived as a diploma mill. I'm not sure the faculty who serve on committees absorb changes in school criteria fast enough. An example is that my dissertation broadcast my survey to everyone in a professional group's email list. I was told by my IRB reader that next quarter I would be required to perform a random sample design to get survey respondents. You have to bake in 2 week review times, quarter breaks, etc. into your expectations time-wise which can be very frustrating. They do graduate thousands of students a year, so when folks say "It can't be done. They only want your money and will keep you in the process forever" they usually are stuck on their own perceptions of their dissertation and have a hard time changing it for their committee or school requirements. That being said I have no real complaints about the content of my degree program or the dissertation process other than I wish Capella would have had some organizations to utilize for dissertation research. That's the part where I thought I really had to scramble. But Capella is an online school so there is a bias against that when it comes to hiring for faculty positions. For me, Capella is ACBSP accredited but not AACSB accredited so that limits school I could reasonably expect a good reception to my CV. If you already have a job and want to use it to further yourself in your company, then Capella is a really good school for you. If you think you want to teach at a major university, think again. Being an adjunct at a CC or smaller 4 year college is more in the cards. So think of $20K a year for 5 years. You can get your degree. I think it's a valid and serious degree. But can your recoup your "investment" given the bias against online degrees? Think long and hard about it before starting. Capella obviously thinks they're great and will sign you up if they think you can handle it. What do you expect them to do? I never had anyone lie to me or deceive me about anything and if they ever did they should be held to account, but I never go to nefarious actions when it's more easily explained by incompetence. Bottom line for me is most information you need is on the Capella student center, so take charge of your own education.

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Capella- great for those who apply themselves!

Health Care Operations - January 12, 2015
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I've read a lot of comments and understandably everyone deserves their own opinion but just like any other educational institution the prospective learner should do their research on the institution so they know exactly what they are "signing up" for. Understandably an online education is not for everyone because you do need to be very self-motivated and an established independent worker but otherwise I had a great experience with this school. It offers a variety of programs and areas of study that are within my field of interest; plus, Capella is accredited by numerous nationally/regionally recognized bodies (but always make sure your program is accredited in the necessary areas). The online learning module itself is difficult at first but is easy to navigate once you understand the basics. The learning tools are up to date and relevant to your area of study. You receive interactions with your classmates during group projects (which are extremely unique considering the vast differences amongst learners i.e. physical location, background, work experiences etc). The professors are mostly those with doctoral degrees and often times very willing to help any student (all are available by phone, personal online conference and email). Lastly, I've read some comments that said you can "copy and paste" other students work and get by with passing grades which is completely false. Any individual work submitted to this institution needs to pass an online national database that identifies to an exact percentage how much a student potentially "stole" work from other submissions therefore verifying that all submitted work is unique and self-created. Overall, if you know what to look for in an advanced educational program and are willing to put in the time and effort to earn the degree then I would definetely recommend Capella Unviveristy. Sincerely, Crystal T. MHA class 2014

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Convert no more!

PHD education - January 7, 2015
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I don't even know how to rate the university. I used to think people were just crazy not to think that Capella offered a great education. Wow, was I bamboozled or what? I completed my courses with a 4.0 GPA and passed my comprehensive exams on the first round (not the first quarter, literally, I wrote them and passed with superior comments). I changed jobs and had some significant delays in my dissertation progress, which I readily admitted to Capella. I am only human!!!! Now that I am $200K in debt with student loans and can only turn to self funding, I am persona-non-grata. I was denied re-enrollment after taking time off. I asked the reasons for my denial and I am waiting for a response. I personally think, now, that Capella was fine with me when I could receive Federal Financial Aid, but I have run out, and they want nothing to do with me. I would think that somebody who has a 4.0 and a successful academic career to date would be worth investing in (even if it is simply letting me pay them full tuition to finish what I started for goodness sake!) for their graduate record. I guess not. Please go to a brick and mortar school until the Capella's of the world have matured enough. We, apparently, aren't there yet and I have the 2nd mortgage to prove it.

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Great University

PhD Organization & Management/Leadership - December 20, 2014
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Greetings, Thanks Capella University! Being graduate one would say my review would normally be biased. I agree, but in this instance, it is not. I completed the PhD, OM-Leadership; and was so satisfied, I returned and completed Post Bacc-HRM, Post Bacc-MNA; Post Bacc-CJ, and Post Masters-College Education. The only thing that I was reserved on was the APA effort; but in the end, it was one of my strongest points. As a matter of fact, any and all of my writings are distinctly noticeable as having "style". Capella is not responsible for that, but the insistence of the professors surely played an integral role! Returning to school after 21 years of absence, the flexibility of attendance put Capella in that special category of schools - though expensive. But as a previous learner said, if you are looking for an easy way out, Capella is not the place to go; look elsewhere! Regards, Edward E. Smith, PhD

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DO NOT GO TO CAPELLA!

PhD Organization & Management/Information Technology Management - November 20, 2014
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I went to Capella and followed exactly what the degree plan said and I took classes which were horrible I just copied and pasted others work and teachers did not even read the papers or provide any feedback. And if you called the guidance staff they transfer you to voice mails and no one calls you back. DO NOT GO to Capella all they care about is MONEY. I was not allowed to graduate because they said I did not take the classes in the right order and now have 15 classes complete (3.9 GPA) and am not allowed to submit my dissertation. The dissertation is 3 years after you finish the 15 classes then they make you pay for the same class 10 times. DO NOT GO TO CAPELLA!

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Great School!

Business Administration-Management-Project Management - November 8, 2014
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I have been through many online institutions over the last few years. I made a decision to come back to Capella because I LOVE how their online experience is so much better than the other schools. You can tell they actually have invested in the online platform and videos. I like that they now offer the Flex Path program (core competency) based degrees. I think this will help a lot of people save money and get their degrees quicker. It offers a great curriculum and I like that the classes are 5-10 weeks! I have a very demanding job, so I glad Capella is working for me!

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For profit, not for education

MBA - October 28, 2014
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I'm towards the end of an MBA program. I had a couple of good professors, involved in class discussions. Most of them though just grade and have limited involvement. Most claim to be super accessible and give you their cell phone. If you call be ready to give them the course# because they have no idea who you are. They are grading a bunch of courses at the same time while also working on their main job. You are pretty much on your own. If you can handle it, some courses have good textbooks that you can study on your own and work on papers. I ran though into a couple courses without textbooks, just a few irrelevant articles, and zero involvement from the instructor. Paying $2,000 to get nothing in return is grand theft. What do you expect though, it's a for-profit university. They never said they were for-education. Once you're in they get you cornered, you pay till the end just to get the diploma hoping that it will not be worthless.

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Master's Program

Human Behavior - October 15, 2014
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I attended Capella for two weeks and was very happy with the experience.The biggest regret was that I was depending on the admission counselor to do their part and they didn't. The reason why I say that is because I paid for my first book and had also completed several assignments and then I get a phone call from the financial aid person telling me that I had to withdraw from the course.I did just that then the next week I received a letter in the mail with a big balance. What I am trying to say is that the school has a lazy administration staff.

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Capella!

Human Behavior - October 14, 2014
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I am currently in the PhD program for Human Behavior and although I've come a long way I am saddened by the way I have been treated. In the past I really loved attending this school and even to this day I enjoy the classes and the instructors. The problem is with the Financial Aid department. In my opinion in the past, when after a call was made and their was a customer evaluation their was better customer service. Now I have gone through numerous staff and told a million stories about a refund check that has not come and I get the feeling that they may be a little bias when it come to students who have received assistance for some time. No one wants to be in school forever. Even though I love the Career Placement Department, try to have the tools that are easily accessible to students and also make getting on Workstudy easier. If the money is their provide the opportunity for students. Everybody careers experiences aren't the same. Also, the Counseling Program needs to be revamped in the sense that their should be classes one can take in order to obtain a licensure without having to take a whole other program. This school is making money and needs to be more open to helping and assisting all students in a professional way, particularly people in the PhD program because their is very little financial assistance available unless one qualifies for a scholarship which is next to none, because I have applied for many and no luck. I think this is a good school, but really needs to collaborative more with students in providing better career opportunities, particularly with student assistant positions. Why make it so hard to qualify? It's hard enough in the real work world why make it harder when some one is just trying to get ahead! Thank you

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Great school

PhD Organization & Management/Information Technology Management - September 13, 2014
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I went through the courses fairly quickly and stalled out a bit writing my dissertation. That was my choice and doing. Once I started my dissertation, it went fairly quickly. You get out of anything what you put into it, and this is especially true for online learning. This type of program isn't for everyone. You have to stay on top of your courses and hit your deadlines. There is no one there to tell you that you must do your homework, do the readings, etc. It was a great fit for me and I'm very proud of what I learned and my accomplishment.

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Not APA approved, beware

Clinical psychology - September 8, 2014
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Staff is not very helpful at all, they will take your money, then you fend for yourself.

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Bad School

Master of Science - September 2, 2014
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This school is just out for your money and they don't give you the correct information concerning your degree. Most of these majors does not lead to license in your state and therefore its a wasted of time. The school will also charge you a bunch of money if you drop a class. I dropped a class because my mother had surgery and they billed me a big bill and wouldn't work with me. It's just best to sit in the class and get your education.

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Not For Everyone

Information Technology/Networking Technology - August 19, 2014
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If you require a lot of hand-holding or tutoring, this program may be difficult for you to complete. For example, College Algebra is not a strength of mine, and shortly after the course started I began to struggle completing the assignments. Thankfully, Capella had tutors available a couple evenings a week and I was able to get a grip and successfully complete the course. Suffice to say, I would not have made it through that course without it. But that is not always the case. The Degree related courses were not easy by any means (after all, if it was easy everyone would have a degree, no?), and you have to be able to figure a lot of it out on your own. I tend to be stubborn and not ask many questions. The times I did ask they were responded too in a reasonable amount of time (and I payed attention to other students questions and the instructors responses). Course room discussions are a vital part of the online learning experience, so take advantage of it as much as possible. Some classmates provide valuable insight and getting involved with their discussions and being receptive to constructive criticism is important online as well (there are plenty of peer reviews for APA formatted papers). All courses have time restraints and the instructors can only bend so much. Some instructors are more flexible than others and some are very strict. If they say one discussion assignment is due by Wednesday and the other is due by Sunday, then they mean it and if you miss it your grade will reflect it (like it or not). It is important to read and adhere to each instructors expectations. Also, it takes a lot of discipline to come home after work and put 2 to 4 hours of research/discussion in a few times a week (and likely additional time on the weekends). I spent many Sunday evenings working to beat assignment deadlines. You have to have the will to succeed and the discipline to stay caught up. Most of the courses are well-designed making the learning experience positive. A couple of the courses were flawed and the instructors were well aware it. Adjustments were made as the courses unfolded and the instructors were very communicative and almost apologetic at times for issues that occurred. However, this was a very small percentage of the overall program during my experience at Capella. Yes, it is expensive. Yes, I have school loans to pay off now. But now I have a degree I am proud of from an accredited learning institution. It will more than pay for itself in due time. Like I said, if you require a lot of learning attention, and are unable to absorb the loads of information in a productive manner, then online school is likely not for you. All in all, I recommend Capella's BA in IT program whether you are currently employed or not. Coming straight home for college rather than the hassle of going to a B&M institution worked best for my lifestyle. Your mileage may vary. Good luck!

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UNLESS YOU HAVE UNLIMITED FUNDS - GO ELSEWHERE!!!

Business Administration-Management-Project Management - August 11, 2014
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AL WAS WELL UNTIL I HADA A DEATH IN THE FAMILY AND HAD TO DROP OUT. I WAS A STRAIGHT A STUDENT UNTIL THAT TIME. THEN I GOT STUCK WITH A HUGE BILL AND THEY REFUSED TO WORK WITH ME!! THEY WERE ALL HANDS ON DECK HELPFUL DURING THE ENROLLMENT AND AS LONG AS I HAD THE FUNDS TO GET THINGS DONE, BUT WHEN I NEEDED HELP, THEY BASICALLY SAID SCREW YOU, PAY OR BE SENT TO COLLECTIONS???? REALLY? I DO NOT GIVE NEGATIVE REVIEWS OFTEN BUT FOR THE AVERAGE PERSON< I"D SAY SEEK YOUR EDUCATION ELSEWHERE, CAPELLA DOES NOT CARE ABOUT YOU AS AN INDIVIDUAL!

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Only for perfect lives

Counseling Education - August 7, 2014
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Capella is excellent if you have a perfect life. If you live a real life where things happen, you are up the creek. Despite the fact that their website promises to work with students in life emergencies, they do not. They have set policy and they do not bend no matter what. I had a death in the family the last week of my second internship. I asked for additional time. I was told I had until the next quarter to turn things in. Instead, when I was turning things in, the instructor had written a different date and given me an unsatisfactory. Said I had to repeat the quarter. Personally, this is a money issue in my opinion. I had excellent grades. I had already completed more than 1000 hrs of internship. I had excellent remarks from my onsite supervisor. Even my faculty adviser could not understand why the instructor was doing this. It all comes down to he said/she said and the student is never believed. They just don't care.

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Exceptional Program

PHD education - July 6, 2014
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I happened upon these reviews looking to see if Capella still allowed 48 hours to be transferred in. I was amazed at some of the negative comments. My experience was nothing but positive. The expense is in line with other like universities - except, unless something has changed - the cost of a quarter is the same regardless of the number of courses you take. I always took three courses (even with a full time 60 hour per week job that required extensive travel). I read and studied in the cracks and airports and on lots of planes. I took the accelerated comps and had professors who worked with me all along the way so that my proposal was ready to go once I completed comps (I spent lots of time at the residencies finding out what I needed to do and how to go about it - amazing how the professors made themselves available). I have now taught at two other universities for almost 8 years. They are online, well-known universities, but they do not hold a candle to Capella. I wish I could work there, but they generally do not hire back their grads. Am loving my PhD and so proud that Capella is my alma mater!

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My Ph.D. Experience was everything I wanted

Ph.D. in Education in Postsecondary and Adult Ed. - June 1, 2014
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I loved my experience at Capella!! Most of the professors seemed to really care if I understood the concepts. Most posed thought-provoking questions. Since I was already a professor and knew my areas of interest, I was able to tailor every project and paper to what I was curious about. My dissertation research was directly tied into a topic I am passionate about, and the findings are applicable to my college and raised my profile at work. It was a lot of work though, and I'm glad it's over!!!!

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Alerady Working in the Field

Psychology - May 24, 2014
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My BS-General Psychology is almost complete through Capella and I am pursing the MS Masters-Clinical Psychology Program next. I am currently certified through MCBAP in the State of Michigan with my Development Plan to become a certified alcohol and drug counselor (CADC). My internship hours for the CADC can be completed where I currently work and asubstance abuse detox and residential rehab, but my TLLP (Temporary Limited License Psychologist) practicum hours will need to be completed under a fully licensed psychologist-off site from where I work, in order to meet the criteria for the State of Michigan Licensing Board. The State of Michigan honors a degree from Capella as I have coworkers and collaegues who also obtained their masters degrees from there. Notice anything different with my post as compared to the negative on this site about Capella University?? I DID my research first, I have made sure to check on what is required in my state, and what I need to do in order to get to where I want to be. You cannot expect the University to do that for you. Previously, I had received my Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice from a brick and mortar school, and also attended Wayne State University in Detroit for many of my undergrad studies in psychology. The drive alone was an hour just to get to campus, pay for fuel, wear and tear on my car, pay for parking in the secure parking structures, and sit in classrooms full of young college kids who didn't seem to want to be there anyway. I was a member of Psi Chi, the Honors Society in Psychology, and I was pretty proud of my achievements. However, I decided to switch to Capella because WSU had a Gen Ed requirement of 3-consecutive semesters of a foreign language. Seriously??? I'm not going into foreign language for a career, and at the age of 40 and being a single mom, this was not something my mind could comprehend. The difficulty of trying to learn something like that was too difficult and was not even related to my field, just a way for them to get $$$ in my opinion, the same with the physics class, American Music class, etc. NOT related to clinical psych whatsoever. When I switched to Capella in the spring of 2013, I was immediately impressed with the fact that you HAVE to know what you're talking about in the discussions or you'll make yourself look like an asshat. This requires deep and critical thinking, which I love. I am on the Dean's List, and that isn't just handed to you, you DO have to do the work and know the material. You could easily "get by" during a semester at a brick and mortar college simply by skipping classes and just getting notes from someone, cramming for a test, showing up for it, and that's it. (I watched many young kids do that at Wayne State-most professors do not take attendences at large brick and mortar universities). But what do they really learn by doing that? Nothing. At Capella, you need to be active each week in the discussion forums. Sure, every class has it's students who seem to do the minimal amount possible just to pass, but what college doesn't? (Except for places like Stanford, Yale, Princeton, etc.) As for the cost, it's no more expensive than what I was paying at Wayne State University, by the time I added the cost of tuition, gasoline, car maintence, books, food on the go, etc...it evens out, actually I spent more going to WSU than I do with Capella online. Not to mention, my stress level by not having to drive to Detroit is so much better. I can quietly work in my virtual classroom with other learners who are in similar shoes; has a full time job in their field of interest and also has a family. I am able to incorporate what I learn with what I do for a living with recovering addicts, and that in itself makes Capella a wise investiment for me. Research anything before you make a big move, don't get yourself involved in something until you have research it thoroughly and you have speak to people who have walked that path who can help guide you. YOU make the final decision, if you're not happy, more forward, but don't jump into something with dreams that everything will magically happen for you. YOU have to do the work, before and after attending ANY university.

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Not a good choice to attend Capella

PhD Organization & Management/Human Resource Management - May 13, 2014
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I would not encourage anyone to attend Capella, due the fact that certain students are ear marked to be successful there. Professors take into consideration that brilliant and hardworking students may present a challenge to their salary and position status. High performing students earning a 4.0 in many cases are denied a degree or certificate in the field that they are pursuing. Please spend your money in a university that is fair and honest.

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As good as it gets

Counseling Education - May 7, 2014
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The best school I have attended and that includes Northeastern University and BU. Attentive instructors, up to date courses, great feed back. I suggest that for those who gave this school a bad rating that it was way to difficult for them to graduate from.

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Honest Review

Psychology - April 8, 2014
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I have been at Capella for several years now due to the fact that I switched degrees half way through my career. I am going to try to post an honest overall review about the University, as it is my belief that most things are neither all good nor all bad. GOOD: Capella's support system is not as bad as it is being made out to be. Granted, the staff do not "hunt you down" or call you all the time to check in. However, if you call advising they will gladly answer your questions. The material if fairly relevant to the degree being obtained, and the online library has some really good resources. You can do most of the work at your own pace as well, which is good for working adults. BAD: For the clinical programs you are required to attend 2-3 week long programs that are located throughout the country. Though a huge part of the program it is very difficult for a working parent like me to get away for that period of time. In addition it is very expensive with all of the additional costs related to the hotel stay, food and transportation...not to mention if you have to take the time off of work unpaid. In addition, the teachers are not often present in the classroom. Now, this is NOT always the case, but there certainly is not any type of regulating force making sure that the professors are active in their teaching. Finally, the clinical programs are not recognized by all states, including where I just moved. I am not sure what I am going to do at this point, but I will figure it out. As an online school goes Capella is not terrible. I do not feel that I am learning much, but I am not sure if that is due to shortcomings in the school or due to my having some experience in the field. However, I would check into the program you are planning to take as well as any state regulations regarding your degree.

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Attitudes of Faculty Members

Public Service Leadership - December 18, 2013
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I was looking for a Doctorate Program in Criminal Justice, and Capella University answered my request. I started September 4, 2012 and was passed over one Term (Fall), then I find out that I had to attend a Colloquium in January 2013 with no idea why or what to expect. I fail it and one other course. When I tried to explain that I had no idea what to do in a Research Program, nobody at this school offered me any help. I retake the course I failed, passed it with an "A", bring my GPA up from 3.0 to 3.429 and then I return to the Track 1 Colloquium in October, and the instructor literally put me down in front of 18 students and then humiliated me with another failure. He writes me up claiming I violated the Code of Conduct. When I told the Board the truth of what really happened, they took his word and threw me out of this school, making it a waste of my money now too. So I agree with everybody else on this Review, DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY AND TIME ON CAPELLA UNIVERSITY. THEY LIE ABOUT THEIR PROGRAMS. They are not even Military Sponsored with Military Grants or Scholarships.

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Don't choose Capella for your education

PhD Organization & Management/Leadership - October 5, 2013
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Capella's delivery of online classes is very poor. Assignments and materials are left over from previous classes. After paying a huge amount of tuition they don't even bother to upload current versions of templates we have to use. All their templates are in Word 97 - 03 because they're too lazy to update their materials. Today I was greeted by a video of the dean who was terminated 4 years ago. Sloppy, sloppy, sloppy delivery of online education. DO NOT GO TO THIS SCHOOL. I'm a doctoral learner taking comps. What a waste of my time and money.

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Excellent program

Master of Science - September 28, 2013
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I finished my Master's in Education Spring of 2012. The ease of enrolling in the program and then courses were one of the many things I enjoyed about Capella. They were helpful with giving advice and gave me the correct information once I answered questions about what it was I was wanting with a Master's degree. I found the teachers to always be prompt with answering questions, very supportive when there were issues at home *my father because sick and died during this time* and the course work was challenging and appropriate for the degree I was receiving. I was able to use my students and the programs to assist with my studies which made things very relevant to the degree program. I have recommended Capella and will continue to recommend Capella for nontraditional learners.

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Buyer beware!

PHD education - September 20, 2013
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Beware beware beware. The most expensive school and so so many end up not being able to finish because during the studies tuition goes up every single year. But here is the absolute most disturbing part to me. They are the friendliest most helpful when they are SIGNING YOU UP! But if anything changes - health, money, anything, and you're not paying their salaries anymore you'll get the kiss of death. They will NEVER return a call, NEVER email you back (I have never got one back in years of trying to find out how I can finish my Phd - I was felled by illness in '08). You're nothing to them and when someone is in a Phd program and doing great (3.8) they should be working with you, not seeing you as a number, but they seriously, and I cannot state this any other way or clearly enough, KISS YOU OFF. They turn their attention to those with the bigger $ SO GO SOMEWHERE ELSE. Capella somehow got regional accreditation, but I don't know how. The "support" assessment alone must have been fabricated because there is none - except when you're hamding over your money

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PHD AT CAPELLA

Psychology - September 7, 2013
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After reading most of the reviews in this website, I find that my case is similar to several. The only thing is that I have hired the best lawyers in my State to help me because Capella does not deliver the services that they offer. And in this State, this is called fraud and a scam. I completed the doctoral studies with a 4.0 GPA and passed the Comprehensive Exam in 2011. This is September of 2013 and the faculty continues to bully me around with iterations keeping me in MP#3 (3 out of 16). This is done intentionally in order to prolong my stay in Capella and thus collect more tuition. My SMR (proposal) was completed in 2011 and I know that there is nothing wrong with the study. The study has been revised by scholars outside Capella and the proposal has been validated. What Capella is doing with me is penalized by the laws of this State. I am withdrawing before spending any more $$. I hope the national media gets a hold of Capella and makes this scam public. I think there are enough learners like me who have been victimized. This is sad. I mean that a scam like this is happening in the United States by "scholars," and that they are getting away with it with no accountability for their actions.

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Not much for hand-holding

PhD Organization & Management/Information Technology Management - August 21, 2013
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I completed my doctorate December 2011 from Capella in Information Technology Management. I obtained an MS and started a PhD program at a B&M school 20 some years ago and got through the Comprehensive exam stage there before stalling out at the dissertation phase. I had no problem with the coursework. About 10-20% of the courses had professors who weren't very involved in the courserooms and that matched what I experienced at my other schools. For the most part the faculty were effective and engaged. WRT the dissertation process, I will say that the Comprehensive exam was fair and quite challenging. It's not just a matter of knowing facts and how to do technological tasks. That's an MS level concern. A doctoral program is for doing research and synthesizing and extending ideas. It's more than "knowing the material." I had a 3.9 GPA going into Comps and passed reasonably comfortably, but it wasn't a gimme. Dissertations are HARD. Only about 55% of doctoral students ever complete their degrees within 5 years and about 58% at 7 years. That's not just Capella, that's global. If I hadn't started the process once and knew some pitfalls, I might have stumbled a bit more. Capella doesn't just want your money, they want dissertations that reflect decent scholarship. Compared to my previous experience, I would say that Capella's procedures are a bit more Byzantine than a B&M school. I had no particular problem with it and was able to finish mine in 4 quarters, which is the exception and not the rule. By their own admission, the median time in the dissertation process is about 6 quarters. That's pretty typical. I have to say that I was hoping for more guidance and help from the school to keep things moving along, but as with a B&M, the most important choice you make is who your dissertation mentor is. If you and your mentor don't click, it's going to be a rough ride. When it comes to accreditations like APA and what not, Capella's website is very straightforward about which ones they have. If you don't know what you need to get a job in your chosen field and choose to ignore what is plain as day on their website, then draw your own conclusions.

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The Research Plan (SMR) is a scam

Ph.D. in Education in Postsecondary and Adult Ed. - August 8, 2013
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When I enrolled in Capella's PhD program in 2009 the program consisted of the coursework, comps exam, CITI training, IRB, and the dissertation. Half way through my studies they added an additional requirement, the Research Plan(RP), although it was called the Scientific Merit Review (SMR) at the time. They instituted the RP under the guise that it will help learners finish their dissertations quicker with less rewrites. Now understand that Capella is a for-profit University, and because of this fact they have to create ways to maximize their profits. In my opinion, the addition of RP approval prior to the IRB and dissertation phases was designed to do just that. The RP has effectively added an additional 18 months on to my program. They continually send your RP back to you for rewrites without effectively explaining to you wants wrong with it. I think this is Capella's way of stringing you along in an attempt to drain every bit of tuition money out of you that they can. I have come this far only to be disappointed in Capella in the end.

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Please save your money and seek elsewhere

Information Technology/Networking Technology - July 24, 2013
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PLEASE SAVE YOUR MONEY AND LOOK ELSEWHERE... Getting into this school is so easy . But please stay away and find another school. Once they take your money, you are on your own. And after you graduate, DO NOT expect to get a job saying you graduated from here. Because, believe me when I say, employers know what poor quality this school is. I recently graduated from this school and was requesting for professional references for jobs and NO professor is willing to give any even though i got all 'A' for those classes. Because they know their grades are only for the paper and their study material are horrible.. I wrote to the one of the top administrators a letter and left voice mails and EVEN THE HIGHEST ADMINISTRATION HAVE NO DECENCY TO WRITE BACK A REPLY or call back!!! What kind of a school have such callous practices?. This school cares about no student. But about their finances. HORRIBLE SCHOOL. THIS UNIVERSITY IS BY FAR THE WORST I've EVER ATTENDED!!! SAVE YOUR MONEY AND STAY HOME! If not, donate it to a charity. DO NOT ATTEND THIS SCHOOL. WORST UNIVERSITY I HAVE EVER ATTENDED!!! THE "professors" give you all "A"s and you know how bad your work is. They just wanted to say lot of students pass. So when we come out, we have good GPAs but no one would give us jobs!!!

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Pretty good for me

PhD in Counseling - June 29, 2013
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Finished a PhD in Counseling in 2 years, 10 months. Worked really hard at it. My BA and MA were both from 2 different traditional schools. My MA included a fair amount of online courses. Hands-down, Capella has mastered online content delivery and course management. I say this for 2 reasons: 1. It requires a lot of work and 2. I am an adjunct for 2 different universities and teach both traditional and online courses at both. Capella is better at online coursework than either of the two for which I teach. There are a lot of people that complain about Capella not being "understanding" or "compassionate." However, the fact is, no matter what happened during my degree program (and for my undergrad and master's as well), the work had to be completed. For me, this is not a flaw in any way. It is a mark of quality.

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Healthcare Managment

Healthcare Management - June 27, 2013
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This was my first and last semester at capella.!!!!! I just started on May 6 2013 and today is June 27th 2013 I withdrew on June 22, 2013 . Please save yourself money and time and do not go there !!!! The enrollment advisors make it sound really supporting . They are a fraud nobody will ever give you a straight answer and when you do get an answer it is a lie and when you talk to someone else they tell you the truth . when I enrolled the price for the school was $58,500 the enrollment advisor did not tell me that there would be a tuition rate JUlY 8, 2013 . I enrolled in the class on May 6th and she told me that the school has not had a tuition raise in several years . When I talked to financial aid asking about how much the new tuition rate would be he told me that there is no way to calculate the new tuition rate because the rate changes yearly. Please do not be fooled by all the talk of the advisors you cannot ever get a straight answer from anyone . I was told that I had until the end of the class to withdraw without accessing a penalty of my financial aid funds by financial aid . I talked to advisement and they said I had to withdraw by Monday June 24 in order to get a W on my transcript for my class. If I had stayed in the class till the end I would have missed my withdrawal date for getting a W. I looked at several reviews before I started Capella and I did not believe the negative there were many good reviews. But if you never believe a negative review again please believe this one . Big Mistake !!!! If anyone has any questions they can email me at sshelicia@yahoo.com

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Hate this university

Business Administration-Management-Project Management - June 15, 2013
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This university disappoints on all sorts of levels. The instructors do what they will and don't what they won't. It is amazing to me how MANY instructors have NO interaction AT ALL during the ENTIRE LENGTH OF THE CLASSES THEY ARE A PART OF IN SPITE OF IT BEING WHAT IS EXPECTED OF THEM BY THE "UNIVERSITY." So the students are basically doing a matchbook cover education, where they read some materials and then write an assignment in solitary---that is NOT what education is about---the "instructor" interacts with the CLASS and actually has to put some EFFORT into the classes vs. sitting behind the scenes until they want to jump in like angry leprechauns. THE BIGGEST PROBLEM I encounter class after class is how unflinching the characters of the instructors are having no interaction in class, have their personal thoughts become part of how they grade, are rude and unfriendly to the students week after week, and it is a COMPLETE DISTRACTION FROM THE LEARNING PROCESS! And then we are supposed to get good grades and feel that we are getting anything close to a real education---one I am more familiar with than the online processes---one where the instructors ARE FORCED TO BE PART OF CLASS BECAUSE THEY CENTER THE CLASS and if there are any problems you go to the dean. I have had a [instructor] as did my brothers for Accounting and Finance, and this instructor would go into torrents of anger outbursts --- that Capella could check into if they had half a brain to audit his classes and correspondences--- with the whole class for not having a post look a certain way, telling people how to speak, how to write to him, and use of exclamation points !!! after saying something to people in the class to assert his anger, and irritation if someone put words together that the SCHOOL didn't mind whether or not that student spoke competent English---yet in an Accounting class of all things, if they didn't use a capital l, then he would jump on them? FOCUS HERE! It is one thing to talk to someone on the side about how to proceed when they are the only one with a problem---and again a problem the school itself saw no problem with taking their money prior to class----and calling them out on using a lower case 'i' in the class discussion in yelling format!!!!. AS it happened the student he was yelling at did not know what the problem was about and so did not change the way they continued to communicate. The instructor's attitude was distracting and undermining to the class environment. There are ways of talking and I find it embarrassing that an instructor would make so much noise about that and be completely invisible in the class for things that mattered to the subject at hand. [This instructor] did not further anything "accounting" or "finance," did not have ANY discussions about anything with numbers, but told each of us only at the time of grading that we could contact him and take up even more of our time to go over what was wrong after he added nothing to the class experience---and did nothing to help before we turned something in. That is a waste of time in that he is not participating per what is listed on the schools' website says of what teachers are responsible for. This guy is a bad attitude individual who should not teach for a living, but should be somewhere where he could demonstrate his anger on a daily basis--like maybe in a jail or correctional institution---but not around people who are trying to learn. And Capella is a degree-mill---where they know people want an education, are cramped for time, and they over charge and provide some of the worst life has to offer all in the name of the mighty dollar on which other side lies an "education" that leaves a bad taste in your mouth.

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Brick & Mortar Snobbery??

PhD in Information Technology/Information Assuracne - May 15, 2013
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I am always interested in the negative comments from people. Capella has tens of thousands of students. They are regionally accredited by the same organization that accredits Univ of Iowa, Michigan, Notre Dame, and many more. Their IT school is ABET certified, their nursing school is certified, etc.... I don't know if you complainers were ever told this, but, at the Masters and Doctoral level you are suppose to teach yourself. Professors are there to assign your tasks and judge your results. Not hold hand every step of the way. Grow up. One individual commented that his employer did not recognize his degree?? Find a different employer. There are a large number of Fortune 500 companies that have corporate alliances with Capella. United Airlines, Wachovia Bank, SAIC, and over 170 other corporations have an alliance. So, lots of employers recognize Capella.

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So far so good

Master of Science - May 11, 2013
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I just started with Capella in April of this year for Graduate school. I started in the Public Safety-Criminal Justice program but switched to Homeland Security due to an interest change. So far, I'm pretty happy with what I have experienced. I was attending another online university (Ashford University) and it is nothing compared to Capella. I chose to switch to Capella because the school is accredited and also it is designated as a national center of academic excellence by the dept of homeland security and the national security agency. I am a full time employee with a non traditional work schedule so the online format for attending class works better for me. I have read reviews of how online schools are so expensive and that they cost more than brick and mortar schools but that isn't always true. I got my Bachelors from a traditional university. That left me in a pretty hefty loan debt situation. I compared the tuition it cost me per class at Capella to the tuiton cost for a Graduate to the same school I got my undergrad degree from and althought it wasn't the exact same, Capella is not costing much more than it would have been to attend the "traditional" school. It all depends on what program you choose, how many classes you take during one quarter, if your books are required and/or included in your class. Obviously MBA classes will cost more than others. Luckily, some of my classes will not require books and if they are required they are included in the tuition price. What money I would spend in books at a traditional school, the gas of driving back and forth, and also probably having to either 1-quit my job or 2-cut back on my work hours is much better spent paying a little more for tuition and having the convenience to work on my school at my time. For those that say it is a simple process to pass the classes, I would disagree. I can't speak for online undergrad classes or other grad classes other than what I have taken, but in the classes I have taken, a considerable amount of research, reading, critical thinking, and writing have came to pass. I may be singing a different tune sometime down the road but from what I have experienced so far, has been very pleasant.

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bad online experience

Information Technology/Networking Technology - May 6, 2013
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i recently decided to pursue an additional bachelors degree. i chose capella because their online program is reasonably priced and is accredited by ABET. i enrolled in my first class (which is 6 credit hours and required to be taken first) right before making a cross country move. the counselor i had been speaking with was very encouraging and had me anxious to start. i ran into a few hitches during my move and had to neglect the course for two weeks due to travel and lack of internet access. i decided to drop the course. i would have to get every point left to earn a respectable grade if i didn't. i contacted my counselor two days after the refund period. i was unaware of the 12 calender day refund time frame. this is a shorter time period than the university i had attended in the past. not having internet access during my move made it impossible to research this myself. i was communicating with the course instructor via email on my phone while traveling and i informed him of my situation. he was very encouraging about finishing the course, but failed to mention the drop date deadline. now i owed (still owe) about 2000$ for a course i dropped. i made an appeal to have the amount owed reduced. i was denied. in the end i know this is my fault, but i feel that capella should make it a priority to make their policies known at the onset. if i would have known the policy i would have dropped the course within the 75% refund period. the policy is on the website for you to find. and i do mean FIND. i had to use the search engine to find the link to the policy. they do not "advertise" it. if you decide to attend capella university online be sure to read all of the fine print before you start. you might pay for it if you don't. my on-campus college experience was a little different. the first day of class had time devoted to university policies (including drop dates). this is not the case in capella's online program. there was a clear lack of communication in my experience. if they would have reduced the amount owed i would still be excited about their program. location independence while pursuing an ABET accredited program sounds great. there aren't many of those to be found. i feel they do not advertise (make an effort to insure that you are aware of) their drop policy because more people might take advantage of it if they did. they are a private for-profit institution. i now have a bitter view of private online colleges. this experience has convinced me to pursue my degree on campus (not capella). it will be better to meet people in the same program. i prefer meeting people in person better than the internet anyway. just trying to put a positive spin on things. if you choose to attend capella online please heed my warning. it is not their concern that you are completely informed. you are on your own. make sure you know all of the rules before you start. inconvenient situations tend to happen in life. if life happens to you while you are attending capella you better know how to work the system or the system will work against you.

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Corruption at capella

Psychology - May 5, 2013
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Feel misled, degree is useless and school left me to hang. I did not get good advisement or support. They run a horrible PHD Psychology program and you can't get licensed with online courses. They got a lot of people in due to APA applications but never got the credentials. Waste of money...I am sorry I dint leave when I figured out the we're not honest or legitimate.

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Dont listen to crap people post!!! Very good University

Doctor of Public Administration - April 30, 2013
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I will start by saying I was skeptical as well. I have 2 Bachelor degrees and 2 Master degrees. I wanted to take Doctorate level classes and spent about a year doing research. I made the decision and its the best I could have made. The courses are very challenging and are taught by highly educated individuals from many various schools across the country. The reason, in my opinion, why people say negative things is because they have either thought courses would automatically give them a passing grade or the fact that online Universities are a newer concept compared to brick and mortar schools. Either reason, the University is challenging and I have learned so much in my first year. I believe as they continue to offer such a high level of instruction and the concept of online learning becomes more know, we will see Capella as University that set the bar high for online education.

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Learn from the mistake of others

Psychology - April 21, 2013
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I began my PhD with Capella with high hopes and expectations in 2004 and completed in 2009. While the core curriculum progressed nicely and I had no problems with my comprehensive exams, the dissertation phase lasted almost 2 years. I was, I was told, the Guinea Pig for revising the dissertation process. What a nightmare! As a lifelong learner, I have numerous Bachelors and Masters from "Brick and Mortar" schools. I am self-motivated and, throughout all, I have held 3.8-4.0 GPAs. Capella was no exception. After two years, my dissertation was completed and I was granted my PhD. Unfortunately, it is not worth the paper it is printed on. Not only will you not be eligible for licensure in most, if not all states, you are not even eligible for a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner (LMHP) or Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). To acquire these licenses, I had to complete additional work at a local university, in addition to an additional internship -- all of this for an over $130,000.00 price tag which I am still paying on. As a "for-profit" institution, it was, not only my belief, but also all of my fellow learners, the school protracted my degree program from four to over five years. I even took 3 courses per semester, which is 1 more than Capella recommended, with a 4.0 average. Bottom line: I was making nearly twice with an MS as I do now with a PhD. At nearly 60 years of age with numerous life experiences, including over a quarter-Century in military service as the single worse decision ever, one that I, and my family, will have to live with the remainder of my life. The only benefit of this exercise in futility is having PhD behind my name.

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Hoops and Moving the Trophy

Public Safety - April 14, 2013
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Be astute. I saw where some students early in the program go on about how posters are basically those with an axe to grind. Well, they will see, just give them time. ABD for 4 yrs, approvals given, rescinded, committee changes- no organization here at all. The left hand and the right are clearly out of sync. You will get better support from a brick and mortar.

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Just graduated

Master of Science - April 13, 2013
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I just graduated with a master's in mental health counseling. The only reason I went to Capella was the Ohio board ONLY accepted Capella and another online school with CACREP certification as acceptable. I found the experience very demanding, but if you can manage your time it is a worthy experience. I also have a doctorate in Oriental Medicine so I just wished to expand my scope of practice. The only reason I can see why Capella might not be acceptable is if a person needs to be spoon-fed information.

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Student Beware!

PHD education - March 15, 2013
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I have only three courses to go towards my Ph.D. and of course the residencies. I had to stop because of health reasons and costs. I was only working part-time and the costs were simply adding up. During my time at Capella the only outcome I really have is a huge debt! I found the instructors at Capella to be some of the worst I have come in contact with. Their lack of feedback and lack of presence in the classroom was outrageous. As I read other posts - the term - correspondence school came up - I agree but Capella has to be amongst the most expensive correspondence schools around! I am a full time faculty member for a small school in MA and work for another online university - I could never get away with what the instructors get away with at Capella. I now am at a cross-road with a choice to make - do I continue or not? Part of me says - but you are so close - the other says - how much more will it cost? At my age the cost will never be recouped. I have a friend who is finishing their dissertation now - almost 3 years of back and forth, lack of expertise from advisors, bad advising, it does seem like all they want is money. They either drag out the process so they get more of your money, or you get frustrated and drop. Either way - Capella doesn't care! They made a mistake early on in my program of about $2000.00 which I am still paying off. Until I pay that off - I can't even look at my grades. I know it does seem like a lot of money but after being out of work for over 3 years - it takes a lot of time to get back on your feet. Capella was unwilling to even help me in this regard. I guess I am rambling at this point - but I could go on forever about how displeased I am with Capella in general. I would strongly suggest picking another school!

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Making the best out of a bad situation.

Psychology - March 14, 2013
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I needed to get into a graduate school for psychology but the university in my city only accepts 5% of their applicants, and my undergraduate degree was not in psychology. I also have a family, and couldn't move out of state to pursue grad school. I finished my Master's at Capella and am about to start the PhD Comps & Dissertation phase. Honestly, the only good thing I can say about Capella is that you can use the school to make the best out of a bad situation. I have no clue why everything is so expensive. The only thing they offer are assignments on Blackboard. Most of the instructors are probably nice, not that you will ever get to know any of them. Other than grade your papers, I have no idea what else any of them do. Don't expect a lot of personal growth at Capella. Go to the school only if you are desperate and you have no other options. I have a gut feeling that even if they are accredited, people will criticize my degree for being from such a flimsy institution.

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Funny

Master of Science - March 11, 2013
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I am leaving the settings as default since I have just started at Capella (my first semester just ended). What find funny are some of the comments on this site. People are ranting on here about the issues they have had with their PhD programs, yet in the posts you can see horrid sentence structure, incorrect subject-verb agreements and generally hideous grammar. Wow... These people believe they should be at a doctoral level? Another issue I see is the complaint that all they want is your money and the actual schooling is secondary. If that were the case there would not be people complaining about being kicked out at all, right? One last sticking point is one of the older rants on here that blames the courseroom for his lack of competency. If you profess to having two degrees already, in tech, yet you cannot make your computer act correctly with the courseroom, where is the real fail point? I use Mac almost exclusively and I have no issues with the courserooms at all. I will come back and post after another semester or two about my actual review of the content. I just felt the voice of reason had to be spoken about some of the negative posts I have seen on here.

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High Quality Education

Information Technology/Networking Technology - February 4, 2013
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Having just finished my Ph.D. in Information Technology in January, I think I received a very quality education from this University. All of the instructors were top-notch - it was clear from my interaction with them that most were considered somewhere near the top of their respective fields. I recieved much encouragement along the way, and just the right amout of guidance to complete all my degree requirements. At the same time, I think the instructors were very tough, as they should be. No one should expect ANY slack in a Ph.D. program - or any hand holding - but the instructors should be there to provide general guidance in guiding the learner. I was a little nervous about being able to complete the program, as I knew the Ph.D. was going to be a real 'step up' in the learning process - as it should be. But Capella's residency system of requiring the student to go through three specific 'colloquia' - three separate one-week in-residence, intensive seminars on how to do everything from quantitative vs qualitative analysis, literature reviews, writing, creative thinking, preparing for the comprehensive exam and dissertation - were immensely helpful in completing the overall program. With this Ph.D., I have completed five degree programs - a Ph.D., three Master's degrees, and a Bachelor's degree - all with different universities. Two of these universities were on-line, and three were 'brick and mortar' ones. My best experience was on-line with Capella (my worst? - a Master's degree program at a 'brick and mortar' university). The only reason I don't give this a 10 overall is because of their support staff. There seems to be a real high turn-over with their support staff, which caused me a little frustration from time to time. Fortunately, I required very little support from the support staff, and any problems I had were usually resolved by a call from my Ph.D. mentor. Overall, I thought is was a GREAT program. But one word of caution: the program is TOUGH! For those looking for a high-quality education that WILL teach you how to be a good researcher, this might just be the place for you. But if you are just trying to get the 'credentials', you might want to look elsewhere.

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PhD Review

PhD in Information Technology/Information Assuracne - February 1, 2013
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I am working in my PhD, and my mentor approved my topic, and later cancelled the approval. Now, I am over a year to get my PhD and no topic approved. I want to change the mentor, and they don't want. They rejected. They don't want that obtain my degree. I am spending hours, and papers for nothing

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Stay Away from Capella

PhD Organization & Management/General Business - January 4, 2013
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During recruitment process Capella was deceptive and I was given misleading information. In effect I was bambozzled. I found that Capella was Fraudulent and Engaged in Deceptive and Questionable Marketing Practices. For example, I was told that Capella had a solid support system in place to help get me through the program and a network of companies that Capella worked with to assist students with getting through their research. Once I reached the point of writing my dissertation, I found out that Capella had no affiliations with any company for me to work with during the dissertation process. Now after my constant complaints about their non responsive and incompetent staff members I am a victim of their retaliation. After receiving approval from the IRB I had a senior staff member asking me to re-write large portions of my dissertation. Now I have to ask myself, how can I get committee approval (3 PhD's), SMR (approved methodology) and IRB approval only now to be asked to do re-writes of chapters that have already been approved. Once you get IRB approval you are not suppose to go back and change anything. This is another example of Capella stringing along its students that will add to cost overruns and additional student loans going in their pockets. Capella want to take your money, run up cost and want you to keep your mouth shut while they do it. Stay far away.

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Great School

Public Service Leadership - December 3, 2012
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I began attending Capella in 2010 and graduated July 2012. I had an amazing experience. I read a lot of negative reviews on this site and others about Capella. The truth of it is that Capella is like any other university in the United States. I have attended so called "brick and mortar" institutions and can tell you that there is a little difference between online, as represented by Capella, and brick and mortars that I have attended. If many of these negative reviews were posted about Harvard or University of Michigan, no one would care of give them credence. Many people attend college and do not finish... That is the bottom line. If you want to get your degree, if you want support from a University, and if you are self disciplined enough then Capella is as good as any university in America and better than most.

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Best Education I have EVER had

Training & Performance Improvement - November 30, 2012
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I completed my Master's (MS) in Training and Performance Improvement with Capella and was pleased with the quality of the experience. When it came time to consider pursuing my terminal degree, I immediately enrolled at Capella. I can honestly say that during my Master's degree program, I was expecting it to be easier. I did well, but only after Capella taught me what it took to actually LEARN! I hated my undergrad experience at a brick and mortar (at a well-known liberal arts college on the east coast). The fact is, then I expected the professors to teach me. Neuroscience now supports that the only way actual long-term learning occurs is for the individual to fully and actively engage the material - it cannot be a passive enterprise. Once I learned HOW to learn, and what the university's expectations were, I flourished. I have had great professors-some more personable than others-but all have been experts in their fields. I have experienced compassion, humor, and support along the way. So, IF you are willing to do the work (research your weekly postings and weekly papers, contribute in a positive manner, and commit), I would highly recommend Capella University. Understand, you will not be able to sit back and hide in a classroom-you will be expected to contribute using correct grammar, appropriate citations (yes-even in your weekly responses), etc. They are educating you in your chosen field, but they are also training you as an academic.

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Great experience, every bit as good as my "traditional" campus experience!

MBA - November 13, 2012
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I particularly enjoy participating in the classroom discussions. I reveive individual and relevant feedback from my professor and classmates! Just like any school, some professors are more or less involved than others. It is their class to teach! The required readings are spot on and the writing assignments require research and thought. I will be exceedingly proud of my Capella MBA once I earn it.

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Run, run, run away!

Information Technology Management - October 27, 2012
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For an online institution that tauts their expertise in the Business and Information Technology degrees, the quality of their curriculum, faculty, and vision are null & void. You would be better off to go Barnes and Noble, grab some IT books, do the labs, and save yourself a lot of money. The courses are not really courses. They are a listing of things for you to research and write papers about. Of course, like all academia today, there is the extortion that accompanies the book store and the preferred $200 Microsoft Access books, for example, that are required but rarely used for anything meaningful. If you are not a complete self starter you will fail. If you are looking to Capella to teach you anything at all, you will be disappointed. If you can live with self-serviced education and a degree, then it may be for you. Lastly, note the requirements are for 180 credits to graduate while other schools are around 120. The difference is the money you gladly fork over the social sciences, arts, and history departments for their required liberal arts courses. I took 3 classes and transferred to WGU and love it.

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Capella's Ph.D. for Professional Studies Program is Excellent!

PHD education - October 20, 2012
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I just completed my IRB Review for my Ph.D. study in Professional Studies, Education. The university has provided me with an excellent mentor who is guiding me through my research. I have to say that with the rigor that Capella enforces on its Ph.D. students, it is worth the while to use ALL of its resources to the fullest extent to complete your degree. I started in 2009 and plan to become a Ph.D. in Spring 2013. I fully believed I have earned the degree and am fully prepared to give back to the educational field with my Capella educational experience.

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...well, it's better than UoP...

PhD Organization & Management/General Business - September 27, 2012
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This "school" continues to confuse and astound me. I can't believe the horrible, rude, condescending, disconnected "professors" that Capella has chosen to "facilitate" their courses. In the PhD program, I have seen clear plagiarism, and it was met with praise from the professor, I have seen students be put down in completely unconstructive ways, and have shifted my thinking from "it's too expensive to withdrawal and start somewhere else" to "I would sell a kidney to get out". The school doesn't care, you are a bank account to them. The advising team is a JOKE. A team of 5 people monitoring an email box so you get totally disconnected and contradictory instructions and advice. And above all, it is EXPENSIVE. I took two courses my first term, so I have to argue with those who say otherwise, and every term after. Still, it sucks. It's expensive, and the quality is poor. These wanna be professors are just rude. Be prepared to be in a class with idiots who can't spell or put a sentence together, let alone grasp the context of a discussion post- but they'll still get through since they're paying. It's annoying, frustrating, and degrading. If I had to do it again- I'd suck it up and go to the university nearby and figure out the commute, etc. The flexibility is great, but I didn't want a PhD for the hell of it- I wanted to learn. That hasn't happened here.

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Once they have your $$, you're on your own!!

Master of Science - September 27, 2012
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Do not expect to get any service, responses, help, or courtesy once you have given them your money... cause it's not happening!! They are awful, just awful. RUN, do not walk, away from Capella!

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Capella University is wonderful!

PHD education - September 21, 2012
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I have attended various types of colleges in my life including a US News and Consumer Report TOP REGIONAL UNIVERSITY, and Capella was as tough as this college. I found Capella University was exceptional in every way (teachers, instruction, online classrooms, technology, etc.). I attended for 4 years and 9 months, and I obtained my PhD in Education, and at the time I started in 2003 Capella was one of the only universities in America offering what I wanted online. At the time I didn't know much about Capella, but they were innovative and offered adult learners what they needed at the right time. Go Capella, my alma mater!

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Just Two away!

Information Technology/Networking Technology - September 19, 2012
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Except for a couple of PHD instructors that slow grade all is good. There are issues everywhere but I as of yet have had no major problems. I posted first in October of last year and I was then 7 classes away. I am now two classes away from my Bachelors in Information Technology. I took two classes in the summer [Not easy with full time job and night work two times a week] and look to finish my degree in March 2013. I have been at Capella since December of 2009. The class work has projects that can be related to real world situations.

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Disappointed

Master of Science - September 5, 2012
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I never took an exam that wasn't open book nor did I need to complete a thesis (or similar) to receive a degree. The degree holds no weight. Their standards are poor.

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Capella isn't sympathetic even if you experience a death!!!

Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy - August 29, 2012
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I attended Capella University because it received great recommendations from friends and former military personnel who stated that the program worked well for them. My experience with the professors was good and I have no complaints regarding the work load however my complaint comes from a different perspective. I lost my husband of 22 yrs in August of 2011 after battling 2 yrs. with colon cancer. While being in a course that began in January 2012 I decided that I needed to withdraw because of several personal issues that were occurring with my children, legal matters, finances and myself. I requested to withdraw and requested to receive a tuition credit to return a few quarters later after I had the ability to take care of all the pending issues. I was told that it shouldn't be a problem as long as I could provide adequate documentation that my situation was legitimate.I provided a death certificate, papers regarding the other issues along with 3 letters of various individuals who were working with me regarding the above scenarios. To my surprise the decision came back NO!!! they would not grant me a tutition credit because it had been 5 months after my husbands death and because I had successfully completed the quarter during his death it was determined that I should no longer be experiencing issues and was suitable to continue my coursework and would be responsible for the TOTAL cost of the 2 courses which was equivalent to over 4k!!! I was very upset as I wanted to return to school and couldnt possibly understand why they wouldnt grant a tuition credit because my intention was to return after I resolved the pending matters. Clearly they have no regard or sympathe/empathy for someone who has lost a loved one. The individual in the business office was terribly rude and stated that I should have dropped out when my husband died otherwise I need to pay the money. I appealed to several others but hadn't received any response. I was told that I could enter into a payment plan to repay the money but I wouldn't be allowed to attend classes until all the money was paid in full. While working out a payment arrangement that was suitable to my surprise I received a call from a bill collector stating he was collecting on behalf of his client Capella University!! I was in awe. If you think that death is an exceptable excuse at Capella or pending/pressing personal matters think again they don't care they just want their money!!!

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Better Than Expected

Psychology - August 5, 2012
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The time it takes to get to class, and all the disruptions in the traditional brick and mortar classrooms, makes online programs highly attractive. So much time is taken up trying to get to class at Boston University. I graduated with a MBA from City University, having spent time sitting in class rooms waiting for lectures. I have MS in Accounting, too. Let me tell you how awesome Capella University compares for me. I say for me, because your priorities may dictate a traditional education, and what is best for me may not be for you. There was concern Capella University would not be rigorous enough. I did not want to go to a school that would pass anyone, and not be concerned about the quality of work students produced. That did not happen. Capella University lends more than enough support to help students produce quality papers and assignments, so more is expected of them than other schools I’ve been to. Brick and mortar does not necessarily mean quality, and certainly not efficiency. Many traditional schools have online programs. Pick any traditional school and chances are you will find a degree offered online. Each of these schools is trying to become better at offering online degree programs. Capella University is leading the way, and many universities are trying to catch up. You can get a very good education at Capella University. Just be prepared to work for it. I am in the Ph.D. program in Psychology. I work at one of the largest brick and mortar universities in the U.S. I also was accepted to an Ivy League school. I absolutely enjoy every minute of learning at Capella. It is challenging, and I’m learning at a pace I did not experience while in a traditional university setting. I will be just as proud to graduate from Capella as anywhere, because I will have worked just has hard as I would have worked anywhere. Pick the school that works for you. If traditional is your thing, then go for it. Capella may not be for you, but it was a perfect fit for me. I work full time, and I don’t have time to travel to and from school waiting for lectures, listening to students conversing about the latest party, or some other bs. Best of success to you.

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Educational Excellence

Master of Science - July 30, 2012
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I am proud to be a Capella Student. I attended a brick and mortar school for undergraduate studies; it is a good school that is nationally ranked in Engineering. However, I must confess that the education that I have received at Capella exceeds that of my undergraduate program. It saddens my heart that so many students have degraded the program at Capella. The instructors are available as you need them my phone, email, or video conference. Most are very engaged in classroom discussions. You will get out of Capella University what you put in to it. It is not an easy program. You will have to spend about 8 hours per week reading and preparing discussion posts for each class. Residency is an AWESOME experience. The instructors, many who attended brick and mortar schools, state that they did not receive the counseling skill development that Capella students aquire during residency.

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PhD PSY I/O Program is Simply Poorly Organized

Psychology - July 29, 2012
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Received masters at Capella. Great Experience. PhD Psy I/O program seems an unorganized mess. Advisors are ill informed and make costly errors for the student. The institutions reputation is also taking a severe beating as mistakes and missteps seem constant. The various department of independent educati