Review Averages: 6.5 out of 10
Capella University Reviews:
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Psychology - April 2, 2016
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Capella MS Graduate 2016
Master of Science - March 22, 2016
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!!!!
MBA - March 15, 2016
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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
FLEXPATH MBA - EXCELLENT!
MBA - February 22, 2016
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.
3 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Psychology - January 9, 2016
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.
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Self Directed Learning and Success
MBA - December 10, 2015
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.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Good Education vs The Source of Complaints
PhD in Counseling - November 15, 2015
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.
4 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Suppression of Africans and related Research
Public Health - October 30, 2015
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.
8 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Prior PhD learner
Counseling Education - October 14, 2015
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 :(
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Master of Science - September 6, 2015
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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