Review Averages: 6.4 out of 10
Capella University Reviews:
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Ed.D Doctorate of Education - you get what you put into it
Ed.D Doctorate of Education - June 20, 2016
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.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Run when you see the name Capella, If I could give a -10 rating I would
Public Service Leadership - June 14, 2016
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
PhD Psychology Doctoral program (to the cleaners)
Psychology - June 8, 2016
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"
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Capella University = SCAM
PhD Organization & Management/Leadership - June 5, 2016
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!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Academic advising provides pot assistance
Doctorate of Nursing Practice - May 20, 2016
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.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Horrible customer service
Master of Science - May 3, 2016
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.
4 of 6 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.
6 of 6 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!!!!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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.
5 of 5 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.
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