Review Averages: 6.4 out of 10
Capella University Reviews:
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.
1 of 4 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.
4 of 4 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 :(
4 of 5 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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
All classes and colloquium completed but appeal denied
Public Service Leadership - September 3, 2015
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.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Healthcare Management - August 19, 2015
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.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
CAPELLA NOT RECOMMENDED
Information Technology/Networking Technology - June 6, 2015
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Public Service Leadership - March 24, 2015
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.
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
For Profit, not for education
MBA - February 11, 2015
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.
17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Public Service Leadership - January 30, 2015
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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