| Total Grad Surveys || 71 |
| Females || 44 |
| Males || 27 |
| Avg years at University || 2.3 |
BEWARE - Stay away from this school! |
The school lies about the quality of the program, the commitment of staff to quality education, the length and cost of the program, and the staff's commitment to the student. My program is now twice the length it was advertised to be, it is twice the cost, and the faculty are not present in online classes nor do they provide critical and substantive feedback. They do not even provide a mentor for the PHD candidate until the comps phase, contrary to other online PHD programs - which is way too late to derive any kind of true comprehension of the dissertation process. The student is left in limbo....which lengthens the process = more money and time wasted.
The faculty are free to harass students with impunity.
No other schools - even ones accredited by the same agency - will accept transfer credits from Capella University.
The previous Dean of Psychology is advertised as a PHD (still), even though he is a PsyD - or maybe not even that...he is supposedly no longer the Dean...but, we were never told.
The PHD classes have mostly Masters program students...not PHDs like all the other programs.
It used to be good, the program look outstanding - with a much stronger psychological focus....but, it is in the wrong hands now...and is going down hill fast! I am leaving after 2 years and $40k invested....with no chance to get transfer credits in other programs. That should tell you....what I think of the program.
| Apr 26 2013 || Psychology |
| This is the worst school EVER! All they want is your money and when that is gone, so are you. They do not care and the advisors can't be reached. It takes weeks, if ever, to get any response. Go to a real school and not this money-making machine! |
| Aug 19 2012 || Business - Management and Administration |
| There are consistencies in the university's processes. Mentors are often not available as are other faculty when dissertation committees are put together. It is difficult to attain a committee because all the good faculty are already fully participating with other students. When one committee member "resigns" due to personal or professional reasons, it is often difficult to replace him/her. Another example is the "SafeAssign" submission. When this was implemented, there were comments from faculty that they had not been trained on how the software works. Comments also included students who did not submit their papers in this new process, graduated but did not reference accordingly resulting in plagiarized papers. |
| Jul 25 2012 || Business - Management and Administration |
| Watch out for all the promotions...beware of advertising of employment outlook...they have no actual figures of graduate success. These degrees MIGHT get you promoted if you are already in the particular field, but otherwise you'll leave with massive student loans and little actual job opportunities. |
When we complain, the university calls us "the vocal minority."
| Jun 17 2012 || Education |
| For profit online universities cause delays that are costly to students, reaping tuition for more semesters than necessary to graduate. The delays are inexusable, and they do not try to excuse themselves. Writing the dissertation was a pleasure. Waiting for weeks and months to receive approval to move to next chapters was enormously frustrating. And lucrative for the University/. |
| May 28 2012 || Psychology |
| I was at Capella for one quarter and when I became suspicious of some of the behaviors of the administration, I left to a traditional school. Looking back, I can tell you that was the best thing that I entire did in my life. I have been in contact with five of my classmates and they all left after 3 or 4 years with huge debts and no degrees. I am posting this because I feel fortunate that I left early and I would hate to see anyone going through the same experience as my former classmates. It's simply not fair!!! |
| May 20 2012 || Education |
I graduated from Boise State in 2009 with a B.A. in Secondary Education, I graduated top of my class from BSU and planned to continue to an M.S. as I have two small children I needed to find an online program. I was originally drawn to Capella because of its CACREP accredidation. It is one of the only online programs which would be sufficient for becoming a lisenced mental health counselor in my state. |
I am about to begin my internship and complete my MS with Capella. I can say that overall the education has been worth while and competitive. My classmates all seem adequate and most of them have a background in the counseling profession. After attending the two required residencies, I was able to meet and talk with professors who all were very friendly and highly educated and experienced.
My biggest complaint with Capella is the cost. It is an expensive program, as with most full online universities. My biggest caution would be to make sure you are aware of exactly how much your degree will cost you versus how much you will make when you graduate. If you are able to attend a non-online university which is cheaper I would highly reccomend it, BUT for anyone who NEEDS the online format, I HIGHLY reccomend the program. I have really enjoyed my experience with Capella and if it were not for the cost I would praise it to everyone as the education and experience is fantastic.
| Apr 01 2012 || Other |
| I have attended three other online schools and had a good experience. When I came to Capella, I noticed quickly the difference. People here are incompetent and don't care about you or your situations. The chair of my program is very disrespectful and even nasty. I have just started the program and I hate it. I am just happy to have discovered them early in my program, before I invest too much money. As far as I am concerned, Capella is the worst place to be and I strongly recommend looking elsewhere.... Good luck!!! |
| Mar 12 2012 || Education |
| In reality IF you already in your career and will attain perhaps a pay raise, bonus or promotion once attaining say you Master's or PhD. then this school is for you. Or if you ahve an employer who promises to hire you once you obtain your degree or promote you from say mailroom clerk to social worker this is the place for you. Lastly if you are already working in a sister field like say you are a grief counselor with aspirations of becoming a full social worker than this place will get you there. If however you a menial hourly wage worker as say a waitress, bartender, preschool teacher or even pizza dilvery person with aspirations that a degree will get you a real job/career...think again! Save your money and/or don't go into debt on a dream than can't happen in this economy. This is a school for the individual who is already a career professional. All the better if they are already in the field they are getting a master's of Ph.D in. It is not for anyone else you will never get anywhere save your time and money for better things, I wish I had :( |
| Nov 30 2011 || Psychology |
| Capella (school of Business and Technology) is more interested and very efficient in sending you a quarterly bill than they are in partnering with you in the learning process to actually help you complete an advanced degree program. |
| Sep 14 2011 || Business - Management and Administration |
| I fist enrolled at Capella in 2007. It is 2011. The school prides itself on being an online higher educational program that provides its adult learners with the opportunity to maintain daily responsibilites, work and family obligations. HOWEVER,if a student chooses to enroll in the program that requires both a residency and internship, the school ACTUALLY advises its students quit their full-time job in order to complete their program. This is contradictory to their mission and pupose of their school. Most placement agencies for interships experiences as well as other mental health professionals are appalled by this schools position to insist that students quit their jobs especially in this economy. The students are in a catch 22 because by the time you get to this stage you have already given them $45,000 and have come to far to quit. You will still be obligated to pay back the loans. This school is not adult friendly and infact they bambozzle students into coming to their school when they are not supportive at all. Yes, they are a cash cow. Graduate students receive no assistance on landing internships or understanding with the position they place students in. This is disheartening and I can see why this school has been under scruntiny and have students take legal action. It is my hope to graduate soon and leave this awful place. I would never recommend this school to anyone. |
| Aug 18 2011 || Unknown |
| Don't trust any positive postings here. They are all made my Crapella's PR office. Here is my experience: If you are African American, they will give you hard time always assuming your assignments must have been done by others. When I looked into the race and ethnicity of their employees, I found they are 99.99 % white. Except for one administrator, I couldn't even find one professor who is not white. The pictures on the web site are in no way representative of the demographics of the organization. It is one of their strategies to mislead the public and there is more to this school . . . I left depressed after two years of struggle. Now, I am finishing my Ph.D. at Northcentral university and I expect to graduate this fall. Good luck in your search for a school! |
| Aug 17 2011 || Education |
| My experience at Capella is a positive one. However, I had one professor to give me a problem and I called my academic advisor and she handled it ASAP. I told her I never wanted to encounter him ever again and together, we planned my schedule up until graduation. I'm sorry so many people had bad experiences, but you cant please everyone. I graduated from undergrad 16 years ago and some people still complain of issues they had with financial aid, professors or registration at that university. |
In life, you get handled certain situations and its up to you to make the best of it, depending what goal you have in mind. I could have easily took the backseat and allow this professor to discourage me..instead, I was proactive in my studies, stood up to him and got a B out of the course. By the way, this professor had 2 degrees from Harvard, a MBA and PhD.
| Aug 11 2011 || Business - Management and Administration |
| Capella University is a great place. If you are serious about education, this is the place. Expensive, but worth it! |
| Jul 25 2011 || Education |
| I started at Capella in October 2009 in the masters program for school counseling. In January of 2011 I switched to the marriage and family therapy program. I have had a great experience at Capella, and changing my program was an easy process. The entrance process was easy, possibly too easy, with little gate keeping. The cost of the graduate program is comparable to other schools I was looking into. The online atmosphere is very user friendly with acceptable deadlines, and the course content creates a positive and proactive learning environment. The only complaint about the school is the cost of the colloquium that required to attend twice during the program. If the colloquium experience is set to take place in a city that is not your own, you are expected to pay 1500 on top of the already expensive tuition. The school does offer a discount on airfare and hotel rates, but the cost does end up being about 5000 extra on top of the tuition. |
| Jul 18 2011 || Psychology |
| Don't trust anything they tell you to get you in. These are failed academics who became thieves. Most of the professors don't have the basic qualifications required to supervise dissertations. The administration is totally incompetent and wants nothing but your money. Even if you make it to graduation, don't expect to get a job based on their degree. Did you see their advertisements? They are catering to "the online graduate university for working adults" simply because they know their students wouldn't get jobs based on Capella's degree. With the latest government gainful employment law, Capella is huge trouble, they have show on their website how information about the number of students who enter their programs, the number of these who graduate, and the number of those who are getting jobs. So, from now on, Capella is going to be in trouble; if you don't have a job, you aren't a good candidate for the scam. |
| Jul 07 2011 || Education |
| Worst school ever. It is super easy to get in. All they want is money so they do not care about test scores or recommendations. A coworker told me they had a good experience there and completed most of their Master's there so I thought I would give it a shot since I was still waiting to get accepted to other schools. The major problem I faced was being forced to do a lame orientation course as a grad student. It was a complete waste of money, you do not learn anything. Orientation classes are completely unnecessary, especially at the grad level. By the 2nd week of the 10 week orientation I lost interest because all of the students were well below average and the assignments were too easy. There was a foreign student in my class as well who could not form complete sentences and was constantly posting propaganda as their discussion board post. Luckily I got accepted into my first university pick after a long 6 month wait. I am actually in the 6th week of Capella and I do not even do my work anymore. There is no point in finishing since I will leave to go to a real university soon and not an expensive for-profit school. Do not go to this school, go to a traditional school with online courses if that is the schedule you need. Do not waste your time and money on this trash. |
| Jun 13 2011 || Psychology |
| I have only been in the Ph.d program since February and overall the program itself is fine; but I was given incorrect information concerning tuition when I began Capella. Capella cost about 20,000 a year which is very expensive, but when someone gives you incorrect information and then you have to pay an extra almost two thousand on top of the yearly fee it is even more expensive. I contacted the enrollment department as soon as I realize the problem and spoke to a manager who had a matter of fact and an oh well attitude about the situation; and who was suppose to get back to me and I have yet to hear from her. I read reviews about other students who had similar experiences with Capella and tuition issues, so I thought that I would avoid similar problems by trying to obtain what I thought was accurate by asking very direct questions when I had an issue; needless to say I still became a causality of Capella. At this point I have already spent about $8,000 at Capella and if I transfer to another program I will loose this money and my time talking the classes that I have already had. I am not hopefully that this issue will even get resolved especially since the manager has not even taken the time to call me back weeks later. |
| May 18 2011 || Education |
| You get out of it what you put in it. I can do my work at 2 am if I need to and faculty get back to you within a day or so. Most faculty make their availability clear at the beginning of each class so I'm not sure why people would be frustrated by lack of contact when a faculty member flat out says they only respond once a week. The classes are only as rigorous as you make them, if you put in the time, you get a lot out of it, but I can see how one would just skate by. But my guess is that the skaters will get screwed come thesis time. I wouldn't go here if I wanted to teach. This isn't a respected school for preparing researchers or teachers in the field. But if you're only trying to move ahead professionally in a non-teaching role, I think it's better for that. If you're not insecure about where you go and can afford it, this is hands down better than Phoenix or Walden - trust me, I've enrolled at both. The work is a bit more challenging and a bit more relevant here. As one reviewer pointed out, my 8 year old cousin could complete the work at Phoenix. Anyway. I like it and I recommend it here. |
| Feb 28 2011 || Education |
| Yes, it was really easy to get in and yes it's really expensive. But you know what? It's convenient for me as a full time working professional. I couldn't commit to a brick and mortar school because I didn't want to leave my job or drive and sit in a classroom at night. So I like the convenience. I've had good instructors and bad instructors but the good ones have been incredibly helpful because they have been professionals working in my field and not academics sitting in an office conducting research on a subject rather than actually working within the industry. I like that. I'm not going here to become a full time researcher or a professor somewhere either, and I think that's what confuses some people about the purpose of a school like this - it's not a great school to get a degree and go into teaching. It's a great school to get a degree and work as a professional in an administrative position or to further ones working knowledge for promotion. |
| Feb 26 2011 || Education |
Do not go to Capella. Find a school ANYWHERE ELSE! |
The professors are horribly arrogant,condescending and do not teach their courses at all. You are thrown a list of assignments and you sink or swim, with no help, even when you request it. Mention this in your review, or to administration, and you get get a polite email that basically says "we don't really care what you think". Professors are allowed to run roughshod over the grading, and base it on how much they like you, not what you do in the course.
It is just a rotten place to be, with rotten professors, stupid required colloquia (which will set you back about another $2500 for each of the three you must attend) and no way to protect yourself as a student.
| Dec 17 2010 || School of Information |
| I made a terrible mistake by joining Capella. It's a joke and I took it seriously, even when many friends and colleagues warned me about it. Don't repeat my mistake; avoid this place. |
| Oct 17 2010 || Education |
I graduated in March 2010 with a PhD in Organization/Management. Overall, it was a grreat experience. My entire committee was very accessable which made the dissertation defense enjoyable. I credit this due to my committee; there was collaboration throughout the process.|
During my Capella career, I have presented and/or chaired panels at four different professional/academic conferences. I have completed my first paper from my dissertation which is being presented next month. After receiving feedback from colleagues, I plan to publish this article.
I am the chair of a division at a community college. No issues there with a Capella degree. I might point out that my former supervior accepted a provost position with a very large community/technical college in a major metropolitian area, and she has a PhD from Capella also.
I am very satisfied with my Capella education, and for doctoral work, I would recommend Capella to anyone.
| Sep 26 2010 || Business - Management and Administration |
| I can only say I had the worst experience in this place. These people are the most dishonest people that I have met in life. They talk to you and they are nice but as soon as they get you in and settled, they don't want to hear from you. They start threatening you. They just want you to follow their orders and shut up. If you ask a question, then the trouble starts. When trouble starts, you have no way to go to; nobody answers your communications. You will be left alone in the cold. From what I know, this is not a university; it is a business, a scam!!!|
| Jun 22 2010 || Education |
| Capella University is a money making machine, they are cheaters, ifyou don't take your time, you will pay 4,000 per class.|
I will never recommend a student to study at Capella.
| May 29 2010 || School of Information |
| I started my Ph.D. program at Capella and everything seemed to go very well until I reached my comprehensive exam. To make the story short, I had 4 mentors who were all horrible communicators. Two of them never responded to my e-mails and the other two mentors barely made sense. The chair of the department was arrogant and insulting. After they get you to invest in their scam, they treat you like a criminal. I am right now planning to leave and considering a lawsuit. My advice, don't get even close to thinking about this place; it's a money making machine and a place of horror stories. Good luck. |
| May 08 2010 || Education |
I am a Capella Alumni. I graduated with my MBA, and honestly wish these types of programs were available when I was doing my undergraduate degree. I found the content matter to be highly challenging as well as the scheduled online required responses and meeting curricula requirements in order to maintain a good standing. I think this is a good thing that helps keep students on time, and on track with GOOD grades instead of just being a passive staff which could be easier since it is an online course. If you are not doing well, you will be put on academic probation. If you do not stay on track, you may be put on academic probation. This is to help "you" the student to achieve. I say this since I was put on academic probation 2 times during my MBA. I feel like the staff were more concerned with my success than in undergraduate degree school at a traditional brick and mortar school. I personally appreciated it.|
I am now, 4 years later, deciding to go back to Capella to get my Ph.D. Im not rich, so I am doing this on student loans. So, I truly value the course content.
Capella is an online university. It is a stricter environment only because the possibility to fall back or forget or get distracted is that much higher without face to face pressure. I like it. If you are not used to having to be disciplined, or ready to become super disciplined....you will hate this course environment. I personally love it. I work anywhere from 60-80 hours a week in a demanding management role. Capella, offers the freedom to study for a degree with out taking anymore of my precious time to have to physically travel to a school and sit in a classroom where I have to listen to other students rattling on about nothing related to the course. This is a focused, disciplined, and physically freeing empowering environment.
I am grateful for my experiences, and to comment on the cost...it is incredibly comparable to brick and mortar schools while offering a more structured coarse/degree program. Drop/refund policies match that of the traditional schools. You will be disappointed if you expect to be in a laid back environment. This is not for you then.
| Apr 19 2010 || Business - Management and Administration |
| Capella has all of the qualities required for an accredited quality university. I was able to attend the university of my choosing but chose not to participate in much of the politics involved. I am pleased with the university, respected by the professors, and glad Capella offers this degree as I am a full-time practitioner and could not attend a B&M university. I will do fine with this degree and am not worried in the least about its quality or comparability to other degrees. Thanks Capella. |
| Mar 27 2010 || Nursing |
| Crapella Univetsity is a joke!!! Most of the professors who are teaching in graduate programs have never published one single article in a peer reviewed journal. Most of them don't even have proper training and experience to supervise dissertations or research. Many of them received degrees from Crapella or other similar diploma mills schools. Do you still want to get a taste of crap, try Crapella!!! As for me, I am out of here !!!! |
| Mar 18 2010 || Education |
I received undergrad degree at Old Dominion University, then joined Capella. I knew it was more expensive than ALL brick-n-mortar schools that I looked into. I chose Capella because I am pursuing a MASTERS in MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING. CAPELLA IS THEE ONLY ONLINE UNIVERSITY THAT IS CACREP ACCREDITED!!! Therefore, if you want to become a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and you want to go the online route...CAPELLA is thee ONLY CACREP accredited online program. I have busted my tail through hard work, self discipline, and perseverance. If you know anything about the counseling profession you know that to become licensed you have to have an education from a CACREP accredited university. This accreditation is VERY hard to obtain hence why they are the only ones. All professors had a doctorate, they were professional and helpful. A few bad apples does NOT spoil the bunch. I never had a problem with any professors that I didn?t have at other universities I attended. |
Financial Aid- I never had a problem.
All the bad reviews: I tried really hard to think of some negatives to be fair. The only one I have is that it is expensive. But once again I want to be an LPC so I had to go to Capella for online CACREP accreditation. Would I do it again-----YES.
| Mar 14 2010 || Other |
| This school is nothing but a fancy and expensive correspondence school and I can't believe it is still in business. My advice: don't believe anything positive about this school here because it is obviously written by the administrators of this school who are trying to balance the negative reviews. My two cents! |
| Mar 07 2010 || Education |
| If you are considering Capella, I would simply advise you to stay away. Because before you know it, they will get you in, get your money, and throw you with the crowd to sink or swim. Good luck |
| Feb 05 2010 || Education |
| After earning my BSBA and MBA at a nationally ranked brick & mortar school in the midwest 20 years prior, I chose to attend Capella University because if I wanted to earn my PhD an online program was the only real option. I teach at 2 other online institutions and a brick and morter university so have some basis of comparison of quality of programs and the learning philosophies and processes. Capella University, and online learning in general, is not for everyone, to be sure. Online learning demands much more initiative, self-discipline and self-direction than b&m schools, which is probably understated in the university's recruiting efforts. If you understand the concept of "earning" a degree v. buying one, then you will appreciate and benefit greatly from your Capella University experience. If you believe you are entitled to an outcome that you haven't legitimately earned, you aren't likely to appreciate the Capella experience - or any other learning experience, for that matter. All for-profit institutions have gaps between their recruiting propaganda and program realities; although the state institution I teach for doesn't understate student expectations, there are nightmare stories about poor advising, shoddy teaching, and greedy politicians picking the pockets of students through hefty raises in tuition and fees that are not reflected in an enhanced learning experience (yes, I'm in California :) Bottom line, Capella University is a great opportunity to achieve your terminal degree goals but don't think that because it is pricey it entitles you to a smooth academic journey - that doesn't exist anywhere and the more you focus on the negative the less likely your program will benefit your learning and/or career goals. |
| Feb 02 2010 || Education |
Don't trust anything positive you see here. The reputation of this school is so bad and it's getting worse everyday. The administration is using this forum to control the damage and keep up with all the negative posts. I have been at Capella for almost 4 years and I had five mentors. The first one never responded to my e-mails and I had to fight to change her. The second one was totally ignorant of the Ph.D. process; he didn't even know the most basic steps and procedures. The third one left Capella after three months. She was generous enough to e-mail me and apologize for the inconvenience. The fourth mentor worked with me for about two years and he was very good but he has Capella. Now, they are giving me another mentor who is taking two weeks to answer an email. This school is driving me insane; it's the wost decision I have ever made. I don't even know how they can be still in business. My advice: don't try it unless you want to experience the worst.
| Jan 25 2010 || Education |
| This school is managed by a bunch of liars. Don't believe anything positive you read here because they watch this site all the time and they would do anything to give you the impression of a good school. Don't repeat my mistake, stay a way. Good luck!!! |
| Jan 17 2010 || Education |
Capella's permanent faculty have been priceless. They are extremely competent and supportive. While there is uneven quality in the teaching by adjunct faculty, and the form of instruction limited to one paper and discussion questions in most PhD level courses are not rigorous, on the PhD level the course material and the quality of discussions exceeds that of what I've seen in some other prominent brick and mortar schools over the past two years when I was comparing my coursework with a peer. Capella can improve by using more current teaching methods (white board, more simultaneous learning), but there are many students who do not have access to high speed internet, which is slowing down some of the more advanced options Capella could be using.|
I cannot comment on financial aid issues. I have found advising uneven, and during colloquium not enough slots available to see one's advisor, but I am very self-directed anyway. I also found advising 30years ago in a brick and mortar uninspiring as well, anyway.
As to the scoring, this is an online-only curriculum. Scores of D for campus and school life is ludicrous. There needs to be an online-only school evaluative part of this website so that online-based criteria is available for rating. More critical is uptime of the classroom, ease of uploading information, ability to see payment status and payment through the same interface (has been available for 18 months now),and responsiveness of faculty. I find faculty to be much more responsive than some of the faculty in brick and mortar classes a friend of mine had taken during this same period.
| Jan 07 2010 || Business - Management and Administration |
| Last quarter, I discovered some ugly facts about Capella University so I decided to drop out. This school is very disorganized and very unethical in their way of doing business. Their professors and administrators are all confused and incompetent. All the attention is given to three services: recruitment, collection of fees, legal services. |
| Jan 07 2010 || Education |
I graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2008. It was the worst academic experience of my career. I wanted to go back to school and get a degree that actually got me a job and actually prepared me to DO something, which I didn't get at EMU, but I was not interested in doing the on-campus thing ever again. I enrolled in Capella and it has been the BEST academic experience I have had. |
The professors have been friendly, available, fair, and provide feedback right away. All of them I have had thus far have accepted drafts of papers early, provided feedback for me to improve, then given me enough time to make the necessary changes so I can grow as an academic writer and get a great grade as well. Most of the students in my program are in their thirties or forties, a few are in their fifties, and there is a great camaraderie amongst us even though the program is online. I have connected with people during this online experience unlike when I was at EMU, when the students there were too clique-y for me to make friends and the faculty were unavailable and unhelpful.
The classes are ten weeks. Students have the option to take only one class at a time or multiple. With the schedule I have, I am currently taking only one class, but plan to take two so I can complete my program faster. The grading rubric is fair and similar in each class: the instructors MUST adhere to the grading policies and they have so far. I have been graded fairly and feel confident that I have earned each and every grade I've achieved. So far I have a 4.0.
My favorite aspect of this program is that it's not just a bunch of busy work like my undergrad coursework at EMU. I actually get a chance to LEARN. Not memorize and recite for a test and then forget it, LEARN. I have an academic advisor who is readily available; the online library is a great tool, and there is on online writing center as well as other resources. I've received better help through Capella than I EVER did at EMU. The school was poorly ran--Capella has been the opposite for me.
At times there has been a lot of work, but nothing I wasn't prepared for. At the beginning of each class my instructors have been crystal clear about expectations, assignments, and due dates, and with few exceptions, they have adhered to them. Any changes that have been made have been for the benefit of the students.
I am very pleased with Capella and would recommend it to anyone who has what it takes to be an online learner. I would prefer never to have to set foot on a campus again, and this is definitely the way to go.
| Dec 07 2009 || Other |
| The administration of this school is totally incompetent; the only thing they do right is student recruitment. I made a mistake and I believed in them and I am right now paying the price. Avoid this place to save yourself the trouble. Don't believe anything they tell you. Even most of the positive posts here are made by the administration in an attempt to control the damage. |
| Dec 05 2009 || Education |
| I joined Capella two years ago with dreams similar to what you may have right now but, gradually, I discovered I was scammed and didn't know it. Folks, this a new type of scam. Capella University is nothing but a money making machine. It is a disaster and it doesn't care about anyone anyone. Keep your money and stay away. My 2 cents:-) |
| Nov 28 2009 || Education |
| I am not going to tell my experience here because I am in the process of preparing to take this school to court. All I can say, this school is a disaster and it will make your life miserable. Don't believe anything positive you see here. I would guess they are all from the administration in an effort of damage control. |
| Nov 24 2009 || Education |
| I am attending in Capella's School of Education earning my doctorate. Excellent is all I can say in every aspect. Beware that a successful student here must be self-motivated, highly organized in time management, and determined. After being a student here, I would have no problem recommending this learning format for anyone with the qualities I listed above. I earned my masters at Pepperdine, but would have enjoyed attending here. I find the online format has a bit more rigor. |
| Oct 24 2009 || Education |
I recently graduated (August 2009)and obtained my Masters of Arts from Capella University. My concentration is Education. I enjoyed this school tremendously. I found it quite challenging and rewarding. I have gained more from the content of Capella's coursework then I did when I attended in-class courses at a major university in Michigan. |
In my opinion, an education from Capella is well worth it. However, you must be a self-starter that is disciplined and motivated to work independently. The programs offered are not for those who require structured, in-class lectures.
The instructors are very professional, as well as helpful. They are always willing to assist you with any problems you have in your coursework. In most of my courses, I usually had individual research assignments. I found this aspect of my coursework quite challenging, but it also helped me gain insight and understanding into the subject matter as I advanced through my program. Group coursework is usually assigned, and is well-developed. It has allowed me to gain life-long friends.
Of course, as with any school you attend, you will have some courses you dislike as well as some instructors, as I did. Additionally, Capella's tuition is steep, but in this economy, which college or university isn't?
Overall, I am very satisfied with the education I received from Capella University, and I would highly recommend it to others.
| Oct 05 2009 || Education |
| I am considering returning to Capella University. I found it provided me with a quality education. I entered a master's program in a school in my state. I did not receive the educational quality I have obtained while attending Capella. I would definitely recommend this school to others. It is well worth it! |
| Oct 05 2009 || Education |
| Business Proposal for Training Curriculum in non-profit agency |
| As soon as they get you in, take your money for couple years, they treat you like dirt and jerk you around for every single thing. This school is also infested with racist administrators and faculty who resent their students and pledge to do anything to destroy your self confidence. My advice: keep your money and stay away. If you want to get an education, this is the wrong place. |
| May 29 2009 || Education |
| Got my BS, MS and now working on my Doctorate at Capella University. I have never had problems with faculty or other students. If I needed assistance the staff of Capella was always willing and able to assist me. Faculty is no different than any other College, some good some bad, do your work and ask for help when you need it and getting through a class is not difficult. |
| May 27 2009 || Computer Science |
| I agree with the statements below, their goal is your money without getting in trouble with the law. They don't like courts very much but I don't think they can be safe from courts. If you are African American, they will give you hard time always assuming your assignments must have been done by others. When I looked into the race and ethnicity of their employees, I found they are about 99.99 % white. I couldn't even find one single administrator or professor who is not white. The pictures on the web site are in no way representative for the demographics of the organization. It is one of their strategies to mislead the public and there are many more of these tricks to this school. My advice: Stay away!!! |
| Mar 22 2009 || Education |
| I have been very happy with the education I have achieved at Capella. Both my Bachelor and Master degrees were from a brick and mortor school, but as an adult with life and family responsibilities I could not take the two to three years (or more) off to complete a doctorate degree in residence. I attended University of Phoenix, but found their format difficult to work with and their staff less than helpful. While there have been some professors who could have been more helpful or more accessable, overall the quality of the education and the other learners has been excellent. I recommend Capella to others who want to pursue an online education. |
| Jan 20 2009 || Business - Management and Administration |
| My experience in the PhD program at the Capella University School of Business and Technology has been outstanding. My future degree, a doctorate in Organization and Management with a specialization in Information Technology Management, is well regarded by my employer, a prestigious international corporation. I recommend Capella to any working adult for a high quality graduate degree. |
| Jan 09 2009 || Business - Management and Administration |
| First let me say I am not a faculty member, I am a true student. Individuals that provide negative feedback on this site are the ones who could not make it in an online environment; therefore, they feel they have to bash the school. The bottom line is any school is what you make it, either you are going to do the work or you are not. The professors that teach at Capella University also teach at brick and mortar schools; the only difference is that you work with the professor using technology versus face-to-face. In either case, the school is an excellent alternative for working adults as it offers the same top quality education by the same professors teaching at brick and mortar schools, and yes we have professors that are graduates of Yale and Harvard. |
| Dec 15 2008 || Business - Management and Administration |
| Don't believe anyone! Capella U is a good idea for making making but not education. They teach one thing and they practice another. By the time you find out it is too late to start over at some other school. But people are finding out about Capella and it started shrinking. My advice, do some research and find a real school before you give your credit card. Good luck!!! |
| Nov 22 2008 || Education |
| Explore other options. |
| Nov 18 2008 || Education |
| i got in to Capella cuz i couldn't got excepted into any other school. |
| Nov 14 2008 || Business - Management and Administration |
| All the positive posts here are made by Capella's administration to advertise themselves. The truth of the matter, this school is a money making machine. That's all they care about... good luck! |
| Nov 02 2008 || Education |
| Capella University is a school that will allow you to obtain a quality degree, spend time with family, and continue to work. I have learned a great deal in the courses I have taken to date that I can apply to my job and help make decisions that impact my companyâ€™s bottom line. |
| Sep 11 2008 || Business - Management and Administration |
| While Capella is considered an e-learning/online school, some of the professors that teach at this university are graduates from some of the most prestige universities in the United States (Tier 1). To this end, the same professors that teach at the brick and mortar universities are the same professors that are teaching at Capella University offering the same quality of education. |
| Sep 11 2008 || Business - Management and Administration |
| Capella has allowed me to work toward my PhD which iwll complete next year without having to sacrifice my income and time with my family. As a clinician holding a Masters degree already, I have found the program very challenging and feel it will be a very important asset to my career. The staff and faculty at Capella have bent over backwards to help me on the path to complete my last degree! |
| Sep 09 2008 || Psychology |
| Great school requires hard work and dedication. It is not as easy as one would think; taking online courses at this university has been a challenge. It is my opinion that brick and mortar universities tend to be easier than taking online courses at this institute. |
| Aug 26 2008 || Business - Management and Administration |
| In my opinion Capella University is a good school. As with any university it is what you make of it. Going to school in a non-traditional environment requires that an individual be dedicated and very discipline. If you are not an individual that can meet these qualifications then it is not a school for you. Having attended brick and mortar universities for two degrees, I found that Capella was more challenging and it required me to be a lot more discipline with my work than I was in a brick and mortar environment. That being said, I urge you to challenge yourself and attend Capella University in the very near future.|
| Aug 05 2008 || Business - Management and Administration |
| I have just completed my Ph.D. and could not have been more pleased with the program. It was high quality, well designed and very rigorous. The faculty were professional, some the best in their fields, and many from very prestigious universities. They expected work that was well-written, relevant, and as close to publishable as possible. They were sometimes brutal in their feedback, but always were honest and fair. Unlike a face to face university, weekly participation was always required. Readings had to be done on time, responses had to be scholarly (many times citations were required on even the discussions), and discussions between learners were rich and thoughtful. The learners were often Principals, Superintendents, or college faculty members. They were very motivated and it was exciting to have conversations with peers across the nation and even sometimes across the world. Yes, Capella's initial acceptance rate is high, but students who can not live up to the demands of the university are weeded out quickly, which most likely leads to some of the negative reviews seen here. We could often tell in early courses those who we would not see the following quarter. Those who made it to the end were committed and professional learners who definitely had the tenacity to complete an excellent and well thought-out curriculum. Part of Capella's mission is to reach a diverse population and to give those who are limited in their ability to travel to a brick and morter institution an opportunity to acquire an excellent education. Unfortunately, the potential negative reviews of some students who are unable to continue is a price they will have to pay for giving this opportunity. I have had experience at a very competitive face-to-face institutions as an undergraduate, and went to a state university for my masters degree. For the motivated student, Capella provides a curriculum that matches, and in many cases exceeds both in both quality and rigor. Capella aims to develop and nurture the scholar-practitioner. They do an excellent job. |
| Jul 29 2008 || Education |
| After reading many of the posts I must say that I've been a student at both the traditional brick and mortar and now online. I find that I have had to work harder at the online university because you have to be organized and able to work on your own versus the instructor standing before you and you take notes. As a student at Capella in the Clinical Psy.D. program I have nothing but praise for this school. Yes they did withdraw their APA Accreditation application however the decision was mutual between Capella and the APA. Due to the University changing from a Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology to a Psy.D. program the APA requires a school to wait before starting the accreditation process until a class has been through the new program's process. I have no doubt that Capella will pursue this accreditation once the first class of Psy.D. students has graduated. Please check things out for yourself instead of listening to the negatives you read. |
| Mar 18 2008 || Psychology |
| I am happy with Capella's Ph.D. program after 1.25 years. The program is comparable to other B&M work I have done. Overall, the program is what you make it and for those that say the program "sucks" or simply cry "don't go to Capella, they will take your money" are indicating their intelligence when they post. |
It is a good program that will allow you to grow as a person and if you want to teach, you will be able to do so. I will add though, do not expect to teach at an Ivy League or Tier I type school because it will not happen. If you want to teach, you should focus more on community colleges, technical colleges, or even Tier III or IV type schools.
| Mar 07 2008 || Business - Management and Administration |
| i'm enrolled in a program and the classes are of very low quality. It's pretty much a giant "chat room" without depth or substance. EXTREMELY LOW LEVEL! |
| Mar 01 2008 || Business - Management and Administration |
| I've been pleased with my experience at Capella. I feel that it is easily as good of a program as those in which I have participated at brick-and-mortar, non-profit institutions.|
If anything, there is a much higher degree of rigor.
| Feb 10 2008 || Education |
Capella is a quality university - those who put it down are either disgruntled former students (i.e. Jeff LaMarca) or have preconceived notions of online education.|
I am receiving faculty development funds where I teach to attend Capella, and I don't believe that my college would waste money on a substandard program.
Capella, like all endeavors, is what you make of it.
| Jan 09 2008 || Business - Management and Administration |
| I give this "University" a straight F. Don't get fooled by their lies; they will tell you anything to get you in. Even if you make it to graduation, your degree is worth nothing. You may think it is worth something, but soon or later you will find out. As for me, Capella University is a joke!!!! |
| Dec 23 2007 || Education |
| Capella dumped their psychology program because they couldn't get accreditation from the APA. I'm glad I left and went to a state school. The difference in the instructional quality is vast. I'm almost afraid to tell others in my new program that I went to Capella as I've already had people laugh at me. |
| Dec 18 2007 || Psychology |
For those who don't know, Jeffry LaMarca is the author of all of the Capella-hate posts.
On 7/1/05 Jeff sued Capella University for failure to accomodate and violation of the American with Disabilities Act.
On 11/19/07, LaMarca's lawsuit against Capella was dismissed.
According to Capella's site:
All charges brought against Capella University by a former learner were dismissed on Monday, November 19, 2007, in United States District Court for the Central District of California. The court found that Capella did not violate the Americans with Disabilities Act and provided adequate accommodations to Jeffry La Marca. Capella has consistently denied Mr. La Marcaâ€™s allegations.
Capella has brought counterclaims against Mr. La Marca alleging defamation and interference with business relations. He attempted to have Capellaâ€™s counterclaim dismissed, but was unsuccessful at the district court level. That decision is currently on appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
In fact, the court found that:
1. LaMarca is not disabled under the ADA.
2. Even if LaMarca was disabled under the ADA, Capella granted reasonable accommodations.
3. Capella did not engage in retaliation by locking out LaMarca from Capella's courserooms due to LaMarca's abusive behavior.
In fact, the judge found that: "Plaintiff's comments were abusive, harassing, and inappropriate for any public environment, let alone the functional equivalent of a classroom..."
| Dec 17 2007 || Psychology |
Well well well Mr. La Marca looks like we finally have a name to put with the one-sided, disgusting filth that YOU spew. Looks like anonymity is no longer your good bedfellow. Good luck with your fact less, childish, tiradeâ€¦. See how much support you can garner now Jeffry. |
| Nov 22 2007 || School of Information |
| I've had nothing but good experiences at Capella in the MS and PhD programs. Resources for students continually improve. Health problems have caused problems for me, but everyone at Capella has helped me achieve my educational goals. |
| Jun 28 2007 || Business - Management and Administration |
| I attended this school for two years now. The professors are mostly very nice and helpful. Some of them are available to chat with your anytime and help you advance in your learning. I don't think I can ever reach that level of patience. On the other hand, the administration of this place is out of touch. They are in total chaos!!! My classmate said they have always been like that and I don't expect them to change anytime soon. Take my advice, find another. Good luck! |
| Jun 16 2007 || Education |
| I worked at Capella-- it is a joke. They let in EVERYONE, and I mean everyone. We would laugh at emails we would get from "Learners" (capella speak for students) who couldn't even type a logical sentence, yet they were admitted to the PhD program. Think about it: you may be smart, but other doorknobs are graduating w/a degree from this place, making your degree a lot less prestigious. Don't waste your time or your money (which is all they were after. They were obsessed about "going public" with the stock, so the higher ups could get rich and retire). |
| Jun 14 2007 || Business - Management and Administration |
| Capella University is the place for losers who can't cut it anywhere else. Do your research and you'll find that Capella is on par with other for-profit schools - a total waste. |
| Jun 06 2007 || Business - Management and Administration |
| I have enjoyed my education thus far. |
| Jun 01 2007 || Business - Management and Administration |
I am in the Ph.D. program for Organizational Behavior with an emphasis on Leadership. Thus far, the program has been challenging, I have mixed reviews on the instructors. I would not necessarily say the instructors are good or bad, but I do believe being more attentive and more willing to provide scholarly feedback is appropriate. |
The school as a whole is being attacked for the delivery methods, which I am not entirely sure, is fair. I have taken online courses with tradition brick and mortar campuses and I earned my MBA from a brink and mortar campus that started in 1877, so it had a long and excellent history. However, even their delivery format online left a bit to be desired. I think Capella does the best they can with the learning environment and the real question surrounding the school may not be the quality of education as much as the format (it seems other brick and mortar campuses are having similar difficulties).
From my early experience with Capella, the education is fine, but I will need more time to evaluate it. In the meantime, you must decide for yourself and realize that just because websites are started by a person does not mean that reflects the majority of students, alumni, and prospective students. In addition, one site, http://www.capellauniversity.org/ and its alternate name http://www.capellauniversitysucks.us/, should tell you a lot about the intelligence level of the creator. Any person who has to use this type of propaganda and language to relay a point suffers from their own handicap.
Finally, these sites claim to be responsive to all viewpoints, but thus far, they have failed to respond to my constructive questions. I suspect this is because they see things only one way, launching a smear campaign against the school, shutting out any other opinion or viewpoint in the process. I do not put up with this in politics and I will not in school. However, I digress, and I encourage you to do you OWN research and talk with graduates and alumni from any school you are considering before making a final decision.
| Jun 01 2007 || Business - Management and Administration |
I made the mistake of attending Capella University. In my opinion, this institution doesn’t deserve accreditation. At the time of this opinion, there were several lawsuits filed against Capella Education Corporation. (Google search) |
Here are a few specific examples of why I took to the time to write this opinion and warn others to avoid Capella.
1. In my opinion Capella is losing ground. It has lost or withdrew applications for accreditation.
2. My experience with instructors and format were disappointing. When the format we used to interface with the university changed, it resulted in confusion. I dropped my class and protested. Capella refused to refund fees and turned it over to collections. Capella’s collection agency dropped the case, so Capella (and/or its agents) gave it to other agencies to continue the harassment. Other students also report unethical collection practices.
3. Poor quality of instruction. My PhD classes were taught by people that didn't seem to have the expertise necessary to teach the class. While there are some good instructors, I was disappointed in the education I received.
Recommendations - steer clear of Capella and heavily advertised online programs. Go with in-state online programs offered from reputable institutions.
| Jan 29 2007 || Psychology |
| I attended Walden before transferring to Capella to complete my doctoral degree. Two of my friends, who completed their MA degrees with me both referred me to Capella and both are in the dissertation phases of their doctoral degrees. They have had nothing but great experiences @ Capella and I echo those experiences. My academic advisor is great; she calls me monthly to discuss my progress and plan my courses for the next 3 terms; we discuss challenges and resolutions; this is something I NEVER got from any advisor @ Walden. The curriculum at Capella is challenging and the faculty expect graduate level work from the students. They also expect you to engage in and be accountable for your own learning. I am very happy there and would recommend it to anyone who is looking @ grad and post graduate school. |
| Jul 06 2006 || Business - Management and Administration |
| This school is a joke! If you care about your education you will go to a different school! Teachers are not knowledgable nor are they helpful. The administration cares more about making money then you getting a good education. |
| Jun 29 2006 || Psychology |
| Education is about learning, not "going to school". This program offers those who want a higher degree of understanding, the tools and support for them to attain that knowledge.|
Don't do "on-line" if you can't self start and self motivate. You will be throwing your money away... and most likely not receive the "sheep-skin".
| May 21 2006 || Business - Management and Administration |
| I am active duty in the Navy and on Sead Duty, which means I deploy. Capella University has been willing to work with me so far and has been more understanding and willing than any other university I researched. |
| Feb 11 2006 || Business - Management and Administration |
| Crapella University aka "Tonka U" is all about making the owners as much money as they can.|
Avoid it at all costs!!!
| Jan 14 2006 || Psychology |
| I started at Capella University in 2003 and I have one more class to finish my MS in Psychology. I have enjoyed my time at Capella and I have found all my teachers as highly competent in their fields and great teachers. Although this is an online program there are opportunities to meet face to face with students and instructors through the University Colloquia's that are a part of the counseling programs. The Psychology program is heavily dependent on writing and I can certainly say that I have improved my writing abilities since undergraduate school. The MS program I went through at Capella was challenging and has prepared me for future doctoral studies in psychology at Capella or at a brick and mortar university. The one draw back is that you can not perform experimental research at Capella - they have no labs naturally. |
| Nov 21 2005 || Psychology |
| Capella University hires and retains instructors who have literally purchased their degrees from Diploma Mills. One of those "instructors," Diane Stottlemyer, along with the Provost (Karen Viechnicki),their "chief counsel" (Greg Thom), a Dean (Kurt Linberg) and others have been named in a lawsuit for discrimination and retaliation against students. Additional information on the lawsuit may be found at: http://www.employmentlawyers4employees.com |
| Jul 24 2005 || School of Information |
Capella university PhD studies are just as rigorous and disciplined as anywhere. One can download recent research completed by students there from ProQuest's website and see.|
There is no way to hide online; deadlines are strictly set. People who are serious stay in for the long haul, become trusted friends, and provide wonderful content. The ones who have trouble disappear quickly (and certainly fail their comps). As time goes on, Capella’s reputation is only going to improve.
For working professionals with a graduate degree already from a respected brick and mortar -- this is definitely the school to check out if you're mid-career working full time and want a chance to earn your doctorate. The faculty are from some of the best schools around, and many are in senior government and private sector positions.
| Jun 30 2005 || School of Information |
| I use to be pleased with this school until I found out they financially rip the students off. I thought this school was a place to help the student obtain what they need, but realize more and more that this is not the case. This school only cares about the money they receive from you and nothing else. My eyes was completely open. And I am going to transfer some place else. Now, I am not foolish, most schools are about money, but when you're told to get an alternative loan to pay off something that should be included in financial aide let's me know exactly where this school is going. Money, money, money.|
| Jun 17 2005 || Other |
| As a first year doctoral student, Capella has gone out of its was to ensure my success. The professors are highly qualified and willing to help with any questions. Course work is very demanding; it usually requires 20+ hours/week/course. Expectations from faculty are high. I would recommend this university to everyone. |
| Feb 26 2005 || Psychology |
I'm currently working on my second Master's Degree from Capella University. While I much preferred/enjoyed the courses in my Education program, the courses in the School of Technology have been challenging and real-world oriented. Much of my dislike/problems with courses in the IT program have been due to a lack of background knowledge/experience in field. However, the other students and faculty have been encouraging and supportive of my learning. I have been able to learn and excel and pass on my learning to the students I teach (at a local technical college). |
My only truly negative comment about the School of Technology is that the core courses and the "primary emphasis" is on programming. There is much more to the world of IT than programming and not all IT professionals are or desire to be programmers. The administration needs to realize that not everyone comes into the program with a system developer/administrators background. If the graduate courses are going to continue to require this sort of background, some sort of prerequisite courses need to be developed to bring those without the necessary background up to speed.
I will begin writing my thesis at the beginning of next year. I'm looking forward to it (and to getting it done!).
| Oct 05 2004 || Computer Science |
| Not titled yet |
I am a PhD learner at Capella and have 13+ years in IT management and Computer Science. It took me more than 8 months to research online and traditional schools for my PhD program. I chose Capella because of the programs, format, and their credibility. They were one of the few universities that answered my questions completely and explained the processes without holding or twisting any information. Now, I am almost done my classes and I am very pleased with my decision to join Capella University. I have a lot of colleagues and friends that attending “Traditional” schools such as Emory and GA Tech, and when we comparing the end results of courses and the program, there is not much different in amount of work and quality of the papers. Going to university is like every thing else you get more if you put more effort and hard work into it. Any fare minded person who actually understands the program, format, and purpose of the university will attest to the value and credibility of the school.|
Just remember: Do your homework and compare the offered programs and the completion process with other universities, one thing for sure you would not find it the easiest or cheapest but you will see the degree that you would EARN will have a lot of value and actually mean something.
| Sep 30 2004 || Business - Management and Administration |
| Capella has been an excellent choice for me. The overall learning environment is much better than I expected. Course work is challenging and time consuming but is also very rewarding.|
If you are looking to obtain a degree via distance learning I strongly suggest that you consider Capella.
| Sep 22 2004 || Business - Management and Administration |
| Hideous is an understandment to describe the incompetence you'll experience at Capella. A complete WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY. |
| Sep 21 2004 || Computer Science |
| Capella University has provided me with the opportunity to grow academically. It is NOT easy. I did my MBA at a traditional university. My PhD studies are more difficult, but more rewarding. |
| Aug 21 2004 || Business - Management and Administration |
| Avoid Capella University at all costs - this "school" is a ripoff - they'll take your money and run. |
| Jul 23 2004 || Computer Science |
| Entering Capella University is one of the wisest educational decisions I have ever made. The level of quality - in both educational and research terms - is amazingly high. I dig the emphasis on theory at the PhD level and find my fellow learners to be generous and helpful at all times. Viva la Capella! |
| Jul 18 2004 || Business - Management and Administration |
| I hate to sound cliche, but you will get out this program exactly what you put in. One can coast through turning in sub standard work and walk away with a degree after enough time. Yet, one has the freedom to take on the most daunting research projects and the absolute control over one's own learning journey. |
| Dec 22 2003 || Other |
Capella is a wonderful school. It's new (1993), accredited, business-like and innovative. All programs are online. Courses are challenging with varying interactivity of faculty. Some have been too easy in the past but now there are checks and balances and all have to provide regular feedback to students. The required residencies are amazing -the faculty are excellent, many brilliant. The students are from everywhere, all very motivated. It costs a lot but worth it if you can design a tight program plan and keep to it. This year Capella is exploding and so the chase is on to provide courses and mentors while keeping the quality very high. So far they are doing a very good job.|
The organization works like clockwork, I love that about the school. Also, it's on the quarter system so programs are fast track. Many of the specializations are high tech and not available elsewhere.
Online study is not for everyone, but if you already work and want a higher degree, are motivated and can use a computer then this is for you. I think by the end of the course I will have had more advice and interaction regarding my PHD and program than an in-person school. Also, the entire organization is about 'getting it done and helping the students = very positive; not at all rude or slowing you down.
| Aug 05 2003 || Education |
| Not yet! |
Capella University Is one of the best schools I've ever been associated with. I'm in the PhD program for Organization and Management and I believe that my professors are the best ones I've ever had. The learning is mainly online with only 332 hrs of in-class time in the program. That isn't really tha different from a traditional program because you spend most of the time researching anyway.|
I just wanted to say that I've loved this program and I believe that it will definitely help my career.
I wish nothing but the best for the school.
| Jul 11 2003 || Business - Management and Administration |
| The administration is more concerned with collecting your money than on your welfare and education as a student. If you can get past that, the professors are excellent. |
| May 20 2003 || Business - Management and Administration |