Capella University is a private, for-profit university founded in 1993. While their headquarters are in Minneapolis, Minnesota, all programs are offered exclusively online. The Capella University educational experience is progressive, bold, and purposefully flexible. Students can complete all degrees online and choose from two types of online format offerings, which are the GuidedPath and FlexPath. Each program is entirely customizable to suit the exact goals, needs, and career aspirations of individuals rather than a traditional path that forces the student to conform to the program.
Overview of Capella University
The community of Capella students is almost 40,000 strong each year and growing. The average age of a student is thirty-nine and all students have access to 53 different degree programs. This number continues to grow, as well. The university is regionally accredited just like all other highly reputable public and private colleges and universities. Many students work full-time jobs while they complete courses. As a result, Capella works to provide the ultimate in flexibility and adaptability in online learning.
While the school is entirely online, students still have access to opportunities for socialization and engagement. Student organizations and clubs are available through iGuide, social media groups, and course forums. There are LinkedIn groups, military support services, library and writing support services, disability services, tech support, and much more.
|School Type||Private for-profit|
|Campus Setting||City: Large|
|Student Faculty Ratio||27:1|
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Tuition Cost & Financial Aid
A four-year degree program costs $14,540 each year for both in-state and out-of-state students. One hundred percent of students receive some form of financial aid, from student loans to scholarships. Many Capella students also work a variety of jobs while they pursue higher education. These might be part-time jobs or full-time jobs based on a previously earned degree.
Students will require an extra $6,000 or so for additional education-related expenses, which is at far less of a rate than the amount students pay at traditional universities. Keep in mind that program participants will still have to pay for daily living expenses including food, rent, and entertainment.
|Average net price||2018-2019|
|Average Total Aid||$3,760|
|Students Receiving Financial Aid||100%|
|Room & Board||$5,265|
- Tuition In-State - $14,540
- Tuition Out-of-State - $14,540
- Books and Supplies - $432
- Room & Board - $5,265
- Other - $93
Students at Capella University have more opportunities in many ways than students at traditional colleges and universities. It is possible to complete certificates in a variety of areas such as business, counseling, education, public health, nursing, and psychology. Bachelor’s degrees and master’s degrees are available in a focused selection that includes business, health sciences, information technology, nursing, psychology, public administration, and social work and human services. And, doctoral degrees are offered in business, counseling and therapy, education, health sciences, information technology, nursing, psychology, public administration, and social work and human services.
The two online learning formats are a choice each student has to make. Those who select the GuidedPath option will have access to group discussions and preset deadlines for more structure that some students prefer in order to help keep them on track. The FlexPath features specific undergraduate and graduate degrees. This type of format is ideal for individuals who have a strong sense of self-motivation and those who desire even more flexibility. Students who select this path select their own deadlines and work at their own pace and classes have a 27 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio.
Capella University has a relatively low retention rate of 40%. This low figure is largely due to the fact individuals pursue degrees and certificates at their own pace and on a schedule that works with their lives. This allows them to transfer if they choose to attend elsewhere. Another reason is that many students are in pursuit of professional degrees that take longer than four or six years.
Student Population Total
Most Popular Programs & Majors
(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)
|Health Professions and Related Programs||1,486 Total Graduates / 53%|
|Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse||1,338 Graduates|
|Health/Health Care Administration/Management||142 Graduates|
|Medical Informatics||4 Graduates|
|Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator||2 Graduates|
|All Business Majors||742 Total Graduates / 26%|
|Business Administration and Management, General||486 Graduates|
|Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General||115 Graduates|
|Project Management||63 Graduates|
|All Psychology Majors||336 Total Graduates / 12%|
|Psychology, General||336 Graduates|
|All Computer Information Science Majors||203 Total Graduates / 7%|
|Information Technology||75 Graduates|
|Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance||51 Graduates|
|Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other||21 Graduates|
|Information Technology Project Management||21 Graduates|
|System, Networking, and LAN/WAN Management/Manager||21 Graduates|
|Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services||37 Total Graduates / 1%|
|Criminal Justice/Safety Studies||33 Graduates|
|Crisis/Emergency/Disaster Management||4 Graduates|
|All Other Diplomas||0|
Outcome & Salary
Capella offers career services for all students. Each individual will work with the career center to work on career planning so that students are taking the proper courses and pursuing the right degrees to meet their career goals. The center also teaches job search strategies, networking, mentoring, interview practicing, and resume building.
Some degree programs also require fieldwork. Capella has strategic partnerships in place, and they help students to meet such requirements in any location. Internships are also available to ensure students graduate with relevant work experience.
|College Grads Early Career Salary||NA|
|College Grads Average Salary||$68,919|
|College Grads Mid Career Salary||NA|
|Return on Investment (ROI)|
|10 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$689,190|
|20 Year Salary Earnings Potential||NA|
|Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year||$69,472|
|10 Year Projected ROI||$619,718|
|20 Year Projected ROI||NA|
|No Colleage Education Salary Comparison|
|National Average Salary||$37,960|
|10 Year Projected Income||$379,600|
|20 Year Projected Income||$759,200|
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