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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 a little over 36,000 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.

General Information

School Type Private for-profit
Campus Setting City: Large
Campus Housing No
Student Faculty Ratio 35:1
Graduation Rate NA
Year Founded 1993

Student Enrollment

Total Students36,661


Undergraduate Student

Male 2,694
Female 9,551

Graduate Student

Male 5,372
Female 19,044

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Capella Acceptance Rate and Admissions


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Acceptance RateNA

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Female NA

Enrollment NA

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Female NA
Application Fee $50
High School GPA NA
High School Rank NA
High School Transcripts NA
College Prep Courses NA
Recommendations NA
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) NA
Application Deadline NA
Common Application Accepted NA

Capella Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

A four-year degree program cost is NA for 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 2021-2022
Net Price $14,935
Average Total Aid $3,760
Students Receiving Financial Aid 100%
Room & Board $5,265

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - NA
  • Tuition Out-of-State - NA
  • 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 35 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

Student Population 36,661

Evening Classes : No
Online Learning : Yes

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
Accounting 51 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.

Graduates Salary
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 $59,740
10 Year Projected ROI $619,718
20 Year Projected ROI NA
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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