Capella University

Introduction to Capella University

Stephen Shank, the former CEO of Tonka, founded Capella University in 1991. Shank felt that professionals and adults were at an academic disadvantage from traditional universities. Since then, Capella has continued its efforts to expand its educational offerings. The Capella Education Company now owns the school.

Student Life at Capella University

Since Capella University is an online learning institution, students from all over the world participate in the classes. The student enrollment population currently (Jan 2017) comprises 7,835 undergraduates and 26,530 graduates. 612 are so called undergraduate transfer-in enrollment, bringing the total enrollment to 34,365. Many of the graduate students are in the MBA program, while another large group of the total population consists of doctoral students.

A vast majority of the student body is enrolled in classes part-time. Capella uses Blackboard Learning System software to teach students through online classrooms. Some graduate programs require a year or more of residency, such as with clinical psychology.

FAQs on Capella University

Is Capella University Accredited?

The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools regionally accredits Capella University. The school also participates in the North Central Association Academic Quality Improvement Program, which requires yearly accreditation reviews. Capella's Master of Science degrees in Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy have been accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs.

What Are Some of the Capella University Requirements?

Capella University requires all applicants to fill out an application form online. Prospective students can also call or email an admissions counselor to start the admissions process. Different programs have various requirements, depending on whether a bachelor's, master's or doctorate.

Can I Receive Financial Aid From Capella University?

Capella University will work with students in need to reduce the cost of tuition and find federal funding from loans, grants and more. Many employers offer students tuition reimbursement for furthering their education and careers. Military service personnel may be entitled to tuition discounts. Note however that financial aid is only available for those who qualify.

What Career Possibilities Does Capella University Offer?

Capella University is perfect for adult, career-oriented students who want to change career paths or earn a higher degree. The school offers programs based on degree and profession. Some of the degree programs available include human resources, information technology, education, health care administration, psychology, nursing, public health, mental health counseling, accounting, finance, criminal justice and security management.

Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, endorsement, certification, authorization, other professional credentials, or salary advancement. State regulations and professional credential standards vary. It is the learner’s responsibility to understand and comply with requirements for their states and professional associations. For more information on licensure, see the Licensure section on the School’s website. Enrollment restrictions and/or other restrictions may apply to certain programs. Contact Capella University for more information. Learn about completion rates, affordability, and more at

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