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Capella University Overview

Located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Capella University is a private for-profit institution. The location of Capella University is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

What Is Capella University Known For?

2,894 Undergraduate Awards
  • The highest award offered at Capella University is the doctor's degree.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 14% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from Capella University makes roughly $63,600 a year. This is 56% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.

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Capella University Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Capella University.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Data Processing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Other Homeland Security Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Capella University has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Best Information Technology Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#1 Best Health & Medical Administrative Services Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#2 Best General Psychology Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#4 Best Psychology Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#5 Best Nursing Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#7 Best Health Professions Colleges for Veterans College Factual

Where Is Capella University?

Location of Capella University

Contact details for Capella University are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 225 South 6Th Street, 9Th Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55402-3389
Phone: 888-227-3552
Website: www.capella.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CapellaUniversity
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CapellaU

How Do I Get Into Capella University?

You can apply to Capella University online at: www.capella.edu/admissions/apply-now

Capella University has an open admissions policy. This means that the school accepts all applicants assuming that they meet very basic requirements, such as having a high school diploma or equivalent.

Can I Afford Capella University?

50% Take Out Loans
6.8% Loan Default Rate

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Capella University, approximately 50% of students took out student loans averaging $6,839 a year. That adds up to $27,356 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Capella University is 6.8%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Capella University Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,373 Full-Time Undergraduates
76% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 9,815 undergraduate students at Capella University, with 1,373 being full-time and 8,442 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Capella University

There are also 27,356 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,373 full-time undergraduates at Capella University, 24% are male and 76% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Capella University

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Capella University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Capella University Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 22
Black or African American 235
Hispanic or Latino 128
White 630
International Students 5
Other Races/Ethnicities 353

Geographic Diversity

Minnesota students aren't the only ones who study at Capella University. At this time, 33 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Online Learning at Capella University

37,171 Took All Classes Online
37,171 Took At Least One Class Online
1.6% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 25 bachelor’s degree and 76 master’s degree programs available online at Capella University. In 2017-2018, 37,171 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Capella University has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 2nd most popular in Minnesota for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Capella University

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Capella University was 1.6%. This is the #157 largest growth rate of all schools that are mostly online. This refers to all students at Capella University regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Capella University majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Accounting 8%
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 67%
Business Administration & Management 10%
Business, Management & Marketing 3%
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 12%
Community Organization & Advocacy 84%
Computer Information Systems 1%
Curriculum & Instruction 37%
Data Processing 50%
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 67%
Education 17%
Educational Administration 7%
General Education 61%
General Psychology 1%
Health & Medical Administrative Services 13%
Health Professions 23%
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 18%
Mental & Social Health Services 14%
Nursing 34%
Other Computer & Information Sciences 9%
Other Education 32%
Other Homeland Security 71%
Other Public Administration 38%
Psychology 7%
Social Work 4%
Teacher Education Grade Specific 21%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 23%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Capella University ranks compared to all other mostly online schools that offer a specific major.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Computer Systems Analysis #1
Other Computer & Information Sciences #1
Other Social Sciences #2
Data Processing #2
Multicultural & Diversity Studies #2
Engineering-Related Fields #2
Educational Assessment #2
Other Public Administration #3
Other Homeland Security #3
Gerontology #3
Other Psychology #5
Medical Illustration & Informatics #5
Other Business, Management & Marketing #6
Other Education #6
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods #7
Engineering Technologies #8
Teaching English or French #8
Student Counseling #8
Computer Systems Networking #10
Entrepreneurial Studies #12
Human Development & Family Studies #13
Computer Software & Applications #14
Curriculum & Instruction #14
Child Development & Psychology #15
Special Education #15
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #16
General Education #17
Teacher Education Subject Specific #17
Homeland Security #18
Social Work #19
Management Information Systems #20
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies #20
Public Health #24
Finance & Financial Management #25
Instructional Media Design #26
Mental & Social Health Services #27
Human Services #28
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology #28
Public Administration #37
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #37
General Psychology #41
Teacher Education Grade Specific #42
Nursing #43
General Business/Commerce #43
Marketing #47
Psychology #47
Social Sciences #49
Computer Information Systems #49
Information Technology #53
Educational Administration #54
Public Administration & Social Service #56
Human Resource Management #59
Accounting #64
Computer & Information Sciences #66
Criminal Justice & Corrections #71
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #73
Education #74
Health & Medical Administrative Services #75
Business Administration & Management #96
Health Professions #104
Business, Management & Marketing #105

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Capella University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Nursing 0 0 1,338 31 509 126 2,004
Business Administration & Management 0 0 573 150 564 84 1,371
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 288 881 98 1,267
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 0 125 753 2 880
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 149 30 406 53 638
General Psychology 0 0 350 0 74 50 474
Human Resource Management 0 0 117 62 219 6 404
Educational Administration 0 0 0 142 184 56 382
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 0 15 274 47 336
Information Technology 17 0 93 26 151 30 317
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 0 50 185 53 288
Other Education 0 0 0 31 28 180 239
Student Counseling 0 0 0 2 198 11 211
Public Health 0 0 0 19 128 44 191
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 0 4 26 121 0 151
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 0 40 5 88 17 150
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 24 46 75 145
Human Development & Family Studies 0 0 0 24 106 4 134
Accounting 0 7 52 11 53 6 129
Other Social Sciences 0 0 0 0 101 23 124
Child Development & Psychology 0 0 0 0 113 0 113
Computer Information Systems 0 0 75 0 1 27 103
Human Services 0 0 0 0 68 13 81
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 4 23 47 4 78
Public Administration 0 0 0 0 63 10 73
General Education 0 0 0 2 48 16 66
Instructional Media Design 0 0 0 6 41 16 63
Homeland Security 0 0 4 0 26 10 40
Marketing 0 0 17 0 19 3 39
Special Education 0 0 0 0 39 0 39
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 12 0 22 4 38
Other Psychology 0 0 0 0 34 0 34
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0 30 0 0 30
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 0 5 24 0 29
Community Organization & Advocacy 0 0 0 0 25 0 25
Social Work 0 0 0 0 0 24 24
Other Computer & Information Sciences 0 0 23 0 0 0 23
Management Information Systems 0 0 0 0 14 6 20
Gerontology 0 0 0 0 16 0 16
Other Homeland Security 0 0 0 0 6 8 14
Teaching English or French 0 0 0 0 13 0 13
Other Public Administration 0 0 0 0 0 13 13
Data Processing 0 0 10 0 0 0 10
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 0 9 0 0 9
General Business/Commerce 0 0 0 0 0 6 6
Computer Programming 4 0 2 0 0 0 6
Computer Software & Applications 0 0 3 0 0 0 3
Other Business, Management & Marketing 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Multicultural & Diversity Studies 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Computer Systems Analysis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Computer Systems Networking 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Educational Assessment 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 21 7 2,866 1,137 5,688 1,126 10,845

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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