Capella University


Capella University is a private co-education university in the United States. Owned by the Capella Education Company, the university has an enrollment of 37,553 students from all 50 states and about 60 other countries, offering 143 graduate and undergraduate specializations and 17 certificate programs with over 1690 online courses.

Capella University was established in 1991 by Dr. Harold Abel and Stephen Shank, and renamed Capella University in 1993. As an online university, the leaning programs are offered via the internet. The online teaching is conducted with course rooms, which are built with the Blackboard Learning System software.

The university offers degrees in certificate bachelor’s, post-bachelor’s certificate, master’s, post moster’s certificate, doctorate’s programs, and a variety of combined-degree programs, such as BPA/MPA, BS/MHA, etc.

The mission of Strayer University is:

The mission of Capella University is to extend access to high quality bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and certificate programs for adults who seek to maximize their personal and professional potential. This mission is fulfilled through innovative programs that are responsive to the needs of adult learners and involve active, engaging, challenging, and relevant learning experiences offered in a variety of delivery modes.


Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.


The university offers online programs in 12 professions, from Business management, Health care, to Nursing and Social work.

The most popular majors and course of study for students are as follows:

  1. Management
  2. Education
  3. Business
  4. Psychology
  5. Computer Science

Capella University is ranked as the third online university and No. 140 university overall on the TrendTopper Media Buzz list of the top 300 colleges and universities by 2010 Global Language Monitor.

As an online university, Capella creates a learning community made up of individuals representing a rich mixture of identities, beliefs, and experience. It is the dedication of the university to promote the transformative exchange of ideas in a high-quality professional curriculum.


The application deadline of Capella is rolling, and the application fee is USD 50. Applicants are required to submit the admission application, the official transcript, and other materials as required by various programs.


The tuition and fees for the 2011-2012 academic year is USD 10,980 on average at Capella, but the number varies according to different programs.

A range of financial aids, including federal financial aid, private student loans, scholarships, and grants are available for students at Capella. Besides, there are a number of options to reduce tuition costs, such as credit for prior learning, transfer credit, and US military service and training.

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