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IPEDS ID: 413413
OPE ID: 03267300
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Capella University
All programs offered completely via Distance education
225 South 6th Street, 9th Floor, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402-3389
General information:  (888) 227-3552
Type:  4-year, Private for-profit
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus setting:  City: Large
Campus housing:  No
Student population:  34,007 (7,947 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  20 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Doctoral/Research Universities
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Student Services
Academic/career counseling service
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2013Full timePart time
Total faculty2471,190
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-0
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
Tuition and fees$10,980$11,700$11,952$12,3483.3%
Books and supplies$1,533$399$399$44712.0%
Living arrangement
Off Campus
Room and board$4,572$4,176$4,248$4,203-1.1%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
Off Campus$17,997$17,511$17,520$17,9942.7%
Off Campus with Family$13,425$13,335$13,272$13,7913.9%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2013-2014
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
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Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
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Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2012-2013
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid13,89048%$19,050,495$4,897
Pell grants3,57744%$11,745,402$3,284
Federal student loans6,86885%$49,925,356$7,269
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
  • This institution did not admit full-time first-time undergraduate-level students in 2012-2013, therefore net price information was not reported.
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Fall 2013
Total enrollment34,007
Undergraduate enrollment7,947
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment512
Graduate enrollment26,060
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 16%
Part-time: 84%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 33%
Female: 67%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 1%
Asian: 1%
Black or African American: 29%
Hispanic/Latino: 7%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 1%
White: 42%
Two or more races: 2%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 18%
Non-resident alien: 0%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 4%
25 and over: 96%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 2%
Out-of-state: 98%
Foreign countries: 0%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2012.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 3%
Part-time: 97%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 100%
Enrolled in some distance education: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 0%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 100%
Enrolled in some distance education: -1%
Not enrolled in any distance education: -1%
Undergraduate application fee (2013-2014): $50
  • This institution has an open admission policy. Contact the institution for more information.
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Part-time students: 21%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Returned in Fall 2013
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 0 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2013.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 0%
Transfer-out rate: 33%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • Interpret data with caution. Capella University is primarily a graduate institution with very few full-time, first-time undergraduate students.
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2012-2013
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterDoctorPostgraduate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General271d189d39d11d
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other2d--1d
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other--9d-
Business/Commerce, General-10d93d-
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce1d---
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies-3d--
Finance, General17d33d--
Human Resources Management and Services, Other-52d--
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General97d143d14d19d
Information Resources Management-39d15d-
Labor and Industrial Relations-7d--
Management Science-2d--
Marketing/Marketing Management, General12d36d--
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management-43d15d2d
Organizational Behavior Studies-16d--
Organizational Leadership-21d-6d
Project Management55d66d13d-
Purchasing, Procurement/Acquisitions and Contracts Management-33d--
Retailing and Retail Operations2d---
Category total493d719d200d39d
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other17d---
Computer and Information Sciences, Other--6d-
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance55d207d17d7d
Computer Graphics3d---
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst-17d--
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications-31d--
Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other2d10d--
Information Technology61d94d21d-
Information Technology Project Management34d42d5d13d
System, Networking, and LAN/WAN Management/Manager27d---
Category total199d401d49d20d
Administration of Special Education--11d-
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching-112d44d3d
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services-230d1d-
Curriculum and Instruction-42d44d31d
Early Childhood Education and Teaching-120d--
Education, General-66d54d-
Education, Other-10d44d-
Educational Leadership and Administration, General-123d39d36d
Educational/Instructional Technology-54d31d-
Health Occupations Teacher Education-15d34d-
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration-70d31d7d
Reading Teacher Education-84d--
Secondary School Administration/Principalship--5d-
Special Education and Teaching, General-42d--
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other-59d8d101d
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels--1d-
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor-2d--
Category total-1,029d347d178d
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Family and Community Services-205d17d13d
Category total-205d17d13d
Health Professions and Related Programs
Health Services Administration-39d--
Health/Health Care Administration/Management22d112d20d12d
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling-94d-35d
Medical Informatics10d---
Mental Health Counseling/Counselor-372d--
Nursing Practice--3d-
Public Health, General-25d--
Public Health, Other-42d--
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse23d---
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling-6d-104d
Category total55d690d23d151d
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies24d122d34d21d
Crisis/Emergency/Disaster Management19d21d4d-
Homeland Security8d4d--
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other-36d1d-
Category total51d183d39d21d
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Intercultural/Multicultural and Diversity Studies---12d
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other---37d
Category total-29d-49d
Clinical Psychology-46d5d-
Counseling Psychology-85d1d68d
Developmental and Child Psychology-138d--
Educational Psychology-60d19d-
Family Psychology--1d-
Industrial and Organizational Psychology-83d48d-
Psychology, General97d122d56d-
Psychology, Other-24d2d-
Psychometrics and Quantitative Psychology-11d--
School Psychology-15d0d13d
Category total97d584d132d81d
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Human Services, General-166d35d-
Public Administration4d53d1d-
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other-504d40d-
Social Work--6d-
Category total4d723d82d-
Social Sciences
Social Sciences, Other-143d--
Category total-143d--
Grand total8994,706889552
  • No varsity sports data reported for this institution.
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission(!)1/1/1997 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels10/29/2011 -  Accredited
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels10/29/2011 -  Accredited
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools10/22/2010 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2012 Crime Statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201120102009
Default rate13.0%10.9%9.7%
Number in default2,2581,394956
Number in repayment17,33312,7389,832
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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