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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:  35,061 (8,750 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  20 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Doctoral Universities: Moderate Research Activity
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
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2014Full timePart time
Total faculty2471,262
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-19
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 year2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
Tuition and fees$11,952$12,348$12,816$13,1762.8%
Books and supplies$399$447$510$5589.4%
Living arrangement
Off Campus
Room and board$4,248$4,203$4,032$4,0680.9%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
Off Campus$17,520$17,994$18,477$19,0623.2%
Off Campus with Family$13,272$13,791$14,445$14,9943.8%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2015-2016
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
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Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2014-2015
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid13100%————
Grant or scholarship aid(*)67%(*)(*)
Federal grants(*)67%(*)(*)
Pell grants(*)67%(*)(*)
Other federal grants00%$0
State/local government grant or scholarships00%$0
Institutional grants or scholarships(*)67%(*)(*)
Student loan aid3100%$15,306$5,102
Federal student loans3100%$15,306$5,102
Other student loans00%$0
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
  • (*) Number receiving aid and total and average amounts of aid received are withheld to preserve the privacy of individuals.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid17,33984%$30,575,362$4,166
Pell grants4,67753%$15,517,309$3,318
Federal student loans7,26283%$63,553,297$8,751
  • 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.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$14,557$12,918
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2013-20142014-2015
$0 – $30,000$14,557$12,918
$30,001 – $48,000$18,477
$48,001 – $75,000
$75,001 – $110,000
$110,001 and more
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2014
Total enrollment35,061
Undergraduate enrollment8,750
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment752
Graduate enrollment26,311
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 19%
Part-time: 81%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 31%
Female: 69%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 1%
Black or African American: 28%
Hispanic/Latino: 7%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 44%
Two or more races: 2%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 16%
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%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2013.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 4%
Part-time: 96%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 100%
Enrolled in some distance education: -1%
Not enrolled in any distance education: -1%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 (2015-2016): $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: 22%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2013 and Returned in Fall 2014
  • Interpret data with caution due to small cohort. The first-time, full-time undergraduate cohort represents less than 1% of our population.
  • The first-time, part-time undergraduate cohort represents less than 1% of our population.
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 2014.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 0%
(*) Transfer-out rate:
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • (*) Not all institutions report transfer-out rates.
  • Capella University is primarily a graduate institution with very few full-time, first-time undergraduate students.
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2014-2015
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, General308d171d42d13d
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other0d-23d4d
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other--11d-
Business/Commerce, General-0d63d-
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies-12d--
Finance, General16d26d1d-
Human Resources Management and Services, Other-8d--
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General95d142d16d54d
Information Resources Management-32d12d-
Labor and Industrial Relations-2d--
Management Science-14d7d-
Marketing/Marketing Management, General14d23d--
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management-2d11d-
Organizational Behavior Studies-11d--
Organizational Leadership-40d6d29d
Project Management46d42d14d-
Purchasing, Procurement/Acquisitions and Contracts Management-36d5d-
Retailing and Retail Operations2d---
Category total528d587d217d100d
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other20d---
Computer and Information Sciences, Other--6d-
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance78d109d18d9d
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst-4d--
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications-7d--
Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other0d40d--
Information Technology86d39d18d-
Information Technology Project Management32d44d6d15d
System, Networking, and LAN/WAN Management/Manager38d9d--
Category total254d252d48d24d
Administration of Special Education--14d-
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching-72d52d10d
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services-157d4d-
Curriculum and Instruction-38d63d16d
Early Childhood Education and Teaching-67d--
Education, General-5d45d-
Education, Other-33d84d-
Educational Leadership and Administration, General-84d45d37d
Educational Statistics and Research Methods---0d
Educational/Instructional Technology-21d40d-
Health Occupations Teacher Education-64d59d-
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration-46d38d21d
Reading Teacher Education-53d2d-
Secondary School Administration/Principalship-0d0d0d
Special Education and Teaching, General-26d--
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other-38d19d60d
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other-0d-0d
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels-0d1d-
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor-3d--
Category total-707d466d144d
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Family and Community Services-150d23d17d
Category total-150d23d17d
Health Professions and Related Programs
Clinical Nurse Leader-0d-0d
Clinical/Medical Social Work-0d--
Geriatric Nurse/Nursing-2d--
Health Services Administration-40d--
Health/Health Care Administration/Management74d177d20d24d
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling-117d-60d
Medical Informatics12d---
Mental Health Counseling/Counselor-342d--
Nursing Practice--25d-
Public Health, General-47d--
Public Health, Other-35d6d-
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other-22d-11d
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse154d4d--
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling-11d-86d
Category total240d797d51d181d
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies28d95d31d12d
Crisis/Emergency/Disaster Management11d16d13d-
Cyber/Computer Forensics and Counterterrorism-1d-0d
Homeland Security8d19d-6d
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other-23d4d-
Category total47d154d48d18d
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Intercultural/Multicultural and Diversity Studies---17d
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other---34d
Category total-23d-51d
Applied Behavior Analysis-71d-28d
Applied Psychology-0d0d-
Clinical Psychology-46d16d-
Counseling Psychology-77d0d159d
Developmental and Child Psychology-121d--
Educational Psychology-44d17d-
Family Psychology--0d-
Forensic Psychology-0d0d-
Industrial and Organizational Psychology-113d52d-
Psychology, General202d82d69d-
Psychology, Other-33d0d-
Psychometrics and Quantitative Psychology-8d--
School Psychology-17d0d11d
Category total202d612d154d198d
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Human Services, General-124d46d-
Public Administration9d101d10d-
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other-25d67d-
Social Work--22d-
Category total9d250d145d-
Social Sciences
Social Sciences, Other-227d7d-
Category total-227d7d-
Grand total1,2803,7591,159733
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Credit for military training
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2014-2015
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 701
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 1861
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 25
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 72
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $5,685
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $7,731
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: $2,092
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: $1,700
Full-time students: 82%
Part-time students: 64%
Retention rate is the percentage of undergraduate students who began their studies in academic year 2013-14 and returned in academic year 2014-15
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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
2014 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.
  • As of the 2015 data collection (2014 data onwards), statistics for Sex offenses - Forcible and Sex offenses - Non-forcible are no longer collected. Rape, Fondling, Incest and Statutory rape statistics were not collected prior to the 2015 data collection.
  • 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 Year201220112010
Default rate8.9%13.0%10.9%
Number in default1,6992,2551,394
Number in repayment19,05417,33112,738
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)