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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
Website:  www.capella.edu
Type:  4-year, Private for-profit
Awards offered:  Less than one year certificate
One but less than two years certificate
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Campus setting:  City: Large
Campus housing:  No
Student population:  37,171 (9,815 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  22 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Doctoral/Professional 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 – undergraduate programs offered
Distance education – graduate programs offered
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 2018Full timePart time
Total faculty2071,321
Instructional2071,321
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-0
Instructional-0
Research-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 year2015-20162016-20172017-20182018-2019% change 2017-2018 to 2018-2019
Tuition and fees$13,176$13,998$14,250$14,5792.3%
Books and supplies$558$438$438$432-1.4%
Living arrangement
Off Campus
Room and board$4,068$4,122$4,168$5,11522.7%
Other$1,260$1,278$1,296$1,002-22.7%
Off Campus with Family
Other$1,260$1,278$1,296$1,002-22.7%
Total Expenses2015-20162016-20172017-20182018-2019% change 2017-2018 to 2018-2019
Off Campus$19,062$19,836$20,152$21,1284.8%
Off Campus with Family$14,994$15,714$15,984$16,0130.2%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2018-2019
Tuition$14,516
Fees$471
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
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Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2017-2018
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 aid1(*)100%————
Grant or scholarship aid(*)100%(*)(*)
Federal grants(*)50%(*)(*)
Pell grants(*)50%(*)(*)
Other federal grants(*)50%(*)(*)
State/local government grant or scholarships00%$0
Institutional grants or scholarships(*)100%(*)(*)
Student loan aid(*)50%(*)(*)
Federal student loans(*)50%(*)(*)
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.
  • Interpret data with caution. The institution has a small number or no first-time, full-time undergraduate students.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid16,21567%$31,393,931$5,051
Pell grants3,95343%$17,047,634$4,313
Federal student loans6,00465%$59,049,126$9,835
  • 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.
2015-20162016-20172017-2018
Average net price$16,538$15,667$13,387
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2015-20162016-20172017-2018
$0 – $30,000$16,538$15,209$7,290
$30,001 – $48,000$16,125
$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 2018
Total enrollment37,171
Undergraduate enrollment9,815
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment2,995
Graduate enrollment27,356
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 14%
Part-time: 86%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 24%
Female: 76%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 1%
Asian: 2%
Black or African American: 18%
Hispanic/Latino: 8%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 44%
Two or more races: 2%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 24%
Non-resident alien: 0%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 6%
25 and over: 94%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 1%
Out-of-state: 93%
Foreign countries: 0%
Unknown: 6%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2017.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 7%
Part-time: 93%
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: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 0%
Undergraduate application fee (2018-2019): $50
  • This institution has an open admission policy. Contact the institution for more information.
  • Although Capella fits the IPEDS definition of open admission, we require applicants to have: (a) a high school diploma, and (b) have at least one transferable credit or successfully complete both a reading and writing assessment.
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:
Full-time students: 56%
Part-time students: 27%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2017 and Returned in Fall 2018
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate
  • This institution did not admit full-time first-time undergraduate-level students in the cohort year, therefore graduation rate information was not reported.
  • Alternative measures of student success are reported by degree-granting institutions to describe the outcomes of degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students who are not only first-time, full-time students, but also part-time attending and non-first-time (transfer-in) students. These measures are also reported for students receiving Pell grants and those students that do not receive Pell grants. These measures provide the 8-year award-completion rates by award level (certificates, associate's and bachelor degrees) after entering an institution. For students who did not earn any undergraduate award after 8-years of entry, the enrollment statuses are reported as either still enrolled at the institution, or subsequently transferred out of the institution. Unlike the Graduation Rates data, all reporting institutions must report on their transfer outs regardless if the institution has a mission that provides substantial transfer preparation.
FULL-TIME, FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2010-11
Award and enrollment rate:
Received a Bachelor's degree: 20%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 60%
PART-TIME, FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2010-11
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 1%
Enrolled at same institution: 1%
Enrolled at different institution: 33%
[Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 0%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 34%
[Non-Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 1%
Enrolled at same institution: 1%
Enrolled at different institution: 33%
FULL-TIME, NON-FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2010-11
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 25%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 51%
[Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 21%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 55%
[Non-Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 32%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 45%
PART-TIME, NON-FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2010-11
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 14%
Enrolled at same institution: 2%
Enrolled at different institution: 56%
[Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 9%
Enrolled at same institution: 1%
Enrolled at different institution: 62%
[Non-Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 23%
Enrolled at same institution: 2%
Enrolled at different institution: 43%
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2017-2018
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterDoctorUndergraduate
Certificate
Postgraduate
Certificate
  • 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.
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Epidemiology----3d
Category total----3d
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting64d37d6d4d8d
Business Administration and Management, General474d232d18d-141d
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other0d-11d-40d
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other--3d--
Business/Commerce, General--21d--
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies-30d--8d
Finance, General15d20d7d--
Human Resources Management and Services, Other-0d---
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General136d209d15d-60d
Information Resources Management-19d6d--
Labor and Industrial Relations-0d---
Management Science1d38d3d-22d
Marketing/Marketing Management, General14d36d2d--
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management-15d5d-24d
Organizational Behavior Studies-17d---
Organizational Leadership-15d14d--
Project Management67d98d8d--
Purchasing, Procurement/Acquisitions and Contracts Management-51d3d--
Category total771d817d122d4d303d
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other21d----
Computer and Information Sciences, Other--1d--
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance57d80d19d-24d
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst-0d---
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications-0d---
Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other-57d---
Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration3d----
Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician5d----
Information Technology97d1d3d--
Information Technology Project Management26d36d1d-7d
System, Networking, and LAN/WAN Management/Manager29d5d-15d-
Category total238d179d24d15d31d
Education
Administration of Special Education--8d--
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching-44d30d-16d
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services-0d---
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services-210d11d--
Curriculum and Instruction-35d40d-17d
Early Childhood Education and Teaching-71d---
Education, General-8d18d-0d
Education, Other-41d92d-30d
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other--0d--
Educational Leadership and Administration, General-108d13d-155d
Educational Statistics and Research Methods----2d
Educational/Instructional Technology-58d6d-4d
Health Occupations Teacher Education-137d40d-6d
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration-47d14d-10d
Reading Teacher Education-56d17d-2d
Secondary School Administration/Principalship--0d-0d
Special Education and Teaching, General-38d---
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other-43d4d-19d
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other-0d--1d
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor-17d---
Category total-913d293d-262d
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Engineering/Industrial Management--0d--
Category total--0d--
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Family and Community Services-134d5d-18d
Category total-134d5d-18d
Health Professions and Related Programs
Clinical Nurse Leader-17d--6d
Clinical/Medical Social Work-18d0d--
Geriatric Nurse/Nursing-0d---
Health Services Administration-24d2d--
Health/Health Care Administration/Management156d348d21d-29d
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling-159d--84d
Medical Informatics9d100d0d-44d
Mental Health Counseling/Counselor-418d---
Nursing Practice--57d--
Public Health, General-86d0d-12d
Public Health, Other-47d27d-7d
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other-172d--21d
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse970d72d---
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling-21d2d-52d
Category total1,135d1,482d109d-255d
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies62d94d13d-3d
Crisis/Emergency/Disaster Management13d34d7d--
Cyber/Computer Forensics and Counterterrorism-19d--9d
Homeland Security5d4d--4d
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other-1d2d--
Category total80d152d22d-16d
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Gerontology-34d---
Intercultural/Multicultural and Diversity Studies----1d
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other----35d
Category total-34d--36d
Psychology
Applied Behavior Analysis-402d--116d
Applied Psychology-44d---
Clinical Psychology-60d13d--
Counseling Psychology-12d0d-135d
Developmental and Child Psychology-106d0d--
Educational Psychology-55d13d--
Family Psychology-18d0d--
Forensic Psychology-39d---
Health/Medical Psychology--0d--
Industrial and Organizational Psychology-138d43d--
Psychology, General298d109d64d--
Psychology, Other-31d0d--
Psychometrics and Quantitative Psychology-10d---
School Psychology-1d5d-4d
Category total298d1,025d138d-255d
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Community Organization and Advocacy-4d---
Human Services, General-116d10d--
Public Administration0d72d9d--
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other-0d8d--
Social Work--23d--
Category total0d192d50d--
Social Sciences
Social Sciences, Other-165d19d--
Category total-165d19d--
Grand total2,5225,093782191,179
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, 2017-2018
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 735
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 1536
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 56
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 128
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: $6,600
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $7,624
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: $2,229
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: $1,894
RETENTION RATES
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
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
AccreditorStatusNext Review Date
Higher Learning CommissionAccredited since ((!)01/01/1997)08/31/2023
Programmatic Accreditation
Accreditor / ProgramStatusNext Review Date
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levelsAccredited since (04/11/2012)06/30/2026
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levelsAccredited since (04/04/2011)06/30/2026
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levelsAccredited since (04/04/2011)06/30/2026
 No Longer Recognized  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 schoolsAccredited since (10/22/2010)12/31/2018
  • (!) Estimated date
  • For more detailed information on accreditation for this institution, including all actions and justification for actions, visit OPE's Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs: ope.ed.gov/dapip/#/institution-profile/160959.
2016 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 http://ope.ed.gov/security.
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201520142013
Default rate6.5%6.9%6.5%
Number in default1,1811,2431,171
Number in repayment18,03517,87917,982
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)