Capella University

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Special Learning Opportunities
Distance education – undergraduate programs offered
Distance education – graduate programs offered
Student Services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
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).
For-credit instruction programs offered
Continuing professional
Noncredit education offered
Continuing Professional Education
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2022Full timePart time
Total faculty1801,139
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 year2019-20202020-20212021-20222022-2023% change 2021-2022 to 2022-2023
Tuition and fees$14,540$14,148$14,148$14,3281.3%
Books and supplies$432$429$422$4291.7%
Living arrangement
Off Campus
Room and board$5,265$5,463$6,000$6,2704.5%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2019-20202020-20212021-20222022-2023% change 2021-2022 to 2022-2023
Off Campus$21,167$21,042$21,572$22,0292.1%
Off Campus with Family$15,902$15,579$15,572$15,7591.2%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2022-2023
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Alternative Tuition Plans and Promise Program
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
  • Does not participate in Promise program
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2021-2022
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber awarded aidPercent awarded aidTotal amount of aid awardedAverage amount of aid awarded
Any student financial aid11286%————
Grant or scholarship aid857%$53,098$6,637
Federal grants857%$53,098$6,637
Pell grants857%$40,598$5,075
Other federal grants(*)14%(*)(*)
State/local government grant or scholarships00%$0
Institutional grants or scholarships00%$0
Student loan aid1286%$71,212$5,934
Federal student loans1286%$71,212$5,934
Other student loans00%$0
  • 1 Includes students awarded Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
  • (*) Number awarded aid and total and average amounts of aid awarded are withheld to preserve the privacy of individuals.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber awarded aidPercent awarded aidTotal amount of aid awardedAverage amount of aid awarded
Grant or scholarship aid15,29043%$17,502,057$3,309
Pell grants4,43036%$15,639,243$3,530
Federal student loans5,86847%$41,299,314$7,038
Grant or scholarship aid100%$0
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid awarded, 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$16,874$17,840$14,935
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2019-20202020-20212021-2022
$0 – $30,000$16,410$17,833$17,602
$30,001 – $48,000$14,252
$48,001 – $75,000$14,005$14,255
$75,001 – $110,000$20,167$20,044$21,572
$110,001 and more$19,276$21,572
  • 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 awarded 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 2022
Total enrollment39,727
Undergraduate enrollment13,280
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment4,836
Graduate enrollment26,447
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:Full-time: 25%Part-time: 75%Undergraduate Student Gender:Male: 17%Female: 83%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%Asian: 3%Black or African American: 23%Hispanic/Latino: 13%Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 1%White: 50%Two or more races: 3%Race/ethnicity unknown: 6%U.S. Nonresident: 0%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:24 and under: 8%25 and over: 92%Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:In-state: 0%Out-of-state: 100%Foreign countries: 0%Unknown: 0%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2021.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Undergraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:Enrolled exclusively in distance education courses: 100%Enrolled in some, but not all, distance education courses: 0%Not enrolled in any distance education courses: 0%
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:Full-time: 22%Part-time: 78%
Graduate Distance Education Status
Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:Enrolled exclusively in distance education courses: 100%Enrolled in some, but not all, distance education courses: 0%Not enrolled in any distance education courses: 0%
Undergraduate application fee (2022-2023): $50
  • This institution has an open admission policy. Contact the institution for more information.
  • Although Capella fits the IPEDS definition of open admission, the university requires 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: 36%Part-time students: 27%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2021 and Returned in Fall 2022
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 without completing at the current 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 2022.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2016
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.
  • Interpret data with caution due to small cohort of full-time, first-time students. Capella's first time, full-time population in fall 2016 was less than 1% of total fall enrollment.
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2021-2022
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramUndergraduate
  • 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
Category total-0d---
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General-5d554d461d18d
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other-0d0d-47d
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other----0d
Business/Commerce, General----0d
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies-0d-1d-
Finance, General--10d1d3d
Human Resources Management and Services, Other---4d-
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General-24d146d294d17d
Information Resources Management---0d4d
Labor and Industrial Relations---0d-
Management Science-4d5d40d3d
Marketing/Marketing Management, General--5d1d1d
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management-0d-0d6d
Organizational Behavior Studies---1d-
Organizational Leadership---0d35d
Project Management--57d148d6d
Purchasing, Procurement/Acquisitions and Contracts Management---3d7d
Category total6d33d865d958d159d
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Cloud Computing--7d--
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other--0d--
Computer and Information Sciences, Other----1d
Computer and Information Systems Security/Auditing/Information Assurance-2d53d70d42d
Computer Programming, Specific Applications2d-11d--
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst---0d-
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications---9d-
Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other---2d-
Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration--1d--
Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician--9d--
Information Technology--77d5d21d
Information Technology Project Management-4d23d12d7d
System, Networking, and LAN/WAN Management/Manager0d-15d0d-
Category total2d6d200d98d71d
Administration of Special Education----2d
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching-2d-32d47d
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services---0d-
College/Postsecondary/University Teaching-4d---
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services-70d-214d43d
Curriculum and Instruction-2d-13d62d
Early Childhood Education and Teaching---56d-
Education, General-0d-84d2d
Education, Other-0d-12d0d
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other----0d
Educational Leadership and Administration, General-10d-34d114d
Educational Statistics and Research Methods-0d---
Educational/Instructional Technology-1d-43d28d
Health Occupations Teacher Education-0d-0d0d
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration-1d-21d14d
Reading Teacher Education-1d-14d20d
Secondary School Administration/Principalship-1d--9d
Special Education and Teaching, General---44d-
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other-0d-1d2d
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other-0d-0d-
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor---8d-
Category total-92d-576d343d
Engineering/Engineering-related Technologies/Technicians
Engineering/Industrial Management----0d
Category total----0d
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Family and Community Services-0d-0d12d
Category total-0d-0d12d
Health Professions and Related Programs
Clinical Nurse Leader-2d-128d-
Clinical/Medical Social Work---265d0d
Drama Therapy/Therapist-0d---
Geriatric Nurse/Nursing---0d-
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator--42d--
Health Services Administration---0d0d
Health/Health Care Administration/Management-0d243d561d33d
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling-98d-292d-
Medical Informatics-13d1d197d0d
Mental Health Counseling/Counselor-183d-486d-
Nursing Administration-2d-595d-
Nursing Education---512d37d
Nursing Practice-0d-0d178d
Play Therapy/Therapist-44d---
Public Health, General-19d24d55d33d
Public Health, Other-0d-0d18d
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other-0d-10d-
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse--4,143d3d-
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling-30d-29d3d
Category total-391d4,453d3,133d302d
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies-0d32d42d15d
Crisis/Emergency/Disaster Management--0d17d19d
Cyber/Computer Forensics and Counterterrorism-0d-18d-
Homeland Security-0d0d0d-
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other---0d0d
Category total-0d32d77d34d
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Intercultural/Multicultural and Diversity Studies-0d---
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other-0d---
Category total-0d-0d-
Applied Behavior Analysis-111d10d856d5d
Applied Psychology---80d-
Clinical Psychology---78d16d
Counseling Psychology-0d-0d0d
Developmental and Child Psychology---131d7d
Educational Psychology---40d19d
Family Psychology---7d0d
Forensic Psychology---110d-
Health/Medical Psychology----0d
Industrial and Organizational Psychology---164d40d
Performance and Sport Psychology---49d-
Psychology, General--497d121d60d
Psychology, Other---0d0d
Psychometrics and Quantitative Psychology---0d-
School Psychology-0d-0d9d
Category total-111d507d1,636d156d
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Community Organization and Advocacy---92d-
Health Policy Analysis----5d
Human Services, General---33d39d
Public Administration--0d56d14d
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other---0d0d
Social Work----75d
Category total--0d181d133d
Social Sciences
Social Sciences, Other---1d51d
Category total---1d51d
Grand total86336,0576,6601,261
  • No varsity sports data reported for this institution. Data on varsity athletics are submitted annually as required by the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (EADA), by all co-educational postsecondary institutions that have an intercollegiate athletics program. For the most recent data collection, EADA did not collect data on varsity athletics for programs that were cancelled due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Institutional Accreditation
AccreditorStatusNext Review Date
Higher Learning CommissionAccredited since ((!)01/01/1997)08/31/2033
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:
  • 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.
  • The crime statistics displayed only includes On-Campus data associated with the main campus as listed on College Navigator. For statistics associated with each campus location, off campus data, and for additional information covering Hate Crimes, and Fire statistics see
  • The On-Campus data do not include incidents that: (a) took place on public property, including thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks, and parking facilities, that is within the campus, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus; (b) took place on any building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) took place on any building or property owned or controlled by an institution that is used in direct support of, or in relation to, the institution's educational purposes, is frequently used by students, and is not within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution.
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 Department of Defense Voluntary Educational Partnership Memorandum of Understanding
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2021-2022
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 596Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 1082DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 41DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 90
Average amount of benefits/assistance disbursed through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance disbursed through the institution:Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $6,495Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $7,741DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: $2,290DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: $2,552
Retention rate is the percentage of undergraduate students who began their studies in academic year 2013-14 and returned in academic year 2014-15
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year202020192018
Default rate0.0%1.1%5.2%
Number in default0214961
Number in repayment18,66418,23318,229
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)