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Capella University Data & Information Overview

443 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
5% Student Loan Default Rate
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How Well Is Capella University Ranked?

#161 Best Colleges in Nation
#4 Best Colleges in MN
Registered Nursing Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2024 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Capella University was awarded 443 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is registered nursing.

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Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Capella University as #161 out of 2,238 colleges and universities in the country on its 2024 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Capella University held the #166 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Capella University is also ranked #4 out of 55 schools in Minnesota.

See all of the rankings for Capella University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Capella University?

Open Admissions Policy

Acceptance Rate

Since Capella University has an open admissions policy, being accepted to the school isn't that hard. However, a full basic things - such as a high school diploma or equivalent - may be required. Also, go over your application to make sure it is complete before you submit it.

Learn more about Capella University admissions.

Capella University Faculty

32 to 1 Student to Faculty
13% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used as a measure to gauge how much access students will have to their professors - the lower the number, the better. At Capella University, this rate is 32 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Capella University is 13%. This is lower than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  13 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Capella University

60% Freshmen Retention

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate is a sign of how many full-time students like a college or university well enough to come back for their sophomore year. At Capella University this rate is 60%, which is a bit lower than the national average of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  60 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Capella University.

Capella University Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,159 Full-Time Undergraduates
39.2% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
80.9% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 11,781 undergraduates at Capella University with 2,159 being full-time and 9,622 being part-time.

How Much Does Capella University Cost?

$16,545 Net Price
100% Take Out Loans
$31,772 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Capella University is $16,545. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Capella University, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Capella University, approximately 100% of students took out student loans averaging $7,943 a year. That adds up to $31,772 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Capella University is 5.2%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Capella University Graduates Make?

$59,307 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Capella University make around $59,307 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future Capella University graduates since it is 40% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at Capella University make the most money.

Location of Capella University

Minnesota State
2,159 Full-Time Undergraduates
Large City Campus Setting
Capella University is a private for-profit institution situated in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

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Contact details for Capella University are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 225 South 6Th Street, 9Th Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55402-3389
Phone: 866-808-4080

Capella University Majors

49 Majors With Completions
5,745 Undergraduate Degrees
7,770 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 49 majors graduated from Capella University. Of these students, 5,745 received undergraduate degrees and 7,770 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Nursing 3,199 $74,251
Business Administration & Management 721 $63,636
Public Health 480 NA
General Psychology 480 $35,031
Health & Medical Administrative Services 288 $52,610
Human Resource Management 149 $53,132
Information Technology 107 $78,621
Accounting 93 $44,919
Computer Information Systems 80 $70,464
Criminal Justice & Corrections 62 $41,437

Learn more about the majors offered at Capella University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Capella University

100% Take At Least One Class Online
100% Take All Classes Online

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2020-2021, 38,716 students took at least one online class at Capella University. This is a decrease from the 38,930 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 38,716 38,716
2019-2020 38,930 38,930
2018-2019 37,859 37,859
2017-2018 37,171 37,171
2016-2017 36,284 36,284

Learn more about online learning at Capella University.

Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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