About Capella University

Capella is a pioneering online university dedicated to exceptional learning outcomes that drive professional growth. Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, we’ve been transforming higher education to support working adults for nearly three decades. Each of our competency-based programs is designed to build authentic skills and knowledge that make a positive impact on individuals, organizations and the world.

Capella University mission

The mission of Capella University is to extend access to high-quality bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, doctoral and certificate programs for adults who seek to maximize their personal and professional potential. This mission is fulfilled through innovative programs that are responsive to the needs of adult learners and involve active, engaging, challenging and relevant learning experiences offered in a variety of delivery modes.

Capella University diversity and inclusion statement

Capella University believes that a diverse learning community is vital to achieving its mission of extending access to higher education. Capella values human potential and is committed to being an inclusive institution that fosters cultural humility within its community. Attracting, engaging, and supporting diverse learners, faculty, and staff strengthens the institution. Capella strives to promote equity within and beyond its community through intentional actions and the transformative exchange of ideas.

Capella University leadership

The executive leaders, deans and board of trustees at Capella University represent a wealth of experience in higher education and are united in their commitment to professionally relevant programs that fit the way people live today. Meet our leadership team.

What we offer

A leader in online education since 1993, we’re experienced in learning that works for busy people. Our programs are professionally aligned to help students meet current and future challenges in a chosen field. And Capella is proud to hold institutional and specialized accreditations that affirm the quality of faculty, curriculum, student services and fiscal stability.

Competency-based education with career focus

Career-crafted curriculum

With our faculty, we develop relevant courses by consulting industry experts to understand their expectations for high-performing workers.

Gain practical knowledge and skills

Students are assessed by how well they apply knowledge of key competencies.

Apply what you learn today

Because courses reflect the current and future needs in an industry, students can quickly apply what they learn to their career.

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability.

See all of Capella’s accreditations

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Capella University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

Facts about Capella University

Every story is a source of inspiration – we’re proud to help students from all walks of life discover a path to earning their degree. Read more facts about Capella University.

46,310 Current students

141,936 Alumni (degree and certificate recipients)

157,820 Degrees and certificates awarded

1 Average age of students

1 Part-time students

1 Capella faculty members with doctorates

Source: Capella University Fact Sheet, as of December 31, 2023

Capella University awards and recognitions

For over 20 years, we’ve made it our goal to provide working professionals with a flexible way to earn a degree. In addition to our accreditations, Capella University has received numerous awards and recognitions.

Take the next step

Picture yourself in a cap and gown, ready to take on what’s ahead. Get started on your journey now by connecting with an enrollment counselor. See how Capella may be a good fit for you, and start the application process.