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Capital University


Psychology and Counseling Degree Programs

Capital University appears in our ranking of the Top 25 Small Colleges for a Counseling Degree.

Capital University offers both an undergrad psychology program and a graduate program in counselor education. Its psychology program looks at real-life examples of people who devoted their lives to helping others. The university believes that this will encourage students to go out and help others too. To help students bridge the gap between college and practice, it offers opportunities for students to improve their skills before they graduate. Students can do capstone projects and research projects in and out of the lab. They can also do internships with Job and Family Services and other agencies in and around Columbus.

The university's Master of Arts in Counselor Education is a program designed for students who want to work with real clients. It features 18 credits of core courses that go over the skills that counselors need in the field and what they actually do. Students will take 10 credits of advanced skills courses and classes on research and design. After taking their research classes, the university expects students to do some type of final project such as a thesis.

Many students view the field experience component of this program as its most important feature. Students receive 12 credits for their fieldwork. They'll work in a local agency for a full year or two semesters. The university requires that students do work on their own and complete some supervised work. Capital University can help students find places to complete their fieldwork based on their interests and the type of clients they want to work with after they graduate.

About Capital University

Located in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio, Capital University is one of the top private colleges in central Ohio. Established in 1830, it is one of the state's oldest schools too and is actually older than The Ohio State University. During its early years, it served as a theological school and had a campus in Canton. It wasn't until later years that it moved closer to Columbus. Though some of its campus buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places, the university received permission from the city to construct new buildings that give students access to the modern conveniences that they need.

Ranked as one of the best schools in Ohio and in the Midwest, Capital is also one of the oldest colleges affiliated with the Lutheran Church. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America helped found the university during its early days and still works to run it today. In addition to its main campus in Bexley, the university also has a large law school in downtown Columbus that ranks as one of the state's top law schools. Capital University has an enrollment of around 700 graduate students and more than 2,700 undergrads.

Capital University Accreditation Details

Students who earned college credits while in high school and those who attended another school first must make sure that the university they want to attend later has regional accreditation. This allows them to transfer those credits and to apply for financial aid. Capital University has regional accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS). Its nursing, music, law and education programs have accreditation also.

Capital University Application Requirements

Capital hosts an Accepted Student Day in May, which is when it allows accepted students to tour the campus and meet with other students who want to attend. It begins accepting applications at the beginning of October and will mail decision letters to students every week. The university also sends out award letters that show students their financial aid packages by the middle of January. Though Capital does not have a set application deadline, students should apply as early as possible. The university requires that they put down an enrollment deposit and a housing deposit in the early spring.

There are four steps that all undergrads must complete. They will submit an application online through the university itself or via the Common Application. Students will then submit a transcript that shows a cumulative grade point average and an ACT or SAT score. Capital also asks that students print out a counselor information form. A high school guidance counselor must fill out the form and mail it back to the university in a sealed envelope.

Graduate students will use the university's application portal to create an account. They can then log in and work on their applications over multiple days. The counselor education program offered by the university requires more documents and information from applying students. These students will submit a transcript that shows they have a bachelor's degree from an accredited school and that they maintained a grade point average of 3.0 or higher in that program. Capital also asks for a writing sample and that students attend an interview with an admissions counselor. Students will also sign a form that states they have good moral character.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition for full-time students at Capital University comes in at around $35,000 a year. Part-time students pay $1,172 per credit hour instead. This allows students to pick the number of classes they want to take each semester. Students are also responsible for paying fees of around $320 per year. Undergrads who live more than 30 miles outside of Columbus must live on the Capital campus for their first two years. They'll pay at least $9,000 a year for room and board. Graduate students enrolled in the counselor education program will pay $585 per credit hour and some miscellaneous fees.

Students can get financial aid after filing the FAFSA. This determines whether they receive subsidized student loans as an undergrad or unsubsidized loans as a graduate student. The form will also determine which students receive grants too.

Capital awards more than $50 million in grants and scholarships each year. High school graduates with average test scores and grades can receive as much as $10,000 in institutional aid. Those with higher test scores and better grades may qualify for a scholarship of more than $20,000. The university provides graduate students with information on more than 20 scholarships that are suitable for them too. These scholarships come from outside sources but can range from $250 to more than $10,000. Students who want to major in psychology or counselor education at Capital University can use scholarships in addition to government financial aid.