MINNEAPOLIS, May 16, 2006 — More than 600 PhD candidates from Capella University, an accredited online university, will gather in Chicago from May 20 though May 25 for an intensive residency. Each year, Capella hosts eight doctoral residencies (also called colloquia), which allow the online university's PhD candidates to meet with their peers and faculty in a variety of workshops and presentations related to their degree specializations. The colloquium in Chicago will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Chicago O'Hare.

Every Capella PhD candidate is required to attend three colloquia, which are held at locations throughout the United States. Of the more than 15,700 students pursuing an online degree at Capella, nearly 45 percent are PhD candidates. Capella’s students are among the estimated 1.2 million Americans enrolled in online higher education.

About Capella University
Founded in 1993, Capella University is an accredited* online university that offers graduate degree programs in business, information technology, education, human services, and psychology, and bachelor's degree programs in business and information technology. Within those areas, Capella offers 77 graduate and undergraduate specializations and 16 certificate specializations. The online university currently serves more than 15,700 learners from all 50 states and 63 countries. It is a national leader in online education, committed to providing high-caliber academic excellence and pursuing balanced business growth. Capella University is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Capella Education Company, headquartered in Minneapolis. For more information, please visit http://www.capella.edu or call 1-888-CAPELLA (227-3552)

*Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, located at 30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504, (312) 263-0456, www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org.