Colorado Technical University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (9)
I did my Associates degree with no issues. Went back for bachelor program and it was a nightmare. Now years later they say I have a balance and my student loans are not correct. Having to get the DEP of education to look at my loans and how they processed to see if there was anything I can do to fix this issue.
I enjoyed all the learning, but there is a drawback about doing courses online I found. I have a bachelor's degree in accounting but no hands on experience, they need to set some kind of internship to get the hands on training to be able to get a job in the fields you are going to school for.
Terrible school, they don't have all the accreditation, online instructor John Bunch never replies to emails and didn't grade 2 of my assignments, when I escalated this issues I was inform professor said he had been communicating with me but no proof or evidence for that. There are professors who are great people but that school STAY AWAY RIP OFF... Takes student loans in your name with our permission.
I am tired of all the complaining heard about this institution. I graduated with a BS in Criminal Justice and now an MS in Criminal Justice. This University is not the place for you if you need support, or your hand being held through the whole process. There are many cheap non-for-profit educational institutions for this purpose. I consider myself highly educated and anyone that thinks differently of me, the institution I attended, or otherwise is just trying to blow off steam and does not understand the sacrifices it takes to be a good college student. If you fit in one of the categories of students that is disgruntled, or did not graduate, and decide to post completely negative reviews please take a look at how you got in the situation in the first place. I am not saying CTU was perfect, but this institution has the best platform for students to work with and no blackboard garbage like the majority of non-for-profits that do not cater to online students. If you get admitted here, you will gain too much knowledge and be on the best platform/user interface an online education has to offer. CTU has also won a Computer World 2009 award for the Virtual Campus. The worst part of being with CTU was the fact that the majority of staff working online and on-campus do not get paid to support students. This is evident in the graduation rate, which is only 24%. I was running out of financial aid in my undergraduate degree and was told I owed about 7000 dollars. I was put on payment plans until I realized I could be full-time, which made me eligible for a full 5645 dollars in pell grants. I was only able to finish due to my own ingenuity. If I had to depend on CTU to inform me of this minor detail, I would still owe the University far into paying back the student loans. All prospective students of any higher educational institution should be aware of the risks, which is not the Universities problem, or priority. It is also true that for-profit is definitely being treated as a customer first and student second. I regret to say this is the truth with any online program. Every online naysayer needs to be aware that over 85% of colleges and universities offer 100% online degree programs and are also in it for-profit. The only difference between for-profit and non-for-profit educational institutions is the fact that for-profit schools have less regulations on where they can use the money. A for-profit can make massive advertisements on television using student’s money. A non-for-profit receives most of the funding to operate from the state, so the money earned must be put back into the institution in some regards through improvement of facilities, or more qualified teaching staff.
Did CTU's Online Master Degree, program. It had a self-paced program, which allowed to be flexible; just make sure you turn in your assignment at the deadline for the week. Professors interfaced pretty well with the students and we can send messages, email and request to professors and get a fairly quick response within a 24hr time period. Post-graduation of the program they also provide a career finder program that's related to the degree you finished. Counselors were very helpful and helped with many questions and/or challenges you may face.
Good balance for people whom have busy schedules. Instructors are responsive. Learning platform is more intuitive than other big name online education institutions,
I loved the possibility of hybrid instruction. Some classes were 100% online, some were 100% on campus and some were partly online and partly on campus. I've seen some reviews of for-profit universities saying that courses were too easy because the corporations didn't want to drive away their students - I would absolutely NOT agree to that being the case at CTU. The classes were challenging (and I have an above-average IQ) but not so challenging that I got frustrated and wanted to quit. And when I hit a snag nearly all of my professors were delighted to provide help (I had ONE problem professor in four years). When I encountered personal problems during one quarter that necessitated me dropping out of the classes ONLY FOR THAT QUARTER and re-enrolling in the same ones the following quarter - the school was more than willing to work with me. Of course, I had to prove that I had good cause and wasn't just being lazy, but once they saw the circumstances they did everything they could to help me be successful in getting back on track. Another great quality about this school is that it's geared toward adult learners. They absolutely understand what it's like to work and go to school at the same time - this doesn't mean that they let you slide, but they are reasonable in deadlines and workloads. Within five years of graduating with my Bachelor's I DOUBLED my annual income. I'm absolutely considering going back for my MBA with a concentration in IT. I hear that doesn't influence your income so much but it will open additional doors in my career.
I am currently attending CTU-online and majoring in Bachelor's of Science in Criminal Justice. So far, I am pleased with my experience in the virtual campus. I definitely appreciate the flexibility and convenience of taking online courses. I really enjoy the live chats, I find them to be very informative and helpful. I also find that the instructors are very knowledgeable and I appreciate the fact that they incorporate their personal experiences within that particular career field that they are teaching us about. CTU's online campus provides a lot of great and useful resources. Instructors respond fairly quickly to emails and my student advisor checks up on me pretty often. One thing I really liked about CTU is the accelerated programs that they offer, meaning faster graduation. Also, they offer this new program called 'CTU FastTrack' which basically let's you drop classes in one week that you already have previous knowledge in, and still able to earn full credit. It is awesome because it not only cuts down on time but expenses as well. One thing that I have noticed is that it doesn't take much to excel in this school. The instructors grade fairly well, and basically if you make the effort to complete all assignments on time you will most likely receive good grades. The only bad thing I can think of is my experience with CTU's financial aid department. It took me about 3 months to set up my financial aid due to a lot of frustrating problems with communication and delivery. I must've had to resubmit important documents, including tax information, ssn card, etc. at least five different times because somehow it got lost in the mail, didn't reach the department, or one of the financial aid advisors gave me the wrong mailing address. So I am constantly calling them to see if they have received my documents. But even if they have received the documents, they take FOREVER to review them. One thing about the financial aid department is you have to constantly call them to check the status of your financial aid, if not there may be issues that need to be resolved and you will never know about it because the communication is terrible with these guys and they'll never contact you about it. Other than the terrible financial aid department, my overall experience with CTU is satisfying.
I graduated from CTU Online in 2008 with a Bachelor's degree in Accounting. I found the experience to be OK, to be honest. I do feel the classes could have been a little more challenging but they were challenging enough. Before attending CTU, I did attend LSU and as able to transfer my credits to CTU, so that was less I had to pay in tuition and my degree has afforded me the opportunity to advance in my current position.
I am now back about to start my Master's degree. I feel like, the degree will at least get me an interview, it's what you do once you get to the interview that's up to you.
Also, before deciding to go back to CTU, I was able to use the degree to enter the MBA program at LSU but decided to go back to CTU Online because I found the classes at LSU were taking up too much time away from my family. With all that said, I do believe it's all in what you make of it. It will at least allow you to get your foot in the door but once you're in, it's up to you what you do with that opportunity.