Colorado Technical University - Online Reviews

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Avg. time to find work: N/A (not working or went back to school)
% career related to degree: 44%
Average reviewer salary: $72,500

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Percent Employed 100% Average Time to Hire --- Average Salary $20,000 % Degree Helped Career 55%
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Percent Employed 100% Average Time to Hire --- Average Salary $90,000 % Degree Helped Career 67%
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Percent Employed --- Average Time to Hire --- Average Salary --- % Degree Helped Career 100%

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Student Reviews

Not what you'd expect
Katie -
Degree: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
Graduation Year: 2015
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CTU "A place where students come first" this could be the furthest thing from the truth. I have been attending this school for about two years now, the only reason why I am continuing is because my credits won't transfer elsewhere. All this school system seems to care about is when they will get your money. Never once have I had a instructor actually check in as to how I am doing or if I have any questions. The only phone calls or emails I get is that I have a payment due or a payment that will be due soon. I do no recommend this school to anyone looking for a good experience or looking to get any positive feedback from any of the faculty. Every time I call technical services I get some rude man or women who only seems like they want to leave. I refuse to call anymore because of the attitudes I receive on the other end of the phone.

Worst school ever.
John -
Degree: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
Graduation Year: 2012
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They do a decent job selling you this school, but the fun stops there...DO NOT TRUST YOUR RECRUITER. That's all you need to know. They try and sell you on the bright future this school will bring you...you think your life is hard now? This school teaches you very little at a high cost, to be sure. The 'professors' are not terribly proficient in the English language, and that is the tip of the iceberg. For your own sake, go somewhere else!

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Cory -
Degree: Information Technology
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I must agree with a lot of the posts on this site. I have attended CTU online for nearly a year so far, and I currently have a 3.84 GPA. I am quite proud of that too. It has not been easy, and I have definitely learned new things in each IT classes. I came to school with a broad knowledge of computer hardware and software... even down to C++, VB, HTML, Java and a few other languages. 95% of my instructors have had their PhD's which shows the instructors have credibility in the subjects they're teaching. All in all I have been satisfied with this degree program and it has been beneficial to me already in the first year. The FA dept is the subject of debate for many but personally I have had amazing results with them. I think ppl who are complaining are more worried about their stipends rather than education. If you read your loan forms as you do them it is self explanatory. Most jus blow past this contract detail area. But I follow this situation closely and I must say idt it is the fault of FA, but rather the students fault for not figuring out the probs w the Dept of Education. Your lender is not CTU, and you have the option to not allow FA to alter your loans from the start. Take it all out and pay extra $ back... then you are handling all of your funds. I would like to hear more about CTU alumni and their ability to find good jobs after graduation though. I plan to continue to obtain my master's after this degree and would like to know more about the benefits of the degree in real ppls lives. Help tell me more about this if you have graduated from CTUo. Use subject CTU or along those lines. Thank you

Great Place to get an Education
Tiffini -
Degree: Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator
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Well, first off, I would like to point out that I have been going to school here for about a year and a half already. I really like CTUO. Yes they are persistent in getting you to turn in your work, I know its hard to make time but you signed those papers so quit BITCHING about having to pay.. I have already recommended this school to a lot of people I know and I wouldn't change that. Yes the work is hard and there isn't anyone "holding your hand" to help you through it, but that's part of life. You're not always going to have someone there to help you figure it out on your own. I had fallen behind in a couple of my courses last year because of family emergencies, my Instructors at CTU were very lenient and helpful. They would send me emails asking if I needed help understanding some of the subject matter and my adviser would call me to make sure I was okay and to see if I needed any help. Another thing.. financial aid isn't the greatest place but when you sign to pay for courses and you don't realize that, they even remove them and push your graduation date back a couple sessions so you don't have to pay for the courses.

Awsome School
Linda Harris -
Degree: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Graduation Year: 2013
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I graduated from CTU in December 2013 with my bachelors in criminal justice. I loved it it was a very good experience for me. All departments where very helpful for example, the last class I had messed up on my final grade because I had all A's on the assignments but the overall grade was a B I immediately contacted my adviser and it was corrected within 24 hrs. I found most of the teachers were very good there was only a couple that I didn't think allowed us to participate during class time or gave us constructive feedback. I would recommend CTU because I really enjoyed my experience and I do believe my degree will pay off.

The Scoop
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Degree: Nursing Education
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I am currently completing my last session with CTU and here is my take. Comparison to "brick and mortar": I have attended reputable brick and mortar schools in CA, MI, and NM, and the caliber of the faculty at CTU is as good, if not better, than any of my previous university experience. Actually, I was impressed with the knowledge level and the academic credibility of my instructors. I also found that they were more focused on teaching and less on their personal research agendas which I've found is the case with most brick and mortar...and, I was not subjected to courses taught by TAs who I could not understand. Assignments are graded within specific timeframes and most often with appropriate feedback. Inferior education? There is nothing easy about attending this school. You will not be spoon-feed or coddled, it is real college. For those who have not attended school in several years or who do not have basic computer skills, on-line learning may be a shock. As with any higher learning, you need to do the work and you are graded accordingly. RUSHED? For those who want to expedite the process of getting their degree the 5 1/2 week sessions are perfect, however, if you do not have the time or discipline to do an accelerated program, then this is not for you. Yes, there are issues if you try to copy and paste to the discussion board, but I have found that it is an issue with other on-line schools as well. As far as the financial aid dept, they were as helpful as I expected. The student advisor are extremely helpful. So, I can highly recommend CTU. If they had a Masters program in my field, I would consider them again.

Superb
Terri Allen -
Degree: Criminal Justice/Police Science
Graduation Year: 2013
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Colorado Technical University to me is the best kept secret. Tuition was reasonable and its online campus was easy to navigate through, I have no complaints at all! This school was great at assisting me with my financial aid application, instructors would respond promptly to my emails, all my books and materials were given to me on time. My overall experience was wonderful and to put icing on the cake, the graduation in Denver was superb!. I have saw some of the other reviews that claim CTU credits are not transferable and that this place is a degree mill, not true I transferred my credits. Thanks CTU for a wonderful 4 years.

"It was the best decision I ever made."
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Degree: Information Technology
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CTU Online has been a positive experience for me so far. I have been enrolled for a total of 1 year and 6 months. After discovering a certain grant that would assist in my education, I transferred to Capella University Online, however, the experience was completely absurd and appalling. I proudly came back to CTU and decided to decline the grant on the contingency of a more conducive educational environment for me. I have "tried" the on campus experience with almost impossible admissions of visiting virtually every classroom adjacent in a specific order to get accepted, to carrying large text books, to sitting in lectures so boring I fall asleep. CTU is consistent in curriculum. All interactions with the IT Department, Library, Student Services, Financial Aide and Professors are wholly informative, concise, and is motivated in facilitating the students success. I enjoy all the facets of learning styles it appeals to and the sense of community it brings. I wholly fancy MUSE which brings education to the learning curve of your choice and the free online books, which cannot be saved, but can be printed. I participate in a handful of clubs which are constantly active in chats, webinars, and events. In addition, ongoing guest speakers and career tips/seminars expedite the ideal platform for career success. They have a career team readily available to assist in building a resume, and coaching through job/interview process, and a great LinkedIn community for those who are already in the work force - Every student is assigned a career coach to help facilitate their success. It is a fast paced school, but it is designed to cater to their exact habitual pattern of acquiring and processing information to ascertain the course immediately, instead of spending week after week trying to figure it out before the light bulb appears. It also focuses quality courses that are advantageous to your degree program. My courses are rich, in depth, and current because everything is virtually HANDS ON. Many of my courses are relevant and have assisted in the experience I require for my specific degree program because I built something or was introduced to a reputable organization that can further expedite my career trajectory and success. I will graduate in 2015 and this school has been exceptional. Once I obtain my bachelors degree, I will pursue my masters and doctorates from CTU Online. With edification at a single click of a button and knowledge at my finger tips, for me, it was the best decision I ever made.

Review By Business Student
Degree: Business Administration and Management, General
Graduation Year: 2013
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So, after looking over all of these reviews, it has made me somewhat upset. I started going to CTU because I had a lot of my military friends tell me how great it is. I, myself, can say that it is a school that you will get what you put into it. First, I would like to start with the schedule. I believe that CTU has one of the best schedules out there. Being in the military, and now working for the Department of Veterans Affairs, I do not have a lot of time to partake in getting my education. I have made it a point to sit down throughout the week and on certain days I am not to be bothered so I can do school work. People always come to me and ask me how I do the schoolwork while I work full time, have a wife and 2 kids, and I am a fulltime student. It is easy, really, it is called dedication. Here is the thing, there are people out there that will bitch and moan over anything. If you do your research on any school and the schedules you will be attempting to follow, you will be sadly dissapointed going somewhere else. Last of all, if you do not like what one of the professors teaches or the way they grade, you can always appeal it with the school board. Do not be afraid to do so, it is every students given right. Last of all, I went to a brick and mortar school. It was god awful dealing with 18-22 year old kids, especially right after I got back from serving over seas on 2 deployments to Iraq. You will never find such a helpful staff that is willing to get you into the school, and that wants to see you succeed in lifes every day endeavors. Enjoy going to this school while you can, this is the most efficient way to get your degree while working and having a family.

Review By Criminal Justice Student
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2013
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Colorado Technical University Online (CTUO) is not a school for everyone. The courses used to vary from 11 weeks to 5 weeks but I guess they decided that they were not pumping enough students through the system. All courses are now 5 weeks long. There are some good instructors, that is, instructors that want to help you learn but for the most part instructors are low quality and do not help at all. I have had some instructors that barely speak English. The books are mostly e-books that you cannot take with you when you leave. You cannot download them, save them or put them to disk, but you can print them, one chapter at a time. What complicates learning is that most of the time the e-books have little or nothing to do with the course being taught. In this school you get out of the school what you put into it. They might as well call this the self-taught school because that is what it is. You do have grades handed out by the instructors who may dock you points for no other reason than he/she can. I once ran into an instructor who told me that students attending online classes did not deserve a 100% because they did not learn as much as a brick and mortar classroom student did. I believe him now. After two years my money and time have been wasted. I have had employers laugh at me when produce my degree from CTUO. Financial aid is another joke. I do not think even they know what stipends or disbursements you are going to get. I even think that they get points for getting you off the phone by telling you that your money will be in tomorrow. The whole financial aid department is incompetent with exception of one person I talked to a year in a half ago. Speaking of incompetent so is CTUO entire IT department. CTUO has discussion boards and back in 2010 they worked great then they had the 2011 spring update. Discussion board was unable to carry the original format. In other words I spent hours working on a paper making it neat and tidy with 0.5” borders, APA format, double space, and indent first line of paragraph. When I posted to the discussion board it came out with no boarders, single spaced and random enters sometimes five words then enter, and sometimes 10 words then enter. IT said it wasn’t their problem must be my computer. So I spent days figuring out it was not my problem even worked with Microsoft. IT said not their problem discussion boards worked fine. SIX months later they admitted it was a problem in the meantime all the students were getting docked 10 points per assignment for not submitting in APA format. I would go and spend an hour reworking my assignment on the discussion board so that it looked like I had originally written it. CTUO is a horrible place to get your degree from. It takes hours of research to research the subject matter and even longer to put it in a cohesive document. Be prepared to be congratulated on one hand for going above the required word count and punished with a low grade on the other for exceeding the expectations of the assignment. I received my Bachelor’s degree but would NEVER! EVER! Recommend to anyone that they attend this school. OH! And by the way forget about job placement assistance! THERE IS NONE AT ALL!!!!!

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