Colorado Technical University - Online Reviews
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The truth: If you are capable of self-study, people other than yourself consider you smart, and are in a situation where traditional schooling is not an option I would highly recommend this school. For-Profit schools don't necessarily 'lower' the academic bar, but they let alot more people jump over it. If you cannot invest about 15 hrs per class (CTU fast past is 2 classes for 5 weeks with one week off rotating)do not attend. You can pass by only studying a few hours a week (well maybe not everyone), but you'll have alot of debt with nothing to show. I have completed about a dozen classes; I have learned alot, but no thanks to anyone but myself and the books they send me.
Frankly, when I went to traditional schools it was the same way. If you take anything away from this post take this, some people are ment for higher education and some people aren't. If you barely graduated HS, or if you scrapped by with a GED do not attend. Like I said, they will let you graduate; but when it comes time to interview you'll be in bad shape.
However, if your a smart person that can't go to a 'walk-in' school and have self-control I stand by my word saying you'll learn alot from this University. You'll notice idiots in your classes, I mean complete morons; but you'll see idiots in a 'walk-in' school too, its just not as transparent.
After starting and completing several classes at CTU, myself and several other students found ourselves in a very tight corner. The CTU advertisement offers the idea that a student can take classes when they need to take classes, however, that is not the case.
Daytime classes to start and when its time to take Capstone classes its night or online classes. Many will tell you that online classes are going to be the way to but NOT me. After speaking with an academic advisor (not the person to speak with about anything), I had to take my issues to the Dean. Still no help.
Beware that once you are in CTU its is very hard to transfer to another University and that you will only be able to take classes at night on online after you have already started. They say that they may be able to change the classes but they will not. Be very careful and good luck to anyone seeking an education through CTU.
After finishing a BS in accounting and achieving Dean’s List status, I was told by several professional recruiting agencies that specialize in placement for accounting and finance majors that receiving a degree from CTU was not going to help me gain entry into the field. They told me that the coursework is usually considered substandard at the for-profits and that employers like to hire students that went to the same or similar schools that they themselves attended.
Their online platform was great but the curriculum was very lackluster. I completed the program with a few of the same students that I started with and it appeared as if everyone that made it to the final class graduated. I was disappointed by the fact that some of the students that were submitting substandard work at the beginning of the program had clearly not improved their writing or communication skills by the time the last class rolled around.
I guess that it should not surprise me that that the school has a bad reputation. I did have two really good instructors but that alone did not justify the grossly inflated price tag that went along with the degree. I even applied for an internship at Career Education Corporation (CTU’s parent company) and was not even allowed to interview. I guess they also have mixed feelings about the quality of the education that they are providing.
Colorado Tech refused to accept a single credit hour from my state sponsored Bachelor's degree or my Masters Degree from the University of Phoenix. Aside from this, the admissions counselors were quite unresponsive. They didn't seemed interested in gaining this new student at all. I'm very disappointed they weren't willing to work with me.
I normally don't like writing reviews, but thought that I should share a couple of things with the general pub,lic.
First, I want to tell you the good. Out of 5 classes, I had 4 amazing instructors. The way that the instruction and website are set up are very good.
Okay, now the bad. I had a question about my financial aid so I called in to speak with a Representative and reached Monica Perez. I don't know if God was testing my patience or what because this individual was very rude. I have never been talked to, like she talked to me at that moment by a school representative in any school.
Unfortunately though, I don't really have much to compare this to because it is the first University that I have attended. The cost of tuition is extremely ridiculous, and I was totally misled about financial aid. I am getting out of there now before I am totally in debt. I did find out that you can go to a community college and do online courses through them for next to nothing. Just thought I would provide some information that may help. ,/p>
My personal experience was not entirely favorable with CTU online. I was only enrolled for two quarters and was somewhat pleased with most of the instruction that was provided. Problems arose when taking Problem Solving in Computer Programming. The instructor was not suited to present material to students. Although I am sure he is an expert in the computer related field, he is definitely not a good instructor. Having been disappointed with the class I determined that I should withdraw and find a more suitable school for my educational needs. It was at this point the trouble really began.
While I was attending CTU online, my tuition was being paid for through a state agency that provides educational assistance for disabled persons. At no point did I pay any tuition out of my own pocket and therefore was not aware of any of the transactions between CTU and the state agency. As far as I was made aware of, all costs were paid and up to date. This apparently was not the case. CTU contacted me regarding an outstanding balance and wanted me to pay it immediately. I advised the caller that the State of Ohio was the party paying the tuition and that they should cotact the agency that the school had already beeen dealing with. One week after the call I was contacted by a collection agency that did not want to hear any of this and advised me to pay immediately or my credit score will be destroyed by not paying.
Please note that the assumption that there was no balance due was also based on the fact that I obtained my transcripts from the school and their policy is that transcripts will not be released as long as there is an outstanding balance. If in fact a balance is due to the school, I have no problem making sure that it is dealt with. I very disappointed that the means by which the school chose to deal with this by sending it to a nasty collection agency instead of dealing with it themselves.
To anyone considering CTU online, this not to totally condemning the school. But by all means take this under advisement seriously look at all of your options before you make a move that you will be made to regret later.
I just finished obtaining my AS degree in Business from CTU Online and I must say that it was a rewarding experience. It was fast paced and I learned a lot! I didnt have time to get bored because the classes went by so quickly. I was able to obtain my AS in a little over 1 year. The reason that I chose CTU is because they have a partnership agreement with my company and I figured if the world's largest Telecomm company believes in and promotes them to its employees, then why not try it out.
I found that the instructors were very knowledgable in their various fields of expertise. i am now enrolled in their bachelors program. The only drawback is that it is very expensive and i have a huge student loan as a result.
I have no regrets about having made the decision to join CTUO.I am an Associate of Science in General Studies student, and I have to be frank about the phase at which things are moving. The instructors are learner friendly, always ready to go an extra mile in helping the students, I started my classes last October as a transfer student, and I have to admit that all the instructors I have come into contact with, have their students at heart.
They always give fair and objective comments to students' assignments, of course I am not talking on behalf of the class, but as an individual, I must say those comments, have helped me to be on track.What I enjoy most about CTUO is the Discussion Board, and Live Chat Sessions, as effective tools of online learning. But above all,the supportive environment where the students and instructors are encouraging team spirit, seems to augur well.
I have never had any problem with Tech Support, whenever I have a technical hitch with my laptop, they have never let me dowm. The entire CTUO fraternity- Administration, Library, Student services and Financial Aid, to mention, but a few, are doing a great job. Of course like any other functional institution, CTUO would be having its short-comings, but overall,it is above board.
In 2007, after spending over 30 hours a week in class and homework for 2+ years, I completed my Bachelors degree in Business Administration with CTU. It was challenging work, but worth it.
This is a for profit school, so things are a little different from the business office side of things. From the coursework and class work side however, it is college.
As I prepared for graduation, the job offers started pouring in. Now, while still serving in the same industry I was previously, I'm in my dream position with the company I would have chosen to serve 20 years ago. New opportunities of leadership and responsibility have opened all because I have a piece of paper that says I have a degree.
Don't get me wrong, the diploma opened the door for me, as did all the certifications I earned along the way through CTU. The courses also taught me a lot that I apply to my current work every day.
Just remember, online school with CTU is not a breeze. It will take serious commitment, personal stretching, extensive cooperation with fellow students on project planning/completion, and sleepless nights. My advisor failed to tell me those nuggets. Considering the financial commitment I was making and the end goal I desired, I put my head down and worked hard. If you have these expectations in advance to starting this journey, it will bode much better for you.
Online university is not for everyone having said that bricks and mortar university is not for everyone either. CTU online did a good job of educating me about distance learning prior to being enrolled in fact this is a requirement.
In the area of customer service I will give them an A+ their administrative staff bend over backwards to help you. Let us be honest universities are not only a place of learning they are businesses and I think we could all agree that a business should provide great customer service and CTU online does. CTU has high standards and I must meet those standards to pass this involves many hours of self motivated work at home which some find difficult.
However for those that can meet this challenge CTU online is a very good option.