Colorado Technical University - Online Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (266)
I decided to go back and finish my associates degree in 2008 after being out of college for over 2 yrs. The advisor I worked with was very nice and helpful. I will say you will get alot of phone calls from them during your enrollment process but once you get everything done, they will leave you along. The classes, professors, and assignments were fairly easy but hard at times. My overall experience during my associates program was pretty good, I continued on with the bachelors program for a few months and had to drop out because of personal issues.I will say the bachelors program was alot harder. As for the cost it is expensive unless you already have college credit.For my associates program it costed me $12,000. I had 43 credit hours from a community college and I finished my associates within 8 months.
I am just getting ready to start my 4'th class at CTU. It's been a good experience for me to this point. I'm not going to deny or belittle those who say their experience has been terrible. I feel bad for them though.
I see the complaints that the advisors are like car salesmen. Yes, mine did call me frequently and it did feel like a sales pitch.The first week I was a little nervous over deciding to enroll. She was always available though, never ditched me or failed to return calls. I never got a run around from anyone or any department. When I needed to change my class schedule, and then dropped a higher math class that I had started, there were no arguments or hassling me. I told them what I wanted to do and within a day it was done. Every time I had a question she got me where I needed or to whom I needed to goright away. My instructors so far have been very good. Professional, but very friendly and encouraging. Every one of them has went out of their way to ask for questions and to help anyone who needed it. The resources available have been great and they constantly are pointing out more places to get information and help from.
Yes the introductory class was quite easy, I will agree with that. It was an intro to online learning though, not meant to be a core part of your degree track. I have found the subsequent courses to be fairly challenging, while far from overwhelming. Isn't this what you'd expect as you get your lower level courses done ? I would. I haven't had an instructor just read to me from a text as some have mentioned.
I do sympathize with those who've had a bad experience,I'm just glad to say that mine has been decidedly good so far. I would recommend CTU to others based on my experience with no hesitation, while respecting the rights of others not to feel that way at all.
I guess CTU would be alright if you didn't have a life. The whole experience was an expensive nightmare for me. I was working towards my MBA in Health Administration. ne prof didn't like it that I am an Introvert--said I didn't belong in Business; another prof barely spoke English and with my hearing problem I couldn't undestand a word she said, but CTU refused to let me transfer; another prof read my profile email wrong and instead of understanding me to say that I was not familiar with the subject, he thought I said that I alraedy knew all about it, suddenly I was failing his class--after getting A's and B's in the previous class taught by him--I had to take the class over with a different prof and I got a B--I turned in the same paper he had given me a D on to the new prof and got an A; then there was the prof who had just graduated from CTU with her Master's, saying she knew everything about online learning because she had done it heself at CTU.
She had no idea how to teach anybody--most of the students made formal complaints. Then let me tell you what happened when my husband died and I had to drop out because we had 3 small chilren. Evidently no one at CTU had planned on that happening and they had nothing to offer me on what to do about school in this situation.
I got behind making arrangements and they had nothing to offer but an extra week to make up two weeks at the end, but only if I could get the last week in within the next two days. When I couldn't do it they cancelled my financial aid and left me personally responible for the complete session. When I returned a few months later to finish my degree, the whole program had changed so much that I was told I couldn't get any credit for the year I had completed before my husband's death. I am left with nothing but a student loan bill of $15,000 and a $4,000 bill from CTU.
I attended CTU from 2004 - 2008 earning my Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Management. I chose the "hybrid" experience wherein I took some classes online and some classes on campus.
The bottom line with my education there, both online and on-the-ground was that it was a very positive experience. Did I encounter occasional problems with Financial Aid, paperwork and administrative issues? Of course! No system is perfect. But with persistence and cooperation I was able to work through all problems to a satisfactory conclusion.
I am now considering returning as an online only student to complete my Master's degree.
As noted elsewhere, an online only education takes a certain amount of self-discipline but I have found that if you're willing to make the effort the instructors will be more than happy to help you achieve.
Although I feel that CTUO is a good online college, I would definitely recommend anyone going to any college check out the accreditation. Just because a school is accredited, it does not mean that the programs offered are accredited. I started the ASMBC program and with 9 classes remaining, CTUO is ending the program. YES, anyone already enrolled in the program can finish the program and get their associates degree and go on to be CPC certified.
In lieu of ending this program they added 2 others and neither one is accredited.
The program AHIT (Associates in Health Information Technology) for example, is not accredited by CAHIM. In other words, if you wanted to be RHIT or HIT certified, you would only be able to take the certification exams if the program you completed was CAHIM accredited. Granted, these are certifications that are not required, but they are highly favored by potential employers. Keep in mind that CAHIM and AHIMA are well known in the medical world for their accreditation.
Because I chose to go with another online college so that I can take courses accredited by this organization and become RHIT certified, I also found out that most of the courses I completed will not transfer because they were not CAHIM accredited. WOW!! Now I have to retake several classes and repay for them. BUT it was my choice so I pay for what I get and what I want.
Anyone who has completed the ASMBC programs will have to take additional courses that are CAHIM certified before they can take the exam to be RHIT or HIT certified.
I would recommend CTU Online to anyone who is looking to continue their education at their own pace and on their own time. Of course you will have deadlines but compared to an "in-classroom" setting there really is not much expected. Many people feel that they did not get the full experience but it really comes down to will power and what you are willing to do to get to where you want to be. You are expected to read the reading materials, attend or view archived chats, and utilize their resources such as the library, tutorials, etc. If you do want to take the time to do so then you are wasting your own time and money.
Online schools are suppose to provide an option for those who can not attend a regularly scheduled class room. Those who have negative reviews fail to mention that they did not give their full potential and expect to pass by doing little to no work. I actually enjoy when I have an instructor who pushes us to our full potential because this shows they care and they expect us to be the same as if we were sitting in the class room listening to a lecture.
Online classes are not for everyone and this should be thought about before applying and attending CTU.
I am an alumni of Colorado Technical University. I received my bachelors and masters degrees from CTU. I must say that the online experience fit my high paced work schedule.
I found the online classroom to be a great learning format no matter if I attended the live or recorded sessions. Teachers had work hours throughout my studies and would either answer my calls or return my calls by the next day. The ability to chat with other students online was also helpful. While doing assignments it was sometimes helpful to run a thought or maybe get some formatting input from my classmates.
Prior to attending CTU I attended the University of North Carolina (Brick and mortar) and University of Phoenix online. I found both the brick and mortar and online experiences had their advantages. None that would out weigh the other except versatility of online education is a plus for working professionals.
I received my bachelors degree in information technology and masters in project management. Both these fields fit within my current profession. Most of my professors were more seasoned in my field or had achieved higher status at the time I attended CTU. I found the knowledge of all my instructors was advanced in their field supported by student grading of professors preceding and after instructional periods.
The classroom knowledge was an extreme benefit to my career advancement but even more importantly was the professional up to date and most of the time currently in the profession details, incite and leadership talks the professors would lead into or talk about during instruction. Don't get me wrong, there were some professors I hated, especially the sticklers for APA and MLA formats. Then there were the professors that would not budge on due assignments.
Of course I can't forget the professors that counted every word on the weekly posts and ensured you were not rambling to meet the word requirement. The administration was also a hassle when payments were due. They would work with me though. Sometimes my job would not post my check for a month or two. But you know what, I got through it.
I went from a systems analyst to a senior systems analyst to a regional manager for two information technology companies.
I appreciate your negative comments and hope CTU staff is reading your negative comments also. Good remarks will never make us better.
I am not surprised by the mixed reviews, however, I am shocked by the hostile attitude reflected.Your experience will differ because everyone is an unique vessel, to each their own. The best piece of advice I can offer is to find out whats most important for your needs. I love the flexibility, independence, and the fact that my schooling is paid for.
I work full-time, am actively involved in extra curricular activities and have a son so I need freedom. I hate discussion boards because I do NOT like being forced to interact and try to remain positive in an educational response.
However, with all the pros I receive from attending I can bear the pain. I started in January of this year in the 2+2 program and I will be done with everything in April 2012 if not sooner even though I had to take some time off to handle personal issues. I found that the more open communication you have and knowing the correct people to contact makes the process easier.
Over the years, my views have went from "I want to obtain the highest degree possible because I have the opportunity" to "what degree will can I get by with?" But my time at CTU has given me a little more faith to making my first dream a reality. I can obtain the highest degree with this opportunity and have freedom while doing it. Do not get discouraged in your search...
Prior to enrolling with CTU I did an extensive internet research to get the good and the bad about the school. About 95% of the comments and ratings I found online were positive. The other 5% were ratings coming from students who expected to sign up, play Yahoo! games, and still get a good passing grade.
Lazy people will never achieve anything! Don't expect a handout.
My own experience with CTU Online was not a terrible one, but it wasn't very fulfilling either. I attended this school as my first post secondary education. That was my first mistake. An online learning program is not a good choice for your first college experience. That goes for any online school, not just this one. I found that my biggest problem was not being able to focus all my attention on learning the material.
I'm not writing this review to bash the school, I just wasn't able to devote all my attention on the classwork. At the time I wrote this review, I had just withdrawn from the school to attend a local community college to learn instead.
I have heard some bad things about when you try to withdraw, saying that they drag the process out longer than it needs to be. That remains to be seen with me, but I feel that it won't take very long. The woman that I talked with when I asked to withdraw seemed a little disappointed, but she didn't go out of her way to convince me to stay. She did prod a little bit, but at that point I had already made up my mind.
For the actual "classroom" experience, I thought it left something to be desired. But, as for all online learning, you get what you put into it and I felt that I wasn't able to put my everything into the experience. I could not get as much out of it as other students seemed to. I didn't want to stay in school any longer and accrue more loans to repay, so I decided to withdraw now. I realize I have to pay back the loan, and I intend on doing so. I felt that some teachers did a less than stellar job of giving feedback after assignments. It seemed like the response given was sort of automated like a template.
I believe I had one teacher who for the grade feedback posted the entire rubric and didn't say anything in particular about my assignment. This isn't true for all teachers, as I had others that gave good feedback and actually wanted me to succeed. There was one teacher who for whenever I did an assignment he just stated what I did wrong and didn't tell me any strong points.
I felt that the live chat sessions were good for information, but they were hard to follow. I think you really have to focus on the material so you can learn it, which I couldn't do. It's not that I didn't want to do the work, I felt if I couldn't focus all my attention on the material, I wouldn't get the full experience out of it. I didn't want to get a job that I wouldn't be at least somewhat happy in. It seems like the financial aid department was a tad slow at getting things done. When I first enrolled, everything was done very quickly and I got started right away. But when the first session was over, it took them more than a month to get the financial aid award ready.
So to finish off, the school is not a bad one, if you have the ability to set aside time and devote your attention to it. I think it's a better option to further your education, not to earn your first degree. If your only a year or two removed from high school, your much better off going to local community college which is much cheaper than CTU Online. I definitely did learn some things, but I felt in the end it wouldn't be able to help me get the job I wanted.