Colorado Technical University - Online Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (257)
I am a recent Associates Grad and I must say CTUO was a godsend for me. I was 12 years out of HS and I was in desperate need of a college degree. I spent time in the US Air Force rather than going to college. It was time.
In only 7 months, after transferring my USAF college credits, I was done. Graduated with Highest Honors. This is not to say it was easy. I had to work hard, but I EARNED my degree.
I know you will read a lot of negative comments here, but it is likely they were slacking and disgruntled.
CTUO has frustrations, I will not lie. I hate Group Projects due to, as I just stated, slackers and disgruntled students who want a free ride on the backs of us who actually worked hard for our grades. I do feel that there is too little definition and uniformity in the grading of assignments as well. This can be frustrating if you feel your assignment is an A but the instructor only gives B+ for discussion boards.
Overall, if you can deal with "real life" issues (frustrations), then CTU may be for you. Financial aid is an A+, Career Services really works for you, and my enrollment counselor was AWESOME!
I am about to finish my BSBA-Project Management and plan to work for my MBA at the first of 2010. I may even try for a second BSBA at the same time.
CTUO is what YOU make it. Make it a good one and it is very good to you!
If you are whinny and think that the world owes you a living like the negatives comments here, please stay away from CTU. I don't want you to make my degree less valuable!
I am about to finish an MBA with CTU online. It is my second. My first was at a traditional state school, and I have since taught at a traditional state school. Is it the best for your money? You have to decide for yourself. Not everyone who goes to Stanford or Harvard or Yale passes. In addition, they charge a lot more and you can't work when you are going. Having the advantage of teaching and being a student in traditional schools, I can honestly say that if you don't like CTU, you may not like traditional college either. Each will have it's weak points. Each will have it's weak links. And students these days are much quicker to sue teachers and create havoc, leading to a wearing down of instructors. I have experienced this first hand.
I like CTU. Perhaps I could have done better, but I doubt it with my work schedule. The state schools attitude was one of they were doing me a favor to let me go there. CTU was quite different. I did feel that I recieved a quality education because I put a lot into it. Others may have not fared so well. I read one review that said they felt the quality of graduates diminished their efforts. Well, that is always a danger when your field of view is limited. If all you see is a poor representation of any field; military, healthcare, or financial markets, it will always seem that incompetence is the order of the day. I haven't seen that as the majority of the students I have been associated with. And there is some very real world experiences that they teach here. Oh, I have seen students that seemed to be lagging. I have taught students that despite my best efforts, I had to fail. And it is never a fun thing or a feel good thing. But overall, I believe that CTU has given me good quality for my money and I look forward to taking this education to the next level in the work world I live in now.
I would not recommend this school to any person seeking a well earned education. Like every body else states, you can go a full term with out opening a book. Actually, you can go the full school year without opening a book. Some of the professors where helpful.
I appealed a grade change and it took a YEAR to change it, and it stopped me from graduating (before I threatened to go to the president of course). None of the advisors or even the teachers were calling me back. The advisors are incompetent, the financial aide reps won't return calls, its simply ridiculous!
My last year I was told my financial aid had been maxed out and I had to pay for the rest of my classes. Luckily I was on TAP or I couldn't graduate. Reflecting on the school, I can honestly say I could have learned more off the internet with great sources than I could have from this school.
Like any college you get what you put into it I am takeing a BA in CJ. you take 2 classes per 5.5 weeks an avg week consists of 2 papers 2 pages each a week for each class. Very easy and I hate to write. CTU online is also thought to be one of the best online colleges according to oedb.org/rankings - the online education database. It is ranked 19 and is higher then Kaplan University, University of Phoenix, Darton College, and Baker College to name a few.
and ITT Technical Institute is ranked 18th only one over but if you dont mind spending money and writing till your blue in the face go to Nova Southeastern University but you can only get a MA or a Dr.
I have attended a brick and mortar university, and two other online schools before finally finding the godsend that CTU is. I do not like the brick and mortar setting. I am in my early 30s and do not wish to mingle among kids who are more serious about where the next party is than about focusing on school.
I suffered through one online school that focused almost 100% on group projects. Super lame! After a semester of that I switched to another online university. While this one did not require group project learning, it was interactive. Meaning that I had to buy a microphone, log in to class at certain times and actually talk with other classmates and the professor. I was not allowed to miss a class or else you would lose a letter grade. Emergencies did not matter. Needless to say, I quit that school after a semester.
I was discouraged and thought that i would never find a school that I would like. Then I stumbled upon CTU. I am in love with this program. i like the 5 1/2 week "semesters". The fact that I can log in to a live chat and converse by typing OR listen to archived chats is wonderful!
I have found that the grading is hard. You have to do the work to get the grade. If you aren't willing to read the textbook and listen to the chats, then of course you are going to fail. I have found that each professor's requirements for the A's are different. JUST LIKE IN A REGULAR CLASSROOM SETTING!!!!
The student advising team at CTU is phenomenal. They have helped me each step of the way and will actually call you back! The important thing is that you have to be willing to work hard. Put in some effort. CTU will not give their degrees away, you have to work for it.
All of these negative reviews are from lazy people who were not willing to work for their degree. So, I say go back to brick and mortar where the most important thing that you will ever learn is how to mix a drink. Leave CTU to the professionals.
At first I thought Colorado Technical University Online was a great school. It appears that my rash judgment was incorrect. I was working on my Associates Degree, two courses away from graduation with a GPA of 3.21. I was dismissed from the university for a slow rate of progress. I never heard of such a thing. Aren't adult education programs supposed to be geared for working people to get their degree at their own pace? Well, that is what I have always been told. So if you are planning on going to CTU, read the policy manual. It might help you decide if you are doing the right thing by selecting CTU!
I am currently a student at CTUO and would recommend it to everyone that is looking for a good online university. The format of the website is outstanding and easy to navigate through and most of the teachers are very helpful and understanding if any personal problems shall arise. I will be graduating this August and have been very pleased with the education I have been receiving; I actually transferred from University of Phoenix to attend CTUO. I would have to agree with the other post in saying there is a lot of writing involved and they ensure your next employer will be pleased with your writing skills.
This school is ridiculous and puts shame to the integrity of the Education Department because they should not let it stay in business!
The curriculum merely consists of writing papers in APA format for every assignment, and I mean every assignment. There are no tests and no other homework rather than writing in APA format. The only variable is how long the assignments are. The curriculum isn't even based off of the books given for the class and you don't have to open them during any of your classes.
You learn more about finding credible online references than you do anything else. If this were a program based on APA formatting and writing it would be fantastic, but it isn't.
Do you self a favor and find a better college; this one is not worth the time it takes to write its name!
Attending CTU is a good choice. I will graduate in May of 2009. I like the virtual campus and how it is formatted. The teachers are great, well most of them. They adhere to strict policies and late assignments. I wish they offered out of state grants like Keiser and UMUC does. Furthermore, this school will teach you writing skills. You will learn how to write, write, yes more writing. For the Criminal Justice program, they should offer internships,or hands on training. Overall, it is a descent school to attend. All your textbooks are included in the tuition. Most of the books are online called ebooks, which is great to a certain extent.
I had a very mix experience and have a mixed option about CTU. It is a great school if you are looking for a quick way to get a degree and do not have time or will to go to a traditional school. You have to extremely dedicated to complete you assignments. I personally did not like the lay out of the assignment. It was not what I expected, it is a lot of looking up information on line and writing a paper. You could go the entire term with out opening the text books that they send you if you just want to complete the assignment and move on. I did not feel like I was receiving a true education, at least not as much as I felt I should have even with reading through the books and completing my assignments.
In the end, I found that I was not online learning material and have dropped CTU and now attending a local university. Though I now have to take finals, test and attend a class in a person, it is what works best for me. When looking into an online school make sure that you are prepared for the different learning styles. CTU is a good school if you are prepared and dedicated to the online learning experience.