Colorado Technical University - Online Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (274)
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.
The truth about CTU is this. CTU is what you make of it. I was hesitant about joining CTU because I was already taken for high price ride by ITT technical Institute. At the time I wanted a technical degree and did not want to go to a traditional school I wanted it fast. Well there is a price for fast degrees. This is one thing you must understand about any online school they are doing this at fast pace for YOU, that means the cost is greater for that service.
Second thing about CTU I like is that all of their credits are transferable, when I finished my AS degree at ITT they did not tell me till I signed up that all of my credits might not be transferable. Yes I was pissed, but that was my fault for not doing the research. I spent 3 years after graduation trying to find a local school that would take all of my credits without starting me over. I could not find one. So by the 4th year, I decided to go back to ITT and pay the price for the online program to finish my 4 year. Do you know that the lady at ITT would not tell me the price of the program till I signed a document that I would attend. So I lied and told her I would sign if she e-mailed it to me, I look at the price and I told her to go ride whale. Lets just say the cost is around price of 2008 BMW 745I. Thatâ€™s when I began looking for online schools
I donâ€™t care if you donâ€™t like CTU you could like National university or Kaplan. Ask questions before starting the school. I asked the person they assigned to me at CTU how much it cost. He tried at first to skirt the issue, I told him look I know how much ITT cost. If you beat that price I would heavily consider joining, but in-order for me to do that I need to know much it cost. He told me, and I said I could go to CTU three times for three different degrees vs one time at ITT. Ask questions people I cannot stress that enough.
Now on to the classes, like I said CTU is what you make of it. If you are not use to online classes your first set of classes may be hard. I did not do well my first set of classes. Why, because I was looking at the letter grade and not the total points earned. Yes you get a letter grade for the assignment but that grade carries a point value. Each class has a 1000 point max. Some assignments are worth 60, 150 and 250. A grade of A on a 60 is worth far less than the ones worth 150 or up. So my first 2 classes I pulled Câ€™s as my final grade and I was mad because I had letter grade of Aâ€™s sprinkled around my grade book.. I then decided to read, yep read the rules and how grades are assigned and how total grades are calculatedâ€¦ Then I said ahhh ok my fault.
Because the classes are only five weeks you cannot afford to mess up too much. 5 weeks is all you get. And trust me you do not want to repeat a class. So now I am two classes away or 5 weeks from finishing my BS degree. I have already signed up for the master program starting later this year. Financial aid took care of 96% of my BS degree and I expect 93% for my masters and I have my employer kicking in 3% and the rest I will cover.
It is doable people; education opens doors for many things. Like I said, I like CTU, but this could have been a I like Kaplan reply or national university post as well. The point is read the rules, ask questions before you sign anything find out how much it cost. Do your own financial aid research, they use the same number off the government financial aid website so you can see before you sign up how much your are going get, but you need to know much you need to cover, and in order to find that you, you need to ask the question how much does this program costâ€¦. Ohhhh and I love how they deliver your books to your houseâ€¦Congrats to all graduates of 2008 from every school, I am so happy I will have completed a goal that should have been done 6 years ago, but hey they say better late than never..
Sorry the long post I just wanted to get some realism out there.
I enjoyed the online experience. It allowed me to do finish my degree and still manage to work full time and raise my children. I liked that there are interactive chats. It was almost like being in a classroom only better. If I was not able to attend the live chats they were there for me to retrieve later. This was extremely helpful if I needed information to be repeated or if I wanted to fast forward through informtation. I would improve the virtual commons. This is an area where we can sign up for clubs and interact with other classmates. Some of the groups you can sign up for are not active and there is not much activity within the groups which defeats the purpose of joining the club in the first place.
It was great at first. I worked on my projects in the middle of the night if I needed or wanted to. I wasn't bound to a set schedule or having to go into a school - which works for me with my disability. However, even though with all the calculations done for tuition they assured me that my financial aid would cover my degree program. Then they informed me I would have to pay 50$ a month for 11 months to pay the rest of my program.
I paid the first two payments. Then they got my Pell grant and Stafford loan, and I logged in to find out I was withdrawn. A few days later I got a letter in the mail telling me I owe them for the balance of my degree program. They said I wasn't logging in frequently enough. Twice, sometimes three times a day apparently wasn't enough for them. I attended the lectures three sometimes four nights a week, and kept up with my assignments. Only one was late. This was midway through the second session.
I ended up going back to my Community College and am taking distance learning this fall. On top of everything else, I told them I wanted in the Bachelor's program, because that's what I needed -A Bachelor's Degree- in order to advance in my current job. They put me in the Associate's instead. I can get that at the Community college for a fraction of the price, and they won't take my financial aid money and run.
I wish it had been a more positive experience. I was so excited going in. As for my Community College (Dallas County) I have always been very happy with them and wish I'd never left to try to get a higher degree now. So now I have this loan I have to pay back six months after graduation that I didnt get ANYTHING out of.
Months later, I was looking up something else on [website redacted] and found that one of the top complaints were against this place. I wish I'd checked there first!