I have been a student of CTU-Online since January 2011 and I am proud to state that I will be graduating with honors next week. Prior to enrolling with CTU I read countless reviews and found the same opinions that I do today. Many are pleased with their experience and others are furious that they had a poor experience. While apprehensive, I worked hard to ensure that I researched the school, asked questions if I had them and contacted faculty and staff I was unsure about the information.
I transferred into CTU with an Associate’s degree from a local community college and the experience went amazingly well. I was pleased to have my credits transfer, saving me time and money retaking courses. The enrollment counselors were friendly and informative, although I would add they were encouraging me to enroll-but that is there job.
Not having the ability to pay for the courses outright, I needed to utilize student loans. The process was explained to me and when I had questions while going through the paperwork- which were provided to me, I wasn’t just “signed up” for loans, my questions were answered promptly.
The course work was at times frustrating, with the correlation between the assignment’s and the underlying lessons being a bit unclear; but again this is nothing new to anyone that has graduated public schools. The instructors seemed to swing back and forth, some times they were phenomenal, others not so much. For a few courses I had professors that were working on their Doctorate and if I completed an assignment and was close- I received a high grade. Other instructors seemed to take things in their own direction and graded very harshly and lacked solid feedback for the grading. One thing that did frustrate me are the few “rogue” instructors that feel that they are going to change CTU’s process and teach the class how they feel it should be- causing for a bit of tension in the course and frustration with the students.
Yes tuition rose during my time here. Most schools tuition does rise incrementally and CTU was certainly not exception. Was the cost comparable to the education, at times yes and times no. With any school you are paying for the name and CTU’s cost’s seemed to rise as their popularity did. When I saw commercials on major tv channel’s I knew the cost’s would go up. I was however provided a notice that the cost’s were rising and was never caught off guard.
The live chats can be a great tool, if you use them. For me they were not, I rarely listened to them as I found that few of the professors utilized the time well. This is a tremendous resource however if you are struggling. During one math course I was having trouble and I was able to review the live chats repeatedly until I gained thorough comprehension over the subjects. Speaking honestly, the books were only used part of the time as well. If you are good at online research, you won’t need them 100% of the time.
The course work includes a TON of paper’s and I mean a lot. I didn’t mind this as I felt it was better to write about the topic rather than take a test. Some people do well, others not so much. Overall, the experience is what I made of it. Was it hard, yes. Did I have to work hard, yes. Were there times it was easy, of course. This program is like anything in life, if you work hard you will see positive results. Best of luck!!