I am nearing the end of my graduate degree at CTU online, having received my BA about 10 years ago from a "traditional" (and pricey) private college.
Overally, my experience with CTU has been largely positive and rewarding. As with any school where there is red tape, financing, schedules to adjust, etc., there can be headaches--I know this was certainly true while earning my BA at the private college. And, naturally I've experienced a few of those with CTU. The good news is that, in all of my experiences, if you are reasonable in your requests, expectations, and dedication, the staff will bend over backwards to get you the help you need. The student advisers, in particular, are extremely helpful and compassionate.
So far I have few complaints.
First of all, let me state how much I love that grad students receive hard copies of all textbooks mailed right to their front door. It's also a small blessing that the cost of the textbooks is included with tuition, so there isn't additional out-of-pocket every semester. My text books have always arrived well in advance, in brand-new condition.
The classes themselves are challenging and fast-paced. In some classes, I lean heavily on the text books, and some I don't need them as much. The lectures are wonderful in that you can watch them at your convenience and are not required to attend as they're broadcast live. I feel like I'm learning a lot, and the vast majority of professors have been very helpful and accessible (some even providing home phone numbers). True, not every prof has been a winner, but, again, that is pretty much on par with every college I've ever heard of.
Overall in my classes, I've gotten consistently high grades, but I feel like I've had to work for them--they were not handed to me.
I have to admit that I have been a little grateful to the online school format, in that it doesn't force me to be super interactive with others; I'd rather keep my head down and get my work done. But in spite of this, I've actually made quite a few friends with classmates. Being in the same programs, we recognize and greet each other. We shared contact information and help each other with assignments. It's been a real pleasure and has helped me to feel more connected with my program.
Once again, I'll say that every school I've ever heard of has its fair share of complaints about paperwork misfires, miscommunications, and missed deadlines. I experienced this as an undergrad.
But at CTU? I've been lucky enough to have no problems whatsoever. I took all advice and suggestions, and actively followed up on financial aid information. By being proactive in my own paperwork and situation, with the consistent help from CTU staff, the whole process was a snap.
I'm really glad that I chose CTU as my graduate school. I looked around as prices, accreditation, etc., and found that CTU was a very reasonable price for a graduate program--especially among other online programs. So far, I think I'm getting a really good value, and a really good education that fits into my chaotic life with a small child.
I would definitely recommend CTU online to anyone who wants a convenient, challenging education. If you're looking for shortcuts, or aren't willing to hold up your end of the bargain--meeting deadlines, doing hard work, and being proactive in your education plan--then this school isn't for you. But for serious students? It's amazing. I'm really proud to be a CTU online student.