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Colorado Technical University - Online
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Criminal Justice Average Rating
Percent Employed 100% Average Time to Hire --- Average Salary $30,000 % Degree Helped Career 64%
Business Average Rating
Percent Employed 80% Average Time to Hire --- Average Salary $60,000 % Degree Helped Career 71%
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Percent Employed 100% Average Time to Hire --- Average Salary $33,333 % Degree Helped Career 67%

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THIS WAS THE FIRST COLLEGE I TRIED TO ATTEND AND OVERALL THIS WAS BY FAR THE WORST SCHOOL EVER.I WOULD'NT RECOMMEND THIS SCHOOL TO MY WORST ENEMY!! ULTIMATE MEDICAL ACADEMY IS WHERE IT'S AT I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT SCHOOL!!

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Waste of time!
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I had a friend who recommended CTU Online so I gave it a shot. With a full time job and transportation issues, it seemed to " fit my needs." My first student advisor was really helpful with every step of the registration process. She also sent me emails from time to time to see if everything was ok or if I had any questions. I was withdrawn after my first year.. I had some personal matters that needed my full attention. After handling my issues, I decided to go back since I was half way through my degree program. I was assigned a new student advisor who was of no help whatsoever!!

There are a lot of documents required especially if you are receiving financial aid. This new advisor was quick to get me into classes within a week. I was having trouble obtaining my tax transcripts and she was well aware of it. After three weeks I was withdrawn by the school. My third attempt to finish my degree came shortly after. I had the same advisor who again was eager to get me started in the session that started a few days later. I told her I didn't want to start classes and do the work only to be pulled put. She referred me to some guy who supposedly was part of the returning student department. I told him the same thing. He said I have nothing to worry about, if it takes me two three or even six weeks, they will not withdraw me because of missing documents.

A this point, I was still unable to get a copy of my tax transcripts. After three weeks, I was withdrawn yet again!! I had just completed four assignments within the two days prior to that!! I was so upset!! I emailed my student advisor and that other guy.. I wanted to prevent being withdrawn and was reassured more than twice that that wouldn't happen! They are so stupid!! NEVER AGAIN!!

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Perfect for At Home Mother's!
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Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2013
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This University has opened the doors for my dreams again. I was once in college and gave that dream up for the life of a married woman with several children. By signing up via a pop up ad, my life has changed.

Although I have yet to graduate with my Bachelors' degree, I have gotten my Associates' in Criminal Justice. The student advisors' assisted me in finding the best match for my previous education as well as an area that will continue to thrive. The only concern Ihave thus far is How Am I Getting to Colorado to Walk the Stage

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hororable
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Degree: Criminal Justice
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The classes classes are excelarated but there inforamtion given is very limited. i felt like i learned very little from attending this school. i was late on assignment,but the assignment was turned in according to school policy. yes it was my fault ,but i was given a failing grade to the course becasue i didnt send an email to the instructor. so my point is ,the instructor and the school are operating on 2 different standards. im also unemployed,and trying to get employed with 2 companies that require a copy or proof that i have attending this school and earned my requuired credits for the position.

This school is not willing to help me with showing proof to the companies thats willing to hire me, unless i give pay tem the entire tuition up front even though im willing and able to make payments. this is only worried about making as money as they can rather than educating and helping someone better themself. the manager i spoke with showed no remorse and was not willing to help with my dilemma. i do not recommend this school unless you want very little knowledge from your school and have al the money up front to pay them. find another online school.. i will !!

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You get what you give
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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2006
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I didn't fully appreciate the quality of education I received at CTU Online until my girlfriend decided to go back to school and earn HER degree. She decided to attend UMASS-Lowell's relatively new online school, and this gave me an opportunity to do a side-by-side comparison of UMASS - a highly rated public institution - with CTU, which is a private for-profit university.

One of the things about CTU that had concerned me, as others have noted here, was the fact that in discussion board assignments I could see the horrifically awful quality of many other students' writing skills. This had caused me to worry that CTU admitted any moron who could either self-pay or obtain college loans. Know what? The UMASS students are just as bad in THEIR discussion board postings. It turns out that the real problem is the tragic state of the American education system overall. On average, what emerges from our nation's high schools is not properly prepared to attend college. I'm sure that the writing skills of Yale or Princeton students is exemplary, but they get the top pick of students nationwide. I'm talking about the institutions that the rest of us can afford to attend, and CTU's student body was no worse and no better than UMASS's.

I also noted that the UMASS and CTU live classes ran about par with each other, with some instructors really taking advantage of the format and others coasting to the point where a student would do just as well whether they attended the online classes or not. Again, the courseware itself was quite similar between the two.

The place where CTU really pulled ahead was in the area of student support. The online library staff at CTU did an extraordinary job, during my first few classes, at helping me learn to maximize the library's research capabilities, and were then available any time I needed them for a little extra help. My CTU advisor was likewise available if I had an issue with an instructor (which I did, once or twice) or if I needed some administrative guidance (either on the financial end or with degree completion requirements).

One other area of particular note. I came to CTU as a 40+ year old business professional without a degree but with a good deal of self-education and professional experience. One worry I had was that as a for-profit institution, they might try to maximize the courses I would have to take in order to maximize their own profit. Happily, that was not the case. Between a series of College Level Examination Program ("CLEP") tests and an extremely extensive work portfolio, I was able to test out of my Freshman and Sophomore years and enter as a Junior. My degree was complete in 14 months.

I was very happy with CTU and would definitely recommend it to others who are ready for the experience.

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RIPOFF....FIND ANOTHER SCHOOL
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Graduation Year: 2008
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I WENT TO CTU ONLINE FOR MY ASSOCIATES OF SCIENCE IN MEDICAL BILLING AND CODING. I WAS TOLD AT THE BEGINNING THAT I WOULD HAVE EVERYTHING THAT I NEEDED WHEN I WAS DONE TO GET A GOOD JOB, INCLUDING BEING CERTIFIED IN ICD-9 AND CPT. WELL GUESS WHAT HAPPENED WHEN I GOT TO THE END OF MY CLASSES???? THERE WAS NO CERTIFICATION FOR ICD-9 AND CPT. YOU HAVE TO DO THAT ON YOUR OWN AT YOUR OWN EXPENSE. I GRADUATED WITH A 3.9 GPA, THE ONLY THING THAT I WAS LACKING WAS MY CERTIFICATES AND MY DEGREE.

I HAD ALL OF MY LOANS COVERED EXCEPT FOR $2800 AND THEY WON'T GIVE ME MY DEGREE UNTIL THAT IS PAID OFF. I AM PAYING $20,000 BACK FOR THE FEDERAL LOANS THAT I HAVE PLUS MY OTHER BILLS. I HAVE NEVER HEARD OF A SCHOOL NOT GIVING YOU YOUR DEGREE UNTIL THE LOAN HAS BEEN PAID OFF. IT DOESN'T MATTER BECAUSE IT'S NOT WORTH THE PAPER IT IS WRITTEN ON. THEY CAN KEEP IT. FOR THOSE PEOPLE OUT THERE THAT THINK THIS IS SUCH A GREAT SCHOOL, THEN PLEASE TELL ME WHY THEY ARE CANCELLING HALF OF THEIR CLASSES AND AREN'T TAKING STUDENTS IN MOST OF THE OTHER CLASSES??? THIS SCHOOL SHOULD BE SHUT DOWN. I AM OUT OVER $20,000 AND HAVE NOTHING TO SHOW FOR IT. CTU ONLINE RUINED MY TRUST IN ALL SCHOOLS. DON'T BE A FOOL, GO ELSEWHERE AND READ THE REVIEWS FIRST.

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What a horrible place
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Terrible student services at this place. With online classes it is critical that there be standardization about requirements. Class participation cannot be changed at a whim by an instructor. I took a class and we had a certain requirement to participate. I took the same class with another person who wanted twice that just for an average grade.

When I called in to complain, basically the student services people said, "oh well." I withdrew, went to Keller and am in my last class of a master's degree program (which is the same degree I had planned to get at CTU). What is utterly hilarious is that they continue to send me emails inviting me back to CTU. Absolutely not.

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RIP-OFF, SCAM ARTIST
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Degree: Associate Degree
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This school is a joke! I got into it because the GI Bill goes through them. I have been in school since late Jan 12' and since then they have drained my FA over $12,000 not including the loans and GI Bill!!!

Do not attempt to go to this school. I spoke with them about transferring out and they want more money from me!!! The classes are nothing but a HUGE joke. I warn you DO NOT COME TO THIS SCHOOL if you are in deed looking for an education look else where. They will DRAIN you and you will NOT learn anything.

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I am begging you to read this.
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I started CTU in July of 2011 to get my associates in Science and healthcare administration. I was supposed to graduate in November of 2012.

I ASSURE YOU I AM NOT COMPLAINING BECAUSE I COULDN'T DO THE WORK AND FAILED. I AM COMPLAINING BECAUSE THIS SCHOOL IS A RIP-OFF!

I didn't like the structure of the school. That wasn't that much interaction. So i looked into phoenix.

The next day.. I received an email and a phone call stating that the price of the books increased and so did the credit hours and in order to continue school I had to pay $1,000+ to continue!

CTU DRAINED MY FINANCIAL AID FOR THE YEAR! NOT JUST THE SEMESTER! So, I couldn't transfer!

Perfectly legal.

So, I got screwed until I could renew my fafsa. I am now choosing a Doctorate Degree at a different school.

BUT I HAVE TO PAY CTU FIRST! OVER 6 GRAND! Please don't get sucked into this school. It ruined my life.

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Go to a real school, not CTU
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Degree: MBA in Finance
Graduation Year: 2011
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I was already pursuing a MBA at the University of Colorado when my job transferred me to a new city. I had completed 6 classes with no grade lower than A-. I made the poor decision when I moved that instead of staying at CU (getting a new job), traveling for school, or attending only online classes; I would transfer to a new grad school to finish my MBA as soon as possible. At the time, graduating with the piece of paper was more important. After all of my academic successes and licenses earned, I made a very poor decision, in hindsight.

As a side note, do not transfer grad schools. Start and concentrate fully on your study and creating job opportunities. The only exception I see to this rule would be if you could transfer from an average school to a top 25 business school.

First, CTU has a policy that all work must be submitted in APA format, even short one paragraph assignments. This is a bit excessive. Additionally, the American Psychological Association style is specifically that, for psychology. It is true that other medical professions sometimes use this style, but APA is reserved for the soft sciences. I have never used APA in my undergrad, graduate, my published work (yes, I am published), or my professional reports. APA is not relevant to my work as my MBA is supposed to be relevant to the world.

Second, and my biggest problem, is that my classes were very simple. CTU was easier than my undergrad work, and I'm talking about my easier 300 level classes. My marketing class was a series of show and tell sessions where we described an everyday object. My management class required two papers a week summarizing articles. I repeatedly added my own analysis with references and graphs to which my professor replied, you are over achieving on every assignment but very good work. I was trying to challenge myself, plus that level of work was required in my previous schools. My finance management class was comprised of such subjects such as, what is a stock, what is a bond, how does life insurance work. These discussions were hardly 600 level, I felt like I was in a high school class. In one class the professor could not answer the question, what does ETF stand for?, a rather simple question. This professor was the Dean of the Finance Department. After the first two weeks of class the professor actually approached me and asked that I teach in his class. He asked that I teach certain topics, lead discussion, and through example and lecture, show the other students how to apply financial thinking and concepts. My classes continued this way in every subject. I didn’t take a single test at CTU. I was also never required to submit any final projects that were greater than any individual paper that was assigned throught a semester. My “capstone” class, which is supposed to be my chance to prove I was worthy of my MBA and include research and analysis from all subjects in the business school, was not at all like that and was one of my easiest classes. I actually took the capstone class in the middle of my semesters to get it out of the way, instead of at the end of my degree program. I was not required to take any law classes (even ignoring the fact that I had taken three business law classes at CU), only one very elementary economics/accounting class, only two finance classes (even though finance was my specialization), and no classes in operations or logistics. Unfortunately, I was getting exactly what I had asked for: the easiest way to get that piece of paper that said I have a MBA. I wanted the fast track and CTU provided the bullsh*t “schooling.”

Third, CTU advertises itself as the future of education, “career-focused,” “industry-specific,” and focused on advanced technology. None of those dash excessive adjectives were true. Not once did we work with mentors in the business world or any actual companies. Never did we discuss how our projects were mirrored to actual projects in the real world. We never had a guest speaker from a local business. While my career was pushing me harder and setting expectations for me upon graduation, my schooling at CTU seemed to be “dumbing” me down. I should have been on the payroll (which I was later offered by the Dean of Finance) than wasting time and money. We didn’t even use Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Project, Outlook, or Access for our work (although I secretly did even knowing my grade could be punished) even though those programs are used in the real world. We were forced to use some software no one outside of CTU has ever heard of or used. It was also expensive software that CTU sells. That must be part of the “for profit” designation CTU carries. None of our work was ever shared with local businesses to show our potential as employees to those businesses. I would never use any of my school work from CTU to sell myself in interviews, I do use work samples from my CU schooling in interviews to prove I can work for employers. That was what CU advised me to do, and has received many kudos from interviewers. CTU promises a nontraditional college experience with a focus on technology like in the real world. The extent of CTU’s technology was using email to communicate to teachers (that’s not groundbreaking), submitting papers online (also not groundbreaking but funny when the papers were prepared in class and the teacher couldn’t accept them directly to his computer but we all sat there wasting time waiting for our work to upload, then the professor had to open the papers individually), then meeting as teams in some classes in the CTU online chat rooms. The irony being that I rarely talked to a team member in or out of class as it was explicitly against guidelines. This “advanced” technology made all teamwork a hassle and counterproductive. That was the extent of technology at CTU, PowerPoint for presentations was accepted sometimes but not supported. I even had more than one professor state they would not share their PowerPoint notes and lectures with the class because that was their work, not ours. I still don’t understand why you would teach from PowerPoint slides but not allow students to review those slides after class when studying. Furthermore, the online portion of each class (whether it was 50% or 100% of the attendance) was forced and almost every professor complained about it. CTU has yet to figure out how to use an online platform to teach, their attempts are so awkward and made work very difficult.

Lastly, CTU has little to no career services. They try to pass off their very small and security job dominated job fairs as career helpful. But these aren’t helpful since almost no local or nonlocal businesses attend, and no one in the business school is attempting a degree of being a security officer. They have only one person on staff to help with interview preparation and resume building. I feel that a graduate candidate should already have these skills and professionals they can network with, but apparently this is not true at CTU. The career services employee came straight from 20 some years in the military and did not have any educational or professional experience to qualify him as a career services mentor. The marketing professor invited him to come to our class and effectually waste an entire period teaching us about resumes. The info presented was misleading, incorrect, and horrible. I have worked in HR depts., I have worked closely with HR depts. and employees professionally and in networking, and I have my own mentors and experiences to back me up. This career services individual “taught” all the wrong things to do as the only right way to write a resume. He taught that the longer the resume the better because it shows the candidate has more experience (no matter the quality of the experience or resume), he taught many pages are best. He taught that sections titled hobbies, interests, skills, qualifications, education, licenses, should all be separate sections, even though some of those are synonyms for each other. He also said that personal interests should be included, the more the better. I still don’t know what my interest in cooking, bird watching, and UFC have to do with getting a financial analyst job, not to mention I don’t even like those things particularly. He also promoted the use of objectives (I don’t agree but I do accept that many people do like the objective section), but he specifically stated the objective should be many sentences, include as many adjectives as possible, and does not need to relate to the actual job being sought (I wholeheartedly disagree).

I had many, many other problems with CTU but I achieved exactly what I intended: a piece of paper that says I have a MBA. I list my MBA on my resume. But I regret how I failed myself by taking the easy way out, and I didn’t even save money. Fortunately, I was able to finish my MBA in six months; unheard of from real schools.

During my time at CTU and since, I have passed the Series 7 and 66, passed the CFA Level 1 and 2 tests, earned an insurance license, and taken the LSAT. I’m hoping those accomplishments fill my gap the MBA doesn’t.

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