Colorado Technical University - Online Reviews
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I see a lot of bad reviews on here and some good ones but I can tell you personally that this is not that bad of a school. Considering I work full-time this school meets my needs due to the fact that their are no tests and no mid-terms and assignments are always due at the same time. With that being said, the only assignments are discussion boards and projects. Pretty easy if you ask me... and that's what I'm looking for, easy. I don't have to worry about buying books or anything because it is all included in the price which is why it may seem more pricey than it should be. Now, I also must say that the amount of knowledge you actually gain from each course is limited due to the time frame of 5 weeks for each course and having to learn as much as possible within that time. Bottom line is that if you are a good self-learner and motivator than you can do CTU. The teachers only give two one hour live chat sessions a week but if you're willing to go out and read and learn for yourself than you wont have any issues. From my experience as well the professors have always responded to emails so far. I've been attending CTU since end of 2013 taking one class at a time since that is all my work will pay for but it works for me.
I recently graduated from CTU with a Masters in Project Management. There are no formal tests as you would know it. The courses are broken into 5 phases each with a mandatory discussion board and individual project. Most of the classes have a very large individual project or group project at the end. In regards to financial aid, CTU is a mother school. They will tell you exactly what forms need to be filled out and will then take care of the rest. I used my post 9/11 GI Bill to cover the cost. If you attend classes and actually do the work then you will graduate in 18 months. I did. Communication with the professors and online coaches are the keys to success with this school. It is very fast paced. The most amount of time break I had between classes was 6 days. You will literally be in school for 18 months straight with the Masters program. The school is regionally and nationall accredited so there is no worry of hinder in the industry acceptance of your diploma. I have read a lot of reviews on this school regarding the cost of the program. CTU is a pricey school as it should be because it is a for-profit university. The school primarily scouts practioner professors in the field of project management. This means that most of them teach part time not full time. Most of my professors were project managemers for large companies or owned their own consulting firm. If you look closely at some of the school books you will see that the professor teaching the class actually wrote the book. Additionally, CTU is a research university so be prepared to read a lot and I mean a lot of journal articles from their online library. If you are not a research wiz at the beginning of the curriculum you will be at the end. Also, you will become a true PowerPoint ranger when you finish this course. In fact the PowerPoint assignments you make in the project management field can be used to teach your own classes at the undergrad level if you choose to do so at a later date.
I have tried different colleges and have never finished any of them becauseI was a young mom with a full time job and being a high school dropout with little education didn't help. CTU has lifted me out of this spirit of feeling unsuccessful! I am very close to being finished and I have managed to keep my GPA up. My teachers have made my learning experience easy with the real life situations that they teach. My advisors have been there for any help I have had. I am so proud that I am almost done with no struggles at all. THANK YOU CTU for helping me to achieve!
I attended CTU from 2006 to 2008 and graduated with my BSBA in IT. I was able to transfer my credits from the concrete, traditional universities I attended in the past without issues. My goal was to complete a BS degree, but utilize the maximum transferable credits. My adviser was very good and helped me choose a major that was relevant to my career goals and utilized passed experience also. The classes were demanding, I was glad to be challenged for my investment and felt as though it was not a fake degree program. I worked full time and went to CTU full time, not easy but graduated after 18 months with a 3.5GPA and my BSBA-IT.
At first this was a great school, took an English class and the instructor was great, (apparently this school does not use professors, she was a great teacher but no professor). When I took the first math class I was very disappointed. I ended up using YouTube to figure out how to do the math. The instructor stood in front of the class reading the book and could not figure out how to answer the math problem, un-prepared, unprofessional, I did not learn a thing. Not entirely the instructors fault, the book had a lot of errors and that confused the instructor. I ended up showing the instructor the errors and helping her move the class along. I feel bad for some of other students because they should have failed but was given a passing grade since the instructor couldn’t figure it out either. They will go on to harder math classes and fail. I also took the science class and realized this school does not have a lab. The instructor was a very good teacher but the science was 10th or 11th grade material, didn’t learn anything. I also tool a basic networking class, this was an online class, again there were problems and I learned nothing. Most of the online discussion boards were basic and my 10 year old sister could come up with more intelligent things to discuss in a college level class. The instructor didn’t read my last paper and gave me a missing grade, even after I appealed this with evidence from the online submissions they did not change my grade. Luckily this only happened once and with my easy 100% on everything else it did not make that much of a difference. I stuck with the school for a year and all I have to show for it is a few transfer credits to use at a real school.
I took the bachelors degree in Software Engineering. Excellent classes. Am now in my Masters and I have witnessed a huge culture change in CTU. The Dean is not accessible, a supervisor is never accessible. You either take ebooks or go to another school. So when you get two bboks and you can only access one at a time, good luck when you don't have internet. What did the advisor say, (TOO BAD, TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT) Nice huh? Ever since I started CTU the late policies were identical except for one professor who thought education was better served if we were punished with a 20% hit for being one day late. These colleges are for adult learners, sometimes our schedules do not meet deadlines as planned. But this school says "Sorry nothing we can do" So if you want a school that has found the amazing ability to fix or solve nothing, they let rogue professors destroy a students enthusiasm and insults their intelligence, then this is the school for you. I even wrote a letter begging to talk withj the dean, I am sure the advisors threw it out. I am sure they either don't care or do not wish to be exposed for doing nothing. Once they get you in none of your issues will be met with a solution, and I mean absolutely none of them. Best of luck, I am looking elsewhere to finish my degree. And OMG if you owe them any money they will turn you over to a collection agency even without documentable proof of any notices. This school has gone down hill in a hurry! They truly could care less what you think about their program, the arrogance is unbelievable!
It is hard to get in contact with your professors. They say email them and yet they never reply to the emails. Financial aid is the worst. Trying to get help with financial aid documents or getting questions answered is ridiculous. They couldn't explain to me why my stipend went from a very large amount to nothing. They just gave me the run around and then hung up on me. It wasn't very helpful. My student advisior was never available to speak me.and would never answer my questions. The only one who was helpful was the enrollment advisior who walked me through the paperwork and the orientation process step by step.
This school is very fast paced. With each class 5.5 weeks long, a lot of information is compacted into the timeframe. One must be ready to work hard to succeed. The instructors are from the fields being taught. They are more than academics in the traditional school setting; they have actually walked the talk. The more successful student will attend the live chats rather than the archived chats. This is where most of the interaction is. Time spent in class with the instructor should be a priority. The chat archives are great for review but should not be the only way of getting instruction. For the working adult and other, non-traditional students who are highly motivated a self-starters, I heartily recommend CTU. This is not a party school and the student will achieve in direct proportion to the effort expended!
I started attending CTU in 2014. It is hard and I hope it will be worth it. What I am finding out is that students get little to no support from the university. Live chats are held twice a week and sometimes can be helpful, yet for some courses it is very difficult to get much out of the live chats. The online tutoring with the drop in tutoring is great and very helpful, however not all classes seem to have tutors available. It seems at least to me that I am teaching myself with most of the courses that I am taking, very little help is coming from the instructors and no help is available from the student success department. Even though I feel as if I am mostly teaching myself a few of the instructors have been very good and actually reach out to students to let you know you are doing well in their class and offer feedback on assignments, other instructors you never get feed back from and it is frustrating. The student success coaches very rarely reply to emails, or offer any feed back or encouragement to students and when contacting them with any issue, they have up to 72 hours to reply, I think that is in hopes that the students will forget the issue or it will be resolved. Most of the issues I have with attending CTU is the what seems like a total lack of regard for the students(their customers)or whether or not students succeed or not. It also seems as if almost all contact from the student success department is in the form letters or automatic replies, letting you to contact some other department with your issue. I would not recommend this university to anyone and in fact I would try to dissuade anyone from attending CTU. I am only going to stick it out here because I have no choice cause they already got my money.
First off, I graduated in 2007. Things may have changed a bit and it was in transition when I was studying. Almost all of the instructors were extremely helpful with only one exception. He was critical of everyone's work but the criticism was not constructive. It seems like they make a good faith effort to find instructors that work in the field that you are studying. I really enjoyed my time there and it assisted me in obtaining a position as a Criminal Investigator in a State Police agency in Texas. I was already a deputy sheriff while I studied at CTU