ITT Technical Institute Reviews
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I graduated the AAS/EET program from ITT Tech in Nashville, TN back in 1990. I graduated with a 3.7 average. I was a cab driver when I started the school until Service Merchandise came looking for someone to fill a position in the Technical Services Dept. I got the job.
I stayed with SM until I was released in January of 1995. By the end of March my wife and I were moving to Roanoke, VA and then eventually to Rocky Mount (VA).
I had always wished I could have gotten my Bachelor's Degree, but during the time I was in Nashville, all they offered was the Associate's Degree, until 1994. But, by that time I was no longer interested in getting my Bachelor's degree.
Fast forward to the present, and after several jobs in the industry, ITT has now opened up a branch in Salem, VA which is about 10-15 miles from where I work.
One of the attractive features of going to ITT is that they promise that if you need refreshing on anything all you have to do is come and you can audit the classes free of charge.
However, now that I am some 20 years removed from my original education, after talking to the Dean of the school, she isn't sure which classes I'll be able to audit since the curriculum has changed; I may have to buy new books on top of that.
I'm going back so I can finally get my Bachelor's, which I think is essential to surviving in the electronics field these days. I would have had much better opportunities where we moved to if I had already gone the 3rd year.
I thought ITT was a great school when I went; I thought that I was in electronics boot camp and that my education was being geared toward design work. Had I been able to and gone the 3rd year right after finishing the first 2, that's exactly what I would have been doing.
So, we'll see how this turns out. They require more general studies than when I was in the first time. Back then the only other course besides electronics and math was a Technical Writing course. Now you have to study ethics and environmental issues and all kinds of other stuff which I didn't have to take back then.
My belief about this whole thing is, since I've paid for an Associate's degree, then I should be able to take all the classes that are required for the Associate's Degree, now, without having to pay any extra. I won't receive any letter grade for the work, but at least I would have the knowledge and would be ready for the 3rd year when it starts. They've just recently started the school, so I will have to wait for 2 years before they start the 3rd year. That's why I've decided to go through the entire thing again so I'll be ready for it. I'm 52, now, by the way.
Hope this helps; let me know either way.
I have been going to ITT Tech for 4 quarters now. I have read over most of the reviews on here. I was one of the ones that had a full time job with long hours and was worried about being stuck in such a position for a long time. (backbreaking work)
I agree with some of the people on here that say it is somewhat easy to get an "A. I have witnessed instructors saying that the participation grade is the majority of the weight.
I think in some way that it comes down to how much effort that people put into it. What I mean is, that you have to wade through a lot to find what your niche is. For example, I was not all that into 3DSMAX, but I love the image manipulation programs. (PS,AI,FL) Thats what you will attach onto and start the personal quest for knowledge. I have been to the bookstore many times looking for books to pay for out of my own pocket to enhance my skills. Don't get me wrong, sometimes I do think some of the instructors could be a little better at their class. I found out in many cases (true story) that instructors were having to learn the course material weeks before having to teach it. I do think that this is unfair, not only to students, but to the instructors as well.
ITT is not a bad school, but I do think that it needs a little direction sometimes. Don't get me wrong, I know I have talked about some of the instructors badly, but at the same time, I have met some instructors that have truly changed my life. When you find these instructors, those are the ones you need to connect with and try to learn all you can from them. If possible, look at your course schedule and get as many classes as you can from them. I have not been to any other colleges, but i believe that they are the same way, that you have to wade through some crap to get the the classes that you can connect with.
On the expense side, I do think that it is a little pricey. I mean 90,000 is a lot of money, but then again, most of the fields that you can go into when you graduate pay around 75K-90K a year. So if you look at it that way, I guess it makes sense. I kind of agree with what the guy said, it is what you make it. I talked to one of my instructors about not feeling that I was getting what I am paying for, and he told me that they provide a starting point for your education. that the rest is up to you. I think that a lot of the people complaining on here are the same people that sit in the back of class and text on their phones while the instructors are explaining things.I really believe that what you do outside of class is where you learn. They provide the direction. Before I started at ITT, I knew nothing of any of these programs. I had no idea of how to do anything in Adobe Creative Suite, or 3DSMAX. But now I can create things, sometimes extraordinary things and even surprise myself.
All-in-all, I think that it is a little pricey, but worth it if you are going to put forth the effort to learn. Look for the good instructors, as they are the ones you will learn the most from. You have to look at it like this, the instructor might be know all there is to know about the subject, but not be able to relay that info to others very well. Oh, and ask a crapload of questions if you don't understand something. I mean after all, you are paying for it. lol
Why would the US gov. pay for 36000 of my tuition if the school is what you say it is? My loans will only be 6200 when I graduate. If the school was a scam the gov. would not have given me the grants to go. Plain and simple. You people that are disgracing ITT must not live in an area where there are jobs. I have already been hired by csx transportation the day I graduate.
I just got done reading a few of the "CONS" of ITT Tech. I am so sorry that so many of you are having such horrible experiences. I attend a wonderful campus. I have teachers that are VERY well educated. I had 2 teachers that had Master's Degrees, and all of the teachers have college degrees! I have to study with my courses, I don't get to "SKATE" through. I am in the Criminal Justice program, and I was told by several different police departments and companies that I have applied to, that they would offer an Itt student a job, because we have concentration in our field, and not "extra" classes that don't prepare you for your field. As far as Loans!!! Touchy subject-- I know. A school can never tell you how much your loan repayments are going to be...they can't even estimate. It all depends on are they government loans? Bank loans? Intrest free loans? Your intrest rates?Due to your credit, your loan payment can be out of this world. It is all based on your credit scores! What people don't understand is that you can defer out loans every 6 months til you find a job. Call and deal with it! Don't complain about the price when you are done and the bills start coming in...You knew from the start how much it was going to COST----DEAL WITH IT!!! And the complaint that ITT is to help you get a job? REALLY?? Every college I went to never helped me find a job. If you can't find a job, you aren't looking hard enough. I have had several job offers and a wonderful summer intership offer at a Coroner's office, in another state! Six weeks PAID. I am not depending on Itt to help me with anything. The ladies and gentalmen in that office are to help assist you in your quest to find a "worthy" job. I had 4 of my friends graduate last semester, three graduated with a jobs that paid between $17.98 hr. (dispatcher) and Court Runner at the local court house at $22.00hr, and with in 2 months the last girl had a job with the Department of Elections in the county making 21.50. The jobs are out there, get off your butt and look, don't depend on anyone!!!
This is a wonderful college, and would recommend it to anyone!!!
I completed my MBA through ITT-Tech's online MBA program with highest honors. I have a BS in Accounting from Univ Missouri St. Louis and a Associte Degree in Data Processing from Meramec Community College, so I have been to all the possible types of colleges.
I compared the classes in ITTs program to other online programs and those offered at major universities and the IIT program followed very closing to them. In some instances the classes had the same titles.
ITT cost for the MBA program was not the cheapest but not the most expensive either.
I found that all but one of my instructors were very good and most had doctorates in the field they were teaching.
The class homework was challenging and the amount of time to complete it was significant. Typically, each week you will read 30 - 40 pages from the text, go through an online lecture (1 hour), complete 3-5 hours of assignments, take one timed test and contribute to the online discussion groups. This is too be expected as the classes were shorter than those at other institutions and had to cover a significant amount of material.
I feel that I learned a great deal from the majority of the classes and would do it again.
Also, just because you are an online student does not mean you don't get to be involved in graduation.
PS My son has completed his associate degree and is working on his BS at ITT and he is definately learning a lot.
Again, he has had some very good teachers and some very weak ones. But I found this when I went to UMSL and the community college, it just means as a student you need to work harder.
Nothing worth having or learning comes free or without work, get used to it kids.
MY EXPERIENCE: I've been at ITT for nearly 3 quarters now. For the most part it has been a joke. Classes are stupidly easy. I don't see how anyone gets anything less than an A. First quarter I had a class named something along the lines of Strategies for the Business Professional or some such misleading name. Anyway, the class usually consisted of going to Facebook and other websites while the Instructor sat around talking about crap that had absolutely no relevance to class. Seriously, we had 1 assignment to turn into him a week, and he couldn't even keep up with that. I remember having to complain to him several times near the end of the quarter over missing assignments. It was a god awful mess.
The school has the tools necessary to be so much better than it is, but the main problem is with the instructors. They just don't care about you or the curriculum. Next quarter I should start learning about animations and such. If things continue to be God awful then I won't be staying. I strongly advise anyone that's interested in this school to search elsewhere for a college. This one is not worth the money you will be forking out.
Overall Experience: Very poor
Simply put, this school is not worth the money you pay. Cut the price down to 1/3 of what it is and MAYBE it would be worth it, but you would still have a useless degree that wouldn't transfer to any sort of decent college or university...
I went to ITT Tech a few years back. My degree was relatively new, although nothing out of the ordinary in terms of what a technical school should be offering. I can agree that the books are outdated. We did complain to the dean and we did get new course books (legitimate ones picked by the professor) for one semester. However the NIIT books continued thereafter. I was one of the 3 people that made it through the course for my specific degree and while it wasn't necessarily hard (having done this my whole life) you definitely need to apply yourself to succeed, just like any college. You cannot just cruise through like it's high school. There are a number of reasons I wouldn't ever recommend them. * Shady practices in terms of student loans -- this is my own fault for not looking carefully, but that doesn't excuse them either. A $600 school loan bill is obscene and that's more than people pay for rent and mortgages where I live -- and is likely out of reach for many graduates for years. * They claim they have experienced professionals teaching -- which they do, but experience is a subjective term and most of the time the person teaching had no knowledge of the course material, simply they've worked in the tech sector before. * Draconian attendance policy that was mandated because of the 'state'. Some of us have jobs and do get sick. I came down with mono for a month and kept up with school work, and managed to perform wonderfully in labs and tests. I was dropped from the semester because my career portfolio teacher didn't like my attendance. They were unable to produce said mandate. * Unhelpful career placement. I made $12 an hour at a job before ITT. I was offered a position after graduation for $9 an hour and the schedule they wanted me to work was unacceptable even for a doctor. I had to look for work myself. * Course material becomes quickly outdated. We weren't allowed to use our knowledge learned in the classes to expand and were quickly tethered down to what was expected of us for our final project. We were expected to use outdated technology by almost 10 years to produce it. * Textbooks. Not only were the textbooks overpriced the subject matter they contained was usually wrong, inaccurate, or even incomplete. Hopefully my experience and warning helps you make your decision, but ultimately that's up for you all to decide what you need from the school and your degree. We did get lucky and get a professor who thought it was his duty to teach us everything and our course material was directly from him, and teaching us through workshops outside of class. I wish all future students good luck!
I went to ITT and its the worst college you can go to. First off all the books are outdated and we went through 3 teachers on one semester. When you go to get information on the school they just rush you to sign the paper. And none of the credits are good for other colleges. So do your homework, and read it all over the net that ITT is a scam. Oh and they say they will help get you a job but it's a lie - they send you on jobs that are not even on the career you're taking.
I graduated from ITT Tech in Arnold MO back in December of 05' exactly 4 years ago. I was in my career field one year into my CADD degree. Also at the top of my class. My instructer was very knoledgable in the field and worked great with all the students. The classes were very direct and fast paced. I was head of my class and got in my field because I had already learned everything they were teaching me in high school for FREE!
The company I started working for could care less if I had a degree as long as I knew what I was doing. Experience is worth more than any degree. My 2yr degree cost most of my class $32k. I was in their P.I.E. program so I paid a little less.
I've been in the field for 4 years now and doing great. I dont want to be a drafter anymore. I want to further my education and move up. ITT dont offer anything but a B.S. in video games or construction management for me. My credits dont transfer to ANYWHERE that offers the course I want to take. I did try to go back for CM but the instructor made very clear no late work would be accepted at all and it was way too fast paced for me to take in.
I would STRONGLY recommend going to a community college or university for your degree. The agency I worked with to find my job told me the B.S. part of the CM degree didn't stand for a level of education if ya catch my drift. Dont feed into their recruiters either! Do your own research on what they're SELLING you. I promise they will lie to your face and not care at all about you! They told me I can drop my class 2 weeks into the program and not owe anything. I did that with CM and now owe $4k to Salle Mae.
I will answer any question you have about my experience at ITT you have. You can send me any question only about my experience or sugguestions with ITT to email@example.com I am not bitter towards them. I just know I would have a better career if I had went to a community college rather than them. Wouldn't have cost near as much, would have gotten the same degree and my credits would transfer somewhere.
I see that there are a lot of mixed reviews about ITT on here, so I guess I'll keep mine short and sweet. I just got my B.S. in Criminal Justice and I am happy with the education I received. All of my teachers were either active or retired law enforcement personnel, hence providing real life application to what they were teaching. The coursework was right on point, our lab equipment was more than adequate, and we were provided with full versions of all required software for our courses.
The price was kind of steep, but being that I'm military, I was able to take advantage of their military discount. With that in mind, there were a few things I did not like and/or enjoy. Instead of a real library, they have a "virtual library" online which I think is a nuisance to navigate. I'm only 26 and generally computer literate, but I still would have preferred a regular library instead.
Even though I was really happy with their teaching staff, their admin staff (finance, student reps, etc) was utterly unskilled/useless. I sometime think they hired those people right off the streets without any kind of rhyme or reason. Having said that, I do have to point out that I attended two different campuses, due to relocating, and my new campus was substantially better overall than the other one. If you are thinking about going to ITT Tech, I would highly suggest that you go check out your specific campus first, so you can get the feel of it.
As far as the individuals saying that you will learn the bare minimum; I never talked to someone who graduated with a bachelor (even from a major university) claiming they were experts in their subject. Your bachelor is only going to give you the basic knowledge to allow you to find an entry level position in your field. You're going to become an expert through on the job training, or by continuing your education with a Masters or PhD. I know that in the end the truth is in the eye of the beholder, but I hope this review helped at least one person making the right decision, whichever one that may be.