Colorado State University Global Reviews

  • 113 Reviews
  • Greenwood Village (CO)
  • Annual Tuition: $8,400
70% of 113 students said this degree improved their career prospects
56% of 113 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

JAALLEN85
  • Reviewed: 1/24/2023
  • Degree: Project Management
"I attened CSU-Global for both my undergrad (IT) and grad (PM) degrees. I completed both in 3 years (stacked courses and went year-round). A lot of the feedback on here talks about "self-taught", but it's an online course. It should be understood that online courses limit interaction. However, almost all of my instructors were responsive to emails, phone calls, and even set up video chat options. They replied to every student discussion forum and made specific comments to each student. Papers were heavily critiqued and carried a lot of weight in the grading scale. I would say that some of these reviews are skewed because people didn't get what they expected (i.e. networking opportunities). But again, it's an online course, you have to make the most out of it. Anyone thinking CSU-G degrees are useless, I make six figures as a direct result of my degrees. You truly have to put forth more effort, but if you do, it's worth it. I have the same education as anyone going to a traditional in-person school."
PJ
  • Reviewed: 1/22/2023
  • Degree: Business
"Before I started at CSU Global, I read many reviews on different sites. The reviews were mostly positive, but I remember one that called CSU Global a degree factory. Having completed by BS in Business Management last year, I must agree. But is that such a terrible thing? You still must work to earn the degree, and I did learn quite a bit...but at the end of it all, I just wanted that expensive piece of paper and notation on my resume/LinkedIn. These days, bachelor’s degrees are really a basic requirement and check-off for a lot of jobs. Most recruiters that I have spoken to, do not put much weight on where or how you earned a bachelor’s degree, they just look to see if you have one. Some recruiters have indicated that they like to see a remote learner for a remote job as it shows that candidate proved their ability to be self-motivated and hard working. CSU Global Pros: *100% online-you never have to set foot on a campus. Since CSU Global is primarily for us non-traditional students with jobs, families etc, this is invaluable. *Courses are 8-week terms rather than traditional 16-week semesters; this saves a lot of time. *Fully accredited and part of the Colorado State University system. It is not-for-profit and is respected. *Same tuition for in state and out-of-state learners. Most other online, non-profit schools charge out-of-state tuition. Additionally, your tuition rate is locked-in and will not increase during your degree-seeking (provided you are enrolled with no significant breaks). *Up to 90 credit hours can be transferred in. I transferred my associates degree (of which most of the 60 credits were accepted) and I completed 10 elective courses (30 credits) alternatively at Sophia.org and 1 elective course (1 credit) at Study.com. This saved me time and money. Note though that if you go this route, the alternative credits are unlikely to count at most traditional schools. So only do this if you plan on graduating from CSU Global or anther online school which accepts alternative credits. I earned these 31 credits in about 4 months’ time and for about $500.00. Compare that to traditional school: these credits would have taken an entire academic year and cost over $15,000. *Online library, tech support and free (or rather, included with tuition) tutoring. I found myself needing this for a statistics course and it really was helpful. *You are assigned a success counselor who reaches out to you, offers suggestions, and can help with planning. I found them to be helpful and available. Try getting that kind of help at a big, on-campus school. Cons: *This is subjective...but I really hate how Colorado State University gives each of its three campuses different school colors, logos, and mascots. There is the real CSU in Fort Collins with the green and cold colors and ram logo. Then there is CSU Pueblo, which used to be University of Southern Colorado, with blue and red colors and lobo mascot. This leaves CSU Global with a completely different logo, red and gold colors, and an eagle mascot. "Who cares?" you may ask. Well, other online schools keep the colors, logos, and mascots the same across all campuses. This adds cohesiveness, connectiveness and adds a bit more intrinsic value to the degree. My diploma reads: "colorado state university SYSTEM." Obviously, I wrote it this way for emphasis...but I HATE that it says "SYSTEM" so blatantly. Why not at least "Colorado State University Global"? But SYSTEM? This gives it a for-profit look and feel, and it also feels a bit like a consolation prize or a cereal box diploma. *Draconian drop period. You have one week to drop a course for full credit (or to not be held responsible for the tuition). The first week of most courses were easy and laid back, so one does not have time to get a feel for how the instructor is or how difficult the course will be. I lost about $1,000 by having to drop after the second week. Most other schools I attended offered a tiered drop period for three weeks. If you drop by week three for instance, 50% refund on tuition. This may be CSU Global's policy for the sake of the policy, but in fairness, as the courses are eight weeks instead of 16, this may be the reason for the short drop period. *Course are proctored by "instructors" rather than professors. These instructors are highly qualified and most hold a Ph.D. I found most to be knowledgeable and accessible while others seemed to just be collecting a paycheck. But you will find this at on-campus schools as well. *Papers. Lots and lots of papers. And you will forever hate three letters for the rest of your life: APA (American Phycological Association) as its format is used for all papers. Because there are few courses with tests, papers which show the student's knowledge of the topics are used. Expect 6-7 papers per course. If you are more of a test-taker, CSU Global is not for you. I believe the pros far outweigh the cons. If you are looking to advance your career or fulfill a goal of obtaining a degree later in life, CSU Global may be for you. You do learn more about your chosen field and earning your degree is an amazing feeling. If you love taking tests or want your degree to be viewed the same as an in-person learner (in terms of going to a school with a recognizable logo), CSU Global may not be your best choice."
Graduate Student
  • Reviewed: 12/14/2022
  • Degree: Healthcare Administration
"Money driven and leadership is completely absent! Try reaching ANYONE in a leadership role to file complaints and you will get nowhere. Read the LinkedIn profile of the CSU Global president.... she talks about being profit driven etc, which is insane. No mention of education as a goal, or connecting with students... or anything that really supports EDUCATION. They literally do not care about success, and you are on your own to figure out all their administrative emails that are sent like spam. Inappropriate degree plans that do not align, counselor changes and again... no support from any leaders. Overall, they care about one thing... MONEY. I'm surprised and shocked that Colorado State University allows this profit-driven third party to use their name as they are NOT CSU! Don't be fooled and find another program. The material is consistently out of date and some professors regurgitate years-old information, sometimes posting the same content from several years prior!"
EP83
  • Reviewed: 12/6/2022
  • Degree: Machine Learning
"This is a business, not a school. The professors are good, but they are stuck in a crappy system. The classes are proctored by the professor and not taught because the course work is the exact same every term, word for word. The professors try to be engaging in the student forums, but you can regurgitate a word salad into the writing prompt and you will partial credit."
CW
  • Reviewed: 10/17/2022
  • Degree: Human Resources
"My experience at CSU-Global has been nothing short of AMAZING!! I graduated with my Bachelor's in Human Resources Management some years back and now enrolled again with them for my Master's degree in Human Resources Management. I have been in the HR field for 15 years and everything that was and has been taught to me coincides with the real life workforce, so you can definitely take the knowledge taught in each course and apply it in the real business world. The professors are so helpful and always respond in a professional, prompt manner to address any questions that you may have. The weekly discussions are insightful as it give you a chance to engage and build comradery with your peers. Not to mention you can do this while working a full-time job and the fact that the degree is REGIONALLY ACCREDITIED is amazing as your degree has the same value as any other brick and mortar, regionally accredited university. From my personal experience with CSU-Global, I highly recommend and give them a 10/10. You cannot go wrong by choosing them as the university to advance your career by gaining a well-rounded education in your elected field of study."
AG
  • Reviewed: 10/7/2022
  • Degree: Marketing
"The schools admissions process is terrible. Staff members are unaware of how to find online transcripts until the student has to threaten to speak to higher ups. Then all of sudden they can find after two weeks of you asking them status updates. Once you get your transcript you have to do a credit appeal because they don’t give you everything you earn. The credit appeal process is a joke. They tell you it will take UP TO TWO WEEKS to finish the review and exactly at the two week mark they inform you that the credits are now on review. When you email back to ask why it is taking so long you get a generic reply about how there is a high volume of emails so you have to wait 3-5 business days. They take their sweet time getting students transfer credits in the system. It’s ridiculous that they have a whole department dedicated to this and no one can do anything in a timely manner. They definitely need to do an internal audit about what their staff are doing."
Anna
  • Reviewed: 9/29/2022
  • Degree: Project Management
"Very expensive to just read a book, complete pointless discussions and write papers like crazy. I'm very very disappointed with the format, it seems the content is the same for the past 3-4 years, the interactive literature seems to be created by a high school student and the assignments are ridiculous. In the end you are paying a lot of money to earn a piece of paper. The Master in Project Management is more a undergrad content. I'm an experienced Project manager and I did not learn anything new I thought I would have different point of view in certain areas of project management and maybe more a strategic side than literature and basic concepts). Also the entire content is based on the PMBOK 6th edition.. and hello... last year PMI issued 7th edition and the classes were not updated to reflect the new content - What is very shameful!! Master degree is to master in a subject, you should validate a thesis, work on scenarios, use simulations, and not write papers after papers that in fact is a summary of that week's class. I'm beyond disappointed with CSU Global!"
Caroline C
  • Reviewed: 9/27/2022
  • Degree: Finance
"This degree is nearly 100% self-taught. If you just want the piece of paper, 100% do this program as it is very easy academically, and works great with work schedules. I want to make sure people understand there is ZERO help in getting a job after completion. This is only if you are already in your career and want to help accelerate it. If you are doing a career change, or are not working this degree/university will NOT help you. Absolutely NO job boards, interviews, internships, company connections, or virtual career fairs, nothing! This school is online, and will have no connections. Its so so important you are already in your career, because this program will not help you in your next job search. That is so important to know before you start this program. This degree felt like a joke, such easy grading, and no lectures. I feel cheated of the actual university learning experience, but at least I got my Masters!"
Michael
  • Reviewed: 8/15/2022
  • Degree: Business Administration
"Lots of unpleasant experiences in this school. First off, I've graduated with a major in Business Management with a minor (or specialization as the school calls it), in healthcare management. My GPA was 3.89, which is 0.01 below honors. Avoid this school at all costs if you need financial aid, because they are massively incompetent in that area. They would often neglect to inform the loan services that I was in school, so every couple months I'd have to remind them to do their jobs and inform them I'm still in school. In addition, since early 2020 I was unemployed but despite this their department refused to ever put me on subsidized loans despite qualifying for them. I was aiming for honors so when I got a B+ unfairly, I disputed it. Despite providing evidence that the professor was grading the paper based on criteria she made up as opposed to the official criteria, my appeal was rejected. As a result of this incompetent professor and equally incompetent appeal department, I was denied honors. Now, onto the positives. People that say you don't learn anything in these classes are simply doing the minimum to get by, so they get nothing out of it. In other words, you get what you put in. If you want to learn and get a lot from this program, you need to put a lot of time in and read all the required and recommended readings, and actually try to do the CT assignments. Overall, I would advise doing a different university as many areas of faculty are incompetent."
Luciana Barbosa
  • Reviewed: 7/25/2022
  • Degree: Marketing
"Absolutely ridiculous. This school is a waste of time and money. They have absolutely no respect for active duty soldiers, or disabled veterans. When I enrolled I was still active duty, and lord was it a pain to get anything done. From tuition assistance problems, to financial aid BS, and so much time wasted with their crap. This school just stressed me out, and financially drowned me. Don't even get me started on the "online" classes that required me to do things at specific times (when the whole point of taking classes online is to have the flexibility to do it whenever your schedule allows you to), and the fact that there are a bunch of videos you have to make for projects. One time I was soaked in a puddle of dirt doing a mission in the middle of the woods, writing my essays from my phone, and some teacher threatens to fail me because I couldn’t film a stupid clip for my final. Absolutely ridiculous. Stay away from this school. You're better off attending a different university."
A
  • Reviewed: 6/27/2022
  • Degree: Business
"If you are military, avoid this school at all costs. Not at all military friendly. Have been dropped from courses with no reasonable explanation. Receiving tuition assistance through this school is one of the most complicated and difficult processes, and even if your TA gets approved, you may still be dropped from your course because the school is not on the same page. 0/5 stars"
IT Student
  • Reviewed: 4/26/2022
  • Degree: Information Technology
"This school exists to charge you over $1000 in tuition per course for content that you would find in any other course offering online. Sometimes they aren't even ashamed of it, you'll see other online courses simply ported into Canvas as the course content, but your professor most likely barely even reviewed that content in those cases, and will be completely unhelpful to you outside of pointing you to the course content that, again, you could have found online for like $50. Otherwise you'll be doing time wasting busy-work that does not build your understanding in anyway, and often just does not correspond to the course content at all. Most of the time you'll be doing a paper or an assignment in another online course once a week, and the papers you'll usually get full credit if you turn in something coherent. Or the professor will just take 20% off saying you didn't fulfull requirements that were specifically stated to not be the case on the assignment, it's honestly random. Basically, if you actually want or need an education in a field, flee in the other direction as fast as possible. If you already have the knowledge you need and just need to do some busy work for a rubber stamp on a degree, it'll be $1050/3 credits here, with a 120 credit requirement to graduate based on a list of classes that changes EVERY YEAR."
Mommabear
  • Reviewed: 4/15/2022
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"Do not attend! Class size was a total of three students, instructor did not care what you submitted as long as a paper or discussion was done. Advisor stated graduate level criminal justice classes are a total of five or less per class - after I was past withdrawal deadline. Class content was the same as I had in my level 200 courses at another college. A total waste of time and money!"
Katie
  • Reviewed: 3/1/2022
  • Degree: Healthcare Administration
"This school has the best Bachelor’s of Science in Healthcare Administration and Management program. Professors well prepare students and work in high-level positions for prestigious companies and organizations. For example, I had one professor who works as a Public Health Administrator for the CDC. Another professor is the CEO of a chain of healthcare facilities that he started! The degree program requires 2 1/2 years of advanced pre-requisite work that is important in healthcare, including Chemistry, Biology/Physiology, Statistics, Philosophy, Public Speaking, etc., but well prepared students with the knowledge and tools necessary to excel in a position in healthcare. This is my first degree and I was challenged immensely to think strategically throughout this degree program, and I feel well prepared to land my first job in Healthcare Administration!"
Ethan McCord
  • Reviewed: 1/17/2022
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"I am appalled that this college is allowed to operate. I should have looked up reviews of this college before attending because it would have saved me a lot of time. At first I thought all online schools were this easy but after numerous instances of errors and ridiculous requirements, it became apparent this is a money pit. Discussion posts are simple and in no way build on course material, quizzes are 10 questions and at times I had to click the WRONG answer to get it right. Critical thinking assignments are ALWAYS papers! Is there no other way to check understanding? The reason I know this institution is a joke is because I have turned in papers that were completed in a couple hours with zero read through and have received 100% on multiple occasions. It truly seems as though if you just put words to paper then you'll pass. Not to mention, I discovered that you can pretty much pass your entire degree by taking $59 courses from Straighterline. So an eight week class can be done on straighterline in one week for $59. Its a joke! I don't understand if this is a typical occurrence for other online schools but I honestly feel as though my degree will carry zero weight and in fact, I am mildly embarrassed to show it on a resume. DO NOT ATTEND."
MikeInElma
  • Reviewed: 1/7/2022
  • Degree: Information Technology
"The education offered is worthless. Took the Masters in Information Technology Management with a focus on cyber security and I learned very little. My undergraduate degree is in Education but my experience is almost 20 years of IT. The coverage of materials is cursory at best with very little discussion or understanding of any real details. I did a search of one of the assignments and found it with an ITT Technical Institute header curriculum. The degree program was a waste of my GI Bill and time. Please don't use them because you will be disappointed by the results."
Amar D
  • Reviewed: 11/16/2021
  • Degree: Data Analytics
"I would soon be completing the MS degree in data analytics. And my experience here is so far good. Though it is not an in-person encounter, the interactive lectures and discussions give kind of a similar experience even when it is a fast-paced course(in my opinion). The study material is updated regularly and is almost always supplemented with LinkedIn videos for easy understanding. The reading material, interactive lectures, and videos hold the key to completing the assignments and completing education at CSU-Global. Professors always respond to your questions and try to guide /answer your queries in the best possible manner. One drawback is that the knowledge gained here is basic to intermediate compared to industry preparation standards for full-fledged data science job. But it is enough to give you a new career perspective and give a high-level overview of the field. Also, one other thing to consider is that you are mainly on your own to move forward with your course and understand the material (which is not very tough). However, information about the concepts is easily available online if not understood through the course material. And professors are flexible to set up zoom calls to explain the concepts and clear doubts. Good luck!!"
Sara
  • Reviewed: 11/7/2021
  • Degree: Business
"I was so excited to be back in College but this school made me despise something I really enjoy, such as learning. Cookie cutter classes with facilitators instead of Professors. I can easily find all the materials on Google by myself. Feedbacks are all the same and most of times are just random citations. After 8 weeks of class I just can't wait to get it over. This school is unreasonably obsesses with APA format and gives more importance to formatting that to the content itself. An absurd amount of citations are required and the CSU Global library is awful to navigate. I enrolled in online classes because of my busy schedule and I find myself losing more time navigating through the library with outdated journals than what I actually spend to write my essay. I would not recommend this school to anybody who actually wants to learn something. It would be more useful to someone who just needs a degree. The quality of classes offered and the amount of time lost looking for topics to cite, are not worth the money this school costs. I am feeling like I am losing my time and will soon be transferring."
Mark Andrews
  • Reviewed: 10/10/2021
  • Degree: Data Analytics
"I am wrapping up the last of 2 prerequisites for the Master's in Data Analytics program. I decided to "attend" CSU Global because they had a delayed payment through my employer. I am now working with my employer to transfer my enrollment to another academic institution because I no longer believe there is any value in a degree from CSU Global. CSU Global uses a standard template for each class. They assign a PhD advisor who grades your assignments and takes questions. They don't necessarily answer your questions, but they will reply. The first prerequisite had assignments and references 2-3 software versions old. The instructor was active on the discussions but many times it wasn't relevant to the original post. In one case my response had an entire paragraph on information security to which he replied, "You may want to consider information security in you response." I managed to earn a 99.82 with just checking the blocks. The textbook contained so many technical and grammatical errors that it was nearly impossible to complete the reading, even had it been relevant to the class. The current course I'm taking, the professor stated that the "rubric was just a place holder from when they set up the class." He then used that rubic to score the assignments with no rhyme or reason.You'd think it was a technical writing class because you will probably lose more points on APA formatting than the actual content of you submission. Meanwhile, the assignments and other content fail to follow APA formatting, use complete sentences, and have grammatical errors. In one case, I lost points for not citing any references in an assignment that said, "using excel, complete the flowing tasks." excel file." Keeping all that in mind, if you just want a resume bump, by all means attend this "academic institution." While you're at it drop another $50 on one of many websites that have solutions to the entire curriculum because it never changes. I don't write this because I believe CSU Global is too easy or the format is inappropriate. The problem is there is no effort on their part to actually add value to the courses. Every session seems to be taught by someone different calling into question their actual qualifications or the standard the University sets."
Matthew
  • Reviewed: 8/30/2021
  • Degree: Business
"As a near graduate with only a few credits left, I can honestly say that I thoroughly enjoyed my education at CSU Global. I was reading over many of the reviews here on GadReports as a bit of a retrospective and because I am looking at various graduate programs. It is rather astonishing to see so many negative reviews that have misjudged the institution's intent and ethics. Before attending CSU-G I had the opportunity to start on a physical campus at a respected community college in California. I dabbled with classes at Sonoma State as well, but was never a full time student. That was over 10 years ago, and at that time I decided to pursue a great career opportunity and postponed my academic journey. While there is undeniably something special about the physical campus experience, I genuinely feel that the education at GSU-G was on par with my on campus education. The massive caveat is the complete and utter lack of networking and socialization. The discussion boards and virtual networking options CSU-G offer pale in comparison to meeting people face-to-face. However, I had limited interest in those elements of higher ed as an adult learner with an established career and network. My advice for recent high school graduates is to look for an education that offers the conventional college experience. As a young adult there is a lot to love about a 4-year degree and a slow introduction into adulthood. Not to mention that learning to work with other people and building a network is arguably more important than the academic element depending on the degree. With that said, if you are an established professional in their 30's like myself you really cannot go wrong with a CSU-G education. The program is fast-paced, challenging when it needs to be, flexible, and affordable. I would not have been able to return to school and learn all I have without this type of education offering. It is quite entertaining to read some of the GSU-G reviews here as there is a dichotomy between people expressing that classes are too easy and others complaining that they are too hard. Both of these perspectives are missing core elements of the educational offerings. Yes, some courses have limited feedback from instructors and have mixed levels of difficulty. This is not unique to GSU-G; every school has committed professors and others who probably shouldn't be teaching. At the root of these complaints there seems to be a lack of using the resources that students are offered. Education is what you will make of it, and this is doubly true for an online program that requires a lot of self-motivation. If you find classes too hard, set up time with the free 1:1 tutors, go to the drop in tutoring sessions, submit your essay to the writing center, or schedule additional time with the instructor during office hours. The same can be said for those complaining about not receiving enough feedback because classes are 'too easy'. Instead of complaining, get active and do something about it. The resources are there and I have always found that CSU-G is very transparent about what is offered. The school was designed with affordability and a student focus in mind. I love that fact. Quite a few of the reviewers complained that most of the required reading was 'free' books found online. First and foremost - Yes, the educational content is free. However, all of these free required and supplemental resources are peer-reviewed content written by experts in their field. Are you seriously complaining that the school doesn't force $300 textbooks down your throat? While many schools are jacking up prices and raising the economic barrier to education CSU-G is trying to keep that low. This is something to be commended, not condemned. Here is another interesting, albeit anecdotal, tidbit on the student resources CSU-G offers. My wife is a Penn State graduate from their nursing program. It is a well known and very respected program, and for good reason. However, my wife had no access to free tutoring resources nor did they give her much in the way of career resources after graduation. As a great example, she reached out to Penn State a few months ago as she was intrigued that I was able to write my resume with help from the CSU-G career center. I was happy to hear that is a perk I have for life. Penn State, not so much, unless you pay an exorbitant amount to be part of their alumni network. That criticism is not so much to jab at Penn State as it is to highlight the fact that when a student at CSU-G puts in the effort there are all kinds of resources needed to elevate your career and succeed in your education without paying more. All in all I would happily recommend CSU-G to adults looking to expand their academic horizons and get a degree under their belt. Is the school perfect? Of course not, no school is. However, the business management program was informative, engaging, and had its challenges. The academic journey undoubtedly felt isolated due to the nature of distance learning, but I always felt CSU-G was there to support me when I put in the effort to find help."