Colorado State University Global Reviews

  • 94 Reviews
  • Greenwood Village (CO)
  • Annual Tuition: $8,400
70% of 94 students said this degree improved their career prospects
62% of 94 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

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."
Incredulous
  • Reviewed: 8/11/2021
  • Degree: Accounting
"I took an undergraduate course as a pre-requisite for CSU Global's MS in Accounting. I will no longer be pursuing my degree with CSU Global and am absolutely appalled with the course and the overall school. If you are just looking for a degree, a piece of paper, and learning anything or the reputation of your degree mean nothing to do you then this genuinely might be the best place for you. It is inexpensive and easy; I literally got a 100% with very little effort. However, if you are looking to learn the materials in preparation for a job change this is absolutely NOT the school for you. Here are my reasons why: 1) The course material is all freely accessible online, seriously, every bit of it is free online. What am I paying for? 2) However, it is very poorly put together on the CSU Global platform. I have a whole folder full of screenshots of misspellings, typos, repeated sentences, and paragraphs, and even questions that require you to answer incorrectly to proceed. 3) The feedback from my professor was not actually relevant to the assignments. My professor would comment on my sentence structure and grammar when the assignment was an excel document with nothing but numbers. My feedback was also the same each week with no usable critique. 4) The professor would comment on your discussion forums (a required assignment) with information not relevant to the discussion at hand and then ask a question you could respond to for credit. Multiple times the questions were not coherent sentences. 5) As I mentioned above, I received 100% of available points. While I think I am a reasonably intelligent person, I cannot believe that I did not make a single mistake the entire course. 6) Other students would answer a question incorrectly in the discussion forum and the professor would respond with "Great job" and no feedback. 7) I will also note that I asked a family friend who is a CPA working in Colorado about the program and this CPA said it is not a respected program at all. I could go on, but this is long enough. ☺️ In my experience (and based on others who have commented) this is a complete joke of a "school" and is more a degree mill than an educational institution. If all you need is a piece of paper with very little learning or degree respect, this is your move (seriously, I know there are situations where this is the case!). For everyone else, think long and hard about attending this “university”."
Jason
  • Reviewed: 5/24/2021
  • Degree: Data Analytics
"I'm not entirely sure what's behind some of the negative reviews on here, but perhaps some people have unreasonable expectations or a misunderstanding of what education is. I've been to in person universities and now CSU Global, and there are good professors and bad professors in each. When you have a bad professor, you muddle through without crying about it. Most of my profs have been reasonably good. With the online format, "reasonably good" means acceptable. You are not going to get an in-person lecture nor a qa session from this format; It is a curated and (usually) updated set of slides with linked supplemental material. The lecture material itself is pretty lame, but I typically found that to be true for traditional in person classes as well. The value of this program is in the assembled materials and assignments from the combination of courses that meet the program objectives. The combination of program materials will prepare you for a new career perspective. Like any university program, you are not going to be fully trained to jump into the workforce and start kicking butt. You will end up with a high-level overview of the entire field with a focus on research skills (this is an academic degree). Based on that overview, you will need to build your personal skillsets and take on a professional internship if you don't already have a job in your field, just like in the traditional university format. If you are expecting a professor to walk you through a book chapter by chapter the way they frequently do for in-person university courses, it doesn't happen here. Completing the assigned reading holds the key to education at CSU Global. If you have ever been serious about attending a university at any level, the same is true. If you are not reading, you are not learning. You are largely on your own to get through and understand the material. I can't speak for the undergrad program, but from beginning to end of a masters program, I will have written about 90 4-15 page research papers and projects, longer for capstones. If you hate writing, hate doing research, and think that writing 90 research papers on focused topics won't give you any value, then you should pass on this. If you write 90 pieces of trash, then you probably won't get much out of it, since the professors won't hold your hand through that. But if you write 90 best effort research papers, you may learn more than you probably ever did in an in person course. Its entirely up to you. If you are looking for prestige, I hear Stanford is pretty good."
Adam
  • Reviewed: 4/6/2021
  • Degree: Healthcare Administration
"From direct care provider to landing an administrative fellowship position, this school has helped to elevate my career and professional opportunities. Please know this is a very self directed program. With that said, if you read everything assigned and do your assignments, the knowledge gained from the curriculum will prepare you for your future in healthcare administration. I can honestly say that finishing my MHA here has allowed me to move forward in my career and I'm so happy with the results."
Alex
  • Reviewed: 4/2/2021
  • Degree: Project Management
"This is an online university, you are expected to work at least 20+ hours a week per course for research and completing assignments. Every professor I have had held a PhD related to the subject in which class I was taking, they provide thoughtful feedback and expect you to provide insightful output demonstrating research and competency towards the subjects. Each class contains critical thinking assignments each week which consist of papers or technical presentations/assignments. Weekly discussion posts are expected to be 150-250+ words with insightful responses that provoke questions to fellow classmates for discussion, discussion responses to classmates are expected to contain questions to further develop discussion on subject matter. Each course contains a final project that consists of 13-15+ page papers. If you can’t commit to doing research and studying outside of the scheduled assignments, your grade will reflect your output."
Diane
  • Reviewed: 3/6/2021
  • Degree: Organizational Leadership
"I see many negative reviews related to CSU Global. This is my take. I studied Organizational Leadership: Applied Business Management and graduated with a MS in 2015. I worked hard by focusing over twenty hours each week on my studies. During those hours, I carefully read the assignment, gathered relevant research, and worked tirelessly writing my best work. I recognized that my success was and is completely dependent upon me. If I want to learn, that is up to me. CSU Global provided the venue, and the outcome was entirely up to me. Sure, the professors in the graduate program took a more passive role, but I did encounter a few that supported my learning by providing constructing feedback. For this I am very grateful. I learned how to gather research, write a great thesis/introduction, well-supported and organized content, and great conclusions. I learned concise and complete communication. Ultimately, I held myself to the highest standard. I believe a person can get a great education from nearly any school. You can pay a lot and have someone else feed information to you, or you can pay a little and do the work yourself. I regret nothing from my CSU Global experience."
Telon
  • Reviewed: 3/4/2021
  • Degree: Data Analytics
"Instructors provide no relevant feedback on discussion forum posts or critical thinking assignments. I had one instructor that provided a step-by-step how to on every single assignment. Another instructor would not provide any assistance on code writing for SAS. I've turned in assignments that were clearly incorrect. But I still provided what I had in hopes that I'd get some guidance on where I went wrong and what I should have done instead. I'd still get a perfect on the assignment. Instructors don't even look at the content of what you provide. They just look for something and pass you. Its a joke. If you want to learn nothing but still want an expensive piece of paper, then go here. I highly advise you to look for education elsewhere."
SlippinJimmy
  • Reviewed: 12/21/2020
  • Degree: Accounting
"If you want to simply fork over some money, do some stupid mindless busy work and get a degree, knock yourself out. If you actually want to learn, avoid like the plague. None of the courses are taught by actual academic specialists, nor do they seem to be taught by private-sector experts in the field. Instead they are taught by people apparently chosen off the street; I don't think either of the accounting courses I took were taught by people that knew anything about accounting. The courses are basically eight weeks of watching youtube videos, answering stupid questions in the weekly discussion board - seriously, you'd think that if 30+ people need to answer a question, it'd be a hard / tricky / dual-sided question that could generate debate. Nope - instead you'll have one obvious answer that everyone basically repeats using slightly different words. Then you have to respond to two people, so get used to 'yes, I really agree with you you answered that question in the only way it could be answered'. Quizzes are stupid and have little to do with the content. Homework assignments are busy work that are freely available online; many students were boasting of just copying / pasting the homework from online sources. The churn rate among the advisors is ridiculous, I spoke to at least six people in three months 'sorry that person doesn't work here any more' was a common refrain... Unbelievable waste of time. If getting a degree is just a box-checking exercise and you don't care who you give your money to, don't care about actually learning anything and don't mind mindless, annoyingly stupid busy-work homework assignments, this is for you. If you want to actually *learn* something, go somewhere else. For $1800 a class, you can literally attend Harvard, and you'll be miles better off than spending $1050 for one of the CSU courses. Avoid this craptastic place like the plague."
Rosie
  • Reviewed: 11/24/2020
  • Degree: Organizational Leadership
"This is not a bad college, and I have nothing bad to say about the staff or the faculty. My academic advisors are helpful, engaging, and friendly and I have been very grateful for all of their help. Every professor I have had has been great. They are flexible with turning assignments in, and if you have a legitimate need to turn in an assignment late, they are very accommodating. This really is a college that helps active, working adults with families and other obligations earn a degree. Here is the problem, their tech support team, although very friendly and kind people, do not know how to help a student whose computers are not compatible with their software. What I can tell you, is if you are an Apple user and run into problems with their platform, you are not going to get the help you need from their tech support. Be aware of that when you enroll here. Outside of that, I have no issues, they are a good college and there are good people there that do want to help you succeed."
Castout
  • Reviewed: 11/19/2020
"The university is a business above all else. The policies they choose to bend or break are set to advantage the enrollment interests of the school. Similarly, their heartless candor when it comes to student's ability to succeed reveals the true nature of this institution. They do not see your personal educational success as a goal. Have a disability? They won't accommodate you. Have difficulty with a class or a teacher? They'll refer you to 3rd party organizations or youtube. Fail to meet any one of their rigorous standards? They'll boot you out with out appeal, via an email. The icing on the cake being their sincere 'gratitude' that the poor mopes left out in the cold would be willing to delay their lives for 6 months just so they can MAYBE HAVE A CHANCE TO BE RE-ENROLLED into their abysmal program. tldr, CSU Global has a pretty wrapper and smooth salesman, but the product is trash."
Ron
  • Reviewed: 11/13/2020
  • Degree: Social Sciences
"I found CSU-GC to be a very good school that provided me with a quality education. This school allowed me to continue my education and obtain an MBA and pursue an EdD from the University of Southern California(2021). The CSU program certainly requires discipline to work in an online environment but does have a structure that helps keep you on track. I appreciated the fact that no matter the course, discussion, and responses were due on the same days and that I would have to write a paper each week and it would be due that Sunday. It does appear from reading some of the reviews that some things have changed but I was thankful for the structure that was provided to me. I do believe it takes a certain person to succeed in online education, and it is not for everyone. CSU allowed me the opportunity to develop the discipline necessary to finish my education, I wish it had happened long ago."
Jacob
  • Reviewed: 11/12/2020
  • Degree: Computer Science
"CSU - Global is not a good school to go to if you need to get an education. If you are aiming for a degree in a field you currently work in, and you are needing a degree to further your career this may be an option. If you're hoping to learn and develop skills for a field you are unexperienced with do not waste your time and money. As many people have already stated the teachers do nothing, and people who are argue that is what one should expect with an online school are missing the point. The teachers don't teach, they barely if at all respond to questions, they have little knowledge of how the school works, and I don't even think they really review your material. Most teachers I've had will either give you a 100% just for turning homework in, or I have had some that mark off points with no explanation given and are unwilling to clarify why they did. I want to really stress this point, the lack of teacher support does not make the programs hard to pass, but it makes the programs hard to learn. If you do the homework you are practically guaranteed to pass with a decent grade. For the majority of my classes there is only one exam (the final exam), but if you've done all the homework up to that point you could get a 0 on the exam and pass with a 'c' or 'b' in most cases. Also a lot of the course material is available for free already. My math classes (pre-calc and calc) were literally just the Khan Academy programs (which is completely free), and other classes the material is either on LinkedIn or Youtube. One last point to make about this school is that I have not seen anything anywhere about people finding a job with a degree from here. I strongly recommend that if you want an online education look elsewhere. It would almost be funny how bad this school is if it wasn't so frustrating."
DO NOT ENROLL HERE- They embezzle Student Loans
  • Reviewed: 10/16/2020
  • Degree: Organizational Leadership
"Do NOT enroll in this school if you need financial aid to pay for any of it. I was told that I would get financial aid and then the day of disbursement they sent me a note saying they didn't have all the verification. The day of disbursement is two weeks into the trimester and is too late to withdraw from the class since they are short 8 week trimesters. It is now week 8 and I have not received any financial despite them having all the qualified paper work two weeks ago. My trimester ends in two weeks. I was suppose to get my aid exactly a month ago. I planned on getting a computer with my financial aid and have not been able to complete my power point assignments because I can not afford a new computer (especially bc of Covid). No one will help you get your aid and they will keep telling you you will get it and you will not. The US of Department of Education websites reads that I have been given this aid and am paying interest on these loans I have not received. I told my admissions counselor that I will not go back to school unless I was 100% sure I was getting aid. The financial aid office said they had all the requirements had me sign the master promissory note and even the school website portal states I have received this aid and I have not. I would have never enrolled in school if I knew they would tell me I am getting them and then the day of disbursement tell me I didn't have everything when it was already too late to withdraw. DO NOT ENROLL IN THIS SCHOOL> THEY embezzle your loans and do not care about your success! Everything they have done with my aid is unethical and should not be legal. They should be held responsible for the inconvenience and upheaval they cause to their students by pretending they will give their students money and then take it for themselves. This has got to be embezzlement."
Jorge
  • Reviewed: 10/1/2020
  • Degree: Computer Science
"I’ve found my experience so far to be great. I am a bit upset to read some of the negative reviews on here. You have to understand, this is online learning and it will require you to be very organized and disciplined with your time. The whole idea about online learning is that the majority of the learning you will be doing on your own with some guidance from the instructor. Some folks can’t handle this type of learning, so please give it some thought as to whether this might be for you. I have always been the type to figure things out and learn on my own, so this style is something that doesn’t bother me. With any school, a big part of what you get out of it is what you put in. It does not matter if it’s an Ivy League School, if you’re not willing to learn or try then its a complete waste of everyone’s time. Some great things about CSU Global is that you get to study during your own times (asynchronous). Instructors are readily available, most of the time only a phone call away. Setting up a Zoom session could be set up within the same day or the next in most cases if you are having trouble in a specific area. The tutor section has been very helpful, and there is always the option of a “drop-in session” in which an instructor assists via a whiteboard and chat. Live options are also available by scheduling in advance via calendar. Their APA writing section is also great! Once you are done with an essay assignment it could be submitted for review and you will get feedback within 24 hours or so. This has helped me improve my writing and grades in the classroom, and gives me a chance to improve on it before sending it in for final grading As far as the online campus portal, all of the information is clearly laid out and easy to navigate. You can tell a great deal of effort went in to make this a good experience. Within the portal, I can easily navigate to my school finances, the canvas, writing section, tutoring section and general support / chat sessions, etc. If you’re on the fence, don’t be. This is a great school for anyone, but is particularly convenient for working adults who may have a full time job and a family, where setting your own schedule to learn is essential. On top of that, the class tuition is very affordable."
HES Alumn
  • Reviewed: 7/29/2020
  • Degree: Accounting
"Courses at CSU Global share the same structure: Eight-week courses. Write a robust post each week on a discussion topic by Thursday, make a reasonably thorough response to two classmates by Sunday, submit a paper / project / worksheet by Sunday based on that week's topic or module. No assignment in week 7 (other than the discussion posts) because week eight is your final 'portfolio project' that is supposed to be fairly substantial, and will account for 30-40% of your grade. In theory, this should be a great setup. In practice, it's shambolic. A colossal waste of time and money. Instructors do literally nothing other than make one post a week about how 'you're all doing great!'. Modules are basically collections of Youtube playlists from random contributors - that's right, you're paying $1000 a course to watch free Youtube videos! Discussion topics are awful - rather than pick an interesting topic or question that could generate at least stimulating debate, the topic will be some generic question with only one obvious right answer, so be one of the first ones to post if you don't want to waste time trying to figure out how to say the obvious answer without copy/paste. Good luck trying to make a meaningful response to two posters that goes beyond 'great post, I really agree with the only obvious right answer you posted that was exactly the same as every other post this week'. If the assignments or quizzes were at least challenging it would at least be a saving grace, but alas - since many classes do not have text books, and it's hard to create exercises from Youtube videos, the assignments are recycled exercises from some old text book or test bank. All assignments are freely available online, copy/paste, upload, done. Complete waste of time. I have literally had far more rigorous courses on Coursera / edX. So my recommendation: a) If you *really* want to learn and don't care about credits, there are any number of excellent courses on Coursera, edX, Udemy. Many universities offer non-credit and for-credit courses that will be properly rigorous. Go do those. b) If you just need credits to get a degree, any degree (such as for exam qualifications etc) and don't need to 'learn', CSU will be a low-stress option, but seriously - it's over-priced for the joke of the 'education' they offer. There are cheaper options. c) If you want to pursue a degree and want to learn, why drop $15K for 15 classes at CSU when for $30K you can take 15 classes at Harvard Extension and come away from a degree from Harvard?"
Annon
  • Reviewed: 7/9/2020
  • Degree: Human Services
"The majority of instructors provide a wealth of knowledge and are accessibile for further discussion. A challenge in truly preparing students for the field of practice is providing a realistic understanding of the Economics of Human Services. Economics is the FOUNDATION of all existing business models--both for profit and nonprofit, yet no preparation is provided for students entering the field of Human Services. Library access should be expanded as more recent articles were often behind paywalls or simply absent from library searches in general."
Peter
  • Reviewed: 5/30/2020
  • Degree: Teaching
"My experience here has been very disappointing. Classes and expectations are all over the board, you are at the whim of the assigned teacher who seems to have no regulations or accountability for their coursework. This school would like you to sit down, be quiet, and not share your opinion, just do what you are told and pay them. Tech courses have technical issues. Third party software and programs are necessary to complete the courses, CSU-Global does not have and does not intend to have the programs available that they require for class. You will be handing out your information to multiple companies throughout this course. Faculty is very disconnected from students. Your best bet is an occasional email that may or may not provide you with any answers. I personally requested assistance from a teacher for over a month in a class, even giving her my personal phone number, and was never contacted or helped in a meaningful way. Now I have to retake the class paying full out of pocket tuition as they have revoked all of my financial aid even after multiple appeals and documentation showing that the course didn't work and the teacher didn't help. There is no accountability here."
student
  • Reviewed: 5/21/2020
  • Degree: Healthcare Administration
"I am worried that this has been a huge mistake. I do not feel that I am being prepared to engage at the graduate level. The courses amount to very little to help develop competency in the subject matter. I am afraid that the expectation is for students to teach themselves and to present evidence of feedback through discussion forums so that CSU Global may claim that they are fostering a Socratic dialogue. Assignments are given in rapid succession with little review or feedback. Professor assistance comes most frequently in the form of links to instructional videos from other institutions."
RC
  • Reviewed: 5/1/2020
  • Degree: Project Management
"I think CSU Global is a good school and I like their certificate programs. Therefore, this review is based on Financial Aid and how the school handles student accounts during the COVID-19 crisis. I had to withdraw from my final project management course due to the COVID-19 crisis, health issues, family and extenuating circumstances. Once I dropped the course funds were returned immediately to the DOE and my student account had an owed balance. I explained my circumstances and submitted a tuition appeal with a doctors note and my appeal was denied. After sending more emails to student services, financial aid, appeals department, student accounts and the president of the school who I could only find a Gmail for. CSU Global still handled my situation poorly and offered no resolution. I then called student accounts today and the student as the portal only offered 2 and 4 payment plans. Student accounts extended my payment plan to 12 months. Point of the review is I should have never had to go through so much stress and so many loops. This COVID-19 crisis, our loss of wages and circumstances should have been enough to approve the approve the appeal and remove the debt."