Graduation Year: 2017
"I graduated a couple months ago (Feb. 2017). and I have not had the negative experiences others say they had. I came in with an associate's degree and attended 3 other colleges prior to finishing up at CTU. Pros: I thought their online format and website/navigation was the best I have ever used. A+. I attended Portland State Online, and trying to navigate their "Blackboard" took me 30+ minutes every time I logged in. CTU definitely has the online experience down. I also paid out-of-pocket, but I'll expand on that in the "cons". Fats classes: classes are condensed. meaning: 5.5 weeks each class. I personally loved this! I did not want to take 12 weeks worth of classes. This did make for a grind and tons of late nights writing papers. To put in in perspective, when I finished (110 credits) I figure I wrote about 200 research papers. I suppose this could be good or bad, but I learned a lot. I am 41 years old, and had I done this when I was much younger I may not have been as successful. Cons: I thought some of the teaching or lectures were a little lacking. This is truly a "get out of the program what you put into it." It is on you to work hard, and again, me being older was of value for me. As to financing, I paid out of pocket, but boy they do hound you to do the financial aid. There was a little annoyance their, and they clearly have a financial incentive to do so. That said, I had similar issues with State colleges so I don't think this is necessarily a CTU problem- they ALL have financial incentive for these things. Overall, I not only recommended someone else to go there, but am also working on my MBA. The bachelor's has already opened doors that weren't open before. I would attend again, but know it is a grind: usually 4-5 papers over 5 weeks, other assignments too."