Colorado Technical University - Online Reviews - Computer Science

2.64 out of 5 stars
(10 Reviews)
  • Colorado Springs (CO)
  • Annual Tuition: Not Provided
29% of 10 students said this degree improved their career prospects
40% of 10 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
Lon - 10/12/2018
Degree: Computer Science
Graduation Year: 2021
"The admissions process is very smooth and straight forward. It is almost hard to believe how much they want you to succeed and really stand by your side even in the doctoral program. Anyone who feels that school is too hard and needs the support should really check out ctu"
5.0 out of 5 stars
Luis - 10/12/2018
Degree: Computer Science
Graduation Year: 2021
"The faculty and staff are truly here to help students succeed in their academic and career aspirations. I would recommend CTU to anyone looking to advance in life and have thoroughly recommend the p[program to anyone. The doctoral symposium is a phenomenal experience where one gets the opportunity to establish personal and professional relationships with the faculty, staff, and peers."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Felicia - 1/24/2017
Degree: Computer Science
Graduation Year: 2015
"I am going to try to be a frank and practical in this review without going on a tangent about each and every little element of the school that I did or did not like. What first needs to be strongly scrutinized is the fact that the courses here are only 5 weeks long in comparison to a standard university's length of 12 weeks--this typically means that students are rushed through the courses while retaining very little valuable information. Realistically, how much do you think you would remember after studying 7 chapters of material in one week? Adding to this fact, the university requires more credits per class and more courses to complete a degree than your traditional university--resulting in higher tuition rates guaranteed to slurp up your financial aid in a record amount of time. This is coming from an institution that claims to put the student first, mind you. As for the classes themselves, most of the students participate at the bare minimum in the discussion forums, thus gleaning any information from the forums will often prove futile. Instructor quality is a hit or miss--some will go the distance to help you, others will simply throw you an A for turning in something. Would that be something to be expected from an accredited university in which a student is paying tens of thousands of dollars to attend? I would beg to differ. In closing, I would like to point out something rather interesting--there are literally dozens of pages of angry students who are sharing their experience with the school, and that is followed by 4 or 5 reports of people claiming to be "students" who magnify the school as having been an "invigorating" experience that landed them top quality jobs. Please take these latter posts with a grain of salt, as it is extremely likely that they are actually staff from CTU desperately trying to conduct damage control--and quite frankly this sort of deception I find incredibly disgusting. While it is true that you get what you put into CTU--what is not said is that what you will be putting into this school is about 5 times more than you will ever need to at any other institution, and it is simply not worth it. In summary: Don't buy the hype. This school is for profit, not for you. Take that however you will."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Freddie Paris - 9/23/2016
Degree: Computer Science
Graduation Year: 2016
"After seeing these reviews, I am more than convinced this university is nothing short of a glorified diploma mill where you are paying $40,000 for a worthless piece of paper. Fortunately for me, I got out after 2 classes after noticing I was learning next to nothing and growing tired of hypothetical projects (ie Pretend you are creating a security system for a fictional company--describe how you would build it) Something I want to add to Cleo Scoot's comment about withdrawing--I used the same technique by simply refusing to turn in any more work so that I would automatically be removed from the school. It did work, but for amusement purposes, I have kept all of the emails that have been sent to me asking for me to return to the "university" (and I use the term loosely) So far the count has been 10 over the past 2 months. The senders of the emails have some rather interesting job titles--so far I have been contacted by: two "Campus Director of Admissions", two "Senior National Admission Advisors", a Director of Student Management, a National Admissions Consultant, Manager of Student Success, and a Lead Student Success Coach. Yeah. No idea one business would have so many "directors" in one department. Save your money, this school is a joke and needs to have their accreditation revoked."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Poor Online Courses (IntelliPath) - 8/1/2016
Degree: Computer Science
Graduation Year: 2016
"IntelliPath is the online software used by CTU. IntelliPath is frustrating and requires many times the hours needed for any given subject due to the wrong answers and required answer entry formats that result in answers being scored as wrong. IntelliPath has been reported many times over many quarters by many students, yet, the incorrect material is not corrected. IntelliPath requires textual entry of material that can be misconstrued such that correct answers are scored wrong. IntelliPath has wrong answers, yet, after being reported many times as wrong, the incorrect answers remain. Students do not learn from IntelliPath. Instead, they are instructed to merely record the correct answers provided by IntelliPath after a wrong answer is scored and repeat the modules for a better grade by giving the memorized answers. (IntelliPath allows modules to repeated for better grades). Since the question pool is comprised of only a few questions, it is easier to record the correct answers and repeat them back when repeating a module. The use of the fraudulent IntelliPath leads to the conclusion that CTU is not interested in being a quality school but is interested in making money as a Diploma Mill."
1.5 out of 5 stars
Prince Worthington - 7/8/2016
Degree: Computer Science
Graduation Year: 2018
"I am going to be as straightforward and honest about the school without whining about how no one handed me anything on a silver platter or how whatever office was hard to work with. Here we go, are you listening? SKIP THIS SCHOOL. It is overpriced, the courses are far too short, and the curriculum has absolutely no challenge at all. I was in the Master's program for 6 months and they practically handed me A's in all the courses. Know how easy it is to have a 4.0 GPA at CTU? My laptop was stolen while in the middle of a course, and I could only use a library computer until my next paycheck the following month. I had lost all my research and work but to avoid being dropped from the class, I typed up a paper using the knowledge from the top of my head and thought I would take a C in the class and improve it next time. I got an A. People--how do you earn an A in a class doing ZERO RESEARCH and call it a "master's program"?!? Now let's talk about the instructors and CTU's penchant for hiring people whose accent is so thick it's so incomprehensible. With the exception of one instructor (who earned his Ph.D from Devry Univ) all of them spoke horrible English and gave weekly lectures from Powerpoint slides. None of which I watched because I didn't know what the hell they were saying. The curriculum: The study notes and aides provided by CTU are very basic and nearly on a middle school level.The "assignments" involve reading 7 chapters over one week and writing a 2 page paper discussing one random topic covered. In so many other words, their idea of a master's program is just to read a book from cover to cover and write some basic papers. I CAN GO TO A LIBRARY AND DO THAT FOR FREE! You are more or less teaching yourself at this school. There is no experimentation or analysis or complex projects. Just reading and writing basic papers. And when I say "basic" I mean basic as in covering topics you already learned in a bachelor's. Even though I spent only 6 months here, it was a MASSIVE waste of my time and money. I learned absolutely nothing whatsoever, I don't feel that I have "mastered" anything, this school is a joke that has no business with any kind of accreditation and should only be attended by people who want to pay $30,000 to read books. Don't touch this school with a 10 foot pole.You will regret it!"
1.5 out of 5 stars
David Y - 8/27/2015
Degree: Computer Science
Graduation Year: 2015
"After completing my Associates degree with another university earlier this year, I wanted to look at different universities to try and complete my Bachelor's degree as fast as possible while still learning all the necessities in the programming world. After reviewing CTU's fast track program and career pace courses, it looked like an obvious choice to apply. After several phone calls with admissions I discovered that the online courses required group projects that could not be described, except that a large portion of your grade still depended on other people in the group. For an online course, for working people, this automatically requires a larger portion of time to be dedicated to the program. After explaining my concern(time), with my admissions representative, I respectfully informed her that I was going to withdraw and move forward with another university. The following week a different admissions representative called me and had to point out that the other rep had only worked there for two weeks and she was more experienced(15 years). After explaining all the details to the "new" admissions rep she responded with false information about the university I planned on attending and repeatedly questioned there integrity to try and persuade me to go to CTU. Not knowing that I had graduated from the other university earlier this year, and had a working knowledge of how the university operated, I immediately began to question how CTU allows admissions reps to lie to future students about other universities, and repeatedly question there integrity to convince students to attend Colorado Tech. Even after finally convincing the rep that I was not going to CTU, and was supposedly labeled as "cancelled", emails and text messages were still sent. VERY BAD business ethics."
3.4 out of 5 stars
Aaron - 5/29/2015
Degree: Computer Science
Graduation Year: 2012
"In retrospect of the curriculum at the time which has underwent further changes, CTU's Doctoral program was very well structured and challenging curriculum which provided great guidance for completion of one's thesis through outside experts in the field aka mentors. This helped significantly and is what I would consider a difference maker in terms of improving ones success rate for completion of what I would consider in most cases challenging courses. Now granted as with all schools depending on the subject matter, teacher and tools results can vary in terms of what one can gain from a particular class. Some professors where extraordinarily difficult to pass their courses and depending on your position in life between work/life/school balance this can weed out the graduates from non-graduates and sour your thoughts and opinions of the program. All in all I would say that the experience has been very positive and has paid dividends to my career and my reputability on the job. The methods which I learned in terms of research approaches and validation processes will carry with me proudly for the rest of my life."
1.8 out of 5 stars
anthony - 9/12/2014
Degree: Computer Science
Graduation Year: 2014
"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."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 10/11/2013
Degree: Computer Science
Graduation Year:
"CTU Online has been a positive experience for me so far. I have been enrolled for a total of 1 year and 6 months. After discovering a certain grant that would assist in my education, I transferred to Capella University Online, however, the experience was completely absurd and appalling. I proudly came back to CTU and decided to decline the grant on the contingency of a more conducive educational environment for me. I have "tried" the on campus experience with almost impossible admissions of visiting virtually every classroom adjacent in a specific order to get accepted, to carrying large text books, to sitting in lectures so boring I fall asleep. CTU is consistent in curriculum. All interactions with the IT Department, Library, Student Services, Financial Aide and Professors are wholly informative, concise, and is motivated in facilitating the students success. I enjoy all the facets of learning styles it appeals to and the sense of community it brings. I wholly fancy MUSE which brings education to the learning curve of your choice and the free online books, which cannot be saved, but can be printed. I participate in a handful of clubs which are constantly active in chats, webinars, and events. In addition, ongoing guest speakers and career tips/seminars expedite the ideal platform for career success. They have a career team readily available to assist in building a resume, and coaching through job/interview process, and a great LinkedIn community for those who are already in the work force - Every student is assigned a career coach to help facilitate their success. It is a fast paced school, but it is designed to cater to their exact habitual pattern of acquiring and processing information to ascertain the course immediately, instead of spending week after week trying to figure it out before the light bulb appears. It also focuses quality courses that are advantageous to your degree program. My courses are rich, in depth, and current because everything is virtually HANDS ON. Many of my courses are relevant and have assisted in the experience I require for my specific degree program because I built something or was introduced to a reputable organization that can further expedite my career trajectory and success. I will graduate in 2015 and this school has been exceptional. Once I obtain my bachelors degree, I will pursue my masters and doctorates from CTU Online. With edification at a single click of a button and knowledge at my finger tips, for me, it was the best decision I ever made."
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