Colorado Technical University - Online Reviews - Information Technology

2.76 out of 5 stars
(17 Reviews)
  • Colorado Springs (CO)
  • Annual Tuition: Not Provided
57% of 17 students said this degree improved their career prospects
65% of 17 students said they would recommend this program to others
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1.4 out of 5 stars
Lamont Jones - 10/19/2020
Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2020
"Please whatever you do, don't attend this school; especially if you're military affiliated. I attended CTU 2017-2020 and the VA was covering my tuition 100% or so I thought. The student advisors do not care about your success and financial aid does not do their own job whatsoever. I had to take it upon myself to contact VA my graduation month to figure out why my payment was not dispersed to pay off the balance on my account. I'm expecting for them to say the payments were running late; but come to find out my benefits were cut short the beginning of this year. Mind you I graduated in June and received no communication from CTU nor did they contact VA. I contacted the school October 14 because I'm trying to go back to school for my Masters (not with them) and needed to get clarification on how much per month it would be for a payment plan. The financial aid rep stated that he saw that I didn't need to pay and that he was going to contact whoever to clarify then give me a call back the same day. Here we are October 19 still with no information and can't eve move forward with trying to attend school because this balance is holding me up. Also, this school claims that they're here to help yet they didn't put me into the yellow ribbon program which would take care of issues that arose like this. I should not have to pay the remaining balance on my account because the CTU financial aid staff did not do the job they were hired to do which was ensure that students finances were good to go."
1.7 out of 5 stars
Linda - 10/11/2020
Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2018
"If you have a life, kids, busy schedule and a tight budget don't think twice about this one. I chose online because it gave me the flexibility and to what I read affordability. Upon enrollment my first counselor was amazing, set me up well...but then when it came down to her passing me to the financial department they explained that all costs would be covered through my Federal Loans, not once was anything said in either email or phone calls that there would be any private loans or that I needed to specifically pay out of pocket to them. Class wise it was terrible, my last few classes had to be repeated twice since I was randomly dropped before my finals forcing my grades to plummet. Another difficulty was that the coursework rarely matched the quizzes so extra research and learning had to be done. The beginning of 2018 I had to pause classes because I had became unemployed so I asked for my most recent transcripts. They specifically told me I could not receive them until I paid off my debt. I was dumbfounded, my 20k in Fed Loan? The guy proceeded to tell me no the 10k in debt separately for the college. I was floored. He proceeded to threaten me with if you cannot make any payment we will give this to the main debt collectors causing it to affect my credit. Which at the time anyways, I didn't have much credit I was 22. I stressed to them that I already have to pay $500 to Fed Loan on top of their minimum at the time which was $300. If I'm only making less than $1,000 a month..you'd think I'd qualify for some sort of low income bracket or something. I ended up just hanging up in frustration. For the next two months I was constantly spammed with calls and emails. I eventually called back in March and requested that they send me all what I owe in the mail. They stopped contacting me up until this past month. They sent out an email saying the same thing about sending my debt to a collector and that they've been trying to contact me when I've only received one email this past almost year and a half now and I have yet to receive anything in the mail. I am now 25, 30k in college debt, with 4 years of college experience since I was forced to fail a few of my classes, yet I cannot finish my degree nor receive my transcripts until the debt is gone. Capitalism at its finest. So in conclusion, if you want to waste your time and money with no gain this is absolutely perfect."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Jay - 1/25/2020
Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2020
"Do not take ant online classes they are all the same and you just stress for 5 weeks and really learn nothing. Their IT classes are JUST project management. You don't really learn anything about IT other than business processes that can be applied to any field involving customer service. The online instructors are all full of themselves and lecture about how amazing they are. None of the material provided match the actual coursework so you HAVE to so a tone of internet learning on your own."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Tim - 1/19/2018
Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2018
"I had tried on and off for 20 years to get a college degree, I struggled mightily when it came to brick and mortar schools. Online was just the right medium for me and allowed me to complete my BS, and now I am looking forward to starting my Masters."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Tammy Williams - 6/9/2017
Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2016
"I attended CTU and I had to stop for CANCER treatments. My advisor did not tell me I could drop without paying until a few days AFTER the drop date. The school is still pursuing me for 1700+ even after my employer and I sent them my leave of absence, and medical records. My employer who paid for tuition even called and spoke to a supervisor through their contact. I have called numerous times, always told they will send my dispute up and I will hear back. Absolutely nothing.. when I call and follow up.. its like starting over as if I haven't ever spoken to anyone before. So frustrating! Don't go to this school if you ever plan to be treated fairly!"
4.0 out of 5 stars
Glenn Fluehr - 3/9/2017
Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2017
"Currently, I am working hard in all my classes. I have just found out that my FASFA student loan has been spent and I still have another year to go to finish my degree and now I am out seeking more money to keep paying my tuition so I can graduate. CTU has been helpful in giving me directions on where to find this extra money. They also have 2 of their own grants that I have applied for. My first CTU grant will be determined this month on the 20th and this will give me another 4 classes paid for. Interesting enough when I first started with CTU back in 2014, I was told that this B.S. degree will be a rehash classes that I will know from my 38 years of prior experience in this industry. CTU has been great when it comes to helping students make their dreams come true from Fast Track were you can just take tests to complete that class and get credits to make you closer to graduation. I must continue to work on the outside, and so I am on a Slow Track that fits my current life. Here lies that I must get more money to complete my degree. Each class I take I continue to get the Pell Grant money onto a Higher One Credit card that helps me during each month while I am still not fully working and making money on my own. All aspects I see here with CTU has been great and all the other students I have met in each class have been open to new ideas and different ways to look at the same subject being studied. Just in my last class it was all about IT and the history and mystery of it all. In the first week, the subject was DATA where I came up with DATA = 0 and 1 or chicken scratches on a piece of wood. This stun most student, but once they finished reading my 5-page paper on DATA, it finally became clear to them on what I was talking about. I hope that what I have said here is also clear since I just started to type out my review without any planning, organization or most anything normal people would do to prepare for such a task as this."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Cleo Scoot - 7/15/2016
Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2019
"First bad sign: This school only uses E-books, meaning I really hope you enjoy staring at a screen for hours. I had to buy an e-reader to keep from getting headaches. Second, the classes just really repeated everything I learned in my bachelor's program. Third (and I want you to pay attention to this one): I decided to withdraw, but I already know how institutions get nasty when you try to withdraw and even try to say you owe them money. I did a different tactic--I did not log in, or turn in any assignments in a move to deliberately fail the class and have my GPA fall below the required standard which would ACCORDING TO THEIR GUIDELINES require them to suspend me from the school. They did in fact send me a letter saying I was suspended and that I had 10 days to present an appeal, otherwise I would officially be withdrawn. EVERY SINGLE ONE of those 10 days, student advising office sent an email saying " You need to submit an appeal or you will be withdrawn! Time is running out! Do you need help on how to write an appeal? We'll walk you through the steps!" I made no response. The deadline passed and the student advising office sent an email saying "I spoke with so and so and they granted you a 7 day extension. But this is your last chance! The appeal does not need to be long, just explain what happened and how you intend to keep up in classes.We'll help you through every step!" Astonishingly, they even signed me up for another class even though according to their guidelines, I was suspended and could not take any! I let the 7 day deadline pass and ultimately I was officially withdrawn....but THE SAME DAY that I was withdrawn, I got an email from a "re-enrollment" advisor asking if I would like to re-apply to the school on probationary status. Yeah. The school is a sham...any legitimate school would not beg a student to return after being forced according to their policies to kick them out, and give them chance after chance. Usually it's the student doing the begging and pleading. Avoid this school, it's a diploma mill on the same level as the University of Phoenix."
4.6 out of 5 stars
Anna - 11/19/2015
Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2015
"These people who complained about not learning anything or having issues with the admissions office had a completely different experience than I did. I had gotten an AS degree from another online college and had started to go after my BA at the same school before I decided to do some research on other online colleges. I was sick of my grade relying on a bunch of discussion posts, mid-terms, and finals, I learn better by doing not testing. CTU teaches with a more project based platform with 5 week classes, this means there are no mid-terms or finals worth 40% of your grade, I personally found this far less stressful. This also means that if you put in the time and work hard on your project for the class, you earn the grade you deserve. For these people who say they didn’t learn anything at CTU, take some ownership for that. Yes classes are easier and at a faster pace than a traditional school, but if you are just googling all the information instead of taking the time to really learn the information, of course you are not going to retain it. I am also laughing how people think they can just get a job right away after graduation, you need to think, why would a company hire you fresh out of college when they can hire someone with more experience? If you are really serious about wanting that technology job with the fortune 500 company you need to get a foot in the door, the best way to do that is with an internship. Sure I was the oldest intern in my mid 30’s but I actually made more an hour as an intern than the job I left to take the internship. By the way, most all technology internships in a fortune 500 company are paid. I was graduating in 6 months from when I started, so when I graduated they liked me so much they hired me on full time. Plan ahead people, you can’t just expect a job to be handed to you because you now have a college degree. Also, the admissions people managed to get all my transcripts from my previous college transferred, evaluated, and applied to the degree plan I had chosen within a month. Because of that there was no time lost due to transferring schools, in fact I was able to graduate sooner than I would have had I stayed with the other school."
1.1 out of 5 stars
Another For-Profit Scam - 7/30/2015
Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2003
"Caution to all, especially military service members and Vets I decided to enroll in the school while on Active Duty as a way to get a jump on earning my degree for when I decided to leave military service. At first, I believed all the hype and positive reviews. However, after the first or second semester, I began to run into issues. The faculty were difficult to get a hold of or respond when you have questions about the class or enrollment. This was also when I discovered that I had a student loan taken out to cover tuition and fees until the school could obtain my GI Bill/Tuition Assistance money from the government. Additionally, I also discovered that the technical degree that I thought I was pursuing was actually a business degree with some technical focus. When I consulted the advisors, I was told it was basically the same thing. I guess because I was gullible enough to believe the other information, they thought I didn't know the difference between a business and technical degree. Later, I found out that the school was continuing receiving loan money and GI BIll money at the same time to cover the same costs. When I discovered this, I stopped both and left the school without finishing my degree. Now, I am still paying on a Stafford Loan that was run up to nearly $10k in about 2 to 3 semesters, plus lost over $10k in GI Bill money. Despite all of this, I did complete an AAS at Harford Community College in Information Systems Security and a BS in Cybersecurity at University of Maryland University College. Ironically, after all this time, the school keeps trying to convince me to come back and "finish" my degree. I usually respond with "not even if hell freezes over.""
Elizabeth. - 9/28/2015

I am active duty and using my GI Bill, Montgomery CH 30....It is paid directly to me, and I pay the school accordingly. Never had any issues with that. It is ultimately YOUR responsibility to ensure the GI Bill is being received. You can simply call 1-888-GIBILL1, and talk to someone about the status of your GI BIll....not to mention the frequent mailings to your home address with authorizations and payment receipts from CTU as well. Why did you apply for a loan AND the GI Bill? It only takes a week or two for the GI BIll to be initiated, and the most you would EVER have to do is wait until you (Or the School, if you say so) is paid for the money. DId you call once per month to claim your attendance with the VA? Did you ever go onto the financial link on the CTU website to check your payment status? This whole story sounds a little fishy to me. Sure, CTU still has their issues, but this is complete B.S. As an MBA student with only one class left, I have some experience with the GI Bill and payment system. Dont listen to this guy. He clearly didn't know what he was doing, but all the resources were avaialble to him from the start.

3.0 out of 5 stars
Michael - 1/29/2015
Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2017
"I see a lot of bad reviews on here and some good ones but I can tell you personally that this is not that bad of a school. Considering I work full-time this school meets my needs due to the fact that their are no tests and no mid-terms and assignments are always due at the same time. With that being said, the only assignments are discussion boards and projects. Pretty easy if you ask me... and that's what I'm looking for, easy. I don't have to worry about buying books or anything because it is all included in the price which is why it may seem more pricey than it should be. Now, I also must say that the amount of knowledge you actually gain from each course is limited due to the time frame of 5 weeks for each course and having to learn as much as possible within that time. Bottom line is that if you are a good self-learner and motivator than you can do CTU. The teachers only give two one hour live chat sessions a week but if you're willing to go out and read and learn for yourself than you wont have any issues. From my experience as well the professors have always responded to emails so far. I've been attending CTU since end of 2013 taking one class at a time since that is all my work will pay for but it works for me."
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