Colorado Technical University - Online Reviews
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All, thank you for the time in reading my review, i'll be honest with you about achieving my BSIT in Software Engineering. As an active duty military student I enrolled into the CTU online courses. My troubles didn't immediately start until I decided to utilize my G.I BIll benefits. Apparently once they had that information they began charging all of my expenses to my G.I Bill even after i repeatedly told them not to and that I had other means of paying. This continued all the way up until i graduated were I would repeated have to call the Veterans Affairs (VA) so that the could remove the charges that CTU was making against my benefits. Overall I loved the instructors and they were very knowledgable about the subjects and I overall enjoyed the classes and experience (even though class participation was lacking, which is the core of online classes). It wasn't until after I graduated with my Software Engineering degree that I realized how worthless it really was. The degree itself wasn't worthless, it was the all the courses I took and the knowledge I received. Here a quick snapshot of being a Software Engineer. It is focused heavily on programming. Every interview that I did involved a technical programming portion to gauge my knowledge and expertise. Do you want to know how many programming classes I took out of almost 4 years of school..... 3, yes that's correct 3 programming classes ( those couldn't go over the bulk of the coding/programming knowledge I needed because the classes were only 5 weeks). The rest of the classes were electives and project management (PM) classes. I was shocked, CTU did not prepare me for getting into the workforce and I didn't realize this until i began to look for work. I now have to go to a post college classes to get the programming knowledge that CTU didn't give me to even compete with other applicants vying for the same software job.
The university overall was good. The instructors were knowledgeable and the coursework was good. While the degree itself did not help me obtain the career I'm in, it has helped me with a pay raise. The costs was reasonable in my opinion as well. If I had to go back and do it again, I would use Colorado Technical University Online again.
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.
I have read student reviews that are all over the spectrum about CTU. I can personally attest that the degree program is presented in a professional and demanding environment by seasoned professional instructors who are subject matter experts that have extensive and diverse experiences in the field. These subject matter experts demand hard work, personal responsibility and accountability.. They do not babysit and they do not coddle. I. four years, I never had a professor who was lacking. They understand that life happens and are willing to provide some latitude on assignments. THOSE WHO DECRY THE COLLEGE Ned to be placed under the microscope. Most who are complaining and slamming the instructors, programs and process should be scrutinized carefully. I have found most whiners here are not college material on the first place. One look at their broken English, poor grammar and rambling bear witness to people who do not belong with the program in the first place. It is a shame that these clowns are able to tarnish this school with bogus surveys. I would bet their academic failures fuel their negativity towards their experience.
I started my classes on Jan 5th, 2014. It was truly a venture in learning. I have read some of the reviews and seen how some have bad mouthed the integrity and reliability of Colorado Technical University (CTU) faculty, staff, and program design parameters. Yes... there are harder course and easier course, but every course was meant to make the student think and engage. If the student sits around complaining about how they can't find any information, I would help them and find that most of the time they just hadn't put their best foot forward. Personally, I found it to be a very invigorating experience with a lot of challenge, research and perspective. There were many fellow students along the way, who needed help, which I was more than happy to assist with. The bottom line to CTU is that if you go to this university, then time, commitment, and embracing the challenge of self-motivation is required, to effectively learn something and get something out of each course. I tool 48 classes from CTU and gained a 3.98 GPA. I also put a heck of a lot of work into every one of the classes, which I participated in. It showed in the types of papers I wrote and the standard I set for myself. CTU is not for the light of heart. You need to work for every grade you get, and every class is a real world experience in learning the fine are of computer science, and mega amounts of literary writing. If you do decide to try CTU out, keep in mind that it is a challenge to succeed and part of that success is engaging with FULL commitment, with nothing held back. I enjoyed CTU, as it challenged every fiber of intellectual thought. Oh and P.S.....I ain't no professor! I'm a student just like you are.
DO NOT GO TO THIS SCHOOL!! I know have student loans for a 90,000 dollar nothing! This review wouldn't post until I wrote a grad date...so that is not real. A few years ago I was enrolled in their Masters program for Business Administration. I was almost complete with my studies...I had two more assignments to turn in and I was done! Two!! Two reports! Unfortunately. at the time my state of WA was going through a bad winter storm...On the day I completed my assignments I was about to turn it in when BAM! A strong wind blew and knocked a tree almost on my home. The good thing was it missed my home - Bad side was it knocked out our power lines and everything. We had no power or internet for weeks till it was fixed. I grabbed my cell and called the school to see if something can be done. They said if I did not turn in the last two assignments by that night that they would give me an F for both assignments - dropping my GPA to 3.0 and thus I would not meet the 3.4 they require for graduation!!!! I would have to retake the entire program!! I was shocked! I pleaded with them on the phone for a make up or something - It was not my fault mother nature decided to knock down a tree!! But they were not flexible...My financial aid loans were done..racked up so high I was not even thinking of returning....Warning for everyone! They will rob yu blind and leave you paying for a student loan for NOTHING!!!
I agree about the grammar and foreign exchange thing. I graduated with a MBA in CJ and the discussion boards and group projects were the worst! I have no idea how a "professor" can pass students with such poor knowledge of the written English language! I am sure they all passed just for completing the assignments. Not sure what their grading policies are or if they even acknowledge poor grammar and writing skills. Overall, my goal was to receive my degree and that is what I did. I used financial aid and the degree has actually benefited me in my current position and positions I will receive in the future with promotions and such. I am currently employed in a really good organization with a lot of room for moving up the ladder and thanks to my degree, I can do that. The courses were very time consuming, since the classes consisted mostly of writing assignments due every week. I would rather write than take tests anyways. Therefore, I enjoyed it. I enjoyed researching and compiling evidence. The instructors were nice and responded if you emailed them. I actually breezed through the degree program without opening one book, LOL. I use the internet to research very often and that was all I needed. I would recommend CTU if you enjoy writing and researching on a deadline. The course assignments are always posted by the first day of class, so you can get a head start and be done with all the assignments if you wanted to do that. If not, time management is key! As I stated above, the worst part about CTU, in my opinion, was reading the discussion posts by some of the students and the group projects. I made it a point to only read the one's from students that I knew could write well. Nothing much to do when it came to group projects since we were assigned our groups. I just went back and revised everyone's part to make sure it sounded good. Oh and I forgot to mention, once you graduate, they have a fee that you have to pay. For me, it was $200. IDK about anyone else. What is the fee for? I have no idea. I had no idea that I owed a fee until I received a collection notice. That sucked when I tried to get my transcripts. I had to call the transcript service to find out why I could not get it and then I had to call the school, which then sent me to the collections company. It was a hassle but has since been removed from my credit report, so no worries there.
Great school online chats and you can talk to teachers; they even give you their phone numbers. I do have one issues where the financial aid and student-loan department only give excuses and useless information. Those departments must be congress's training grounds; I can't give you any proof of what you need but a screen shot without your name and information. Plus they can't send anything important as a certified letter. I do understand the risk of getting anything mailed, but certified letter where you have to prove who you are at the post office, that's too complicated.
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.
CTU is a HUGE JOKE of a college - DO NOT ENROLL IN THIS SCHOOL!!!!!!!!!!!! the advisors are PAID to be nice to you, they don't really care about whether or not you get a degree, they just want your financial aid money. They mismanaged my transfer credits, having me re-take classes (which I didn't find out until later) I'd already passed at the community college I attended. I am VERY ANGRY that I ended up paying about $1400 for a class I already have credit for and should NOT have been advised to take. Please write a letter to the department of education's FRAUD division to get CTU shut down, just like ITT Tech. Wasting financial aid money and my time is a horrible thing for a college to do!!!