Colorado Technical University - Online Reviews
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When I enrolled with CTU I had very high hopes! I did a little research and saw that compared to other colleges their tuition cost was lower even though it was higher than what I wanted. I spoke with an enrollment advisor that gave me a lot of information about the school and a virtual tour which I thought was great! A few months later I go back to the school to enroll and I come to find out that she no longer works there (the enrollment person) which should have been a red flag. I got a new enrollment person which was a little frustrating because he was attempting to go over the same information, but I understood. We picked out a program and the enrollment process started at the beginning of July. We were suppose to speak in the next few days but my schedule got very busy in a short amount of time. I communicated to him letting him know that another day would work and I do not remember him calling me back for follow up. After that I got bombarded with phone calls from several people and emails. Me and my fiance looked at my emails and in total I got 8-10 different people sending me emails. The entire process took about 1 month and I still was not done giving them paperwork they requested. There were at least 5 financial advisors who kept sending me emails with the same information of papers I needed to sign which I thought was excessive. It actually made me more frustrated because I felt pressured! They did not care if I had a busy schedule they kept calling and emailing. I called back and left a voicemail telling them I was busy and that I prefer to contacted by email or through chat. This was after they had already been sending me automated type emails. I did not mind getting a email from 1 or 2 people maybe 3 at the most, but 8-10 people? I decided that if I have to go through this type of stress before even starting classes I was not going to move forward. I got notifications about online orientation which had dates that seemed like it lasted for a month. They had a welcome to orientation and it asked students to go to facebook or twitter and post " I am starting classes with CTU" or something like that. They definitely want you to recommend them without even starting class. I thought that was crazy because they did not deserve any recommendations because of the service I was receiving. You have to talk to maybe 5-6 different financial aid advisor where there should be only 1 person to talk to. It makes the communication easier so that you do not have to reexplain things to different people every time you call. I emailed one the financial advisors and she told me that does not speak with the student population but I could ask for her if I wanted? What sense does that make? Why are you sending emails and you cannot assist me and then turnaround and say you can? Their organization was terrible to say the least. When I ask to not be enrolled I got questioned from the enrollment guy "J.K." who felt the need to question me about why I did not want to continue. I do not mind him asking me questions but his demeanor was like " Well you told me you could! why are you going back on what you said???? The quality of education is important" I told him I did not have to explain myself to him. This guy had no clue that it was that type of service that made me want to leave. I told him if he wanted to help pay for school for me I would welcome it. He had no right questioning my integrity like he was contributing to my education. This school has a lot of issues with their enrollment process it really can make you upset and take away the excitement of going back to school! Keep researching different schools it will save you some stress.
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.
I was very satisfied with my experience at CTU Online. The professors were very friendly and experienced. As with all university level work, you will get out of it what you put into it. There was a large separation between the best and worst students. Peer interaction with "the best" was awesome. The professors were available for any questions and very responsive, even giving out cell numbers at times. I have taken brick and mortar classes at other institutions and would put CTU above those classes. As far as tests go, there were few. I felt, however, that the experiential presentation of courses provided a much better learning experience than any test could. We were crafting emails to respond to business situations, creating powerpoint presentations, and interacting via peer discussion boards. Keeping it real, I had a couple bozo professors along the way, but you will have that experience at any university. Overall, my skills were put to use immediately and I felt that they were immediately relevant in the "real world". I would recommend CTU to anybody!
I really enjoyed this school. I attended University of Phoenix online before and found the material mundane and the staff inept. At CTU Online I really feel like I'm learning what I need to learn to advance in my career. The staff is all very helpful and some of my professors have been hands down amazing to learn from.
Excellent program. Good and knowledgeable instructors. All upper level Nursing instructors had terminal degrees. Program was very intense, lots of research and APA style papers. I am very well prepared for my masters degree program, as a Family Nurse Practitioner, which I am currently attending at CCN.
I thoroughly enjoyed the curriculum for the MBA-HCM program at CTU online, however, the part that pissed me off was that I am to pay a $200 "Graduation Fee!" After spending almost $30,000 on a fucking MBA, students are expected to pay another 200 regardless if you are attending the actual ground ceremony or not. The part that disgusts me is that I, as a student, as NEVER, EVER informed of this damned fee. This school needs to inform their students of any applicable fees possible. Just when a student graduates with a 4.0 and moves on with their life, they find out it isn't over. I contacted Career Services about this fee and they stated that it covers expenses for the ceremony, regalia, cords, dimplomas, and two official transcripts. I graduated from college for my undergrad, no where did we have to pay a stupid fucking "graduation fee..." Very disgusted!
Having attended a physical university some years ago I know what is expected of me and what I expect from the instructors. CTU exceeded my expectations. My life is much richer because of the courses that I took and the support received from not only the professors but advisors and higher level VIPs at the university on site campus. I am currently in the Doctoral degree program and feel that when I complete the course in 2017 I will be highly qualified to perform in my chosen field.
Everything about this school screamed "scam" to me. I'm sure that some people have graduated and are satisfied with their degrees, but I was simply not impressed. At first, it appeared as though my admissions advisor was my primary point of contact in order to get me through the intimidating process. But over the course of a few weeks, I talked to several people who were "helping" my advisor, but no one seemed to be on the same page. Before I had even completed the admissions process, I was being pressured to provide referrals of friends and coworkers who would like to be contacted about the school. I was completely uncomfortable providing my friends' contact info, and therefore refused. It was at this point that I felt like I was just a "sale" to my advisor. I made it to the point of the online orientation, and I participated in several of the activities. I was assigned a student success advisor for this process. It was at this point that I began to lose my enthusiasm. Within seconds of submitting discussion board entries and assignments (such as "a letter to my future self"), I saw that I was given an "A." No one was even reviewing my work to gauge whether or not I was deserving of one grade over another. The one comment that was left in reference to my work was obviously a generic post that was most likely copied and pasted for every student. There was an issue with the online delivery of one aspect of the orientation, so despite having completed the task, it still showed as incomplete. I emailed my advisor several times and never received a response. It was at this moment that I decided to withdraw from the university, a task that proved to be simply impossible. I located a document online that instructed me to contact student affairs via email or phone in order to submit a withdrawal request. Locating the contact information for student affairs was as simple as locating a unicorn. It simply does not exist anywhere. I have been attempting to withdraw from courses for two weeks now, and oddly enough, all of those people who were so willing to talk to me at the beginning of the process are suddenly nowhere to be found. This ordeal has proven to be irritating, frustrating, and a complete waste of my valuable time. This school is probably great for those who are willing to pay $50,000 for a degree that they really don't need to earn. I, on the other hand, want a degree that I need to work for. I prefer constructive criticism to simply paying someone a lot of money to give me an easy A. I would not recommend this university to anyone who is looking for a legitimate online university.
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.
I recently graduated from CTU with a Masters in Project Management. There are no formal tests as you would know it. The courses are broken into 5 phases each with a mandatory discussion board and individual project. Most of the classes have a very large individual project or group project at the end. In regards to financial aid, CTU is a mother school. They will tell you exactly what forms need to be filled out and will then take care of the rest. I used my post 9/11 GI Bill to cover the cost. If you attend classes and actually do the work then you will graduate in 18 months. I did. Communication with the professors and online coaches are the keys to success with this school. It is very fast paced. The most amount of time break I had between classes was 6 days. You will literally be in school for 18 months straight with the Masters program. The school is regionally and nationall accredited so there is no worry of hinder in the industry acceptance of your diploma. I have read a lot of reviews on this school regarding the cost of the program. CTU is a pricey school as it should be because it is a for-profit university. The school primarily scouts practioner professors in the field of project management. This means that most of them teach part time not full time. Most of my professors were project managemers for large companies or owned their own consulting firm. If you look closely at some of the school books you will see that the professor teaching the class actually wrote the book. Additionally, CTU is a research university so be prepared to read a lot and I mean a lot of journal articles from their online library. If you are not a research wiz at the beginning of the curriculum you will be at the end. Also, you will become a true PowerPoint ranger when you finish this course. In fact the PowerPoint assignments you make in the project management field can be used to teach your own classes at the undergrad level if you choose to do so at a later date.