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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.
I have tried different colleges and have never finished any of them becauseI was a young mom with a full time job and being a high school dropout with little education didn't help. CTU has lifted me out of this spirit of feeling unsuccessful! I am very close to being finished and I have managed to keep my GPA up. My teachers have made my learning experience easy with the real life situations that they teach. My advisors have been there for any help I have had. I am so proud that I am almost done with no struggles at all. THANK YOU CTU for helping me to achieve!
I attended CTU from 2006 to 2008 and graduated with my BSBA in IT. I was able to transfer my credits from the concrete, traditional universities I attended in the past without issues. My goal was to complete a BS degree, but utilize the maximum transferable credits. My adviser was very good and helped me choose a major that was relevant to my career goals and utilized passed experience also. The classes were demanding, I was glad to be challenged for my investment and felt as though it was not a fake degree program. I worked full time and went to CTU full time, not easy but graduated after 18 months with a 3.5GPA and my BSBA-IT.
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.
I took the bachelors degree in Software Engineering. Excellent classes. Am now in my Masters and I have witnessed a huge culture change in CTU. The Dean is not accessible, a supervisor is never accessible. You either take ebooks or go to another school. So when you get two bboks and you can only access one at a time, good luck when you don't have internet. What did the advisor say, (TOO BAD, TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT) Nice huh? Ever since I started CTU the late policies were identical except for one professor who thought education was better served if we were punished with a 20% hit for being one day late. These colleges are for adult learners, sometimes our schedules do not meet deadlines as planned. But this school says "Sorry nothing we can do" So if you want a school that has found the amazing ability to fix or solve nothing, they let rogue professors destroy a students enthusiasm and insults their intelligence, then this is the school for you. I even wrote a letter begging to talk withj the dean, I am sure the advisors threw it out. I am sure they either don't care or do not wish to be exposed for doing nothing. Once they get you in none of your issues will be met with a solution, and I mean absolutely none of them. Best of luck, I am looking elsewhere to finish my degree. And OMG if you owe them any money they will turn you over to a collection agency even without documentable proof of any notices. This school has gone down hill in a hurry! They truly could care less what you think about their program, the arrogance is unbelievable!
It is hard to get in contact with your professors. They say email them and yet they never reply to the emails. Financial aid is the worst. Trying to get help with financial aid documents or getting questions answered is ridiculous. They couldn't explain to me why my stipend went from a very large amount to nothing. They just gave me the run around and then hung up on me. It wasn't very helpful. My student advisior was never available to speak me.and would never answer my questions. The only one who was helpful was the enrollment advisior who walked me through the paperwork and the orientation process step by step.
This school is very fast paced. With each class 5.5 weeks long, a lot of information is compacted into the timeframe. One must be ready to work hard to succeed. The instructors are from the fields being taught. They are more than academics in the traditional school setting; they have actually walked the talk. The more successful student will attend the live chats rather than the archived chats. This is where most of the interaction is. Time spent in class with the instructor should be a priority. The chat archives are great for review but should not be the only way of getting instruction. For the working adult and other, non-traditional students who are highly motivated a self-starters, I heartily recommend CTU. This is not a party school and the student will achieve in direct proportion to the effort expended!