Colorado Technical University - Online Reviews
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I am currently completing my last session with CTU and here is my take. Comparison to "brick and mortar": I have attended reputable brick and mortar schools in CA, MI, and NM, and the caliber of the faculty at CTU is as good, if not better, than any of my previous university experience. Actually, I was impressed with the knowledge level and the academic credibility of my instructors. I also found that they were more focused on teaching and less on their personal research agendas which I've found is the case with most brick and mortar...and, I was not subjected to courses taught by TAs who I could not understand. Assignments are graded within specific timeframes and most often with appropriate feedback. Inferior education? There is nothing easy about attending this school. You will not be spoon-feed or coddled, it is real college. For those who have not attended school in several years or who do not have basic computer skills, on-line learning may be a shock. As with any higher learning, you need to do the work and you are graded accordingly. RUSHED? For those who want to expedite the process of getting their degree the 5 1/2 week sessions are perfect, however, if you do not have the time or discipline to do an accelerated program, then this is not for you. Yes, there are issues if you try to copy and paste to the discussion board, but I have found that it is an issue with other on-line schools as well. As far as the financial aid dept, they were as helpful as I expected. The student advisor are extremely helpful. So, I can highly recommend CTU. If they had a Masters program in my field, I would consider them again.
Colorado Technical University to me is the best kept secret. Tuition was reasonable and its online campus was easy to navigate through, I have no complaints at all! This school was great at assisting me with my financial aid application, instructors would respond promptly to my emails, all my books and materials were given to me on time. My overall experience was wonderful and to put icing on the cake, the graduation in Denver was superb!. I have saw some of the other reviews that claim CTU credits are not transferable and that this place is a degree mill, not true I transferred my credits. Thanks CTU for a wonderful 4 years.
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.
So, after looking over all of these reviews, it has made me somewhat upset. I started going to CTU because I had a lot of my military friends tell me how great it is. I, myself, can say that it is a school that you will get what you put into it. First, I would like to start with the schedule. I believe that CTU has one of the best schedules out there. Being in the military, and now working for the Department of Veterans Affairs, I do not have a lot of time to partake in getting my education. I have made it a point to sit down throughout the week and on certain days I am not to be bothered so I can do school work. People always come to me and ask me how I do the schoolwork while I work full time, have a wife and 2 kids, and I am a fulltime student. It is easy, really, it is called dedication. Here is the thing, there are people out there that will bitch and moan over anything. If you do your research on any school and the schedules you will be attempting to follow, you will be sadly dissapointed going somewhere else. Last of all, if you do not like what one of the professors teaches or the way they grade, you can always appeal it with the school board. Do not be afraid to do so, it is every students given right. Last of all, I went to a brick and mortar school. It was god awful dealing with 18-22 year old kids, especially right after I got back from serving over seas on 2 deployments to Iraq. You will never find such a helpful staff that is willing to get you into the school, and that wants to see you succeed in lifes every day endeavors. Enjoy going to this school while you can, this is the most efficient way to get your degree while working and having a family.
Colorado Technical University Online (CTUO) is not a school for everyone. The courses used to vary from 11 weeks to 5 weeks but I guess they decided that they were not pumping enough students through the system. All courses are now 5 weeks long. There are some good instructors, that is, instructors that want to help you learn but for the most part instructors are low quality and do not help at all. I have had some instructors that barely speak English. The books are mostly e-books that you cannot take with you when you leave. You cannot download them, save them or put them to disk, but you can print them, one chapter at a time. What complicates learning is that most of the time the e-books have little or nothing to do with the course being taught. In this school you get out of the school what you put into it. They might as well call this the self-taught school because that is what it is. You do have grades handed out by the instructors who may dock you points for no other reason than he/she can. I once ran into an instructor who told me that students attending online classes did not deserve a 100% because they did not learn as much as a brick and mortar classroom student did. I believe him now. After two years my money and time have been wasted. I have had employers laugh at me when produce my degree from CTUO. Financial aid is another joke. I do not think even they know what stipends or disbursements you are going to get. I even think that they get points for getting you off the phone by telling you that your money will be in tomorrow. The whole financial aid department is incompetent with exception of one person I talked to a year in a half ago. Speaking of incompetent so is CTUO entire IT department. CTUO has discussion boards and back in 2010 they worked great then they had the 2011 spring update. Discussion board was unable to carry the original format. In other words I spent hours working on a paper making it neat and tidy with 0.5” borders, APA format, double space, and indent first line of paragraph. When I posted to the discussion board it came out with no boarders, single spaced and random enters sometimes five words then enter, and sometimes 10 words then enter. IT said it wasn’t their problem must be my computer. So I spent days figuring out it was not my problem even worked with Microsoft. IT said not their problem discussion boards worked fine. SIX months later they admitted it was a problem in the meantime all the students were getting docked 10 points per assignment for not submitting in APA format. I would go and spend an hour reworking my assignment on the discussion board so that it looked like I had originally written it. CTUO is a horrible place to get your degree from. It takes hours of research to research the subject matter and even longer to put it in a cohesive document. Be prepared to be congratulated on one hand for going above the required word count and punished with a low grade on the other for exceeding the expectations of the assignment. I received my Bachelor’s degree but would NEVER! EVER! Recommend to anyone that they attend this school. OH! And by the way forget about job placement assistance! THERE IS NONE AT ALL!!!!!
This school is awesome. I have tried a couple of others and actually received my AA from another school. I transferred here because I did not like the way the other school did their BS degree program. I have had so much positive help throughout the program. They have a system called the M.U.S.E. and if you do not understand what they instructor is teaching, you go to this system and it's a hands on type of system. I have learned so much from this type of system. I have actually even been behind with a D, and ended up pulling a A out of the entire class because this system had helped me that much. I highly recommend the school and the instructors. I have had phenomenal instructors except for 1 but the good thing is, the classes are only 5.5 weeks so if you get a bad instructor by the time you realize they are not what you like, there's only a week or 2 left in the class.
I have read some of the reviews and it is true that CTU somewhat gives the student a hard time about the financial aid and when they do have you in the school. They kept forcing you to stay in. I was about to not finish my AA degree in this school since I'm undecided on what I really wanted to do. The school is very persistent. But, I just decided to finish it after. I actually like this school. It's very straight forward and easy if you actually put a lot of effort in it. I actually like it way better in a face to face class. I would recommend this school. The only thing that I didn't like is the fact that I couldn't get an internship in the state I'm in. I'm located in Texas and one of the classes you have to take is either you want to do a online internship or a real internship. The main reason I decided to not go to this school anymore is because of that. I like doing a hands-on job whenever I do an internship.
I have been attending CTU online on and off since 2004. I stopped and started a couple of times but finally last year I decided to get serious. I contacted my Student Advisor, the same one since 2004, and told her I was ready to come back and finish my degree. She got me enrolled in the next class and 1 year later I finally graduated. The classes are not easy but they are not hard as long as you manager your time correctly. You must get your assignments in on time because falling behind in a 5.5 week class is a recipe for disaster. I fell behind twice in the last year but luckily I was able to catch back up in both classes and pulled out a passing grade. The only time I had anyone call me multiple times was when I first enrolled and they were trying to get my transcripts and whatnot together quickly so they could get me into the next term. They may be trying to make money but they are also trying to get you into school and help you get an education. I started my first class in my MBA program two days ago and I have to say I was scared at first because I never thought I would ever finish a Bachelor's much less go for an MBA. If you think CTU is not a real school then you are mistaken. CTU is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. This is the highest accreditation a school can obtain. Good luck to those of you who decide to attend CTU. It is not a walk in the park like most people expect when they decide to go to an online school. If you are looking for a degree mill then look somewhere else. Peace Out!!!
This school does not care about its students. Everyone is nice & helpful when you are going through the admissions process until you are admitted, then it all goes downhill. I had difficulty accessing my class on the first day, which I was told I would be able to access that day.
I was given the run around by both tech support & advising, each telling me that I needed to contact the other department. After telling advising that I already spoke to tech support they told me that I needed to contact my admissions counselor to verify that I was scheduled for the class. I told them that she had said I was & that she was out until Wednesday (3rd day into the term). They told me I had to wait until then to resolve the issue.
I tried calling to speak to an actual person & got recordings which I left messages & did not get a return call. I was fed up that nobody was willing to help me & I requested to be withdrawn from the university.
I got my BS and MBA from CTU Online.
The curriculum at CTU is similar to that of any other university and just as with any other university, you'll get out of it what you want. The very simple fact is that at any university there are both good and poor professors and CTU Online is not immune to this.
The school is fully accredited and the diploma is very much earned and is not just handed out.
CTU has been very good to me and I have benefited greatly from the experience in the Online school. After I finished the MBA, I continued on to the ground campus in the Doctoral Program and I have been in that program for two years with one year left. Once again, it all comes down to the fact that you will get out of it what you want and what you put into it.