Colorado Technical University - Online Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (275)
I had a friend who recommended CTU Online so I gave it a shot. With a full time job and transportation issues, it seemed to " fit my needs." My first student advisor was really helpful with every step of the registration process. She also sent me emails from time to time to see if everything was ok or if I had any questions. I was withdrawn after my first year.. I had some personal matters that needed my full attention. After handling my issues, I decided to go back since I was half way through my degree program. I was assigned a new student advisor who was of no help whatsoever!!
There are a lot of documents required especially if you are receiving financial aid. This new advisor was quick to get me into classes within a week. I was having trouble obtaining my tax transcripts and she was well aware of it. After three weeks I was withdrawn by the school. My third attempt to finish my degree came shortly after. I had the same advisor who again was eager to get me started in the session that started a few days later. I told her I didn't want to start classes and do the work only to be pulled put. She referred me to some guy who supposedly was part of the returning student department. I told him the same thing. He said I have nothing to worry about, if it takes me two three or even six weeks, they will not withdraw me because of missing documents.
A this point, I was still unable to get a copy of my tax transcripts. After three weeks, I was withdrawn yet again!! I had just completed four assignments within the two days prior to that!! I was so upset!! I emailed my student advisor and that other guy.. I wanted to prevent being withdrawn and was reassured more than twice that that wouldn't happen! They are so stupid!! NEVER AGAIN!!
This University has opened the doors for my dreams again. I was once in college and gave that dream up for the life of a married woman with several children. By signing up via a pop up ad, my life has changed.
Although I have yet to graduate with my Bachelors' degree, I have gotten my Associates' in Criminal Justice. The student advisors' assisted me in finding the best match for my previous education as well as an area that will continue to thrive. The only concern Ihave thus far is How Am I Getting to Colorado to Walk the Stage
The classes classes are excelarated but there inforamtion given is very limited. I felt like I learned very little from attending this school. I was late on assignment,but the assignment was turned in according to school policy. Yes it was my fault ,but I was given a failing grade to the course becasue I didnt send an email to the instructor. So my point is the instructor and the school are operating on 2 different standards. I'm also unemployed,and trying to get employed with 2 companies that require a copy or proof that I have attending this school and earned my requuired credits for the position.
This school is not willing to help me with showing proof to the companies thats willing to hire me, unless i give pay tem the entire tuition up front even though im willing and able to make payments. this is only worried about making as money as they can rather than educating and helping someone better themself. the manager i spoke with showed no remorse and was not willing to help with my dilemma. i do not recommend this school unless you want very little knowledge from your school and have al the money up front to pay them. find another online school.. i will !!
I didn't fully appreciate the quality of education I received at CTU Online until my girlfriend decided to go back to school and earn HER degree. She decided to attend UMASS-Lowell's relatively new online school, and this gave me an opportunity to do a side-by-side comparison of UMASS - a highly rated public institution - with CTU, which is a private for-profit university.
One of the things about CTU that had concerned me, as others have noted here, was the fact that in discussion board assignments I could see the horrifically awful quality of many other students' writing skills. This had caused me to worry that CTU admitted any moron who could either self-pay or obtain college loans. Know what? The UMASS students are just as bad in THEIR discussion board postings. It turns out that the real problem is the tragic state of the American education system overall. On average, what emerges from our nation's high schools is not properly prepared to attend college. I'm sure that the writing skills of Yale or Princeton students is exemplary, but they get the top pick of students nationwide. I'm talking about the institutions that the rest of us can afford to attend, and CTU's student body was no worse and no better than UMASS's.
I also noted that the UMASS and CTU live classes ran about par with each other, with some instructors really taking advantage of the format and others coasting to the point where a student would do just as well whether they attended the online classes or not. Again, the courseware itself was quite similar between the two.
The place where CTU really pulled ahead was in the area of student support. The online library staff at CTU did an extraordinary job, during my first few classes, at helping me learn to maximize the library's research capabilities, and were then available any time I needed them for a little extra help. My CTU advisor was likewise available if I had an issue with an instructor (which I did, once or twice) or if I needed some administrative guidance (either on the financial end or with degree completion requirements).
One other area of particular note. I came to CTU as a 40+ year old business professional without a degree but with a good deal of self-education and professional experience. One worry I had was that as a for-profit institution, they might try to maximize the courses I would have to take in order to maximize their own profit. Happily, that was not the case. Between a series of College Level Examination Program ("CLEP") tests and an extremely extensive work portfolio, I was able to test out of my Freshman and Sophomore years and enter as a Junior. My degree was complete in 14 months.
I was very happy with CTU and would definitely recommend it to others who are ready for the experience.
I WENT TO CTU ONLINE FOR MY ASSOCIATES OF SCIENCE IN MEDICAL BILLING AND CODING. I WAS TOLD AT THE BEGINNING THAT I WOULD HAVE EVERYTHING THAT I NEEDED WHEN I WAS DONE TO GET A GOOD JOB, INCLUDING BEING CERTIFIED IN ICD-9 AND CPT. WELL GUESS WHAT HAPPENED WHEN I GOT TO THE END OF MY CLASSES???? THERE WAS NO CERTIFICATION FOR ICD-9 AND CPT. YOU HAVE TO DO THAT ON YOUR OWN AT YOUR OWN EXPENSE. I GRADUATED WITH A 3.9 GPA, THE ONLY THING THAT I WAS LACKING WAS MY CERTIFICATES AND MY DEGREE.
I HAD ALL OF MY LOANS COVERED EXCEPT FOR $2800 AND THEY WON'T GIVE ME MY DEGREE UNTIL THAT IS PAID OFF. I AM PAYING $20,000 BACK FOR THE FEDERAL LOANS THAT I HAVE PLUS MY OTHER BILLS. I HAVE NEVER HEARD OF A SCHOOL NOT GIVING YOU YOUR DEGREE UNTIL THE LOAN HAS BEEN PAID OFF. IT DOESN'T MATTER BECAUSE IT'S NOT WORTH THE PAPER IT IS WRITTEN ON. THEY CAN KEEP IT. FOR THOSE PEOPLE OUT THERE THAT THINK THIS IS SUCH A GREAT SCHOOL, THEN PLEASE TELL ME WHY THEY ARE CANCELLING HALF OF THEIR CLASSES AND AREN'T TAKING STUDENTS IN MOST OF THE OTHER CLASSES??? THIS SCHOOL SHOULD BE SHUT DOWN. I AM OUT OVER $20,000 AND HAVE NOTHING TO SHOW FOR IT. CTU ONLINE RUINED MY TRUST IN ALL SCHOOLS. DON'T BE A FOOL, GO ELSEWHERE AND READ THE REVIEWS FIRST.
Terrible student services at this place. With online classes it is critical that there be standardization about requirements. Class participation cannot be changed at a whim by an instructor. I took a class and we had a certain requirement to participate. I took the same class with another person who wanted twice that just for an average grade.
When I called in to complain, basically the student services people said, "oh well." I withdrew, went to Keller and am in my last class of a master's degree program (which is the same degree I had planned to get at CTU). What is utterly hilarious is that they continue to send me emails inviting me back to CTU. Absolutely not.
This school is a joke! I got into it because the GI Bill goes through them. I have been in school since late Jan 12' and since then they have drained my FA over $12,000 not including the loans and GI Bill!!!
Do not attempt to go to this school. I spoke with them about transferring out and they want more money from me!!! The classes are nothing but a HUGE joke. I warn you DO NOT COME TO THIS SCHOOL if you are in deed looking for an education look else where. They will DRAIN you and you will NOT learn anything.
I started CTU in July of 2011 to get my associates in Science and healthcare administration. I was supposed to graduate in November of 2012.
I ASSURE YOU I AM NOT COMPLAINING BECAUSE I COULDN'T DO THE WORK AND FAILED. I AM COMPLAINING BECAUSE THIS SCHOOL IS A RIP-OFF!
I didn't like the structure of the school. That wasn't that much interaction. So i looked into phoenix.
The next day.. I received an email and a phone call stating that the price of the books increased and so did the credit hours and in order to continue school I had to pay $1,000+ to continue!
CTU DRAINED MY FINANCIAL AID FOR THE YEAR! NOT JUST THE SEMESTER! So, I couldn't transfer!
So, I got screwed until I could renew my fafsa. I am now choosing a Doctorate Degree at a different school.
BUT I HAVE TO PAY CTU FIRST! OVER 6 GRAND! Please don't get sucked into this school. It ruined my life.
I enrolled into CTU Online in October 2009. From October 2009 until May 2012, I attended CTU Online. CTU allowed me to transfer credits received during my Marine Corps tenure and after that time.
Colorado Technical University is a very time and research demanding school. The instructors are well respected in their fields. This is a great school. I received my Associates and Bachelors Degrees from CTU and would pursue a Masters but am currently unemployed.
I am getting calls from employers; however, and I give a great deal of credit to CTU and the BSBA in Project Management for the inquiries.
I have read many reviews so far and have to say about 60% were useful and right on point with good Intel/info. I won’t focus too much on the curriculum and/or degree, because I feel an education is what you 'put in it' that matters in the end. With a 3.96 GPA and a 'running log' of thousands of hours, I can say that I put in my work, for my degree.
Here is my issue with CTU: What I am going to share with you 'is fact', not opinion. This is directly from my 'Higher One Account', as well as my 'CTU Online Account Tab'. Also, some info from the financial aid tab as well.
First off, I began attending CTU in August of 2011, in which I am still a current student. I have been taking 2 classes per session every session. That is 2 courses in 5 and 1/2 weeks, or 16 credits every 11 weeks (a quarter). The reason for this was that I wanted to complete my A.S. degree in 18 months, not the traditional 24 months at a ground campus.
I have been told 'that I' have exceeded my financial aid amount for the academic year; I hit the ceiling I was told....Because of this, I am 'being forced' to take only 1 class for 2 sessions, or I have to pay an 'out of pocket expense' I was told (by financial aid supervisor). Here is my question: Where is all the money from 'Pell Grants', 'Subsidized Loans', 'Unsubsidized Loans', and 'Scholarships' going to?......
My tuition bill every 11 weeks (or quarter) is $4,880. When the math is computing by dividing 16 (number of credits I take in a quarter), you are left with $305 per credit hour....Don’t worry, Kaplan University is $371 per credit hour.
Anyways, that is not the point I want you to see, but it is this: Out of 'ALL' student funding received by the government, how much did I actually receive in a 'Stipend/Refund' amount, on my Higher One debit card?Here are the final figures (request copies if you need further proof): 1. Oct. 17, 2011: $1,622.00 2. April. 27, 2012: $956.00 3. May. 01, 2012: $1,850.00 We are now in 08/04/12, and this is 'ALL' I have received in the form of 'Stipend/Refund' from CTU Online. When we add up the 3 figures, we get a grand total of $4,428.00 that I have received, since 'I started' going to CTU Online (Mid August 2011). The exact date I started was 08/14/12 (on CTU Online Academics Tab). In 10 days, it will be a full year that I have attended CTU Online (365 days, 12 months, or 48 weeks).
I was interested to know, what was the 'breakdown' of this amount per week, so I ran the numbers? Here is what I found: 1. $369.00 per month 2. $092.25 per week I was told by the 'Supervisor of Financial Aide' that a student is not supposed to be using their stipends 'for large bills'. This was in reference to rent, electric, food, etc. My questions are: How else is a person to survive? Am I to find 'a full time job' while also being a 'full time student'? There is one problem with that though, and that is when you apply for financial aid, you are required to list your job and what you make. The purpose of this is 'to lower your financial aide' or deny altogether. Taxes are recorded, and your social is used as well. Not only that, but a 'student' is denied 'food stamps', because they receive financial aid. They must assume all students are sitting 'fat on the hog', but as 'anyone can see' this is just not the case.
I am facing 'eviction', because I moved into an apartment with the little bit of money that CTU Online gave me, and I am unable to keep up with the payments. This is not right to do to a 'full time student', and then force him 'to take fewer classes'! Who does that to people?
I would like to know, 'Where is my money'? Students at Tallahassee Community College (TCC) receive 5 or 6 grand a semester, as well as Florida State University and FAMU University receive more than I do, and they (except TCC) are better schools than CTU Online. This is robbery on a large scale, especially when 'my grades' are far superior to 95% of any student in the world! I was told that academics have nothing to do with financial aid, but I disagree. What would be the point to stay in school (and be poor and struggling) with high marks, but receive no 'incentives' to keep 'focus' on school? I ask that, because my current focus is on the rent and bills, because I may be homeless pretty soon!
My final words are that CTU Online has got 'It twisted', if they think that this behavior is 'ETHICAL'. This is pure evil in my opinion. I hope and pray that CTU Online does a better job in the future, taking care of their students, or their might come a day CTU Online may not have any students. I will continue to spread the message! Sincerely, Unsatisfied!