Colorado Technical University - Online Reviews
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I don't quite know how to respond to those who don't have experience with online education or those who had financial difficulties with this school. I am a current student and about a 1 year into my own program which is titled Bachelor of Science in Information Technology with Security Specialization. My bills are paid even with the $1,000/class price tag.
Having completed the Junior year of courses I am encouraged by the fact that I have already taken multiple courses related to my security specialization. My goal is ultimately to work for the Department of Defense in a Network Security/Cyber Security capacity. I continue to have the same high hopes a full year into the program. Some of my professors are former DoD or NASA employees and occupied C-level (CSO/CIO) and PMP jobs prior to joining CTU as adjunct professors.
It is annoying that the course curriculum is created by someone other than the instructor, but I believe that is part of how CTU seems to attract great talent in adjunct professors, that is to bring them into a class that is already prepared and to allow them to simply do their job in instructing students without asking them to reinvent the wheel.
I hope my commentary proves useful in terms of finding CTU to be a viable option for online education.
After reading several reviews of CTU Online I feel compelled to share my thoughts. I have been a student at CTU Online since April 2010 with an estimated completion date of November 2013.
If you are looking for a challenging degree program where you will reap what you sow then CTU Online is an excellent option. CTU will penalize you for late assignments so long as you keep your instructor aware of your situation i.e. 10% for assignments submitted 5-7 days late. Live Chat sessions with the instructor are highly encouraged but not mandatory. These factors make CTU Online a highly flexible academic experience that certainly meets the demands of a working adult. My research into the tuition cost found CTU Online was in line with the current tuition rates of online schools.
One could argue about the cost vs benefit of any online school i.e. will the cost of your education give you the necessary return on your investment. In that regards I believe a "Brick and Mortar" institution will always beat out online educations. However for the working adult, who is looking for advancement through academic achievement then CTU is as good and as affordable as any online university. This being said I must admit that I am using my GI Bill to finance my education, if I had to pay out of pocket or use college loans I would choose a "Brick and Mortar" school over any online education due to the percieved lower value of an online degree.
First let me get to the bad part about CTU. The tuition, it was already kind of high and was raised two times in the two years I attended. Learn the difference in Quarter Hours and Semester Hours! At CTU they do everything in Quarter Hours. Under that method they charge around $305/credit hour. However, most schools use Semester Hours. Under that method you are paying around $406/credit hour. Either way you crack it, they charged me around $1,200 for each course. Much higher than nearly anywhere else.
Now don't let that be the deal killer. This is not my only online school experience and compared to the others they do so much more for you than nearly any other online school. Also the virtual campus is VERY easy to use. They make the enrollment process a complete breeze, when for most schools it can be a nightmare. Also the instructors (99% of them) really do care. They want you to learn the subject matter and succeed in class. The advisers always are willing to help with anything, but at times they seem to not be on the same page. For example, if one person cannot help you, they transfer you, but some times that person cannot help either and it can be a job just to find the right person.
Overall I would give Colorado Technical University online an 8 out of 10. They are worth looking into. If you want great support and ease of use CTU is the way to go, but if tuition cost is a concern to you than they may not be right for you.
THIS WAS THE FIRST COLLEGE I TRIED TO ATTEND AND OVERALL THIS WAS BY FAR THE WORST SCHOOL EVER.I WOULD'NT RECOMMEND THIS SCHOOL TO MY WORST ENEMY!! ULTIMATE MEDICAL ACADEMY IS WHERE IT'S AT I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT SCHOOL!!
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.