Colorado Technical University - Online Reviews
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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!
I have been attending this university for two years now and can honestly say the university provides a quality education that is just as good or better than as a brick and mortar university. I attended Rutgers University and can compare the quality of education that they both provide.
If you are thinking online education is easier, you will be mistaken. CTU online curriculum is quite challenging, but the online resources that CTU provides and its award winning interactive learning environment is awesome. I highly recommend CTU, especially for the working adult or members of the armed forces, excellent university!!
I started at CTU in 2009 with a degree plan of an AA in Business Administration. I decided to switch degrees later on which was a smooth transition within student services. I love the fact you are not required to take the fast track of 2 classes per session as I work 40 hours a week. The majority of my instructors have been great but I've a few that I feel didn't cover the curriculum well enough. Depending on your degree area will dedicate the amount of time you need to set aside each week for class.
I'm currently 3/4 of the way with my BS in Accounting and the labs that go along with some of the classes are the same type of hands on work you would experience in a traditional classroom setting. The titution rate is high for classes so if you can take general classes at a community college save yourself the money there.
I have been atending CTU Online since Jan. 2012 I find it to be a great school for learning at your own pace.I have done school in the past and at 52 really already have the knowledge of the degree but dont have the degree. I could right a lot more but I won"t however if you are willing to work you will learn and EARN your degree at CTU.
I have been a student of CTU-Online since January 2011 and I am proud to state that I will be graduating with honors next week. Prior to enrolling with CTU I read countless reviews and found the same opinions that I do today. Many are pleased with their experience and others are furious that they had a poor experience. While apprehensive, I worked hard to ensure that I researched the school, asked questions if I had them and contacted faculty and staff I was unsure about the information.
I transferred into CTU with an Associate’s degree from a local community college and the experience went amazingly well. I was pleased to have my credits transfer, saving me time and money retaking courses. The enrollment counselors were friendly and informative, although I would add they were encouraging me to enroll-but that is there job.
Not having the ability to pay for the courses outright, I needed to utilize student loans. The process was explained to me and when I had questions while going through the paperwork- which were provided to me, I wasn’t just “signed up” for loans, my questions were answered promptly.
The course work was at times frustrating, with the correlation between the assignment’s and the underlying lessons being a bit unclear; but again this is nothing new to anyone that has graduated public schools. The instructors seemed to swing back and forth, some times they were phenomenal, others not so much. For a few courses I had professors that were working on their Doctorate and if I completed an assignment and was close- I received a high grade. Other instructors seemed to take things in their own direction and graded very harshly and lacked solid feedback for the grading. One thing that did frustrate me are the few “rogue” instructors that feel that they are going to change CTU’s process and teach the class how they feel it should be- causing for a bit of tension in the course and frustration with the students.
Yes tuition rose during my time here. Most schools tuition does rise incrementally and CTU was certainly not exception. Was the cost comparable to the education, at times yes and times no. With any school you are paying for the name and CTU’s cost’s seemed to rise as their popularity did. When I saw commercials on major tv channel’s I knew the cost’s would go up. I was however provided a notice that the cost’s were rising and was never caught off guard.
The live chats can be a great tool, if you use them. For me they were not, I rarely listened to them as I found that few of the professors utilized the time well. This is a tremendous resource however if you are struggling. During one math course I was having trouble and I was able to review the live chats repeatedly until I gained thorough comprehension over the subjects. Speaking honestly, the books were only used part of the time as well. If you are good at online research, you won’t need them 100% of the time.
The course work includes a TON of paper’s and I mean a lot. I didn’t mind this as I felt it was better to write about the topic rather than take a test. Some people do well, others not so much. Overall, the experience is what I made of it. Was it hard, yes. Did I have to work hard, yes. Were there times it was easy, of course. This program is like anything in life, if you work hard you will see positive results. Best of luck!!
I been attending CTUO since January 2012. I will like the school because the teacher are professional and very knowledgeable about the subjects the teach so far. When Need question answer they respond to me in a timely manner. Finanical Aid is easy to get. They give you many resources to learn the subject.
If you are not wiilling to put the time and effort into studying you can't pass the class. This school is just like any other college or univerisity. So don't waste your time if you are not going to study.
I am in my second year at CTU and, up until now,I have been pretty happy with the school. I always liked the fact that there are no tests administered in your classes.
Instead, you are given specific questions to expound on in a 2-4 page paper. So if you are good at researching and writing, then this school is a great choice.
But for me, after two years, I am tired of writing 4 papers per week (1 discussion paper and 1 individual project paper for 2 classes)and it seems that my tuition increases every quarter without notice. This website has the average yearly tuition at $11,000 or so, but it's more like $15,500 and rising. Explore other options for an online school before settling with this one. It is not for everyone!
I am currently a student at CTU, and I have had nothing but great expieriences. CTU is not just an online school, they have classes on campus as well. I have been attending CTU for almost two years now and have had absolutly no problen with transferring credits, or applying for financial aid. All of my instructors are individuals who are very expierienced, and work in the field that they are teaching.
So far CTU has been very challenging and they require you to work very hard to earn your grade. If you are a person who feels like you can just go online and get a degree at this school without effort then this isn't the school for you. I have both online and on campus classes and so far the expierence has been quite a good one, and do expect to learn alot and work hard just like any other college or unversity would expect their students to do.
For anyone that is looking into attending this college, do yourself a favor--DON'T!!! I have completed 6 courses with CTU and have not learned anything. I have a 4.0 G.P.A. but I think that an average 7th grade student would have no problem accomplishing that at this school. The syllabus is pretty much the same for every class, so you have a hard time trying to follow guidelines for assignments because they may not be relevant to the assignment. The Live Chat Sessions are a complete waste of time; the "professors" spend at least a quarter of the time talking about unrelated subjects like the weather or basketball. In the Real World Writing class that I took, the teacher had the students do free-writing assignments which required us to write for 5 minutes about whatever the random prompt was. Then after we were done she would say, "OK, good", and move on to pointless vocabulary exercises that I did in elementary school, without reviewing our writing. She did not go over any of the assignments or requirements in the chats and everything that she went over had nothing to do with the class. That was just one course experience. I have more that I will not mention for the sake of trying to keep this short.
Then there are the discussion boards that require students to post assignments that the rest of the class can read, who are then required to respond to the initial posting of two students. Let me tell you that the majority (I'm talking 95%) of the students in these classes have the reading comprehension level and writing capacity of a 3rd grader. I could not believe some of the assignments and responses that some students submitted-- multiple spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors, and absolutely no intelligent feedback with the exception of one or two students per class. There should not be spelling and grammar errors in college. I am outraged at the amount of money I am paying for these classes ($1,159 per class) and the utter failure of the professors to educate. College is supposed to be an educational experience, not just going through simple motions to earn a degree. I find it very hard to believe that this school, at least based on the online courses, received national accreditation. Words cannot express how disappointed I am with the experience that I have had so far with CTU. I don't think that this college has any sort of exclusivity (I doubt that they turn anybody
It's pretty bad when I am more intelligent than my professors.
My advice to anyone that wants to learn something in college: attend a college other than CTU. Before signing up for any college, I strongly suggest doing research and looking for student reviews like this one. Sure, you can obtain a degree from CTU, but you won't learn much in your time spent with them. If all you want is the piece of paper to show as evidence that you did the grunt work for a degree, and you aren't looking for a challenge, then CTU is the school for you. If you actually want to expand your education and take something away from college for your career, I suggest finding a college more concerned with quality education.
I must start by saying that I graduated with a 4.0 at CTU, so I'm not just another disgruntled student who thought he/she was going to get an easy ride; I put a lot of time and effort into earning my degree at CTU. I went above and beyond on my assignments to try to really understand the subject matter. Learning the material was really important to me, not just getting an A with the least amount of work possible.
Overall, CTU is not a very good value. The school is among the most expensive there is for online programs. The programs are really a joke in my opinion. First, the school tries to use the same exact syllabus for each class, which just doesn't work out very well. In other words, you end up writing a paper on math instead of actually doing/learning math problems. Secondly, the discussion board postings are worthless. Every week you have to participate in discussion boards, but there is never really any meaningful discussion going on. The discussion postings are mainly students who can barely read or spell posting comments such as, "great work, keep it up!" Third, you get virtually no help from the professors. During my time at CTU I tried to contact professors on several occasions to ask questions/seek more help on various subjects. I never received an answer of any sort. I was always told to Google it or watch the class lecture. I did watch the class lecture, but needed some additional explanation. What is the point of having experienced professors if they are just going to tell you to Google it? They don't even "teach" during the lectures; they simply read a PowerPoint slide to the class. Fourth, many times the subject matter was off base. For instance, in the object-oriented design class we wrote a procedural based program, not an object-oriented program. WTH? I got a 99 for the class, but didn't really learn much about object-oriented design. I learned more about object-oriented design within an hour of reading Head First Java on my own time than I did during the entire object-oriented design course at CTU. It seems that you are graded more for your ability to write than you are for understanding the subject matter. I will say that the technology is top notch, but it does little to overcome the weaknesses in curriculum. Fifth, financial aid was also dishonest with me. They are pressured to tell students whatever they need to tell them to get the most money possible. I explicitly explained to financial aid that I didn't want to take more classes than my student loans would cover in a year and if I had to drag out the length of the program that was fine. The main point was that I didn't want to have to pay out-of-pocket. Of course they told me I had plenty of available loan money and kept me enrolled in the maximum number of classes each term. Next thing you know, they said I'd need to pay $8000 for the remainder of the year because I had already used up all my loan money. I paid because I had no choice if I wanted to finish. This really left a sour taste in my mouth. Before this happened, my opinion of CTU was just that they were any other business with good intentions but simply had a very weak program. To me, the dishonesty there showed me they are worse than that - cons out to extort as much money as possible from their students in as short a time as possible.
I'll leave with this: the program is very, very easy and you won't really learn much, even if you go above and beyond. But, you will earn an accredited degree. If you're a working adult that hasn't been in school in over 20 years and consider yourself weak academically, you might benefit a little from CTU's degree program. Otherwise, there are much better schools such as UMASS (same price as CTU) and Western Governors ($6000 per year) for the same price or less than CTU. The important thing to remember here as potential students ponder attending CTU is that earning a degree is not the answer, it's really what you do with the knowledge gained. With that said, I cannot recommend CTU for 95% of the population. You'll end up with $50k in debt with little skills or knowledge to show for it. Even if another school such as Western Governors were found to be no better, at least you'd only be $12k in debt, not $50k.
I only posted this review because I don't want other students to be in the same boat I'm in; that is, a lot of debt with little education. I'm looking into attending another institution and earning a second degree just because I feel that my time spend with CTU was pretty much useless. I hope that those reading this won't make the same mistake I did. Please, find another school to attend.