Colorado Technical University - Online Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (281)
I am a current student at CTU- I graduate on Aug 10th! However, I have already landed a job and start on Monday! The job comes with great benefits, great pay, and advancement opportunities! I am not sure why there are so many negative reviews! I started in Nov 2016 and was supposed to graduate Mar 2018- however, with fast track classes I was able to graduate early and SAVE money on tuition! I believe you get out of life what you put in! Good Luck everyone! I just felt I should share my success story. THANKS CTU!
I attended CTU and I had to stop for CANCER treatments. My advisor did not tell me I could drop without paying until a few days AFTER the drop date. The school is still pursuing me for 1700+ even after my employer and I sent them my leave of absence, and medical records. My employer who paid for tuition even called and spoke to a supervisor through their contact. I have called numerous times, always told they will send my dispute up and I will hear back. Absolutely nothing.. when I call and follow up.. its like starting over as if I haven't ever spoken to anyone before. So frustrating! Don't go to this school if you ever plan to be treated fairly!
This school only cares about money. The students bring in income and as long as they get your money they could care less about you and your needs. Graduated with Honors and they treat you like crap. I keep requesting to talk to someone who can help and I get transferred back and forth between 3 departments. Over this!
You are basically teaching yourself since you are not in a true classroom setting which means you must be diligent in your studies. I graduated with a Bachelors in Business Admin. and the career services were a joke! They speak to you on the phone but do not help you in anyway. I am now over $60,000 in debt and my pay has not increased significantly enough to even pay back my loans.
I am graduating next week. The work is intense. One has to be focused and determined to go through this program at CTU. It is true that 5 weeks are not enough to get to know any of the subjects 100%. I went into this degree with work experience. I had a foundation by the time I started, and it truly expanded my knowledge about this discipline. It simply has put me on the right path to move forward. No university gets you ready to face the realities of the work place 100%, they provide the needed foundation. In my opinion, having a different expectation is to aim at disappointments from the moment you step in. I am happy I finished my degree at CTU!
I graduated a couple months ago (Feb. 2017). and I have not had the negative experiences others say they had. I came in with an associate's degree and attended 3 other colleges prior to finishing up at CTU. Pros: I thought their online format and website/navigation was the best I have ever used. A+. I attended Portland State Online, and trying to navigate their "Blackboard" took me 30+ minutes every time I logged in. CTU definitely has the online experience down. I also paid out-of-pocket, but I'll expand on that in the "cons". Fats classes: classes are condensed. meaning: 5.5 weeks each class. I personally loved this! I did not want to take 12 weeks worth of classes. This did make for a grind and tons of late nights writing papers. To put in in perspective, when I finished (110 credits) I figure I wrote about 200 research papers. I suppose this could be good or bad, but I learned a lot. I am 41 years old, and had I done this when I was much younger I may not have been as successful. Cons: I thought some of the teaching or lectures were a little lacking. This is truly a "get out of the program what you put into it." It is on you to work hard, and again, me being older was of value for me. As to financing, I paid out of pocket, but boy they do hound you to do the financial aid. There was a little annoyance their, and they clearly have a financial incentive to do so. That said, I had similar issues with State colleges so I don't think this is necessarily a CTU problem- they ALL have financial incentive for these things. Overall, I not only recommended someone else to go there, but am also working on my MBA. The bachelor's has already opened doors that weren't open before. I would attend again, but know it is a grind: usually 4-5 papers over 5 weeks, other assignments too.
Currently, I am working hard in all my classes. I have just found out that my FASFA student loan has been spent and I still have another year to go to finish my degree and now I am out seeking more money to keep paying my tuition so I can graduate. CTU has been helpful in giving me directions on where to find this extra money. They also have 2 of their own grants that I have applied for. My first CTU grant will be determined this month on the 20th and this will give me another 4 classes paid for. Interesting enough when I first started with CTU back in 2014, I was told that this B.S. degree will be a rehash classes that I will know from my 38 years of prior experience in this industry. CTU has been great when it comes to helping students make their dreams come true from Fast Track were you can just take tests to complete that class and get credits to make you closer to graduation. I must continue to work on the outside, and so I am on a Slow Track that fits my current life. Here lies that I must get more money to complete my degree. Each class I take I continue to get the Pell Grant money onto a Higher One Credit card that helps me during each month while I am still not fully working and making money on my own. All aspects I see here with CTU has been great and all the other students I have met in each class have been open to new ideas and different ways to look at the same subject being studied. Just in my last class it was all about IT and the history and mystery of it all. In the first week, the subject was DATA where I came up with DATA = 0 and 1 or chicken scratches on a piece of wood. This stun most student, but once they finished reading my 5-page paper on DATA, it finally became clear to them on what I was talking about. I hope that what I have said here is also clear since I just started to type out my review without any planning, organization or most anything normal people would do to prepare for such a task as this.
Great school I have learned a lot there. The quality of the teachers is phenomenal. All teachers teach in ways that allow students to easily comprehend the information. If students struggle with understanding something, teachers always have a backup or a different approach to getting the students to understand. Not only that but the teachers want to see the students succeed because teachers devoted their time to get students to the next step. Teachers will not give up unless students fully understand the context, as most stay past their work hours just to individually help students.
All, thank you for the time in reading my review, i'll be honest with you about achieving my BSIT in Software Engineering. As an active duty military student I enrolled into the CTU online courses. My troubles didn't immediately start until I decided to utilize my G.I BIll benefits. Apparently once they had that information they began charging all of my expenses to my G.I Bill even after i repeatedly told them not to and that I had other means of paying. This continued all the way up until i graduated were I would repeated have to call the Veterans Affairs (VA) so that the could remove the charges that CTU was making against my benefits. Overall I loved the instructors and they were very knowledgable about the subjects and I overall enjoyed the classes and experience (even though class participation was lacking, which is the core of online classes). It wasn't until after I graduated with my Software Engineering degree that I realized how worthless it really was. The degree itself wasn't worthless, it was the all the courses I took and the knowledge I received. Here a quick snapshot of being a Software Engineer. It is focused heavily on programming. Every interview that I did involved a technical programming portion to gauge my knowledge and expertise. Do you want to know how many programming classes I took out of almost 4 years of school..... 3, yes that's correct 3 programming classes ( those couldn't go over the bulk of the coding/programming knowledge I needed because the classes were only 5 weeks). The rest of the classes were electives and project management (PM) classes. I was shocked, CTU did not prepare me for getting into the workforce and I didn't realize this until i began to look for work. I now have to go to a post college classes to get the programming knowledge that CTU didn't give me to even compete with other applicants vying for the same software job.
The university overall was good. The instructors were knowledgeable and the coursework was good. While the degree itself did not help me obtain the career I'm in, it has helped me with a pay raise. The costs was reasonable in my opinion as well. If I had to go back and do it again, I would use Colorado Technical University Online again.