Colorado Technical University - Online Reviews
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When I first started at CTU I was very skeptical about the value of the degree considering the price. However, today I can say I am very happy I did it. I graduated from CTU in June of 2011. Since then I have enrolled into a local college to obtain my bachelors degree. I have recently landed employment with a company that is full of great promising opportunities.
These two accomplishments in my life would not have taken place without CTU. I believe the money I spent was worth every penny and it does not bother me one bit that this school is a for profit organization, they provided me a great service and I am happy with them.
You take away what you put into this school. I spent the last year and a half reading many chapters of dense software engineering and computer science books then analyzing and reporting what I had learned. If you want to do well you will be challenged. While this is not MIT, it is far from a waste of your time.
Most of the professors I had were far better than the professors I had while getting my undergrad at a major 'state' university. My suggestion is if you are a full-time working adult then consider this school. If you don't have a full time job or other life obligations consider a more traditional degree.
I am nearing the end of my graduate degree at CTU online, having received my BA about 10 years ago from a "traditional" (and pricey) private college.
Overally, my experience with CTU has been largely positive and rewarding. As with any school where there is red tape, financing, schedules to adjust, etc., there can be headaches--I know this was certainly true while earning my BA at the private college. And, naturally I've experienced a few of those with CTU. The good news is that, in all of my experiences, if you are reasonable in your requests, expectations, and dedication, the staff will bend over backwards to get you the help you need. The student advisers, in particular, are extremely helpful and compassionate.
CLASSES So far I have few complaints.
First of all, let me state how much I love that grad students receive hard copies of all textbooks mailed right to their front door. It's also a small blessing that the cost of the textbooks is included with tuition, so there isn't additional out-of-pocket every semester. My text books have always arrived well in advance, in brand-new condition.
The classes themselves are challenging and fast-paced. In some classes, I lean heavily on the text books, and some I don't need them as much. The lectures are wonderful in that you can watch them at your convenience and are not required to attend as they're broadcast live. I feel like I'm learning a lot, and the vast majority of professors have been very helpful and accessible (some even providing home phone numbers). True, not every prof has been a winner, but, again, that is pretty much on par with every college I've ever heard of.
Overall in my classes, I've gotten consistently high grades, but I feel like I've had to work for them--they were not handed to me.
CLASSMATES I have to admit that I have been a little grateful to the online school format, in that it doesn't force me to be super interactive with others; I'd rather keep my head down and get my work done. But in spite of this, I've actually made quite a few friends with classmates. Being in the same programs, we recognize and greet each other. We shared contact information and help each other with assignments. It's been a real pleasure and has helped me to feel more connected with my program.
FINANCIAL AID Once again, I'll say that every school I've ever heard of has its fair share of complaints about paperwork misfires, miscommunications, and missed deadlines. I experienced this as an undergrad.
But at CTU? I've been lucky enough to have no problems whatsoever. I took all advice and suggestions, and actively followed up on financial aid information. By being proactive in my own paperwork and situation, with the consistent help from CTU staff, the whole process was a snap.
OVERALL PERCEPTION I'm really glad that I chose CTU as my graduate school. I looked around as prices, accreditation, etc., and found that CTU was a very reasonable price for a graduate program--especially among other online programs. So far, I think I'm getting a really good value, and a really good education that fits into my chaotic life with a small child. I would definitely recommend CTU online to anyone who wants a convenient, challenging education. If you're looking for shortcuts, or aren't willing to hold up your end of the bargain--meeting deadlines, doing hard work, and being proactive in your education plan--then this school isn't for you. But for serious students? It's amazing. I'm really proud to be a CTU online student.
I have been a student at CTU off and on for a couple of years now. I have had to stop a couple of times due to deployments or work/family commitments so I have had the opportunity to work interact with both the support staff as well as multiple teachers. In my experience if you are semi-intelligent (which you should be if you are trying to go to college) you should have no problem with the document requests or enrollment process. I like that they have your entire schedule laid out so that you do not waste time or money taking classes you do not need.
Overall my experience with this school has been very positive. I have tried other online or distance learning classes in the past and found that the learning was not on par with a "traditional" environment. Not so with CTU. Some teachers are better than others but nearly all of my teachers have had years of experience actually working in the industy in which they teach. I would rather learn from someone who actually knows the work from inside the industry than someone who has only taught what is in the book for 25 years and has never actually done anything.
A lot of people knock CTU on here for making money and I don't know why. They have clearly invested in technology to give the students many different resources to learn the material they are studying. I received by AS degree a couple years ago and am working on my BS in Accounting and the myAccountingLab software is simply a fantastic resource.
My advice is simply this: If you are ready to work you butt off, and want a real degree CTU is a great option. If you expect it to be a college where you can pass without attending the chats, reading your assignments, etc you will be sorely mistaken. If you think you can get a good grade by submitting sloppy work, you are wrong. If you are not self motivating, look elsewhere.
And to the point of some of the reviews - if you don't attend the classes they will kick you out. If you get a bad grade - you still owe them money. If you drop the class late in the session - you still owe money. This is common sense. You are taking another students spot so of course you should still have to pay if you do not fulfill your obligation - although they do give you the first week of ever class to drop and not owe anything (that's about 20% of the way through each class).
Bottom line is they are a college for adults. If you want them to treat you like a community college and coddle you - you probably won't make it. If you have been in the military or worked at a real job with real expectations before and conduct yourself accordingly you will do just fine and get a great education!
I have been attending CTU online for quiet a few sessions now. I have been overall very satisfied with the instructors and staff at CTU online.
The sessions are five and a half weeks long and cover the most important topics in each class. They expect you to work and the classes are demanding. If you pace yourself and use good time management, you will be able to take two classes per session along with working and taking care of your family. They expect you to do your assignments and give class chat sessions twice a week per class.
Whenever I have had a question and I asked an instructor, I have mostly gotten a reply within six hours or within 24 hours at the most.
If you are a person that wants a degree without working for it, this school is not for you. If you are not academically lazy and you want to REALLY learn, then CTU online is fantastic.
I recommend this online technical school to anyone wanting to go into a technical field; especially IT (information technology). I am at present working on my bachelor's degree in IT.
I will be graduating in May, 2012 and must say that I am very pleased with the CTU staff, classes, and program.
I have had very little difficulty with the CTU staff or processing of information. They are very helpful to ensure you complete the necessary paperwork and registration information properly. Yes, some may say they are so helpful because they want to get paid...of course they do, that doesn't negate their helpfulness in getting things processed.
The classes are 5 1/2 weeks long so can be very demanding. If you are really serious about getting your education, this is a great place to do it. The workload is tough, given the short class timeline, so if you are expecting to send in your payments and get a degree, this may not be for you. It is work, you will learn, and will graduate knowing you accomplished a great deal and were not handed anything.
I have read many of the negative reviews...school is this, if nothing else...expensive, tough, and rewarding. If you go in knowing these three things, you will have a great experience. If you want something for nothing, this is not for you.
Great school, the online classes are set up for ease of use. Classes are short so study time is precious! Great instructors too!
I have been attending Colorado Technical University Online (Online) for one year. I have researched many Online Universities before choosing CTUO. It is finally an opportunity for a older female to follow and reach the lifelong dream of obtaining a degree.
For being 50 years old when I started and being out of school for so many years, CTUO eased me into their university with caring and inspirational employees and mentors.
During my university research, all online universities are a little pricey. Can't anyone ever remember the old saying, "You get what you pay for". I am receiving a quality education which is accredited. It is also recognized with Edcor Tuition Assistance and my employer. I get tuition reimbursement of over $5,000 a year
I have just completed 15 classes and have a 4.0 GPA. I believe most students who complain about this university are the students which feel online education is a easy and lazy way to get a degree. Then they find out it is just like any other university. If a person is willing to study hard and whole-heartedly put effort into each class, they will succeed; if they think they will obtain there degree easily at home without really applying themselves, they will fail and be the one's in which complain.
As for the staff and my colleagues in each class, they have been very professional and extremely helpful when I have problems or questions. The classes are 5 1/2 weeks long, with no more than 2 classes taken at any given time.
Take it from a 51 year old woman; college and obtaining a degree is what you put into it. I work very hard for the grades I get. Someday I will be in an executive position with the organization I presently work for. My promotion will be based on my past work ethic I have presented to them the past 6 years and my dedication to continue my education in working towards my Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration/Project Management.
Project Management concentration from CTUO is also recognized by Project Management Institute, Registered Education Provider. CTU is a recognized provider with the Project Management Institute (PMI) Educational Provider Program (PMI-R.E.P.). There are only about 20 universities nationwide with this program recognized and CTU is one of them.
From a 51 year old woman who has done her research and first hand understands what is entailed to obtain a degree online; CTU is the top online school on my list. All universities want their tuitions, (this is a business), but they take pride in their educational curriculum and their job is to give assistance to their students who are having difficulty. I will be one of CTUO success stories when I graduate with honors in 2013.
I have been attending CTU since 7/2011. I have had 5 out of my six instructor's who are very good and I had only 1 that gave me fits. All in All a very good online college to go to.
CTU Online has been great ever since I started with them in Aug of 09'. I plan on graduating in May of 12'. Many of the complaints on here stem from financial aid issues. If you can read fine print and do relatively simple math you won't have any problems either applying, discussing, and/or receiving or rejecting financial aid.
As far as the quality of instructors go they are very good. As with any school you have your real dedicated ones and those that lack a little. Moreover, any school either online or brick and mortar you GET what you PUT into it. If you're looking for a degree mill this isn't it. You will have to study diligently (hard if you want A's) and you will have to research many different topics. What I like best about CTU Online is their Virtual Campus. It is unmatched by any other school and that includes ivy league ones.