Colorado Technical University - Online Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (278)
First I will start by saying I have been in CTUO since 2005, I was coming out of the military and had no P-S education. The CTUO outline fit well to achieve my Associates. I then began my bachelors in Science.
Personal issues caused me to put my degree on hold for 6 months while I moved my family to Alaska. I re-enrolled after 6 months exactly where I left off. The school calls me to remind me the classes are starting after each week break. the e-mail me also.
The books from the bookstore have never been late (even shipping to my home in Alaska) There has only been one financial hiccup, but that was not the schools fault. I am now in the Masters program and the program is challenging enough to leave me learning new things. I am currently pursuing this masters Degree in the comfort of my home in (rural) Alaska, between my full time job and Family (5kids).
This is a nightmare. I started the class with their famous College Orientation which is required regardless of your grade level or age. The class is probably the worst class I have taken. The instructor's class format is so structured that no one would post on the discussion board. He even demanded a font point, header and deducted points if you didn't follow his structure.
When another student ask why no one was responding, I said in an email to her it was likely because of the class format and everyone was worried it would effect their grade if they responded as a discussion was intended. Two hours later, I was canceled from his class. In addition, the financial aid office is unorganized and hard to deal with. The admissions counselor made promises and then when I was enrolled they could not deliver. This school is overrated, overpriced and delivers poor class instruction.
I decided to go back and finish my associates degree in 2008 after being out of college for over 2 yrs. The advisor I worked with was very nice and helpful. I will say you will get alot of phone calls from them during your enrollment process but once you get everything done, they will leave you along. The classes, professors, and assignments were fairly easy but hard at times. My overall experience during my associates program was pretty good, I continued on with the bachelors program for a few months and had to drop out because of personal issues.I will say the bachelors program was alot harder. As for the cost it is expensive unless you already have college credit.For my associates program it costed me $12,000. I had 43 credit hours from a community college and I finished my associates within 8 months.
I am just getting ready to start my 4'th class at CTU. It's been a good experience for me to this point. I'm not going to deny or belittle those who say their experience has been terrible. I feel bad for them though.
I see the complaints that the advisors are like car salesmen. Yes, mine did call me frequently and it did feel like a sales pitch.The first week I was a little nervous over deciding to enroll. She was always available though, never ditched me or failed to return calls. I never got a run around from anyone or any department. When I needed to change my class schedule, and then dropped a higher math class that I had started, there were no arguments or hassling me. I told them what I wanted to do and within a day it was done. Every time I had a question she got me where I needed or to whom I needed to goright away. My instructors so far have been very good. Professional, but very friendly and encouraging. Every one of them has went out of their way to ask for questions and to help anyone who needed it. The resources available have been great and they constantly are pointing out more places to get information and help from.
Yes the introductory class was quite easy, I will agree with that. It was an intro to online learning though, not meant to be a core part of your degree track. I have found the subsequent courses to be fairly challenging, while far from overwhelming. Isn't this what you'd expect as you get your lower level courses done ? I would. I haven't had an instructor just read to me from a text as some have mentioned.
I do sympathize with those who've had a bad experience,I'm just glad to say that mine has been decidedly good so far. I would recommend CTU to others based on my experience with no hesitation, while respecting the rights of others not to feel that way at all.
I guess CTU would be alright if you didn't have a life. The whole experience was an expensive nightmare for me. I was working towards my MBA in Health Administration. ne prof didn't like it that I am an Introvert--said I didn't belong in Business; another prof barely spoke English and with my hearing problem I couldn't undestand a word she said, but CTU refused to let me transfer; another prof read my profile email wrong and instead of understanding me to say that I was not familiar with the subject, he thought I said that I alraedy knew all about it, suddenly I was failing his class--after getting A's and B's in the previous class taught by him--I had to take the class over with a different prof and I got a B--I turned in the same paper he had given me a D on to the new prof and got an A; then there was the prof who had just graduated from CTU with her Master's, saying she knew everything about online learning because she had done it heself at CTU.
She had no idea how to teach anybody--most of the students made formal complaints. Then let me tell you what happened when my husband died and I had to drop out because we had 3 small chilren. Evidently no one at CTU had planned on that happening and they had nothing to offer me on what to do about school in this situation.
I got behind making arrangements and they had nothing to offer but an extra week to make up two weeks at the end, but only if I could get the last week in within the next two days. When I couldn't do it they cancelled my financial aid and left me personally responible for the complete session. When I returned a few months later to finish my degree, the whole program had changed so much that I was told I couldn't get any credit for the year I had completed before my husband's death. I am left with nothing but a student loan bill of $15,000 and a $4,000 bill from CTU.
I attended CTU from 2004 - 2008 earning my Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Management. I chose the "hybrid" experience wherein I took some classes online and some classes on campus.
The bottom line with my education there, both online and on-the-ground was that it was a very positive experience. Did I encounter occasional problems with Financial Aid, paperwork and administrative issues? Of course! No system is perfect. But with persistence and cooperation I was able to work through all problems to a satisfactory conclusion.
I am now considering returning as an online only student to complete my Master's degree.
As noted elsewhere, an online only education takes a certain amount of self-discipline but I have found that if you're willing to make the effort the instructors will be more than happy to help you achieve.
Although I feel that CTUO is a good online college, I would definitely recommend anyone going to any college check out the accreditation. Just because a school is accredited, it does not mean that the programs offered are accredited. I started the ASMBC program and with 9 classes remaining, CTUO is ending the program. YES, anyone already enrolled in the program can finish the program and get their associates degree and go on to be CPC certified.
In lieu of ending this program they added 2 others and neither one is accredited.
The program AHIT (Associates in Health Information Technology) for example, is not accredited by CAHIM. In other words, if you wanted to be RHIT or HIT certified, you would only be able to take the certification exams if the program you completed was CAHIM accredited. Granted, these are certifications that are not required, but they are highly favored by potential employers. Keep in mind that CAHIM and AHIMA are well known in the medical world for their accreditation.
Because I chose to go with another online college so that I can take courses accredited by this organization and become RHIT certified, I also found out that most of the courses I completed will not transfer because they were not CAHIM accredited. WOW!! Now I have to retake several classes and repay for them. BUT it was my choice so I pay for what I get and what I want.
Anyone who has completed the ASMBC programs will have to take additional courses that are CAHIM certified before they can take the exam to be RHIT or HIT certified.
I would recommend CTU Online to anyone who is looking to continue their education at their own pace and on their own time. Of course you will have deadlines but compared to an "in-classroom" setting there really is not much expected. Many people feel that they did not get the full experience but it really comes down to will power and what you are willing to do to get to where you want to be. You are expected to read the reading materials, attend or view archived chats, and utilize their resources such as the library, tutorials, etc. If you do want to take the time to do so then you are wasting your own time and money.
Online schools are suppose to provide an option for those who can not attend a regularly scheduled class room. Those who have negative reviews fail to mention that they did not give their full potential and expect to pass by doing little to no work. I actually enjoy when I have an instructor who pushes us to our full potential because this shows they care and they expect us to be the same as if we were sitting in the class room listening to a lecture.
Online classes are not for everyone and this should be thought about before applying and attending CTU.
I am an alumni of Colorado Technical University. I received my bachelors and masters degrees from CTU. I must say that the online experience fit my high paced work schedule.
I found the online classroom to be a great learning format no matter if I attended the live or recorded sessions. Teachers had work hours throughout my studies and would either answer my calls or return my calls by the next day. The ability to chat with other students online was also helpful. While doing assignments it was sometimes helpful to run a thought or maybe get some formatting input from my classmates.
Prior to attending CTU I attended the University of North Carolina (Brick and mortar) and University of Phoenix online. I found both the brick and mortar and online experiences had their advantages. None that would out weigh the other except versatility of online education is a plus for working professionals.
I received my bachelors degree in information technology and masters in project management. Both these fields fit within my current profession. Most of my professors were more seasoned in my field or had achieved higher status at the time I attended CTU. I found the knowledge of all my instructors was advanced in their field supported by student grading of professors preceding and after instructional periods.
The classroom knowledge was an extreme benefit to my career advancement but even more importantly was the professional up to date and most of the time currently in the profession details, incite and leadership talks the professors would lead into or talk about during instruction. Don't get me wrong, there were some professors I hated, especially the sticklers for APA and MLA formats. Then there were the professors that would not budge on due assignments.
Of course I can't forget the professors that counted every word on the weekly posts and ensured you were not rambling to meet the word requirement. The administration was also a hassle when payments were due. They would work with me though. Sometimes my job would not post my check for a month or two. But you know what, I got through it.
I went from a systems analyst to a senior systems analyst to a regional manager for two information technology companies.
I appreciate your negative comments and hope CTU staff is reading your negative comments also. Good remarks will never make us better.
I am not surprised by the mixed reviews, however, I am shocked by the hostile attitude reflected.Your experience will differ because everyone is an unique vessel, to each their own. The best piece of advice I can offer is to find out whats most important for your needs. I love the flexibility, independence, and the fact that my schooling is paid for.
I work full-time, am actively involved in extra curricular activities and have a son so I need freedom. I hate discussion boards because I do NOT like being forced to interact and try to remain positive in an educational response.
However, with all the pros I receive from attending I can bear the pain. I started in January of this year in the 2+2 program and I will be done with everything in April 2012 if not sooner even though I had to take some time off to handle personal issues. I found that the more open communication you have and knowing the correct people to contact makes the process easier.
Over the years, my views have went from "I want to obtain the highest degree possible because I have the opportunity" to "what degree will can I get by with?" But my time at CTU has given me a little more faith to making my first dream a reality. I can obtain the highest degree with this opportunity and have freedom while doing it. Do not get discouraged in your search...