Colorado Technical University - Online Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (275)
I have attend CTU Online for several years getting my BA and presently working on my MA in CJ. 99% of the Professors are excellent and they are there to assist the students.I really enjoy working on my own and having deadlines such as you would the workforce. If you need assistants then the Professor or other students are on hand for help.
What I totally disagree on is the amount that they are charging for the degree program. I am paying it know as I feel that this is the best school for what I am looking for at this time. The group projects can be done away with but in true it teachs us how to work as a team and build our confidences up.
They say they are military friendly school. Myself and a SGT of mine both attend this school. Well we failed our class and had to retake the class and was charged for it again. We were on orders and was unable to get a reception at the base we were on. The are military friendly for the TA, GI, and a Grant for the military.
I had to serve one weekend and we had a group project due that following Monday. Well, the all around problem was the professor waited 5 days before the project was due to give us the group names, normally the professor completes this about 2 to 3 weeks prior. So I had to inform the professor and the group that I had to serve that weekend. I got grief from half of the group about using the military as an excuss to get out from doing my work. The problem is I was not using it as an excuss and I did not have time to research but the groups deadline. The assignment was complete on time the students need to take a chill.
Which is impossible. Besides these three things I do not have a problem with CTU. I just believe if they would fix a couple of things they would be set.
There are many schools out today that will "sale" a student on their programs. I went to ITT and would never suggest anyone attend an ITT campus. They are overpriced for the education you receive and they have poor credentials. Before attending CTU Online, I checked out their credentials and spoke to a lot of people about it.
I began my CTU Online attendance in 2008 and in 15 months received my Bachelors degree (my associates came from ITT) then I embarked on the Masters degree and will have it very soon (15 months as they promised. The coursework and learning experience is great and I would hold it up to any brick and mortar university plus they have the same accredidations that any major univeristy should have.
The chats, two a week for an hour each, are very informative and I have never had an instructor just "read from a book". Many take their experiences and guide the students through the program.
It is very tough though and you must use wise time management because if you fall behind it can be difficult to catch up, but that is part of being a student, adult and self motivator. This is a great school and I am even enrolling for their Doctorates program as I am writing this review. It is reasonably priced and will give you a good foundation to stand on, if you put forth the effort to learn.
When I went to a local college campus right out of high school years ago, I was unsure about my career choices, I basically chose a major from what I already knew, computers. I purchased the book they said to get, I read the chapters they said and did the task they gave. I did not feel like I was learning anything else, but simply doing what they said.
Years later, I decided to go back to college, but as a single parent, it was difficult to attend a campus, so I looked into online schools. I unfortunately chose an online school more interested in money, rather than teaching. Thankfully, I transferred to CTU which I am still attending. After all of my experiences, I can honestly say this is one of the best educational experiences of my life.
I already tried other online schools that cost more and taught virtually nothing. Now after reading a few of the negative post, I have to say I disagree strongly with some of you. CTU is probably the cheapest online universities out there with all course materials included; free tutorials, learning labs and social networking. The live chat area may not have willing participants all the time, but the instructors are teaching the lesson for students to view at their convenience. Every time I’ve attended live chats, instructors taught the lessons, ask questions, ask for suggestions and made it feel like a real classroom, now this was the complete opposite of what I experienced in a real classroom. I've been in many live chats with only 10% of my class present, it wasn't the instructor or the schools fault, the students for their own reason did not attend.
As for learning, gives you the tools you need to succeed, if you're willing to learn. At CTU, I was challenged to learn, express myself through writing, and develop stronger methods of thinking and creativity in different areas. I went with a mindset of only one career goal in mind and now have several avenues to choice from through my experiences there. I always thought that is what college was supposed to be like; learning and developing to become a better you, not simply settling for something. My only problem after starting at CTU was wishing I found them before trying other schools that put me in debt.
It's a great place to learn, the staff has been outstanding and my past instructors were incredible and expressed passion through their teaching.
Now, obviously no one is perfect, but the schools reputation or your experience of the entire school should not be discredited due to one individual within the company. I experienced a disagreement with my academic advisor who is basically the one that helps guide you through your academic choices in the school. He preferred I stick with a certain program and I had my doubts. While it is his job to guide me in the right way, I was unsure about the recommendation. Rather than complaining, I researched the information to understand the advisors choice and see how it would be beneficial to me. Once I was fine with my particular choice, I addressed the advisor with my decision and reasons why. He had to follow my wishes and change the program, but in the end, realized he was pushing the other program to help me academically.
I guess the point is, we’re all adults here, everyone is human, people make mistakes and no one should have enough power to make decisions in your education or life for that matter unless you allow it. Any failures in your education should be addressed first within yourself. Appreciate, respect and fight for your education, it’s not suppose to be easy, you’re there to learn.
I received my Marketing MBA from CTU Online so I will speak from graduate level experience which I think would be different from an undergraduate experience. As a graduate student you are expecting less direction from your professors because you are expected to perform at a high level. Also, you may be building on skills you have already developed from your job or previous eduction. If you are looking for a traditional college experience then any online institution is not going to be what you want.
For undergrad I had the traditional college experience and loved it but I also liked the online education as well. I will say this when I graduated from high school I would have never survived an online university because my focus or maturity was not where it needed to be for this type of education but as an adult who has a 4 yr degree and been in the workforce for a few years this was the perfect environment for me.
I have friends who did online classes at other "well known" universities, such as Villanova, Regis University, Auburn University, and their experience was very similar to mine so I feel very confident that my degree is a good degree. I finished in 12/2009 and received my actual degree 5 weeks later as promised with my two official transcripts.
Again, education just like anything, you get out of it what you put into it and I know many of my classmates did not put a lot into their assignments and it showed. Also, just because you get a degree does not mean you are going to be showered with opportunities you must go out and market your abilities and use the skills you hopefully learned while in class. Again, what you put into it is what you get out of it.
I am getting much knowledge. I have taken many classes online and I must say this is the best so far. You have the option to attend a live chat or you can get the same live chat the next day archived. It is plenty of writing like any college class. The professors seem fair and knowledgeable about the subjects that they are teaching. The main thing for me is that I am learning. Who wants a degree without learning anything? It is good for me so far thumbs up.
Well first thing is first people do your homework on all schools! before I went to CTUO I did my homework by calling the school to confirm their accreditation. Then I called my surrounding universities to check theirs, they both lined up and any credits that I will receive from CTU will transfer. I have read all of the posts and found it quite interesting that people are not choosing the correct school to attend. Anything that needs a state license cannot be achieved through an online college, such as professional counseling, RN's, LPN's, dental assisting, well you get the picture anything clinical. I am in the criminal justice program which doesn't need licensure so jobs and schools will honor it. I am doing just fine as a state probation officer in MI making 65k a year. but if you have already attended the university and recieved the diploma check with your state certifacations to be certified they will honor it. so it is not just a waste of time you just need to know the next step. but just dont get impatient or mad just know the next step. check into it. however I am completing my MSM-CJ and i am scheduled for a promotion this winter when my supervisor leaves, so I thank CTU for their school and God for giving me the knowledge to choose the correct one.
CTU will get you through your degree program fast and thats all they care about. I enrolled in their Software Engineering program and was put in the Advanced Algebra Class after only having a College level Basic Math class over 20 years ago. My advisor told me that is was a simple class and should be no problem. After 2 weeks it was obvious that I was not going to pass. I contact an advisor to switch the class and was told that I could drop it but I was still financally obligated to pay for it. They have a lower level of Algebra class but the advanced is what is required for the degree. Instead of starting me at the lower class they put me right into the higher one. Also a Programing class I was given was to be a prerequisit to Java Programing yet we had to use Java in the class. The instructors english was terrible and when he was asked to slow down and review what he just said we were told he had to much to go over in the one hour we had for the chat and we would have to go back and review it ourselfs later. I would give my money to another school before going back to CTU, if I go anywhere at all as CTU has been a bad educational experience.
I HAVE READ MOST OF THE REVIEWS ABOUT CTU ONLINE AND HERE IS MY STORY. I WAS 18 YEARS OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL, WORKING FULL TIME AND WANTED TO GO BACK TO COLLEGE. AFTER NUMEROUS DISCUSSIONS WITH CTU ADVISORS, THEY CONVINCED ME TO ENROLL FOR THE ASSOCIATES OF SCIENCE IN MEDICAL BILLING AND CODING (AS I HAVE BEEN IN THE MEDICAL FIELD FOR YEARS AND THIS IS WHAT I WANTED TO DO, JUST NEEDED A DEGREE AND CERTIFICATION). WELL AFTER BUSTING MY BUTT AND GRADUATING WITH HONORS, TWO YEARS LATER, I STILL HAVEN'T RECEIVED MY DEGREE IN THE MAIL, AND I AM MAKING ABOUT THE SAME AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT I WAS BEFORE COLLEGE. I AM NOT EVEN USING MY DEGREE. THE REASON FOR THIS....NO CERTIFICATION (AS PROMISED)! THEY TELL YOU THAT U WILL BE CERTIFIED BUT THAT IS A LIE! YOU HAVE TO GO OUTSIDE OF THE COLLEGE AND FIND YOUR OWN CLASSES FOR CERTIFICATION AND IT IS NOT CHEAP. NO ONE WILL HIRE YOU WITHOUT IT! THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS LATER, I AM NO BETTER OFF THAN I WAS BEFORE. I HAD TO CALL THEM 7 TIMES TO GET THEM TO MAIL MY DEGREE TO ME, AND I GUESS I WILL WAIT AND SEE IF I GET IT THIS TIME. NOT THAT THE DEGREE IS WORTH ANYTHING MORE THAN THE PAPER THAT IT WAS WRITTEN ON. AS FOR THE INSTRUCTORS, SOME WERE AWESOME, MOST DIDN'T KNOW WHAT THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT. ONE THING THAT I SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN WAS A DEGREE IN APA FORMATTING BECAUSE THAT WAS THEIR MAIN CONCERN. FOR THIS, I WILL NEVER TRUST ANOTHER COLLEGE AGAIN AND THEY SHOULD REFUND OUR MONEY OR WRITE OFF THE LOANS. WHAT A SCAM! FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT ARE DEFENDING CTU ONLINE, WHEN YOU ARE DONE AND HAVE ALL OF THOSE LOANS PILING UP, I HOPE THAT YOU AREN'T STANDING IN THE UNEMPLOYMENT LINE AND THAT YOU CAN ACTUALLY GET A JOB EARNING WHAT YOU WORKED SO HARD FOR. I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS SCHOOL TO ANYONE UNLESS YOU WANT TO BE ANOTHER SUCKER ON THE LIST OF MANY AND BE IN DEBT UP TO YOUR EARS. SOMEONE NEEDS TO RE-EVALUATE THE SCHOOL. AS FOR CAREER SERVICES...ANOTHER JOKE! NO CERTIFICATION, NO JOB! MY ADVICE, GO TO A "REAL" SCHOOL OR UNIVERSITY. DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME AT CTU! IF YOU WANNA EMAIL ME, MY EMAIL ADDRESS IS email@example.com
This school in boldest and simplest terms, sucks!!! I have been to University of Maryland, local community colleges and all because of moving around in the military, and can tell you I have never encountered such a scrupulous and deciving institution in my life. The school instructors not all but some have no capabilities of teaching some of the subject matter at hand.
When I stated some of the instructors not all, one instructor being incompetent is enough for me since the cost of the school is outrageous. Be very leary because as soon as you mention that you are not happy and leaving the university (University hmm! LOL!) they gather all their efforts to keep you in the system not because of caring for you but because of your money.
Not every person is going to like a school. I have read some of the comments left by other students saying what a bad place CTUO is, and frankly I think you are wrong. As a mother of three, going to school hasn't been easy, not by a long shot. I struggle for quiet time, my brain feels fried, and I love every single minute of it. At no time has the school left me to figure it out on my own. Professors change with each class, and while some people cant attend the chat sessions, they are recorded. Never once have I been read text from a book. The chats are informative and most professors are fun when they do the chats. Assignments can be tricky, but if you read the criteria for what the professor is looking for, then tada! It really seems like some people didn't get exactly what they wanted and are throwing a fit because of it. I am almost done my AS and will start my BS immediatly afterwards. This school is no more expensive than any other online college, you are paying for the convienence of not having to go to campus. You have to be self motivated to attend school online. You have to want it bad enough to work harder at it to make it work. Life is what you put into it, and this is no different. Quit crying about how it didnt work out and find a college you like. I love this school, and thank God I have the opportunity to bust my butt to make a better life for my children.