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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
I received my Bachelors degree and Masters Degree from CTU Online. The learning experience was second to none. Previously I attended University of North Carolina and University of Phoenix. Both schools were fine but I just felt like a number in a group of hundreds of students. UOP is a pretty good online school but the classes were not very well structured.
CTU allowed me to complete two degrees which were mentally challenging, well structured, and professor presentation that would hold up against any school, brick or online. Every professor I had in both degrees actually was working in my field of expertise. This helped, as students wanted to know how these classes applied to the real world.
Many professors would give general insight into work they were doing in the profession, and match people management skills with the class being taught. I would recommend CTU as a college for professionals. In my opinion it is colleges like this one that place fear in brick colleges, because the learning experience is better formatted, professor access is scheduled, and the ability to receive information is technically advanced with current technology.
I am currently an MBA student at CTU. They falsely advetise that you can get your degree in 15 months. It's a trick. The soonest you can graduate is 18 months. I am in my third course and I learn very little. The assignment's completion material comes from google searches of questionable sources; library is mostly useless. No time to read the text books, nor is it required-all my time is spent trying to find required references from the internet to complete assignments. So sorry I committed to this school, but I guess I'm stuck.
I am currently still attending the university. I started in August of this year and it seems okay to me. I really haven't had much experience with the university yet but so far it's good. The advisors and teachers even your classmates all try to help you to succed and that's why I choosed the school. In order for you to get in you have to really want to go because that is the only way they will except you. My advisor is cool, she calls me every other week to check up on me and see if there is anything i may need help with. My books arrive on time my classes are cool, not to much at one time. Although, the only thing I will have to get use to is the every month class change. I use to taking the classes for a semester but these courses only last for maybe a month in a half or two. Luckily I'm only going for medical billing and coding!
Yes I am still a student at CTU. I take the online courses as we are military and move alot. I have been a student there for a year and I love the school. Most instructors have been great and have a real desire to help you suceed. I think the main reason I chose CTU was that the price was all inclusive. There is no extra charges for tech support or books, as I found with other schools.
I am very satisfied with my experience at CTU. Every single person from the school and in my classes has been professional, and I never felt like I was only a number and a tuition. All of my professors were terrific- they had 20+ years in their respective industries and had years of teaching at CTU. The college has been online for a long time and they are experts at it. The online classrooms were easy to navigate, as is the website. Their resources for projects were comprehensive. My program was challenging since I attained an MBA in only 15 months (and worked full-time). There is much writing which can only enhance your success. I enjoyed the research and learned much more than the courses required. I am proud of my accomplishment, and so glad there is a college out there like CTU. I highly recommend Colorado Technical University Online!
I have read many different negative reviews of CTU Online, and I can't disagree more! I am a non traditional student in my mid thirties. Three years ago I experienced a rough patch in my life (i.e. Divorce) and needed a big change. That change meant going back to school. While trying to support myself and two children, a full time brick and mortar school was out of the question. Then I found CTU!
I had attended two different state schools after graduating from high school. The first was a small state school with a population of around ten thousand. This school was more intimate, yet that led to wanting to party more than go to class. The second was a large state school with the population of thirty thousand. The large school was nothing more than sitting in an auditorium with three hundred other students listening to a student teacher, and never even seeing the actual professor. After a year of that I gave up and went to work for twelve years.
After working a skilled labor job, and the divorce, I wanted more for myself while maintaining the lifestyle I had grown accustomed to; this is where online learning came into effect. CTU allows me to go anywhere or be anywhere that I can recieve internet reception with my lap top which allows me to keep up with the assignments. There is no question that the 5 week classes are very fast paced and can be very difficult to keep up with at times, but this is where the self discipline comes into play. Many of my Wisconsin state school courses transfered, which was a relief seeing that I had already spent three years at state schools. Not all classes transfered, but at least 60% did, and I cannot complain, seeing it was 12 years prior.
The first class that I took was very difficult, not used to having to keep up with classes that do not require attendance. My first few grades reflected the amount of effort I had put into them, this had changed my attitude toward my assignments. Another added benefit to CTU is their advisory program. In the beggining I had student advisors contacting me about twice a month to make sure things were going well and offered any help needed. They even maintain a record of your attendance to class because I am often called or notified via email if I haven't logged in within 5 days, which happens to me quite often due to my work schedule. Overall it seems that they want to help you succeed as much as they possibly can- as long as you put in the effort.
I have ended my third year, and will graduate with my bachelors next summer, in which I will start my MBA. It seems to have taken a long time, but only taking one class in each 5 week session does take time. I am jealous of those that can take two or three classes at a time.
I have read many of the negative reviews for CTU Online, and I cannot disagree more. To me it sounds as if these people are not putting the effort into the program. Its like anything, you get out of it- what you put into it. This is not high school or the military where the instructor has a strict curriculum to follow where they are not allowed to put any personal thought into grading or review of assignments. I have never had a problem with any of the grading done by the professors. If I recieved a poor grade, I put that much more effort into creating a better assignment the next time. I read of many complaining about having to write papers for assignments, but where in the real world do you get the choice of A,B,C, or D? That just doesn't happen! I have carried a 3.6 gpa for three full years, and feel that I have recieved a quality education throughout. I did have a problem in two classes out of twenty five where the professors failed to keep up with their work, and by contacting my student advisor, both of those professors were replaced immediately, with other quality professors.
I believe that a higher education is not for everyone, and if you do not have the self disciplne to keep up with the assignments on your own, then CTU Online might not be for you. Then you would be better off trying a brick and mortar school that is less interactive, and offers maybe a couple of tests per semester, and doesn't require you to be there at all. For me, that didn't work! CTU Online does!