Colorado Technical University - Online Reviews
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It was great at first. I worked on my projects in the middle of the night if I needed or wanted to. I wasn't bound to a set schedule or having to go into a school - which works for me with my disability. However, even though with all the calculations done for tuition they assured me that my financial aid would cover my degree program. Then they informed me I would have to pay 50$ a month for 11 months to pay the rest of my program.
I paid the first two payments. Then they got my Pell grant and Stafford loan, and I logged in to find out I was withdrawn. A few days later I got a letter in the mail telling me I owe them for the balance of my degree program. They said I wasn't logging in frequently enough. Twice, sometimes three times a day apparently wasn't enough for them. I attended the lectures three sometimes four nights a week, and kept up with my assignments. Only one was late. This was midway through the second session.
I ended up going back to my Community College and am taking distance learning this fall. On top of everything else, I told them I wanted in the Bachelor's program, because that's what I needed -A Bachelor's Degree- in order to advance in my current job. They put me in the Associate's instead. I can get that at the Community college for a fraction of the price, and they won't take my financial aid money and run.
I wish it had been a more positive experience. I was so excited going in. As for my Community College (Dallas County) I have always been very happy with them and wish I'd never left to try to get a higher degree now. So now I have this loan I have to pay back six months after graduation that I didnt get ANYTHING out of.
Months later, I was looking up something else on [website redacted] and found that one of the top complaints were against this place. I wish I'd checked there first!
I'M ALREADY AND STARTED IN THEIR BACHELOR'S PROGRAMS AND WILL BE DONE BY 9/09. Its 5 1/2 weeks of online school per term with optional live chat; you have your due dates and assignments laid out for you; you just have to commit to finish them on time and study on your own. Its pretty quick and fast. I like the 5 1/2 week program the best versus normal online school that are approx 8 to 12 weeks per semester. What I would improve would be that it should be lower tuition - it really is pretty expensive to go to this school however, its reputable and acceptable in the business world.
I finished my bachelor's degree at CTU. While the taking of two subjects was very intense in the accelerated program and then working two jobs on top of it the experience at CTU was worth it.
I enjoyed the virtual classroom environment and the variety of subjects offered in the degree program. Many people think of online colleges degrees as gimme's. Maybe with some colleges but not this one. You have to work hard for that grade. I have attended both traditional and online campus colleges. I have found the online to be harder. It requires a lot more discipline in order to get your studying done. If you are not good at time management online classes may not be right for you.
I chose another online college for my Masters as CTU did not have a Master's program at the time. I wish they had and I would have stayed with CTU though I do like the college I am attending online for my Master's degree.
With gas prices so high and some distances so far for traditional colleges I can see online colleges becoming more popular.
CTU was a great experience for me. I had looked in to other online schools and found the way CTU operates worked best for me. What I enjoyed the most was the virtual classroom. We had lectures twice a week for each course which were live and interactive. If you couldn't make the live session the chats were archived for viewing later. Those chats made asking questions much easier and you got your answer right then.
It was a lot of hard work but you will learn a lot! Coursework consisted, usually, of a discussion board posting and an essay due in each class each week. With two classes at a time, this meant a lot of work. I learned how to write better papers, critique others in both their pros and cons without being cruel, and how to find great references.
Good grades are not handed out. You definitely have to earn them here! The cost of an online school may be higher than many brick and mortar schools, but it was well worth it to me. Having to work hard to get the grades I got made the cost even more worth it! I don't have any regrets and I plan on going back for my MBA in January 2009. Wish me luck!
I attended CTU online and completed my bachelor's degree and I am 3 classes away from finishing my MBA at CTU.
Thank God for online education, otherwise trying to fit in Brick and Mortar classes into my work schedule, I may never have gotten a well needed education. I like CTU because it offers the ability to learn through research.
The courses are rigorous and the expectations and standards are high. I have to fight for every grade I get with my professors and at times I get discouraged because I don't always get a grade that I love, but then I realize that CTU is not in the business of giving away their degrees, you have to work hard and earn every bit of your grade.
One of the great features of being a student at CTU is that you have lifetime access to the Virtual Campus, lectures and tutorials on a variety of subjects. It's like you can keep on learning forever for free. I can listen to subject lectures on MS Project 2003 and 2007, MS office suite and Math tutorials, not to mention the great online library available 24 hrs a day.
Also, there are many clubs focused on real world situations like the entrepreneurial club, the project management club and many more clubs hosted by top notch professional in the industry.The cost for attending CTU seems about the same and these days with $4.00 per gallon gas, it even seems a whole lot cheaper.
If your goal is to get an education with out all the other distractions of life, get to the meat of subject matters and gain certifications through higher education, Colorado Technical University affectionately known as CTU is the place to be. The 5 Â½ week classes are intense and can often be kin to a mother in childâ€™s birth, but at the end, you learn, you appreciate and you can stand up to any rival on subject matter. I am glad I attended CTU Online.