Colorado Technical University - Online Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (275)
I am going to be as straightforward and honest about the school without whining about how no one handed me anything on a silver platter or how whatever office was hard to work with. Here we go, are you listening? SKIP THIS SCHOOL. It is overpriced, the courses are far too short, and the curriculum has absolutely no challenge at all. I was in the Master's program for 6 months and they practically handed me A's in all the courses. Know how easy it is to have a 4.0 GPA at CTU? My laptop was stolen while in the middle of a course, and I could only use a library computer until my next paycheck the following month. I had lost all my research and work but to avoid being dropped from the class, I typed up a paper using the knowledge from the top of my head and thought I would take a C in the class and improve it next time. I got an A. People--how do you earn an A in a class doing ZERO RESEARCH and call it a "master's program"?!? Now let's talk about the instructors and CTU's penchant for hiring people whose accent is so thick it's so incomprehensible. With the exception of one instructor (who earned his Ph.D from Devry Univ) all of them spoke horrible English and gave weekly lectures from Powerpoint slides. None of which I watched because I didn't know what the hell they were saying. The curriculum: The study notes and aides provided by CTU are very basic and nearly on a middle school level.The "assignments" involve reading 7 chapters over one week and writing a 2 page paper discussing one random topic covered. In so many other words, their idea of a master's program is just to read a book from cover to cover and write some basic papers. I CAN GO TO A LIBRARY AND DO THAT FOR FREE! You are more or less teaching yourself at this school. There is no experimentation or analysis or complex projects. Just reading and writing basic papers. And when I say "basic" I mean basic as in covering topics you already learned in a bachelor's. Even though I spent only 6 months here, it was a MASSIVE waste of my time and money. I learned absolutely nothing whatsoever, I don't feel that I have "mastered" anything, this school is a joke that has no business with any kind of accreditation and should only be attended by people who want to pay $30,000 to read books. Don't touch this school with a 10 foot pole.You will regret it!
This university is a joke. For eight (8) credits I paid close to $12,000. The school claims I still owe them money. I could not get help with problems. When somebody did answer an email or the phone, I could not understand them as they do not speak English or it is broken English. I feel anybody wanting an education should apply to a REAL school and not this diploma mill.
I like the Learning Materials, Recorded Classes, Mobile App & the teachers. Get your work completed early and have a plan. All of the departments are a phone call away and Labs for everything if you want to improve on your abilities. Excellent technology and support systems.
I started CTU in 2009 and received an associate, bachelors and masters degree. I also got accepted into their doctoral program and completed 3 years i had one year left but my student loan financing ran out. I felt like i had enough education to get a good job after 3 years of applying i cant find a job or even get an interview. I got jobs in food places waitressing and doing retail cashier work. I have no criminal record and have always worked hard to be an example for others but i work under people who are felons and have criminal backgrounds. I am almost homeless because i cant afford rent. I live with friends and i am in 250,000 student loan debt. This has drove my credit score down to 444. I am still trying and applying for jobs everyday but no one even calls me. I really thought yhis school was good but i was wrong. Employers do not respect degrees from ctu.
When I would go to the financial aid page, it would say the average program tuition cost was like $8,000, leading me to believe that this was the average for this school. Turns out, it was the average nationally, and that the tuition through this school was FAR higher. Also, when telling potential employers about my degree, they don't even acknowledge it. I literally had one laugh when I told him where my degree was from. They claim to be fully accredited, which is a blatantly fraudulent claim. They also blatantly lie about their placement statistics. Pretty much everything they tell you to get you to enroll is a complete lie. And their degrees cost about four times what a community college or even a private not-for-profit college does. Complete fraud.
My courses were laid out since day one and 4 weeks before "graduating" I get told they messed up and I need another year to a year and a half of classes. Total fuck up on their part but who cares if someone's personal life gets completely screwed. Keep track of your own stuff because they have no clue what you need for any degree.
I took all my classes online. Most of them were challenging and I'm grateful for that. Otherwise, I feel, you do not learn as much. Some classes had more interaction as groups vs. groups which is not my style but we all learned something working as a team and managing to cover the work that others were too lazy to do. Sometimes that meant for late nights depending on what coast your team/partners were on (Might I suggest working with people within your own time zone on big projects). All in all, it was a good experience and the majority of the professors I enjoyed listening to and learning from.
Contrary to the negative review that you read about CTU and its instructors, this school has been quite a challenge. Incredible instructors who are subject matter experts in their field. They are true professionals who present a challenging learning environment. They will not hold your hand thru any degree. You are expected to be mature adults and to perform each task to standard. It requires effort and discipline. They work with you when life happens to afford additional time to complete assignments. Through four years, I have only had one professor that I can say was bad. All of the others have been exceptional. From what I have seen thru my four years in this course, those who complain about the courses and the instructors probably should not have entered college to begin with.
I really enjoyed being a student at CTU. I was able to coach my son's soccer team, be a boy scout leader, Play guitar and drums in a band, play in my adult soccer league and work full time. I had the opportunity to be a father a husband and a student! CTU allowed me to be the first one in my family to graduate from college by being open 24/7 for any questions i had. I do not understand how students cannot take advantage of FAST TRACK to finish even faster! The assignment are laid out for us from day 1! I finished my associates and bachelors here and i would never go anywhere else to do it. There really is no excuse to not like CTU with everything it offers.
Having graduated with my Bsc in Applied Science and Technical Studies, I would like everyone to know that I am not someone looking for the easy way out. The first issue is dealing with a professor who taught a course on problem solving using Java. The teacher during this course, completely disregarded the text book and went on rambling about self created concepts/ideologies. After asking the professor about stacks, she indicates that stacks do not exist in Java?! Anyone can tell you that stacks are existent in java, especially when it comes to problem solving. She also indicated that we aren't using Java. It would be obvious as the text book is titled, "Problem Solving Using Java." Secondly, affordability goes out of the window when dealing with this college, especially if you're a veteran with time constraints. This college is an absolute money guzzler! Thirdly, senior level students are not on the level as you would expect, as in writing abilities. You have students who can barely write a comprehensive sentence, who will be graduating with honors. I am not perfect but senior level students should at least be able to write a simple sentence. My final issue is that the success coach that was assigned to me, indicated that getting a degree at this institution is like going to McDonald's to make an order. This was the last time that I spoke to anyone at this institution, and withdrew shortly thereafter. Be careful with these guys!