Colorado Technical University - Online Reviews

  • 322 Reviews
  • Colorado Springs (CO)
  • Annual Tuition: Not Provided
60% of 322 students said this degree improved their career prospects
62% of 322 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Mary Wilkins
  • Reviewed: 8/31/2014
  • Degree: Human Resources
"This school is very fast paced. With each class 5.5 weeks long, a lot of information is compacted into the timeframe. One must be ready to work hard to succeed. The instructors are from the fields being taught. They are more than academics in the traditional school setting; they have actually walked the talk. The more successful student will attend the live chats rather than the archived chats. This is where most of the interaction is. Time spent in class with the instructor should be a priority. The chat archives are great for review but should not be the only way of getting instruction. For the working adult and other, non-traditional students who are highly motivated a self-starters, I heartily recommend CTU. This is not a party school and the student will achieve in direct proportion to the effort expended!"
Ted Domeier
  • Reviewed: 8/30/2014
  • Degree: Finance
"I started attending CTU in 2014. It is hard and I hope it will be worth it. What I am finding out is that students get little to no support from the university. Live chats are held twice a week and sometimes can be helpful, yet for some courses it is very difficult to get much out of the live chats. The online tutoring with the drop in tutoring is great and very helpful, however not all classes seem to have tutors available. It seems at least to me that I am teaching myself with most of the courses that I am taking, very little help is coming from the instructors and no help is available from the student success department. Even though I feel as if I am mostly teaching myself a few of the instructors have been very good and actually reach out to students to let you know you are doing well in their class and offer feedback on assignments, other instructors you never get feed back from and it is frustrating. The student success coaches very rarely reply to emails, or offer any feed back or encouragement to students and when contacting them with any issue, they have up to 72 hours to reply, I think that is in hopes that the students will forget the issue or it will be resolved. Most of the issues I have with attending CTU is the what seems like a total lack of regard for the students(their customers)or whether or not students succeed or not. It also seems as if almost all contact from the student success department is in the form letters or automatic replies, letting you to contact some other department with your issue. I would not recommend this university to anyone and in fact I would try to dissuade anyone from attending CTU. I am only going to stick it out here because I have no choice cause they already got my money."
Matthew Vincent Blackstock
  • Reviewed: 8/27/2014
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"First off, I graduated in 2007. Things may have changed a bit and it was in transition when I was studying. Almost all of the instructors were extremely helpful with only one exception. He was critical of everyone's work but the criticism was not constructive. It seems like they make a good faith effort to find instructors that work in the field that you are studying. I really enjoyed my time there and it assisted me in obtaining a position as a Criminal Investigator in a State Police agency in Texas. I was already a deputy sheriff while I studied at CTU"
Miranda Hanson
  • Reviewed: 8/23/2014
  • Degree: Business
"Colorado Technical University Online (CTU) has completely changed my life. I am a single mother of two children, one boy and one girl. My daughter is disabled and has an abundance of medical issues. My situation is very challenging and, at one point, I thought that there was no hope as far as furthering my education. Money was too tight to pay for daycare and the level of care my daughter would need. CTU gave me hope. Between the flexibility of online classes and the overwhelming support of the staff, I am now currently pursuing my Bachelor's Degree in Business. I couldn't have done it on my own. At CTU, anyone can become a successful student and brighten their future. CTU is the light at the end of the tunnel!"
  • Reviewed: 8/17/2014
  • Degree: International Business
"Excellent experience! I graduated in 2010 and my career took off. I could not have done it without CTU. I found all of the coursework to be relevant, challenging, and interesting. For those of you who rate CTU low, all I can say is that any college or university is what you make of it. If you give 10%, then you get 10%. Likewise, if you give 100% you get 100%. So if you are upset with CTU because they didn't just hand you a degree, then you need to step back and look at you and your performance. I bet what you will find is your lack of commitment, drive, and willingness to work hard led to your disappointment."
  • Reviewed: 8/13/2014
  • Degree: MBA
"I just graduated from CTU with eMBA degree. Looking back on experience, I would confidently say that if I had to do it again, I would repeat this experience. You might read other people reviews, and some say that they have not learn much, or five week of classes was too short. Let me tell you, this is not easy, do not expect to get degree for just login on to the class portal. For me, I spend on average 25 to 30 hours per week to keep up with assignments and learning. Let’s be honest, as with any graduate studies, you are in charge of your education, the teachers are here to guide you, and answer questions on a material you have a problem with. All my teachers in this program had PhD’s in their related fields. Also most of them currently working in an industry, and not just academia, so there was an additional value for me to see how theory applied to the real life. I never had teacher that would not reply to my email within 24 hours, also they all gave students their phone number in case we need to talk with them on a phone. As far as a cost, I found this school most cost effective. My undergrad degree is in science, so to get MBA, I had to have business prerequisites. To make story short, I had to take four additional labs, which CTU provided for me without additional cost (free). At the end, before you sign up for online, or traditional school, keep in mind, it is a hard work, and most of all it requires a lot of sacrifice and commitment. Unfortunately, no pain no gain."
Debbie Jackson
  • Reviewed: 8/7/2014
  • Degree: Business
"Getting a degree was one of the best things I've ever done for my career, so even with the massive debt I'm happy to have stuck with it. Colorado Technical Unversity Online was an option that worked well for me due to the travel demands from my job. However, since I was already managing call centers domestically and internationally, I had some unique insights into the operations of running a business. As a result, I'd give feedback after each course asking for more real life examples in the curriculum. This way students can understand more about the practical application of their learning, especially for those that had no frame of reference on the topic. Some instructors were excellent at this and some had gaps. Overall, the college was very engaged with the students before, during and after each course. Even though I was a virtual learner I felt connected. If tuition wasn't so expense I'd definitely pursue my Masters....maybe in the future."
  • Reviewed: 8/6/2014
  • Degree: Baking & Pastry Arts
"I attended CTU online for 6 months. I received a 3.95 GPA with the 6 classes I finished. I spent $10,000. I didn't learn anything that I didn't already know. If I pay for education I expect knowledge that is actually beneficial, not a review of boring high school. Financial aid provided incorrect information about employer reimbursement which had a drastic affect on my finances. Very hard to work with 9 different departments when they all represent the same school. Having to ask student accounts for an invoice is stupid when financial aid should be handling it. Just the run around bullshit any greedy company would do. Glad I am no longer attending here....the internet is more helpful"
Pauline Johnson
  • Reviewed: 8/5/2014
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"This is a college that I have been referring to all of my friends. I have never had such support with any other college whether online or in class. They push you to do your best and follow up to show that they really care about your goals in life. I love this experience even in the hard times it is better than the rest in my opinion"
  • Reviewed: 7/27/2014
  • Degree: Information Technology
"I have been a CTU for a little over a year now. I love the professors and the school. ANY time I have had a question or concern all I had to do was call or email and I got an answer. When I started at CTU, I was taking multiple classes and it was too much at first. I called and they rescheduled my classes. I also had to take time off of school (6 weeks) they worked with me and it did not even effect my financial aid. There is 24/7 tutoring available too. I have and will recommend this school to anyone. Going back to school is a big commitment so whatever school you choose be ready to take it seriously."
  • Reviewed: 7/11/2014
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"I loved to attend CTU for my undergrad. The instructors were very knowledgeable and helpful. Every part of my education there was very useful and I learned a lot. The live chats and interaction with teachers were great and they really help to clarify questions and to learn from the live lectures. This was the best part of the experience. It was like attending class with all of the other students and the teachers. Great concept and teaching model. I highly recommend CTU to all very busy people because you can listen to the lectures when you can and do not have to be there for the live lectures. The best part is contacting the instructors live during their office hours and clear up questions. Very good school and I wish I could have attended for my Graduate studies. CTU did not offer the degree for m Masters and it made me sad."
M. Boston
  • Reviewed: 7/3/2014
  • Degree: Human Resources
"THIS SCHOOL IS NOT A JOKE! Not all colleges are going to have 100% satisfaction rate... You cannot please everyone and all students will have a different set of circumstances that will affect the way they feel about a college. I have to say this, I have had an excellent experience with this school and I know that not everyone has but not everyone tells the truth either. Some problems people have from the school are their own problems and blame the school for it. Do not sit here and call the school a joke just because you couldn't succeed in it. I got my Associates, Bachelors, and now I am working on my Master degree with CTU and have gained so much because of it. I am not say this school is perfect by far but when someone says this school is a joke they are saying my hard work and degrees are a joke. Well, where are your degrees???? I started CTU in 2009 for an Associate degree, due to difficult circumstances in my personal life I had to take some time off for a while. Once I was ready I began my classes back up almost a year later. I had a wonderful experience when I went back. I started exactly right where I left off as if I never stopped. I have had only one problem with the school regarding FA out of 5 years and they took care of it. The school is affordable and most of the instructors are awesome. I hate it when people try to scare others out of attending the college. How dare you try and stop someone from getting their degree from an accredited college just because of your likings or experience, you’re a joke! Sure it is fine to discuss your experience whether good or bad but don't sit there and say stay away. Your experience is your own and no one REALLY knows why you’re dissatisfied. One example, a student was very bitter towards the school because she had to wait 2 weeks for her FA money (School policies) so she bad mouth the school, the advisers and instructors. Really?? Don't blame the school for a waiting period for you FA just because you have difficulties paying your bills. This is ridiculous to me. Your problem does not make the education any less value because you’re broke!!! I have never experienced a bad time when it came to my FA funds being disbursed. There may be short waiting periods but my classes were always paid for and my money was always sent to me. The school isn't perfect but I received a great educational experience and learned so much. I have had great compliments from employers about the school and that is all that matters. All I am saying is do your research and understand that you have to find a school that will fit your needs and goals. If CTU isn’t for you that’s ok, that is why there are thousands to choose from and every school will have dissatisfied students!"
  • Reviewed: 6/28/2014
  • Degree: Information Technology
"I had researched the option of taking college classes online for about two years. After researching the available school options, I decided on Colorado Technical University online, which is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). I currently work in the IT field and wanted to earn a bachelors degree in Information Technology for the purpose of advancing my career. The university is an excellent choice, especially for working adults. I found the courses to be quite challenging, yet at par with current technology trends. I studied at brick and mortar colleges and can honestly say that the courses are just as good or better than those courses offered at physical campuses. Colorado Technical University has physical campuses in Colorado(Colorado Springs,Denver, Pueblo), Kansas City, Missouri, and Sioux Falls, South Dakota; so the university is not just an online university. A word of caution: If you want a university where classes are a breeze and obtaining your degree is a piece of cake, then CTU is not for you. You will need to study and earn your grades just like any other good university. I have seen some negative reviews here, but for me it has all been an excellent educational experience and I am going for my masters at CTU. The bachelors degree that I obtained at CTU has helped me in my career, as I have been promoted to a management position on the systems analysts department! My advice to those seeking an online education is that if you are determined to succeed in life and obtaining a degree is one of your goals, than you will succeed no matter what school you choose , and CTU as your choice is no exception. Excellent univeristy."
  • Reviewed: 6/17/2014
  • Degree: Information Technology
"My experience with CTU has been positive overall. I recommend the school's online degree programs. I do have to warn though, that once you start a program there, you should not take a break from the program, because you will be considered to have withdrawn from the school and upon returning, you most likely will be put in a new program that will have new requirements, which will require you to take additional courses. That is what happened to me and I ended up having to take 6 more courses that cost me thousands of additional dollars and I only missed one session."
Dan Nickforth
  • Reviewed: 6/12/2014
  • Degree: Psychology
"When I first decided to attend CTU Online, I initially made the decision because at the time, I thought it was the only thing I could do. I honestly feel that it was mistake and that some sort of local, community college would have been more beneficial for me. For the absurd price I paid to basically just watch powerpoint presentations for classes, I would definitely say that it is not worth it at all. The quality of the programs are sub-par and I feel that the overall expectations for this school are considerably low. For my particular program, a great deal of my credits transferred to the university I was recently accepted into, so I suppose that's a significant plus but overall, I would not recommend taking classes with CTU Online."
Scott Morford
  • Reviewed: 6/8/2014
  • Degree: Business
"Had I been made aware at the onset that CTU was going to incorporate a computer based learning program that was in it's experimental stages, I would have chosen another school. This software, "intellipath" is a horrid program that has so many flaws, I am seeking another school. Other than that, I enjoyed this school and it's method of teaching. I found no support from my Student Success Coach, "Joseph Kondras", and actually found him to be adversarial. Maybe after a few years they might have the bugs worked out, till then I would not recommend this learning institution."
  • Reviewed: 6/3/2014
  • Degree: Information Technology
"I have been in attendance at Colorado Technical University for nearly two years. My experience has been nothing short of exceptional. I absolutely adore my academic counselor who takes the time to talk to me regardless how miniscule or gigantic my "problem" is. Financial aid and accounts department is absolutely wonderful at explaining my financial dealings. MUSE is the best learning resource, catering to my specific learning needs. Course books at CTU are free (thank goodness!), and the library is a wealth of information both internally and on the web. The career center is absolutely resourceful and the clubs are extremely informative and fun! My teachers are amazing! I have had positive experiences with each and every one of them. The expectations are very concise across the board. They are challenging and fair. My academic program is AWESOME! We are given 180 credits, which sound like double to the standard brick and mortar, but because this is an excelled learning pace, it goes by fairly quickly and in a way that I can absorb. CTU doesn't have "class rooms", we have real world on the job experiences through virtual labs and projects that help equip students for the professional world. My program is more in-depth than those of a brick and mortar school and covers more subjects within my degree program. I couldn't ask for the better body of community or a superior school."
  • Reviewed: 5/31/2014
  • Degree: Healthcare Administration
"I have a year now that I graduate from CTUO in an ASHAS (Health Administrations). I have to admit that I had a wonderful experience in overall while I was getting my associate degree. Beginning with my admission advisor that was wonderful from the first moment she contacted me. I was completely honest with her for the reasons I wasn't continuing my education. I had a bad experience in a nearby college (in campus). She understood me but helped me out to conquer all of the fears that I had. At the first, I did not know anything about taking classes online because I am very used to in campus classes. Thanks to her that taught me how to navigate the online site and familiarized with every tab, I got the grab of it, then I was a pro in it and became a mentor with other fellows in a way. I participated in events that they offer to students to brake the routine and have some fun with other folks that are in the same field or another field. It was a great experience. The instructors were well-knowledge in each subjects and they have a lot of good info to give and share with students. I understood that not every instructor will be the same for every class because I had troubles with one of them in the middle of my degree. This instructor was soooo bad at clarifying questions, he never answer to any of my questions that I made during class. I found out that I wasn't the only student that he was doing that. In another word, he, technically, will ignore my questions and kept conversating with other peers of things that are not related to the class. it was frustrating. He won't reply to my emails and if he does so, his responses were not accurate to my questions. To make story short, I got discourage with the class and I start having second thoughts about pursuing my degree but something hold me back on doing so that I ended up calling student advising for my situation. He ended up giving me an "F" and I talked about with my student advisor. He understood that something was wrong and obviously I have to retake the class which I request not to have the same instructor. The fact that the instructor failed me did not discourage me at all because I told my student advisor that I will prove him who was wrong in the class. Of course, I retake the class but with another instructor (by the way, she was way better than the prior instructor) and I passed it with a big "A". Then I call my student advisor back to tell him that I proved that the prior instructor that instructed the class was all wrong. I have no idea if they did something to the instructor. All I know is that not always the students has the fault for not having success in a class. it take a team to succeed. I always says that me as a student must have the commitment to give my best in class and the teacher must give their best to teach their best. My success as a student is the success of the instructor, Teamwork. Overall, Admission Department, Financial Aid Department, Career Support, Student Advisors, and etc. all are part of my success in school. Just because I had a bad experience with one instructor doesn't mean that I have to punish the entire staff of the University. We have to real and fair in how we approach our opinion of an University. Now, I have to admit that the Healthcare Department failed when I was trying to get my bachelor degree, because while I was attending CTUO for my bachelor I found out that the BA was kind of twisted. How did I found out? Me and other folks were talking about the classes and start comparing what we were taking at the end we all found out that we were not having the same curriculum classes for the degree even though we were in the same degree program. That discourage me completely and I am not going to afford someone to play around with me when I know I am giving my best to achieve my degree. Due to that fact I chose to withdraw from CTUO and experiment in another online University. I wish the best to the ones that are currently enrolled. I missed all of those friends that I made in CTUO, including those exceptional instructors."
  • Reviewed: 5/28/2014
  • Degree: MBA in Human Resources
"I moved from another University to CTU six years ago when I was going for my Associates Degree. The instructors were very understanding and reasonable. Whenever I had a problem or needed help they were there for me. They answer emails within 24 hours and answer calls every day. The courses challenged me and I know some instructors were very hard but those were the ones that I learned the most from. It’s up to the student to want to learn and study, to go the extra mile reading and doing assignment and tuning them in on time. I have made a tremendous change not only in my personal life but as a professional. I have learned so much that I ended up with a Master’s degree this May 13, 2014. I am very proud to have three degrees form CTU. I have become very professional and now I hold a big position at the company I work."
  • Reviewed: 5/19/2014
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"I recieved my bachelor degree in criminal justice at CTU. The courses were challenging at first, then I learned to use my time wisely. The Instructors have PHD's and their backgrounds are well experienced in their field. The instructors were helpful in assisting me in understanding several courses. The material was not outdated and the courses were proffesional as well as academic peer reviewed. The financial aid advisors are not as knowledgable as I would like them to be, but fortunately I've talked to a couple that have helped me considerable."