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This school has zero hands on. It is computer science, it should not be that hard to have us actually code some stuff or do SOMETHING technical at all. I am 2 classes from graduation and have $40 in debt and a 3.97 GPA and have learned NOTHING. Every class is theory crafting. They want you to hypothetically design a user interface... why don't we just make a d**** interface? why pretend?
It is very unfortunate that many individuals have had a bad experience at CTU, because I have personally had an outstanding experience. This school is not meant for individuals who are not self-motivated learners. In order to truly get the most out of the CTU education system, students must engage in all the class discussions and weekly chats with the professor. I miss many chat sessions, but the professors will either post the recorded session, or leave the power point they discussed in the chat. This is very helpful for people like me who have crazy schedules. In my opinion, at a Masters level, this is the best way to obtain a degree. Not only do you have to do thorough research for assignments, but it instills initiative in the students. I have to create different projects every week for my classes, which ideally is what I will have to do when I go for a job in this career field in the future. I am currently an IT in the Navy and the policy side of this field is where I want to be. I want to set the guidelines rather than doing the hard labor. I would recommend this school to anyone because I am having a terrific time. I used my GI BILL and it was a smooth process once all the documents were submitted, like my high school and other college transcripts. For those with bad experiences, I do recommend reading ALL paperwork the school gives you. If you do not need a Stafford loan, SPECIFY you do not need one. Then once you are finally enrolled, go to your student login, check “my documents” and make sure that all documents are correct. If anything looks wrong, call an advisor and get to the bottom of it immediately. You are only hurting yourself in the end if you just sit back and let someone else take care of you. Anywhere an individual goes, they must invest their time and patience to ensure that all is correct, because the best person to take care of your needs and want is YOU. Good luck to all!
I was groomed at CTU to believe if one would study and understand the materials used here at CTU for a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology with a Software Systems Engineering Specialization; that I could get a very promising position anywhere upon graduating. The reality is that once I graduated (with a 3.96/4.0 GPA), I was told the materials taught at (CTU) was substandard, and that I had no clue what was going on in the real world. Do with this information what you may, I hope you take it in stride, but now I am in trouble and trying to pay back those student loans while still not working in this field. I (now) do have an understanding of the development of software, but nowhere near, what is required to enter the field, having no prior experience. I think the graduates having prior experience or trying to progress through more college training are the ones profiting from this college.
I have an associate's degree and two certificates after having attended two universities and three community colleges. I will be completing my bachelor's degree on 02/09/2016 at C.T.U. with a 3.95 GPA. I can honestly say it was a lot of busy work! Between discussion board assignments, individual projects, group projects, and intellipath, the work load makes up for the lack of tests and exams that are not incorporated into the program. Some teachers were better than others, some classes were redundant and covered a lot of the same or similar information, and I had some aggravating issues with the prior learning assessment when completing an E.L.P. portfolio. I also despised intellipath and the group projects, anyone else who has completed these will agree with me entirely. Overall, I enjoy the way that the classes are run at the school and found myself doing much better than I had at previous colleges. I did however notice that there were an abundance of classmates in my final upper level classes who were completing projects at the level of a 5th grade foreign exchange student with very little English and grammar knowledge. This was pretty disturbing as I don't see how someone can make it to a 400 level class when their idea of citing a references in APA format is simply pasting a hyperlink at the bottom of the page. I also don't understand why C.T.U.'s bachelor's degree program is 180 college credits. Most programs are roughly 120-130 college credits everywhere else and with 5.5 week 4 credit classes at C.T.U. you would assume that you are taking an accelerated class and would attain your degree much faster. Sadly this is not the case as C.T.U. requires 50+ more credits from you to complete their program which gives me the impression that they're just trying to line their pockets in money. My overall impression of the school would sit at about a B-. Things could be better and things could be worse, but the material is certainly there for you to learn if you hold up your end of the bargain.
The school misled me to believe that I was receiving pell grant and some financial aid with little amount of less than $2000 from loans a quarter for my tuition. I am not half way through my degree and I just found out I owe $70,000 in student loans. How is that his possible? I am yet to resolved this issue. Best advice is to go to a traditional college. My husband was screwed up also by them but at least with his it with was with his GI Bill. Did I forget to mention how the curriculum changes all the time, I could have received my associate by now but the degree program keeps changing, overall bad experience.
I received my bachelor degree from this wonderful mess of a school. The instructors are very easy to get a long with, that wasn't the problem, it was the fact that they are so slow to get things moving. I began a master in accounting shortly after I had ended my bachelor degree. Something felt wrong, and boy did I feel it. I took into consideration many things, and shortly after I began the master's program, I became sight impaired for a few months, and was dealing with it, however I could not continue and had to withdraw from the program all together, and didn't want to look back. I feel that I made a decent choice about the masters program and parted ways with the school just a few short days ago, but that is where things started going wrong, VERY VERY wrong. I went from a zero balance at the school to owing over $2,500.00 in just one day because of the withdraw. What!?!?!?!?! You mean to tell me that you withdraw from a university and take out loans that you pay for, that they can charge you for quitting when it was medically necessary. This school sent me an email stating that they wanted me to call them, and they NEVER answered the phone after being on hold for 10+ minutes. I know that it is 12/31/2015. DON'T SEND AN AUTOMATED EMAIL and then when the person calls IGNORE IT. So this school is such a joke when it comes to treating student correctly. If an advisor calls you to "start with CTU", RUNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN! They don't do you any favors and the school is full of stupid people who don't know what one or another does. They make promises, and they never follow through. I think that this piece of paper that I have is very worthless, and wish I would have never heard of Colorado Technical University. Their motto is "Where Students Come First", have I ever seen this, Um-no. The Financial Aid process is such a pain it takes many phone calls to get things smoothed out, and it feels like you are harassing them, I called over 100 times a year to get things straightened out. The virtual graduation is a sham. Waste of your money. Run - Duck - and NO TO CTU.
I attended CTU while working full time as a director of dietary in a hospital. The school was great! Like it has been said prior, you get out of the school what you put in it. I had to sacrifice a lot of personal and family time with my wife who was pregnant for half the time and my daughter. It was worth it! I've been able to get a better paying job and have great quality of life now! If I were too seek an advanced degree h would go to CTU!
Being a single mom, working full time and taking care of children full time, I also decided to go to school. The classes were easy, I got good grades. There was lack of communication with teachers and when I did get emails they were often times for other students. My biggest issue was financial. I applied for the grants and loans and was granted almost 20,000 for aid. I sent in the proper paperwork via US post and the school says they never got it. Now they want me to pay out of pocket for what the grants would have covered. They are unwilling to work with you.
If you are a student with no ambition no will to learn and doesn't care then go here. This school is for people that just want to pay for a "degree" and don't want any useful knowledge in return. Ypu successful person should want to learn and use the information to apply it in your career. This program will not set you apart.
These people who complained about not learning anything or having issues with the admissions office had a completely different experience than I did. I had gotten an AS degree from another online college and had started to go after my BA at the same school before I decided to do some research on other online colleges. I was sick of my grade relying on a bunch of discussion posts, mid-terms, and finals, I learn better by doing not testing. CTU teaches with a more project based platform with 5 week classes, this means there are no mid-terms or finals worth 40% of your grade, I personally found this far less stressful. This also means that if you put in the time and work hard on your project for the class, you earn the grade you deserve. For these people who say they didn’t learn anything at CTU, take some ownership for that. Yes classes are easier and at a faster pace than a traditional school, but if you are just googling all the information instead of taking the time to really learn the information, of course you are not going to retain it. I am also laughing how people think they can just get a job right away after graduation, you need to think, why would a company hire you fresh out of college when they can hire someone with more experience? If you are really serious about wanting that technology job with the fortune 500 company you need to get a foot in the door, the best way to do that is with an internship. Sure I was the oldest intern in my mid 30’s but I actually made more an hour as an intern than the job I left to take the internship. By the way, most all technology internships in a fortune 500 company are paid. I was graduating in 6 months from when I started, so when I graduated they liked me so much they hired me on full time. Plan ahead people, you can’t just expect a job to be handed to you because you now have a college degree. Also, the admissions people managed to get all my transcripts from my previous college transferred, evaluated, and applied to the degree plan I had chosen within a month. Because of that there was no time lost due to transferring schools, in fact I was able to graduate sooner than I would have had I stayed with the other school.