Colorado Technical University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (32)
I am writing this review to steer as many inspiring doctoral students away from the DM Program because CTU treated me like trash. First, when you start the program the staff and faculty boast about working on the dissertation right away. In fact, I was at one residency and the research and pertinent dissertation were not explained at all. I was given the excuse to go to another residency later in the program to find out more information. Financial aid and the rest of the school treat you like money by solely being professional bill collectors. In fact, financial aid is so lousy that FA advisors will give you too many loans and then have U.S. Department of Education request the money back leaving you the bill. I had this happen twice; once as an undergraduate with CTU owing 7000 dollars and a second time owing a 1000 dollars. I called it quits when this happened a second time just last month! Financial aid at CTU is incompetent at best. Also, being one of their doctoral students allows you to get completely ignored by what the school calls student success coaches. Please keep in mind that CTU will use you until you are fed up then spit in your face and charge you any way they can. I have an MSCJ and BSCJ from CTU while these are their best programs. The problem with a DM is that it is less respected than a Ph.D., which is what I am going for now. Management in practice is completely different than management in theory and CTU by no means provides a good program for applying management like the proclaim calling the DM a practitioner degree. Don't believe me, enroll and find out for yourselves? I can almost guarantee that CTU will be unsatisfactory. This is why the majority of doctoral programs are not ranked. By the way, I now attend University of the Rockies and found this to be a better alternative. I am in their Ph.D. in Organizational Development and Leadership. I like this program because they publish guides on IRB and the dissertation unlike CTU which is fragmented PDF documents spread throughout the doctoral library. Despite the down sides to CTU they are cheaper than University of the Rockies and provide more dissertations to view than my current school. CTU does have a rigorous program because 1 class transferred into my Ph.D. In ODL and this was a research course. However, I found when going out and having to do the research for the dissertation UoR seems to be the best choice because all of their requirements are listed and up front unlike CTU. I don't think there will be any surprises here unlike CTU because money is dispersed only twice a year and FA told me they don't have screw ups in their financial aid department. So far so good!
I really had a great experience going through the BSN program. The degree plan was challenging, up to date with practice and very relevant to my career. The program requires self motivation. So if you can't keep yourself on track, this isn't the program for you. The program is mostly comprised of writing research papers. There are online lectures that you can attend or watch recorded. And there are a few testing portions that you can test out of content or take the content and then test. These sections allow you to improve your scores. There is an online library which was wonderful, and online textbooks that were not si wonderful. The format of the books were a little difficult to read. Overall though, the program was great and I'm very proud to have my BSN credentialing!
DO NOT GIVE CREDENCE TO THOSE WHO CLAIM CTU DOES NOT WORK WITH YOU ON LATE ASSIGNMENTS I have had health issues throughout my degree as well as power and connectivity issues. I have never had any issues with CTU granting an extension. Honestly, the majority of those who are claiming issues have created their issues by not conforming to the rules and college guidelines. It's always someone else who is to blame with these type people, no personal accountability. During discussion boards and group projects is when you quickly see who these people are. The program requires hard work, dedication and personal commitment. Those who do not bring good these qualities with them will not succeed in this earning environment. I busted my tail during this degree program. Awesome instructors who are professional and subject matter experts demand quality work and accountability. If you apply yourself, there is no reason you cannot succeed. I did quite well with a near 3.88 gpa. My summation is " do not listen to those who blame the organization for their failures when they are likely the real reason for their failures.
I did my Associates degree with no issues. Went back for bachelor program and it was a nightmare. Now years later they say I have a balance and my student loans are not correct. Having to get the DEP of education to look at my loans and how they processed to see if there was anything I can do to fix this issue.
I enjoyed all the learning, but there is a drawback about doing courses online I found. I have a bachelor's degree in accounting but no hands on experience, they need to set some kind of internship to get the hands on training to be able to get a job in the fields you are going to school for.
Terrible school, they don't have all the accreditation, online instructor John Bunch never replies to emails and didn't grade 2 of my assignments, when I escalated this issues I was inform professor said he had been communicating with me but no proof or evidence for that. There are professors who are great people but that school STAY AWAY RIP OFF... Takes student loans in your name with our permission.
I am tired of all the complaining heard about this institution. I graduated with a BS in Criminal Justice and now an MS in Criminal Justice. This University is not the place for you if you need support, or your hand being held through the whole process. There are many cheap non-for-profit educational institutions for this purpose. I consider myself highly educated and anyone that thinks differently of me, the institution I attended, or otherwise is just trying to blow off steam and does not understand the sacrifices it takes to be a good college student. If you fit in one of the categories of students that is disgruntled, or did not graduate, and decide to post completely negative reviews please take a look at how you got in the situation in the first place. I am not saying CTU was perfect, but this institution has the best platform for students to work with and no blackboard garbage like the majority of non-for-profits that do not cater to online students. If you get admitted here, you will gain too much knowledge and be on the best platform/user interface an online education has to offer. CTU has also won a Computer World 2009 award for the Virtual Campus. The worst part of being with CTU was the fact that the majority of staff working online and on-campus do not get paid to support students. This is evident in the graduation rate, which is only 24%. I was running out of financial aid in my undergraduate degree and was told I owed about 7000 dollars. I was put on payment plans until I realized I could be full-time, which made me eligible for a full 5645 dollars in pell grants. I was only able to finish due to my own ingenuity. If I had to depend on CTU to inform me of this minor detail, I would still owe the University far into paying back the student loans. All prospective students of any higher educational institution should be aware of the risks, which is not the Universities problem, or priority. It is also true that for-profit is definitely being treated as a customer first and student second. I regret to say this is the truth with any online program. Every online naysayer needs to be aware that over 85% of colleges and universities offer 100% online degree programs and are also in it for-profit. The only difference between for-profit and non-for-profit educational institutions is the fact that for-profit schools have less regulations on where they can use the money. A for-profit can make massive advertisements on television using student’s money. A non-for-profit receives most of the funding to operate from the state, so the money earned must be put back into the institution in some regards through improvement of facilities, or more qualified teaching staff.
Did CTU's Online Master Degree, program. It had a self-paced program, which allowed to be flexible; just make sure you turn in your assignment at the deadline for the week. Professors interfaced pretty well with the students and we can send messages, email and request to professors and get a fairly quick response within a 24hr time period. Post-graduation of the program they also provide a career finder program that's related to the degree you finished. Counselors were very helpful and helped with many questions and/or challenges you may face.
Good balance for people whom have busy schedules. Instructors are responsive. Learning platform is more intuitive than other big name online education institutions,
I loved the possibility of hybrid instruction. Some classes were 100% online, some were 100% on campus and some were partly online and partly on campus. I've seen some reviews of for-profit universities saying that courses were too easy because the corporations didn't want to drive away their students - I would absolutely NOT agree to that being the case at CTU. The classes were challenging (and I have an above-average IQ) but not so challenging that I got frustrated and wanted to quit. And when I hit a snag nearly all of my professors were delighted to provide help (I had ONE problem professor in four years). When I encountered personal problems during one quarter that necessitated me dropping out of the classes ONLY FOR THAT QUARTER and re-enrolling in the same ones the following quarter - the school was more than willing to work with me. Of course, I had to prove that I had good cause and wasn't just being lazy, but once they saw the circumstances they did everything they could to help me be successful in getting back on track. Another great quality about this school is that it's geared toward adult learners. They absolutely understand what it's like to work and go to school at the same time - this doesn't mean that they let you slide, but they are reasonable in deadlines and workloads. Within five years of graduating with my Bachelor's I DOUBLED my annual income. I'm absolutely considering going back for my MBA with a concentration in IT. I hear that doesn't influence your income so much but it will open additional doors in my career.