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I went to CSU for a little over two years. I entered it with an Associate's degree and finished with my Bachelor's in Business Administration. Please disregard the review (especially the lengthy ones that go on and on...you know what they say - you can tell a liar when they try to give too much information). My only "gripe" with my experience at CSU was during my last year my academic advisor was changed twice on me. Granted I did not require their help much, but I did not like the switching of advisors. Overall I found the professors to be knowledgable and willing to help. The feedback I received on assignments, projects, and essays was professional and on point. I graduated cum laude in May of 2018 and three months later got a job working for my city in their HR department.
I went here for two years and earned my BS in Business with a focus in Human Resource Management. Anyone who says the classes are easy...is lying. You have to earn your grades. Anyone who says your credits aren't transferable...hasnt done their homework. I found the professors to be engaging and informative. Whrn I got really sick and was hospitalized...I was allowed to extend my classes by 30 days which helpwd immensely. Compared to many online colleges...CSU is one of the best in my opinion.
I decided to wait until graduating to post a review, so I could share my entire experience. I graduated in 2017 with my bachelors in business administration. I loved CSU for many reasons! CSU was one of the most affordable online schools. I qualified for a Pell grant through financial aid, which paid for almost my entire schooling every term. The only things I really had to pay for out of pocket were my proctored final exams which were about $20/piece. The school, the instructors, and the staff were all very helpful along the way. This university is very organized. Classes are all in 8 week terms if you use financial aid. I love the flexibility of being able to get online anytime I want to finish my work. Weekly assignments typically consisted of a classroom community forum where a topic would be posted and you would be expected to discuss it. The second part of the assignment would usually be either a 2-5 page paper or a PowerPoint presentation. To prepare someone who may be thinking about attending CSU you HAVE to be knowledgeable in how to write essays. I had to write essays almost every week in every class. If you are a student who does not like to write or does not know APA style I would advise you to either learn it or pick another school. CSU is VERY essay heavy. You will have to learn how to manage your time to finish the research for those essays and the writings on time! But overall I would highly recommend CSU to anyone looking to advance themselves. It is a college that provides a great education at an even better price! And, yes, after finishing my degree I was able to find a job in the healthcare field in a bachelors preferred position.
I have been a student with CSU for 7 years now. Earned my CCAF and now in my last class for my BA in Business Management and Administration. I highly recommend CSU to Active Duty Military members. They are incredibly receptive to short notice taskers. The Online Life Paced option works best for me. Its an 8 week course in a 10 week period. You can turn in assignments early or late with no penalty.
I loved this school and really think it's the most affordable online degree program. Yes it requires a lot of writing and extensive research on most assignments but most of the instructors are lenient and understanding. They will work with you if you really want to achieve a good grade. In my opinion it's a great school to earn your degree and it's very doable with my busy full time job.
As stated before, experiences may differ. I never had an issue with CSU, the VA Rep was super helpful, my Academic Advisor was awesome (thanks so much Rachael, you are the best!!) and would call me periodically to check on my progress. All departments were helpful and caring, they created a great culture and I would recommend this institution to anyone interested in higher education, exceptional professionalism!!! CLASS OF 2016!!!!
As online colleges go. ...I don't have many complaints with CSU. Yes there are some things you will need to figure out on your own. Yes there will be some confusion. But if you've gone to a brick and mortar school you know there are several of both. Education is not connect the dots. Figure it out or sink. It's up to you. I've taken classes where the assessments didn't match the course work and emailed the professors who changed the grade. No idea if the inconsistency was fixed or not. If you can articulate your thoughts in a cohesive paragraph you will do fine. I've tried the brick and mortar school, the online classes and the study on your own. Each has their pro's and con's. If you don't function well on your own go to the building. ..otherwise suck it up and write the assays, prove you know what you are talking about and get on with your life. Stop wasting time complaining about your situation. For the money CSU is hard to beat. I have take one class every 10 or 15 weeks and have 5 courses to go for my B.A. paid in full on graduation. The last online school i attended for an associate program cost me twice as much for 1/2 the classes. same amount of writing. Good luck and happy writing.
This college was amazing. It was all online so I could do it at home without finding childcare for my kids. It was in my own pace yet had deadlines that were set. The deadlines were all realistic and it made completing the assignments on time easy.
Great 1st semester...the professors will help and will work with you. Only thing...have to make sure you schedule the final and a proctor...if not you will get an F. I like the school and plan on finishing my MBA. I can do this and still work as a busy Director of Operations for a restaurant group... Go Knights!!!