Colorado State University
Review Averages: 6.8 out of 10 (15 reviews)Colorado State University has been providing distance education since the 1970s. The school now offers online undergraduate degree programs in: agricultural business; fire and emergency service administration; human development and family studies; and liberal arts. Numerous master’s and doctoral programs, certificates, and non-credit courses are also available.
Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges&Schools
Colorado State University Reviews:
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
The Real Deal
May 20, 2013
Beware, do not take this school lightly, online or not makes no difference it is the same courses and requirements, it is serious stuff, quite difficult, be prepared to work your butt off. I am halfway through my Masters in CIS here and am BURNT. If you went to a for-profit type school before get ready to be rudely awoken. In fact if this is your case think twice about going here, this is the real deal and it is in no way pleasant.
13 of 25 people found the following review helpful
January 26, 2013
Confusing requirements, conflcting information in course. Instructor attempts to get answers were unsuccessful. Instructor clearly frustrated by inability to obtain support. Reflected in quality of learning experience. They don't seem to know what they're doing.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
October 6, 2010
The school is highly reputable with classmates from all over the country/world with diverse professional backgrounds. Most students enrolled have a military background. Their first class is Accounting, which you are given the option to take a tutorial prior to taking BUS 615. Having an Accounting background really helps but for someone who hasn't kept up with the subject, has no interest, or has no background in it would be quite challenging. The professor runs the class and the lecture but there are designated DSC's (coordinators) who are responsible for 40 students. Yes, there are over 400 students in one class and they are broken into smaller groups. I didn't like that there is really no one-on-one with the professor online and that you have to go through the DSC first. This can be confusing and to think the professor is untouchable - so to speak - makes it more aggravating and impersonal. Interaction with students is basically nil. Not a lot of students are willing to communicate other than the basic intros in the start. I really wish there was more interaction in the start to make new students feel comfortable. The advisors were great and are there for you all the time - turnaround is quick. As for the class, the lectures are videotaped and sent to you via mail. On average, it takes 2.5-3 hours to watch (per week), plus the readings and the homework assignments. I had to withdraw from CSU for personal reasons and the fact that it did not work out with my current work schedule. The accounting class I took required a lot from me - I basically spent 30 hours a week studying...with no guidance really. But the main reason is that at CSU I am only able to take one class at a time, which means I would spend the next four years with them. I want to receive an MBA but in less than two years (fast track). I made my decision to attend this school based solely on their AACSB accreditation - without considering other reasons. Overall, this is a "GOOD" school.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Great value and support, highly recommended!!
March 4, 2013
I am in my final term and graduating in June. I have hopped around to several online and traditional schools including a traditional, very large and reputable state university. At another online school, just submitting the assignment would result in an "A" and I learned nothing. CSU is another story. The courses require a little work for me to pass - the academic quality is a little more challenging than the U of MN was, partially because there is nobody standing in front of me telling me to get my work done. My academic advisor is AMAZING!! Seriously, she deserves a raise for all she's done. Any changes to my degree plan, graduation plan, and so on were handled quickly and seamlessly. I never had any financial aid issues, and the team is proactive about making sure I have what I need. Now that Alicia is handling that too, I think the experience will only get better. I have not a single complaint about the school. It is not for everyone - online education in general takes self-discipline, but there are no better values online than this. It is seriously CHEAP and nobody has ever questioned the quality.
12 of 27 people found the following review helpful
As bad as Phoenix University and other online schools
February 2, 2013
I graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor's degree from CSU-Global. Since then, I have applied for many jobs utilizing this degree, but pretty much everyone looks at it the same... "oh, an online degree, ok." I can accept that, it's an inherent issue with all of the diploma mill colleges going around these days, however my real problem with CSU-Global is their terrible administrative staff. To start, the billing and accounting staff is completely incompetent. You have to walk them through baby-steps to get simple documentation. You cannot get directly in touch with anyone that can actually solve your problem, which leads to a nightmarish game of phone tag and voice mails (they say they will contact you within 24 hours, but it's about a 50/50 chance that you'll receive a call back). The thing that has frustrated me the most is that they stopped honoring a tuition discount that I had been receiving. After spending nearly $20,000 on my Bachelor's degree with their school, they have the nerve to discontinue my discount, enroll me in my next set of classes without telling me the difference in rates, only to find out at the end that my tuition rate was raised by about 33%. As another reviewer stated, their bureaucratic appeal process is worthless and a waste of time at best. The education you receive from this school is mediocre at best, with nearly every weekly assignment involving a 10 question quiz and a 1 page paper. There's not much actual LEARNING going on here. Presently, I am stuck with my degree on a wall plaque, an unjust bill of over $1000, and my transcripts held hostage by the school. To top it off, the school won't do anything to make this right after being in contact with them on several occasions. Find a better university to attend; don't give these scam artists a single penny.
12 of 18 people found the following review helpful
In the business of education, not a institute of higher education
January 8, 2013
After a year and a 3.77 GPA encountered an issue with a single professor, the academic advisement department response was "online education is not for everyone." The solutions offered to me for dealing with the situation was to either withdrawal from the university or to go through a bureaucratic nightmare of an appeals process. I am no longer with the university and I now understand why their lower division courses are crowded (30 plus student) and their upper division courses are empty (2 or 3 students).
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Online Degree Review for CSU Global Campus
May 12, 2009
I am a 46 year old single mom working full time. The CSU Global Campus online degree program has allowed me to work towards my goal of earning a Bachelor's Degree. By allowing me the flexibility to do my homework in the evenings and weekends, I am proud to say that I am a 4.0 student and the learning experience has been very high quality. The professors all have high expectations of the students and this has been a worthwhile challenge in my educational growth.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Good programs, terrible advisor and administrative support
March 3, 2014
I am not gonna lie, I chose this program to further my education and do so while working a job that requires around 55-60 hours per week. I just finished my Masters Degree at the school and overall I was impressed with the things I learned and were able to apply to my current job. Yes I had a few bad professors who seemed inclined to give out an A to anyone who took their class, but I had teachers like that in my undergraduate degree at a top rated brick and mortar university so you run into that anywhere you seek a higher Education. What really made me angry is the lack so support and help from my advisor.. Or should I say advisors. I think I had 6 different advisors during my 3 years at the school and none of them really cared about me or my success at all. The student billing department is a joke and any times I had issues with a professor and I consulted fellow students about it I was told to stop discussing it or I could be expelled! What!? The administration is not student friendly and the advisors are clueless and treat you like a number instead of a person. Overall I'd say the curriculum is good if you want to up your game for a new career or promotion at work, but be aware u are pretty much on your own once you start because you don't get much help from advisors or support staff. The teachers overall are great, at least most that I had at the school, but just be prepared to have a few who are difficult just like at any other school.
10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Good in theory, not great
April 22, 2014
I was excited to attend an online college that was not a for-profit college. I have worked in the for- profit industry and that is not something I wanted to be a part of. Overall I did enjoy CSU-Global. I found that 95% of my classmates in the master's program were well educated and had real career experience. I learned from many of them. Though online college is supposed to be flexible it still is time consuming. There are reasons I have chosen to not attend my graduation this summer. CSU Global has a 90% acceptance rate per information found via Google. It is hard to feel like I accomplished something when really anyone gets accepted. I think I received "A" grades, but my work was more B quality and in some cases even C quality. Instructors have to use a rubric for grading and I understand it is important to have clear guidelines so students are graded the same, but the rubric grade is often all that is given, no additional feedback is provided. I do not feel prepared for my capstone and information received in prior classes seems to conflict with what is required. Instructors were very friendly, but no one pushes students beyond their limits. I have only attended CSU-Global so I can't compare to other colleges. If you are a true student of academia a this is not the college for you. This college is better for those that need to earn a degree in a short amount of time and avoid the negatives of for-profit colleges. Elementary kids are more likely to get graded harder than anyone at CSU-Global. Expect conflicting information regarding your capstone and pointless discussion posts -time wasters for the most part. Discussion posts are typical in online courses so I assume I would have the same opinion no matter what college I went to. I don't dislike CSU-Global, but I probably won't be rocking the alumni gear.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
July 15, 2014
CSU Global is a great online school. You will write a lot! Discussion board and quiz are freebies, but the writing assignments are not. This school works very well for those who work and/or have kids. You will encounter a bad professor and you will encounter grading that seems unfair. But if you can write, you will succeed at CSU Global.
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