Colorado Technical University
Review Averages: 5.8 out of 10 (96 reviews)Colorado Technical University features campus-based and online degree programs in business, engineering, health, management, and technology. Degrees are available at every level from associate’s through doctoral, and CTU also offers diplomas in medical assisting and practical nursing. Hybrid (online plus on-campus) learning is available in Colorado, Missouri, and South Dakota.
Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA-HLC), The Higher Learning Commission
Colorado Technical University Reviews:
64 of 70 people found the following review helpful
May 4, 2012
I must start by saying that I graduated with a 4.0 at CTU, so I'm not just another disgruntled student who thought he/she was going to get an easy ride; I put a lot of time and effort into earning my degree at CTU. I went above and beyond on my assignments to try to really understand the subject matter. Learning the material was really important to me, not just getting an A with the least amount of work possible. Overall, CTU is not a very good value. The school is among the most expensive there is for online programs. The programs are really a joke in my opinion. First, the school tries to use the same exact syllabus for each class, which just doesn't work out very well. In other words, you end up writing a paper on math instead of actually doing/learning math problems. Secondly, the discussion board postings are worthless. Every week you have to participate in discussion boards, but there is never really any meaningful discussion going on. The discussion postings are mainly students who can barely read or spell posting comments such as, "great work, keep it up!" Third, you get virtually no help from the professors. During my time at CTU I tried to contact professors on several occasions to ask questions/seek more help on various subjects. I never received an answer of any sort. I was always told to Google it or watch the class lecture. I did watch the class lecture, but needed some additional explanation. What is the point of having experienced professors if they are just going to tell you to Google it? They don't even "teach" during the lectures; they simply read a PowerPoint slide to the class. Fourth, many times the subject matter was off base. For instance, in the object-oriented design class we wrote a procedural based program, not an object-oriented program. WTH? I got a 99 for the class, but didn't really learn much about object-oriented design. I learned more about object-oriented design within an hour of reading Head First Java on my own time than I did during the entire object-oriented design course at CTU. It seems that you are graded more for your ability to write than you are for understanding the subject matter. I will say that the technology is top notch, but it does little to overcome the weaknesses in curriculum. Fifth, financial aid was also dishonest with me. They are pressured to tell students whatever they need to tell them to get the most money possible. I explicitly explained to financial aid that I didn't want to take more classes than my student loans would cover in a year and if I had to drag out the length of the program that was fine. The main point was that I didn't want to have to pay out-of-pocket. Of course they told me I had plenty of available loan money and kept me enrolled in the maximum number of classes each term. Next thing you know, they said I'd need to pay $8000 for the remainder of the year because I had already used up all my loan money. I paid because I had no choice if I wanted to finish. This really left a sour taste in my mouth. Before this happened, my opinion of CTU was just that they were any other business with good intentions but simply had a very weak program. To me, the dishonesty there showed me they are worse than that - cons out to extort as much money as possible from their students in as short a time as possible. I'll leave with this: the program is very, very easy and you won't really learn much, even if you go above and beyond. But, you will earn an accredited degree. If you're a working adult that hasn't been in school in over 20 years and consider yourself weak academically, you might benefit a little from CTU's degree program. Otherwise, there are much better schools such as UMASS (same price as CTU) and Western Governors ($6000 per year) for the same price or less than CTU. The important thing to remember here as potential students ponder attending CTU is that earning a degree is not the answer, it's really what you do with the knowledge gained. With that said, I cannot recommend CTU for 95% of the population. You'll end up with $50k in debt with little skills or knowledge to show for it. Even if another school such as Western Governors were found to be no better, at least you'd only be $12k in debt, not $50k. I only posted this review because I don't want other students to be in the same boat I'm in; that is, a lot of debt with little education. I'm looking into attending another institution and earning a second degree just because I feel that my time spend with CTU was pretty much useless. I hope that those reading this won't make the same mistake I did. Please, find another school to attend.
38 of 45 people found the following review helpful
Run...go somewhere else..
April 25, 2012
Go elsewhere. I attended CTU online and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BSBA in IT. While attending this school for a year and a half, I don't think I ever read the books. The courses are crammed into 51/2 weeks (as opposed to 12) and every subject has at least one group project where you have that one person who doesn't do anything or surprisingly shows up at the last minute to do the bare minimum and expect full credit. The professors are a joke too...I had several who never bother attending their own live chat sessions and would constantly reschedule. For the amount of money your paying for your education, you should be getting the most out of it, not learning the bare minimum and having to "google" every subject to learn about it. The last straw was that I was enrolled for my Masters degree in software engineering and one week before the class was to start, the admissions counselor calls me to tell me that I needed to take advance math courses and that I couldn't attend the software engineering program. Ughhh...do yourself a favor and find an online university that actually takes the time to teach the students. I found one where the online course is the same as what the traditional students take in the same time frame. I'm learning more now than what I ever did from this place.
36 of 46 people found the following review helpful
Most people go to school for the wrong reasons.
May 6, 2012
For those who give negative feedback, you've never been to a real school obviously. You are paying for an education. It's up to you to READ the books and to get that education. I have an AAS in Aviation Sciences from Utah Valley State Univeristy. AS in Graphic Design, BA in Animation from Westwood Technical College. Then came to CTU after a few bad Experiences with Uni of Ph, and Full Sail Uni. I decided to complete a few classes for the AAS in Criminal Justice, Just completed the BA in Homeland Security and Emergency Management Feb2011, now working on my Masters and will Gladly use this school to get my Doctorates. Ive been to many schools attended on campus and online for most. CTU is BY FAR the best school for what they have. If you don't like the learning on your own format, do not even think about going to college. This isn't high school, they won't hold your hand through your classes. They do answer emails. There are 2 classes a week. I've NEVER had a professor miss more than 2 classes in a 5.5 week session. Wed discussion boards are due, Sundays peer responses to those discussions are due. Then Monday Individual projects are due. You don't do crap for homework, so those who complain that this is too much can literally go fall off a cliff. I remember having 2,000 word essays due each day in high school for a basic Lit class. Plus is had 8 other classes to do at the same time. CTU is a great school, take it for the right purposes. Each of their classes are technical courses. Which means you have a class and you learn A LOT if you decided to READ the BOOKS and materials.!!! you know when you work at simple jobs like Home depot for 3 years, they want you to take a class to become a manager or a supervisor. That 1 basic class brings you up that much because it's a technical class. EVERY CLASS YOU WILL TAKE AT CTU. IS A TECHNICAL CLASS. there are a few basic courses that are common sense, but if you chose not to learn from the materials, you are cheating yourself out of your money. After my BA degree I opened up my Own Federal Agency. I'm a CEO at 23. I'd say THANK YOU to CTU for the classes I took there helped me understand the aspects of homeland security and allowed me to do this. Maybe in the future you all will see my Inducted into the Department of Justice like I am trying to do now. If any of you have issues that are keeping you from applying at CTU feel free to email me. I'll be happy to answer any questions as a Student. I do not work for CTU and Would tell anyone to take CTU's General education and transfer. If you want to stick with them with their programs.. do it.! email@example.com
29 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Know what your'e getting into.
May 5, 2012
You may be interested in this college for one reason or another, but you probably want to get your education for a job. You need to know that if you give them your e-mail or any information they will abuse the crap out of it. Upon sending my info to them online on their website requesting some information, I was called the next day by a recruiter who would not stop talking to me, even at work. I asked him to call back later. Oh, they called back alright. They called back the next day and the next day and the next day and the next day etc. Once I stopped answering they apparently elevated my situation to one of their "top recruiters." I didn't buy it at all, this was the most pushy, needy woman on the planet. But, somehow I was about to start classes when I decided it wasn't time for me. Apparently this was unacceptable and I was told "NO" at first. I just said to her, I don't care what you think AT ALL, I am not doing this. This was not enough apparently and they elevated me to her boss at some point. This is when I told her that I do not want to talk to that person ever again and the only way to get them to stop talking to me for now, was to tell them I would be taking classes next "session" instead. So guess what they did, started calling me again 5 weeks later and it was the same push woman who wouldn't let it go. Well, my temporary employment at my awesome job ended and I was stuck questioning what to do. So, when this obnoxious woman called back, I ended up agreeing to take the classes. This didn't stop her from calling me every single day until I filled out the online forms. Once I did this I never heard from her again. This was both a blessing and a sign of shady things to come. The first class they FORCE you to take (I say the first, because you have absolutely no control over which classes you take, when you take them, and the time they are)is a very, very elementary introduction class to the "online campus." Here you learn about setting goals and most of your grade is determined by idiotic responses to people's phony interest in the school and "information" we were getting. Also, there was no book for this course, but you still have to pay the full tuition fee, which I was told was so inflated due to books and material. The "live sessions" are one hour, twice a week, incredibly boring listening sessions. After the first 20 minutes of the teacher figuring out what she was doing and talking to students she began her now 40 minute lecture. This was about 5 minutes worth of material expanded for the duration, in part because of her slowness and in part because really dumb people had actual questions about what she was talking about. This class was mostly a joke, but it was just an introductory class, so I assumed that my next set of real classes would be much different. My next set of classes start and lo and behold it is exactly the same setup. We are forced into responding to students for a grade with half-assed and phony responses. I still only have a 1 hour (ish) period of listening to a boring instructor and now there are group assignments. On top of all of this, I was taking classes that I didn't want to and didn't care about. So finding the motivation to get up at 5AM to listen to the teacher live was impossible. Apparently someone intelligent thought it was okay to have a 5am live class, which I figure I am paying for a class to participate in. I e-mailed the teacher about this and he said it will not change. So after the first week of hell, I decided I didn't want to do this. This is when very bad things started happening. I call them up on monday and ask to be withdrawn from the terribly rushed and boring 5.5 week classes I was forced into. I got an immediate "NO." Apparently you only have the first 5 days of class to withdraw and get your money back. Unfortunately this was the moment I realized I participated in a huge scam. There was no pleading or arguing with these people that would change their mind, because it was "policy." But the good news was, I could withdraw and NOT get my money back! These people are a joke and could care less about any one student. After weeks of pleading with financial aid advisers, my financial aid was revoked because I accepted the withdrawal and I was stuck with a $900 bill and a $1200 loan for 2 classes I did not take, or want to take. I even filed a dispute with financial aid describing my situation and what had happened. It was promptly denied and I was left screwed over, learning nothing. Sorry for the really long rant, but this place is mostly a money grubbing scam. If you want rushed courses that are packed into 5.5 weeks and cost over $1200 each this college may be for you. If you want little to no time with an instructor and a 1 hour twice a week listening and holding internet hands "live session," this may be the college for you. If you want forced group interaction, awkward communication, and a to hear meaningless responses from people that are probably dumber than you (no offense), this may be the college for you. Just know, you are only a dollar sign to these people.
24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
CTU Online worked great for me!
July 2, 2012
Traveling in my career prevented me from attending a traditional university for 2 decades. Initially I was skeptical of attending a for-profit school in an online environment. However, in the end, CTU seemed to have the key elements that would accommodate my circumstances. Attending CTU Online isn't for the undisciplined and those seeking an easy path. On average, I invested between 20-30 hours a week in course attendance and homework. My student recruiter led me to believe it would only take 10-15 hours a week. In just a little over 2 years, I managed to complete about 2 years of college course work while working full time. Additionally, I took CLEP proficiency exams to test out of just less than 1 years’ worth of underclassman (Freshman/Sophomore) course level classes. If you can test out of any lower level classes, save the money and take the test. Most of the professors with CTU were outstanding. They knew their topics well and communicated in an impressive fashion. A few of them were duds, but how is that different from the traditional school setting. Overall, I learned a lot of things that I've applied in practical professional settings. For example, we had to use Excel rather heavily for numerous courses. Having become very proficient in Excel, I’ve figured ways to greatly increase my work productivity and that of our staff. A disappointing aspect of CTU Online was the turnover of the student advisors. I believe this is one of the downsides of a for-profit university environment. They are very aggressive in getting the students in the school and keeping them there (However, back in 1985, my non-profit college recruiter was also pretty aggressive and told me whatever I wanted to hear in order to go to the first college I attended). With CTU, I got the impression they applied a lot of pressure on the recruiters and advisors to produce and if they failed to do so, those employees were either quickly dismissed or they quit. Just know that if you begin the process of inquiry with them, you better be serious about going back to school, because they will pursue you. I was serious and ready, so their aggressiveness wasn’t a factor for me. The end result of all this has worked out great for me. For about 20 years, I was passed over in career advancement opportunities, because I lacked a degree. As soon as competing organizations learned I was about to complete my BS in Business Administration, they started calling me. In June of 2007 I finished my undergrad degree with CTU and immediately accepted a position that paid 54% more than the job I previously held. Today I'm working in my dream position for a nationally based organization that embraces and values the skills I learned throughout my career and my time with CTU. At just 5 years post-graduation, I’m now earning 70% more than what I was making prior to completing my degree. My situation and outcome may be unique, however a degree through CTU Online can bring the results you desire if you are willing to pay the financial costs and truly invest the time it takes. A potential student must go into this understanding CTU is out to make money. However, they offer a valid education through a nationally accepted and accredited educational association. If you understand this, it is a win-win situation. If you are naive enough to believe you can get a degree without the proper investment of time and money, you will get something worth less that the parchment on which your certification is printed.
22 of 30 people found the following review helpful
My experience attending CTU.
August 15, 2012
I was already pursuing a MBA at the University of Colorado when my job transferred me to a new city. I had completed 6 classes with no grade lower than A-. I made the poor decision when I moved that instead of staying at CU (getting a new job), traveling for school, or attending only online classes; I would transfer to a new grad school to finish my MBA as soon as possible. At the time, graduating with the piece of paper was more important. After all of my academic successes and licenses earned, I made a very poor decision, in hindsight. As a side note, do not transfer grad schools. Start and concentrate fully on your study and creating job opportunities. The only exception I see to this rule would be if you could transfer from an average school to a top 25 business school. First, CTU has a policy that all work must be submitted in APA format, even short one paragraph assignments. This is a bit excessive. Additionally, the American Psychological Association style is specifically that, for psychology. It is true that other medical professions sometimes use this style, but APA is reserved for the soft sciences. I have never used APA in my undergrad, graduate, my published work (yes, I am published), or my professional reports. APA is not relevant to my work as my MBA is supposed to be relevant to the world. Second, and my biggest problem, is that my classes were very simple. CTU was easier than my undergrad work, and I'm talking about my easier 300 level classes. My marketing class was a series of show and tell sessions where we described an everyday object. My management class required two papers a week summarizing articles. I repeatedly added my own analysis with references and graphs to which my professor replied, you are over achieving on every assignment but very good work. I was trying to challenge myself, plus that level of work was required in my previous schools. My finance management class was comprised of such subjects such as, what is a stock, what is a bond, how does life insurance work. These discussions were hardly 600 level, I felt like I was in a high school class. In one class the professor could not answer the question, what does ETF stand for?, a rather simple question. This professor was the Dean of the Finance Department. After the first two weeks of class the professor actually approached me and asked that I teach in his class. He asked that I teach certain topics, lead discussion, and through example and lecture, show the other students how to apply financial thinking and concepts. My classes continued this way in every subject. I didn’t take a single test at CTU. I was also never required to submit any final projects that were greater than any individual paper that was assigned throught a semester. My “capstone” class, which is supposed to be my chance to prove I was worthy of my MBA and include research and analysis from all subjects in the business school, was not at all like that and was one of my easiest classes. I actually took the capstone class in the middle of my semesters to get it out of the way, instead of at the end of my degree program. I was not required to take any law classes (even ignoring the fact that I had taken three business law classes at CU), only one very elementary economics/accounting class, only two finance classes (even though finance was my specialization), and no classes in operations or logistics. Unfortunately, I was getting exactly what I had asked for: the easiest way to get that piece of paper that said I have a MBA. I wanted the fast track and CTU provided the bullsh*t “schooling.” Third, CTU advertises itself as the future of education, “career-focused,” “industry-specific,” and focused on advanced technology. None of those dash excessive adjectives were true. Not once did we work with mentors in the business world or any actual companies. Never did we discuss how our projects were mirrored to actual projects in the real world. We never had a guest speaker from a local business. While my career was pushing me harder and setting expectations for me upon graduation, my schooling at CTU seemed to be “dumbing” me down. I should have been on the payroll (which I was later offered by the Dean of Finance) than wasting time and money. We didn’t even use Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Project, Outlook, or Access for our work (although I secretly did even knowing my grade could be punished) even though those programs are used in the real world. We were forced to use some software no one outside of CTU has ever heard of or used. It was also expensive software that CTU sells. That must be part of the “for profit” designation CTU carries. None of our work was ever shared with local businesses to show our potential as employees to those businesses. I would never use any of my school work from CTU to sell myself in interviews, I do use work samples from my CU schooling in interviews to prove I can work for employers. That was what CU advised me to do, and has received many kudos from interviewers. CTU promises a nontraditional college experience with a focus on technology like in the real world. The extent of CTU’s technology was using email to communicate to teachers (that’s not groundbreaking), submitting papers online (also not groundbreaking but funny when the papers were prepared in class and the teacher couldn’t accept them directly to his computer but we all sat there wasting time waiting for our work to upload, then the professor had to open the papers individually), then meeting as teams in some classes in the CTU online chat rooms. The irony being that I rarely talked to a team member in or out of class as it was explicitly against guidelines. This “advanced” technology made all teamwork a hassle and counterproductive. That was the extent of technology at CTU, PowerPoint for presentations was accepted sometimes but not supported. I even had more than one professor state they would not share their PowerPoint notes and lectures with the class because that was their work, not ours. I still don’t understand why you would teach from PowerPoint slides but not allow students to review those slides after class when studying. Furthermore, the online portion of each class (whether it was 50% or 100% of the attendance) was forced and almost every professor complained about it. CTU has yet to figure out how to use an online platform to teach, their attempts are so awkward and made work very difficult. Lastly, CTU has little to no career services. They try to pass off their very small and security job dominated job fairs as career helpful. But these aren’t helpful since almost no local or nonlocal businesses attend, and no one in the business school is attempting a degree of being a security officer. They have only one person on staff to help with interview preparation and resume building. I feel that a graduate candidate should already have these skills and professionals they can network with, but apparently this is not true at CTU. The career services employee came straight from 20 some years in the military and did not have any educational or professional experience to qualify him as a career services mentor. The marketing professor invited him to come to our class and effectually waste an entire period teaching us about resumes. The info presented was misleading, incorrect, and horrible. I have worked in HR depts., I have worked closely with HR depts. and employees professionally and in networking, and I have my own mentors and experiences to back me up. This career services individual “taught” all the wrong things to do as the only right way to write a resume. He taught that the longer the resume the better because it shows the candidate has more experience (no matter the quality of the experience or resume), he taught many pages are best. He taught that sections titled hobbies, interests, skills, qualifications, education, licenses, should all be separate sections, even though some of those are synonyms for each other. He also said that personal interests should be included, the more the better. I still don’t know what my interest in cooking, bird watching, and UFC have to do with getting a financial analyst job, not to mention I don’t even like those things particularly. He also promoted the use of objectives (I don’t agree but I do accept that many people do like the objective section), but he specifically stated the objective should be many sentences, include as many adjectives as possible, and does not need to relate to the actual job being sought (I wholeheartedly disagree). I had many, many other problems with CTU but I achieved exactly what I intended: a piece of paper that says I have a MBA. I list my MBA on my resume. But I regret how I failed myself by taking the easy way out, and I didn’t even save money. Fortunately, I was able to finish my MBA in six months; unheard of from real schools. Additionally, in many interviews I’ve had to defend my MBA to the interviewers since CTU is not respected. During my time at CTU and since, I have passed the Series 7 and 66, passed the CFA Level 1 and 2 tests, earned an insurance license, and taken the LSAT. I’m hoping those accomplishments fill my gap the MBA doesn’t.
22 of 32 people found the following review helpful
May 15, 2012
Only go to this school if you don't value your dollar for education. I graduated with honors for an MBA. The school employs some instructors who cannot speak English-so you will only understand a portion of the class lectures. Don't bother complaining because they will not make any changes. Several times during classes you will be expected to work in groups and I experienced on numerous occasions how other students will plagiarize their work and even when it is brought to the attention of the instructor, that student will be able to pass the course with an "A". To me this is a joke and is a reflection on CTU that surely employers do notice. CTU is not a desirable university for employers despite what they tell you. Employers know how easy it is to get a degree from CTU and this means that the students really do not know what is going on.
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