Colorado Technical University
Review Averages: 5.8 out of 10 (98 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:
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
my CTU experiance
B.S. Criminal Justice - April 7, 2015
My name is Rachel and I am currently a student at CTU. First off they are very helpful in every department. I have never called in and been passed off or ignored. My student adviser contacts me regularly as does admissions officer. I have called financial aid several times and I have always been treated with respect and have been taken seriously at every turn. I think that you really do get what you put in and perhaps if others put as much effort into their own degree and stop expecting to have it done for them, then maybe they would be taken more seriously. We are all grown ups now and need to stand on our own two feet and stop expecting the world to hold our hands and hand us everything we want in life if we throw a hiss fit. GROW UP!!!!!!!! I have found my student experience to be very pleasent and I have no complaints. If CTU was lacking in the beginning, they have worked out all the bugs and are doing well. I have always recieved any help I have asked for. I would recommend this school to others any day of the week, as a matter of fact I did recomnmend it to someone very important to me, my daughter.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
B.S. in Criminal Justice 2014
B.S. Criminal Justice - February 12, 2015
I, Trevor S., graduated from Colorado Technical University Online on November 11, 2014. It took me four years from start to finish to get a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. My experience was so valuable that I decided to go for the MSCJ and I’m now in my third class that starts on February 15, 2015. I received several job offers from security jobs, but declined them to continue my education without interruption. I honestly feel this is the best way to earn a criminal justice degree if you don’t want to sit in large lecture halls at a traditional university. I originally decided to attend the Colorado Springs campus because it was near where I was living at the time. I realized this was a big mistake because the instructors didn’t ever offer to help struggling students and made them take the class over again. There was zero support in trying to earn a degree at the campus. Several unrelated events lead me to online with CTU because of my terrible experiences at the campus. To this day I would not recommend the campus because they are more interested in taking students money than actual education. I found out the exact opposite was true for Colorado Technical University Online. From the beginning of my online program I was supported by the University. This online based system runs directly out of Illinois, not the Colorado Springs campus. However, degrees are conferred through CTU-Colorado Springs, or another campus closest to where you live and the degree doesn’t say online on it. All instructors give their home phone numbers for students to call and talk to them. Unlike many of the private for-profit institutions in the same bracket as CTU we had at least two live chat sessions a week in every class equivalent to lectures. This is unique because when I was at DeVry University and Argosy University all students had to do was read the textbook and respond to discussion boards. In fact, all of my master’s courses and many of my bachelor’s courses with CTU Online had doctor level instructors teaching the courses. CTU operates under the project learning model, which allows students to do projects instead of taking lengthy unrelated tests weekly like many traditional universities and colleges. The PLM is designed to assimilate students to what it would be like if they were in the working World. Many people feel online education isn’t worth it and may be a scam. For these naysayers I’d like to let them know that unlike traditional schools students are held to stricter standards. I wasn’t allowed to submit an assignment late, without prior approval from the instructor, or I would receive a zero grade. How many ‘research’ universities have this policy in place? Also, I wasn’t allowed to use any non-credible sources, like Wikipedia. Additionally, every assignment is automatically graded for plagiarism this includes any papers downloaded from websites for free or otherwise. It is nearly impossible to cheat, or have someone else do the work for you because of this plagiarism tool. Now that I’m working on my master’s degree with CTU Online I can honestly say this is a good school for anyone that values hard work and dedication to their education. The only problem I see is the cost even though Colorado Technical University has the fairest price for all of their degrees even online. In fact, CTU Online is probably the cheapest undergraduate degree program for the money offered online at just 325 dollars a credit hour. I’m currently taking out student loans for 585 dollars a credit hour for their master’s degree program. Overall, if you haven’t gained a better understanding of Colorado Technical University by reading this review you should have gained that this is a decent institution, education is what you put into it, and what you put into it is what you will gain from any school.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
You get what you put in
B.S. - Information Technology - December 20, 2014
I began my schooling at CTU in the fall of 2011 pursuing a BSIT with 0 knowledge about computers other than how to surf the internet and play games on them. At the time I was making twelve dollars an hour with my employer. A few months into my education I applied for and earned an entry level job in our systems department. Since that time I have received four other promotions, each one due to the education I received from CTUO and the work I put in outside of the normal course work. I am an infrastructure engineer now and my pay has a little more than tripled since 2011 with plenty of room to grow at a Fortune 100 company. Pursuing and obtaining my degree with some hard work has led me to a completely different life. Guess what? I did this at CTUO. I am bothered by all of these bad reviews about the school and staffing. This is not the case from my experience. You will of course have instances where teachers do not communicate as well as expected or have issues with financial aid from time to time, but that happens everywhere. I have attended brick and mortar schools previously including a local community college and IU Bloomington. My experience was no different at CTUO than any of the others. It was kind of a pain to get my financial aid straightened out in the beginning, but once that was taken care of all was well. The hardest part about CTUO and I'm sure a lot of online schools that I think a lot of people don't get, is dedicating the time to not only just complete the assignments for the grade, but to go above and beyond to insure that you learn what you need to and it sticks. In five week courses that, in my experience, change without returning to similar work for months at a time it is difficult to retain everything. There are lab sessions as well as being able to self-study that help with this though. As far as the teachers, they have all been fair and usually respond to any emails within a couple of days and unless they have another live chat to conduct most are willing to stay later to discuss any questions from the lecture. I personally don't know of another online school that even has live chats with the instructors so that is a bonus itself. All of that said, the school IS kind of pricey. Tuition rates went up after my second session to $320/credit hour if I recall correctly. Each class is typically 4 credit hours, so you are looking at almost $1,300 per class. This does include any technology resources that you will need though, like text books (most are indeed e-books), virtual lab sessions (TestOut and JBL for I.T. majors), as well as free Microsoft Office. There is a lot of writing and no real tests for most of the courses. That is a big reason why you the student need to make sure you go above and beyond. Do I think that you could possibly go elsewhere and get a "better" education for the price, yes. By better I simply mean a degree from a more well-established brick and mortar in-state school. However, I guarantee you WILL NOT have the flexibility of online schooling, WILL NOT graduate as fast, WILL NOT get to interact with teachers who actually work in the fields they are teaching and WILL still have bad experiences every now and then. Online schooling is not for everyone and there are cases where you can pass classes and not truly learn anything. That is typically the fault of the student though. I believe these reviews bashing the school and staff are missing part of the story. In the end no one is perfect including CTUO and it's staff and there are always two sides to every story. Take my words for what they are, a simple opinion based on my experiences. Yours could be different. Just know that as with anything you get what you put in. If you put in the work, and not just enough to pass or get an A in the class, but really work, CTUO can work for you. It did for me anyway.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Just for information
Masters of Science in Management - November 22, 2014
I graduated from CTU Online program Spring of 2014. This my personal experience from them, I started my job as a temporary employee. While attending school I used the knowledge learned to acquire a full time position. Utilizing the skills learned I move from a regular employee to lead and now to assistant division manager. I know from my interviews upper management has stated we see you applying the knowledge that you have learned in school. Suffice to say you will get out of it what you put into it. I read those boring online books and took my assignments seriously. It is hard to imagine that anyone who takes education seriously not think this online school is challenging. I hope my story helps someone who really wants to succeed in life.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
CTU not comparable
B.S. Criminal Justice - October 1, 2014
I wanted a career working with children at risk and checked into CTU. They did not offer a Social Service classes so they brilliantly sold me a BS in Criminal Justice which I was told by CTU advisors that this degree program would be comparable and completely satisfy SS requirements. The experience as a whole was great due to the friendly teachers although, the financial aid department and other education counselors were not helpful. CTU managed to guide me to a jobless and financially ruined future. I was over the age limit to join the police force where I would have to start - regardless, who would hire a police officer from an online school without any physical training? With the degree there are not other options available. CTU is not necessarily concerned for your future or you as an individual but they are in SALES! They sell you a little tech glam, flash your name on the screen and wish you well in your broken, disappointed and gloom future. Since CTU this degree has ruined my life!
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Not A Great School for Many Reasons
Masters of Science in Management - September 13, 2014
After attending this school for over four years, it became evident that CTU instructors give EVERYONE A's whether they deserve them or not. I worked hard for my grades, but over the years as I spoke to other students I discovered that they all had 4.0 GPAs but could not cite, spell, use proper English, or even knew how to use the CTU library! I quit even trying and still received straight A's. Once I left the school and started attending a REAL college, I was shocked at the difference. Now I am forced to use proper APA, proper English, cite according to the APA Publication Manual (I had never even heard of this book before leaving CTU), and I am given the grade according to my work. Another problem I had with CTU was their horrible Financial Aid Department. Not only did the staff have no idea of what they were doing, CTU stopped giving students any idea of how much their stipends would be, when they would receive them, or correct information on the total student loan debt. I was shocked when I left school and discovered that the amount listed on my student aid page was about HALF of what I actually owed! FA often did not give me my stipends and I had to continually call, only to receive totally incorrect information. You are forced to call every single month just in case CTU "forgot" to give you your stipend. They continually made mistakes, and at one point I was forced to pay a "loan" that the school says I owed because they said they overpaid me. I never did receive proof, and was forced to pay the amount or drop out before graduating. I wish now I had done exactly that. At one point, FA did not request the correct amount from the Dept of Education, and with two weeks to graduation, I was asked to pay an additional $1,000 CASH with no job. I spent a lot of time on the phone to them and was emotionally drained before it was corrected. The school I am attending now told me exactly how much I would receive (per class no less) and exactly when. I receive emails when the money is received from Dept of Education, and when it is available. NO guessing or mistakes!! CTU held on to my money (and making money from it I bet in the form of interest) for far too long, and seldom posted stipends within six weeks or more from when they received it. I still wonder how much of my money they mistakenly kept. If you are serious about your education, I would try another school and compare it to CTU to give you an idea of what each one offers. And I would be careful of your degree, because if CTU keeps giving graduate and undergraduate degrees with students on the Deans List just for showing up, it may no longer be worth the paper it is printed on.
5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
I was sold a real bad bill of goods
Business Administration - September 11, 2014
I graduated from CTU in September 2011. I have been unemployed and under employed since. I am now working at Starbucks making $8/hr. CTU made me believe that I was going to get a fabulous job after graduation. REALLY? I was completely unemployed for 2 years. I spent 5-6 hours a day sending out resume's and doing online aps. In the last 3 years I have had 3 serious interviews, none of which landed me a job. They are no help in career planning, guidance or job placement. As far as I am concerned, I paid over $23,000 for a useless piece of paper that I cannot afford to pay back. Had I known it would be this hard or impossible to get a job, I would have gone to a trade school instead. This is HORRIBLE! I no longer believe in the education system in the US, especially higher learning institutions. IF anyone out there has filed or wants to get together to file, a class action lawsuit against them, please send me a reply and we will talk. Sorry to those of you that have decided to attend a college or university. It's worthless!
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
What was once great, went sour quickly
B.S. Criminal Justice - September 2, 2014
I graduated here with my associates and yes the credit hours were cheaper..325.00 per credit hour and yes my classes and teachers were great but, this school started lacking the ability to effectively communicate among it's departments. I started talking to people that were abrupt and rude and could care less what the student needed or wanted. I took a Standard Period of Non-enrollment and for those of you who may need this badly be leary very leary if you attend CTU online. I was convinced by my student adviser that I should wait until after my 1402B session to put in for this request and knowing that I should go by what she recommended this is what I did. She failed to let me know that upon my return would be the start of a new academic year. She said that I would take the class I missed on my SPN once I returned. She said I would need to speak with financial aid department to ensure my funding would be okay upon my return. I did this as well and financial aid said my funding would be fine. I noticed on my accounts tab before my return that the financial aid department sent the funding back to the department of education for the class that was already covered and paid for by the department of education that I should have been taking upon my return. They then listed the amounts they sent back to the department of education on my accounts tab as money I needed to pay the school back. This was so wrong and completely out of context. I called for three weeks straight to get the issue fixed and every time talked to someone new and at least every other time someone with an attitude would be on the other end of the phone saying that I was totally incorrect and that I owed them money. I could not take my class that was previously covered because they sent back the funds...and top that off they also charged me for two classes prior that session when I only took one class and yet they did not offer to cover the class I should be taking with that funding either. They had numerous ways they could have helped or fixed my issues and failed at it for three weeks. What they did was charge me for the stipend portion I received on this one class because they sent the money back to the department of education. This was their own error not mine, my academic adviser then convinces me that I should withdraw and she started the process on her own and failed to tell me that after five days the process goes through on it's own. She started ignoring my calls, ignoring my e-mails and finally called me back one time and accused me of not contacting anyone back which was incorrect I had e-mails to prove it. Finally after 3 and a half weeks I requested a higher authority to speak with me that would stay calm, not argue and listen to me. Turns out after all of my calls and being correct every time with what I noticed and that they should not have sent back my funding someone finally sees what I am trying to explain. Sad thing is it this school almost a month to resolve an issue that was their own mistake, they withdrew a student without the students approval and tried to charge a student for their own mistake. I was more than half way through my bachelors degree there and now I am sadly not enrolled by no fault of my own. What school does this to their student. They are suppose to help us get where we dream of, believe in us and do everything possible to keep us in school. What happened to admitting to being wrong, honesty, and integrity I thought this is one of those things these schools live by.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Pretty good school
Business Administration - August 20, 2014
None of the classes in the Bachelor degree program have been easy. All of them requires a lot of hard work so no one can say that online classes are no good. I am scheduled to receive my degree in December 2014. After all of the hard work that I am putting into my studies, I hope it pays off. I would hate to think that I am wasting my time. Overall, this school is no worse than others however; I do have some concerns on the entry requirements as I have encountered a student that write and spell on an elementary level. Based on this experience, it seems that the school will admit anyone for the money. That is not good.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Executive Masters of Business Administration - August 12, 2014
I just graduated from CTU with eMBA degree. Looking back on experience, I would confidently say that if I had to do it again, I would repeat this experience. You might read other people reviews, and some say that they have not learn much, or five week of classes was too short. Let me tell you, this is not easy, do not expect to get degree for just login on to the class portal. For me, I spend on average 25 to 30 hours per week to keep up with assignments and learning. Let’s be honest, as with any graduate studies, you are in charge of your education, the teachers are here to guide you, and answer questions on a material you have a problem with. All my teachers in this program had PhD’s in their related fields. Also most of them currently working in an industry, and not just academia, so there was an additional value for me to see how theory applied to the real life. I never had teacher that would not reply to my email within 24 hours, also they all gave students their phone number in case we need to talk with them on a phone. As far as a cost, I found this school most cost effective. My undergrad degree is in science, so to get MBA, I had to have business prerequisites. To make story short, I had to take four additional labs, which CTU provided for me without additional cost (free). At the end, before you sign up for online, or traditional school, keep in mind, it is a hard work, and most of all it requires a lot of sacrifice and commitment. Unfortunately, no pain no gain.
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