Colorado Technical University
Review Averages: 5.9 out of 10
Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA-HLC), The Higher Learning Commission
Colorado Technical University Reviews:
Those crying foul want free money so, beware the lamentations.
BSBA - January 20, 2016
I graduated in 2010 with a BSBA concentration in Project Management. I was earning ~65k a year at the time as a service technician. I used the degree and my past experience (military 9 years) to secure a new position that I would not have been qualified for without my degree. My income increased 23%. Three years later I was fortunate to have another opportunity to move to a booming biotech and become the energy manager for the company. Again my degree was cited as a prerequisite and the degree I earned at CTU was accepted without any issue. My income increased again by 12.5%. My income has increased significantly since then. I am now enrolled in New York Institute of Technology in their Energy Management MS program. I was accepted into the Environmental Science & Engineering program at Harvard and determined that the cost was too high. They accepted my CTU degree as a proper prerequisite. The success or lack there of regarding those who are complaining or calling this college a scam is not on CTU. It rests squarely on the shoulders of those who are complaining. If you read their complaints closely you will see common indicators such as: "my professors didn't or wouldn't _________(insert excuse here), or I didn't complete because _________(insert excuse), or CTU promised me THEY would get me a job but THEY failed me (of course it has nothing to do with your interviewing skills, unwillingness to relocate, lack of experience in your field, etc.). Is CTU Ohio State or Notre Dame or Princeton or MIT? Uh, no and anyone who thinks that a CTU degree should have the weight of a large/super-well respected household institution is an idiot. Is the degree meaningful and will it meet the requirements of most HR departments? Absolutely. My advice to you who are reading is turn a deaf ear to the whiners or if you are one, stop whining. It's a you problem not a CTU problem. An objective look in the mirror will do wonders for your future.
Computer Science/Computer Security - November 8, 2015
If anyone out there knows what the word 'altruistic' means, remember that CTU is not altruistic. They are all about the dollar, how much they can get from you. Nothing much else seems to matter.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
CTU MSM Rocks!
Masters of Science in Management - August 28, 2015
I have found the teachers, carrier services, and Library very helpful and knowledgeable. I am also excited about having the Doctorate advantage program that gives me a head start on my Doctorate which I will be completing at the school. I do see some negative comments about people not getting jobs and I’m not sure I would blame the University. I have seen some of the below average work from some of the students and I can see why some don’t have jobs. I have found the grading to be fair and equivalent to graduate level work at other schools. Your degree is what you make of it. I would like to see better books in the programs but the Librarians were extremely helpful when I spoke to them and helped with the research, and the same with the career services. I am looking forward to starting my Doctorate.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great School for Professionals
Business Administration - August 5, 2015
I attended CTU Online for a Bachelors in Business administration- Project Management. graduated with a 3.43 Am now enrolled in the MBA - Operations and Supply Chain Logistics. I have never worked so hard for a grade i my life. i see alot of reviews where students claim that even the morons get straight A's well i can tell you that if you dont apply yourself and work your butt off, you will NOT get straight A's at CTU I think these people are just not cut out for the literally brutal course schedule and the lack of any kind of a break. Sour Grapes if you ask me. If you are willing to WORK hard, STUDY Hard, and apply yourself, this is a great university to go to. Yeah, sure it is a for profit, private University, but then so is Harvard and Yale and Princeton and Stanford and i dont hear anyone bitching about them.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
THE CTU SCAM online education
HealthCare Management - July 22, 2015
CTU needs to be investigated for federal loan fraud and theft, in addition to consumer fraud as they advertise one thing and practice the exact opposite. for instance they advertise study and learn at your own pase telling the public come as often or little as you like when in reality if you try to stop classes for any reason they will force you to take that class over giving you zero credit for work completed and rebill the federal government, when this happens they steal your stipend to pay for those classes without your permission or knowledge. these people steal from the disabled students, one example was a student had a major heart failure, ctu refused to release the student from class, and then kept the funding for the unattended student while that person was dying in the hospital, ctu tried to force the student to make the nurse go online for that student while in intensive care really??????? what assholes... then they refused to refund the class and rebilled that student and kept that students stipend really???? is that not against federal law??? in one case the student was rebilled for multiple classes due to serious illness and once again ctu refused to refund and stole money, this is a common practice we have learned by ctu who's aid department need to go to jail. these people are extremely rude they will block every attempt you make to file your complaints, they will block the discussion boards if you post a complaint, they hide financial records from student, they never post stipend dates for students, they lie to students, we have a recording of a ctu financial aid manager telling us our graduation fee is paid in full three weeks later ctu puts a hold on our school transcripts claiming we did not pay the grad fee when we called ctu staff lied to our faces we have the proof recorded a second time. teachers will post crappy grades based on your attitude we have several cases of proof regarding this fact. very few teachers post actual grades you earned. to prove this fact we took several classes and did the required work but never studied a thing basely guessing the answers, we received straight a's for all classes, hummmmmm this is a for profit online school did I mention if you do not uncheck a few hidden clauses in your aid package ctu gets to keep any and all extra funds from the government and CTU forget to mention that fact when they enroll you, an example if you forget to uncheck the box that states your not living on campus ctu will be paid for school housing to the tune of 10,000 bucks or more YOU have to repay the feds???? really but I live at home not ctu why should anyone be forced to pay this other than ctu who basically legally stole money from the feds and YOU. now if you want to transfer out guess again ctu will delay your paperwork for weeks and your transcripts go missing in limbo with a hold for payment on them these people suck bad oh did we mention if you complain so other students can read it ctu will send a academic warning saying basically shut the hell up or else we kick you out this is a fact I can also prove,
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
CTU Online Review
BSBA-IT - June 23, 2015
Hello, Im attending CTU, I have my ups and downs with this college. But coming from ITT-Tech well we can say i have had a lot of ups and downs. The reason i choosed this school was because it was like one of the only schools to accept my credits from ITT. The classes can be fun, if you joinm the live chats and talk to your teacher and classmates. I really dont read the books they offer. I feel like the classes are not even base off the books. Every class is 5 1/2 weeks long. Teachers, there all different and i have some i like and some i dont. Mostly the reason why I dont like some of the teachers is because they dont want to help you when you have problems. Its a online class, so its not i can grab my things and jump to colorado to get help. But for the most part, most of the teachers works with you and helps you get credit. If they see you on the right path and headed to the right place, they will help you get there. Degree part of this comment. DEGREES are nothing really when it comes to finding a job. Yea people like to work in there field of study. well they probably not a lot of people. A degree just tells the interview you can start something and finsih it. It cost a lot of money, and by the time i graduate from this school, i will be so broke, I will be paying my student loans off tell im dead. I already owe 47,000 dollars. that was attending a 2 year program at ITT-tech and now but not finished CTU. Even tho we are online, we use lot of technology, lot more than ITT and that was hands on. Programming classes has been fun, sql server class hated it, couldnt get the program to work and took me to take the class twice before anything happen. I would say the best thing this program and school, has tought me. Is that you got to GO OUT and FIND THE WORK, the teacher is not going to tell you. RESEARCH and more RESEARCH, GOOGLE IS YOUR FRIEND!!!!!!!!! I seen where a lot of people was like the teachers want help and they just read books on the live chats, bull shit.
5 of 6 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.
4 of 6 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.
3 of 5 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.
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