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
Non-Profit: Yes
Country: USA

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64 of 70 people found the following review helpful
Not recommended
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.

39 of 46 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. 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.!

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
Not recommended
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.

19 of 30 people found the following review helpful
CTU - you get out of it what you put into it- a great school
March 19, 2012
CTU is an awesome school. I have been attending since the middle of 2010. I received my Associate of Science and am now wrapping up classes to get my Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice on 5-15-12. This is not a cake-walk. You have to put a lot of work into getting a good grade. I have a 3.95 GPA and have worked very hard to get it. Believe me, this is not a diploma mill! ALL of my instructors work in the field they taught, and all were great at giving feedback, help, and answered emailed questions within 24 hours. Their Criminal Justice programs are top-notch!

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Don't let others fool you
October 29, 2013
Don't let anyone fool you about the quality of the education. This school is listed by the Department of Defense and NSA as a Center of Academic Excellence( and has an award winning virtual campus. You won't get that from a school that earns no respect from prospective employers. I am not attending the school, but the cost of the online programs are really not that bad at all, especially when you consider that the cost of books is included in the tuition. I don't know what price you are expecting for a degree that will get you a good job, but considering the cream of the crop cost over 200 more per credit hour, you'll see that you are overreacting. I am looking at online Masters programs, and this is probably the cheapest I've seen of all the other CoAs so far. Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of degrees that aren't worth the paper they are printed on. If you are in one of those fields, DON'T go to college. You will only add debt when you don't gain anything from completing the degree. Take this advice: 1. Do a job search on for the types of jobs your degree will get you. If most say a degree is required, GET ONE. If not, DON'T. 2. Do your research. Don't let a school tell you how wonderful they are, and also take the advice of another user that said non-profit is the way to go, most of the time. This school is for profit, but it is worth more than people on here seem to believe. It's not their fault if you choose a degree with no future. 3. If you don't know what you want to do, make sure you are at least in a school that has a program that truly interests you. No job pays you enough if you aren't doing something you actually WANT to be doing. Have a direction to go, at the very least, just don't get too far in if you're heading towards a dead end. 4. Ignore the riff-raff that you absolutely MUST graduate from college, unless you have a career path that requires one, as I said in the first point. There are too many jobs out there that honestly do not require one, and you should not waste your time and money on a degree you have no aspirations to make use of. According to, these are the top 8 degrees not worth the cost of attaining them: 1. Methodology. Why would anyone want one? Seriously? 2. Sociology. It just won't pay you enough money to waste time and money in school for it. 3. Fine Arts. Again, why? Does anyone look at your degree when you paint? The best artists didn't learn it. They had an inherent skill. 4. Religion. Again, really? What good will it do you? If you want to spend money just to learn about religion, have at it. But you won't pay off your debt in this lifetime with that line of work. 5. Hospitality. Is this anything you really need to attend college to know how to do? 6. Nutrition. Waste. Of. Money. 7. Psychology. Best be prepared to get a doctorate if you want to earn real money. 8. Communications. Uh...yea. The bottom line is not all careers are worth the cost of obtaining a degree. There are jobs that don't require anything beyond a diploma. So why waste time and money? The people who criticize this school most seem to all be taking degrees that really won't get them anywhere in life. So I can't say I blame them for feeling it's a waste of money. But that is not the school's fault. It is their own fault for pursuing degrees that aren't going to get them a return on investment. That is why I ensured my career goal has a minimum starting wage in six figures. If your career choice won't make you over 60k, be sure you don't spend too much on that degree.

18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Top Dollar Low Quality
March 5, 2012
I am a summa cum laude graduate of CTU online. I also have an accounting degree from Indiana University (brick and mortar). The quality of instructor was absolutely unacceptable. In fact in three different courses the instructor attended the first class and never during the duration of the class appeared again. Never!! Assignments were completed, submitted and finally in the last week of the course graded. Many of my classmates, myself included, filed formal complaints with CTU to no avail - or reduction in tuition - or an offer to take the class with an instructor that might hopefully show up! CTU cares about one thing - shoving the student thru the program and getting their money. In yet another instance the instructor ceased to teach a class in diversity when we asked for information that related to workplace diversity for other than African Americans. The instructor would simply sign in to the classroom, give the assignment submission deadline and sign out of the classroom. Again our complaints to CTU fell on deaf ears. Both complaints were escalated to the level of Wallace Pond - CEO of CTU at the time - with absolutely no response from CTU. I would assess that 20% of my instructors were very knowledgeable in their field and excellent in terms of their ability to communicate and respond effectively. I agree with other posts that the quality of education at CTU received is largely dependent on the effort put into it but unfortunately I think I paid and for a quality education and received a second rate correspondence school degree. By the way, I am very gainfully employed thanks in large part to my degree from Indiana University.

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Oct. 26, 2010, 11:29 p.m.
0 votes/
Although I did not actually attend this school, I still feel that admissions is an important step at any college.  Admissions advisors (and the like) are people that students somewhat count on for information about a college.  They can even be beneficial when a student is making a final decision about a school.

The ones are Colorado Technical University Online are HORRIBLE.

First of all, I'm assuming since all of the "admissions advisors" that called me have an Illinois number, they are actually working at a call center in the Illinois area -- far, far away from CTU.  I am also assuming they responded to a job advertisement for a sales rep in the local newspaper.  Do you think any of them actually have credentials to spew out educational advice?  Unlikely.

Boy, do they sweet talk you up front, trying to get you to enroll.  Their tactics remind me of a sweaty used car salesman.  Then, when you decide not to enroll, the whole attitude changes.  They don't have your best interest at heart, believe me.  

After I decided to cancel my enrollment, I got follow-up calls every day, wondering why I decided not to enroll.  The calls also consisted of an "admissions advisor" desperately trying to get me re-enrolled.

Out of all the folks I talked to, "Brandon" was the WORST.  He has the most obnoxious voice I've ever heard.  Think about the most annoying telemarketer you've ever encountered and multiply that experience by 10,000.  

If my admissions experience was this bad, I thank my lucky stars I didn't actually proceed into classes.

I found a private, non-profit school, which I am now attending.  WHAT A DIFFERENCE.
Nov. 4, 2010, 4:45 a.m.
+6 votes/
I graduated from CTU in May of 2009 and I have to say that while some credits transferred to Purdue University here in Indiana, I was absolutely 100% not pleased with CTU. The classes can only scratch the surface of topics since they are basically accelerated, accelerated classes. Even though I aced discrete mathematics and all others at CTU, I took them over at Purdue so I could actually master them instead of their idea of "learning." How can anyone seriously think they will learn anything meaningful in 5 weeks? No tests? really? They have real world applied assignments instead. That's call HOMEWORK you idiots. I had more 
"real world applied assignments" in two weeks than I did in my entire time at CTU. You will look like a damn fool at your job interview if it is a career of any substance and you come out of this dump. There was only one professor that gave a damn, and he taught Java programming. 
I got my Associate of Science in Information Technology and then ran as fast as I could to a real university finishing a real computer science degree with a minor in mathematics. CTU's IT/Software Engineering program is a joke. Anyone who says otherwise is probably doing a joke of a degree like business or trying to be Mr. CSI.
May 21, 2011, 8:33 p.m.
+3 votes/
I totally agree. i dont know how can anyone learn anything at CTU. I did the same thing I ran away I started my bachelor's at a real college, of course about 30% of the classes i took at CTU were not transferable.
Sept. 21, 2010, 6:13 p.m.
-1 vote/
I thought you transferred to a college in Texas? And yes their are better schools than CTU & UoP. I just wish others were on the same page as me & you.
Sept. 21, 2010, 9:39 a.m.
0 votes/
Warning! I made the mistake of not asking to see the criminal justice degree program before I started. Colorado Technical University does not openly advertise its degree programs on its website like most other schools. I didn't know until I started that their associates in criminal justice program required 90 credit hours. You're taking the same amount of classes you would at any other school except it charges you for 4 credit hours for general ed classes and 6 credit hours for classes pertaining to your major (in comparison to 3 to 4 credit hours at other schools). $265 per credit hour (including books) sounded very reasonable until I found out how much I was really being charged. I was expecting to pay less than $17,000 for my associates, but instead, I was being charged just under $24,000. I quickly transferred to one of my local community colleges because I had already racked up $22,000 in student loan debt with University of Phoenix Axia College/Western International University. 

Granted, it'll only take 1 year to get an associates and 2.5 years to get a bachelors, but there are other schools out there that will just take a little more time and charge you a lot less. I still recommend CTU over UoP as far as quality of education. If you are okay with the $24,000, that's fine but I was not prepared. American Military/Public University charges $250 per credit hour (books are free) and most of their classes are worth 3-4 credits. It costs around $15-16,000 to get an associates from AMU, an over $8,000 difference between two schools with similar per credit hour rates.
Aug. 20, 2010, 9:16 p.m.
+5 votes/
I am a former employee of CTU and I would NEVER recommend this school to even my worst enemy. The system of the school is set up to only make money. It is a complete sales environment where the admissions advisors are required to enroll "x" number of students per month and are disciplined when they do not meet those numbers. Advisors are encouraged to call each number in the system 3 times a day to try and get ahold of the person who requested the information. Once the advisor gets the person on the phone, advisors are required to start interviewing the student immediately and try to enroll them THAT DAY. Do NOT give these people your money. Your money is simply used for the company to take trips every year (ie to Vegas) and to keep selling these fast paced courses and degrees which are not transferrable to other colleges and universities.

Please do yourself a favor and do not attend this school.
Aug. 17, 2010, 9:13 a.m.
+1 vote/
Let me point out that it is up to you to do the research and find out if your program needs programmatic accreditation for licensure. I've seen a lot of people complain about the medical and billing coding program. Even not-for-profit schools don't have all of the programmatic accreditations out there. I believe that a school should warn you of this, but it is ultimately up to you to do the research.

I would be surprised if CTU or any other for-profit school got AACSB accreditation. AACSB really only awards accreditation to research schools and for-profit schools aren't going to spend money on research; they need to pay their stockholders. ACBSP is often awarded to schools that aren't large enough to be research institutions, for-profit or non-profit. 

I would also like to point out that CTU does offer tutoring.
Dec. 25, 2012, 6:19 a.m.
0 votes/
I am a current student at CTU pursuing BA in Industrial Organizational Psychology. First off let me tell you about a few other schools I attended before I got here. First was National University online because I lived in California then, horrible mistake there I took tests which were timed 30 minutes to answer 150 questions from a book that we barely read. Also they couldn't keep tabs on when you were to graduate from the program if you had to withdraw. Then the next school UOP what a ridiculous waste of my money. The admission advisor seemed like he was trained into getting me to sign over my Student Loan money for the school to keep for later classes, RED FLAG. I took my 3.75 GPA and transferred to CTU. I am very pleased with this school and I only had one problem which was the reposting of assignments, got clarification quickly about that issue and it was even in the hand book after I took the time to read it. This school is a great school I am going for Industrial Organizational Psychology as I said earlier but I am able to sit in on previously recorded classes and learn about other subjects. My books are provided for me online but I also have the option to download the books and keep them. CTU also has a network system online in which you can network with different Alumni and they also have online clubs that you can join. Not one of the other schools I have mentioned has these qualities. The only one could match up w/the books online is UOP but you will never see any signs of your student loan or grant money. I am really loving this school and if you feel like you have not learned enough from the actual class at CTU, go back and read the book it is still on the online bookshelf after you finish that course. All in all online schools are for people who can and feel comfortable working and learning by themselves. The instructors are only their to answer your questions as with any college and yes I have been to a traditional college as well. Traditional colleges teach you the first time through lecture and if you miss it and it was vital to the assignment then you will be lost unless you pair up with a tutor which will cost you. But at CTU they are free but its unlikely you will need one as long as you do the work. I know you are asking now does she have any credentials? But of course I do! And I am also on the Deans List at CTU. And if an institution is accredited you will find it here under Search Institutional Accreditation US Department of Education.
Nov. 11, 2012, 6:03 p.m.
-1 vote/
 You know....I have attended other colleges and the I attended CTU online. The funny thing is...I have a degree, as a matter of fact, I have a BSBA with a concentration in HRM from CTU; equally important, students that have attended so-called real college/universities are faced with the same problems that students of CTU are having...a not so good economy. What am I saying, I'm glad you asked, we both have  a degree that we may not be able to use, lol! So, if I have a so- called worthless degree from CTU, your real school degree is just as worthless, lol! Meanwhile, I will keep my so- called worthless degree on my resume, and I hope you real college attenders do not get offended if I am your boss, lol.
Nov. 7, 2012, 5:44 p.m.
0 votes/
CTU is here to disqualify all your efforts and give you a bad grade, take your money and make you pissed. I dont like this online virtual classroom. Its like a scene from the movie "Altered States" when William Hurt is put into the tank for long periods of time not a real classroom, A real class room is different and you may have to wipe off a few spitballs from some students at least face to face faculty doesnt go for the throat with an "F". Its truly hard to keep your equilibrium in an online goldfish bowl.
Nov. 1, 2012, 8:11 p.m.
0 votes/
This is really a piece of crap. Go somewhere, they don't value your personnel rights or issues, the professors are not very good either. They don't have real academic experiences most of them unable to answer your questions. I took 4 courses and runaway from it. 
Sept. 27, 2012, 11:55 p.m.
0 votes/
Okay, so I had a serious love for this school. I felt proud of my accomplishments, felt like I was working towards a goal, and felt like I was in control of my life... for once. I pushed and pushed and pushed to get my degree. I worked crazy hours to schedule around classes, slept in my car for most of the day, just to make it to class, because I lived so far away from school, and spent every hour away from work, doing homework. I had classes I loved, and classes that I definitaly felt were worthless. Oftentimes, I endded up buying books that I never used, and no one would buy back. These were all books, by the way, that they were more than pleased to get me a loan to afford. As years past, I had problems with online teachers who didn't know how to use excel, so ultimately failed most of the students in this class, because they didn't add up class points correctly. These problems were easily proved and fixed by the dean, so that's not a worry of mine. If you genuniely deserved the grade, someone is there to help you. My problem is, after the third year of attending part time, I was stuck with 3 books that online classes automatically sent me, and then they wouldn't allow me to return, because it was "too old." I took countless online classes that were nothing but signing in online, and then rambling on, in an online post, about someone else's post. I learned that a book in these classes is not needed at all! By year 4.9; four classes from my bachelors degree, they were pleased to inform me that I ran out of loan money and now I owed them 10,000 dollars in order to finish my degree! First of all, I wasn't ever made aware that there was a cap to school loans, in fact, they never once had any kind of financial meeting with me. I was pretty much kept in the dark about the cost and the overall impact these loans would have on me. When I asked to be placed on LOA, in order to find scholarships and other grants, they then informed me that the degree I was pursuing was no longer offered, and that if I left now, I would not be allowed to return. That said... I got hosed. It was a dream at first, and then I felt like I was wringed clean and left out to dry!@!!
Sept. 14, 2012, 5:17 p.m.
0 votes/
Does the actual degree say online on the diploma?  Just out of curiosity.
July 21, 2012, 5:30 p.m.
-2 votes/
If you look at any online school, you will find people that was enrolled in that school not like it and have something negative about it.  I personally like CTU and will get my masters degree from this school.  Have there been times that I have been upset, yes but it was because I did not under stand something.  This is a very good school, and for those that didn't like this school because of an experience that you had, is it because you did not properly understand something.  For the employee that is dogging out the school, what is the real reason why you are leaving?  I gave them my credit card and told them to take the fee out on a particular day and the day we set was the day they processed the my card.  This school is a good school. I have been to 3 online schools one of which I graduated from, by far this is one of the best schools.  I researched this school before I attended, I checked accreditation and discovered it is accredited.  So anyone that is wanting to attended CTU check them out before rush to judgement about CTU.
June 12, 2012, 5:53 p.m.
+2 votes/
I went to CTU from 2007 to 2009 and received my AS in Criminal Justice.  There really isn't a lot that can be done with this degree unless you continue going to CTU for the BS in CJ.  I did very well in all my classes.  I enjoy writing papers, and most all the coursework at CTU consists of writing papers.  On average for 3 classes in one term, I would write about 6 various sized papers.  This wasn't a problem for me.  I did everything that was asked of me, and I completed every assignment with good grades.  I decided I wanted to change to a completely different field. I chose to go to a local community college, Black River Technical College.  They accepted 5 of my classes (roughly 20 hours) transferred from CTU.  My goal is to go into nursing.  My plan: get my AA from BRTC and transfer to Arkansas State University for my Bachelors in Nursing. I graduated from BRTC with a 4.0 and nearly every class from BRTC transferred to ASU, but NOT ONE of my CTU classes transferred to ASU.  Awesome.  Luckily, the only courses that would've worked for my BSN at ASU were Psychology, English 1, and Sociology.  I clepped out of the English, and I hope to CLEP out of Sociology and Psychology.  So with all of that said, CTU did me absolutely no good.  Arkansas State University all but laughed at me when they got my CTU transcript.  CTU was a complete waste of thousands of dollars and 2 years of my hard work.  Kudos to those who were able to do something with their CTU degree, but I don't believe you are in the majority.  
May 14, 2012, 8:31 p.m.
+2 votes/
I started classes at CTU for my AS in Billing and coding. I finished with my ASBC and had not learned enough to take the test. CTU said "sorry we don't offer any more classes for BC. I am stck with payments for something I don't know enough about.
April 25, 2012, 11:14 p.m.
-2 votes/
     I am a CTU Alumni and very proud of it.  It may not be an Ivy League School, but it provokes hard work from its students and allows for self actualization.  I earned my AS in General Studies and now I am pursuing my BS in Criminal Justice.  Attending CTU requires hard work and committment, and every graduate should feel proud of their accomplishment(s).
March 31, 2012, 12:20 a.m.
-1 vote/
 I graduated from CTU last year, and will complete an MBA next March from CTU. Colorado Technical University is just as good any brink and mortar, regionally accredited institution. Yes, the classes are accelerated, but if you apply yourself you can do it. CTU is not for everyone, but neither is the traditional brick and mortar environment. There is a need and a market for adult education; CTU meets that need. Having a degree from CTU does not mean you can not find meaningful employment, just like having a degree from Harvard does not guarantee that you will. Employers look at more than your academic credentials. If anyone is under the impression that their degree is all they are or who they are, then they are really out of touch with the job market and themselves.
March 5, 2012, 9 p.m.
+3 votes/
I am a summa cum laude graduate of CTU online.  I also have an accounting degree from Indiana University (brick and mortar).  The quality of instructor was absolutely unacceptable.  In fact in three different courses the instructor attended the first class and never during the duration of the class appeared again.  Never!! Assignments were completed, submitted and finally in the last week of the course graded.  Many of my classmates, myself included, filed formal complaints with CTU to no avail - or reduction in tuition - or an offer to take the class with an instructor that might hopefully show up!  CTU cares about one thing - shoving the student thru the program and getting their money.  In yet another instance the instructor ceased to teach a class in diversity when we asked for information that related to workplace diversity for other than African Americans.  The instructor would simply sign in to the classroom, give the assignment submission deadline and sign out of the classroom.  Again our complaints to CTU fell on deaf ears.  Both complaints were escalated to the level of Wallace Pond - CEO of CTU at the time - with absolutely no response from CTU.  I would assess that 20% of my instructors were very knowledgeable in their field and excellent in terms of their ability to communicate and respond effectively.  I agree with other posts that the quality of education at CTU received is largely dependent on the effort put into it but unfortunately I think I paid and for a quality education and received a second rate correspondence school degree.  By the way, I am very gainfully employed thanks in large part to my degree from Indiana University.  
Feb. 27, 2012, 7:44 p.m.
-2 votes/
I am currently a student at CTU online and have had a very awesome learning experience working on my Associate's Degree in Medical Billing and Coding no problems whatsoever and would recommend it to my family and friends! I will graduate in August 2012 and looking forward to starting my new career!
Jan. 31, 2012, 5:28 p.m.
+1 vote/
GI Bill Recipients Must Read This!!!!

Recently was way my husband's schedule looks on paper makes it look like he is not enrolled full time. Being a recipient of the GI BIll, this means we do not get our housing allowance. Be advised that they President in Colorado Springs has been notified and NO action has been taken. The school simply does not care about veterans! His paperwork has never been filled correctly since he enrolled in Sept of 2010. Might I add that my husband is the president of the student senate at his campus? This school is a horrible waste of money. My husband has been taught more than one thing that was incorrect and almost every test has been filled with errors. He is charged lab fees for labs he never sees. The teachers are unprofessional, rude, and merely read Power Points. They spend time discussing the school's 'bullying policy' instead of teaching, but send emails bullying students. I will tell everyone I know to stay away from this school! 
Jan. 16, 2012, 8:56 p.m.
+2 votes/
These people called me endlessly, refusing to stop.  They called day and night and just would not quit no matter what I tried.  I spent hours trying to find some way to stop them to no avail.
Dec. 2, 2011, 12:58 a.m.
-2 votes/
In regards to all the "CTU is bad" comments, well, what do you expect. A professional degree is not cheap, and honestly with a degree you will make enough money in a few years to pay off debts accrued by schooling. I personally believe that some people just dont like the environment. That said, Boo Hoo, get over it. Its a changing world and its up to YOU to choose whether to learn or not. I didnt come to CTU to be coddled like a baby and have all the answers handed to me, NO, I came to this school thirsty for knowledge. And you know what? theyve given it to me. In my first course alone, I have alone I have already bettered myself in how I write and present myself as an individual and a college level professional. This school is fantastic even with its few flaws. And if the first part of my comment strikes up the thought "but my field of work doesnt earn me that much money" then youre an idiot and you chose the wrong degree. I dont want to sound so harsh or mean, but come on. This isnt high school anymore, and no ones here to hold you by the hand and say everythings gong to be ok. No, you signed up for what you thought was gonna be a cake walk to get paid lots of money for in the end. All in all, FANTASTIC school. Some instructors are a bit lazy, but its all done online, and when im at a computer I dont expect to do a lot of heavy lifting. Yes I have had to put a few restless nights behind me to get keep my grades up, but research and effort have already given me knowledge I didnt have. To anyone out there looking for a good school that will actually teach you how to be an aware and seeking individual this is it. 
Feb. 16, 2012, 7 p.m.
0 votes/
 "In my first course alone, I have alone I have already bettered myself in how I write and present myself as an individual and a college level professional."

I think this sentence is an oxymoron.....or maybe you just typed alone I have one too many times. You sure demonstrate bettering writing. :)
Nov. 29, 2011, 5:11 a.m.
+2 votes/
I finished my Bachelors of Business Administration (Concentration Management) from CTU in 2009. After I got my degree in the mail, I looked at it and started to think about what I learned to have achieved this degree.. the answer was absolutely nothing. This is when I became very concerned with my future and the prospects of getting a decent job. That's when I decided to scrap  my plan for pursuing my MBA at CTU and go to an actual AACSB accredited university. I wrote my GMAT, gave good references, sent the CTU transcripts and was accepted into two universities, University of Colorado and Florida International University. I decided to go to Florida International University- and here I am today, with a AACSB accredited Masters Degree and bunch of job offers!!!! 

I would recommend anyone who has completed their Bachelors degree from CTU, not to pursue the Masters degree. I would advise you to apply to an actual accredited university such as University of Colorado and Florida International University (both of which have accredited online MBA programs) for less money than what you would pay at CTU for their cheap masters program. Additionally, after 18 months working at an "actual MBA degree" you will feel much more intelligent (and re-call information instantly because you actually learn and do exams) and top of the world!
Nov. 24, 2011, 2:11 a.m.
+2 votes/
I work at CTU and must say that they care about nothing else except enrollments enrollments and enrollments. The DOA's (director of admissions) are hardly educated and much less in the field of education. They mostly are of sales backgrounds and with good reason: CTU only wants profit! Its amazing that a place like this even has a regional accreditation, because if the Higher learning commission were to look at the predatory practices of how they lure students in, they would revoke that regional accreditation in a jiffy. Go to Phoenix if you're looking for better quality of online education. 
Sept. 21, 2011, 4:07 a.m.
-1 vote/
CTU is very challenging. I'm a current student at CTUO and will receive my BSBA degree in December of 2011. All, yes all of my associate degree credits transferred from Oakland City University. The courses are challenging and go by pretty quickly. My only problem with the courses I've took is that I've spent more time looking for online references then actually reading the books. 

I spoke to them about attending graduate school there, but I've decided to go back to the traditional university setting. I like interacting with people better than emil and IMing people. I applied to Boston University, and ALL OF MY CREDITS will transfer to their Masters of Computer Science program.

My point is that those saying that the credits won't transfer...yes they will. They're old credits from previous universities don't transfer...they should, and for those idiots saying that CTU's degrees are worthless, they're full of it. Oh yeah, my domestic partner is also a graduate student from CTU and currently earning a 6 figure income as a Senior Unix those who bad mouth the university  can go suck it.
Jan. 31, 2012, 5:32 p.m.
+1 vote/
Well I can tell by your final comment of "go suck it" that you are a truly professional person. Maybe that is why you were so happy with the wonderful staff at this school?
Aug. 26, 2011, 1:06 p.m.
+2 votes/
Don't do it. Go elsewhere. I am a former student of the Kansas city campus. The degree is no different from me drawing you one with crayons and construction paper. 
Aug. 11, 2011, 2:23 a.m.
-4 votes/
I was going to CTU for about a year now and I love it. I looked at many different colleges and they were the best one.I use to attended South University of Georgia and they were so expense. CTU I pay $265 per credit hour and with South University I paid $372 per credit hour.The two schools are offering the same thing. CTU is much more organized and advance then South University of Georgia. 
July 25, 2011, 9:54 p.m.
+5 votes/
     I will give you view of CTUO from the inside.  I was a professor there for 6 years.  I am currently a professor at an old Catholic university.  When I began teaching at CTUO, most of my colleagues were from traditional university backgrounds and most of us also taught at least part-time at traditional universities.  Over the years, I watched as more and more staff and facutly positions were filled with CTUO graduates.  Now why do you think an organization would do that?  To boost the employment percentages of their graduates?  To create a controlled environment that favors corporate practices?  Who knows?  Worse yet, these poorly educated products of CTUO were made Quality Assurance supervisors.  We were then faced with being micro-managed by barely competant CTUO cheerleaders who spied on us and pushed us to practice good "customer service".  (Remember, you are customers first and students second at a for-profit school.)  Can you imagine why the Career Education Corporation would allow graduates of their sub-standard institutions manage professors with doctoral degrees from traditional institutions?  In what world does that make sense?  Many, if not all of the QA's are also instructors at CTUO.  The last straw for me came when I was sitting through a pep-rally, er, faculty meeting, while I listened to my Ebonics-speaking Quality Assurance supervisor explain how she was going to score us on our performance.  All the while, she was saying things like, "Now what I had did...", "What she had make...", "What we had did was..", etc.  The few of us that were still left with traditional educational backgrounds went mental.  Guess what else?  This woman is an English instructor at CTUO. Yep, there's your quality education. 
June 16, 2011, 6:17 p.m.
-3 votes/
Lots of misinformation here. Here are the facts about CTU:
Founded in 1965.
Regional accreditation: yes, since 1980.
Brick and mortar campus: yes.
This is a real school, not super prestigious, but perfectly legit. You can do better and you can do worse.
June 7, 2011, 3:47 a.m.
-2 votes/
Really?? No educational value?? While there are no "tests" to check the you have done your assigned reading, why on earth would you pay for an education and not get every bit out of it possible? I have gone through almost the entire Bs-IT program and oddly enough, now can have discussions regarding the IT field with six figure salary professionals. After taking the math courses I was programming interpolation curves with a consultant. Much as with life, and any other college, your education at CTU is what YOU make of it. Don't blame a good school because you are still an idiot.
June 6, 2011, 6:53 p.m.
+4 votes/
If anyone has any info on how to file a suit against these con artists please contact me.
April 1, 2011, 6:44 p.m.
+3 votes/
Save yourself a major headache and a ton of money.  The administration does not play by the rules -- even Title IV Fund federal regulations.  That is a crying shame, because the faculty are excellent and I have enjoyed every class maintaining a 4.0 grade point average in my graduate program for a year and one-half.  If you are having problems with the administration at the college -- in particular the financial aid office -- and your receipt of Title IV credit balances (stipends), email me at  I am in communication with the U.S. Department of Education Denver Regional Office and now the Inspector Generals' Office in Kansas City.
March 10, 2011, 2:05 p.m.
+2 votes/
Colorado Tech is such a scam! I never went myself but considered going. All I did was ask for some information and they called ALL the time, even Sundays around 6pm!!!!!! It turned me off so badly, and the calls just kept coming I eventually had to block the number. My husband has been attending the school which was the only reason why I considered it until I was looking at the work he was doing, which was a complete waste of a grown mans time. A fifth grader could have completed the assignments. Then he decided to stop going to the school after completing a class and starting two others. In the military we are allowed too drop a course around a week or so after it started, he did this and owes colorado 2 thousand for just TWO classes. I'm so glad i did my research before attending such a money hungry "college"
Feb. 10, 2011, 10:42 p.m.
0 votes/
I went to CTU for about three years part-time and got an Associate's degree. I found the course work to be challenging in most of the classes and feel I got an overall good education. The people in the Admissions department acted just like any other Admissions personnel at any other school; in my book anyway. My problem with the degree I received is I am not getting any phone calls for any jobs in the field I pursued. I did get a call after graduation about pursuing further education, but it was only once and never again. So, I do not really believe most of the people on here. 
Feb. 1, 2011, 8:40 a.m.
+1 vote/
It was a huge mistake to go to COlorado Teh Online. I did get a good education and I gratuated with highest honors, no thanks to CTU. They will no listen to your complaints, less than 6% of attendees ever graduate. many of their courses are no transferable or courses neccesary to tranfer to a 4 year college are not included in the ciriculum. The support is horrible. If you want an education there, you can get it but you are almost completely on your own. They can't keep your records straight. Many of the teachers are very good, but some of them aren't qualified to be much more than a cashier at walmart. I could teach some of those clases myself better than some of my instructors. Their turn key process allows them to merely read a script from Pearson Education without having to know what they are teaching well. Many of the teachers don't know much about the subject they are teaching, and many of them don't know how to use a computer and a microphone a well as some of the bigggest idiots in online chat. I did have some great teachers, but don't expect support from the administration. And ever since I recived my AS in Accounting last year I have been what I consider harrassed with dozens of phone calls from telemarketers working at home telling me that they were the director of addmissions or some crap like that.They will annoy you constanly to complete your Bachelors degree with their substandard overpirced programs.Do yourself a favor, do your homework and go to a real college, some great colleges even have online courses that will be far less expensive and more responsive to students than CTU.
Aug. 17, 2010, 9:01 a.m.
+1 vote/
With all of that being said, I decided to transfer 2/3 into the program. I figured I was racking up too much in student loans when I can just take out grants to go to a local community college. The community colleges in my area will accept all credits from any regionally accredited school, so transferring was not an issue. My concern was that 4 year universities might be more discriminatory, and since they have transfer agreements with the community colleges, I would just finish my degree at one of those. I will also not have the stigma of having a for-profit school on my degree. Either employers will see a school like University of Phoenix or Devry on your resume and immediately recognize those as terrible schools (which they are) or they'll see a lesser known school, like CTU, and think it might just be a regular school in Colorado. But some employers might actually look up the school and dismiss it as just another online diploma mill. If I go to University of Texas, Texas A&M, or University of Houston online; my degree won't say "online" and employers will just see that I went to a well-known, traditional school.
Aug. 17, 2010, 9:01 a.m.
+3 votes/
I will say, though, the open admissions concept is wasting taxpayer dollars. Most of my classmates could not write on the 5th grade level. Instructors often canceled group projects because most of the students wouldn't participate. I pray that these students do not come out of CTU with a degree. The last thing we need are more incompetent people in the workforce. Mentally challenged people or those with learning disabilities can get into these for-profit schools. They are more likely to fail/dropout and default on their student loans.
Aug. 17, 2010, 9 a.m.
-2 votes/
I would recommend CTU over University of Phoenix or Western International University (both owned by Apollo Group) any day. As far as for-profit schools go, I would say that CTU isn't that bad. I actually learned there while I managed to learn absolutely nothing at WIU/UoP Axia College. You get to listen to lectures and your assignments are actually conducive to learning the subject at hand. I did have one instructor, though, who could not speak proper English and I had another who wrongly took off points for using incorrect APA formatting. I had to prove to her she was in the wrong. The grading was sometimes inconsistent. Sometimes I would rush on an assignment and receive a good grade and sometimes I would put a lot of effort into an assignment and receive a poor grade. I had to challenge grades a few times and succeeded most of the time. The admissions process was painless unlike the community colleges in my city which take forever and lose paperwork. CTU wasn't nearly as pushy as UoP or Kaplan when I inquired. It was always easy to contact someone and receive a response quickly. My academic advisers and instructors were always caring unlike at UoP. CTU is much cheaper than most other for-profit colleges and you don't have to pay for books. I just don't like the learning style of most for-profit colleges. I prefer test taking over writing long research papers every week. I have found that I learn more when I actually have to read the textbook and I'm tested on all of the aspects of a subject over writing a long paper on one, specific subject. In the 5-week courses, we hardly had time to cover most of the book. We were only able to touch the surface of laws, law enforcement procedures, and the structure of government; those are extremely important things to learn in criminal justice. I felt like I was being graded on my ability to write papers instead of what I learned about the subject.
Aug. 9, 2010, 7:24 p.m.
+3 votes/

. The admissions rep. also called me and told me, that you can always drop the courses after the drop add period. I told him, that I am just research colleges online, I am not sure that CTU is going to be school, that I will attend this fall. The admission rep, used strong arm tactics as if he was a used car salesman, whom need to reach his monthly quota. (Then the plot became more thick and I made my decision not to enrolled b/c all of the pressures, and my gut feeling of whether this is a legit online school. )My vision became quite CLEAR, THAT SOMETHING IS SERIOUSLY NOT RIGHT ABOUT THIS SCHOOL.... SINCE I DID NOT GO THROUGH WITH THE ORIENTATION

Aug. 5, 2010, 1:34 p.m.
+3 votes/
CTU is a scam. I am an instructor there but have gotten to the point that I don't tell others that I work there. I need the money. The school is a joke. The courses are unorganized and cover very little material. Currently, I have two students in my class, I can tell from their emails they are mentally challenged yet someone - an "advisor" - enrolled them at CTU. Don't waste your money at CTU, you can go to a local college for less. Recruiters will not look at a "degree" from CTU if that is all you have to show to them.
June 7, 2010, 10:58 p.m.
+1 vote/
@ @G, I gave them my phone number, e-mail, and name so I could receive information.  I believe that I mistook what classes I COULD be taking for actually being enrolled, as I never signed any payment agreements or anything.  However, they were still very rude in almost every way.
June 7, 2010, 10:54 p.m.
+2 votes/
I went from requesting basic info to having an admissions "adviser" call me within 10 minutes.  I assumed this was going to be a brief informational session, but the "adviser" ended up emailing me a link to the CTU Online site.  I checked it out and saw that I had already been set up for classes.  They hadn't even received an official undergraduate transcript yet!  How could they have set up an account before even officially accepting me?

I realized something was fishy and I decided I did not want to attend.  I left an e-mail for the "adviser" and it was ignored.  I left another e-mail for him two days later and e-mailed to state that I didn't want to attend and withdraw me from any classes they signed me up for.  The e-mail bounced back saying the address was no longer in service and was forwarded to the proper address.  That's funny, because I found this address in April 2010 in their student handbook and the handbook said it was updated in January of 2010.  So why, in 4 months, did the address no longer work and why was it not noted in an update to their handbook?

I left voicemails for my "adviser" and I did not receive a return call until a Saturday.  What kind of school has people working on a Saturday?  He told me he had started the withdrawal paperwork and it would take 24-48 hours and I would receive an automated e-mail confirming that I will not attend.

Lo and behold, 72 hours goes by and no e-mail.  I called his voicemail twice more and never received a return call.  I called the registrar and the man offered to call the "adviser" for me and request he call me back.  I don't know if this was ever done.  He did also give me the name and number of the student manager or whatever.  I called her, left a message.  The registrar man assured me I would receive a call within 24 hours from her.  I did not.  However, my "adviser" called me the next day to tell me he was sorry he hadn't called me back and that the paperwork was being processed.  He then e-mailed me a confirmation of withdrawal that was riddled with grammatical errors.

I thought everything had been finished until I received a student ID card in the mail almost a month later.  I was FURIOUS, as I had been told I had been withdrawn.  I called the "adviser" back and he assured me I had been withdrawn. 

CTU employs a bunch of salesmen as "advisers."  They will tell you whatever you want to hear to get you to enroll.  Based on my interaction with admissions, I would NEVER attend CTU and I would encourage anyone else to seek another option.
May 24, 2010, 7:16 p.m.
+4 votes/
On November 20, 2008 Ken wrote:

“I am just a few weeks away from starting at CTU online (Jan 4, 2009) and I keep second guessing myself. I barely made it through high school 23 years ago. Back then, the requirements were comparably to what my 6th grader is doing now. I feel like I will need a lot of help with some general ed classes and was wondering how the on-line tutoring is. Also, I was hoping that someone out there, who has, or is, going to CTU online, started out in a similar position as myself. I am scheduled for the ASIT program first with plans to continue on to the BSIT. In total the cost is a little less than $50,000 that I have to pay back. I just hope it's all worth it!””

I truly hope that he knows what he is doing. Take at look at this! I hope it opens your eyes!

$50,000 loan amount
120 months of payments
6.5% interest (this is an average rate)
$18.128 total interest
$68,128 total re-payment amount

The default rate is higher than ever. I blame this on the fact that students do not completely understand what type of debt they are really undertaking. I hope to educate people a bit on this topic with these posts. Think it over carefully.
May 21, 2010, 7:04 p.m.
+1 vote/
You said:

"I went from chatting with an online adviser rep to having an "admissions adviser" start emailing me and calling me within ten minutes. I thought this was strange, but I also thought I would just be put on a mailing list to receive some catalogs. Before I knew it, the school had emailed me access to the virtual campus and encouraged me to sign in. I signed in to check it out and saw I already had a class schedule and a start date. The school hadn't even received FAFSA info or official undergraduate transcripts."

How does that happen without them having your personal information like your SS#?
May 3, 2010, 11:37 a.m.
+3 votes/
I went from chatting with an online adviser rep to having an "admissions adviser" start emailing me and calling me within ten minutes. I thought this was strange, but I also thought I would just be put on a mailing list to receive some catalogs. Before I knew it, the school had emailed me access to the virtual campus and encouraged me to sign in. I signed in to check it out and saw I already had a class schedule and a start date. The school hadn't even received FAFSA info or official undergraduate transcripts.

I sent an email to my "adviser" (who was really a fast talking salesman) telling him that I needed to be withdrawn from the classes, as I had no intention of starting their program. I received no reply the next day, so I called and left him a voicemail. Again, no reply.

I sent an email to, as it was stated in their student handbook, but received an automated message saying the email address was no longer in service. That was funny, because the student handbook I had found the address in was updated in January of 2010 and it was only April of 2010 that I attempted to message this address and it was deactivated. I called my "adviser" and left him two more voicemails.

Finally, my "adviser" called me on a Saturday (what kind of school has people working on Saturdays?) and told me he had submitted my withdrawal paperwork. He said he would call back in 24-48 hours when everything had processed. I gave them 72 hours to call and when I hadn't received my confirmation call, I emailed the "adviser" twice more and called the registrar.

I finally managed to annoy someone at the registrar enough to get the phone number of the "Student Manager." I called her and left a voicemail asking why I hadn't received a phonecall or email confirmation of withdrawal. I was assured I would be called back no later than 24 hours from my call time by the man who gave me her number.

Obviously, this was a giant lie. I did receive a call the next day from my "adviser" telling me he had processed the paperwork and he was "sorry he hadn't gotten back to me" and that an automatic confirmation of withdrawal email would be sent once all of the paperwork was processed. I requested an email verification from him as well, which he finally sent after a week of hounding him. It was riddled with grammatical errors. I have still yet to receive my confirmation of withdrawal, and if I don't receive it by the middle of this week, I will call everyone and hound them until I get what I want, which should have been done two weeks ago with no argument.

April 19, 2010, 1:07 p.m.
+2 votes/
I am looking into filing a class action suit against CTU. My daughter can not get her transcript because they say that she was over paid in grant money. Unfortunately, she was never told until she decided to transfer to a local school and requested her transcript.  I decided to look into CTU, and found a number(numerous) of incidents with similar case history.  I now have found information about their credibility credentials, and am wondering if they are also guilty of misappropriation of grant funds.  If you are/have been affected by circumstances involving the practices related to CTU accreditation, financial aide, or transcript transfers...
Hopefully, we will get to the bottom of this and some of you will be able to move on, and even be validated.
Thanks for your help and honor for others.
Jan. 26, 2010, 6:51 a.m.
+3 votes/
Do not attend this school. If you are considering going back to school go to a traditional campus school. I was a student at CTU for a year, and I realized it was a joke. An instructor of mine told me, that he was required to grade my work on grammer, usage, and overall quality. On the grade comments section, he wrote a sentence that did not contain a subject. In fact, that would not qualify as a sentence. He questioned my authority about a paper I did on the basics of refrigeration. Telling me "I was wrong and/or misinformed". I do not consider myself to be the most intelligent person in the world. But, one thing I know is refrigeration. I am a licensed contractor, and according to the mechanical industries board I know what I am talking about. Please, please, do not be scammed by this school.
Dec. 1, 2009, 4:20 a.m.
+3 votes/
CTU is a joke and they take anyone. There are plenty of traditional, well respected colleges that offer online education. I'm sorry that you did not know that and that you are wasting your money with CTU.
Nov. 20, 2009, 9:41 p.m.
-2 votes/
WOW! Well I'm a real person and not a robot. I am a army wife and stay at home mom with 3. I decided to go to school on-line not because I'm stupid and could not get into a "real" school but because I met the man of my dreams we travel in the army and we have kids I don't have the time to go to a on campus college and on-line is the way to go for me. I have no complaints about CTU I think its college ya its different from a " regular" college but hey who is to say that people like me cant still get an education. I am a smart girl and I know anyone can get into this college but trust me they wont last long if they have no brains. I did used to attend Our Lady of the lake University in San Antonio, TX which is a very accredited university. So I do know what college life is like and I still feel I'm being educated and lets be real here even when you guys get your degree there is another world of learning when you finally get a job. Just give it up people stop bashing the school because like someone else said its what you make of it. If someone wont hire me because I went to this school well stick it were the sun dont shine. I don't care I know what I'm doing is creditable and so is the school.I can find a job somewhere else. I'm not saying this school is for everyone because I don't think on-line school is for everyone. but its not just for losers like many are saying. If anyone has any questions and wants to know about the real CTU on-line send me an email.
Oct. 28, 2009, 6:42 p.m.
+2 votes/
@ Nick
Sorry that you dont know the difference between being a member of AACSB and actually being accredited by AACSB. See, if you were smart enough to get enrolled with a traditional university then you would know better. Also, sorry that you are being scammed by CTU. They really are a joke.
Oct. 14, 2009, 10:10 p.m.
-1 vote/
I loved Colorado Technical University online it was so much fun doing the courses. I started the courses back in August 2008 and graduated in August 2009 I went for Associate of Science in General Studies. I only had to do 14 courses it went flying very quick. Now I'm going for my Bachelor's degree in Business Administration at Virginia College I hope I do well the courses and college.
Oct. 12, 2009, 1:20 p.m.
0 votes/
Hi. Just for you information I am a current student at CTU. When I was going through the admissions process. They waited for my FASFA to go through. Before they even suggested any student loans. The courses here are challenging. They are foucused to make us productive in our feilds of study. Anyone who has taken a online course here at CTU, know that these course challenge the students. These online schools are there for people who can't otherwise afford a more well known university. The students here have a challenge of completing assignment at thier own pace. This University work around our busy lives. The offer single parents the chance to go to school, and still be at home to take care of their children. The grades I have gotten here at CTU are acheived by me. With the hard work that I have to do in researching specific topics. This in itself is cahllengin me to become a better learner. And in getting good grades, I feel good about myself. My current GPA is 3.50, which put me on the Dean's list. I got there with hard work. I have spent hours studying and completing my assignments on time. I am proud of myself for making the Dean's list. To be able to acheive this in an online setting is a strenuous task, but one that is worth it. So until you experience the online learning setting, don't judge people who go to these colleges. Learn more about this scholl before you judge te people who attend CTU. We all are attending this college to become productive in our specfic feilds of studies. So far my journey has been cahllenging, and a rewarding experience.
Oct. 2, 2009, 6:28 p.m.
+1 vote/
FYI, AACSB Membership and Accreditation is different.  Anyone can be a member simply by displaying an interest!
Sept. 27, 2009, 3:53 a.m.
-2 votes/

I am enrolled in the IT program and wanted to check the validity of your claims concerning the Business Degrees. You my fine friends are completely wrong about their accreditation. A simple Google search with CTU and AACSB yielded the answers with the first hit. They are indeed a member of AACSB. 

Why do you hate this school so much? Please tell us your actual experiences besides spouting out nonsensical rants about a school that you, judging by your post, have never attended.
Sept. 5, 2009, 9:09 p.m.
+2 votes/
@ Candy

CTU does not have AACSB accreditation for there Business degrees. You just wasted your time and money. Its a useless piece of paper. Sorry for your loss. BTW, 4.0 at CTU is like having a 2.0 at a traditional university that does not rip people off. Face it, the school is not that great. You dont even take test at CTU. Traditional schools don't operate in that fashion. That is why traditional schools are respected and private for porfits like CTU are a scam.
Sept. 3, 2009, 5:16 a.m.
-2 votes/
I have loved CTU online. I started in June 2006 with my Associates in Business Admin and Graduated in December 2008 with a 3.79. I really questioned if i wanted to go to school since I had been out of school for 10 years but once i actually started I was so happy I was there. After I graduated I started applying for jobs on my field and four weeks after graduation I recieved an offer from the state I live in to be a case worker making $40,000 a year. That is not a lot of money but it is a start since i was making $20,000 at my last job so by having this degree i doubled my income. Well worth it! So after i graduated in December I decided I wanted to go back and get my BA in Human Resource so I started in June and so far 4.0! I am not the smartest but I personally have two kids age 6 and 1 and work full time + school. I am not going to sit here and put down this school cause i have not had any problems. For me this is an honest submission and I am pleased with my choice to go back to school. Thanks
Aug. 28, 2009, 5 a.m.
+2 votes/
Stay away form this school. It is a total ripoff. For profit universities such as this one are not respected and you will surely be wasting your money. This university takes anyone, which is a total joke and the professors are not knowledgable. I have been programming for some time and I had to turn in an assignment that required coding and because my code was too advanced for the instructor to understand, he tried to accuse me of cheating. Sorry professor, but I'm Indian and I was programming while I was still on the baby bottle. Find yourself a state or public university.Dont be ripped off by this school. They don't even make you take test. This school even has a disclaimer in their course catalogue letting you know that their degrees may not allow you to be eligable to take certain state exam requirements that are required to work in some fields.   What a joke! State and public universities dont have this problem. Avoid CTU at all cost. Rip off for sure.
Aug. 2, 2009, 7:56 p.m.
-1 vote/
@ J
I have taken the object oriented programming classes at CTU and I will tell you now they are not easy. The lower level classes deal specifically with the Java Programming language and covers all aspects of Programming in Java. Be ready to do some serious coding. The lower level programming  classes are very challenging and as you progress further into your Bachelor's, the advanced Object Oriented Programming classes get even harder. These classes really get you on the right track for becoming a Software Engineer if that is what your future career goals are. You really need to have a good understanding of Object Oriented Programming. Brush up on you Math skills as well, especcially Discrete Mathematics. I hope this helps you out.
Aug. 1, 2009, 9:32 p.m.
-1 vote/
Don't get me wrong...I like CTU for the most part.  Some of the assignments we do are challenging, but not challenging enough to keep me from coasting through without much of a problem.  Maybe these classes are just getting me ready for what's to come? I'm not sure at this point, but I hope so.  I'm the kind of person that likes a challenge and wants to feel like I earned everything that I get.  I know one thing:  I'm sick of hearing about APA style formatting! If every class talks about it non-stop I'm going to go crazy! It's really not that difficult of a thing to learn!!
Aug. 1, 2009, 9:16 p.m.
+1 vote/
I know what you mean.  I've been to every one of these review sites in the past few days and it's just been the same people over and over again.  An honest review would be nice. can tell just by reading these who's employed or associated in some way with CTU.  By the way, I can't take these reviews seriously that have so many spelling/grammar errors that it's hard to believe they went to school anywhere.

I really wish I could help you out more.  I haven't actually taken any core classes yet.  They have me in English Comp and Information and Technology Literacy right now.  I kind of feel like I'm breezing through them without much of a problem.  They give you a book for the Information & Technology Literacy class about computers, but as for the projects/assignments/discussion it all seems to be about stuff that's English oriented, like plagiarism.  They are really fixated on the APA style of writing too.  I'm starting to feel like I'm just cruising through my classes without any effort but I've always kind of coasted through these kind of classes.  I'm wondering if the core classes will be any better because if they're not I'm just wasting my time and money.  I feel that they should focus more on technology in my information & technology class instead of APA style, plagiarism, and grade inflation.  It's out of place in my opinion.  Anyway, if there's anyone that can give me any information on what the core classes are like for software systems engineering I'd appreciate it.

Anyway, I'm starting to feel that it would be worth my while to transfer to a college around here.  There's a college near me that offers a good IT program for computer security.  I would've went there, but CTU got ahold of me first and I liked the idea of learning online.  I don't think that my credits will transfer though so if I do that, I'll still have to pay them for nothing basically.
Aug. 1, 2009, 6:43 p.m.
-1 vote/
Can someone just give an honest review on one of these forums?!  Obviously, you can trust no one on here...

I am thinking about the Software Systems Engineer concentration too, Amber.  I want to know how the content is...are you happy with the classes so far?  I know I can cruise through CTU Online with giving 40% of my attention but that really isn't going to help me in the long run.

I want proper direction and a degree at the end --- I can do all the learning myself because I am hungry enough to do the work.

How are core programming classes?  Are you learning a lot?  How much learning are you doing "outside" of the book work to actually get some experience or are the projects in the classes actually good at giving you experience?

Please, I don't care where you went to school, all the dumb debates on here --- just give me facts.  I don't want a CTU robot responding either and telling me about how great the school're just as bad and everyone can tell you are employeed by the school by your response.

Thanks in advance for any insight.
Jan. 29, 2011, 4:32 a.m.
+2 votes/
Don't do it, I'm a year in and failing, and it would be better if I taught myself. It's horrible!
July 31, 2009, 3:02 a.m.
+1 vote/
I've been attending CTU Online since May 20th.  I'm in the BSIT program with a concentration in software systems engineering.  I haven't had any problems at all with them so far.  I've actually been enjoying it.  I've found everyone to be friendly and helpful that I've talked to so far.  Yes, the first class was kind of stupid to me, but it was geared towards getting students acquainted with the online learning environment.  The classes are getting a bit more difficult now.  Each assignment requires a decent amount of research.  Now after reading some of these posts, I'm starting to second-guess my decision to go to CTU Online.  I'd like to hear from anyone who has graduated from CTU Online.  I don't want to be $50,000 in debt with a degree that is worthless.  Was it hard to find a job after you graduated?  Is your degree respected by employers?  How was your experience at CTU Online?
July 30, 2009, 11:42 p.m.
+1 vote/

Dude, they did you a favor, because if your post demonstrates anything, it's that you are nowhere near ready for grad school. I agree though, that they should never have even considered admitting you. Didn't you have to submit a writing sample during the initial admission process?

Sorry guy, but you really need to work on that 5th grade literacy problem before you even think of considering grad school again. The really frightening thing is that you presumably must have a BA. How on earth (and where) did you get it?
July 23, 2009, 6:33 a.m.
+2 votes/
CTU is a big waste of time and money.CTU made big mistake thay were told what i held in degrees and then thay realzed that it was not the proper paper work.They put me in the masters program then sayed thay made a mistake and was going to kick me out.Thay are tring to stick me with the bill and i told them that if we don't have all the paperwork done befor class then i don't start well 4 mounths went by and i was 500 miles away from home and thay wanted more paperwork then the finantial aid office wanted paperwork.I finily got pissed and told then were to put there paperwork,degree and there bill.About 6 mounths later im getting calls from a componey collecting on there behalf thay called me every day about 3 to 5 times a day.CTU will not call me to work this out and thay want to hide behide there bullcrap paperwork then fine.IT is not work at your own pace and the teachers are lazy will not respond in a timely manner to emails an when thay do it is just before the paper is due.So you have to work all night till the deadline to get it in on time.Then when you hand it in the computer grades it and red flags anything that can even look like you pulled it off someone elsees paper it can even be a word in the same place or same sentance structure.I will never attend another collage or online school i will get all my trainning from my employer.I think the department of education should pull there certs. and shut then down.CTU is challenging class work,paperwork,herrasment,and headake no thanks.If you are thinking of going to CTU keep looking or get out there education is only worth one thing toilt paper.Thay don't want free thinkers thay want you to read the book and barf it back up and make it look diffrent.Getting to the point in a report will not be 15 pages and watch out you will have your computer crash if you don't have a really really good antiviris program.So CTU kiss this and good bye.
July 14, 2009, 8:38 p.m.
-2 votes/
Some people are just stupid. It doesn't matter where you go to college or university to obtain a degree.  If you wrote bad things about CTU online it's because you can't handle it.  You can't handle being a parent that is working full time and attending school full time.  Some of you complained about there is to much work compared to some universities, that's because classes are only for five weeks.  
I'm currently attending CTU-Online and working on obtainng my degree in Health Care Management.  Currently, I have been offered a few positions as an Project Manager, Intake Coordinator, and a Supervisor position.  If you think that CTU is a joke try some typical Universities.  I first started out with Boise State University becasue I thought highly of there football program, so I will try going there.  There instructors are a joke they can't teach the real life priciples that need to be learned in there certain careers.  I guess it all depends on you! Before BSU, I attended Eastern Oregon University and that school has high academics but they suck also.  This is all based upon the experience that I had and that is the same with all of you.  My first college was a Community College that taught nothing but basics in which I has zero credits transfer to Eastern Oregon University or Boise State University.  I talked with Boise State and they said they would not accept any credits or associates degree from a community college outside the state.  I guess it all depends on your experience and I'm having a great experience with CTU-Online.  I'm currently on the Chancellors list and have been on the Dean's List.  I recommend CTU-online.  I've asked a few people who are taking online course with other schools say that they wished they would have gone to CTU-online, because it is more challenging.
July 7, 2009, 6:16 p.m.
+1 vote/
The content of your message is correct. You are much better off going to a community college to get your associate's degree and then transferring for your bachelor's. You will have a tuition bill that is a fraction of the cost of CTU for the associate's. You will definitely not go into incredible debt going to a community college (assuming you are a resident of that state). 

What I am saying to you now is just a friendly note (not meant as a criticism). In English, speaking and writing are two very different things. I can’t even count the number of spelling and grammatical mistakes (missing punctuation, run-on sentences etc.) in your post because there were so many.  Please be careful in the future so that your writing will properly reflect the level of your intelligence. I know you are a smart girl by reading the content of your post.
July 1, 2009, 8:27 a.m.
+2 votes/
hi my name is ashley, here is my story about ctu online it is not a big one but it just makes me thank god i did not go through with going there. Well i actually just enrolled to start classes in aug. there and i was doing research alot of it and i just wanted to get my associates degree, and then transfer to a university to get the bach,, well i called about 6 diff school that said there is no way in hell they will take me from ctu online it is a suckey school..... so now i just canceled my enrollment and i am going toa community college to get my asb. when i went to talk to my advisor about canceling and the steps i need to take to do so, he asked me about 50 times to stay enrolled and did not care about my future and what was good for me, also his attuded changed and he actually became a whole diff person so therefore, beware before you go there and make sure you do the research and i would not recommend this school if you want to get a job or further yor education elseware
June 11, 2009, 4:43 a.m.
-1 vote/
This would be the link to their accreditation information with North Central

I have degrees from two state schools and took some classes private not for profit.  I am now attending the private for profit CTU on campus part time in CO Springs.  I have also taught at two state schools participating in a regular North Central review at one of those.  

The North central review process is extensive.  Every program in every school is always taking steps to maintain their accreditation with their regional accreditation board like North Central.  North Central and other regional boards don't hand out accreditation to everyone that asks for it.  You have to earn it.  When CTU applied to North Central for accreditation in the 1970s it took 4 years of review before they got it.  It will be a longer review for CTUs AACSB application.  I would guess maybe 10 years.

I would consider the quality of education and the office staff skill level (or their lack of skill level) comparable to the state and private institutions I have attended and taught at.  I've had record issues at most of the schools I've went to. 

Education is what you make of it and employers will pick up on that and your experience level quickly.  If you can get into, pay for, and move to MA for Harvard then by all means go.  Pretty sure that Harvard after your name might help get you an interview but you will still have to present yourself as a potential asset to them.  Even if you can't go to Harvard as long as you present yourself as an experienced professional in your field with degrees from accredited institution your future is bright.  CTU will help you get there.
June 9, 2009, 5:40 p.m.
-2 votes/
For those who say Colorado Technical is not accredited by the Department of Education I SAY DO YOUR HOME WORK AND QUIT TELLING LIES.  

I am a graduate who works for the Federal Government and I did my research before choosing CTU do to my travel schedule. Go to the D.O.E website and search by state and scroll down to clearly see CTU
June 2, 2009, 9:47 p.m.
-2 votes/
CTU online is a great school, I have been enrolled at the Online campus and now going to the actual campus in Denver, they have three four campuses you can attend, Denver, Denver North, Colorado Springs and Pueblo. I would recommend this school to anyone. By the way, the campuses are more traditional than the Online campus and are ran COMPLETLEY different than the online campus!!!!
May 14, 2009, 3:30 p.m.
-2 votes/
I would love to hear from Ken to see how he is doing and what his feelings are about CTU now that he has done a term or two there. Please let us know.
May 8, 2009, 3:06 a.m.
+1 vote/
I've read majority of everyones reviews and I tend to aggree with not attending CTU for billing and coding.  I have recieved an Assoc in Business Adminstration from them and I have 1 more class with another assoc in Medical billing and coding program.  I wanted to warn those who are looking into the university for medical billing and coding that it is NOT an AHIMA certified program.  The school itself is accredited but make sure the programs that you are going into is accredited.  If you want to take the RHIT exam, they will not let you unless you have gone to an AHIMA certified program.  I am now faced with the situation of changing schools to get a Health Information Management bach degree, and hardly any of the credits transfer.  Trust me, I've tried 4 different schools.  
If you are a MEDICAL BILLING AND CODING STUDENT, get your certs and make sure they have been certified through AMA, AHIMA or CAHIIM.
May 6, 2009, 12:11 a.m.
0 votes/
I attended CTU online and the funniest thing about everything the negative people are saying is...... I work for a fortune 100 company much like the person earlier stated of his fortune 200 and with the BS i received in HRM from CTU i currently direct all HR matters within an entire division of our company. My anuual salary ranges between 127,000 and 193,000 with bonus structure. Before my degree from this respectable institution i was sitting at around 46,500 and managing a single business unit. It was a required degree for promotion and my company is also an education partner. Sounds to me like this degree was worth something after all, considering it was required for my position. Sounds to me like the people that have issues are those that have wasted tons of time and money and failed out of brick and mortar institutions and need some type of feel good for thier efforts/failures by knocking online courses. If you couldnt handle reguar college you could not handle accelerated courses designed with hands on experience in work related situations in your field. Don't be jealous because you cannot succeed in it and someone else can bust their butt and get the degree done faster than yourself. Did you know that the accreditdations and coursework at CTU is ahead of most of the other institutions that you mentioned? I seemed to not have had a problem with my degree getting me anywhere. You probably need to spend some more time on your homework you probably still have and try to accomplish something much like the graduates of CTU have. Don't be so jealous because you are wasting your time on coursework that will probably not help you at all in your future and taking a longer time in completing it. The other funny thing is when i do any hiring for level 3 and higher job that pays a little of 90,000, i generally look for someone that has had an education consisting and concentraed on using it actively in the education. Generally students that we hire that have went to online universities with a focused curriculum are more ready to lead and take these positiosn because they are used to handling, leading, and planning projects, and generally more commited to getting this done timely.
April 6, 2009, 5:04 p.m.
+3 votes/
You know what's amazing? I used to work as an advisor for CTU online and my direct boss and a few other supervisors who were the directors of admissions were working on their Associates degree from CTU online while I used to have new students do their final interviews with them and would stand there listening to the DOAS tell them just how important it is to get an education. What makes it worse is that my DOA used to have us advisors finish up assignments. I also got in trouble for telling a student that I understood why he had to wait to go to school (his house had burned down in the california forest fires a while ago) I was told 'this is a business'. And people get fired for not hitting budget so advisors do all they can to sell the programs because they all need there jobs and even when they know something is a bad fit for a potential student they will tell them it's a great idea- to keep their own jobs. Students First?? is a piece of crap. It's all about the money and nothing to do with providing an education or the famous 'second chance' to people. I can't believe this online institution is not under invesitigation. Sucks.
April 3, 2009, 8:53 p.m.
0 votes/
I am considering furthering my education at CTU, but my ain issue is the cost. Also, I haven't heard anything about their accounting program, which is my intended major. If anyone has any first hand experience with this school, preferably with their accounting program and coming from a very financially challenged background, I would really like to know how the school suited you. Please email me:
Jan. 29, 2011, 4:34 a.m.
+1 vote/
don't do it!! It'll be the worst way to flush your money down the drain! Lighting your money on fire would be more beneficial-don't take student loans out for this college!!
Feb. 27, 2009, 11:58 p.m.
0 votes/
Bottom line is the State spnosored schools and students want to put these schools down because the grads are competition.
Feb. 13, 2009, 7:27 p.m.
-1 vote/
Hi y'all,

I just wanted to add my opinion of CTU.  I am a current surgical tech student. It is a great option for me, as I work full-time and have four young children.  I have had no major problems with the school. Yes, I had to pay a HUGE registration fee (I think it was $150!!), but books are included with the online class fees, and there are no extra, hidden expenses. I have great advisors that return emails the very day I email them.  The only problem I have had so far is in them receiving transcripts from my other schools. I have called the other schools and they've said that they sent them almost a year ago, when I first enrolled, and I verified that the address was correct. Another thing is that books are automatically charged with each online class. Therefore, they send you the books, even if you don't need them (and you had to pay for them). I took Anatomy I this past term. I begin Anatomy II in a week, and I received the same book in the mail that I just got 5 weeks ago for Anatomy I. I wish the books weren't automatically included in the classes, because when you don't need them, you still pay for them.  

Another thing I disliked is that I had to take some stupid Customer Service class that I didn't need. I have YEARS of experience in customer service. I can understand those that are new to school or the workforce having to take the class, but not those of us that have been attending school for years (even recently).  I received my bachelor's degree from an online school in 2007. This class was a waste of my time and very costly. Although these courses are cheap for an online school, they are very costly! I can't receive pell grants because I have a bachelor's degree, so I'm paying around $1000-1200 per class at CTU, in loans.

I have been pleased with all of the staff and instructors at CTU. They are very helpful and attentive. As I said, I have been to other online schools (as well as traditional campuses), and this one overall is wonderful. The classes require research and work, but it has been fairly easy. When I received my bachelor's online, it was the most work I'd ever had at any school. CTU is somewhere in the middle- just enough work to have to research it and spend time so that you actually LEARN something, but not so much that your family or work life suffers.

I am going to be transferring to a local school (Denver is an hour away for me) in May. For one, it is MUCH, much cheaper than CTU. Another thing is that in May, I begin my surgical classes, and I would have to drive to Denver and back for school each day. I can't do that with work and four kids, so I'm going to be taking the surgical classes at a campus nearby... but I do highly recommend CTU if you can afford it.  It's a great option! (Another thing is the online portal is very user friendly, as compared to other online schools that I have attended).  Good luck and email if you have any questions! :)
Dec. 27, 2008, 7:05 p.m.
-1 vote/
Oh and those that have complained about the "professionalism" of the professor obviously havent been to a ground campus school. Every professor has their own way of teaching and personality and this is reflected in their lectures. Not to mention I personally would prefer for the professor to be themselves while teaching me because it makes it more comfortable for me to approach them with questions, concerns, etc. Their human and why not have a little fun while learning. But from my experiences they have all conducted themselves as leaders and great teachers they sometimes may have made a typo or error but their human. Having a degree no matter what it is doesnt make you immune to making mistakes.
Dec. 27, 2008, 6:58 p.m.
-1 vote/
I am currently attending CTU online and it is great. I have to be honest and say that I thought that it would be alot easier than I expected. However, every paper that I have turned in I have had to do research and actually take the time out to learn about. I have also earned my degree at a ground campus at an accredited university and the two are different because CTU is more demanding. There is no one to tell you when you MUST be in class, there are more assignments that you have to turn in at CTU. I do like the 1 on 1 attention that you can get at CTU as opposed to a university ground campus. Alot of people are on here complaining, CTU is just like any other college, you need to shop around for what fits you instead of wasting your time trying to bash others decisions to do what is best for them. I do believe that you EARN your degree with CTU. Unlike a ground campus they have means of detecting plagarism and they can actually document your participation in class. I look foward to my gradution in early 2009.
Nov. 29, 2008, 9:50 a.m.
0 votes/
Hi, All! I'd love to hear all of the careers Alumni's of CTU have pursued.  How difficult was it finding jobs post graduation? Do hiring managers respect degrees from CTU? 

Interested in enrolling in CTU
Nov. 25, 2008, 12:23 a.m.
-1 vote/
I made my decision to join CTU just the other day.  I spent many years trying to figure out where I should go with my education.  I am now a full-time employee as well as a full-time parent, and my ability to physically attend classes at a traditional campus setting is limited at best.  Therefore, CTU provides me with the most convenience.  Not only do I have the ability to attend my classes on my own accord, but I am also able to take on a full course load without my work interfering.  I hear time and time again that I should stick to a traditional setting.  My mother works in a university, so you can only imagine the predominant source of the advice given.  The fact of the matter is that it is not for me.  My fiance takes online courses at UOP and she enjoys them a great deal.  After seeing her experience, I am confident that my choice is the right one, and I look forward to my educational endeavors in CTU.  I will be pursuing Information Technology, and eventually work into a focus on syste security.  Wish me luck all!
Nov. 22, 2008, 5:47 p.m.
0 votes/
Thank you "estimate" for the post.  That is so nice to hear.  I've looked at about 6 different on-line colleges, including University of Maryland UC.  The only thing with that school is the tuition cost for out of state residents.  
I'm definately going to give CTU a shot.  I've worked in IT for the past 18 years and feel I should do ok in the IT courses.  I'll struggle in the others, but I'm sure I'll get through it.  Plus, I have a 15 year old who will be able to help.  That's great that the credits are transferable.
Nov. 22, 2008, 3:33 a.m.
0 votes/
I just posted but I also wanted to say to Kate above that I know people that enrolled with the University of Maryland University College and got upset when they found out that it was not University of Maryland at College Park. Your degree will clearly say Unviversity College on it. However they are a good school according to what others say and they are in the University of Maryland system. College Park grads will certainly let you know that you are not a Terp if you graduate from University College. 

Good day now!
Nov. 22, 2008, 3:14 a.m.
0 votes/

Don't second guess yourself because CTU is good choice. I was enrolled in there IT Program for two years without completing my degree and I just transfered to a traditional university. I will tell you right now that the projects/assignments are pretty challenging and will certainly keep you busy. Don't under estimate this school because the IT program is certainly on par. I will also tell you that the regional accreditation that they hold will allow for your credits to transfer in the event that you do leave the school. I am now enrolled in a Computer Science degree program at my new university and I can honestly say that out of 92 quarter credit hours the new university took 88 credits which of course got converted to 56  semester credit hours  because they are on a semester hour system. So give it a try. You will enjoy the learning experience. I did not leave CTU for any bad reasons so please don't think that. I just felt that I needed to try the traditional experience so that is what I did. CTU is regionally accredited so that is a plus when transfering to other schools. Students that transfer from universities that hold national accreditation usually run in to the problems with their credits not transfering. Give CTU a try.I guarantee that you will not be sorry.
Nov. 20, 2008, 4:40 a.m.
-1 vote/
I am just a few weeks away from starting at CTU online (Jan 4, 2009) and I keep second guessing myself.  I barely made it through high school 23 years ago.  Back then, the requirements were comparably to what my 6th grader is doing now.  I feel like I will need a lot of help with some general ed classes and was wondering how the on-line tutoring is.  Also, I was hoping that someone out there, who has, or is, going to CTU online, started out in a similar positon as myself.   I am scheduled for the ASIT program first with plans to conintue on to the BSIT.  In total the cost is a little less than $50,000 that I have to pay back.  I just hope it's all worth it!
Nov. 18, 2008, 5:06 a.m.
0 votes/
I attended CTU Online and received a MSM in Information Systems Security. I was hired within 2 months after obtaining my degree by government in whom I am still working for. CTU Online professors are no different than the state university that I had attended for my under-grad; some would pass anyone as long as they did their work, and others looked for quality. Those that looked for quality, tended to have the highest amount of students dropping out, because they just could not cut it.

I had one classmate start an opening sentence with "Because" in a group project I was in, obviously a big mistake and we all paid for it with a C+ for a group project. Some of the professors were very challenging and required several resources from trusted sites as well as from the actual textbooks. Most of them accepted online resources as long as they were from reputable sites.

I would recommend CTU Online to anyone interested in some of their online programs, but be aware, this university is best known for Project Management, which is a major plus; especially if you end up dealing with huge projects.

As for those who bash this university, you really need to do your homework. If my degree allowed me to earn a position within 2 months after graduation, then they must have done the right thing. Believe it or not the training in my degree program fit in perfectly with the job I was hired into and served in for over a year and five months, before moving into a higher paying position with better opportunities for advancement.
Dec. 15, 2008, 9:19 p.m.
-1 vote/
I am about to apply for a Master's Degree at CTU Online.  I would appreciate all candid feedback.  Please send me via my e-mail at  Thank you.
Nov. 15, 2008, 3:17 a.m.
0 votes/
@ culo
Your a dumb a$$ letuce picker!
Nov. 1, 2008, 11:23 p.m.
+1 vote/
any thruth to their madical pograms or what is the nursing pogram credidate or the surgical pogram credidate or there ma pogram too some answer me please
Nov. 1, 2008, 10:59 p.m.
+1 vote/
i am attending the school but the school is uder investigation so i wanted to now what the hell is the true or not
Dec. 9, 2008, 6:19 p.m.
0 votes/
Anyone know anything about the Doctor of Computer Science degree here?
Oct. 11, 2008, 4:04 a.m.
-1 vote/
I am recommending the University of Maryland University College in Adelphi, MD, to this board. This school is legit. Half of your classes can be taken on campus with the other half taken on-line, or you can just do all on-line. They have excellent instructors. This school has no negative complaints. Probably the best on-line school there is. Here is their website:

You will not be disappointed.
Aug. 8, 2008, 10:38 p.m.
-1 vote/
This has never been the case as far as I can see I went to WVU which is a very well respected university but I had much better professors at CTU.

I had some of the brightest minds in IT and Info Sec that I have had the pleasure of dealing with.

Don't believe all the stuff you hear about CTU campus or online I attended both on ground and online the quality as far as the IT department was excellent.

These people bashing the college simply are most often fired ex employees or students that couldn't cut it trying to spread rumors. 

some people have probably had genuine financial problems but they happen every day and every school in the world.
Aug. 7, 2008, 8:45 p.m.
0 votes/
I am planning to undertake my graduate studies at CTU main campus in colorado. Does the CTU main campus have the same issues as CTU online of poor and incompetent professors or are the problems online restricted to the online programs only?
Aug. 6, 2008, 4:05 a.m.
-1 vote/
I had a great experience at CTU and I am thinking of going back for my MS I had no problems with any part of the enrollment and no one pushed me into anything I spent over a year before I decided to go back to school.

I had a wonderful experience and I got a great job working for the federal government after I graduated.

I was in the Information System Security program and I had a number of great instructors who taught all over the world for institutions such as SANS which is considered an industry leader in Information System Security.

I have some further information regarding CTU accreditation 

Accreditations held by CTU
1. The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association 
2. ABET - Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology 
3. CHEA - Council for Higher Education Accreditation 
Websites are not allowed in posts but you can Google any of these organizations and find CTU on their websites.
Education Partners
1. FBI
2. Lockheed Martin
3. Raytheon 
4. Northrop Grumman
5. Microsoft
6. Apache Corporation
7. Intel Corporation
8. SANS Institute
9. US Department of Commerce

Many more

As one person mentioned accreditation is not everything but he also mentioned unless it was with organizations such as ABET which CTU is accredited by and for quite some time and their online programs are on the list.

This is not going to be for everyone I would recommend it to anyone that does not have any area schools in the industry that they are interested.

A Local State University is going to be the cheapest option available to you but when you live in a rural state such as I do and many of the higher education institutes focus on things you are not interested in and have no programs then CTU or other online schools are a good choice.

Also almost all schools have a full online program now, this was not the case when I started so look into online programs at any traditional college.

While CTU is expensive I found that overall it was cheaper for me because it included all books, materials and software that I required in my program which ended up being thousands of dollars worth of software from Adobe to Microsoft and anything in between that I needed.

It is something you will have to decide but when you read negative comments look at what most of them are saying and you can see that generally the problems came from individuals that are upset over matters that caused them to fail or be removed form the university.

This happens every day at profit and non-profit schools all over the country and the world.

The organization I work for also was an educational partner and encouraged me to go back to school at CTU over local schools. 

You can contact me as well I will not give you a main account but I check this one anything you want to ask feel free.


Jan. 29, 2011, 4:36 a.m.
0 votes/
CTU doesn't give a real education.A community college does better. Most people leave. And why are they listed at Verizon??
July 3, 2008, 6:53 a.m.
+1 vote/
I'm sorry that some people on here have had some crummy experiences. I've just completed my degree program in Business Adminstration @ CTU Online and I really dont have anything negative to say. Yeah there's some annoying teachers, and the enrollment advisors call often to sign you up for the next challenge, but its their job to be annoying and its up to you to stop them. I hear all these negative comments about the tuition and FA, but its college. What did you expect? Nothing is cheap/free in our economy, nowadays. The cost of tuition everywhere has risen. CTU has a great learning format for SOME people. Those people would include fulltime workers with children, or just stay at home moms. The negative reputation of online distant learning is a thing of the past. Its actually becoming a common trend for those with busy life styles. Type in any other online university and there's something negative about that school, too.There's gonna be naysayers anywhere! I didnt have a problem during enrollment, I knew that I was getting into a student loan. Thats why you graduate, get a decent job and pay the loan off little by little.You have ten years! Wouldn't you do that at a brick and mortor, unless wealthy parents are paying for your education or you win the lottery. Who ever is interested, give it try, if not go to a regular brick and mortor.Its ultimately your choice on how you will get an education. I wish I had the time to go to an actual university in my state. Unfortunately, my schedule doesnt allow it. At the end its all the same thing, your trying to get an education. BTW, I dont work for the school!!! Nor would I ever want to work for any school.
June 14, 2008, 5:02 p.m.
+1 vote/
I just got off the phone with a very professional advisor with CTU. He communicated very well what CTU has to offer, integrated my personal information in the interview, and gave a superb first impression.  THE HE RUINED IT...  When I told him I would like to do some research he informed me that he wanted to 'make sure I got accepted' and they would be having the acceptance reviews this afternoon.. he wanted me to fill out the application and pay the enrollment fee adn then I could research CTU while I was being reveiwed for acceptance.  I could tell he wanted my registration fee. I was extremely let down and hope CTU realizes how their first impressions speal can easily sound like a telemarketing scheme to get into a person's wallet.  Before Mr. Advisor did that - he almost had me hooked.
June 11, 2008, 9:38 p.m.
0 votes/
I'm thinking of enrolling in CTU for an aa degree in medical billing and coding. The program seems to be very expensive. Does anybody out there have any good advises for me?  Anyone who did the same? Please contact me - no CTU employees please!
June 7, 2008, 8:21 a.m.
+1 vote/
I enrolled at CTU in 2004 with the intention of spending 4 years taking on-campus classes. Now I'm 6 months from graduation, and everything has gone according to plan. See, I have enough common sense to know that you can't compress a 4 year degree program into 15 months and get anything valuable out of it.

I have no pity for people who thought they could "coast" through a 15-month online program and get the same degree I've spent years working on. Surely you got everything out of your education that you put into it (which isn't saying much).

However, I will agree that CTU ONLINE (not on-campus) is a f*cking nightmare. I had to take one CTU Online course because it wasn't being offered on-campus, and I'll NEVER make that mistake again. Inept professors, ambiguous assignments riddled with typos, poor communication ...
June 6, 2008, 2:24 a.m.
0 votes/
I am nearing completion of my AS in Business Administration & Management at a local Comunity College.  I am leaning towards CTU to complete my BSBA on a reccomendation from a friend who just completed his Accounting degree. I'm a non-traditional 48 year old student with a full time supervision position. Any advice?
May 31, 2008, 2:34 p.m.
0 votes/
Online learning requires a significant amount of self discipline and hard work to maintain a high GPA.  One could likely earn a CTU degree with less effort if so desired, but you ultimately get as much out of the programs as you are willing to contribute.  If you want to just get by with C level work you won’t get much out of the program even though you may still earn the degree.  

Personally, I worked very hard and learned a tremendous amount while earning my degree from CTU.  It’s obviously not for everyone, but CTU offers an excellent flexible program for those willing to put forth the time and effort required to take full advantage of the experience.
April 27, 2008, 12:41 a.m.
-1 vote/
It is amazing how many folks out there just wish to cast their doubt and bad judgements on on-line education or For-Profit institutions.  I am a DeVry and Keller graduate who has experienced many industry individuals saying great things about the DeVry brand.  The education I received on both the undergraduate and graduate levels was extremely challenging and the projects really engage the learner in practical "hands-on" education.  As for CTU not being accredited by ABET, well just check out this link.  CTU's Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering programs are both accredited by ABET.  The point that I am making is that it is not the school you attend, it is what you do with that education.  Education extends outside of the classroom, and those who feel that a "NAME" will sell them, well, maybe it does.  However, in the long term you still have to demonstrate that you can do the work.  A Harvard, Yale, Duke, MIT, or Wharton degree guarantees you a job because of the "name" association.  However, once hired, you have to prove yourself.  Theory vs. practicality, this is where schools like DeVry previls.  As for AACSB, well, I know folks who attended AACSB schools.  Let me tell you something.  Many of them can't begin to write a business plan or think strategically when it comes to business.  They studied theory, and can't practice it well.  To each is own, but it is all up to the aptitude of the learner, regardless if the school is traditional or non-traditional.  Long live the non-traditional school models!!!!
April 23, 2008, 4:51 a.m.
0 votes/
Getting my Masters from CTU. Half way through it and I can honestly say that it isn't a joke. I travel all the time for work and CTU was a good online option since I wanted to finish my degree faster than normal. I never seem to have much free time since I am always doing a project. Who cares if they have 80% adjuncts? They didn't get their PHDs out of a cracker jack box. They bring real world experience to the table. I will literally cry when I graduate. I have never worked so hard on school in my entire life.
March 25, 2008, 2:13 a.m.
+1 vote/
CTU Online is not the first college I have attended and will not be my last. Yes, I am moving on. I was not impressed with the curriculum at all. Often times it was vague, had typos, and contained numerous spelling errors. After submitting an email to the instructor requesting clarification of the assignments, often it would take several days to get a response. Half of the instructors I had lacked professionalism, to say the least. My ENG115 instructor spoke street slang most the time during live chat sessions and would close the class session with "Love, Peace, and Hair Grease". He didn't know some of the basic functions of the instructor/student communication capabilities available through the school site, for example, how to read a comment that a student provides with the submission of an assignment. I didn't bail after the first few strange experiences, thinking that maybe it was just one in the bunch that was strange. Now 6 months into it, I have had enough experience to realize these instructors are a direct reflection of the caliber of this "service".
March 24, 2008, 8:13 p.m.
+2 votes/
I currently work at CTU and I will be quitting soon!  CTU is a joke they will enroll anyone as long as you have $50.  your "entrance essay" needs to be 4 sentences long and you’re in.  i have been told on numerous occasions to just run a credit card payment even if the person trying to enroll has said they won’t have the money till x date.  Admissions is a huge sales environment but it could be a good school if you have no other options.  One good thing that CTU does is gets your FA set up before you start class and that all depends on you...I’m sick and tired of people saying they don't want loans for school...this school is cheap as heck... find me another school that will get you and associates and bachelors for under $50,000 the problem is, but you get what you pay for.  I whole heartedly believe the school and company over all is crooked.  I have seen this university ruin people’s and their family’s lives.  I’m sorry to anyone I enrolled.
March 21, 2008, 3:28 a.m.
-1 vote/
@Kamil's Mom

CTU will take him... it might be a good idea to get him into an associates program and let him chill on that until he is 18.  You really don't want to rush him through school... especially college.  He can finish that when he is 20 and get accustomed to student life.  If you have him do his whole schooling from home his social development will be stunted... I know as I too was homeschooled.  College straightened me out though.  Just think about it...
March 16, 2008, 10:19 p.m.
+1 vote/
To Kamil's Mom:

Find another school. CTU Online will bill you for classes you never take, send you materials you don't need, and refuse and somehow even lose your withdrawl request.

I wanted to take a specific course to further my education since I was disabled and could no longer work like I used to and since I am still fairly young, I was told CTU would help me by being online and I would get the degree I wanted.

Complete waste of my time. The courses they enrolled me in had nothing whatsoever to do with what I wanted to be and if I tried to question it, it was always it is part of the plan, we are trying to get the most competent teachers. LIE!

It never happened, and there were no classes that actually were part of my desired degree.

One particular class was a complete waste of time. Half the time the instructor never showed up, and when he did, he was arguing over the phone with someone, his dog was barking, or he read the text, and ignored what we were saying and the questions we asked. (Personally I think he recorded it previously and played the file, and wasn't there.)

I have been withdrawn since 2004, and they are still pestering me. Different people call all the time from CTU and every one has a different answer of the amount I 'owe' and that I still am enrolled? LOL RIGHT!

The people who work for CTU are morons who are paid to give you a hard time. I have a feeling they are the people who couldn't even get a telemarketing job.

In short to Kamil's mom: Your son sounds intelligent. Find a local school where he can actually interact with professors and other students. He will waste his time online with CTU.
March 6, 2008, 4:02 a.m.
0 votes/
If you want real online education go to WWW.AMU.APUS.EDU
Jan. 12, 2008, 3:15 a.m.
0 votes/
I would like to hear from any graduate of CTU Online that has been hired based on their degree before enrolling my son.  We have been a homeschooling family and he will be graduating at 15, which is why we are looking into online colleges at least until he is 18 (then he can do his Masters/PhD wherever).  Honest comments appreciated, please no flaming or "company lines" - just the honest truth.
Thank you
Dec. 13, 2007, 6 a.m.
-1 vote/
You are wrong when you say that CTU lacks Professional accreditation like ABET. Colorado Technical University's School of Engineering is accredited by ABET. Just do your research Again before you speak. Colorado Technical University is not just an Online school. Their Brick and Mortar main campus is in Colorado Springs, Colorado and has been there since 1965. So the bottom line here Again is they are accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the Higher Learning Commission and they have professional accreditation from Accrediting Board of Engineering Technology(ABET) for their School of Engineering. Now to close this case, lets analyze this scenario: Again wants to get a degree. He knows that he is a slow learner so he decides to buy a degree from a degree mill. He chose CTU thinking he could buy a degree. He was very surprised when he saw the course cirriculum from CTU was indeed very real and too hard for him to complete. He has realized at this point that CTU is a real university that has been around since 1965 and does not hand out degrees like candy as he had anticipated. The course work was too challeging and he fails. Now he is mad because he has to pay for classes that he has failed out of. Again's last resort is to come on this website and complain because now he has to pay a real university for real classes that he failed. Again, from now on do your research before you try to discredit a school that is regionally accredited and professionally accredited. ABET's website has all of the schools that they accredit. CTU is on the list folks, just see for yourself at their website. Go to and that website will tell you all of the degree mills that are out there scamming people. Colorado Technical University is not one of them. Happy learning to all.
Nov. 28, 2007, 12:44 p.m.
+1 vote/
Open admissions makes it a joke.  You can go to state schools all online that are less expensive and much more respectable.  Any degree fully online in engineering is a joke.  Engineering technology maybe, but not engineering.  You need labs for that, and you can't do that online.  So are they losers?  Higher education is about sacrifice, and why go somewhere that takes anyone and has every reason in the world to make it easy so you pass and keep getting financial aid?
Nov. 27, 2007, 7:35 p.m.
-1 vote/
How is CTU for losers who can't make it anywhere else? A mom with 4 kids that cannot leave to night classes is a loser?  A dad who works 2 jobs and doesn't have time for on-site school is a loser?  No, you my friend are wrong.  For-Profit schools push you to your limit.  They pound you hard with information in a small amount of time, and hey if you come out with a passing grade, guess what, you're smart.  What the hell is a 16 week course at a state college with 1,000 other students?  That is education? When you can't hear the professor talking and his slide show is from 4 years ago?....That is education?  Pa-lease.  I went to a State college and dropped out to go to DeVry, and loved it.  I am looking into the BSIT/Software Engineering Online degree at CTU and will most likely do it.  What do you guys think?
Nov. 16, 2007, 1:31 p.m.
0 votes/
Face it steel, CTU is for losers who can't make it anywhere else.  Nobody respects them or their graduates.
Nov. 15, 2007, 11:27 p.m.
-1 vote/
Cheryl, seriously now, you have to be kidding.  Your making statements against CTU that you assume are not true with other organizations of higher education.  Any school you attend has the same load process (fafsa, pell grants, even scholarships).  You can't knock CTU because you don't understand this process.
Nov. 15, 2007, 11:20 p.m.
-1 vote/
Ya and they pass you for paying steel. Other schools reinvest into their faculty and facilities. You wouldn't know about that since CTU has over 85% adjuncts.
LOL- you make no sense here AGAIN.  Where did you get that percentage you just threw out without backing it up?  This site was designed for people that actually go to CTU, not you, to review CTU.  Try going to the school and then come back and review it.  Better yet, get an education, you might want to start with H.S.
Nov. 15, 2007, 3:24 p.m.
0 votes/
by the way, where did you go to school Nope?
Nov. 14, 2007, 10:09 p.m.
-1 vote/
actually I never went there. I'm explaining the financial aid process to someone who doesn't get it. FYI
Nov. 14, 2007, 6:08 p.m.
+1 vote/
School still sucks P Rock, sorry you wasted your cash.
Nov. 13, 2007, 10:16 p.m.
-1 vote/
This one's for cheryl. How does someone trick you into taking loans? Signing an mpn gets the ball rolling in case you need a loan. After a fafsa is completed, the additional amount needs to be covered (ie. sca,mpn,mgib, etc). The next step in the process would be to set up an award. When a student is awarded, a financial aid adviser goes over the award with that student and then he/she can accept it. As far as your problems with a fafsa are concerned, if you fill it out incorrectly it doesn't get processed. Incorrect fafsa = no pell grant.You can take that up with the department of education. BTW, you state that the fafsa alone would pay your education without taking out loans. The pell grant will cover up to $4500 per year, meaning that you would need something to pick up the remaining balance ie. mpn student loans...That now brings me to your next point about the first class. The introduction class is there to make going back to school an easy transition. You have to understand that the majority of the students either have never been to school or haven't gone in 10+ years. Before you go bash something, maybe you should do a little more research about it.
Nov. 9, 2007, 8:51 p.m.
+1 vote/
Ya and they pass you for paying steel.  Other schools reinvest into their faculty and facilities.  You wouldn't know about that since CTU has over 85% adjuncts.
Nov. 9, 2007, 7:50 p.m.
-2 votes/
CTU is awesome, challenging, and even less expensive then most online schools.  I've tried 1 other (the most popular one) and found it to be far more expensive and the course work was designed for people in the field of study.  I switched to CTU because I needed to learn IT from the ground up.  Nice thing about CTU is that it is a B&R school with an online degree program. And for all those who complain about "for profit"?  What school isn't.  The fact is, this school is dedicated to providing an online education, not their sports team.
Oct. 22, 2007, 11:09 p.m.
-2 votes/
I really cannot comment on the current admissions process and I have heard of several complaints in that department. I cannot report any trouble with admissions but that was back in 2005. I enjoyed my time at CTU although some classes were pretty simple there were some that were more challenging. All of the people complaining here did not complete even a single class usually. Yes Sure Tom everybody works for CTU. I also work for the CIA, and I know who shot Kennedy. Sure Tom, get a life or maybe a degree.  Oh, answers needed, CTU’s programs are a bit pricy.  My bachelors program in criminal justice cost about $30,000.  I put that in my review of CTU’s criminal justice program.  They charge by credit hour these days if I am not mistaken.  Hey, CTU isn’t for everyone, but I really liked the program that I went through.  Answers needed I recommend that you do as much research as possible before signing up for any degree program.  Oh CTU is accredited through North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA-HLC), The Higher Learning Commission.
Oct. 26, 2007, 9:56 p.m.
+1 vote/
Again, accreditation does not mean quality unless it is a professional accreditation like ABET or AACSB.  Your accreditation simply means it does what it says and is a valid organization.  Just like Walmart is valid, but it doesn't mean it's quality.
Oct. 29, 2007, 2:42 p.m.
+1 vote/
That wasn't my comparison.  I meant Walmart is accredited under the Department of Commerce.  It doesn't mean they are quality, it just means they are valid.  Just like the DoE accrediting someone.  There are professional accreditations that CTU lacks, ABET, AACSB, NSA, etc.
Oct. 29, 2007, 5:07 a.m.
-1 vote/
Again, at least you are correct about one thing. Regional accreditation doesn't necessarily mean that the school is very good but it does set a minimum professional curriculum/ethics/standards to maintain accreditation and makes degrees obtained from such a school professionally accepted in most cases. But just for your own education Wal-Mart is not a educational institution and would not be regionally accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA-HLC), The Higher Learning Commission.  I am not a “hater” as they say and you are happy at Wal-Mart more power to you.
Oct. 11, 2007, 3:15 a.m.
+3 votes/
My fiance and I signed up for CTU.  They told us to fill out loans before our FASFA's were even complete.  The first class is a joke.  Literally a waste of time.  The teacher didn't teach a thing.  It's like he just read off the book in the once-a-week teaching sessions that we could hardly ever attend.  When we filled out our FASFA's it took like 5 or 6 different people to tell us how to fill out the tax portion of our forms and each person told us a different way.  My fiance and I aren't married but we have a son and my fiance supports us both so they were baffled about how to fill out the form with us not being married and who should or shouldn't claim who.  Then I mailed them a form they needed and they told me they never got it, AFTER classes were like a week into session and they wanted me to print off a form when I had no printer and fax it to them.  I had to mail it to them and they supposedly didn't get it.  With our FASFA' alone we wouldn't have had to pay a thing, but they didn't have us fill this out until after we were tricked to sign up for loans.  I will never recommend this school to anyone.  I don't see how they are accredited, if they are.
Sept. 20, 2007, 1:53 p.m.
+1 vote/
Right Tom. I agree, except why would anyone who has the least bit intelligence pay to go to a for-profit if you can go to a non-profit university and get a real education?  Hey, why not buy a degree from a diploma mill if you don't want to earn an education right Tom?
Oct. 1, 2007, 4:57 p.m.
+2 votes/
deputylasttries also works for CTU, don't listen to him!
Sept. 16, 2007, 6:08 p.m.
-2 votes/
non profit university means that its is just a place where they are going to waste all the money that they make to keep their non profit statis. people who are against it probably could'nt afford a for profit school.
Sept. 15, 2007, 8:02 p.m.
+2 votes/
Colorado Technical University if a "for profit" university.
Sept. 6, 2007, 8:15 p.m.
+1 vote/
I believe "This school is a joke" meant "Why not show me a website that says an acadmic institution sucks that is NOT-FOR-PROFIT", the last part of that was wrong.  But all For Profits are not bad.  I believe the education is good at some of them.  They get a bad rap because they have open admissions and agressive recruitment.  The more they take in, the more they make.  But some schools have admitted to this but stated if a student can't cut it, they will drop out.  Its not ethical, but its legal.
Oct. 4, 2007, 4:51 p.m.
+1 vote/
Im looking into ctu, but have found nothing on costs. Why is that? Is it because of all the negitive things ive heard about ctu? Is it because its a overpriced 100% profit money making scam? If someone could take the time to answers thees questions please email me at
Sept. 5, 2007, 8:37 p.m.
+1 vote/
Why not show me a website that says an acadmic institution sucks that is FOR-PROFIT.  By the way, Harvard, Yale, etc are not for-profit.  Meaning all the money they make, the reinvest.  As for other schools with sports, they invest in sports and make good money from it.  Its a circle.  Do you know what it costs a school that actually hires and keeps tenure track PhDs?  Probably not if you went a FOR-PROFIT since most for profits have over 80% adjuncts.

Sept. 5, 2007, 6:37 p.m.
+1 vote/
Yes!  We must stay away from the "For Profit" private schools, Like Harvard, Yale and others, because they are such a waste of money, unlike "Non-profit" schools that do nothing but suck away your tax dollars.

By the way, what DO those "non-profit" schools do with those millions of dollars they receive?  Especially their sports programs.
Sept. 12, 2007, 4:07 p.m.
0 votes/
Has anyone received there FA from CTU that was attending online?
Aug. 28, 2007, 3:44 p.m.
+2 votes/
This school like other FOR-PROFITs are a joke.  This website indicates that CTU is non-profit.  This is not correct.  Their admissions are 100% open including MS and Doctorate level.  This is what makes them not respected.  Being for profit drives them to do anything to make money.  Stay away from any for-profit school.  Online schools are okay as long as they are NONPROFIT!

If you can tell me that open enrollement for a doctorate level degree is acceptable, I must laugh and tell you to go waste your money and get it then because you will never be respected for it.
April 16, 2011, 5 p.m.
0 votes/
I checked online and CTU does not offer Doctorate degrees. I think this is more like a community college (which are all open enrollment also). I did read something interesting, CTU is regionally accredited. This is a huge plus from other onlne schools.  
May 1, 2011, 1:30 p.m.
-1 vote/
CTUO does offer Doctorate degrees. 
Aug. 10, 2007, 12:39 a.m.
-3 votes/
I agree with BigN.  I attended Auburn Montgomery in Montgomery Alabama for 2.5 years.  My employer (fortune 200 company) has an education partnership agreement with CTU.  I'd never heard of CTU before seeing it on the company intranet.  I completed the last 1.5 years of the degree online and graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration December of 2006.  All in all I'd say the quality of education was comparable.  I think that the negative stereotype that dominated HR/Management thinking in the past regarding online degrees is fading.  I've learned that many of those who fear the online degrees fear EVERYTHING online, not only the degrees!  These are the type of people that will not pay a bill online at a secure site of their utility provider for example (rather still send the check in the snail mail).  These individuals are sticking their heads in the sand and are not embracing or even aware of the value that new technology brings.  In todays dog eat dog, fast paced business environment online degrees may be the ONLY option for many.  CTU is highly recommended.  For what it is worth, I am 26 and have been with the same company that paid for my education at CTU for 4.5 years now.  HR was very encouraging and believe you me, if there was ANY issue with this university they would not dare have a partnership with them.  I recommend CTU to anyone that is self-motivated and technology minded.
Aug. 7, 2007, 8:27 p.m.
-1 vote/

This past CTU student has posted a negative review on every review board about CTU. I am a student there now and "EARNING" my degree in IT. I have been treated as a professional at all times while attending CTU. I have attended both B&M colleges and other online schools. I have found that CTU requires a lot more work than from most B&M colleges. Usually two papers a week per class that requires modest amounts of research. The instructors are very helpful and want the student to succeed but will not just pass a student. I am very sorry "PAST CTU STUDENT" was treated poorly or unfairly but this is not the case for most students attending this college. I attended the University of South Alabama (major state funded school)and their financial aid department and advisors couldn't hold a candle to CTU.
Sept. 25, 2007, 3:11 p.m.
-4 votes/
I hope that everyone will notice that the person that wrote the review on Sept. the 19th was anonymous. I am a Deputy Sheriff who lives in Canadian, Texas. I actually do not work for CTU. I am however a graduate of CTU and I only posted a review of the school in regards to the aptitude of the professors and the well designed course delivery. I actually never had any problems during admissions and CTU accepted quite a few credits due to my police academy training and other professional state law enforcement training I had received. I actually like the school (although it does have some problems just like any other school) and I think that if someone actually wants to post an unbiased review they should at least attach a call sign or something that they can be identified by. I think that we should all be accountable for what we write and if someone wants to slander a school they should be brave enough to post their identifiers. If anyone would like to contact me in regards to my review you can email me at
May 14, 2007, 8:19 p.m.
+3 votes/
I attended CTU online last year. I didn't have to crack open a book unless it was for my own personal knowledge because I could find all the research I needed over the internet. I had withdrawn from a set of classes and reinlisted for the next set of classes. Well into the first week, SOMEHOW, my information was deleted. I was no longer a student and was told I was not reinlisted, never had, none of my information was up to date, my major change wasn't in the computer system, my advisor change wasn't in the system, even my financial aid information was gone. It was if someone just clicked on my name and hit delete. I spent 3-4 days sending all the emails back and fourth from financial aid, my advisor, everyone just to show I was a current student. FINALLY, they got me back into the classes, but the wrong classes (I sent previous emails from the instructors to prove I was in their classes). By the time I was back into my correct classes, I was so far behind in my assignments and barely keeping up with my group assignments. I decided that wasn't worth being a CTU student and decided to go to a local college. I mailed a transcript request to them to send to my current school. Over a month went by and no receipt of the transcript. Finally called them and was told that they never received it, but then again, they've had a high staff turn over (go figure). So who knows where it ended up. The department I talked to gave me all the information to fax over another request - but no mention of a fee. So one week after the request was faxed, I get an email saying that they have a fee and the transcript will be sent after the payment clears - 3-5 days AFTER receiving payment (even by credit card). I've learned that CTU may be wonderful if you are a current student. You end up off that list, and they don't give a damn. Even with my mess up of being deleted from the system to being a current student to withdrawn, they didn't care if I was bumped out of the system and all the work I did during that first week of class - I was not listed as a current student in their computer. I would NEVER recommend this college to anyone. Online classes are convenient, but CTU is NOT worth the headache.
March 13, 2007, 12:25 p.m.
-3 votes/
As a graduate of CTU Online (MSM) in 2005, I found CTU challenging and rewarding.  After researching online schools, I found that CTU was able to meet all my requirements in a Masters degree.  They have a state of the art online system with improvements added every year to make the online experience even better, even as technology advances, so do they. I have recommended CTU to many of my friends and they enjoy it as I did.
Feb. 14, 2007, 5:46 p.m.
-1 vote/
CTU may have received some unpleasant reviews on some boards, however I'd like to say that in addition to the staff being highly available and interested in students, the educational materials and portal is probably the best out there.  

I have researched almost six comparable degree programs from different "universities" or concerns (some of these online schools are no more than a corporation with a collegiate facade).  However, the could not compare to CTU in price, portal, books, materials and 24/7 live help (watch for hidden costs and undisclosed book fees!!).  

Obviously everyone is looking for different things in a degree program, however at least you know you can attend CTU campuses on-ground and get a quality degree that way as well.  

The instructors/professors are qualified, understanding and active in the respective industries.  I have much experience in the field and thought the couldn't teach me much more however it was not only a solid review but also a solidification of my knowledge and skills.  

The instructors were really professional. They were also like colleagues as they are in the industry and understood when I would have to work late or if there were personal contraints.  Again, not all instructors/ facilitators/professors are perfect.  Don't think you can skate through...some of them grade strictly.

In my opinion it's a great value, they offer good certifications on the road to your degree (so you actually get SOMETHING!!), the curriculum is backed by great organizations and it offers great real world, realistic experience & project work.

-SN is not affiliated with Colorado Technical University in any way.