Colorado Technical University

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Colorado Technical University
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Seal of Colorado Technical University
Former names
Colorado Technical College
Type For-profit[1]
Established 1965[1]
Provost Connie Johnson, Ed.D.
Undergraduates 23,094[2]
Postgraduates 2,703[2]
Location Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
Campus Urban, Online
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Colorado Technical University (CTU) is a for-profit university in the United States. Founded in 1965, CTU offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees, primarily in business, management, and technology. About 92% of Colorado Tech's students are fully online.[3]

The university is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). It is a subsidiary of Career Education Corporation.

In 2016, the school reported enrollment of 21,200 students.[3]

Colorado Tech has no affiliation with the State of Colorado.


The school was established as Colorado Technical College in 1965, with a focus on training former military personnel in technical and vocational subjects. In 1995, the institution gained university status and changed its name to Colorado Technical University.[4]

The NSA and the Department of Homeland Security recognize CTU as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education.[5] According to Colorado Tech, CTU has more than 70,000 graduates worldwide.[6][non-primary source needed]

In 2013, Military Times magazine ranked CTU #1 Best for Vets in the category for online and non-traditional universities.[7] By 2015, it was no longer listed in Military Times' "best for vets." [8]

Colorado Tech's parent company, Career Education Corporation, has been under investigation by Attorneys General from several states and the US Federal Trade Commission for deceptive recruiting and lying about accreditation and job placement rates.[9][10]


CTU receives approximately 95% of all funds from the US government, including about $3 million from the Department of Defense and $33 million from GI Bill funds.[11]


The university maintains Colorado campuses in Colorado Springs (main campus) and Denver, which has two campuses: the northern campus in Westminster, and the southern campus in Aurora.[12] Additionally, a number of its degree programs can be completed entirely or largely online.[13]

CTU-Colorado Springs, the main campus,[12] has been classified by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as a Doctoral/Research University (D/RU) that is Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) dominant.[14]

The CTU campus in Sioux Falls, South Dakota is scheduled to close in September 2016.[15]


Colorado Tech's President is Andrew H. Hurst, who was an executive at Education Management Corporation for 10 years.[16]

Colorado Technical University offers accredited degree programs in business, engineering, and applied scientific disciplines, including Accounting, Business Administration, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Engineering, Finance, Health Sciences, Information Systems and Technology, Management, and Public Administration.[17]

Colorado Tech employs 41 full-time and 1204 part-time instructors.[18]

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, Colorado Tech's online graduation rate is 24%.[19] The Colorado Springs campus graduation rate is 27%.[20]

Schools and colleges[edit]

CTU has the following areas of study: [21]

  • College of Business & Management
  • College of Engineering & Computer Science
  • College of Health Sciences
  • College of Information Systems & Technology
  • College of Security Studies
  • College of Project Management


USNWR online program rankings (2016)

Bachelor's Program 63
Graduate Information Technology Program 18
Graduate Criminal Justice Program 23
Best Graduate Business Programs (Excluding MBA) 91
Best MBA Programs 148

Colorado Technical University (CTU) ranked tied for 58th on the U.S. News & World Report lists for Best Online Programs for 2015. CTU was recognized for its online bachelor’s degree programs. It placed 18th for master’s degrees in computer information technology and 22nd for master’s degrees for criminal justice.[22][23][24][25][26]

In 2015, Colorado Tech had 155 complaints from military veterans who used the GI Bill feedback system.[27][28] That ranked the school fourth highest in complaints, behind University of Phoenix, ITT Technical Institute, and Devry University.

Lawsuits, investigations, and financial problems[edit]

In 2013, Career Education Corporation, Colorado Tech's parent company, settled with the New York Attorney General for deceiving students about accreditation and placement rates.[9]

The Attorney General of Connecticut is serving as the point of contact investigations for attorneys general investigations from the following states: Arkansas, Arizona, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington (January 24, 2014); Illinois (December 9, 2011); Tennessee (February 7, 2014); Hawaii (May 28, 2014 ); New Mexico (May 2014); Maryland (March 16, 2015); and the District of Columbia (June 3, 2015). Career Education Corporation has also received inquiries from the attorneys general of Florida (November 5, 2010), Massachusetts (September 27, 2012), Colorado (August 27, 2013) and Minnesota (September 18, 2014).[3]

Colorado Tech is currently under heightened cash monitoring by the US Department of Education to provide additional oversight of cash management [29]


  1. ^ a b "2010 Course catalog : University Policies" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-06-01. 
  2. ^ a b "College Navigator - Colorado Technical University-Online". Retrieved 2015-06-01. 
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  4. ^ [1] Archived June 20, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "Centers of Academic Excellence Institutions". National Security Agency. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "CTU Alumni". Retrieved 2015-06-01. 
  7. ^ "Best for Vets: Colleges 2013 Online and nontraditional". Military Times. Retrieved 2015-06-01. 
  8. ^ "2015 online and nontraditional colleges - Military Times". Retrieved 2015-06-01. 
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  12. ^ a b "Colorado Technical University". Retrieved 2015-06-01. 
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  21. ^ "Areas of Study | CTU". 2013-02-15. Retrieved 2015-06-01. 
  22. ^ "CTU rankings". Retrieved 2015-06-01. 
  23. ^ "CTU Bachelor's Program ranking U.S. News & World Report". Retrieved 2015-06-01. 
  24. ^ "CTU Graduate Information Technology Program ranking U.S. News & World Report". Retrieved 2015-06-01. 
  25. ^ "CTU Graduate Criminal Justice Program ranking U.S. News & World Report". Retrieved 2015-06-01. 
  26. ^ "U.S. News Best Online Programs Rankings". Retrieved 2016-04-28. 
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