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Colorado Technical University

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Colorado Technical University
File:CTU Seal Photo Rough 250px.png
Seal of Colorado Technical University
Former names
Colorado Technical College
ProvostConnie Johnson, Ed.D.
Colorado Springs
CampusUrban, Online

Colorado Technical University (CTU) is a for-profit university in the United States, owned by Perdoceo Education Corporation. 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] Colorado Tech has no public or official affiliation with the State of Colorado.


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. The Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at the Colorado Springs campus are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.[4] The business degree programs offered by Colorado Technical University are ACBSP accredited.[5]

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


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.[6]

The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security recognize CTU as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education.[7] According to Colorado Tech, CTU has more than 70,000 graduates worldwide.[8][non-primary source needed]

In 2013 and 2014, Military Times magazine ranked CTU #1 Best for Vets in the category for online and non-traditional universities.[9] It achieved this ranking again in 2016.[10]

The CTU campus in Sioux Falls, South Dakota closed in September 2016.[11]

US News currently ranks CTU tied for 85th for online bachelor's programs for veterans.[12]


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.[13]


The university maintains Colorado campuses in Colorado Springs (main campus) and Denver, which has one campus: in Aurora.[14] Additionally, a number of its degree programs can be completed entirely or largely online.[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


Colorado Technical University (CTU) is ranked tied ranked tied for 152nd on the U.S. News & World Report lists for Best Online Programs. [22]

Lawsuits, investigations, and financial problems[edit]

Colorado Tech is currently under heightened cash monitoring by the US Department of Education to provide additional oversight of cash management.[23]

On March 9, 2020, the Department of Veterans Affairs suspended G.I. Bill reimbursement eligibility for Colorado Technical University and several other for-profit schools due to what the V.A. said were "erroneous, deceptive, or misleading enrollment and advertising practices", giving the schools 60 days to take "corrective action".[24] The VA withdrew its threat of sanctions in July 2020.[25]


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  2. 2.0 2.1 "College Navigator - Colorado Technical University-Online". Ed.gov. Retrieved 2015-06-01.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "ceco-10q_20160630.htm". www.sec.gov. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  4. "ABET - ABET accreditation". www.abet.org. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  5. "Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs". www.acbsp.org. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  6. "Directory of HLC Institutions". North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Higher Learning. June 20, 2010. Archived from the original on 20 June 2010. Retrieved 3 December 2018. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  7. "NSA/DHS National CAE in Cyber Defense Designated Institutions". National Security Agency. Archived from the original on 25 June 2018. Retrieved 4 February 2015. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  8. "CTU Alumni". Coloradotech.edu. Retrieved 2015-06-01.
  9. "Best for Vets: Colleges 2013 Online and nontraditional". Military Times. Archived from the original on 2014-11-29. Retrieved 2015-06-01. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  10. "2016 online and nontraditional colleges - Military Times". Militarytimes.com. Retrieved 2017-04-17.
  11. "CTU Closing Its Sioux Falls Campus". KELOLAND News. Archived from the original on 7 August 2017. Retrieved 7 August 2017. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  12. "Colorado Technical University Online". US News. US News. Retrieved 6 March 2020.
  13. "133 for-profit colleges get more than 90 percent of their revenue from taxpayers". s3.amazonaws.com. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  14. "Colorado Technical University". Classesandcareers.com. Retrieved 2015-06-01.
  15. "CTU Online and Campus Degrees". Coloradotech.edu. Retrieved 2015-06-01.
  16. "Management". www.careered.com. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  17. "Master's Degree Programs". Colorado Technical University.
  18. "EDGAR Pro". yahoo.brand.edgar-online.com. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  19. "College Navigator - Institution Not Found". nces.ed.gov. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  20. "College Navigator - Colorado Technical University-Colorado Springs". nces.ed.gov. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  21. "Areas of Study | CTU". Coloradotech.edu. 2013-02-15. Retrieved 2015-06-01.
  22. https://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/bachelors/search?school-name=colorado+technical+university
  23. "Heightened Cash Monitoring". 20 April 2017. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  24. "VA to suspend some GI Bill enrollments, holding back more than $200 million from 'deceptive' universities". Stars and Stripes. Retrieved 2020-03-10.
  25. Douglas-Gabriel, Danielle (July 2, 2020). "VA backs down from plan to suspend University of Phoenix and other colleges from accessing GI Bill benefits". Washington Post. Retrieved 2020-07-03. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)

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Coordinates: 38°53′37.9″N 104°50′2.7″W / 38.893861°N 104.834083°W / 38.893861; -104.834083

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