Colorado Technical University
Seal of Colorado Technical University
Former names
Colorado Technical College (1965–1995)
TypePrivate for-profit university[1]
Established1965; 59 years ago (1965)[1]
ProvostConnie Johnson, Ed.D.
Location, ,
United States
CampusUrban, Online

Colorado Technical University (CTU) is a private for-profit university with its main campus in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The university is 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] According to Colorado Tech, the university has conferred more than 118,000 degrees worldwide.[4][non-primary source needed] Colorado Tech has no public or official 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.[5] In 2012, CTU began using a proprietary adaptive learning program called Intellipath, to provide personalized learning.[6] In 2013 and 2014, Military Times magazine ranked CTU #1 Best for Vets in the category for online and non-traditional universities.[7] It achieved this ranking again in 2016.[8] The CTU campus in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, closed in September 2016.[9]

Lawsuits, investigations, and financial problems

Colorado Tech was under heightened cash monitoring by the US Department of Education to provide additional oversight of cash management.[10]

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".[11] The VA withdrew its threat of sanctions in July 2020.[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 Aurora.[14] Additionally, a number of its degree programs can be completed entirely or largely online.[15]

Aurora, Colorado Campus


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]

Adaptive learning

Colorado Tech relies on a computerized adaptive learning program called Intellipath to deliver personalized instruction.[18]


Colorado Tech employs 52 full-time and 1095 part-time instructors.[19]

Schools and colleges

CTU has the following areas of study:[20]


In 2019, Colorado Technical University was ranked 476th out of 500 Masters schools by Washington Monthly.[21] CTU is also ranked tied for 160th on the U.S. News & World Report lists for Best Online Programs.[22] US News currently ranks CTU tied for 90th for online bachelor's programs for veterans.[23]

Accreditation and associations

The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. 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.[24] The business degree programs offered by Colorado Technical University are ACBSP accredited.[25]

The university is a subsidiary of Perdoceo, formerly Career Education Corporation. The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security recognized CTU as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education.[26]

Student outcomes

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, Colorado Tech's online graduation rate is 23%.[27]

According to the College Scorecard, Colorado Tech has a 25 percent graduation rate. Salary after completing ranged from $24,012 (AA in Health and Medical Administrative Services) to $74,576 (Bachelors in Computer/IT). For student debtors in repayment, 32 percent were in forbearance, 25 percent were not making progress, 18 percent defaulted, 10 percent were in deferment, 7 percent were delinquent, 5 percent were making progress, 2 percent were discharged, and 1 percent were paid in full.[28]

Corporate partnerships

CTU has been an educational provider for McDonald's since 2014.[29]


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  3. ^ "ceco-10q_20160630.htm". Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  4. ^ "CTU Alumni". Retrieved 2021-07-08.
  5. ^ "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.
  6. ^ Johnson, Connie. "ADAPTIVE LEARNING PLATFORMS: CREATING A PATH FOR SUCCESS" (PDF). / Educause. Retrieved 8 July 2021.
  7. ^ "Best for Vets: Colleges 2013 Online and nontraditional". Military Times. Archived from the original on 2014-11-29. Retrieved 2015-06-01.
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  11. ^ "VA to suspend some GI Bill enrollments, holding back more than $200 million from 'deceptive' universities". Stars and Stripes. Retrieved 2020-03-10.
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  16. ^ "Management". Retrieved 7 August 2017.
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  20. ^ "Areas of Study | CTU". 2013-02-15. Retrieved 2015-06-01.
  21. ^ "2019 Master's University Rankings". 25 August 2019. Retrieved 8 December 2020.
  22. ^ "2023 Best Online Bachelor's Programs". US News. 23 October 2018. Retrieved 23 July 2023.
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  24. ^ "ABET - ABET accreditation". Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  25. ^ "Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs". Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  26. ^ "NSA/DHS National CAE in Cyber Defense Designated Institutions". National Security Agency. Archived from the original on 25 June 2018. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
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  28. ^ "Colorado Technical University". College Scorecard. US Department of Education. Retrieved 30 January 2021.
  29. ^ "Colorado Technical University and McDonald's Honor Legacy Archways to Opportunity Program Graduate". Colorado Technical University. Retrieved 2 July 2021.

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