Colorado Technical University

When searching for a college to attend, reading about Colorado Technical University (CTU) is a different kind of experience. One gets the feeling of a dynamic institution that is student oriented–not just for bright high school achievers but for persons of all ages, ethnicity, nationalities, and previous experiences. The institution tries to bring career and industry opportunities right to the student regardless of whether he or she was successful in the past–just someone who has a dream of learning and achieving. It stays abreast of changes in the country and the world to help students adapt, learn and develop to become contributing members of society.

About Colorado Technical University

Colorado Technical University (CTU) is a proprietary institution based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It maintains campuses in Denver and Pueblo, and also out of state in Kansas City, Missouri, and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. It holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission and membership in the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

CTU first started as the Colorado Electronic Training Center in 1965. It continued as Colorado Technical College, meeting the technical and vocational training needs of many ex-service persons. The college expanded to offer programs in engineering and computer science, and then in information technology and business. In 1995, it was renamed Colorado Technical University. From its very beginning, CTU created programs that would meet the training needs of the workplace. The programs and curricula are kept current and relevant through an active involvement and communication with industry leaders.

Programs Offered

The lists below show the colleges and degree offerings on-campus and online.


  • Business & Management ( A ,B, M, D)
  • Information Systems & Technology ( A, B. M)
  • Security Studies (B, M)
  • Health Sciences (A, B)
  • Engineering & Computer Science (B, M, D)
  • Visual & Performing Arts (A, B)
  • Engineering Technology (A)
  • Liberal Arts & Sciences (A)


  • Business & Marketing Studies (A, B, M, D)
  • Computer & Information Sciences (A, B, M, D)
  • Security & Protective Services (A, B, M)
  • Health & Clinical Professions (A, B)
  • Engineering (B, M)
  • Psychology (B)

Within the colleges, particularly in Business Administration and Information Technology, specializations are offered that reflect current emphases and needs of business and industry. Examples are the new programs in Project Management, all of which are globally accredited by the Project Management Institute. This is a specialization that is increasingly in demand across industries, wherever team effort is required to achieve common goals. Another example is how Information Technology is paired with specializations or concentrations in programs across colleges, reflecting the global trend in bringing advanced technology into all realms of business and services.

The excellence of CTU programs is recognized by various accrediting and approving organizations:

  • Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, has accredited the Bachelor of Science program in Computer Engineering and the Bachelor of Science program in Electrical Engineering at the Colorado Springs campus.
  • Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) has accredited all of CTU’s Business Administration degree programs
  • The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs has accredited the Surgery Technology programs at the Denver North and Pueblo campuses, and the Medical Assisting program at the Sioux Falls campus.

Special Features

CTU operates a unique online Virtual Campus based in Colorado Spring. An innovative personalized learning system called Intellipath is used in some programs which tailors the learning experience for each student in multiple ways, taking into account the learning level and learning style of the student and allowing access through mobile devices as well as the computer. Students are provided with learning labs, Ebooks, a virtual library, discussion groups, and support from faculty and staff. This amazing flexibility enables the college to meet the needs of every student regardless of time, work or home constraints.

CTU has harnessed the power of technology to expand its reach—to students, prospective students, and alumni–making available the multiple services offered by the university. For the student, there are live chats, discussion board posts, peer interaction and a service called Smarthinking which is a 24/7 online tutoring resource. Academic leaders at the university are directly accessible through Twitter. Prospective students have a rich source of informal as well as formal information about the CTU experience through multiple websites, blogs, video clips, and social media.

In the experiences shared by students and alumni, there is nearly unanimous acclaim for the knowledge and helpfulness of faculty. CTU faculty were selected with field experience, advanced degrees and cutting edge knowledge of the field as the general hiring criteria. Typically, they express a desire to give students the opportunities they themselves received which supported their achievements, e.g., “I am here to help students achieve their educational goals and professional dream. Once you get there, you have achieved something that no one can take away.”

Admission, Fees and Services

The admission process is fairly simple and facilitated by the first step, which is to talk with an academic advisor in person or by phone. Here, all your questions on what, when, where and how are answered so that you can direct your attention to the needed tasks to gain admission. Scholastic assessments are not required except for non-native English speakers who must provide proof of English proficiency through English language proficiency tests such as TOEFL. You can then make the application online. The most important documentation you must provide is proof of high school graduation or its equivalency.

Detailed information and staff support is available to students to determine what the costs and financial aid possibilities are for their particular programs and situations. In general, total program costs for Associate of Science programs come to about $30,000; for Bachelor’s, $59,000; for Master’s, $28,000; and for doctoral, $57,500.

The career services department provides assistance to students to plan and implement their career goals through the many opportunities offered by the university. These include career exploration and coaching, resume and cover letter assistance, interview preparation, professional networking, and finding a mentor.

If you’re a person who always wanted to learn but never thought you had the time, the money, or the educational background to get a college degree, you’ll find many who started with similar circumstances among Colorado Technical University graduates. Listen to and view some of the “CTU Stories.”  You will then surely take the leap and call a CTU academic advisor to start a one-of-a-kind educational adventure.