History of CTU

Setting the Standard for Innovative Learning since 1965

Since its establishment over half a century ago, Colorado Technical University (CTU) has helped thousands of students reach their educational and career goals in dozens of industries. From the beginning CTU has placed a strong focus on providing industry-relevant degree programs to meet the needs of our students for employment and of employers for a well-educated workforce. We continue to innovate in areas such as problem-based and adaptive learning leveraging technology as well as our dedicated faculty and staff.

We have also established ourselves as a leader of hybrid and online learning. In 2009, just nine years after implementing our online degree programs, CTU's Virtual Campus was named "Best of the Best"* in the Computerworld Honors program in the Academia and Education Category. In 2013, we received another great honor when our Online MBA program was ranked among the top 10 online MBA programs in the world. Our commitment to innovative technology drove the creation of My Unique Student Experience, or M.U.S.E., which received the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities, "2010 Innovative Best Practice/New Program" award in recognition of the advantages it provides to our online students. We are proud that we can offer our students award winning technology that helps them to receive a more flexible and customizable education.

1965 CTU begins operation as the Colorado Electronic Training Center in a building originally used as a roller rink.
1970s Throughout the 1970's, with the aerospace and military industries fueling area economies and generating a demand for a highly trained workforce, CTU adapted and elevated its curricula to help meet the demands of employers seeking industry current engineering and computer science professionals.
1980s CTU recognized the pending impact of technology on every industry, from engineering and information technology to business and criminal justice. New curriculums were planned in anticipation of the impact a booming Internet would soon have on education and the desires of career-motivated professionals to stay current with emerging technologies.
1995 CTU matured as an institution of higher learning by offering its first doctorate programs and pioneering the freedom and flexibility of online learning.
2009 CTU's Virtual Campus was named "Best of the Best" in the Computerworld Honors program's Academia and Education Category.
2010 CTU's M.U.S.E. (My Unique Student Experience) received the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities, "2010 Innovative Best Practice/New Program" award.
2012 The International Graduate Forum named Colorado Technical University in its Top 10 Online MBA Program Rankings.
2013 Military Times ranks Colorado Technical University #1 online school for military veterans.