When you're researching higher education, you’ll likely come across the term "accreditation." Accreditation refers to a college or university meeting the evaluation criteria of a review board or organization, which is typically an independent third party.
Accrediting organizations set the academic standards by which their member institutions must comply. This quality assurance process is performed by private membership associations.*
CTU is accredited as a university by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). Specific CTU programs are accredited by several organizations including:
Yes; CTU accepts many forms of transfer credit that allow incoming students to leverage previous education, job experience, equivalency exams, and more. For students seeking to transfer credit from another college or university, please refer to our Transfer Credit Guide for more information about transcripts and requirements. Not all credits eligible to transfer. See the University’s catalog regarding CTU’s transfer credit policies.
As with most universities, CTU does have some limits for the amount of transfer credits that can be applied toward a degree. For example, at CTU you must complete a minimum of 25% of the total credit hours for any degree program (associate, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral level).
CTU also offers Fast Track™ tests which allow you to earn college credit for what you already know. By passing multiple Fast Track exams you can save up to 30% in time to graduation and tuition. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you have military experience or by submitting an Experiential Learning Portfolio.
Learn more about CTU’s transfer credit opportunities and policies.
CTU Fast Track™ allows you to earn college credit for what you already know; this program can help you save time and money. Presented as a series of mini modules and exams, Fast Track is designed to evaluate and reward your knowledge of important course concepts. In essence, Fast Track allows you to test out of classes by demonstrating your previous experience and skill.
There are numerous Fast Track exams available across a wide variety of CTU degree programs. Fast Track is offered at no additional cost, and there is no penalty for an exam that you don’t pass.
- How can Fast Track save me time and money as a student at CTU?
CTU Fast Track can help you earn your degree up to 30% faster and reduce tuition costs by up to 30% as well. When you receive a passing score on a Fast Track exam, you earn CTU course credit which means that you don’t have to take that course. Each test takes about 3 – 5 hours to complete; if passed, the credit will be applied toward your degree within 24 hours.
- Can I take Fast Track exams if I am attending CTU as a part-time student?
Fast Track is available to all students enrolled in eligible CTU degree programs. To see if there are Fast Track exams for your degree program, contact an Admission Advisor or Success Coach.
Read more about CTU Fast Track.
Colorado Technical University offers more than 100 degree programs across numerous industries and areas of study, including:
Each area of study contains multiple degrees, many of which have areas of concentration.
Degrees are available at the associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral levels, depending on the chosen program. Many programs are offered both online and at one of CTU’s campuses.
View the complete listing of degrees available at CTU.
The amount of time it takes to earn a degree at CTU varies greatly depending on a number of factors, most of which are related to your choices and options as a learner. Factors that could influence how long it takes to complete your degree include:
- The specific degree program you choose
- Credits transferred from another college or university
- Passing Fast Track exams to earn credit
- Whether you choose a decelerated, standard, or accelerated pace
There are many potential factors at play because CTU offers such a personalized approach to learning. Your graduation date will be determined by you and the dedicated experts at CTU, including Admission Advisors, Financial Aid Advisors, the Prior Learning Team, and more.
The best way to determine the exact length of time it will take to earn your degree is to start the conversation with an Admission Advisor.
If you’re looking for a general idea of how long it takes to earn a degree at CTU, try using our Tuition and Graduation Date Calculator.
Tuition at CTU varies depends on many variables, including:
Because CTU focuses on providing a personalized learning experience, there are many different paths to attaining a degree. Thankfully, CTU has a team of experienced professionals dedicated to helping you choose the right path for your needs, including Admission Advisors, Financial Aid Advisors, a Prior Learning Team, and more.
The only way to determine the exact tuition for your degree is to start the conversation with an Admission Advisor. If you’re looking for a quick estimate, try our Tuition and Graduation Date Calculator.
The information below represents standard per-credit-hour tuition rates for CTU degree programs online and at our campuses.