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U.S. News & World Report Ranks CTU Among the 2015 Best Online Programs for Veterans

Recognized for Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs, Graduate Criminal Justice Programs and Bachelor’s Degree Programs

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., (July 29, 2015) — Colorado Technical University (CTU) is proud to announce it has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report on three 2015 Best Online Programs for Veterans lists. CTU was included in the Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs for Veterans, the Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs for Veterans, and the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans lists.

U.S. News released its third annual rankings of the Best Online Programs for Veterans to provide a resource for service members and veterans interested in pursuing their education online. With the number of students pursuing their higher education on the rise, online degree programs are a flexible and reputable way for military students to pursue a degree at an accredited university – like CTU.

“Service members have made incredible sacrifices for our country. With this in mind, CTU strives to provide these students with flexible, industry-relevant degree programs that fully recognize the college credit value of military experience,” said Kurt Johnson, retired Navy officer and Director of Military Strategy and Relations at Colorado Technical University.  “Our goal is to educate military students in a flexible, technology-driven environment and enable them to thrive in the next phase of their lives.”

Competitive Standards for Selection

U.S. News carefully considers several criteria in compiling the 2015 Best Online Programs for Veterans lists, including important factors for America’s veterans like affordability, accessibility, and reputation.

CTU, which was founded in Colorado Springs in 1965 to serve the needs of five nearby military bases, has a 50-year history of supporting America’s heroes in the classroom – and the community. Today, CTU meets the modern needs of military service members, veterans, and their families with:

  • Reduced tuition rates for active duty and spouse students, scholarships for veterans and spouse students, and waived fees for books and materials
  • Transfer credit policies that help students earn college credit for military training and service
  • Specially-trained admissions advisors, military education benefits specialists, and career coaches who are experienced in utilizing military benefits and transitioning to civilian work
  • Flexible learning options so students can study online, on campus, or a combination of both

Institutions included in the 2015 Best Online Programs for Veterans list also needed to be included in the top 75 percent of schools ranked in the 2015 Best Online Programs rankings. CTU was recognized for its online bachelor’s degree programs and placed 18th for master’s degrees in computer information technology and 22nd for master’s degrees in criminal justice.

A Recognized Military Educator

When evaluating CTU’s reputation, U.S. News & World Report also considered the extent to which the institution’s military commitment extends beyond its student body.  One such example is CTU’s Annual Wounded Warrior Scholarship, now in its eighth year. The program awards fifty full-tuition scholarships to wounded service members and veterans or the spouses or caregivers of wounded soldiers.

“Our dedication to the military is more than just a long-standing legacy,” says University President, Andrew H. Hurst. “We are constantly striving to keep our military commitment dynamic and relevant.”

CTU works to understand the nuanced obstacles facing military degree seekers and continually strives to serve them better. Recently, leaders recognized the need for more accessible education for caregivers of wounded service members and expanded the 2016 Wounded Warrior Scholarship program to include these individuals. And, as the nature of military service has changed, CTU has broadened scholarship eligibility to consider all who have been injured in service – not just in combat duty.

In addition to this recognition, CTU has been ranked by Military Times among the Best for Vets colleges, as well as named to the list of military friendly schools by GI Jobs magazine for six years in a row. Military Advanced Education recognized CTU as one of the top universities serving the educational needs of the Armed Forces from 2008-2015. Learn more at http://www.coloradotech.edu/military.

About Colorado Technical University

Founded in 1965, Colorado Technical University (CTU) provides higher education to connect students to what matters most in reaching their professional goals. CTU offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs taught by real-world faculty members who enrich the curriculum with their industry experience and prepare students for today’s challenges and the hard-hitting problems of tomorrow. CTU’s personalized, online learning system allows students to control what, where, when and how they learn. Students can also learn and connect on campuses in multiple cities. With the help of faculty, industry professionals and more than 80,000 graduates, CTU students can also grow a powerful professional network to use their entire career. Learn more at http://www.coloradotech.edu.

Colorado Technical University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, www.hlcommission.org. CTU cannot guarantee employment or salary. Find employment rates, financial obligations and other disclosures at www.coloradotech.edu/disclosures. 

About U.S. News & World Report

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Media Contact:
Melissa Balsan
mbalsan@coloradotech.edu
(224) 293-5990