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Awards & Recognitions

USNWR Best Online Bachelor's Programs


For the sixth year in a row, Colorado Technical University online degree programs are ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News and World Report, a globally respected organization and authority in education rankings.

USNWR Best Online Veterans Programs


For the sixth year in a row, Colorado Technical University’s online bachelor’s programs earned a U.S. News & World Report Best for Veterans designation.


  • Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs (6th consecutive year)
  • Best Online MBA Programs (5th consecutive year)
  • Best Online Graduate Business Programs – Excluding MBA (5th consecutive year)
  • Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs (6th consecutive year)
  • Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs (3rd consecutive year)
  • Best Online Nursing Programs (2nd consecutive year)

U.S. News evaluates programs on the following criteria: Student engagement, faculty credentials, student services, and available technologies, and peer reputation. Learn more about CTU’s Best Online Programs rankings from U.S. News.

military times best 2020


CTU has been named among the Military Times “Best for Vets: Colleges 2020” rankings for online and nontraditional schools. For ten years, Military Times has conducted an editorially independent, objective study evaluating the many factors that help make colleges and universities a good fit for service members, military veterans and their families.



CTU was recognized by Skyfactor Benchworks, a Macmillan Learning Company, as one of the first recipients of the Assessment and Impact Award for Nursing Education. The award was created to highlight schools of nursing that are successfully using data to improve their programs, helping to retain students and developing more practice-ready nursing professionals. Read more.


CTU designated a Purple Heart University by MOPH

The Purple Heart is considered the “Badge of Military Merit.” In 2018, Colorado Technical University was recognized as a Purple Heart University by the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) for its support of military members, veterans, their families, and the community. The Purple Heart University recognition is a testament to CTU’s work to create and maintain a higher education institution that is supportive and accessible for all military members, both during and after service.

Military Times Best Colleges


CTU was named among the Military Times Best: Colleges 2018 rankings. Military Times’ annual survey is the most comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veteran and military student services and rates of academic-achievement.

WOW Award 2018

2018 WOW Award Recipient

Colorado Technical University received a 2018 WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) Award for the CTU Faculty Mobile app. This is the second WOW Award the University has received for a mobile app, the first being in 2016 for the student-centered CTU Mobile app. The WOW award further solidifies and affirms the University's goal to provide industry-relevant higher education to a diverse student population through innovative technology and experienced faculty. Read the Media release here.

WOW Award details.


CEO Magazine #10 online CEO Magazine Tier One North American

CTU'S Online Mba Ranked Top Tier Globally

CEO Magazine has been showcasing business schools from around the globe since it first launched in 2008. The magazine added its annual Global MBA Rankings in 2012. In 2017, Colorado Technical University received Tier One North American MBA School and Top Ten Global Online MBA School rankings. Schools are assessed using a fact-based criteria based upon key, weighted data points such as quality of faculty, accreditation, faculty to student ratio, professional development and more. The rankings include schools from Europe, North America, Australia, New Zealand and the BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India and China).

Council of College and Military Educators (CCME)

Council Of College And Military Educators (CCME) Institution Award

In 2017 and 2008, CTU received the Council of College and Military Educators (CCME) Institution Award. This award is presented to an organization in recognition of its quality education programs to military and veteran students and their family members as well as the significant contributions to the cause of military education.


ELearning Best of 2016

2016 Elearning! Best Of 2016 Award Of Excellence

CTU Mobile by Colorado Technical University received the 2016 Best of Elearning! Award of Excellence. Elearning! Media Group hosts the exclusive user’s choice awards in the enterprise learning and workplace technology market. Click here to read more about CTU Mobile.

WOW Award 2016

2016 WOW Award Recipient

Colorado Technical University is a 2016 WOW award recipient for CTU Mobile. The WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) presents the WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) award to colleges, universities, and organizations who are implementing innovative and effective, technology-based solutions in higher education. This year’s award recipients have all implemented solutions in areas shown to have impact on student success. Read more about CTU Mobile.

CTU Mobile App

Eduventures 2016 Innovation Award Winner

Eduventures named Colorado Technical University™ a 2016 Innovation Award winner. Eduventures recognized CTU for its mobile app, CTU Mobile, and creative use of technology in developing programming designed to improve student outcomes. Other winners include Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado–Boulder, Oral Roberts University, Oregon State University, the University of South Florida, and Western Governors University.

2016 Innovation Award Winner

Eduventures 2016 Innovation Award Winner

CTU Mobile by Colorado Technical University is a 2016 International E-Learning Award (IELA) winner for mobile learning: academic division. The IELA is an international organization that recognizes innovation in e-learning initiatives in the higher education and business industries.

US Department of Homeland Security National Security Agency

Center Of Academic Excellence In Information Assurance And Cyber Defense

The NSA and the Department of Homeland Security recognize CTU as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense. See full press release.

2016 Global IMS Learning Impact Awards Gold


The IMS Global Learning Consortium, (IMS Global/IMS) the world leader in EdTech interoperability and innovation, recognized CTU as a 2016 Gold Medal winner for its Virtual Classroom technology.

Appy Awards Finalist 2016


CTU Mobile was named a 2016 Appy Awards finalist for Best Mobile App for Education. Other finalists include Varsity Tutors by Varsity Tutors for Varsity Tutors (winner) and Course Hero by Course Hero, Inc. Read more about CTU Mobile.

2016 Military Times Best for Vets Colleges

Ranked "Best For Vets"

In 2016, Military Times ranked Colorado Technical University amongst the Best for Vets Colleges. Previously, CTU earned this distinction in 2013 and 2014.

2016 Military Times Best for Vets Business Schools

Ranked "Best For Vets" Business Schools

Colorado Technical University ranked amongst the Best for Vets Business Schools by the Military Times for two years in a row.

The NUTN Network

2015 Distance Education Innovation Award

The National University Technology Network (NUTN), which acknowledges innovative programs or practices that contribute to the field of distance education, awarded Colorado Technical University the 2015 Distance Education Innovation Award. The award distinguishes CTU’s adaptive learning platform, intellipath®, which provides an innovative, personalized learning plan for its Master of Business Administration (MBA) students.


Instructional Technology Council (ITC)

2015 ITC Award

CTU’s Online Degree Programs received the 2015 Award for Outstanding eLearning Program from the Instructional Technology Council (ITC) as a result of our leadership and innovation the areas of instruction, course/degree development, faculty support, and professional development.
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Online Learning Consortium

2015 Effective Practice Award

The Online Learning Consortium selected Colorado Technical University to receive the 2015 Effective Practice Award. The research paper on using technology to improve performance in college algebra was selected as one of only nine recipients from hundreds of peer-reviewed submissions related to the study of effective educational practices.

Best of Elearning 2015

2015 Best of Elearning!

Elearning! Magazine awarded Colorado Technical University the 2015 Best of Elearning! honor in the Virtual Classroom category for its virtual and intellipath® learning solutions for faculty and students. Celebrating their 11th year, the Best of Elearning! awards are the industry’s exclusive users’-choice awards—all nominations are made directly by users of solutions. More than 4,000 nominations were received in 2015, and CTU is proud to be among other 2015 honorees, which include Cisco, Adobe, Oracle, and BizLibrary


WOW Award 2014


CTU received a 2014 WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) award for its intellipath® MBA program's adaptive learning technology from the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET), a national organization devoted to advancing excellence in technology-enhanced higher education. Read Media Release.

Military Advanced Education & Transition Guide To Colleges and Universities 2017

Top Military Friendly University

For 10 years in a row, Military Advanced Education has recognized CTU in its Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities as one of the top universities serving the educational needs of the Armed Forces.

Top Degree-granting Schools For Minorities

CTU was among the top 10 schools in a number of categories for the 2008-2011 school years in the Diverse Issues in Higher Education annual list of top degree-granting schools for minorities.