History of the University

Colorado Technical University is a private, for-profit, accredited institution of higher learning, granting associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees. The University was initially founded in Colorado Springs in 1965 where the main campus continues to reside today.

Over the past 50 years, the University has evolved from a technical training school to a university with graduate-level programs. The introduction in 1995 of doctorate programs, the establishment of branch campuses in Denver, Colorado; and the introduction of the online division have established CTU as a mature institution in higher education.

In 2003, Career Education Corporation (CEC) assumed ownership of the University.  Career Education Corporation is an educational services company committed to providing quality, career-focused learning and led by passionate professionals who inspire individual worth and lifelong achievement.  The universities of the Career Education family provide degree programs through the doctoral level as well as associate, bachelor's, and master's levels to a diverse student population pursuing various career-oriented disciplines.  CEC serves students on ground campuses and online with career-focused degree programs that are designed to meet the educational demands of today's busy adults.