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4435 N Chestnut Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80907-3812
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Colorado Technical University-Colorado Springs

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Introduction

Colorado Technical University began as a technical training school in 1965. Since its inception, it has grown and evolved into a full-fledged university offering associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees, as well as professional certificates.

In 2003, Career Education Corporation took ownership of the university. CEC colleges and universities are known for their hands-on approach to learning, as they provide students with exposure to expert faculty members and industry-current programs and technologies. This approach is consistent with the school’s own mission to “provide career-oriented education by teaching applied real-world, industry current programs in selected areas, serving the needs of students for employment and career advancement and the needs of industry for highly qualified professionals at the associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate levels.”

The main campus remains in Colorado Springs, but the private, for-profit university now also operates several satellite campuses in Pueblo, Colorado; North Kansas City, Missouri; and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Additionally, there are two branch campuses near Denver: The Denver North campus in Westminster, Colorado, and the Denver South campus in Greenwood Village, Colorado.

Academics

The majority of students are enrolled in the university’s computer and information sciences programs, with engineering and business other popular selections. But, these are far from the only choices the university offers.

Colleges

There are five colleges under which programs are organized: the College of Business and Management; the College of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies; the College of Engineering and Computer Science; the College of Health Sciences; and the College of Information Systems and Technology.

Students seeking a two-year education can obtain an associate of science degree in majors such as accounting, digital media design, or medical assisting. The university awards associate of applied science degrees in a handful of majors, like criminal justice or surgical technology, and an associate of nursing degree is also available.

Other options for students are bachelor’s degrees in several business-related areas, as well as fields of study involving computer science and information technology, healthcare, criminal justice and digital media, among numerous others. Master’s degrees can be obtained in an array of business administration and science fields, and the school awards Doctor of Computer Science and Doctor of Management degrees.

Students may also enroll in diploma programs in medical assisting and practical nursing.

New Programs

Two of the school’s newest programs are the Associate of Science in Health Administration Services (ASHAS) and a Master of Science in Management (MSM) with a concentration in enterprise information systems, both of which were launched in 2010.

Online Learning

Students who have a demanding lifestyle, whether due to work or personal responsibilities, can opt to take courses online. Distance learners will benefit from the university’s Virtual Campus learning experience, which won “Best of the Best” honors in the Academia and Education category at the 2009 Computerworld Honors program. The virtual campus tool allows student to click into virtual classrooms to read, view, or listen to class materials. Students can also click on the virtual commons to meet new people or join an extracurricular activity.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Admissions

Prospective new students for all degree programs must meet the same basic admissions requirements. Applicants must have a high school diploma or a GED and must complete a personal interview with an admissions representative. All new students, along with undergraduate applicants to some of the university’s campuses, may be required to take the Accuplacer exam, a placement test that provides insight into applicants’ skill levels in reading, writing, and math. Certain programs may require minimum scores on specific entrance exams.

Undergraduate transfer applicants need to submit proof of high school graduation or equivalency while graduate transfers must submit transcripts from all colleges previously attended. Those transferring into a master’s program may transfer only two program-related courses. All prospective transfer students are required to participate in an admissions interview.

International students must meet all of the basic admissions requirements, and they must provide statements of financial support. International students must commit to attending full-time for at least one complete academic year, and those pursuing a graduate degree must submit proof of a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.

International students for whom English is not their native language must provide evidence of proficiency in the English language. This proof can include transcripts demonstrating graduation from an English-speaking secondary or postsecondary institution; a minimum grade of “C” in an ESL or college-level English course from an accredited postsecondary institution; or a TOEFL score of 500 for undergraduate applicants, 550 for nursing and graduate school applicants, or 213 on the internet-based test.

Financial Aid

Sometimes, the only thing tougher than narrowing down a major is figuring out how to pay for college. Fortunately, there are numerous financial aid options available for qualified students. The first step for any student is to figure out is he or she qualifies, and that begins with completing the FAFSA form, a federal financial aid application that will determine whether a student is eligible for funding from the federal government. Often, this funding is awarded through grants like the Pell Grant, which can provide as much as $5,500 per academic year to students with financial need. The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant is another common government award.

Students may also seek state-based grants, such as the Colorado Student Grant Program. These grants are typically based on financial need and may be limited to residents of the state in which the university is located.

Scholarships are another possibility. Like grants, they are monetary gifts which do not need to be repaid, and they may be based on financial need or academic merit. Scholarships might also be given on the basis of a student’s affiliation with a particular school or community group, or on the basis of a combination of these areas. These awards can come from private citizens, companies or foundations, or they can be awarded by the college.

Financially needy students may apply for loans as well. They may be taken out by a student or a parent, and unlike grants and scholarships, they need to be repaid, usually with interest.

Prospective Colorado Tech students with financial aid questions should contact one of the school’s financial aid advisers or thumb through the course catalog for detailed information.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 1253rd for the average student loan amount.
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Students

The total enrollment of the student body is approximately 2,300 students, many of whom reside within the state of Colorado. A sizable portion of the student body may take at least some of their classes online, but that does not mean they are isolated from their instructors or their peers. When students enroll they have the opportunity to build a relationship with a Career Services professional, who will serve as a mentor and guide on their educational journey. Career Services counselors can help students prepare for interviews, put together resumes, and even plan out their career paths.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Additional School Information

The goal of its Department of Military Education is to address the unique educational needs of military personnel, veterans, and their spouses by making degree programs flexible and accessible. Some of the benefits of the school’s military education program are: A military tuition rate for active-duty soldiers, reservists, National Guard members, and their spouses; a military-friendly deployment policy; transfer credits for eligible military experience; and specific grant and scholarship programs aimed at military personnel, veterans, and spouses.

It was one of these programs, the Wounded Warrior Scholarship program, that helped Sabrena Whitt, wife of wounded veteran Conrad Whitt, earn an associate of science degree in criminal justice in 2010. The program began in 2007, and within three years, had already awarded more than 100 scholarships exceeding two million dollars to wounded military personnel and their spouses.

Accreditation

Accreditation is granted by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the Department of Higher Education, Colorado Commission on Higher Education. Several of the university’s colleges have earned specific accreditation of their own, and the school’s faculty and staff are affiliated with many prestigious organizations, including the American Library Association, the Better Business Bureau, and the Society for Values in Higher Education.

Information Summary

Ranks 65th in Colorado and 3917th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 1 0.03

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 1,071 0.25
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 26 0.01
Forcible Rape 319 0.08
Robbery 449 0.11
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 3,323 0.78
Larceny 11,375 2.68
Vehicle theft 1,168 0.28

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Colorado Springs, CO 80907-3812
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population27,421 (27,421 urban / N/A rural)
Households12,259 (2.20 people per house)
Median Household Income$38,368
Families7,000 (2.84 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Doctoral/Research Universities
UndergraduateProfessions focus, high graduate coexistence
GraduateSTEM dominant
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time four-year
EnrollmentMajority undergraduate
Size & SettingSmall four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemQuarter
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District805

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 3275th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $10,980 $10,980 $10,980
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $320 $320 $320
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $325 $325 $325
FT Graduate Tuition $13,097 $13,097 $13,097
FT Graduate Required Fees $225 $225 $225
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $585 $585 $585
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $12,966 $12,966 $12,966
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $24,558 $24,558 $24,558
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $15,576 $15,576 $15,576

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $10,665 $11,517 $10,665 $11,517 $10,665 $11,517
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,665 $1,719
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,712 $8,901
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,583 $2,610
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,439 $2,610

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
TOEFLN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 48 43 16 5 212 247 583
Accounting 1 1 1 7 6 16
Business Administration and Management, General 26 11 9 4 53 87 192
Computer Engineering, General 1 1 4 3 9
Computer Science 1 3 3 12 11 32
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance 1 1 7 8 17
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 6 7 1 16 25 58
Cyber/Computer Forensics and Counterterrorism 3 1 5 10
Design and Visual Communications, General 1 1
Digital Arts 1 1
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 3 1 12 15 31
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 3 1 4
Financial Planning and Services 1 1
General Studies 1 4 6
Graphic Design 1 1
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
Homeland Security
Information Resources Management 2 2 12 12 28
Information Technology 2 4 25 22 54
Information Technology Project Management 4 4 8
Management Information Systems, General 2 2
Medical Insurance Specialist/Medical Biller
Medical Office Assistant/Specialist
Project Management 3 1 1 15 13 33
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 6 20 18 46
Surgical Technology/Technologist 1 4 6 12
Systems Engineering 1 1 7 9
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design 1 1 4 6 12

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 671st for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $81,301 ($84,580 male / $61,338 female)
Number of FT Faculty 28 (15 male / 13 female)
Number of PT Faculty 208
FT Faculty Ratio 0.1 : 1
Total Benefits N/A

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