Colorado University offered classes at various locations during the early 1920s. The need for a permanent campus was strong. Governor Love and David Packard (co-founder of Hewlett-Packard Company) promoted the push for a permanent home for the institution. The Cragmor Sanatorium property was sold to the state of Colorado for $1, and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs moved to the Austin Bluffs Parkway location in 1965.
The university originally offered programs in business and engineering because of the ties to HP. The first building added to the property was Dwire Hall, which was completed in 1972. The university merged with the Beth-El College of Nursing in 1997. In an attempt to connect with the military and improve national security, the university added programs such as Space Security Center, Institution for Science and Space Studies, and Network Information.
The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs purchased 87,000 square feet of land in 2001 that now houses the Beth-El College of Nursing.