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Coordinates: 39°02′51″N 76°51′05″W / 39.0475°N 76.8515°W / 39.0475; -76.8515

Capitol Technology University (formerly Capitol College) is a private university in South Laurel, Maryland near Washington, DC. The university was founded in 1927 as the Capitol Radio Engineering Institute by a former US Navy Radioman. CREI changed its name to Capitol Institute of Technology in 1964, changed its name again to Capitol College in 1987, and assumed its present name in 2014. Capitol offers undergraduate and graduate programs specializing in engineering, computer science, information technology, and business. Capitol's Carnegie Classification is Special Focus Institutions—Schools of Engineering.[10]

Capitol Technology University
Former names
Capitol Radio Engineering Institute (1927–1964),
Capitol Institute of Technology (1964–1987),
Capitol College (1987–2014)
MottoAut viam inveniam aut faciam.
Motto in English
"Either find a way or make one."
TypePrivate, non-profit
Endowment$5.3 million [1]
ChairmanHaden Land[2]
PresidentBradford L. Sims [3]
Vice-presidentDianne M. O'Neill, Melinda Bunnell-Rhyne, Katy DeHart, Gary Burke, Kathleen Werner[4]
DeanNayef Abu-Ageel, Ian McAndrew [5]
Administrative staff
Location, ,
United States
CampusSuburban, 52 acres (21 ha)
AccreditationMSCHE,[7] ABET,[8] IACBE[9]
Colors     Red
SportsIntramural sports



Capitol Radio Engineering InstituteEdit

Capitol Technology University was founded in 1927 as the Capitol Radio Engineering Institute, a correspondence school, by Eugene H. Rietzke, a United States Navy veteran Radioman. Five years later, in 1932, a residence division was opened, allowing students to reside at the school and study in laboratories. This facility remained at the corner of 16th Street NW and Park Road in Washington, D.C. for 30 years. In 1946, following World War II, the Institute was accredited by the Engineers' Council for Professional Development (ECPD), which is now ABET, Inc.

In 1964, it sold its correspondence school division (which comprised 20% of its business) and the Capitol Radio Engineering Institute name, to McGraw-Hill Continuing Education Center.[citation needed] The residential school took the name Capitol Institute of Technology.

Capitol Institute of TechnologyEdit

In 1964, the Institute changed its name to the Capitol Institute of Technology to reflect its expansion during the 1950s. That same year, it sold its correspondence school division, which comprised 20% of its business, to McGraw-Hill Education. Shortly thereafter, in 1966, the District of Columbia licensed the Institute to award Bachelor of Science degrees in engineering technology. Anticipating the need for more space, the Institute decided to move to a leased facility in Kensington, Maryland, in 1969, which opened in January 1970. Six years later, in 1976, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) awarded full accreditation to the Institute.[11]

After receiving regional accreditation, the Institute started to receive Federal and State grants for the purchase and construction of a new campus[citation needed] at the site of the former Beltsville Speedway (a.k.a. Baltimore-Washington Speedway), selected in 1980[12] and completed in September 1983. Over the next few years, new degree programs were introduced, the cooperative education program was expanded, new construction was well underway, and The Decade of Growth Campaign exceeded its $3.5 million goal. In 1986, Telecommunications Hall and the 340-seat Avrum Gudelsky Memorial Auditorium were completed.

Capitol CollegeEdit

A year later, in 1987, the Board of Trustees approved an extensive Five-Point Plan. This plan involved changing the school's name to Capitol College, developing new curricula in electrical engineering and telecommunications, creating student housing on campus, and moving from a quarter system to a semester system. In January 1989, six apartment-style residence halls were completed, named after various inventors: Bell, De Forest, Edison, Franklin, Morse, and Steinmetz. In August 1990, the Graduate School was created to offer the College's first Master's degrees in systems management, similar to a degree offered at the time by the U.S.C. Institute of Safety and Systems Management..

Over the following seven years, the College expanded its graduate degree offerings, partnered with NASA to offer preparatory summer courses in engineering for minority students, developed a Distance Learning Center, and opened the renovated Puente Library, also housing the McGowan Center for Innovative Teaching. In 1997, the College offered its first courses online over the Internet. Since then, new undergraduate and graduate programs have been introduced, the Space Operations Institute was established and expanded,[13] the McGowan Academic Center was constructed,[14] and enrollment has increased.

In 2003, Capitol was designated a National Security Agency Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education.[15]

Capitol Technology UniversityEdit

In 2010, Capitol launched its first doctoral degree program. The Doctor of Science (Sc.D. or DSc) in information assurance is offered using a combination of live online and on-campus residency courses to students around the world, and is designed for professionals employed full-time that are seeking an education that will allow them to perform as senior leaders, program developers and policy makers in the IA field. Students attend three residencies at the Laurel campus throughout the program.[16]. The University now has several doctoral programs including Ph.D.s in Technology, Manufacturing, Construction Science, Occupational Health & Safety, and Aviation.

On January 12, 2012, U.S. News & World Report released its rankings of top online degree programs and Capitol was ranked No. 15 of top online engineering degree programs for student engagement and No. 43 for its graduate engineering program in the category "Student Services and Technology."

As of 2013, Capitol has been named as a "Military Friendly School" for the fifth consecutive year by G.I. Jobs Magazine.[17][18][19][20][21] The list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America's military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.[22]

In mid-2014 Capitol changed the name of its doctorate degree in Information Assurance to Cybersecurity,[23] acknowledging the shift in terminology in the profession and usage in industry, the market, and government. At the same time, the institution was redesignated a university by the state of Maryland and changed its name to Capitol Technology University.[24][25][26][27]

As of June 1, 2017, Dr. Bradford L. Sims is the university's eighth president.[28]


Capitol offers numerous undergraduate and graduate certificates as well as degree programs culminating in Associate of Applied Science, Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, Doctor of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. The university is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.[29] The Astronautical, Computer, and Electrical engineering programs are ABET Accredited [30]. Academic programs cover many STEM areas and also the management of these STEM areas.[31].


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2012. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2012 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2011 to FY 2012" (PDF). 2012 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-05-12. Retrieved 2013-05-23.
  2. ^ "About Capitol, Board of Trustees". Capitol College. Archived from the original on 2014-09-02. Retrieved September 23, 2014.
  3. ^ "About Capitol, Executive Council". Capitol Technology University. Retrieved June 18, 2017.
  4. ^ "About Capitol, Executive Council". Capitol Technology University. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  5. ^ "Executive Council" (PDF). Archived from the original on 2013-09-27. Retrieved September 25, 2013.
  6. ^ "Capitol College 2013-2014 Catalog" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-09-27. Retrieved September 25, 2013.
  7. ^ a b c d "Statement of Accreditation Status". Middle States Commission on Higher Education. June 23, 2011. Archived from the original on 2012-04-14. Retrieved November 12, 2011.
  8. ^ "Accredited Programs: Capitol College". ABET. October 1, 2011. Retrieved November 12, 2011.
  9. ^ "Membership Status" (PDF). IACBE. August 27, 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-03-19. Retrieved November 12, 2011.
  10. ^ "Carnegie Classifications|Institution Profile". Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  11. ^ Middle States Commission on Higher Education: Institution Directory
  12. ^ "Capitol History." Capitol Technology University. Retrieved on August 26, 2018. "In 1980 the college found its home in Laurel, Maryland. Within three years, Capitol purchased the 52-acre former site of the Beltsville Speedway, [...]"
  13. ^ Christina Coleman (October 4, 2010). "Goddard Partnership Creating Engineering Pipeline". NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Retrieved November 12, 2011.
  14. ^ "McGowan". Cambridge Architectural. 2010. Archived from the original on 2011-12-20. Retrieved November 12, 2011.
  15. ^ "NSA Press Release". Retrieved 6 January 2013.
  16. ^ "Information Assurance Degree Programs". Archived from the original on 2013-04-05. Retrieved 12 June 2013.
  17. ^ "2014 Military Friendly Schools List". Archived from the original on 2011-09-21. Retrieved 25 September 2013.
  18. ^ "2010 Military Friendly Schools". Archived from the original on 2013-02-26. Retrieved 6 June 2013.
  19. ^ "GI Jobs 2011 Military Friendly Schools - Capitol College". Retrieved 6 June 2013.
  20. ^ "GI Jobs 2012 Military Friendly Schools - Capitol College". Retrieved 6 June 2013.
  21. ^ "2013 Military Friendly Schools List". Archived from the original on 2011-09-21. Retrieved 6 June 2013.
  22. ^ "Military Friendly Schools". Retrieved 6 June 2013.
  23. ^ "Graduate Academics". Retrieved 12 November 2013.
  24. ^ "Capitol College becomes Capitol Technology University". Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  25. ^ "Capitol Technology University -". Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  26. ^ "Middle States Commission on Higher Education". Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  27. ^ "MARYLAND HIGHER EDUCATION COMMISSION MEETING BOOKLET" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-09-01. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
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