Capitol Radio Engineering Institute and its founder, Eugene H. Rietzke, initially established a radio and electronics training program, in Washington DC, that taught students through correspondence. However, the program became so successful that by 1932, resident laboratories allowed students to learn on-campus. Growth continued throughout the 1950s and 60s, as the school relocated and changed names. Studies expanded to include engineering and electronics, and the school began awarding Associate’s degrees followed by Bachelor’s and then Master’s degrees. By the latter part of the century, the institute adopted a new title, Capitol College, and relocated to its final destination in Laurel, Maryland.
Since then, Capitol Technology University has continued to progress forward, forming an extensive network, including partnership with NASA, extending the online graduate school to include a Doctorate program, and opening the Beverly A. Puente Library and the William G. McGowan Academic Center.
Today, this private, not-for-profit institution is located on a 52-acre campus where students can pursue undergraduate and graduate programs of study, along with the completion of certificates and professional development coursework. Capitol Technology University houses an online network that supports most of its graduate programs, in addition to select undergraduate coursework. diverse demographics at Capitol Technology University constitutes approximately 60 percent minority students, including African American, Asian, and Hispanic/Latino populations, and a total enrollment of about 800 students. The student-to-faculty ratio is 12:1.
The campus sponsors multiple clubs and organizations, including opportunities like the Capitol Balloon Experiment Club, Society of Women Engineers, honor societies, and more.
Capitol Technology University is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and is approved by the state of Maryland and the Maryland Higher Education Commission. Select academic programs also retain programmatic accreditation through the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology and the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education. Capitol has also been recognized as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency, in addition to partnering with NASA and the Space Operations Institute.
Capitol awards 12 Bachelor of Science degrees in studies ranging from Business Administration and Computer Science to Astronautical Engineering and Information Assurance, in addition to three Associate’s degrees including studies in Computer Engineering Technology, Electronics Engineering Technology, and Telecommunications Engineering Technology. For added flexibility, students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Information Assurance, and Management of Information Technology can complete at least two years of study online.
Students can also pursue undergraduate certificates, including fields of Financial Management, Computer and Network Security, and others. Ten different certificate programs, requiring completion of four courses, are offered via accelerated eight-week formats or 16-week on-campus options. Criteria for entrance into Capitol College is program-specific and varies. Typically, students will need to meet SAT/ACT minimum score requirements, along with satisfactory math and science skills and knowledge. International students will also need English language proficiency.
Online graduate programs at Capitol College offer professional students the necessary flexibility to achieve their educational goals. The College provides seven online Master’s degree options, including:
- Business Administration
- Astronautical Engineering
- Computer Science
- Electrical Engineering
- Internet Engineering
- Information Assurance
- Information and Telecommunications Systems Management.
Courses are taught in accelerated eight-week and 16-week formats through blended asynchronous assignments and synchronous real-time live audio feeds. Professionals can also complete any of the six online post-baccalaureate certificate programs, ranging in studies from Network Protection to Information Assurance Administration. Student can then apply these certificates towards the completion of Master’s degrees. Additionally, the Doctor of Science in Information Assurance degree combines online coursework with several weekend residencies. Online professional development classes are also offered by the Critical Infrastructures and Cyber Protection Center.
Eligible students can access a wide range of aid, including scholarships, grants, and loans. Programs include:
- Institutional, corporate and foundation, and endowed scholarships
- Capitol Scholars Program based on achievement
- Information Assurance Scholarship Program supported by the Department of Defense and Capitol College
- Grants, including the Federal Pell Grant, Academic Competitiveness Grant, National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant, The Howard P. Rawlings Educational Excellence Awards, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, and the Maryland Part-Time Grant
- Loans, including the Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Stafford Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loans, Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS), and private alternative resources
- Federal Work Study.
Furthermore, Capitol College has been designated by GI Jobs as a Military Friendly School and Capitol retains affiliations with the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges and the Maryland National Guard. Capitol College also participates in the Post 9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program, the Tuition Assistance Program, along with added benefits approved by the Veterans Administration for active duty, reserves, National Guard and veterans. Capitol accepts qualifying credits from prior military trainings based on ACE, along with CLEP, and DANTES assessments.
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Sector Of Institution:4-year, Private not-for-profit
Highest Level Of Offering:Doctor's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:508
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