Colorado Christian University
"Colorado Christian University cultivates knowledge and love of God in a Christ-centered community of...

Colorado Christian University

Lakewood, Colorado

Colorado Christian University is a premier institution of higher education with a whole hearted, and whole campus commitment to the Christian faith. The University’s primary goal is to produce graduates who think critically, live faithfully, and impact effectively their sphere of influence. With the steadfast commitment by a dedicated faculty, hardworking administration, and students who hunger for academic and Biblical learning, CCU is in a class of its own.


The mission of the University is centered on four main pillars:


Christ-centered community

A community of interdependent students, faculty, and staff seeks to honor and obey Jesus Christ, who is present in Spirit and speaks in Scripture, and to advance God’s purposes in the lives of every member.

Exemplary academics
An undergraduate and graduate curriculum integrates faith and learning in a scholarly environment that fosters critical and creative thinking, academic excellence, and professional competence.

Spiritual formation
Academic and student development programs cultivate a deep and enduring faith that affirms the authority of Scripture and embraces Christ as the authentic center of life.

Engagement with the world
Students that experience and engage the world in ways that prepare leaders to serve and transform their professions, churches, and communities.



Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
1,218 undergraduate students
100% of undergrad students are full time
40% male 60% female
47% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
53 full-time faculty
109 part-time faculty
9 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2015
98% of first year students live on campus
55% of all students live on campus

School Location

Colorado Christian University is located in Lakewood, Colorado – a suburb that sits on the edge of the Rocky Mountains, just ten miles west of downtown Denver. Because of its unique location, CCU offers you the best of both worlds and an exciting Colorado lifestyle.

High-Impact Practices

Read more about the importance of High-Impact Practices

First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
Common Intellectual Experiences  
Learning Communities  
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects  
Undergraduate Research X
Diversity/Global Learning X
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X

Retention Fall 2015

93% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2014

40% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 0%
Hispanic/Latino 11%
Black or African American 7%
White 70%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%
Asian 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 5%


NCAA Division II in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC), as well as NCCAA sports

Men’s Varsity:
Baseball, Basketball*, Cross-Country, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Track 

Women’s Varsity:
Basketball*, Cross-Country, Softball*, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball*, Track 

*Varsity and Junior Varsity

Mascot: Cougars
Colors: Navy Blue and Gold

Other Information

Colorado Christian University is a 4-year, private Christian university and Liberal Arts College, founded in 1914

Student Leadership and Discipleship

CCU students strive to be better leaders. They live up to a higher standard. They get outside their comfort zones and push their limits. They don’t just talk about service and ministry…they actually do it. Nearly everything on campus is student-led; students initiate and coordinate ministries, clubs, study groups, discipleship groups, and countless other organizations. There are over 200 student leadership positions on campus.

Discipleship groups (D-Groups) at CCU provide freshmen with the chance to get to know other students on a deeply spiritual level. They offer a consistent community for encouragement, accountability, and support. They are also a safe place to ask questions in a small group, share prayer requests, and become actively engaged in one another’s spiritual lives. Ultimately, each group’s focus is to grow closer to the Lord while growing closer to one another by building authentic relationships. Find out more about Discipleship Groups at:


CCU competes in the NCAA Division-II Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. This is one of the toughest in the nation, and CCU’s athletes play to win. Most of all CCU desires to honor God, the Audience of One. This includes serving others beyond the court and plays out in each competition as CCU fuses intense effort with Christ-like character that makes fans and competitors stop to consider. To check out the athletics department and various sports teams, visit

Clubs, Organizations, and Ministries

CCU offers its students many ways to get involved spiritually, academically, and physically without stepping off campus. Put your heart, mind, and hands to work outside of the classroom and help make a difference. CCU offers more than 25 different clubs, organizations, and ministries to be a part of, all of which are student initiated and led. There is something for everybody when it comes to on-campus opportunities. To learn more, visit

Activities Offered

Campus Ministries X
Choral groups X
Concert band X
Dance X
Drama/theater X
International Student Organization X
Jazz band X
Literary magazine X
Marching band  
Model UN  
Music ensembles X
Musical theater X
Opera X
Pep band  
Radio station  
Student government X
Student newspaper X
Student-run film society  
Symphony orchestra  
Television station  


The average CCU class size within the major is 14, which means personalized attention in every class. CCU professors hold degrees from universities like Bucknell, Claremont, Harvard, Yale, Northwestern, and seminaries including Asbury and Fuller. And six CCU professors have been Fulbright Scholars. Students get one-on-one instruction from CCU’s most seasoned scholars who want to invest in the student’s success.

Annually, CCU draws nationally renowned authors and speakers such as Franklin Graham, Antonin Scalia, Lee Strobel, Mark Mittelberg, Carly Fiorina, and Greg Steir to present on campus for special CCU student and community events. CCU has two Distinguished Scholars in Residence; Dr. Larry Crabb, well-known psychologist and author, and Kevin Miller, President of Whitestone Leadership Forum. Great teaching at CCU goes beyond the classroom.

To find out more on CCU’s academics and faculty visit:

Common Core

Arts/fine arts X
Computer literacy X
English (including composition) X
Foreign languages  
History X
Humanities X
Mathematics X
Philosophy X
Sciences (biological or physical) X
Social science X


CCU students are notorious for being real and wanting to get involved in each other’s lives. It’s hard to walk past someone on campus without exchanging a hello or a warm smile. That’s something most colleges lack—a sense of unity. Plus, CCU’s on campus apartments, leadership opportunities, and student activities are designed to foster close community and self-awareness. This is a campus where people are passionate about pursuing Christ and growing each other. Check out what the CCU community has to offer here:


Real growth requires going beyond campus, so why fence yourself in? CCU’s not on a far-removed, pristine plot of land. Instead, CCU is sandwiched 15 minutes between Denver and the Rocky Mountains, smack in the middle of a diverse urban scene and world-renowned back country. Come live where the opportunity to serve God and to seek adventure intersects.

Spiritual Formation

CCU is the real deal: a campus body that reflects on the heart of Christ’s message—that explores the controversial questions—in order to live right in our character, community, and calling just as much as in everyday small things. CCU helps students develop a confident, authentic faith that shapes every part of their lives.

Missions and Ministry

Wherever God takes you in life, your ability to influence others is rooted in your experiences serving them. CCU’s local ministries and global mission trips are a great place to start. In the last 15 years, CCU has sent over 200 short-term student lead teams to more than 50 countries, and 12 U.S. states. Broaden your view of God’s people, His creation, and how He wants to use your time and talents to make a tangible difference. See where student lead teams have gone on the CCU trip archive:


Coed dorms  
Men’s dorms X
Women’s dorms X
Apartments for married students  
Apartments for single students X
Special housing for disabled students X
Special housing for international students  
Fraternity/sorority housing  
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing X
Wellness housing  
Other housing options  


The unique combination of classroom learning, student service, and spiritual formation create a transformational education that produces graduates who think critically and creatively. CCU educates future leaders with high ethical and professional standards; who embody the character and compassion of Jesus Christ, and who are prepared to impact the world.

CCU students have interned with corporations, museums, nonprofits, humanitarian groups, health care centers, ministries, camps, shelters, and other organizations around the world—and many have gone on to careers in those fields. CCU alumni have attended graduate schools such as Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, Notre Dame, NYU, Tulane, Vanderbilt, the universities of Chicago and Oxford, and numerous seminaries.

CCU’s unique Employment Management Services (EMS) has formed relationships with over 200 Denver area local businesses, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to Colorado-owned businesses. EMS has placed 501 students in paying jobs over the last four and a half years. Ninety-seven  percent of students succeed in their placements.


Admissions Fall 2015

1,414 Total Applicants
1,010 Total Admissions
439 Total Freshmen Enrollment

71.43% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission

Rolling Admission? No

Application closing date (fall): August 15th
Priority date: April 1st

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Rigor of secondary school record
Application Essay
Character/personal qualities
Religious affiliation/commitment

Class rank
Academic GPA
Standardized test scores
Extracurricular activities
Volunteer work

First generation
Alumni/ae relation
Geographical residence
State residency
Racial/ethnic status
Work experience


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $28,860
Fees $500
Total $29,360
Room and Board (on campus) $5,158
Room Only $3,465
Board Only $2,549
Estimated Total On Campus $34,518


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

99% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
56% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid

$13,692 Average amount of federal state local or institutional grant aid received
$8,166 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates

CCU’s Hannah Rapoport Named All-American


After leading the Colorado Christian University Cougars to the NCAA tournament in the inaugural season of softball at the school, Hannah Rapoport has been named a First Team All-American by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association....


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