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 2014 Enrollment
5,324 undergraduate students
30% of undergrad students are full time
36% male — 64% female
54% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2014-2015 Academic Year
79 full-time faculty
440 part-time faculty
14 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

59% of students live on campus
Apartment style living
Student Clubs and Organizations (Traditional): 27

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.

Retention Fall 2014

72% 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


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:


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:


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 2014

1,427 Total Applicants
1,346 Total Admissions
545 Total Freshmen Enrollment

94.32% of applicants admitted


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $20,435
Fees $500
Total $20,935
Room and Board (on campus) $10,270
Room Only $5,990
Board Only $4,280
Estimated Total On Campus $31,205


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....