Colorado Christian University

Lakewood, CO

Colorado Christian University

Lakewood, CO

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Grace and truth.

For us, that means real life, real faith. We're a generation looking for something real. We want to know others, and we want to be known. What matters are relationships, grace, and being equipped with the truth to prepare for the challenges ahead. We're here for wisdom, life-changing conversations, and connections—with each other and with the living God. At Colorado Christian University, He is at the core of all we are and all we do.

You’ll hear the word community a lot at CCU, but the real energy at the heart of our unique campus community lies in the deep Christian commitment of our students, faculty, and staff. From discipleship groups and weekly times of fellowship and worship to Best of Colorado trips and stairwell activities, the whole idea is to become part of a Christian community that's learning, growing, and having a blast together! Here, we’re passionate about building community because your time in college is an exciting time of learning and personal and spiritual growth. Our close-knit community sets us apart from other colleges, ensuring you’ll have a college experience unlike anywhere else.

At CCU, students have the opportunity to create and design a mission trip wherever they want to go. Working with University staff, students learn how to build partnerships with existing ministries in the area and then co-lead the trip with a staff or faculty member. Over the past 20 years, we’ve sent more than 270 short-term missionary teams to 60+ countries around the world and throughout the United States!

Chapel is an integral part of our community. We believe chapel helps point our hearts and minds to God as we worship Him in spirit and truth. Students, faculty, and staff gather every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:50 am to hear from speakers and worship with the CCU chapel band. Chapel is required for all students in the College of Undergraduate Studies.

Campus ministries
We want to make faith in Jesus Christ the authentic center of our life. That’s why Campus Ministries plays an integral part in creating community around campus. Whether it’s Discipleship groups your freshman year, men’s and women’s ministry activities, mentoring, or prayer ministries, CCU is passionate about our student’s spiritual growth. Students are required to complete 180 ministry hours before graduation.



Ranked #46 among the "Best Regional Universities" in the West | U.S. News & World Report, 2022


Ranked #5 among the "Most Innovative Schools" in the West | U.S. News & World Report 2022


Ranked #27 among the "Best Colleges for Veterans" | U.S. News & World Report, 2022


Ranked the #1 "Safest College Campus in Colorado," receiving an A for safety | Niche, 2023


Named a 2022–2023 Christian College of Distinction


Named a 2022–2023 College of Distinction for Colorado

Lifestyle Covenant

Every CCU student is required to sign the Lifestyle Covenant. The Covenant is grounded in Scripture and sets biblical expectations and guiding principles for how students will live their daily lives as members of our community. Visit our website to learn more

Apartment-style living

Our goal for on-campus housing is to enrich the academic experience and strengthen the sense of Christian community for students. That’s why all our students live in fully furnished apartments, grouped together into themed stairwells and pods. This intentional design encourages shared space, family-style dinners, and events. All apartments are complete with a kitchen, wireless high-speed internet, cable TV, and private bathrooms. Living in an authentic Christian community can be life changing, and we believe apartment living brings students together and positively shapes our community.

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “I chose CCU because I wanted to be in an environment that allowed me to ask hard questions and be challenged in my faith.”

    • Emily Brown '20
  • “Attending CCU required me to take my faith seriously in all aspects. I learned that regardless of our job titles, we’re all called to full-time ministry, whether it be in church, an executive's office, or a laboratory.”

    • Cole Mellot '18
  • “I’ve seen a great deal of growth in myself while at CCU. I've learned a lot about God, people, and life, and I've been really challenged and uplifted by all of the faculty and staff that I've interacted with.”

    • Keenan Garnett '21
  • “Through participation in campus organizations, I’ve been able to use my creative ability, become more confident, and get more involved with the CCU community.”

    • Cameron Koutney '21