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Christian Life Profile

An experience you won’t find anywhere else

Want a college experience full of adventure, opportunity, challenge, and great relationships with peers and professors? Colorado Christian University is it. With every class taught from a Christian world-view, you’ll grow intellectually and spiritually. Plus, our location is in the perfect setting—minutes from Denver and the mainline Rocky Mountains—for CCU’s Christ-centered, highly relational environment with a premier metropolitan-outdoors location.

As a university focused on Christ, we place a huge emphasis on how you are growing as an entire person. That’s why tons of student activities, local ministries, mission trips, and authentic friendships have become hallmarks of the CCU experience.

At CCU you’ll be shaped through a healthy balance of close community, caring professors who relate your learning to Christ, and a view of how God wants to use you to impact the world.

Premier location
CCU is housed in Lakewood, Colorado, between downtown Denver and the Rockies. Denver is just 15 minutes away and offers a great mix of job opportunities, volunteer options, culture, entertainment, and pro sports. And within an hour’s drive from campus you can bike, climb, hike, kayak, ski, snowboard, or visit Pikes Peak or Rocky Mountain National Park—to name a few.

Ever wanted to try ice climbing? Or hike a “fourteener” (peaks that summit at 14,000 feet or higher above sea level)? CCU’s year-round Best of Colorado program lets you try different outdoor activities in one of the nation’s best wilderness states.

Four-day weeks
Students shouldn’t be stuck in classrooms all week. After all, much of your growth will happen beyond classroom walls, which is a huge part of your development during college.

Depending on your program of study at CCU, you’ll have the option to schedule your courses as a four-day school week, allowing you more time to soak up the college years—whether that means studying, working, spending time with friends, volunteering, or taking advantage of all the opportunities in Denver and the wilderness.

Intentional spiritual growth
You’ll grow closer to God—alongside your peers—with activities like discipleship groups and campus chapels. At CCU you’ll be encouraged to participate in God’s kingdom through community service, student-led local ministries, and mission trips. In recent years CCU mission teams have visited over 50 countries!

Authentic, relational community
Nearly 30 campus organizations are open each year to students, helping you explore interests such as academics, the arts, the environment, global issues, and politics. Or you can get involved in our robust intramural sports programs, as well as root for your favorite sports team along with your friends—or play for one!

NCAA Division II sports
The CCU Cougars are members of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, one of the largest and most competitive NCAA Division II conferences in the nation. The University is also a Division I member of the National Christian College Athletic Association.
• Men’s sports: baseball, basketball*, cross-country, golf, soccer, tennis
• Women’s sports: basketball*, cross-country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball*
* Varsity and junior varsity

Student Snapshot : Mitch Swim
Mitch’s journey to CCU began as a personal favor. His mom requested that he tour the school and he acquiesced. Two years later, he says that it’s the best decision he ever made.

During Mitch’s senior year of high school, he thought he wanted to attend a large public school like so many of his fellow classmates. But after his experience with the students and professors at CCU, he knew he wanted to be more than just a number in a classroom. He wanted to be known.

At CCU he knew he could have that and so much more. The personal care each professor shows their students was evident to Mitch right away. As a matter of fact, everything about CCU felt just that way—personal. It is more than just an education Mitch is receiving, and far more than he could experience at a big school. It is professors and staff all rooting for Mitch to be the best he can be and helping him focus beyond the classroom to what really matters most. “Every one of my professors has had the same goal: to equip me with the tools I need for my life after college with the priority being to glorify God in all aspects of my life.”

Community is one of the staples of CCU. “Nothing I have experienced has matched the environment that CCU has created within its body,” Mitch says. Since attending CCU, Mitch has dived into this community by playing on the CCU tennis team, working on campus, and serving as an RA. When it is time for Mitch to end his experience at CCU, he will leave with not only an excellent education, but he will have grown in his faith and created lifelong relationships with fellow students and professors as well. And as for that favor his mom asked for? Mitch realizes that mom really does know best.


• Founded: 1914, Denver Bible Institute
• Institutional Control: Private
• School Type: Four-year, liberal arts
• Academic Calendar: Semesters
• Religious Affiliation: Interdenominational
• Undergraduate Enrollment: 1,220
• Adult/Graduate Enrollment: 5,550
• Student-Faculty Ratio: 8:1
• States Represented: 50
• Out-of-State Students: 47%

Traditional Freshman Profile (Averaged)
• High School GPA: 3.6
• ACT Score: 24.8
• SAT 2400 Score: 1643

Costs and Financial Aid (Estimated 2015–2016)
• Undergraduate Tuition: $13,628/semester
• Room and Board: $5,062/semester
• Student Fees: $250/semester
• Total Federal Aid Awarded: $32.3 million
• Students Qualified for Any Form of Financial Aid: 92%
• Students Qualified for Need-Based Financial Aid: 61%
• Work-Study Programs: Yes

• Application Deadline: Rolling
• Essay Required: Yes
• Priority Consideration Deadline (Admission/Financial Aid): March 1

Accreditation and Membership
• Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
• Council for Christian Colleges and Universities
• National Association of Schools of Music

CCU offers a variety of majors, emphases, minors, and international study abroad destinations. Available minors include our unique leadership tracks, such as Young Life Leadership, one of the first and only in the nation.

Study abroad options are primarily available through the Best Semester program (, but CCU will consider credits earned through any other accredited study abroad program.

Undergraduate Majors/Additional Emphases
• Accounting
    - Finance
    - International Business
    - Marketing
    - Pre-law
• Biology
• Business Administration
    - Accounting
    - Finance
    - International Business
    - Marketing
    - Pre-law
• Communication
    - Interpersonal Communication
    - Journalism/Mass Media
    - Organizational Communication
    - Public Speaking
• Computer Information Systems
• Education Licensure*
    - Elementary: Liberal Arts
    - Music Education
        (Choral, General Music,
    - Secondary: English
    - Secondary: General Science
    - Secondary: History
• English
    - Creative Writing
    - Literary Studies
• Global Studies
• Health Sciences
• History
• Liberal Arts
    - Communication
    - English
    - Global Studies
    - History
    - Political Science
    - Psychology
• Music
    - Composition
    - Performance
    - Sound Recording Technology
• Music Education (see Education Licensure)
• Political Science
• Pre-medicine Profession
• Psychology
• Science
• Social Science
    - Global Studies
    - History
    - Political Science
    - Psychology
• Special Education
    (Liberal Arts)
• Theology
• Worship Arts
• Youth Ministry
* Depending on your degree program, you’ll graduate from CCU with recommendation for state teaching licensure for grades K–6 or 7–12, or music education licensure for grades K–12.

Undergraduate Minors and General Emphases
• Accounting
• Applied Music Studies
• Biblical Studies
• Biology
• Business
• Camp Management
• Chemistry
• Church History
• Communication
• Computer Information Systems
• Economics
• Education
• English
• Finance
• Global Studies
• History
• Intercultural Ministry
• International Business
• Interpersonal Communication
• Journalism and Mass Media
• Leadership Studies
• Management
• Marketing
• Music
• Music Theatre
• Music Theory/Songwriting
• Organizational Communication
• Outdoor Leadership
• Political Science
• Pre-law Studies
• Psychology
• Public Speaking
• Reading Education
• Reading Literacy
• Theatre
• Theology
• Young Life Leadership
• Youth Ministry

CCU is an accredited Christian university located minutes from Denver and the mainline Rocky Mountains.