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Colorado Christian University
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(Grace and Truth)
Established 1914
Type Private
Religious affiliation Interdenominational
President William L. Armstrong
Students 5,000+ [1]
Location Lakewood, Colorado, USA
Campus Suburban
Former names Denver Bible Institute, Rockmont College, Colorado Baptist University, Colorado Christian College
Colors Navy Blue , Gold         
Athletics NCAA Division II
12 varsity teams
Mascot Cougars
Affiliations Council for Christian Colleges and Universities

Colorado Christian University (CCU) is a private, interdenominational Christian liberal arts university in Lakewood, Colorado in the United States. CCU was founded in 1914 as the Denver Bible Institute.

CCU's mission is to "cultivate knowledge and love of God in a Christ-centered community of learners and scholars, with an enduring commitment to the integration of exemplary academics, spiritual formation, and engagement with the world."[2]


CCU’s heritage dates back to the formation of Denver Bible Institute in 1914. In 1945, Denver Bible Institute was granted a state charter to become a four-year Bible college known as Denver Bible College. Expansion continued with the formulation of three main academic schools, including the College of Liberal Arts, the Theological School, and the Bible Institute, Denver Bible College became Rockmont College in 1949.

In 1981, Rockmont College was awarded accreditation by the North Central Association, and four years later merged with Western Bible Institute to become Colorado Christian College. Colorado Christian College merged with Colorado Baptist University, in 1989, to become what is now Colorado Christian University.[3]


The main campus of Colorado Christian University is located near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Lakewood, Colorado, a suburb 10 miles (16 km) west of Denver. The Lakewood campus houses CCU's College of Undergraduate Studies for traditional students. The University’s College of Adult and Graduate Studies has regional learning centers throughout Colorado: Denver Tech Center and Global Online Center (Englewood), Lakewood Center (Lakewood) Northern Colorado Regional Center (Loveland), Northglenn Center (Northglenn), Southern Colorado Regional Center (Colorado Springs), Sterling Center at Northeastern Junior College (Sterling), Western Colorado Regional Center (Grand Junction).[4]

Colorado Christian University's Main Campus in Lakewood, Colorado

In 2002, CCU began searching for a new campus near Ken Caryl, Colorado after attempting to develop their Foothills Campus near Morrison, Colorado.[5][6] For over 40 years, CCU held classes on the 53 acres site which was shared with Christian radio station KWBI( later purchased by K-Love). Plans failed to rezone additional property at the site for future use and has since been abandoned and demolished.

In 2009, Colorado Christian University submitted a preliminary proposal to the Highlands Ranch Community Association (HCRA) to purchase about 100 acres (0.40 km2) for the development of a new campus in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. Due to opposition from the residents, the University officially withdrew its bid to purchase land from Highlands Ranch on January 11, 2010.


The University comprises two colleges: the College of Undergraduate Studies and the College of Adult and Graduate Studies. CCU offers 45 degree programs as well as licensure and certification programs. The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities,[7] the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities,[8] and the Council for Independent Colleges.[9]

The College of Undergraduate Studies provides academic programs for traditional undergraduate students and also offers off-campus study opportunities through the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities’ Best Semester Program,[10] Focus on the Family’s Focus Leadership Institute,[11] and Jerusalem University College[12] in Israel.

The College of Adult and Graduate Studies offers undergraduate degree completion, educator licensing, and certificate programs for working professionals. The college offers master’s degrees and graduate certificate programs.[13] Students may take courses through the College of Adult and Graduate Studies Centers throughout Colorado or through the college’s Global Online Center.


In 2012, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni included Colorado Christian University in its What Will They Learn? study, which is an annual evaluation system of colleges and universities. The report assigns a letter grade to 1,070 universities based on how many of the following seven core subjects are required: composition, literature, foreign language, American history, economics, mathematics and science. Colorado Christian University was one of 21 schools to receive an "A" grade, which is assigned to schools that include at least six of the seven designated subjects in their core curriculum.[14]

Student life

Lifestyle Covenant

All traditional undergraduate students are required to sign the Lifestyle Covenant to attend Colorado Christian University. By signing this document, students commit to themselves and each other that they will pursue the challenge of living a life defined by a higher standard. The Lifestyle Covenant states a commitment "to educate men and women in the process of integrating their faith and education. This agreement also expresses our commitment to providing an atmosphere for study, personal exploration, involvement in interpersonal relationships, spiritual life, and growth that is conducive to students achieving goals, while enjoying living and learning in community". Students not signing the covenant are subject to immediate dismissal or suspension.[15]


Chapel attendance is required of all traditional undergraduate students who are taking 12 credit hours or more. Over a four-year period, 180 chapel credits are required to obtain clearance to graduate. For transfer students, or students who will graduate in less than four years, 45 credits per year of attendance at CCU is required.

Community service

"In order to graduate, upon entering CCU within the CUS [College of Undergraduate Studies] program, every student must complete 22.5 hours of service per semester with a maximum of 180 volunteer hours through a local or international ministry during his or her college career."[16][17]

Global outreach

Colorado Christian University sponsors several service-based, short-term mission trips through its CCU2theWorld organization.[18] The affluence of the countries visited is wide-ranging, though emphasis is typically placed on helping the underprivileged.


The CCU Cougars participate in both NCAA Division II and NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association). CCU athletics are currently under the direction of Darren Richie, Athletic Director. The university competes in 12 intercollegiate sports[19][20] including:

Colorado Christian Cougars logo
  • Men’s Baseball
  • Men’s Basketball
  • Men’s Cross Country
  • Men’s Golf
  • Men’s Soccer
  • Men’s Tennis
  • Women’s Basketball
  • Women’s Cross Country
  • Women’s Golf
  • Women’s Soccer
  • Women’s Tennis
  • Women’s Volleyball

The CCU Cougars compete in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

Notable alumni

Notes and references

  1. ^ News Release.
  2. ^ About Colorado Christian University | Colorado Christian University. Retrieved on 2012-10-14.
  3. ^ About Colorado Christian University | Colorado Christian University. Retrieved on 2012-10-14.
  4. ^ Locations, Maps and Directions.
  5. ^ Archives : The Rocky Mountain News. (2002-04-08). Retrieved on 2012-10-14.
  6. ^ Archives : The Rocky Mountain News. (2002-01-25). Retrieved on 2012-10-14.
  7. ^ Council for Christian Colleges & Universities – Members & Affiliates. Retrieved on 2012-10-14.
  8. ^ NAICU – Member Directory. Retrieved on 2012-10-14.
  9. ^ Members of CIC.
  10. ^ BestSemester. BestSemester. Retrieved on 2012-10-14.
  11. ^ [1][dead link]
  12. ^ Jerusalem University College – Index Home Page. Retrieved on 2012-10-14.
  13. ^ Academic Programs and Resources.
  14. ^ Czupor, Z.J. (10-11-2012). "National study ranks Colorado Christian in top 2% of colleges". Denver Post. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  15. ^ Lifestyle Covenant.
  16. ^ Life Directions Center – Colorado Christian University – Acalog ACMS™. Retrieved on 2012-10-14.
  17. ^ Life Directions Center | Colorado Christian University. Retrieved on 2012-10-14.
  18. ^ CCU2theWorld | Colorado Christian University. Retrieved on 2012-10-14.
  19. ^ Athletics | Colorado Christian University. (2012-03-17). Retrieved on 2012-10-14.
  20. ^ College Navigator – Colorado Christian University. (2010-10-16). Retrieved on 2012-10-14.
  21. ^ [2][dead link]
  22. ^ [3][dead link]
  23. ^ Ransomed Heart Ministries. Retrieved on 2012-10-14.
  24. ^ Atlantic Records. Retrieved on 2012-10-14.
  25. ^ Dr. Gary L. McIntosh.
  26. ^ CCU Spotlights | Colorado Christian University. Retrieved on 2012-10-14.
  27. ^ Leanor Inez Ortega Till.
  28. ^ Youth Ministry Resources, Youth Conferences, Evangelism – Dare 2 Share Youth Ministry Resources. Retrieved on 2012-10-14.

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