Colorado Christian University

Lakewood, Colorado, United States
At Colorado Christian University, the educational philosophy is guided by our non-denominational Statement of Faith, which is embraced by all faculty and staff. This brief statement affirms the key elements of the historical Christian faith and yet allows latitude on issues defining denominational distinctives. Our shared commitment assures consensus on the foundation tenets of the faith while accommodating productive dialogue so that students hone their intellectual skills and formulate their Christian worldview.


Colorado Christian University's strategic objectives were adopted by the CCU Board of Trustees to serve as a guiding compass for the University. They direct the implementation of CCU's long-established mission and vision, and provide context for our first priority - an enduring commitment to Jesus Christ and His Kingdom. The strategic objectives provide a point of convergence for every member of the CCU community and for every aspect of life at CCU, from how we teach and learn in the classroom to how we live with and serve others.

Colorado Christian University is unique among the colleges and universities of the Rocky Mountain region in the following important respects:

CCU is first and foremost an academic community of committed Christian believers rooted in a profound respect for higher learning framed within the Christian worldview. The community respects the pursuit of truth and the development of the life of the mind. The University seeks to develop in each learner the capability to distinguish fact from fallacy, truth from error, and freedom from license.

The University does not cultivate the mind at the expense of the heart. Rather, it emphasizes development of Christian character and spirituality with the intent of sending graduates with personal Christian commitment and an informed sense of Christian morality into today’s communities and workplaces to provide leadership. CCU emphasizes the development of compassion, social concern, and a sense of biblical justice in the lives of its students. Likewise, the University seeks students, faculty members, and staff from diverse backgrounds.

The University is evangelical and interdenominational. Since the time of the mergers creating CCU, it has identified itself, not with any specific denominations, but with the broader, historic evangelical faith, and the University continues to honor and to define that identity. As the evangelical tradition has been shaped by the great movements of church history, evangelicals have found themselves in the center of the Christian spectrum, holding a genuine respect for both special and general revelation, seeking with intellectual rigor to harmonize what God has revealed through both scripture and creation. As an evangelical institution, the University employs a faculty which represents a variety of perspectives, all within the defining boundaries of the evangelical Christian faith. This blend of evangelical viewpoints affords students a thought-provoking but still supportive environment in which to mold their own personal Christian convictions.

The University advocates and teaches investigative study and the proper methods of scientific research and technological innovation; still, it recognizes that empirical reasoning alone cannot satisfy the deep need of each person for a personal relationship with God, the Creator of all things. As a community of believers, CCU recognizes that God is known through Jesus Christ. As a community of learners, CCU recognizes that this understanding of God in Jesus Christ is the beginning of wisdom.

The University's primary academic focus is on excellence in teaching, while providing opportunities for research and performance by both faculty and students. The University prizes academic excellence as a virtue and encourages students to strive for such excellence.

CCU is a university of the liberal arts and professions with institutional roots that include an undiminished respect for the authority and integrity of Scripture as the foundation of God’s creative revelation of Himself to humanity. The Bible offers a sure foundation for understanding God, humanity, and the world, and for sound thinking, wise living, and Colorado Christian University Policy effective service. The arts and sciences belong to God and are to be prized, explored, enjoyed, and influenced by Christians. As a result, students gain broad exposure to art, history, literature, music, philosophy, science, and other fields of study, all of which are informed from a biblical perspective. Equally the University believes that Christian scholarship is practical and that upon the foundation of the biblically-informed liberal arts curriculum, students must be enabled to work productively in society and to earn a living.

As a Christian university, CCU places a strong emphasis on personal discipleship and preparation for ministry. Students are encouraged to mature in their relationship with Christ and in their service for Him. The University urges from Scripture that all Christians are called to serve Christ and to minister to others. Because Christians are individuals having different gifts, they find a variety of ministry avenues. Some serve Christ as pastors and missionaries, for example, while others serve Him as artists, managers, psychologists, and teachers. By involving students in service to church and community, CCU helps prepare students for a lifetime of serving others.


We envision graduates who think critically and creatively, lead with high ethical and professional standards, embody the character and compassion of Jesus Christ, and who thereby are prepared to impact the world.


Colorado Christian University cultivates 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.

  • Christ-centered community

Our 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

Our 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

Our 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

Our students experience and engage the world in ways that prepare leaders to serve and transform their professions, churches, and communities.

Student Life

The Student Life program at CCU completes the educational experience by providing opportunities for you to grow spiritually with fellow students, to develop lasting relationships that will challenge you, and to take on leadership roles that enhance the skills and knowledge youre gaining in the classroom.

We're here to serve you - that's why each student has a personal advisor who guides them through an academic and life planning process. The whole idea is to become part of a Christian community that is learning together, growing together, and, of course, having a blast together.

More than 600 students live on campus, and there is plenty to do whether you are on or off campus. On these pages you'll find more helpful information about life on campus at CCU.

Know what you're passionate about? If you cant find something that suits you here, we challenge you to start a new club, organization, or ministry!


CCU Accreditations and Affiliations

Colorado Christian University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The North Central Association was founded in 1895 as a membership organization for educational institutions. It is committed to developing and maintaining high standards of excellence. The Association is one of six regional institutional accrediting associations in the United States. Through its Commissions it accredits, and thereby grants membership to, educational institutions in the nineteen-state North Central region: Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, New Mexico, South Dakota, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming. The Higher Learning Commission is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Special Accreditations and Endorsements

  • Counseling - CCU's Master of Arts in Counseling program is nationally accredited by theCouncil for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
  • Education - CCU's teacher preparation licensure programs are approved by the Colorado Department of Education, Colorado Department of Higher Education and Colorado State Board of Education; and are nationally endorsed by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)
  • Music - CCU's School of Music is nationally accredited by the National Associate of Schools of Music (NASM)
  • Nursing - CCU's Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is nationally accredited by theCommission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Project Management - CCU is an approved provider of project management training by theProject Management Institute (PMI)

Lakewood, Colorado, United States