Colorado Christian College was the product of the merger between Rockmont College and the Western Bible Institute in 1985. It traces its roots to the Denver Bible Institute established in 1914. Colorado Christian College is now officially known as Colorado Christian University after it again merged with the Colorado Baptist University in 1989. Its main campus is located at Lakewood, Colorado while its regional centers can be found all over Colorado. It also has a Global Online Center.
The university is not affiliated to any specific denomination but it embraces the belief of the evangelical faith as clearly declared by the National Association of Evangelicals. The primary declaration is with regards to the Bible as the only authoritative word of God. Its mission is the cultivation of knowledge and love of God in a Christ-centered community of learners and scholars. The university hopes to produce graduates who can work with high ethical and professional standards while embodying the character of Jesus Christ.
The academic programs of Colorado Christian University consist of undergraduate and graduate programs that integrate faith and learning through associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, as well as certificate and licensing programs. Offered majors include Accounting, Biology, Business Administration, Communication, Elementary Education, English, Global Studies, History, Liberal Arts, Music, Music Education, Political Science, Pre-Medicine Studies, Psychology, Science, Secondary Education, Social Science, Special Education, Theology, Worship Arts, and Youth Ministry. Offered minors include Accounting, Applied Music Studies, Biblical Studies, Biology, Business, Camp Management, Chemistry, Church History, Communication, Education, English, Finance, Global Studies, History, Intercultural Ministry, International Business, Interpersonal Communication, Journalism and Mass Media, Leadership Studies, Management, Marketing, Music, Music Theory/Songwriting, Organizational Communication, Outdoor Leadership, Political Science, Pre-Law Studies, Psychology, Public Speaking, Theater, Theology, Wilderness Leadership, Young Life Leadership, and Youth Ministry. Colorado Christian University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Estimated educational cost for the year is $ 32,800.00 for full-time studies inclusive of tuition, student body fee, room and board. Cost per credit is $ 942.00. Health insurance is a must for every student and it can be purchased through CCU or outside. Cost of books is not yet included.
Financial aid falls under three types: scholarships and grants, education loans, and student employment program. Scholarships and grants are awarded based on academic and other achievements as well as financial need. These include CCU Scholarships and Grants, Partner Initiative Scholarship, Federal Grant, State Grants, and outside scholarships. Educational loans are financial assistance programs that need to be repaid unlike scholarships and grants. Student Employment Programs provide job opportunities to students to help them pay for their education while having the advantage of gaining valuable skills.
There are more than 3,500 undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at CCU. These students are taking their academic programs in one of the five schools in the university including the School of Business and Leadership, School of Humanities and Sciences, School of Education, School of Music, and School of Theology. Online classes are under the College of Adult and Graduate Studies.
Being a member of the NCAA Division II, the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA), and the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC), Colorado Christian University joins sports events through its sports teams known as the Cougars.