Colorado Christian University

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Colorado Christian University is the premier interdenominational Christian college in Colorado and the eight-state Rocky Mountain region, delivering world class education to thousands of students. The University offers more than 200 academic program options in a variety of disciplines for traditional and adult students through its College of Undergraduate Studies and College of Adult and Graduate Studies and CCU Online.

The Strobel Center for Applied Apologetics at CCU focuses on equipping a vast network of Christians who are actively engaged in the marketplace of ideas in local churches and communities, in the media, in the entertainment world, on the internet, and throughout popular culture in order to bring spiritual renewal to the church in America.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Colorado Christian University
8787 W Alameda Ave
Lakewood, CO 80226


Phone: (303) 963-3000

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 840442429

CEO/President: Tim McTavish

Chairman: Wil Armstrong

Board size: 21

Founder: Clifton Fowler

Ruling year: 1954

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1981


Christ-centered community of learners and scholars committed to the integration of exemplary academics, spiritual formation, and engagement with the world.

Mission statement

Christ-centered higher education transforming students to impact the world with grace and truth.

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

Statement of faith

Colorado Christian University unites with the broad, historic evangelical faith rather than affiliating with any specific denomination. In this commitment, the University embraces the following declarations of the National Association of Evangelicals:

We Believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.

We Believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We Believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.

We Believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.

We Believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.

We Believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

We Believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

These declarations do not comprise all that individual Christians may consider important elements of faith; rather, they establish the essential framework within which members of the University both unite in shared beliefs and explore differences.

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CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating658 of 109786 of 130
Fund acquisition rating755 of 1099101 of 130
Resource allocation rating785 of 109994 of 130
Asset utilization rating281 of 109734 of 130

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$15,809,217$13,197,351$11,679,987$7,377,371$8,706,318
Short-term investments$38,307,090$43,063,797$22,451,247$21,883,683$19,236,783
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$80,213,146$85,253,742$74,562,997$62,870,263$56,181,562
Long-term investments$4,323,240$4,468,891$4,545,747$5,396,376$8,579,182
Fixed assets$124,477,647$118,642,885$120,847,616$117,719,185$92,136,718
Other long-term assets$169,969$2,136,888$3,568,117$6,086,177$7,613,552
Total long-term assets$128,970,856$125,248,664$128,961,480$129,201,738$108,329,452
Total assets$209,184,002$210,502,406$203,524,477$192,072,001$164,511,014
Payables and accrued expenses$8,629,232$5,981,877$4,554,708$4,547,997$5,410,566
Other current liabilities$10,322,113$9,916,876$9,755,756$4,898,107$9,469,050
Total current liabilities$18,951,345$15,898,753$14,310,464$9,446,104$14,879,616
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$331,736$919,175$910,549$5,005,337$1,229,617
Total long-term liabilities$51,697,014$54,743,559$58,256,472$54,574,863$36,121,580
Total liabilities$70,648,359$70,642,312$72,566,936$64,020,967$51,001,196
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$99,483,600$112,253,824$109,460,413$111,717,993$101,525,704
With donor restrictions$39,052,043$27,606,270$21,497,128$16,333,041$11,984,114
Net assets$138,535,643$139,860,094$130,957,541$128,051,034$113,509,818
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$23,493,241$14,987,027$12,411,216$9,594,786$7,261,227
Program service revenue$121,755,658$113,300,354$102,153,172$106,112,765$105,833,885
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$3,613,228$2,517,069$4,173,671$7,755,737$1,388,542
Other revenue$95,761$84,074$98,515$62,174$66,531
Total other revenue$125,464,647$115,901,497$106,425,358$113,930,676$107,288,958
Total revenue$148,957,888$130,888,524$118,836,574$123,525,462$114,550,185
Program services$114,379,826$99,629,105$95,618,850$88,392,407$84,172,771
Management and general$27,701,064$22,395,639$18,714,547$19,378,566$18,038,261
Total expenses$145,213,803$124,510,652$116,172,391$109,512,636$103,879,404
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)$3,744,085$6,377,872$2,664,183$14,012,826$10,670,781
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$3,744,085$6,377,872$2,664,183$14,012,826$10,670,781


Donald SweetingPresident/CEO$351,784
Daniel CohrsEVP/CFO$272,081
James McCormickSenior VP & VP Student Life$217,237
Sarah ScherlingVP Academic Affairs/ Cags$209,060
Shannon DreyfussVP Campus Development$207,702
Jeffrey HuntVP Centennial Institute$194,936
Allison BurkhartVP Cags Enrollment$191,459
Tim McTavishBoard Chair$12,000
Thomas ScheffelCorporate Counsel / Secretary$9,000

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2022

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In 1914, Denver Bible Institute was founded on two principles - grace and truth. The first classes encompassed only two students and one teacher, but from those modest beginnings, Colorado Christian University was born.

In 1945, Denver Bible Institute became Denver Bible College, a four-year college with three academic schools: the College of Liberal Arts, the Theological School, and the Bible Institute. Four years later, the school became Rockmont College - around the same time that Western Bible Institute was founded.

It wasn't until the 1980s that drastic change occurred again. The two schools merged in 1985, forming Colorado Christian College. By 1989, however, the need for a flagship Christian institution in Colorado was evident: Colorado Baptist University joined Colorado Christian College to form the school we know today.

Throughout our history, CCU has seen God's hand orchestrating each step in the journey and we look toward the future with great anticipation for where he will lead us as the journey continues.

Today, there are more than 9,000 CCU undergraduate and graduate students spread throughout all 50 states and several countries - scholars dedicated to integrating high-level academics with timeless faith. More than 100 years later, students continue to learn in grace and truth.

Through the years many things about Colorado Christian University have changed. The University now consists of two colleges, the College of Undergraduate Studies with a traditional residential program and the College of Adult and Graduate Studies, offering undergraduate programs and master's degrees for adult students.

Thousands of students have come and gone, the campus facilities have seen countless improvements, new programs have been launched to train the next generation of Christian leaders, students have gone on mission trips to countries that didn't exist when we were founded, and the University has been blessed by growing enrollments. Even now CCU continues to grow and change with a firm foundation that rests on the grace and truth of Christ.

Program accomplishments

As a member of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities, CCU is ranked among the top universities nationwide.