Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more... Eph 3:20
COLORADO CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY
UNIVERSITY TABLE OF CONTENTS
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THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN COLORADO CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY! You have chosen to pursue higher education: youâ€™ve worked hard to get here and expect your undergraduate years to challenge, excite, and prepare you. Choosing the right school is essential.
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As the only Christian university near Denver and the Rocky Mountains, CCU offers a unique experience to students. Professors are mentors as well as teachers, as they integrate faith into exemplary academics. Students become leaders during their time here, serving in ministries and mission trips and learning to embody Christ. With urban opportunity and outdoor adventure in either direction, we have extraordinary possibilities to impact the world around us.
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Contact us at 800.44.FAITH to explore CCU more. I wish you all the best, and may you find that God takes you beyond your wildest expectations.
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Derry Ebert Dean of Enrollment College of Undergraduate Studies
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LOCATION The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.- Psalm 19:1
DENVER AND THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS: Denver enjoys mild weather and over 300 days of sunshine each year, while the nearby mountains get hammered with an average 300 inches of snow. World class skiing, rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking. Eight professional sports teams. One of the countryâ€™s top art museums, zoos, and botanic gardens. A lively performing arts community. The famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak, 55 fourteeners (14,000+ foot mountains) and Rocky Mountain National Park. Over 100 evangelical Christian organizations are headquartered in Colorado.
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Fifteen minutes—that’s how long it takes to get from campus into the heart of Denver or to the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Volunteer at a crisis center on Wednesday, intern downtown on Thursday, ski on Friday, and attend the symphony on Saturday. Come, live where adventure and opportunity intersect.
AT CCU, MOST STUDENTS GET FRIDAYS OFF SO YOU GET MORE TIME TO STUDY, WORK, GET INVOLVED IN MINISTRIES, AND EXPERIENCE LIFE.
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ACADEMICS And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men. - Luke 2:52
Academics at CCU are not just about putting information in your head, but changing your whole life. Professors—who know you—challenge and prepare you to become a leader in your field, and offer a wealth of hands-on opportunities along the way. Plus, you’ll integrate dynamic learning with rock solid faith, and see God’s plan for your life in ways you haven’t even imagined.
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“My professor brings the real world into our classroom. Our goal is to learn how to think, not just retain information for a test.” - Mandy Walker, B.S., Business Administration (Orlando, FL) “The most important thing I learned at CCU was integrating my faith into my work and studies. This has been incredibly important to continuing my education and looking ahead for future careers in international relations.” - Garrett Shields, B.A., History (Rapid City, SD)
Degree: Liberal Arts, Elementary Education Licensure Currently: Third-Grade Teacher
Every freshman at CCU is enrolled in an “FYI” (First Year Integration) class, sort of a “College 101,” led by CCU faculty and staff. Your FYI class will introduce you to the Christian living and learning environment, and it will help you discover your strengths and develop academic and spiritual goals. Viewbook | 7
Majors and Related Emphases □ Accounting
(Finance, International Business, Management, Marketing, Pre-Law)
□ Biology □ Business Administration (Accounting, Finance, International Business, Management, Marketing, Pre-Law)
□ Communication (Interpersonal Communication, Journalism/Mass Media, Organizational Communication, Public Speaking)
Elementary: Liberal Arts; Music (K-12): Choral, General, or Instrumental; Secondary: English, General Science, or History; Special Education: Liberal Arts
(Creative Writing, Literary Studies)
□ Global Studies □ Health Sciences □ History □ Liberal Arts
(Communication, English, Global Studies, History, Political Science, Psychology)
(Performance, Sound Recording Technology)
□ Music Education (see Education)
□ Political Science □ Pre-Medical Profession □ Psychology □ Science □ Social Science (Global Studies, History, Political Science, Psychology)
□ Theology □ Worship Arts □ Youth Ministry
Associate Degree □ Associate of Arts
(For select scholarship recipients.)
□ General Studies
*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.
Minors ( 18 credits) and General Emphases (12 credits) (For all students, but some majors may conflict— ask your enrollment counselor.) †Minor and General Emphasis offered ‡General Emphasis only
□ 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 Theatre
□ Music Theory and Songwriting ‡ □ Organizational Communication ‡ □ Outdoor Leadership □ Political Science □ Pre-Law † □ Psychology □ Public Speaking ‡ □ Reading Education □ Reading Literacy ‡ □ Theatre † □ Theology □ Wilderness Leadership □ Young Life Leadership □ Youth Ministry
DIVERSIFY: Minoring outside of your major gives you more résumé power.
CONSIDER: Business Administration with a Leadership Studies minor. Education with a Psychology minor. Theology with a Church History minor. Communication with a Global Studies minor.
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NEW MAJORS & MINORS The 2012-13 school year marks a variety of new majors and minors at CCU. The Pre-Medical Profession major will prepare students to gain placement in medical school and to excel on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). A new Health Sciences major provides a core of knowledge for those interested in nursing, physical therapy, or a career as a physician’s assistant. Plus, the School of Music is offering new Theatre and Music Theatre minors, which will root students in practical aspects of theatre while immersing them in theatre history.
WWW.BESTSEMESTER.COM At CCU, you have access to 14 regional and international academic programs through the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities’ Best Semester Program. You may also apply academic credit from any other accredited study-abroad program. CCU students have studied in:
□ American Studies Program □ Australia Studies Centre □ China Studies Program □ Contemporary Music Center □ Focus Leadership Institute □ Jerusalem University College □ Latin American Studies Program □ Los Angeles Film Studies Center □ Middle East Studies Program □ Oxford Summer Programme □ Russian Studies Program □ Scholars' Semester in Oxford □ Uganda Studies Program □ Washington Journalism Center
CCU students are different than the average college student
because they are looking for the opportunity to improve the company and they don’t come to us values-neutral.
– Regional Vice President of a Fortune Top 50 company
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LEADERSHIP Prepare to make an immediate, significant contribution in your chosen field. Learn how to solve the challenges and ethical dilemmas that you’ll face. The School of Business and Leadership at Colorado Christian University will give you the tools and training to get there. You’ll learn from professors who have achieved great success in their areas of expertise—working at the highest levels in Fortune 500 companies, owning businesses, consulting, and serving as board members. We also have a large pool of affiliate faculty who bring diverse perspectives from their current work within the business and leadership communities.
DR. GARY EWEN • DSL – Regent University • M.Ed. – Colorado State University • B.S. – Illinois State University • CCU professor of management and leadership studies • Management editor for the Journal of Applied Business Research • Author of computer-applications textbooks and multiple software programs • Former chief information officer and director of the Outdoor Leadership program at CCU • Former senior trainer at Martin Marietta Data Systems Corp. • Former computer courseware designer for Learning Systems Ltd. Corp. • Former public-school teacher and assistant principal
OUTDOOR LEADERSHIP MINOR Make Colorado your classroom. Try out a variety of outdoor activities while gaining transferrable skills in decision making, group dynamics, and creative problem solving. Your courses could include: - All-Terrain Skiing - Cycling - Environmental Interpretation - Fly Fishing - Kayaking - Orienteering - Outdoor Cookery - Outdoor Photography - Rock Climbing - Wilderness First Aid - Winter Mountaineering
DID YOU KNOW? Our alumni are working for major corporations, top firms, local companies, and entrepreneurial ventures in a wide variety of fields that include marketing, consulting, public relations, investment banking, and accounting. Our students recently traveled to New York City to participate in the annual Foundation for Economic Education summer seminar program. Viewbook | 9
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The School of Education at CCU has enabled me to seek and develop my passion for learning and has continued to show me the importance of diligence as I work towards becoming an educator.
– Courtney Hall, Education Major
DR. SARA DALLMAN • Ph.D. – The Ohio State University • M.A. – The Ohio State University • B.A. – Saint Olaf College • CCU professor and director of secondary education • Educational consultant for churches, nonprofits, and private businesses • Licensed middle and high school history and English teacher • Licensed high school counselor and career counselor • Researched, wrote, and tested curriculum materials produced for use in middle and high schools
Teaching is incredibly rewarding: you have the opportunity to have a transformational role in the development of children and teens. The School of Education at Colorado Christian University blends faith with educational philosophies and current technologies to help you influence tomorrow’s leaders. Our professors have experience in public and private education, special education, counseling, educational diagnostics, and in writing curriculum materials. They also have connections to the local education community, which could provide you with excellent student teaching opportunities.
ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION These programs include regular courses plus 800 field experience hours that begin during your freshman or sophomore year at CCU. Graduates of the elementary program receive a degree in liberal arts (to provide the broad background expected of elementary teachers) and are ready to pursue teaching licensure for grades K-6. Graduates of the secondary program receive a degree in their specific field of emphasis and are ready to pursue licensure for grades 7-12. MUSIC EDUCATION To offer the K-12 music licensure program, the School of Education partners with the School of Music, which is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, the top accrediting body in the nation. The program balances core teaching theories and field experiences with studies in music education and your particular choral or instrumental emphases. Graduates of this program receive a degree in music education and are ready to pursue music education licensure for grades K-12.
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CCU has helped ignite and define my passion for communications and public speaking.
– Kirsten Slider, Communications Major
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A liberal arts education is all about unearthing your critical thinking, creative, and communicative skills. It’s about studying hard and then using your knowledge to go beyond the books. The School of Humanities and Sciences at Colorado Christian University can help you do just that. Whether you’re preparing for a career as a scholar, diplomat, researcher, or something else, studies in humanities and sciences will deepen your intellect, help you think on your feet, and sharpen your ability to thrive in a variety of professions.
POSSIBLE CAREER PATHS FOR HUMANITIES & SCIENCES GRADUATES • Advertising/marketing • Biotechnology • Computer programming • Counseling • Creative, technical, or research writing • Economics • Environmental science • Forensics • International affairs • Journalism • Law/criminal justice • Medicine • Nonprofit work • Politics • Public relations • Radio/television • Social work
CCU'S NEWEST FULBIGHT SCHOLAR Dr. Janet Black is the latest CCU professor to receive a prestigious Fulbright Grant, which she will use to teach American literature in Uganda in 2012-13. She will be exploring American values through her teaching, and aims to return with a greater understanding of contemporary African literature to bolster classes at CCU. She joins fellow English professor, Dr. Windy Petrie, and history professors, Drs. Stan Dyck and William Watson, as recipients of the award at CCU.
DR. WILLIAM SAXBY • Ph.D. – University of Vermont • M.A. – Fuller Theological Seminary • B.A. – University of Vermont • CCU professor of psychology • Presenter at meetings of the American Psychological Association and the Neuroscience Society • Former professor and head of the psychology department at Nyack College • Former practicing psychologist and consultant • Former National Science Foundation project director, Heublein Foundation and USPHS/NIAAA research fellow
2011-12 marked the first year for CCU’s debate team, formed by Dr. Chris Leland. With an array of both individual and team successes— and only two graduating seniors— the future is bright. Interested? Visit ccu.edu/debate for details.
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There are a lot of young people who have been given a raw talent. When you need a place where you can really develop your talent, and also remind you of how to combine your skills with the grace of God, I see no better place than CCU.
- Daniel Sesay, CCU School of Music Alumnus
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Whether you want to perform, teach, minister, or work in the recording industry, music is your language, an intimate part of who you are. It reaches deep inside, beyond words alone. As a student in the School of Music at Colorado Christian University, you’ll learn from faculty members who have impressive teaching and performing résumés. Your studies will integrate aspects of classical, jazz, folk, popular, contemporary Christian, and world music. But most importantly, we’ll help you hone your technique and artistry as an offering of excellence to God and of service to others. STEVEN TAYLOR • M.A. – University of Denver • B.M. – University of Denver • CCU professor of music • Crystal Award winner at the S.O.S. International Vocal Competition • Soloist at the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions • Featured soloist in a PBS Veteran’s Day nationwide concert broadcast • Solo performances in En Mis Palabras, Central City Opera; Goldilocks, Colorado Symphony Orchestra; Dona Nobis Pacem, Musica Sacra; A Night at the Opera, Jefferson Symphony Orchestra; Highlights from the Ballad of Baby Doe, Tabor Opera House; the world premier of A Stream of Voices, Colorado Children’s Chorale; and numerous performances with Opera Colorado • Baritone vocalist in Legacy Quartet, with international tours including Australia, Canada, Cuba, and South Korea • Former vocal instructor and opera theatre director for the University of Northern Colorado
The School of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, the top accrediting body in the nation.
AUDITIONS: Planning to major or minor in music or join an ensemble? Then you’ll need to do a formal audition. Talk to your enrollment counselor to learn about audition dates. You’ll need to prepare: At least two selections that reflect varied styles—two dynamically opposed classical pieces, for example, or one classical and one jazz piece. It is strongly recommended that piano and vocal students have one or more pieces memorized. A list of studied repertoire along with recommendations from your private instructor or high school music teacher. www.ccu.edu/music/auditions.asp
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YOUNG LIFE LEADERSHIP MINOR Many CCU students are already involved with Young Life, so CCU created this specialized minor—one of the first and only in the nation. This is your chance to get involved in a time-tested youth program and to immediately practice classroom lessons in your area of service. Your courses could include: - Adolescent Development and Culture - Cross-Cultural Communication - Leading Ministry Teams - Spiritual Formation in Youth Ministry - Young Life Ministry Skills
God loves everyone, especially kids. My Youth Ministry major showed me how much need there is in the lives of kids in our own backyard. You don’t need to necessarily head overseas to make a difference. What I learn in the classroom every day, especially with my Young Life minor, I take directly into the lives of broken kids down the street, where I serve as a Young Life Leader.
- James Budwell, Youth Ministry Major, Young Life Minor, 2012
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At Colorado Christian University, we believe the universe was created by God, so everything in it must be understood with Him in mind. Nowhere is this more emphasized than in our School of Theology. Whether you want to be a teacher, missionary, pastor, youth worker, or to apply your studies toward another type of career, our programs will help you develop an intelligent and mature commitment to Christ, the Scriptures, and your faith. Explore the Bible and great moments in the Christian church. Examine historic and current scholarship. Think carefully about your worldview and religious beliefs. Ask tough questions that dig deeper than knee-jerk answers. Serve in Denver and overseas. Discover your authentic faith—one that is informed, humble, and in tune with the needs of people around you.
DR. SID BUZZELL • Ph.D. – Michigan State University • M.A. – Michigan State University • Th.M. – Dallas Theological Seminary • B.S. – Philadelphia Biblical University • CCU professor of biblical exposition • Adjunct professor for Denver Seminary, Eastern University, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary • Teacher and consultant for World Vision International in Africa and Asia • General editor and contributor to The Leadership Bible (Zondervan) • 13 years of pastoral experience including roles as senior pastor and church planter • Former academic dean for Colorado Christian University, Biblical Seminary, and Conservative Baptist Seminary of the East • Former regional director of the Christian Medical Society
ALUMNI ARE CURRENTLY WORKING IN A VARIETY OF FIELDS, INCLUDING: • Church, youth, campus, and worship pastors • Professors at universities around the world • Youth program directors • Leaders for nonprofits • Graduate students in theology, ministry, leadership, counseling, social work, and global and intercultural studies
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FORMATION Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude. - Colossians 2:6-7
Our shared faith is the defining center of all that happens here at CCU. We discover Godâ€™s kingdom together through praise and lament, and by going hard after God. We experience authentic faith at every level of our lives. Twice weekly, we gather as one to work out our faith in chapel, worshipping and learning about God. On a more intimate level, D-Groups (discipleship groups) meet once a week throughout the semester to foster close, tight connections and create space for support. While each group looks a little different, all focus on glorifying God and realizing His kingdom in our midst.
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I grew up in a Christian home, always going to church and Christian schools, but it was through the community here at CCU that I discovered who Christ really was. I encountered real, authentic Christianity through genuine Christians who cared about me not just as a student, but as a person, and discovered people who wanted to invest in me intentionally and selflessly. From professors to roommates, I have been shown Christ more here than anywhere else in the world, and it has enabled me to have a relationship with Him that would not have been possible without CCU. SARAH POLICAN English/literary studies major, youth ministry minor
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COMMUNITY Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. - 1 John 4:11
The dictionary defines community as a unified body of individuals. CCU takes that definition literally and beyond. CCU students are intentional about experiencing life together and digging deep into one another’s lives, supporting one another in their passions and their passionate pursuit of Christ – whether it’s in a classroom or in a downtown coffee shop. It’s something you feel the minute you walk on to this campus.
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CCU students enjoy spending free time on the slopes or in a coffee shop in downtown Denver
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AROUND CAMPUS WHAT THE BEST PART OF CCU IS AND THEY'LL ANSWER THE SAME THING
COMMUNIT Y RESIDENT LIFE
A huge part of college is about building relationships. We think it’s
Our Learning Communities are designed to let you learn
easier to do that in a place that feels like home. So, on-campus
and live with like-minded people, as you explore how to “do
housing is a fully furnished apartment (with a patio or balcony)
life” together. Available to all first-year students, you can get
that is wired for high-speed internet, cable TV, and telephones.
involved in communities such as Faith and Film, To Narnia and
Plus, each residence hall stairwell forms its own mini-community;
Beyond, or Women Walking with Jesus. For more on any aspect
no matter where you live on campus, you’ll enter a community
of community at CCU, visit www.ccu.edu/studentlife.
and close relationships from the moment you arrive.
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WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF? BEST OF COLORADO TRIPS Try out some new outdoor activities with CCU. Past BOC trips have included:
□ Clash of the Classes
□ Christmas Stairwell
□ Cross-country skiing
CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS
□ 3rd Tuesday Coffeehouses □ Associated Student Body –
□ All-Campus Communion
student government organization
□ Disciplevvship Advisors □ In His Service □ Inkwells – literary club
□ Dodgeball □ Flag Football □ Indoor Soccer
□ Dog Sledding
□ Christmas Tree Lighting
□ International Action Club
□ Last Blast
□ Fly Fishing
□ Finals Breakfast
□ Music Educators Club
□ Midnight Basketball
□ King Cougar –
□ Omicron Delta Kappa –
□ Moonlight Volleyball
□ Horseback Riding □ Ice Climbing □ Jeeping/ATVs
male beauty pageant
□ New Student Retreat □ O’Malley’s Alley – lip syncing contest
national leadership honor society
□ Paragon – literary magazine
□ Pre-Health Club
□ Senior Banquet
□ Residence Hall Association
□ Mountain Biking
□ Spring Retreat
□ Sixth Man –
□ Natural Hot Springs
□ Talent Show
□ Student Athletic Advisory Committee
□ Sand Dunes
□ Sigma Tau Delta –
□ Snowmobiling □ Snowshoeing □ Whitewater Rafting □ Winter Camping
□ Tigerball □ Ultimate Frisbee ®
supporters of CCU athletics
□ Rock Climbing □ Skiing/Snowboarding
□ Sand Volleyball
honor society for English students
□ Trash Club □ Veritas –
□ Worship – Arts Club
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ATHLETICS For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes. - Romans 1:16
CCU is an NCAA Division-II school in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, one of the largest and most competitive conferences in the nation. The University is also a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA). In recent news, the Cougars advanced to the NCAA basketball national tournament, NCAA golf super regionals, and the NCCAA basketball and baseball national championships. CCU is also a four-time winner of the RMAC Sportsmanship Cup since the award was established in 2006.
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WHO SAYS COLLEGE ATHLETES AREN'T MISSIONAL?
Instead of sun and surf for spring break, members of the CCU menâ€™s soccer team got bricks and mortar. The guys volunteered with an organization that spent 10 days in Nicaragua constructing a classroom for the Eben-Ezer School, located in rural San Isidro. With only six classrooms, a miniscule budget, and nearly 500 elementary and high-school students, the school was in bad shape. With the help of six local craftsmen, the volunteers mixed concrete, dug and set foundations, and built walls brick by brick. As the guys prepared to return home, the entire community lined up to shake their hands and hug each team member.
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ATHLETICS WOMEN’S SPORTS
*Basketball Cross Country Golf Soccer *Softball Tennis *Volleyball
MEN’S SPORTS Baseball Basketball* Cross Country Golf Soccer Tennis
*Varsity and JV
ACCOLADES In the inaugural year of women’s softball, CCU’s team reached the championship game of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament and earned an invite to compete in the NCAAs. They scored a regional victory before bowing out.
CCU’s women’s basketball team defeated Cedarville to win the National Christian College Athletic Association championship in 2012, after a Cinderella-run as the eighth and lowest seed.
PLAY TO WIN.
BUT PLAY MOS T OF ALL TO HONOR GOD, OUR AUDIENCE OF ONE.
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MINISTRY Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. - Matthew 28:19-20
God has a bold and unique calling for each CCU studentâ€“maybe in business, or teaching or medicineâ€“but first, He boldly calls every student to serve. Part of earning your degree at CCU includes completing 180 ministry hours. Service is not an afterthought, but an intentional and vibrant act of worship to the Lord.
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How can you use your
TO IMPACT PEOPLE’S LIVES?
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It has been estimated that CCU students log a combined total of over 35,000 volunteer hours each year, mostly through ministries & mission trips. To make a difference in someone’s life you need to get your hands dirty and see life on their terms: to serve them as Christ did. From reaching the homeless downtown to redefining Jesus on Colorado’s ski slopes, we are serious about spreading the gospel through word and deed. Even more, CCU2theWorld empowers students to create and lead trips anywhere from Utah to Uganda, engaging God’s creation and using your talents and passions in the process.
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RECENT CCU MISSION TRIPS:
ON-CAMPUS & LOCAL MINISTRIES • Bella Joy Campaign (working to end human trafficking) • Chapel Services • Discipleship Small Groups • Sojourners (homeless ministry) • Snappers (nursing homes) • Refugee Ministry • Freedom Ministry (at risk youth) • Young Life • Connections (handicapped children)
Alaska Australia Austria Bhutan Bolivia California China Colorado Costa Rica Ecuador Estonia France Guatemala Honduras Illinois India Japan Kazakhstan Kosovo Louisiana Massachusetts Mexico Michigan Montana Mozambique Nepal Netherlands New Mexico (Navajo Reservation) New York Nicaragua Peru Poland Romania Russia South Africa Spain Thailand Turkey Uganda Ukraine United Kingdom Utah Zambia Zimbabwe
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ALUMNI Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us. - Ephesians 3:20
Want to know the impact of a college? Look at its alumni. From educators to entrepreneurs to evangelists, CCU is a place where our alumni grew as whole people, while gaining direction and purpose from Godâ€™s dynamic call. Where is God leading you?
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JENNIFER HILZER, ’04, ’10, Greg Stier, in Youth 1988 Jennifer is B.A. currently a Ministry, facilitator with Disney University World. Her Greg grew at up Walt in oneDisney of Denver’s toughest undergraduate degree in communication and neighborhoods, living in fear in a family of hard graduate degree in curriculum and instruction partiers and prison inmates. Now he’s prepared president from Colorado Christian University andwith founder Dareand 2 Share, one of the her the ofskills confidence thatnation’s have contributed to her success. boldest teen-outreach organizations.
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Major: Liberal Arts Minor: Elementary Education Licensure Charity now teaches at the same school where she student-taught, South Lakewood Elementary School. She was recently honored with the Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year Award in honor of her influence in the lives of students. What advice do you have for someone considering a teaching career? CCU’s program places you into a local classroom to gain valuable field experience—maybe even during your first semester. With 800 hours of field experience to log before you graduate, start as soon as possible. Your professors are there to help you, so ask questions, participate in class, and have fun learning. Do you feel like CCU prepared you for your job? Yes, I had wonderful professors who were knowledgeable and up-to-date in teaching strategies. We did a lot of handson learning that prepared us for the classroom in realistic ways—going through lesson plans, sharing ideas, preparing evaluation rubrics, and more. My student teaching even led to a great job!
Major: Youth Ministry Matt is a high school youth pastor at Cherry Hills Community Church. He teaches and disciples students, leads events, builds partnerships with local schools and organizations, and mentors youth program interns. How did CCU prepare you for a career in youth ministry? CCU gave me plenty of opportunities to learn, serve, and grow. My training provided me with a foundation in how to care for an increasingly troubled and wounded youth culture that is desperate for truth and the authentic Gospel message. What advice would you give to a student considering this career? Take theology seriously and be sure of your calling to ministry. Students and families need caring, knowledgeable leaders to point them toward Christ, so examine your life and doctrine well. Work hard, think hard, and explore the wonder and power of God through His Word. Trust that the Lord has a plan for you, and that He will form and shape you to be useful in His hands.
Major: Business Administration Minor: Finance Michael is a financial analyst for IBM Global Business Services, where he consults alongside experts to make customers more profitable and competitive. His work is project-based and includes frequent travel. How did CCU prepare you for your career? CCU prepared me intellectually and as a disciple of Christ to the corporate world. I developed critical thinking skills, was trained to be an effective public speaker, and had a wealth of real-world experience. CCU is a small school, but that didn’t prevent me from getting into a Fortune 500 company. We need more Christian leaders in the corporate world, and this is a great place to start that journey. What advice would you give to a student considering this career? Commit to each of your classes and take advantage of every learning opportunity. Set high goals and don’t sell yourself short. Learn to take initiative, become a strong communicator, and adapt quickly to new and changing environments.
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Major: Global Studies Minor: Leadership Studies Louellen currently serves as the East Texas Regional Director for United States Senator John Cornyn. She completed a master’s degree in International Affairs at the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University in May 2010. How did CCU prepare you for your graduate studies? The classes in CCU’s global studies program are unique, suited to all interests, and have excellent instructors. Because we explored the effect of religion on international affairs, my education gave me an advantage in a secular environment, where some of my classmates overlook the impact that religion has on our field. What advice would you give to students considering careers in international affairs? You are going to encounter different ideas in the world, so learn about them now. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or to fail—making mistakes now will help you be ready when it counts. Study abroad even if only for a short time, but the Denver area also offers many opportunities to get involved with international organizations.
Major: Worship Arts Justin is the worship arts pastor at The Sanctuary Downtown, an interdenominational church in Denver. He helps plan weekly services, coordinates and rehearses worship teams, and researches, writes, and arranges music. Do you feel like CCU prepared you for this? It’s been said that music ministry is 10 percent music and 90 percent leading and loving people. In my experiences, that has definitely been true. At CCU, I received excellent musical training, but I also learned how to manage people, communicate, and deal with a variety of challenges particular to full-time ministry. What advice do you have for students interested in music ministry? Take as many Bible classes as you can. It’s important to establish a spiritual foundation for your musical leadership. Strengthen your singing voice, learn to play many instruments, and spend time learning about different music styles, traditions, and worship practices. The broader your abilities and knowledge become, the more people you will impact.
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Life Directions Center
CCU’s Life Directions Center (LDC) is a one-ofa-kind student resource. You’ll be assigned an LDC advisor who will walk beside you during your four years here. Your advisor will help you explore your talents and passions, and what majors and careers are a good match. Most importantly, they’ll help you understand the spiritual side to all of it. It’s not just about finding the right major—it’s about discerning where God is taking your life, and equipping you for it.
CCU enjoys a very low crime rate and is monitored 24/7 by a staff of security officers who patrol campus, man a call center, and respond to student needs. The campus is also located just a few blocks from the Lakewood Police Department and West Metro Fire and Rescue. For a look at CCU’s crime stats, visit: www.ccu.edu/studentlife/security/stats.asp
The Counseling Center offers Christ-centered services to encourage health and wellness among students, and to assist in problem resolution and crisis intervention. Services are free to students and are directed by full-time, licensed professionals.
FACTS & STATS ABOUT CCU Over 4,000 undergrad and graduate students attend CCU, including 956 traditional undergrad students. Over 60% of traditional undergrad students live on campus. CCU students come from 49 states. 47% of traditional, first-time freshmen are from out of state. CCU was founded in 1914 as Denver Bible Institute. The average class size is 14, with an 8:1 student-faculty ratio. CCU has 58 full-time faculty members, and five are former (or current) Fulbright Scholars. Almost $24 million in federal aid was awarded to CCU students for the 2010-2011 school year. 95% of CCU’s traditional undergrad students qualify for some form of financial aid, with 53% qualified for need-based aid. The average high school GPA of CCU freshman is 3.5. The average SAT score (math, reading, writing) of CCU freshmen is 1601. The average composite ACT score of CCU freshmen is 23.7.
A licensed, registered nurse is available to diagnose and treat minor illnesses and make medical referrals. Some lab tests, blood samples, shots, and vaccinations can also be administered at the campus clinic. A KaiserPermanente medical facility is also located just two blocks from campus.
All classes at CCU are taught by faculty members, not graduate assistants. All classrooms feature the fastest wireless service available. CCU offers associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees.
Information Systems & Technology Services
• 100% wireless, high-speed network coverage • Technology-enabled classrooms • Computer labs and public workstations • E-mail • Secure file storage on CCU's online, worldwide network • Live technical support 34 | Viewbook
CCU provides students with a variety of network, phone, computing, and printing services that include:
TRADITIONAL UNDERGRADUATE COSTS (2011-12) Full-Time Tuition: $23,520 per year Room and Board: $9,640 per year (varies) Student Fees: $350 per year CCU’S ANNUAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS*: First-time freshmen enrolling in 2012-13 $44,000
Trustees’ Scholarship ($11,000 per year) President’s Scholarship ($9,000 per year) $32,000 Deans’ Scholarship ($8,000 per year) $20,000 Honors Scholarship ($5,000 per year) $36,000
*For up to eight semesters.
ADMISSION Colorado Christian University welcomes your application. For specific instructions and to apply online, visit www.ccu.edu/admissions WHAT WE LOOK FOR: Colorado Christian University sets test scores and grade point averages as its minimum level of acceptance. Normally, the minimum requirements are a 21 on the ACT, 1500 on the SAT, 2.8 GPA in high school and a strong pastoral recommendation and essay response. Students who do not meet these minimum requirements are encouraged to apply and the University will consider their acceptance under a committee review process which may include a personal interview. FINANCIAL AID Depending on your family’s financial status, you may be eligible to receive CCU scholarships, a work-study job, or one or more forms of government aid. Go to www.ccu.edu/finaid to see what aid you qualify for. Check out the Financial Aid Estimator while you’re there, and click the Financial Aid Questions link to watch short video clips on financial-aid topics. FILE YOUR FAFSA: Go to www.fafsa.ed.gov and complete your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Enter CCU’s code (009401) when prompted. The information you provide on your FAFSA will be used to determine your family’s expected financial contribution toward your education, as well as what government aid you are eligible for. This amount will be the same no matter where you enroll.
Colorado Christian University welcomes applications for admission and financial aid from all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, age, handicap, or national and ethnic origin in its admission policies, scholarship and financial aid programs, or other educational programs, policies, and activities.
The priority-consideration deadline for all CCU admission and financial-aid applications is March 1.
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I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. - Philippians 3:14
Colorado Christian University's 2012 Viewbook for College of Undergraduate Studies