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.

Contact information

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


Phone: 303-857-5782


Organization details

EIN: 840442429

CEO/President: Donald W. Sweeting, Ph.D.

Chairman: Gary E. Armstrong

Board size: 19

Founder: Clifton Fowler

Year founded: 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

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.

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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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating445 of 81757 of 100
Fund acquisition rating401 of 81748 of 100
Resource allocation rating537 of 81765 of 100
Asset utilization rating350 of 81742 of 100

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$7,377,371$8,706,318$13,346,412$11,340,892$6,573,025
Short-term investments$21,883,683$19,236,783$10,381,237$10,287,293$9,931,435
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$62,870,263$56,181,562$52,997,409$58,864,685$52,679,709
Long-term investments$5,396,376$8,579,182$6,886,718$7,223,844$8,411,916
Fixed assets$117,719,185$92,136,718$90,393,277$68,430,818$64,235,584
Other long-term assets$6,086,177$7,613,552$2,955,159$4,443,817$2,286,454
Total long-term assets$129,201,738$108,329,452$100,235,154$80,098,479$74,933,954
Total assets$192,072,001$164,511,014$153,232,563$138,963,164$127,613,663
Payables and accrued expenses$4,547,997$5,410,566$3,488,412$3,673,034$4,940,790
Other current liabilities$4,898,107$9,469,050$6,490,149$7,350,416$3,556,619
Total current liabilities$9,446,104$14,879,616$9,978,561$11,023,450$8,497,409
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$5,005,337$1,229,617$3,580,807$2,023,936$4,527,605
Total long-term liabilities$54,574,863$36,121,580$40,514,522$39,656,630$37,460,238
Total liabilities$64,020,967$51,001,196$50,493,083$50,680,080$45,957,647
Net assets20192018201720162015
Temporarily restricted$16,333,041$11,984,114$8,702,174$6,292,446$5,431,737
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$128,051,034$113,509,818$102,739,480$88,283,084$81,656,016
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$9,594,786$7,261,227$9,546,133$7,355,329$19,911,663
Program service revenue$106,112,765$105,833,885$98,916,122$82,614,766$71,233,400
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$7,755,737$1,388,542($199,997)$107,446$252,328
Other revenue$62,174$66,531$84,817$84,650($516,058)
Total other revenue$113,930,676$107,288,958$98,800,942$82,806,862$70,969,670
Total revenue$123,525,462$114,550,185$108,347,075$90,162,191$90,881,333
Program services$88,392,407$84,172,771$76,468,981$65,560,131$59,958,748
Management and general$19,378,566$18,038,261$15,547,974$15,988,614$12,275,027
Total expenses$109,512,636$103,879,404$93,825,815$83,596,644$73,367,407
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Surplus (deficit)$14,012,826$10,670,781$14,521,260$6,565,547$17,513,926
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$14,012,826$10,670,781$14,521,260$6,565,547$17,513,926


donald sweetingPresident/CEO$322,173
daniel cohrsVP/CFO$227,879
shannon dreyfussvp campus development$196,132
jeffrey huntvp centennial institute$181,211
sarah scherlingvp academic affairs - cags$178,055
james mccormickvp student life$176,376
allison sieversvp cags enrollment$147,969
tim mctavishvice chair$12,000
thomas scheffelcorporate counsel/secretary$9,000

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2019

Response from ministry

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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 8,000 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.

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