On CCU's 100-year anniversary in 2014, former CCU President Bill Armstrong shared stories about the University's history.

A Historical Perspective of Colorado Christian University

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 10,000 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.

CCU Heritage Institutions

Denver Bible Institute • Denver Bible College • Rockmont • Western Bible Institute • Western Bible College • Colorado Baptist Junior College • Colorado Baptist University • Colorado Christian College • Colorado Christian University