• International Students

    International Students: Applying to CCU

    College of Undergraduate Studies

    CCU wants to make the benefits of a Christ-centered education available to students from different countries around the world. That’s why CCU encourages international students to apply for admission. In order to help you through this process, we have outlined international student admissions procedures and requirements specific to international applicants. We look forward to getting to know you and serving you throughout the admission process!

    International Student Requirements

    As an international student, you must meet regular entrance requirements and follow standard application procedures. In addition, you will need to demonstrate the ability to understand college-level English. All non-native English speaking undergraduate students must achieve a minimum score of 550 or better on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

    If you are admitted on a student visa you must be enrolled for at least twelve semester hours of credit. In order to work off campus, international students must meet with the International Student Coordinator at CCU to obtain permission from the United States Immigration authorities. International students may be eligible for institutional financial aid and awards, but are not eligible for federal financial aid.

    The priority application deadline for financial aid and scholarship consideration is April 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester. However, CCU will continue to accept applications after these deadlines until our enrollment capacity is reached.

    Admission Requirements

    CCU sets test scores and grade point averages as our minimum level of acceptance for traditional undergraduate students. Normally, the minimum requirements for admission are:

    • 2.8 High School GPA;
    • 21 ACT composite score or 1500 SAT score;
    • A strong spiritual recommendation; and
    • Application essay responses

    Students who do not meet these minimum requirements are encouraged to apply and the University will consider their application under a committee review process which may include a personal interview. Factors such as essay content, recommendation content, and extracurricular activity all contribute to an individual admission decision.

    Steps to Apply

    1. Complete your Application for Admission, including essays
    2. Application processing fee
    3. Request your Spiritual Recommendation from a Pastor, Youth Pastor, Youth Worker, or Spiritual Mentor. This form should be completed by someone outside your family who can speak to your Christian testimony and growth. After starting your application for admissions, click on the START link under Recommendation Requests. This will send the online recommendation form to your recommender.
    4. Request official transcripts from your high school and/or any colleges you have attended. Contact one of the Evaluators of Foreign Education for evaluation of your transcripts. If you are currently enrolled, please request that a final transcript be mailed upon graduation or completion of coursework.
    5. Submit your Official ACT and/or SAT test scores. Applicants who have completed fewer than 30 semester hours of college coursework must submit official ACT or SAT scores
      CCU's ACT code is 0523 and our SAT code is 4659. Students who do not submit ACT scores and students who present any ACT subject score lower than 20 will be required to complete academic placement testing on campus. International transfer applicants who have completed less than 30 semester hours of college course work must submit official ACT or SAT scores.
    6. Submit your Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score if your primary language is not English.
    7. The Office of Admission reserves the right to request additional information as deemed necessary to make a selection decision. CCU will make an admission decision when all application materials are received, and we'll contact you within two weeks of your application submission to let you know our decision.
    8. For more information on financial aid for international students and searching for scholarships, visit the financial aid Web site.

    Send all transcripts, recommendations, test scores, and other correspondence to:

    Colorado Christian University
    Office of Admission
    8787 W Alameda Ave
    Lakewood, CO 80226

    Student Visa Requirements

    Steps for Obtaining your F-1 Visa

    1. Once you are accepted for admission to CCU, you will need to complete the I-20 Request form (PDF) and submit it to the International Student Services Coordinator (ISSC) in the Life Directions Center.
    2. Demonstrate the ability to pay for one year of expenses before admission. You must complete the Verification of Funds form (PDF) for this purpose. You will be required to submit a bank statement showing adequate funds on deposit or provide a statement from an American citizen guaranteeing payment of expenses. Complete the Verification of Funds form and submit to the ISSC in the Life Directions Center.
    3. When all of your paperwork has been submitted to the ISSC, and if you meet all of the financial requirements, your I-20 will be issued and sent to you.
    4. You will then be responsible for paying the SEVIS I-901 fee on the U.S. U.S. Immigration website. The government requires this fee (and a copy of the receipt) in order for the student to legally cross the border into the U.S. for study purposes.
    5. Set up an appointment with the U.S. Embassy in your country for your F-1 VISA interview.

    Getting Started

    New Applicants

    Your first step in applying to CCU is to Create an Account. The information from this secure account will automatically be entered on your online application, simplifying the process to complete the application.

    Application in Progress?

    If you previously started an admission application, Log In to your Account to access your saved application.

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    Fax: 303-963-3201

    Email: ccuadmissions@ccu.edu