News: CCU 5th Fastest-Growing University

CCU Online graduate with family at Commencement

CCU Named a Fastest-Growing University for 7th Year

The Chronicle of Higher Education Ranks CCU as 5th Fastest-Growing College or University in Private, Nonprofit, Master's Degree Category

Colorado Christian University, the flagship Christian liberal arts university in the Rocky Mountain Region, was recently named the fifth fastest-growing college or university in the private, nonprofit, master's degree-granting category, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education's 2022-23 Almanac of Higher Education. It is the seventh consecutive year the University has held its position as one of the fastest-growing institutions of higher learning in the U.S.

"We are blessed to experience such tremendous growth," said Tim McTavish, CCU interim president. "Our growth is a testament to the high-quality education and college experience we provide students, both on campus and online. Each year, students come to CCU to pursue a Christ-centered environment where they can thrive inside the classroom and beyond."

In the 10 years ending in 2020 — the most recent period for which data is available — CCU experienced a 186.8% enrollment growth rate, bucking national trends of flat or declining enrollment numbers. The tremendous growth has been fueled by the rapid expansion of the University's College of Adult and Graduate Studies (also known as CCU Online), which has fully embraced technological advancements to provide top-tier education online to students around the world.

CCU Online has more than 8,000 students enrolled from all 50 states and internationally. These students are choosing CCU because of the University's unwavering values, the integration of faith and learning in every course that is offered, the flexibility of online learning, and the academic excellence for which CCU is known.

"Gone are the days where online education has a stigma of being subpar, or is just 'the next best thing' for those who cannot make it to the physical classroom on campus," said Allison Burkhart, vice president of Enrollment for the College of Adult and Graduate Studies. "As one of the top five innovative colleges in the West (U.S. News & World Report), CCU has leveraged its technology to develop effective online classrooms, highly engaging content, and experiences specifically designed for the online adult student."

CCU Online offers associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and certificate programs specifically designed to meet the needs of adult learners, consisting of both in-person and online classroom settings. The College of Undergraduate Studies (CUS) offers traditional undergraduate students degree options in business, liberal arts, music, sciences, theology, and pre-professional studies at CCU's main campus in Lakewood, Colorado. In total, the University serves 9,833 students between its two colleges. The Almanac ranking is based on data from fall headcounts of full-time and part-time undergraduate and graduate students at private, nonprofit, master's degree-granting institutions with at least 500 students. For more information about The Almanac of Higher Education, visit

To learn more about Colorado Christian University visit