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Admission Application Requirements for International Students

CCU desires to offer the benefits of a Christ-centered education to students from different countries around the world and invites 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 and enrollment process!

As an international student you will be required to go through a two-step process to be enrolled at CCU.

During the first step, you will demonstrate your academic ability to study at CCU by receiving acceptance from CCU's Admissions Office. To apply for acceptance you will need to complete the CCU Application (see Steps to Apply). Before starting an application, please review the minimum entry standards for CCU College of Undergraduate Studies.

  • 3.0 High School GPA or 3.0 college GPA (if you have taken at least 15 college credits)
  • Optional for 2022-23 and 2023-24 academic years*: 22 ACT composite score or 1110 New SAT; you may also submit a CLT score. The ACT or SAT is not required for transfer students that have at least 15 hours of college credit.
  • TOEFL PBT Score of 550, or TOEFL IBT Score of 80 with subject scores of: Reading – 20, Listening – 20, Speaking – 20 OR IELTS Academic Score of 6.5 with subject scores of: Reading – 6.5, Listening – 6.5, Writing – 6.5, Speaking – 6.5
  • A strong spiritual recommendation
  • Application essay responses

Colorado Christian University accepts CLT examination results as an alternative to the ACT. Students can utilize a concordance to source an ACT equivalent to the CLT score as a point of reference for scholarship estimation. CCU will take the highest scored exam submitted to determine merit scholarship eligibility. NCAA regulations require that potential student-athletes must still take the ACT/SAT at an approved location to become eligible to participate in NCAA sports — CLT scores are not accepted for student-athletes.

If you receive acceptance from CCU's Admissions Office, you can then move to the second step of the enrollment process. This requires you to receive clearance from CCU's International Student Services Coordinator (ISSC) before studying at the University. In order to receive clearance from CCU's ISSC, you will need to complete the following.

  • Receive acceptance from CCU's Admissions Office
  • Request and receive a University issued I-20
  • Demonstrate the financial ability to pay for one year of college and college related expenses

Please note, the priority application deadline for financial aid and scholarship consideration is April 1st for the fall semester and October 21st for the spring semester. Additionally, if you have not been accepted by June 17 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester, you will not be eligible for enrollment in the corresponding semester.

How to apply for admission

  1. Complete your Application for Admission , including essays
  2. Pay the Application processing fee
  3. Request your Spiritual Recommendation from a Pastor, Youth Pastor, Youth Worker, or Spiritual Mentor. (This form cannot be completed by a family member.) 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. For high school transcripts, request the GPA be verified, and upon completion, request both the final GPA, and the degree completion date to be verified. For college transcripts, request that all grades and credit totals be verified. If you are currently enrolled in classes, please request that a final transcript be mailed upon graduation or completion of coursework.
  5. Optional for 2022-23 and 2023-24 academic years*: Submit your Official ACT, SAT, or CLT test scores. CCU's ACT code is 0523 and our SAT code is 4659. To submit your CLT score, send your score directly to ccuadmissons@ccu.edu. International transfer applicants who have completed 15 or more semester hours of college course work do not need to submit test scores.
  6. Submit your Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 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 website. International students may be eligible for institutional financial aid and awards, but are not eligible for federal financial aid.

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.

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

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

CCU Test-Optional Policy

Colorado Christian University has implemented a test-optional policy for the 2022-23 and 2023-24 academic years.. This will allow most freshman applicants the option to be considered for admission without submission of ACT, SAT or CLT scores. The Office of Undergraduate Admission is able to evaluate most applicants for admission with or without the use of test scores by reviewing the rigor of high school coursework, written essays, and spiritual recommendation. However, to qualify for a Distinguished Achievement or Trustees' scholarship, a standardized test score is required. See our Scholarships page for more information.


Steps to Enrollment
Student Visa Requirements
Obtaining your F-1 Visa

Please follow the listed steps and download the International Student Immigration Guide (PDF).

  1. After receiving acceptance to CCU, you will need to complete the I-20 Request form and submit it to the ISSC in the Life Directions Center. The I-20 Request must be initiated within 7 days of your acceptance. Once the request is initiated you will have 28 days to complete the process. If the I-20 request is not completed in 28 days, the status of the request will be terminated, and you will not eligible for enrollment at CCU.
  2. As part of the I-20 Request you will need to demonstrate the ability to pay for one year of college and college expenses. In order to demonstrate your financial preparedness to attend CCU, a Verification of Funds form will need to be completed and submitted to the ISSC. You will be required to submit a notarized bank statement showing adequate funds, and further guarantee the proposed funds are dedicated the financial costs of attending CCU.
  3. When all of your paperwork (admission application/documents, I-20 request, and verification of funds) has been submitted to the ISSC, it will be reviewed and the ISSC will determine if you are eligible to receive an I-20 from CCU
  4. If granted an I-20, you will then be responsible for paying the SEVIS I-901 fee on the 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. Please note, receiving an I-20 from CCU does not guarantee that the U.S. Embassy will grant you an F-1 VISA. Receiving an F-1 VISA is required to study at CCU.
  6. After receiving an F-1 Visa, contact the ISSC in the Life Directions Center. You will then start the enrollment process for classes.

International Payments: Please contact the Office of Financial Aid or email studentpayments@ccu.edu to discuss international payment method options.


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