Colorado Christian University Reviews

  • 33 Reviews
  • Lakewood (CO)
  • Annual Tuition: $33,434
100% of 33 students said this degree improved their career prospects
67% of 33 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Cindy
  • Reviewed: 12/6/2022
  • Degree: Healthcare Administration
"This school gives so much false advertising! They present them self like this too good to be true and it is! The enrollment and getting accepted and getting started is to easy. But as soon as you no longer want to pursue it's Takes months to drop a classes and they do it on purpose so you have to pay for them. They take all your financial aid before you even being the course. And when I called to ask why all this is going on they give you the run around. Long story short: easy to enroll, exhausted and stressful to not continue even when I told them 2 weeks in that i don't want to pursue and didn't even do any classes!!! Now they won't give me any of my financial aid back! 1 class that I never took but too late to drop is costing me $1400. And I still owe$600 out of pocket! Save your Time, money and peace of mind. Don't apply. Too expensive."
A good decision
  • Reviewed: 11/23/2022
  • Degree: Theology
"An extremely good online Masters program that was excellent preparation for future opportunity in a PhD program. I had close faculty contact (and feedback), excellent textbooks and courses, and met lifelong friends. Online programs like this necessitate consistent interaction and investment, but CCU made this easy with small class sizes (They averaged 11!) and good access to professors email and text numbers. I earned an MA in a year and a half and had several options in ministry, chaplaincy, and future study. The program concentrated on writing skills and several strong essays of 8-20 pages which paved the way for future conference papers accepted and online publishing. I was extremely impressed and would recommend this Theological Studies program to anyone interested in Church History, Systematic Theology, Ethics, Aesthetics, and Doctrine!"
Marissa Johnston
  • Reviewed: 7/8/2022
  • Degree: Communications
"I would not recommend this school to anyone. I went from community college to here while still doing class work at my community college ( which I loved) . We had a recruiter come to my school and I thought I'd look into it. I talked to an advisor and she immediately got me signed up, which in theory sounds nice but red flag I did not know the cost of the class going into it, which I wish I would have. I was told discounts were still being applied and tried to figure financial aid out and my final bill .My previous school had all this figured out before someone enters class not after. I was rushed so fast into the class and while still attending to my other life commitments I tried to adjust and make sure I got the assignments in on time. I was also told this program was made for people whose had full time jobs and only one assignment was due a week which is not true! Billing was not made clear to say the least and having to put considerable effort into it along with everything else wasn't right. I was so rushed in and they were not upfront or transparent about the cost of the class given to me. Having just signed up I had minimal understanding of how to navigate there self service portal, where all your information is at. Now I owe $1,230 ( after "discounts" ) for a class that can NOT be transferred and was USELESS, it was basically an ORIENTATION class. I did not drop the class because I was trying to figure cost and how it all worked which I feel should have been shown to me in the beginning. Having attended community college before transferring and never having a problem indicates the problem is with this college. I wished I had known how they operate here which I do not feel is in the best interest of the students at all! All that matters here is getting money. I feel scammed. I would read reviews from https://www.gradreports.com/colleges/colorado-christian-university first before attending. I was looking forward to getting my degree here and growing spiritually instead all I got was a headache cheated. They were sneaky and deceptive and should not be representing the Christian faith!"
tammy
  • Reviewed: 8/1/2021
  • Degree: Small Business Management
"My first class was great! The instructor was amazing. Unfortunately that was the only good thing I can review. I was signed up for classes by my advisor without even getting to choose. I’ve had to withdraw from the second class due to husbands health and his father being very sick with cancer. His father passed away this past week. On numerous occasions I have reached out to counselors to try and navigate and figure out what to do. Not one call has been returned from Clay Haverty. Now my financial aid is being reviewed even though per the handbook I have reasons that are legitimate for not being able attend classes. In addition CCU withdrew me from my current class even though I technically haven’t missed more than a week. So, at this point I won’t be attending fall classes with CCU and will transfer to another University to finish my degree. I feel like CCU signs you up and then just takes your money. I’m pretty disappointed in the WHOLE experience at Colorado Christian University."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 3/25/2021
  • Degree: Education
"Do your research before you agree to join this program! I am a missionary wife and am having a very negative experience attending this school. Also, get documentation of everything that is promised! Don't rely on phone calls. Trust me, they will ignore your pleas for documentation and pressure you to take their phone calls. These will not protect you in case they don't keep their promises to you. Everything I write is from an ongoing experience right now. It is promised on their website that you can obtain this degree while keeping your full-time job. This is only true if you have a certain type of job. You will have more than one course of volunteer work. You will also have a semester long observation/practicum. They will not give you assistance or adequate time to prepare for this. I had the wrong type of job and was faced with the choice of quitting my job, my class, or getting fired by my boss for taking off to volunteer. In some cases you are only given one week to find volunteer work. If you withdraw because you will fail the class if you don't have a volunteer job by the deadline, you will owe the University money and have to take it over. This results in more student loan debt. Then you get more trapped because you can't withdraw from a class and transfer to another University because they will hold onto your transcript until you pay the money for the class you couldn't find volunteer work for. There is no consideration of how the pandemic has affected the search process for finding volunteer work. There is no consideration for how organizations teach. The class requirements are not flexible. You must teach according to their teaching strategies and not the volunteer organizations. Be sure and ask ahead of time how many classes require volunteer work. Unless you have the perfect job for this degree, you will need time to look for a place to volunteer. They don't give adequate notice to look. Also, you will not be given a letter from the University to attach to your resume of class volunteer requirements. This makes potential volunteer organizations upset. But the University will insist that you only give phone numbers of University staff in case they have questions. No one will give you documented answers to most of your questions. You will be forced to make phone calls for communication. Your emails will be passed on because the staff won't answer your questions because they don't know the answers. You will notice that your emails were passed on after and not before they tell you in most cases. So be sure and use the privacy option on your emails so they can't be passed on. It took me too long to find that feature. Organization of simple things such as links to necessary forms sometimes don't work and there was even a discussion forum of people trying to get the correct form for a few weeks once. The program is very poorly organized. Each class feels like you are studying the same thing over and over. After a few classes you are no longer learning anything new. You are just learning the same thing with a different textbook. Sometimes the same textbook is used more than once for classes. And it's to teach the same thing that was taught with that textbook in a previous class. While I would give the undergraduate psychology program five stars, I would give this one a zero. In the undergraduate program, they care about you and send you long e-mails of encouragement, prayers, and scripture. They will also follow up if you are struggling. They don't demand you call them. They also have a good academic program that is outstanding. This graduate program is the other extreme. If you do not fit their perfect stereotype of a model student for their program, you will pay dearly. Their perfect students won't have to put in the effort you do and will sail through without a struggle. In fact they laugh in zoom meetings how easy it is for them while other silently suffer. One member of staff made me call and promised he would help me anytime. I reached out through email and he replied that he trusted I would work it all out myself. Another woman on staff called me and promised to help. Instead, she is strangely silent. Unless they change this program, don't join without research and documentation. If they don't back anything up with documentation, run as fast as you can now! Don't get trapped! They won't help you and you will drown unless you learn how to swim on your own."
Ahren
  • Reviewed: 10/27/2020
  • Degree: Organizational Leadership
"I attended Colorado Christian University with big hopes (and promises) of learning from solid Christian leaders about how to lead people orientated organizations in Truth. While there was some good learning about leadership and real world applications of the bible today, the faculty of this school seems to hold their students to a much higher standard than they hold themselves. I was earnestly searching honest Christian mentorship, but at every turn it seems there was somebody standing in my way to discourage me. Maybe this was a test from God about how much I wanted it, but needless to say the leadership at this school was not very encouraging to my success. After promised help by the Career Services department, the head of the department all of a sudden called me a "job-hopper" and said he won't support that kind of behavior because he has a "reputation to uphold." I'm 40 years old, of course I'm going to have a few jobs under my belt, besides, I thought the real Christian reputation was to help fellow believers, not to just look out for yourself? I had other negative experiences with faculty at this school, but that was one instance that really got to me. I showed this man nothing but respect and he turned his back on me without even knowing me. I was honestly praying for a positive career experience for me and my family, but I got the door shut and locked in my face by someone that just decided to discard me. That one really hurt and is still with me. Some of the online classes had positive instructors, but for the most part they are just following a preloaded class template, and do not dive deep like they think they do. Professor involvement in the online threads in very minimal, if at all, and there are pretty much no virtual classrooms or face time with professors. If the professor does decide to do a virtual "check-in", it will typically be when they are working and have down time, like on a Tuesday at noon (I never had the opportunity to attend one). There is a very odd dynamic here with a "Liberal arts school" and a "Conservative-Good ole' Boy" vibe. This school, (I believe unintentionally), gave me the permission I needed to question Christianity. By the way, the Student Handbook that they are so fond of, gives a list of accepted Bible translations that are accepted by the university. It's odd that the King James is not on that list, however one of the books that is recommend as a course material is a Leadership Bible that is KJV. It was very odd here, their use of the term "Christian" needs to be taken with a large grain of salt, but if you have an open mind, a good attitude, and can think and stand up for yourself, you will navigate their labyrinth of inconsistencies and be stronger for it."
CGVORE
  • Reviewed: 8/3/2020
  • Degree: Communications
"CCU was overall a good experience. I felt like I grew in both real world as well as spiritual knowledge. I was even an RA on campus for a while and enjoyed how much effort the school put into created a close campus feel. I had gone there to study global studies and poly sci. However, my JR year my dad was involved in a serious accident. I decided to move home to help take care of him and made the switch to online. CCU made it incredibly difficult for me to switch, saying school wouldn't be easier just because I was going online. They had little understanding of my situation and made no efforts to do the "Christian" thing and help me. I really enjoyed my time and education on campus but as soon as I went online I was very disappointed with the way I was treated and the level of education I received for the amount I paid."
Cece Avat
  • Reviewed: 4/4/2020
  • Degree: English
"Colorado Christian University is an amazing college experience. The community within the student body is close connected and intimate. The faculty and staff are truly interested in getting to know you as an individual and want to help you succeed. They have so many resources that they make available to students. Personally, I have made many life longs friends during my college experience and my professors have helped to prepare me for my future career. I highly recommend this college to anyone who is looking for rigorous academics that will prepare them for real world experiences. Also if you are looking for a college with great community that will provide life long friendships, this is a great place to find both of those. The spiritual community at CCU is also incredible and really allow you to grow as an individual in your faith and providing opportunities to grow in different areas of your faith. My spiritual experience at CCU has been incredible and very formative. I have really made my faith my own and developed great relationships with people who are encouraging me to spiritually grow. No community is perfect, but the spiritual life at this college is one of the best. I highly recommend CCU to anyone who is looking for a solid Christian education."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 11/13/2019
  • Degree: Psychology
"I came to CCU believing God was calling me there, because CCU recruitment was amazing. Now that I have spent time here I regret spending lots of money to come to a school where I am extremely unhappy. Going to class is a waste of time, because all the professors do is read off the power point and that's it, no extra information, I could do that from home and be done with the class in 2 weeks if all I had to do was memorize a power point. You're also limited to the amount of days you can miss a class and that number is like 2 (depending on the professor because some don't have a limit) but I should be allowed to miss a class if I need to without being punished by my grade, I also pay for that class who are they to tell me I can't miss a class because of personal reasons. CCU does not take into consideration that we have lives outside CCU and do not need to spend every second of the day on campus. They also won't take a sick note unless it's from the campus nurse (who every time I pass by her office is never there) which makes it difficult for those who live off campus. They also don't care about their student safety. These past couple of weeks there has been an unusual amount of snow and unexpected snow, so in the mornings the roads are not plowed yet or sanded. But CCU says you still have to show up, which for commuters is dangerous especially when some commuters live 30 mins away and there commute time doubles. I mean government buildings will shut down due to the weather but CCU won't. And one of the days it snowed the worst the state patrol told people to stay off the roads and that places should close because it was so bad. But no CCU just had to stay open. I mean they don't even plow the sidewalks and the parking lot for students until later when it's already starting to melt. The professors here will penalize you for not doing something their way or if you have a different opinion than them. The worst experience I had with a professor is when she told me my essay was plagiarized, when it was a definition from the Webster dictionary (that she told us to use) and I cited my definition properly, yet she wanted to fail me when I gave credit and did what she asked. The students here are judgmental too, I had a discussion in one of my classes, and EVERY ONE was saying how they refuse to be friends with anyone who isn't christian. Which to me seems like un-christian behavior. You also have to go to events because they are required for classes, how are you supposed to complete homework if you're required to go to late night events. The WiFi is terrible, I always get kicked off while I am working. There is NO diversity here, if you are a minority you will get judged, I've gotten looks from professors, students, faculty. And the only minorities you will see here are the cleaning staff (which is cliche and typical and it get's on my nerves) In fact speaking about the minority faculty the other day I saw a white staff member talking to one of them, with the security guard, and I heard her say loudly that she was uncomfortable and needed to leave and the staff member sarcastically said "oh look we made her upset" to the security guard. Which was a terrible thing to witness because she looked really upset. If you're a minority here you will feel excluded. I also am taking literally the exact same classes I took in high school, I took those classes so I didn't have to take them in college but now all I am getting is repeating classes. CCU had good academics but overall the real experience with professors and student life have been a let down. It's been such a let down that I hate waking up to go to CCU. I suggest you really do your research on CCU before attending."
don'tattendccu
  • Reviewed: 11/13/2019
  • Degree: Business Administration
"Absolutely awful. The first couple semesters were okay. The enrollment process was simple, it was only after committed to the program that I was made aware that it was going to take over 3 years to complete my degree. The classes themselves have little real-world application, and there is a HEAVY focus on relating every assignment to the bible. My student service adviser was difficult to get in touch with and didn't make my options clear, which resulted in a substantial charge to my account. With that being said, the financial department does a good job and is pretty straightforward with how the finance side of the organization works. I do not recommend and wish I had never attended this school."
Keyana White
  • Reviewed: 9/23/2019
  • Degree: Biblical Studies
"If you are not caucasian, seek a degree elsewhere. I was an online student. The school can tell ethnicity by your name. The instructors will grade you according to that racial doctrine, yes they fix grades. The only way to get an honest evaluation of your progress at this school is by taking a quiz that's graded by a computer. The tuition at this private school is sky high. Simply put, I hate this school!"
Amy Emerson
  • Reviewed: 9/21/2019
  • Degree: Business Administration
"Colorado Christian University is a great school, and perfect for an adult. Their learning structure is one that aligns well with the life and mind of an adult student. It is an accelerated, 5-week per class program that requires one paper a week, consisting on average of 2-4 pages, until the final, which requires a few more pages. The subject matters are of real-world consequence and can be immediately applied. CCU understands that the adult student is not a full-time student; rather, they are part-time students that must fit schoolwork in to the chaos that parenting and/or full-time careers brings to life. Therefore, they do not waste time with frivolous busy work or topics that will not matter after the assignment is completed. They are very selective and considerate when they hire on faculty members, and it shows with the level of teaching and care that the instructors present. In addition, a Biblical perspective is applied to each assignment. As a Christian, I find this is a fascinating and wonderful thing, to see how Biblical principles can be applied to nearly every subject. Even more impressive is the fact that the student does not have to agree with the Biblical principle. I have seen many atheist students come back with high grade simply because they applied critical thinking and sounds arguments against the Bible. CCU encourages independent thought and provides a well-rounded and applicable program that is possible for the adult student."
Gabrielle Skrzypek
  • Reviewed: 5/23/2019
  • Degree: Biblical Studies
"Recieving my Bachelor's from Colorado Christian University was one of the best decisions I ever made. Before attending CCU, I had been a student at two other universities (that I really didn't feel very connected to) under several different majors. When I finally decided to pursue my degree in Biblical Studies, my first choice was CCU due to their amazing attendance options (in-seat, online, hybrid, etc.), incredibly affordable tuition model, and really focused semester-block system. Everyone from my entrance councelor to my student advisor was wonderfully helpful and supportive in getting me registered, enrolled, and connected with student aid. Once I was in my degree program, I found an incredible community. All of my professors were knowledgable, caring, passionate people who truly knew their fields and focuses, and believed in pushing the students to go deeper. They were quick to respond to questions, eager to explain the material, and understanding when life circumstances made school more challenging to keep up with. The students were equally as kind and insightful, and the community between all of us was truly a wonderful experience. As a fully online student, I always felt connected to and part of the school; which is not a statement I could honestly make of any of the other institutions I attended. Once I had graduated, I found employment very quickly and have felt very comfortable in how my schooling prepared me to keep pace with those older and more experienced than me. I honestly never thought I'd be the type of person to gush over my alma mater, but CCU is a school that's honestly worthy of it."
Becca141
  • Reviewed: 3/13/2019
  • Degree: Pre-Medicine
"GREAT school and professors. So far I have only had 2 or 3 professors that were not that great, but that is not bad out of 2 years of study. The financial aid department is top notch! The professors I have had are wonderful and caring and always available to help out. I love this school!"
Bishop
  • Reviewed: 1/21/2019
  • Degree: Special Education
"Colorado Christian University is a University that carries the name Christian but do not practice what they teach. I came to CCU seeking a second Master's in special education there is some professors here that have terrible attitudes and very bias. With hard work and much prayer I made it to my Student internship thinking and believing with my cooperating teacher that I was doing good just to receive a D- with out no warning or no room to correct what needed to be fix in this bias instructor. I was told to go on to my Student teaching during my appeal just to be denied and embarrassed. I do not recommend this college to no way because of the unprofessional and some of the professors are liars and hypocrites."
Brook
  • Reviewed: 8/9/2018
  • Degree: Human Resources
"I am in my first semester at CCU. So very not impressed. First I get a registration person who is not very good at answering questions in a timely manner if at all. Issues with financial aid as well as the book store. Now going into fourth week of classes find out they didn't take half my transfer credits after being told they are very generous about that. My student advisor has not returned my email from a week ago or bothered to return my phone call. She is supposed to send a welcome email to new students this week its Thursday Havnt seen that yet. Do your selves a favor don't enroll here feels like No one cares or takes their job seriously."
Kaylyn Edwards
  • Reviewed: 5/9/2018
  • Degree: Psychology
"I want to be honest in saying that a degree at Colorado Christian University comes with significantly more work than a general university, due to the demands of 180 "ministry hours" (volunteer work) before you graduate, and 180 verified chapel attendance points. It becomes very difficult to work, volunteer, attend chapel, and be a full-time student; especially if you have little to no familial financial support. But, I also want to say that I felt 100% prepared in the job force, and I secured a full-time position in my field with a non-profit organization's residential treatment center before I even graduated. I not once felt like I was under-prepared and if i had questions, I had amazing psychology professors that were willing to meet and pour their education, experience, and insight into me to help me better. My advice is know when to ask for help, and know when you are taking on too much; because it sets very high expectations. It's do-able, it's worth it, but it is very hard."
Chris
  • Reviewed: 1/17/2018
  • Degree: Biblical Studies
"I attended CCU and received my Bachelor's Degree. I am now at the same school and pursuing my Master's Degree. Going to CCU is easily one of the best decisions I have ever made. I attended, and continue to, online. You do need to be self-motivated to be an online student. If you follow through with the assignments you will be fine. I graduated Summa Cum Laude because of this. Every professor that I had did everything they could to provide the best experience. I have no bad experiences with any professor. The classes take place at a quick pace so you have to keep up with readings and assignments. I did notice that a lot of people have complained about receiving a financial aid refund. If you are on probation it will take 6 weeks to receive a refund. This happens when you first begin the school, or if you are on academic probation. However, if you are not on probation you will receive any refund in four weeks."
LR
  • Reviewed: 1/31/2017
  • Degree: Counseling
"Colorado Christian University was one of the best decisions I made when deciding on my future. The instructors are great and very knowledgeable not only with the course context; but they bring their personal experiences for the students to reflect on. The classroom size is not very overwhelming; especially, for being out of school for so long. The admin side of the house could use some improvements but that may be due to new staff and/or changes that has been occurring the past few months. Also, the program is not very diverse; however, I believe over time this stigma will go away. Overall, a wonderful school that I will recommend to others."
Katie
  • Reviewed: 1/31/2017
  • Degree: Biology
"This school was a great experience and a good education. I would choose it again. The professors are all incredibly helpful and knowledgeable, the class sizes are small. It's a good environment to actually learn what you're studying. They've done nothing but improve in the past few years."