CCCU Profile

The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) is an international association of intentionally Christ-centered colleges and universities. Founded in 1976 with 38 members, the Council has grown to 115 members in North America and 65 affiliate institutions in 20 countries. The CCCU is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in the historic Capitol Hill district of Washington, D.C.

CCCU Mission

To advance the cause of Christ-centered higher education and to help our institutions transform lives by faithfully relating scholarship and service to biblical truth.

Our Place in U.S. Higher Education

Our membership comprises one of the fastest growing sectors in higher education. 141 intentionally Christ-centered institutions of higher education in the U.S. have found common cause in the mission of the CCCU (112 as members, 29 as affiliates and theological affiliates) representing a distinct segment of the nation's 900 religiously affiliated colleges and universities. According to the U.S. Department of Education, CCCU members are counted with approximately 1,600 other private, four-year, nonprofit campuses out of over 4,000 degree-granting institutions of higher education. 

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Member Characteristics

  • Strong commitment to Christ-centered higher education
  • Located in the U.S. or Canada
  • Regional accreditation or AAUC membership
  • Broad curricula rooted in the arts & sciences
  • Christians hired for all full-time faculty and administrative positions
  • Sound finances
  • Non-profit 

Affiliate Characteristics

  • North American affiliates are non-profit institutions with Christian missions but do not share all characteristics of member institutions. 
  • Theological affiliates are accredited seminaries and Bible colleges that do not offer curricula rooted in the arts and sciences. 

Members, Affiliates & the CCCU at a Glance

Member and Affiliate Campuses: 180

  • North American locations: 34 states, 6 Canadian provinces
  • Total student enrollment: 450,000+
  • Undergraduate majors offered: 350+
  • Graduate majors offered: 150+
  • Number of full and part-time faculty: 30,000+
  • Number of alumni: 1.8 million
  • Locations: 20 countries
    (Australia, Bolivia, Canada, Dominican Republic, Ghana, Haiti, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Kenya, Lithuania, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan, Uganda, United Kingdom and United States of America)


  • Council employees: 65
  • Formally appointed volunteer leaders: over 100
  • Students in CCCU BestSemester programs 2013-14: 530

CCCU Facilities

The CCCU is headquartered on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. It houses offices for the president, campus programs, communications and finance and administration; as well as a conference center, guest suite and fitness center. Offices for student programs staff and the facilities for the CCCU's American Studies Program is in an adjacent building. The CCCU also owns facilities in Nashville, Tennessee, for its Contemporary Music Center, Oxford, England, for its Oxford programmes and San Jose, Costa Rica, for its Latin American Studies Program. Spaces for the remaining student programs are leased by the CCCU.


The Council holds membership in the following associations: