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 120 members in North America and 55 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. 116 intentionally Christ-centered institutions of higher education in the U.S. qualify for membership in the CCCU, representing a distinct segment of the nations 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, non-profit campuses out of over 4,000 degree-granting institutions of higher education.

Member Characteristics

  • Strong commitment to Christ-centered higher education
  • Located in the U.S. or Canada
  • Full regional accreditation (U.S. campuses)
  • Primarily four-year comprehensive colleges and universities
  • Broad curricula rooted in the arts and sciences
  • Christians hired for all full-time faculty and administrative positions
  • Sound finances

Affiliate Characteristics

  • Strong commitment to Christ-centered higher education
  • Any level of postsecondary education
  • Located anywhere in the world

Members, Affiliates & the CCCU at a Glance

Member Campuses 119

  • Locations: 32 states, 3 Canadian provinces
  • Total student enrollment: 348,420+
  • Undergraduate majors offered: 350+
  • Graduate majors offered: 150+
  • Number of full and part-time faculty: 25,120+
  • Number of alumni: 1.7 million

Affiliate Campuses 55

  • Locations: 20 countries
    (Australia, Bolivia, Canada, Ghana, Haiti, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Kenya, Lithuania, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea, Taiwan, Uganda, United Kingdom and United States of America)
  • Total student enrollment: 100,000+



  • Full-time Council employees: 72
  • Formally appointed volunteer leaders: 118
  • Students in CCCU semester programs 2011-12: 646


CCCU Finances

In addition to membership dues and program fees, the Council is funded by numerous foundations, businesses and individuals. View the CCCU 2011-2012 audit.

CCCU Revenue

Membership Dues 10%
Student Programs 78%
Conferences 4%
Donations, Grants, & Special Initiatives 1%
Other Revenue 7%

CCCU Expenses

General Administration 16%
Student Programs 73%
Conferences 4%
Grants & Special Initiatives 1%
Other Expenses 6%

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 telecommunications conference center, guest suite and fitness center. Offices for student programs staff and the facilities for the CCCUs American Studies Program are in adjacent buildings. The Council most recently added a building to house the new Washington Journalism Center. The Council also owns facilities in 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: