Skip to comments.How One of U.S.'s Most Conservative Colleges Bloomed in Liberal Denver
Posted on 09/10/2018 6:31:47 AM PDT by cutty
Denver is widely regarded to be among the more liberal major cities in the United States. But it's also home to Colorado Christian University, which the research website Niche just ranked the seventh-most-conservative American college and it's among the fastest-growing, too.
"We've had nine years of record enrollment at Colorado Christian University," says Jeff Hunt, CCU's vice president of public policy and director of the Centennial Institute, the branch that puts on the annual Western Conservative Summit. "And a lot of that has to do with the fact that we're unapologetically Christian and conservative. People know exactly what they're getting here, and it's driving our enrollment numbers to record heights."
CCU hosts about 1,400 enrollees on its Lakewood campus, in addition to just shy of 7,000 who take online courses, and the college is currently constructing a new residence hall to accommodate the influx. As Hunt puts it, "We're in a building boom."
When it comes to conservatism, the school trails only two arms of Brigham Young University (one in Utah, the other in Idaho), Ohio's Cedarville University and Franciscan University of Steubenville, South Carolina's Bob Jones University, and first-place finisher Liberty University in Lynchberg, Virginia
Hunt describes Colorado Christian University's overall philosophy as "thoughtful conservatism" in the tradition of scholars from the past such as Russell Kirk, Edmund Burke and William F. Buckley
Hunt, who's also among the state's most vocal marijuana critics, feels the latest generation of young conservatives is looking for a saner setting to pursue higher education. And he feels they'll find one at Colorado Christian University.
"We're recognized as Christian first and conservative next," he says. "I think those two go hand in hand with our identity. And the more we embrace those two identities, the bigger our attendance grows."
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Giving the people what they want...what a concept.
All of Colorado used to be very conservative, and has been the home of choice for numerous Christian ministries. This might be why Satan has attacked it so viciously over the past couple of decades.
Great company to be associated with! My family has either attended or taught in three on that list. But I would add at least two more to this list:
Technically, CCUniversity is in Lakewood, Colorado which is a suburb of Denver. At one time, Denver was doing forced bussing to achieve racial blending. What is now Lakewood was then in unincorporated Jefferson County. The residents feared they would be annexed into Denver and forced into forced bussing. Thus, they created their own town of Lakewood to escape from Denver.
That’s great, but so many of these small Christian colleges are horribly expensive, and people still graduate with useless liberal arts degree. Something has to change for people to be able to prepare for a real career without going into debt for thousands of dollars.
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