In the early 1950s, Christian universities in mainland China were shut down as a result of the communist takeover. Many young people had come to Hong Kong and wished to continue their studies in the territory. By then there was only one university - The University of Hong Kong - with a medium of instruction in the English. It was difficult for secondary school graduates in mainland China to further their studies.
There are 61 Departments in Chung Chi College, providing approximately 54 Major and 46 Minor courses. All students must belong to one of the faculties within the Chinese University of Hong Kong, namely the Faculty of Art, Faculty of Business Administration, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Social Science and Faculty of Law. Chung Chi College is the only college that provides the subject of Music and Theology in CUHK.