Cincinnati Christian University

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Cincinnati Christian University
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Established 1924
Type Private
Affiliation Christian churches and churches of Christ
President Ken Tracy
Location Cincinnati, OH, USA
39°06′45″N 84°33′17″W / 39.112566°N 84.554684°W / 39.112566; -84.554684Coordinates: 39°06′45″N 84°33′17″W / 39.112566°N 84.554684°W / 39.112566; -84.554684
Campus Urban
Athletics NAIA and KIAC
Mascot Eagles
Website and
Main entrance to campus from Glenway Avenue

Cincinnati Christian University (formerly Cincinnati Bible College and Seminary) is a private Christian university located in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is supported by the Christian churches and churches of Christ, which are part of the Restoration Movement.


CCU was established in 1924.

The institution's seventh president, David Faust, announced his intent to resign his position effective May 2014. In a letter to the rest of the campus community, Faust revealed that he and his wife "sense[d] a growing desire to serve in the local church for the next season of [their] ministry." Upon making this announcement, he and his wife were planning for him to join the clerical staff of the East 91st Street Christian Church in Indianapolis, where he had previously served as the senior minister.[citation needed] His replacement, Ken Tracy, was named in May 2014, following three months of interim service.

Ken Tracy was introduced as president at the start of the 2014-15 academic year.


The university's main campus is located in Cincinnati's western neighborhood of just a few miles west of downtown Cincinnati, but classes are also offered at extension sites in Sharonville, Ohio, and in Indianapolis. In 2009 CCU began offering classes in Jeffersonville, Indiana, and in the Greater Louisville area.


The university is structured into five schools: biblical studies, arts, and sciences; ministry; education and behavioral sciences; business; and adult learning. Bachelor's degrees are offered in biblical studies, ministry, leadership, intercultural/urban ministry, education, music, music education, business management, accounting, sports management, information technology, and psychology. Graduate degrees are offered in counseling (MAC), religion (MAR), and divinity (MDiv).

Cincinnati Christian University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.[citation needed] Cincinnati Bible Seminary is also accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada.[citation needed] CCU is a member of the Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and Universities, an organization including all of the accredited colleges and universities in the area. This consortium relationship gives students access to course offerings of the other institutions through a cross-registration arrangement as well as access to library resources of the other schools in the consortium.

CCU is a member of the Association of Schools of Jerusalem University College (formerly known as the Institute of Holy Land Studies) and is approved to offer the Master of Arts in Counseling program by the Ohio Counseling and Social Worker Board. The Master of Arts in Counseling degree is pre-approved as a qualifying degree for licensure as a professional counselor by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage & Family Therapist Board. Currently the Department of Behavioral Sciences has applied for program approval under the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).[citation needed]


Cincinnati Christian's athletic teams, nicknamed the Eagles, are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (KIAC). The Eagles also compete as a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Division I level. Men's sports include basketball, baseball, volleyball, cross country, golf and soccer; while women's sports include women's basketball, cross country, soccer and volleyball. Men's golf and women's softball were announced in December 2014, at which time the possibility of men's football was publicly discussed.[1]



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