Cincinnati Christian University

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Cincinnati Christian University
Former name
Cincinnati Bible College and Seminary
Type Private
Established 1924
Affiliation Christian Churches and Churches of Christ
Students 1,022[1]
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 RSC
Mascot Eagles
2700 Glenway Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45204
Main Entrance to CCU's campus from Glenway Avenue

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


The university's main campus is located in one of Cincinnati's western neighborhoods just a few miles west of downtown, 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. Also, beginning in 2018, CCU partnered with Point University, which added approximately 30 degree programs to be offered to students online.


The university is structured into five schools:

  • Biblical Studies, Arts, and Sciences[2]
  • Ministry[3]
  • Education[4] and Behavioral Sciences[5]
  • Business[6]
  • Adult Learning[7]

Cincinnati Christian University offers Bachelor's degrees and Master's degrees. The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.[8] Cincinnati Bible Seminary is also accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada.[8] 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. The Department of Behavioral Sciences has been approved under The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).[9]


Cincinnati Christian's athletic teams, nicknamed the Eagles, are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the River States Conference (RSC). The Eagles also compete as a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Division I level. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross country, football, golf, soccer and volleyball; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, cheerleading, soccer, softball, and volleyball. In addition, CCU has also confirmed the creation of a Track and Field team, which will officially begin in the 2018-2019 school year.

Notable alumni[edit]


President Term
Ralph Records 1928–1948
Woodrow Perry 1948–1970
Harvey C. Bream, Jr. 1970–1986
Ron Geary 1986–1988
Dr. Barry McCarty 1988–1993
David Grubbs 1993–2002
Dr. David Faust 2002-2014
Ken Tracy 2014-2015
David Ray (Interim) 2015-Present

On November 11, 2015, the Board of Trustees of Cincinnati Christian University announced the appointment of Dr. David Ray as the university’s interim president. The Board selected Dr. Ray to ensure a smooth leadership transition to the next full-time president of CCU.[11]


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