Colorado Heights University

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Colorado Heights University
Colorado Heights University Seal.png
Former names
Loretto Heights College, Teikyo Loretto Heights University
Type Private
Established 1989
Officer in charge
Fred Van Liew
Dean Tracey Trenam
Students 400+
Location Denver, Colorado, United States
39°39′41″N 105°01′40″W / 39.66151°N 105.02767°W / 39.66151; -105.02767Coordinates: 39°39′41″N 105°01′40″W / 39.66151°N 105.02767°W / 39.66151; -105.02767
Campus Urban
Colors Black, Red, Grey, and White                 
Colorado Heights University

Colorado Heights University is an American university in Denver, Colorado, part of the Teikyo University Group. In July, 2009 it changed its name from Teikyo Loretto Heights University to Colorado Heights University.[1] It opened in 1989 on the campus of the former Loretto Heights College. Colorado Heights University, shortened to CHU, is a nationally accredited, private university located in Denver, Colorado. More than half of students at CHU are from over 50 different countries.


On November 29, 2016 CHU President, Fred Van Liew, released the following statement announcing the permanent closure of Colorado Heights University in Fall of 2017.

"Today, we announced to the students and faculty of Colorado Heights University that we will no longer be accepting new applications for enrollment. Our campus and programs will continue to operate normally and our current students will continue to receive the career-focused, quality education they have always received from us. Our number one priority is to help our current CHU students complete their education here or at nearby institutions."


Its campus consists of 20 buildings on a 74-acre (300,000 m2) site, the highest area in Denver. The Administration Building opened in 1891. Its prominent bell tower can be seen from miles around, serving as a landmark for many Denver residents.


At the end of the 19th century, Mother Pancratia (Mary Louise Bonfils 1852-1915),[2] of the Sisters of Loretto, had the vision to educate women in the Rocky Mountain region. In 1886, Loretto Heights Academy was founded as a Catholic girl's high school in the building now used as Colorado Heights University's Administration Building.

The landmark Administration Building is a Romanesque six-story structure, designed by one of Denver's premier architects, Frank E. Edbrooke (1840-1921),[3] the same architect who also built the famous Brown Palace Hotel in downtown Denver. The Administration Building was built from red sandstone and has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1975.[4]

Over the years, the school became a college and expanded to include teacher education programs, nursing programs, business, dance and more for both men and women.[5] The campus now has almost 20 structures, including a 1,000 seat theater, an interfaith chapel, a swimming pool, cafeteria, residence halls and recreational amenities.

In 1989, Teikyo Loretto Heights University (TLHU) opened on the campus of the former Loretto Heights College. TLHU focused on international students.

Then, in 2009, Colorado Heights University opened. Colorado Heights University is owned by the Teikyo University Group,[6] a multinational educational foundation based in Japan that operates many undergraduate and graduate universities with more than 70,000 students spread across 46 campuses world-wide.


Colorado Heights University is located in Denver, Colorado, an area included among the top 25 on Money Magazines 2012 list of Best Places to live.[7]

Denver, the biggest city in the Rocky Mountain region enjoys 300 days of sunshine a year, with four distinctly marked seasons.[8] Denver residents have many opportunities to practice outdoor and indoor sports or attend many cultural and community oriented events.

For international or local students specializing in international business and looking for internships or for employment opportunities, the metropolitan area of Denver as well as the state of Colorado offer opportunities in different industries. Some of the major industries in Denver, Colorado include aviation, aerospace, bio-science, broadcasting and telecommunications, energy, financial services, health care and information technologies.


Most of the students at Colorado Heights University are non-traditional college students. This demographic includes international students, students who speak a language other than English as their native tongue.

Most of the students at Colorado Heights University are bilingual and many are multilingual. It isn't uncommon to find a student who speaks four or more languages. The primary languages spoken on campus are English, Spanish, Arabic and Russian.

In addition to the diversity of languages, those students also represent a diversity of cultures, religion and educational backgrounds. In fact, current and past students have come to Colorado Heights University from more than 60 countries from Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas.[9]

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Colorado Heights University Programs[edit]

Colorado Heights University focuses on international business degree programs and English as a Second Language (ESL) courses as a tool for success in the global marketplace. Specifically, Colorado Heights University offers Intensive English and TOEFL® (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Preparation certificate programs, the Bachelor of Arts in International Business, and various specializations in the Master of Business Administration in International Business.

Faculty and Instructors[edit]

Professors, instructors and teachers at Colorado Heights University reflect the diversity of languages, cultures, nationalities and religions also found among students. All of the professors hold at least a Master's degree and many hold a PhD.[10]


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