Colorado highland university is an american university located in denver, colorado. It was once part of teikyo university group.in july, 2009 it changed its name from teikyo loretto heights university to colorado heights university. It opened in 1989 on the campus of the former loretto heights college. Colorado heights university, shortened to chu, was a nationally accredited, private university located in denver, colorado. More than half of students at chu came from over 50 different countries.
According to legal procedures approved by the Colorado State Government, the name of the university has been reactivated in January 2020, and Teikyo University Group is not affiliated. A certificate issued electronically from the Colorado Secretary of State's Web site is fully and immediately valid and effective.
At the end of the 19th century, Mother Pancratia (Mary Louise Bonfils 1852-1915),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 girls' high school in the building now used as Colorado Heights University's Administration Building.
The landmark Administration Building was a Romanesque six-story structure, designed by Denver architect Frank E. Edbrooke (1840-1921). The Administration Building was built from red sandstone and has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1975.
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.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. In 2009, Colorado Heights University opened. Colorado Heights University was owned by the Teikyo University Group, 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.
Its campus had consisted 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 could be seen from miles around, serving as a landmark for many Denver residents.
Most of the students at Colorado Heights University were 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 were bilingual and many are multilingual.It wasn't uncommon to find a student who speaks four or more languages.The primary languages spoken on campus were English, Spanish, Arabic and Russian.
In addition to the diversity of languages, those students also represented a diversity of cultures, religion and educational backgrounds. In fact, current and past students came to Colorado Heights University from more than 60 countries from Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas.