Concordia University

Introduction to Concordia University

Located in Irvine, California, Concordia University sits on 70 acres of campus. Founded in 1976, Concordia University used the ideals of higher education from the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) to create a new Christian college.

The school was originally Christ College Irvine (CCI), and since then, its name has changed to reflect alignment with the Concordia University System, a nationwide network of ten colleges and universities. Concordia has grown into a thriving student community with strong Christian traditions.

Student Life at Concordia University

With a small student to faculty ratio and population of over 2,300, students receive individual attention from teachers. There are several residence halls housing campus students, with over 20 leadership programs, clubs and organizations. Students also take part in community service projects, contributing thousands of volunteer hours each year. Concordia participates in NAIA Division I athletics in the Golden State Athletic Conference.

FAQs on Concordia University

Is Concordia University Accredited?

Concordia University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, as well as by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.

What Are Some of the Concordia University Requirements?

Prospective students applying to Concordia University must have a minimum grade point average of 2.8 or higher in high school and minimum standardized test scores from the SAT or ACT. Applicants must submit the admissions application with a nonrefundable fee, official high school transcripts, SAT or ACT scores, references from guidance counselors and teachers and an essay or personal statement.

Can I Receive Financial Aid From Concordia University?

Over 90 percent of Concordia students receive some form of financial assistance, while the school awards more than 10 million dollars in financial aid through grants and scholarships every year. Students should submit a FAFSA application for government funding in loans, grants and work study. Other possible scholarships and grants from Concordia include the Friends of Concordia Grant, the Lutheran Student Grant, the Christ College Grant and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod District Grant.

What Are the Career Possibilities With Concordia University?

Concordia prepares students through four schools, each with a variety of degree programs: the Concordia School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business and Professional Studies, the School of Education and Christ College. Students can choose from graphic design, anthropology and chemistry to biblical languages, Christian education leadership and exercise and sport science.

Christ College focuses on church professions, with programs such as director of parish music and Lutheran teaching ministry. There are also pre-professional degree programs in medicine, law, engineering, social work, physical therapy and education.

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