Incorporated in 1972 as a Lutheran college, Concordia University Irvine (CUI) is designated by U.S. News and World Report as a Top Tier Regional University. The university grants undergraduate, graduate, and adult degrees through its core curriculum. This nationally recognized program links courses, such as math and philosophy, so students discover connections. A Christian community provides a supportive learning environment.
Concordia University Irvine develops “meaningful living environments through maximizing co-curricular opportunities, modeling authenticity in life and faith, and empowering students to intentionally contribute within their communities while equipping students for continual learning and service.” Teachers are required to sign a mission contract promising to honor this vision.
The campus of CUI is located in Irvine, about 50 miles southeast of Los Angeles. The city is a master-planned community that is one of the safest in the country. The Week of Welcome teaches students the layout of the companies and how to best use university resources. The Freshman Seminar teaches them skills necessary for educational success and the PAL program increases their faith in Jesus Christ.
Concordia University Irvine boasts 20 undergraduate majors with 50 specializations, nine graduate programs, four adult bachelor’s degree completion programs and three nursing programs. With only 1,800 undergraduate students, the student to faculty ratio is only 17 to 1 allowing students and professors to be on a first-name basis.
The Concordia Eagles are divided among 10 teams for men and 11 teams for women. They primarily compete in the Pacific West Conference of the NCAA Division II. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, track and field, swimming, tennis and water polo. Women’s sports cover basketball, cheer, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball and water polo.
Tuition and Financial Aid
While tuition at CUI is expensive, students can obtain federal, state, private, or institutional aid, as well as scholarships and grants. Aid is awarded based on need and merit. Please refer to the school’s website for the most up-to-date tuition and financial aid information.
Concordia University Irvine is a member of the Concordia University System. It is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and is affiliated with the Lutheran Church. Its BSN and RN programs meets all the accreditation standards for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Concordia University Irvine evaluates admissions applications to its undergraduate programs on a rolling basis. The recommended college prep curriculum includes four years of English, three years of math (including Algebra II), three years of science (with two years in the lab), two years of history, and two years of a foreign language. The first-year student typically has an average unweighted GPA of 3.45, an average SAT of 1033 on critical reading and math, and an average composite ACT of 23. Applicants also need to complete a personal essay and submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor.
The application fee is $50 but can be waived under certain circumstances. More information is available through an online contact form, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or through the following:
Concordia University Irvine
1530 Concordia West, Irvine, CA 92612
Admissions: (900) 229-1200 ext. 3010
Main: (800) 229-1200