Concordia University Wisconsin is a 4-year, NCA-accredited, co-educational, liberal arts school offering 45 undergraduate majors of study,  8 graduate programs and 4 adult education undergraduate majors. Concordia's attractive campus consists of 155 acres on the shore of Lake Michigan, just 15 minutes north of downtown Milwaukee. Campus buildings are connected by 3.5 miles of indoor walkways.  Please see map with VIRTUAL TOUR or campus map only.

ENROLLMENT: Approximately 4,800 men and women, including the seven off-campus centers for Adult Education.

ACADEMIC EMPHASES:   1. Christian Education
                                        2. Professional Careers
                                        3. Liberal Arts

AFFILIATION: CUW is one of ten colleges or universities in the Concordia University System, which is owned and operated by The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod.

For in depth information about CUW, please take a look at the CUW Data Book.  This .PDF file, prepared by the Department of Institutional Research, is the "Everything you wanted to know about CUW" publication including statistics, reports and much more.

ACCREDITATION/APPROVAL: Concordia University Wisconsin is accredited by the commission on institutions of higher education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (30 N. LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL 60602-2504, Phone # 800-621-7440 http://www.ncacihe.org), the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the American Bar Association, the American Accreditation Counselor for Occupational Therapy Education, Commission on Accreditation in P.T. Education (APTA), and the social work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

STUDENTS AND FACULTY: Students from more than 27 states and 24 foreign countries are found on the Concordia campus. The CUW faculty is well-qualified and highly competent, with nearly 65 percent of full-time, ranked faculty holding doctorates. The student-faculty ratio is 11 to 1.

Traditional Undergrad:
Admission to Concordia is selective and an applicant's credentials are evaluated by the Vice President of Admission. The applicant is required to present a secondary school record with an average of at least 2.50 on a 4.00 scale in college preparatory classes, and have satisfactory ACT or SAT test scores.

Adult Education:
There are 4 types of admission: Full Admission, Tentative Admission, Conditional Admission, and Special Student Status-Non Degree Seeking. Student must maintain a 2.0 grade point average (GPA).

All graduate programs require a minimum of 3.00 GPA in the student's bachelor degree program. Different requirements apply to specific programs and are listed in each program description.

REGULAR FEES: The following fees are for the 2003-2004 school year. The University reserves the right to modify these fees without advance notice. 

Traditional Undergraduate Educational Fees per Semester for Fall 2003 (12-18 credits)

Room and Board Fees per Semester for Fall 2003

Adult Education Fees (please click here)

Graduate School Fees (please click here)

[Traditional Undergraduate Students]

Concordia's Story

Lutherans in Wisconsin founded Concordia College in 1881.   Thirteen students began their instruction in the basement of Trinity Lutheran Church in downtown Milwaukee.  In 1882, property located on 31st Street between State and Highland Streets was purchased to start a permanent campus.

Concordia at 33rd at State Streets, Milwaukee.  Circa 1890.

In 1886, Concordia received a perpetual charter from the State of Wisconsin which authorized it to provide "classical, technical, and religious instruction to young men and students who desire to prepare themselves for the ministry of the Lutheran Church."  For approximately eight decades, Concordia offered high school and the first two years of a liberal arts college program.

In the 60's and early 70's, a lay ministry program was incorporated in the curriculum along with co-educational programs for those interested in becoming teachers, deaconesses, or social workers in the Lutheran Church.  Concordia also added a full complement of business and secretarial courses to its curriculum.

In 1978 Concordia was authorized by the Missouri Synod to become a 4-year accredited college providing education in teacher education, nursing, medical assistant, social work, and engineering.

In a farsighted move in 1982, the Missouri Synod purchased the former campus of the School Sisters of Notre Dame in Mequon, Wisconsin.   The attractive campus consists of 155 acres on the shore of Lake Michigan, just 15 minutes north of downtown Milwaukee.

On August 27, 1989, changing the college to university status was approved by the Board of Regents.  Concordia University Wisconsin became the first University in the Missouri Synod college system.

Even with all these changes Concordia seeks to develop mature Christian students by sharing the teaching of Jesus Christ in all of its educational programs.  This prepares students to competently communicate their vocational knowledge in the written and spoken Word by serving the Church and society throughout the world.