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Concordia University, Nebraska

Seward, Nebraska

Concordia University, Nebraska, a Lutheran, Christ-centered institution, is a fully accredited, coeducational university that currently serves more than 2,300 students. Concordia is ranked in the top 50 of U.S. News and World Report’s Best Midwest Regional Universities, and 98% of recent Concordia graduates are in graduate school or employed within six months of graduation.


Concordia offers more than 70 undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in an excellent academic and Christ-centered community that equips men and women for lives of learning, service and leadership in the church and world. For more information, visit

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
1,255 undergraduate students
97% of undergrad students are full time
49% male — 51% female
55% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
63 full-time faculty
177 part-time faculty
14 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2015
98% of first year students live on campus
60% of all students live on campus

School Location

Just 25 minutes from Lincoln, Nebraska, and 75 minutes from west Omaha, students have easy access to service and social opportunities, culture and entertainment in the city, or they can hang out with plenty to do right in Seward, Concordia’s friendly hometown of around 7,000 people. Seward offers several coffee shops, boutiques, local and chain restaurants, a movie theater, a bowling alley and other shopping and entertainment activities.

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
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Learning Communities  
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects  
Undergraduate Research  
Diversity/Global Learning X
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X


76% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full time, first time freshmen)


59% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 2%
Hispanic/Latino 6%
Black or African American 4%
White 75%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 0%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 11%


Athletic Division: NAIA Division II
21 varsity sports

Mascot: Bulldogs 
School Colors: Navy blue and white 

Academic Programs

Administration, Business Communication, Chemistry, Christian Education Leadership, Church Music, Communication Studies, Community Health, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, DCE Specialist, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, English, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Exercise Science, Fitness Studies, Geography, Graphic Design, History, Journalism and Public Relations, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Mathematics, Middle Level Education, Music, Music Education, Music Therapy, Natural Science, Physical Science, Physics, Psychology, Recreation and Sport Studies, Secondary Education, Spanish, Special Education, Studio Art, TESOL, Theatre, Theology, World and Intercultural Studies, Pre-Athletic Training, Pre-Chiropractic, Pre-Clinical Laboratory Science, Pre-Clinical Perfusion Science, Pre-Cytotechnology, Pre-Deaconess, Pre-Dental, Pre-Dental Hygiene, Pre-Engineering, Pre-Law, Pre-Medical, Pre-Nursing, Pre-Occupational Therapy, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Osteopathic Medicine, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Physician Assistant, Pre-Radiation Science Technology, Pre-Seminary, Pre-Social Work, Pre-Veterinary

*Concordia also offers a handful of online degrees. Learn more here

More Distinctions

  • Forensics team earned the title of national champions in Reader’s Theater and earned a second place Individual Events Sweepstakes overall for Division III schools in the 18th annual Christian College Nationals

  • Five alumni earned awards from the Lutheran Education Association, and one earned an award from the National Association of Directors of Christian Education

  • Claimed the GPAC All-Sports Standings Trophy in 2014-15

  • Honored with the GPAC-Christopherson All-Academic Award that recognizes the GPAC institution with the highest combined GPA among all of its student-athletes

  • Earned a national title and GPAC championship in 2014-15 for men’s track and field

  • Director of Athletics Devin Smith was voted by his conference peers as the GPAC Athletic Director of the Year

  • Finished the 2014-15 athletics season with a total of 94 NAIA Scholar-Athletes, pushing the Bulldogs’ all-time NAIA-leading total to 1,114; Concordia was the first institution to eclipse 1,000 all-time scholar athletes

A Student-Centered Education

Concordia University, Nebraska is a place where students can find their heart’s calling and be equipped to answer it. At Concordia, the culture is about students. It’s about serving others, being part of a vibrant, Christian community and maximizing gifts and talents. At Concordia, the foundation of a Christ-centered, Lutheran university is evident in the community who gathers to worship together, the classmates who genuinely support each other, and the professor who cares about every aspect of students’ well-being.

The variety of programs and quality of the academics at Concordia allow students to explore their passions and choose a course of study that they are confident about pursuing. Christ is an integral part of Concordia’s classroom environment. Professors tie Christ, service to others, and practical skill building opportunities to academic content.

Concordia is a place where students can be themselves, share their opinions, find their way—with the loving support of a community who cares about their success. And that’s what makes Concordia feel like home.


Campus Ministries X
Choral groups X
Concert band X
Dance X
Drama/theater X
International Student Organization X
Jazz band X
Literary magazine X
Marching band  
Model UN  
Music ensembles X
Musical theater X
Pep band X
Radio station  
Student government X
Student newspaper X
Student-run film society  
Symphony orchestra X
Television station  
Yearbook X

Dedicated Faculty

At Concordia University, Nebraska, professors go out of their way to make the college experience as rich and rewarding as possible—and they do it with a genuinely caring heart.

Concordia professors are known among students for their welcoming and encouraging attitudes, as well as the personal and academic support they offer students. With many students at Concordia from around the country, the reassurance and guidance that students receive from professors make Concordia feel like a home away from home.

More than 80% of the full-time professors have the highest degree possible in their field of study, and they recognize that every student has unique talents, passions and skill sets. Professors commit to working side-by-side with students to teach in a way that fits each individual’s learning style and abilities.

In addition to supporting students with their day-to-day studies and preparation for life, Concordia’s professors put their passions into enhancing their already rigorous, excellent academic programs. Professors keep their course content up to date with the latest expertise within their industry, and they challenge their students to do their best so they are as prepared as possible for success in the field after graduation.


Arts/fine arts X
Computer literacy  
English (including composition) X
Foreign languages  
History X
Humanities X
Mathematics X
Sciences (biological or physical) X
Social science X


Other: Religion/Service Learning; Health & Human Performance


Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 65 106 104 46 9 6 0 336

Life Outside the Classroom

Christ is an integral part of Concordia’s culture. Students have opportunities to serve in the church and world by participating in extracurricular activities, clubs, and service opportunities like fundraising for Water to Thrive. In addition, students can serve others through their actions of service in the community, like at the Seward Youth Center or in the local schools.

With student organizations, Bible studies, music ensembles, intramural teams, mission and service groups, art exhibits and residence hall activities, there’s always something to do.

Seward, Nebraska

Concordia’s hometown of Seward, Nebraska, population just over 7,000, makes it easy to adjust to college life by providing everything students need. Seward has the #1 lowest crime rate of 31 Nebraska cities with 5,000+ people, and it has shopping, coffee shops, bowling, a movie theatre, a biking trail, and parks to keep students busy and engaged. In Seward, students are part of the community, and they are safe and welcome. Students can also experience the entertainment and city life of Lincoln, less than half an hour away.


Coed dorms  
Men’s dorms X
Women’s dorms X
Apartments for married students X
Apartments for single students X
Special housing for disabled students X
Special housing for international students  
Fraternity/sorority housing  
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing  
Wellness housing X
Other housing options  

Ninety-eight percent of recent Concordia graduates seeking employment or admission to graduate school found jobs or got admitted to a graduate program within six months of graduation.



1,380 Total Applicants
1,072 Total Admissions
347 Total Freshmen Enrollment

77.68% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission

Rolling admission? No

Closing date: Aug 1
Priority date: Jul 1


Very Important
Academic GPA
Standardized test scores

Rigor of secondary school record
Class rank
Character/personal qualities

Application Essay
Extracurricular activities
Geographical residence
Religious affiliation/commitment


  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 430 560
SAT Math 470 560
SAT Writing    
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 20 27
ACT Math 19 27
ACT English 20 28
ACT Writing    




Tuition $27,880
Fees $600
Total $28,480
Room and Board (on campus) $7,800
Estimated Total On Campus $36,280


Average Financial Aid Packages 2015-2016 estimated

$22,716 First year students
$17,144 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2015-2016 estimated

79.66 % on average, the percentage of need that was met
26% of financial need students that had need fully met

$17,144 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$4,488 Average need-based loan


Freshman Academic Scholarships

Available exclusively to students who are first-time college attendees. All are based on academic performance using a combination of high school GPA and ACT/SAT scores.

$18,000: President’s Scholarship
$14,000 to $15,000: Regent’s Scholarship
$12,000 to $13,000: Dean’s Scholarship
$8,000 to $10,000: Achievement Award

Awards for Lutheran Students

Students who are members of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and who meet other criteria are guaranteed a minimum of $17,000 in scholarships and grants from federal, state and institutional sources.

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