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Concordia University Wisconsin
Concordia University Wisconsin is a Lutheran higher education community located on the shore of...

Concordia University Wisconsin

Mequon, Wisconsin

Founded in 1881, Concordia University Wisconsin is located on the shore of Lake Michigan, 15 miles north of Milwaukee. It provides a stunning setting for students from around the world to engage in dynamic discourse about the interaction between Christian faith and higher learning across academic disciplines. The University is affiliated with The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and is a member of the Concordia University System, a nationwide network of colleges and universities.


Co-curricular programs, such as daily worship in the Chapel of Christ Triumphant, encourages the University community with messages of Christian hope. Campus ministry activities build faith and reach out to others, and service initiatives demonstrate love and concern locally and across the globe. Everything students do reinforces the Christ-centered focus of Concordia University Wisconsin.


Student Profile

Fall 2014 Enrollment
4,377 undergraduate students
71% of undergrad students are full time
35% male — 65% female
34% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2014-2015 Academic Year
195 full-time faculty
663 part-time faculty
13 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

53% of traditional undergraduate students live on campus

School Location

Mequon, WI

Retention Fall 2014

74% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2014

61% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 2%
Hispanic/Latino 3%
Black or African American 16%
White 69%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%
Asian 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 5%


NCAA Division III, 11 Men’s sports, 13 Women’s sports

Men’s sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross County, Track & Field, Wrestling, Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Football, Golf
Women’s sports: Acrobatics & Tumbling, Basketball, Cross Country, Track & Field, Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Golf, Dance, Softball, Volleyball, Cheerleading/Dance

Other Information

Concordia University Wisconsin, founded in 1881, strives to be known as a premier Lutheran University, recognized widely for its meaningful integration of faith and learning.

More Distinctions

  • 2010 – Finalist for the Outstanding Civil Achievement Award (Concordia’s bluff restoration project) chosen by the American Society of Civil Engineers-Outstanding Projects and Leaders.

  • 2011 – The Concordia Center for Environmental Stewardship building awardedLEED Platinum status.

  • 2011 – Concordia’s Evaluation and Assessment office Web site was chosen to be featured on the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) Web site.

  • 2012 – Concordia’s online MBA program ranked #32 in the nation by

The University’s tagline, “Inspiration in Action,” requires real-world application. A scan of curriculum shows that out-of-class experiences represent an important learning environment at Concordia University Wisconsin. The following are representative examples of these real-world experiences.

Learning By Doing

Experiential learning is at the heart of the Concordia Art Education program. Starting in their first year, students actively engage in area elementary and middle schools and get hands-on experience exploring the many ways art is vital in children’s lives.

Social Work students are required to complete 432 hours of field work in a social service agency during their senior year. Responsibilities during the field work include conducting client interviews and assessments, conducting interventions and referrals, managing cases, participating in departmental meetings, and engaging in a variety of learning experiences that are specific to the social service agency’s purpose and goals.

Parish Music students must complete an 18-week practicum. During this time, they are mentored by local parish musicians and are given opportunities to engage in music leadership tasks such as conducting the choir and playing the organ or piano for worship services.

Pharmacy students must participate in Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs) and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs). IPPEs are offered as a four-semester required course series in which the student spends dedicated blocks of time on practice-based experiences at both a hospital and community/retail pharmacy site each semester. APPEs are completed during the fourth and final year of the School of Pharmacy curriculum.

High Teaching Standards

Concordia University Wisconsin is committed to exemplary teaching. Faculty development is guided by evaluative processes such as annual performance reviews and student course ratings. Faculty members are encouraged and supported in their use of new technology, innovative course design, and practice. Teaching excellence is recognized annually through the Faculty Laureate Award and Concordia Intramural Teaching Grants. New faculty orientation consists of a year-long program which helps new faculty members understand the mission of Concordia and how to connect faith and learning in the classroom.

In 2012, support for faculty development and technology in face-to-face enhanced instruction shifted to a new entity at Concordia. The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) was formed to place an emphasis on innovation through technology. Additionally, it provides other types of learning opportunities for faculty, such as support for scholarship of teaching and learning, book groups, and “lunch and learns” on a variety of topics.

The Freshman Experience

The Freshman Experience is a three-credit seminar course that creates opportunities for interactions, involvement, and mentoring to help freshmen transition to a Christian, higher education experience. Trained instructors lead students through a common core of topics and lesson plans designed to support learning and growing. Student peer leaders serve as mentors and are carefully selected based on their success in and out of the classroom, along with their commitment to Concordia’s mission.

Esteemed Professors

In 2011, 75 percent of full-time instructional faculty members held earned doctorates or terminal degrees, having increased from 68 percent in 2006. This increase is based on the fact that the University supports faculty doctoral studies and the recent growth of clinical doctorate academic programs, such as pharmacy and physician assistant, which require doctorates for all faculty members.

Instructional Design Center

Concordia empowers faculty to explore new approaches to curriculum and program development, implement creative strategies for teaching and learning, and construct highly engaging technology-enhanced learning activities. A perfect example of this is the formation of the Instructional Design Center (IDC). Since 2006, the IDC has been facilitating the use of instructional design and educational technology for Christ-centered transformational learning. In addition to assisting faculty to learn how to use the learning management system, ANGEL, other webinars have been available as well as individual consultations about teaching.

Concordia University Wisconsin is an intricate part of the community in which is located. The University has devoted time and resources over the years to increase community engagement. Influential community leaders and organizations connect with the University, believing in Concordia’s mission of “…helping students develop in mind, body, and spirit for service to Christ, in the Church, and the World.”

Community Outreach

There are numerous examples of community outreach that take place on Concordia’s campus each and every semester that involve student participation. Every spring, the University hosts a 5K walk that coincides with World Meningitis Day. The Becky Werner Meningitis Foundation uses Concordia’s facilities to raise thousands of dollars to bring about awareness of the dangers of the disease.

Twice a year, the University hosts a Respite event in its field house in which nursing students volunteer to spend a day with special needs children and their siblings. Fun activities are planned throughout the day which allows the parents of the children with disabilities a much needed break from the constant demands of caregiving.

For the past few years, Concordia University Wisconsin’s School of Pharmacy has sponsored a medicine collection day on the University’s campus. Residents in the area are encouraged to drop off any prescription and over-the-counter medications, ointments, sprays, inhalers, creams, vials, and pet medications that are no longer needed. Pharmacy and pre-pharmacy students volunteer to assist in this valuable program.

Over the last 30 years, the University has grown from a relatively inward looking institution into one that earnestly seeks to embrace and partner with constituents and perpetuate its motto of “Inspiration in Action.” As a result, Concordia’s visibility and reputation has expanded.

Up-To-Date Education Programs

Concordia University Wisconsin is taking the necessary steps to ensure that curricula are current and relevant, ensuring that students are well prepared to live and work in a global, diverse, and technological society. Faculty and administrators evaluate the workforce’s needs for new programs, engage advisory boards, and employ expert practitioner feedback. Each program is assessed in its student learning outcomes in order to make sure that every major provides students the best information possible.

Regular reviews for many programs at Concordia University Wisconsin occur as part of the professional accreditation process. In fact, more than 40 percent of the University’s programs fall under professional accreditation in the areas of: athletic training, business, education, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, and social work. Program review has resulted in numerous program, curricular, and student learning outcome changes.

Prepared for Placement

Students completing programs in areas such as nursing, occupational therapy, and physical therapy must pass licensure exams in order to become certified in their field. The institutional pass rates for these programs are above national averages, demonstrating that Concordia graduates are well prepared to meet the demands of the work place in their professions. Passage rates are used to help maintain quality and to ensure continued high standards for workforce preparation.


Admissions Fall 2014

2,582 Total Applicants
1,947 Total Admissions
640 Total Freshmen Enrollment

75.41% of applicants admitted

Freshmen Profile Fall 2014

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 470 590
SAT Math 463 580
SAT Writing 420 545
ACT Composite 21 26
ACT Math 20 26
ACT English 20 26
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $25,930
Fees $230
Total $26,160
Room and Board (on campus) $9,780
Room Only $6,200
Board Only $3,580
Estimated Total On Campus $35,940


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

99% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
79% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid

$14,984 Average amount of federal state local or institutional grant aid received
$7,843 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates

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