Concordia University System
The Concordia University System (CUS) is an organization of ten colleges and universities throughout the United States operated by the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS). All ten institutions are named "Concordia"--a reference to the Latin title of The Book of Concord, the collection of Lutheran confessions--and all include professional church work programs as part of their curricula. The CUS was formed in 1992. As of 2011, 28,421 students attend Concordia System colleges.
Each Concordia is independent and has its own president, faculty, and board of regents. At the same time, the ten schools interact with one another and share some resources and services. One service offered by the CUS, the Simultaneous Enrollment Program, allows any student enrolled at one Concordia to attend another CUS college for up to a year as a "visiting student." During this time, visiting students are considered to be enrolled at both CUS institutions simultaneously.
The ten colleges and universities in the Concordia University System are:
- Concordia College, New York, Bronxville, New York
- Concordia College Alabama, Selma, Alabama
- Concordia University, Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
- Concordia University Texas, Austin, Texas
- Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, Illinois
- Concordia University, California, Irvine, California
- Concordia University, Oregon, Portland, Oregon
- Concordia University, Saint Paul, Saint Paul, Minnesota
- Concordia University, Nebraska, Seward, Nebraska
- Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, Wisconsin
Concordias not in the system
There are a number of other institutions named "Concordia" which are not part of the Concordia University System. For example, both LCMS seminaries (Concordia Seminary and Concordia Theological Seminary) are operated by the LCMS but are not part of CUS.
The educational institutions of the Lutheran Church - Canada are not part of the CUS even though that church body was originally part of the LCMS and remains associated with it. Those institutions are Concordia University College of Alberta and its Concordia Lutheran Seminary, Edmonton (which are affiliated with the University of Alberta) and Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary (which is affiliated with Brock University).
Other Concordias that are not affiliated with the CUS or the Missouri Synod include Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, and Concordia University in Montreal. For additional universities named Concordia, see Concordia University (disambiguation).
- "CUS enrollment hits new record high of 28,421". Retrieved 28 October 2011.
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