Concordia University Wisconsin
|Concordia University Wisconsin|
|Religious affiliation||Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod|
|President||Rev. Dr. Patrick T. Ferry|
|Academic staff||277 |
|Undergraduates||4344 (2134 Traditional) |
|Location||Mequon, Wisconsin, United States|
|Former names||Concordia College Milwaukee, Concordia College Wisconsin|
|Colors||Blue and White|
|Mascot||Freddy the Falcon|
Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW) is a private liberal arts college located in Mequon, Wisconsin. The school is an affiliate of the 10-member Concordia University System operated by the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS).
The university is a coeducational institution accredited by the NCA, with 78 undergraduate majors and minors, 17 graduate programs, eight accelerated adult education programs and three doctoral/professional programs, and accelerated evening and e-learning programs. Doctoral degrees are offered in pharmacy, physical therapy, and nursing practice. CUW also has 10 classroom centers providing community outreach with full adult education and post-graduate programs. CUW's School of Pharmacy is one of only two pharmacy schools in Wisconsin - the other being the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The university is organized into five schools or colleges: the School of Education, the School of Business and Legal Studies, the School of Human Services, the School of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Adult and Continuing Education.
The university's mission statement reads: "Concordia University Wisconsin is a Lutheran higher education community committed to helping students develop in mind, body, and spirit for service to Christ in the Church and the world."
The university is in Mequon, Wisconsin, a city of just over 20,000 citizens north of Milwaukee. Residing on the shore of Lake Michigan, the university owns a 192-acre (78 ha) campus with over 3.5 miles (5.6 km) of indoor walkways. Concordia University Wisconsin also offers online courses in 18 different degree areas ranging from associates to doctorate level.
Concordia was opened in 1881 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in downtown Milwaukee. Classes were taught in the basement of the building, with only 13 students in attendance. One year later, the college, known then as Concordia College, purchased nearby land to erect a permanent facility. The college was located between 31st and 33rd Streets and State Street and Highland Boulevard in Milwaukee until 1983. These facilities are now partially occupied by the Indian Community School.
For the first 83 years, from its inception to 1964, the college featured a classical education with a pre-theology emphasis. Its main mission was to prepare young men for pastoral careers in the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. Originally, graduates matriculated to Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri for an additional four years of divinity studies, leading to ordination within the Lutheran Church.
Prior to the fall of 1964, the combination high school and junior college operated as a male-only institution. Even after women students were accepted in the junior college program for the first time that fall, the high school and the pre-seminary program continued to restrict admissions to men.
Under the direction of President Wilbert Rosin, the college requested four-year institution status from the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod for its programs in nursing, teacher education, social work, and engineering, and in 1978 the request was approved. In 1982, the LCMS purchased the former campus of the School Sisters of Notre Dame in Mequon, Wisconsin, which has become the permanent home of CUW.
As construction on the modern campus continued throughout the 1980s, the college petitioned its Board of Regents for full university status on August 27, 1989, and the request was approved for the Fall 1990 term, making it the first among the ten Concordia University System campuses to achieve that standing. Subsequently, during his 18-year tenure, President R. John Buuck led the university in its move from the original Milwaukee campus to the current facility in Mequon during the first half of the 1990s. By 1996, all facilities and programs had been moved, and sections of the original Milwaukee campus were turned over to the Native American Educational System of Wisconsin, which teaches tribal youth about their culture and language.
- Rev. Christoph Henry Loeber - installed 1885
- Rev. Max Albrecht - installed 1893
- Rev. G. Christian Barth - installed 1912
- Dr. Walter W. Stuenkel - installed 1953
- Dr. Wilbert Rosin - installed 1977
- Rev. Dr. R. John Buuck - installed 1979
- Rev. Dr. Patrick Ferry - installed 1997 (current president)
CUW has doubled in total enrollment from 3719 in 1995–96 to 7485 students in 2010-11. Adult education programs were also expanded, thereby topping the list of the largest such programs in higher education for the Lutheran Church. CUW's enrollment makes it the largest university within the Lutheran Church in America.
As of the 2010-11 school year, the largest undergraduate majors at the university were:
|Public administration and service||125||6%|
|Biological and biomedical sciences||137||6%|
Other key[according to whom?] demographics for CUW students: (a)
- Lutheran 50%
- Minority 11.5%
- International 1.6%
- Church work 15.1%
- Boarding 57% 
(a) Note: Source of data includes traditional undergraduate students only.
Student/Faculty ratio: 12 to 1
Average class size: 19
Full-time faculty with terminal degree: 74.2%
Concordia has several student publications, including the official student newspaper,The Beacon, founded in 1984. Prior to that, papers such as The Courier made up the student news publications. An underground publication at Concordia is The Shadow, which contains humorous fictional stories and is distributed by secret editorial staff. It is in its third incarnation, following in the footsteps of the original, but renamed as The Shadow Reborn.
Concordia Wisconsin teams participate in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III and are members of the Northern Athletics Conference (NAC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, track & field and wrestling; women's sports include basketball, cheerleading, cross country, dance, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball.
- André Carson, U. S. Representative, second Muslim elected to Congress
- Martin E. Marty, theological scholar and philosopher
- John Scardina, NFL player
- Walter Wangerin Jr., award-winning American author and educator
- Norman Wengert, political scientist
- Kurt W. Schuller, Wisconsin politician