Concordia College Alabama

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Concordia College Alabama
Former names
Alabama Luther College
Alabama Lutheran Academy and College
Type Private, HBCU
Established 1922
Affiliation Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod
President Dexter Jackson (Interim)
Students 651 (2015)[1]
Location Selma, Alabama, United States
Campus 57 acres (23 ha)
Colors Green and Yellow
Nickname Hornets
Bakke Hall and the Dormitory
Concordia College Alabama is located in Alabama
Concordia College Alabama
Location of Bakke Hall and the Dormitory in Alabama
Location Selma, Alabama
Coordinates 32°25′34″N 87°01′05″W / 32.426°N 87.018°W / 32.426; -87.018Coordinates: 32°25′34″N 87°01′05″W / 32.426°N 87.018°W / 32.426; -87.018
Built 1925
Governing body Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
Official name: Bakke Hall and the Dormitory
Designated June 19, 1997[2]

Concordia College Alabama is a college of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, located in Selma, Alabama. It is the only historically black college among the ten colleges and universities in the Concordia University System.


In 1919 African-American Lutheran congregations in Alabama petitioned the Evangelical Lutheran Synodical Conference of North America for funds to open a high school and college to train church workers. The school opened in 1922 in a rented cottage, and the Synodical Conference soon purchased 13 acres (5.3 ha) in northeast Selma, Alabama as the site of the Alabama Luther College.[3] A recitation hall (now named Bakke Hall) and a dormitory were erected at a cost of $36,000 and opened in 1925.[4]

The college was forced to close during the Great Depression and the remaining high school was renamed the Alabama Lutheran Academy. Eventually the college was reopened, resulting in the name Alabama Lutheran Academy and College. In 1981 the name was changed to Concordia College Alabama, and in 1994 it gained accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools as a bachelor's degree-granting institution.[3]


Concordia College's Bakke Hall and the Dormitory, completed in 1928, were both added to the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage on June 19, 1997.[2]

In 2010 Concordia increased the size of its campus from 22 acres (8.9 ha) to 57 acres (23 ha) by acquiring the grounds and buildings of the adjacent United Methodist Children’s Home.[3]

Organization and administration[edit]

The college president is Dr. Wade Wilson

Academic profile[edit]

The college had 651 students during the Fall 2015 term.[1]

Student life[edit]


The Concordia College sports teams, collectively known as the Hornets, compete in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA). Men's sports include basketball, soccer, and baseball, while women's sports include softball, track, soccer, golf and volleyball.

The college fielded a football team from 2005 until it was cancelled at the end of the 2015 season due to costs.[5]


Concordia College Army ROTC, a satellite program of Marion Military Institute, features more than 25 cadets.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "University enrollment keeps climbing: now at 37,307". Retrieved December 28, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Properties on the Alabama Register of Landmarks & Heritage". Alabama Historical Commission. Archived from the original on 4 September 2012. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "History of CCA". Concordia College Alabama. Retrieved October 13, 2015. 
  4. ^ Drewes, Christopher F. (1927). Half a century of Lutheranism among our colored people, a jubilee book. St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House. pp. 90–93. Retrieved August 17, 2013. 
  5. ^ Daniel Evans, Concordia football program cost over $500,000 a year, The Selma Times‑Journal, December 23, 2015, accessed 12/28/2015

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