Concordia University (California)

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Concordia University Irvine
Former names
Christ College Irvine
Motto Developing Wise, Honorable, and Cultivating Citizens.
Established 1976
Type Private
Affiliation Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
Endowment $230 Million
President Dr. Kurt Krueger
Provost Dr. Mary Scott
Students 4046[1]
Undergraduates 1,944
Postgraduates 2,102
Location Irvine, California, United States
Campus Suburban
Colors          Green and Gold
Athletics NCAA Division II
Mascot Eagles
Christ College Irvine, now known as Concordia University Irvine.

Concordia University Irvine is a private Christian university located in Irvine, California, United States and affiliated with the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and a member of the Concordia University System. Concordia University Irvine is a USNews Top Tier Regional University which offers undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and adult degree programs with online and regional cohort options.


In the mid-1950s, a group of Southern California Lutherans began planning to create a Lutheran college in the Pacific Southwest. By 1962 the decision had been made by the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) to build the new school. A search for the site led the founders to Irvine, California where The Irvine Company welcomed the idea of building a private Christian university.[2] The LCMS Board of Higher Education voted to purchase the current site in Irvine where Concordia stands today. Rev. Dr. Charles Manske accepted the position to be the first president of the university and took office in 1973.[3] Christ College became the first name of the university. [4]

In February 1993, the Board of Regents of Christ College Irvine voted to change the name of Christ College to Concordia University Irvine, making the university the tenth campus in the national Concordia University System (CUS).[5] The CUS, along with the two seminaries, 130 high schools, and over 900 elementary schools of the LCMS, comprises the second largest church-related school system in the United States. [6]

The campus at Concordia University Irvine.


Concordia University Irvine is a member of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, holding truth to grace alone, faith alone, scripture alone.[7]


Concordia University Irvine currently offers 20 undergraduate majors and 50 specializations, 9 graduate programs, 4 adult bachelor's degree completion programs, and 3 nursing programs.[8]

Colleges and Schools:

  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Business
  • Christ College
  • School of Education
  • School of Professional Studies


Since 2010, all Concordia students take CORE courses as part of Concordia’s General Education curriculum. [9]The classes are classic liberal arts courses which are taken together in linked pairs: biology with theology, mathematics with philosophy, and history with literature. Transfer students have their own pairing of philosophy with theology.[10]


The Concordia University Irvine campus is 50 miles (80 km) south of Los Angeles, 80 miles (130 km) north of San Diego, and 6 miles (9.7 km) inland from the Pacific Ocean in the city of Irvine, California. The city of Irvine is a planned community which is rated one of the safest cities of its size in the United States.[11] The campus rests on a 70-acre (28 ha) plateau overlooking Orange County in a private residential community surrounded by wildlife and hiking trails.[12] Due to growing numbers, the offices of the School of Professional Studies - Adult Degree Programs, M.A. International Studies, and the Masters in Coaching and Athletic Administration (MCAA) teams moved to an offsite location in Irvine.[13]


Concordia–Irvine teams, nicknamed athletically as the Eagles, are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC). Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball, water polo, and lacrosse; while women’s teams include softball, basketball, cross country, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball, water polo, lacrosse, and cheer.[14]

The school has begun the transition to the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Division II and the Pacific West Conference and will become eligible for the 2015-16 academic year.

Rankings and Awards[edit]

In U.S. News & World Report's 2013 rankings of the best colleges in America, Concordia University Irvine is listed as 63rd in the Western region.[15]

Concordia University Irvine has won 7 team NAIA National Championships, 22 NAIA Individual National Champions, 26 GSAC Regular-Season Championships, and 13 GSAC Tournament Championships. The university also has 328 NAIA All-Americans, 559 All-GSAC selections, 298 NAIA Scholar-Athletes, 279 GSAC Scholar-Athletes, 29 Capital One Academic All-District Selections, 11 Capital One Academic All-Americans, 23 GSAC Coaches of the Year, 24 GSAC Players of the Year, 7 NAIA Coaches of the Year, 6 NAIA Players of the Year, 40 NAIA All-Tournament Selections, 5 NAIA Tournament MVP Selections, and 5 Top-Five Finishes in the NACDA Learfield Sports Directors' Cup.[16]


Rev. Dr. Charles Manske 1973-1980
Rev. Dr. D. Ray Halm 1980-1998
Rev. Dr. Jack Preus 1998-2010
Dr. Kurt Krueger 2010-present

Notable faculty[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Concordia University Archives  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "Honoree". City of Irvine Website. 
  4. ^ "Our History". Concordia University Irvine. 
  5. ^ "IRVINE : Christ College to Be Concordia University". Los Angeles Times. 
  6. ^ "Concordia University System". Concordia University Irvine. 
  7. ^ "BELIEF and PRACTICE". The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. 
  8. ^ "Academic Programs". Concordia University Irvine. 
  9. ^ "Core Curriculum at CUI". University Parent. 
  10. ^ "The CORE". Concordia University Irvine. 
  11. ^ "Location and Maps". Concordia University Irvine. 
  12. ^ "Location". Concordia University Irvine. 
  13. ^ "Growth at Concordia University Irvine Leads to Expansion to New Location". Concordia University Irvine. 
  14. ^ "Home of Your Concordia Eagles". Concordia University Irvine Athletics. 
  15. ^ "Education Colleges". US News. 
  16. ^ "Concordia Irvine Championships". Concordia University Irvine Athletics. 
  17. ^ "Famous Olympian Misty May-Treanor Touts Concordia's MCAA Program". Concordia Eagles. 6 August 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 

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