List of Lutheran colleges and universities in the United States

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This is a list of higher education Lutheran colleges and universities in the US:

Current Lutheran colleges and universities[edit]

Affiliations: CLC = Church of the Lutheran Confession, ELCA = Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, ELS = Evangelical Lutheran Synod, Ind. = Independent Lutheran, LCMS = Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, WELS = Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod

College or university Location Year founded Affiliation Students Endowment[1]
Augsburg College Minneapolis, Minnesota 1869 ELCA 3,822 $33 million
Augustana College Rock Island, Illinois 1860 ELCA 2,511 $115.9 million
Augustana University Sioux Falls, South Dakota 1860 ELCA 1,800 $56.3 million
Bethany College Lindsborg, Kansas 1881 ELCA 600
Bethany Lutheran College Mankato, Minnesota 1927 ELS 600
California Lutheran University Thousand Oaks, California 1959 ELCA 3,931 $53.1 million
Capital University Bexley, Ohio 1830 ELCA 2,862
Carthage College Kenosha, Wisconsin 1847 ELCA 3,400
Concordia College Bronxville, New York 1881 LCMS 953
Concordia College Moorhead, Minnesota 1891 ELCA 2,784
Concordia College Selma, Alabama 1963 LCMS 711
Concordia University Ann Arbor, Michigan 1905 LCMS 3,251
Concordia University Irvine, California 1976 LCMS 3,111
Concordia University Portland, Oregon 1905 LCMS 1,800
Concordia University Chicago River Forest, Illinois 1864 LCMS 5,134
Concordia University Saint Paul, Minnesota 1893 LCMS 2,800
Concordia University Seward, Nebraska 1894 LCMS 2,196
Concordia University Austin, Texas 1926 LCMS 2,658
Concordia University Mequon, Wisconsin 1881 LCMS 7,618
Finlandia University Hancock, Michigan 1896 ELCA
Gettysburg College Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 1832 ELCA 2,600
Grand View University Des Moines, Iowa 1896 ELCA
Gustavus Adolphus College St. Peter, Minnesota 1862 ELCA
Immanuel Lutheran College Eau Claire, Wisconsin CLC
Lenoir–Rhyne University Hickory, North Carolina ELCA
Luther College Decorah, Iowa 1861 ELCA
Martin Luther College New Ulm, Minnesota 1865 WELS 750
Midland University Fremont, Nebraska ELCA
Muhlenberg College Allentown, Pennsylvania 1848 ELCA
Newberry College Newberry, South Carolina ELCA
Pacific Lutheran University Tacoma, Washington 1890 ELCA
Roanoke College Salem, Virginia 1842 ELCA
St. Olaf College Northfield, Minnesota 1874 ELCA
Susquehanna University Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania 1858 ELCA
Texas Lutheran University Seguin, Texas ELCA
Thiel College Greenville, Pennsylvania ELCA
Trinity Lutheran College Everett, Washington 1944 Ind. 175
Valparaiso University Valparaiso, Indiana 1859 Ind. 4,500 $202 million
Wagner College Staten Island, New York City 1883 ELCA
Wartburg College Waverly, Iowa 1852 ELCA
Wisconsin Lutheran College Wauwatosa, Wisconsin 1973 WELS 1,188
Wittenberg University Springfield, Ohio 1845 ELCA $101 million

Former Lutheran colleges[edit]

College or university Location Year founded Affiliation Notes
Dana College Blair, Nebraska 1884–2010 ELCA Founded by the United Danish Evangelical Lutheran Church
St. John's College Winfield, Kansas LCMS
Upsala College 1893–1995 ELCA Founded by the Augustana Synod
Concordia College Oakland, California LCMS
Waldorf University Forest City, Iowa ELCA[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ As of FY 2012. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2012 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change* in Endowment Market Value from FY 2011 to FY 2012" (PDF). 2012 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Archived (PDF) from the original on 16 February 2013. Retrieved February 16, 2013. 
  2. ^ Brooks, John (January 13, 2010). "Waldorf College Sold, No Longer Affiliated with ELCA". Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Retrieved July 14, 2016.