Concordia University Irvine’s admission to Division II of the NCAA has its roots in the institution’s growing enrollment, financial stability, and academic achievements...not to mention its notable athletic reputation. Concordia has positioned itself to appeal to student-athletes by emphasizing academic excellence alongside outstanding athletic programs. Says President Kurt Krueger, "We believe that the NCAA Division II model is an excellent fit with our Lutheran heritage, our core values, and our approach to educating the whole person." This recent division advancement is owed equally to the university’s high-caliber faculty, staff, and academic programs, reflecting not only its sustained reputation, but uniquely positioning Concordia as an influential player in the world of collegiate athletics.
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We believe that the NCAA Division II model is an excellent fit with our Lutheran heritage, our core values, and our approach to educating the whole person,
- Kurt Krueger, President of Concordia University Irvine
Our goal to educate the whole person aligns with NCAA DII's academic philosophy which calls for a comprehensive program of learning and development in a personal setting. DII's criteria for student-athletes ensures they are prepared for the rigors of college coursework and that they are on a path to graduate. Concordia Softball player, Ryann Ferguson, exemplifies these values. Read Story
High school graduates often have mixed emotions about heading off to college. They are excited, yet they know they will miss their families. When Greenwald enrolled at CUI, she had heard it was like one big family, but she was skeptical. Read Story
A balanced emphasis on academic excellence and athletic achievement make NCAA Division II colleges and universities attractive to student-athletes. Concordia is positioned to be the only NCAA DII School in Orange County. Read Story
Who knew a little blue dot could mean so much? Unassuming, but powerful. Nondescript by itself, but add the letters NCAA and it speaks volumes. NCAA – National Collegiate Athletic Association – a league of its own, literally. Simple. Blue. Dot. Read Story
Becoming a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II school means bigger and better things for Concordia University Irvine – literally and figuratively. Read Story
The Screaming Eagles really know how to throw a party. Kicking off basketball season, Midnight Madness promised excitement, fun, and craziness! Read Story
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The following timeline summary reflects the transition process into full-fledged Division II membership, a process which occurs over 4 years. This time is spent preparing the university for success as a Division II school. Concordia integrates the Division II philosophy, strategy, and best practices through NCAA education and assessment. The first 3 years are provisional, with the 4th year being full Division II membership.
The first provisional year occurred during the 2014-2015 academic year. Concordia University Irvine continued to compete against NAIA and Golden State Athletic Conference members.
During this year, CUI began to implement as much of the Division II legislation as possible.
During the second provisional year of 2015-2016, CUI began to compete against Pacific West Conference members, but was still not eligible to compete in Division II playoffs.
CUI was in full compliance with Division II legislation during this year.
During the 2016-2017 academic year, CUI is granted provisional membership into NCAA Division II and continues to play PacWest Conference teams but is not yet eligible to compete in NCAA Division II playoffs; the university is still eligible to compete in postseason competition through the National Christian College Athletic Association.
After 3 provision years, beginning with the Fall 2017 semester, CUI will have completed the membership process and now be eligible to compete in NCAA Division II playoffs. After considerable time spent in preparation and 3 years of transition, this is significant milestone for the university’s athletics!
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Concordia University Irvine’s athletics events provide competitive sports, collegiate team spirit, and a homecourt advantage! With plenty of parking and reasonable ticket prices, CUI’s admission to Division II is just one more reason to support your winning team! Come cheer the Eagles on in our own nest, and get to know some of the university’s star players.
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Admission to NCAA Division II and membership in the PacWest Conference is an honor! Enthusiasm for this transition is shared among alumni, friends, and donors alike. But with this change, the University faces new and different expectations.
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