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Concordia University Irvine Named Among the Fastest Growing Colleges by the Chronicle of Higher Education

Only Orange County University Highlighted in Premiere Ranking for Expanded Enrollment and Growth in MBA and Graduate Programs

IRVINE, Calif. (August 20, 2015) The Chronicle of Higher Education has ranked Concordia University Irvine as one of the fastest growing private nonprofit master’s universities in the country in its newly released “2015-2016 Almanac of Higher Education.” According to enrollment data evaluated by The Chronicle, Concordia University Irvine grew 132 percent over a ten-year period (from 2003-2013), increasing from 1,747 students to 4,046 students.

Concordia University Irvine is the only nonprofit higher learning institution in Orange County to earn a spot in this year’s ranking.

"The mission of Concordia University Irvine is to empower and equip students for lives of learning, service and leadership, and our faculty has worked strategically to advance this mission and deliver curriculum that meets the needs of today’s undergraduate and graduate students,” said Concordia University Irvine President Kurt Krueger. “We are honored to see these initiatives validated by The Chronicle of Higher Education's research, acknowledging Concordia’s significant growth.”

Concordia’s enrollment growth has been fueled by programs across the university, including:

  • Undergraduate programs
  • Master’s in Coaching and Athletic Administration
  • Master of Arts in Education
  • MBA
  • Nursing programs

The Chronicle of Higher Education is the leading source of news, information, and jobs for college and university faculty members and administrators. Published annually, the “Almanac of Higher Education” features extensive data and analysis about faculty, diversity, productivity, students, and enrollment.

The complete “2015-2016 Almanac of Higher Education” is available for purchase at For more information about Concordia University Irvine including details about its graduate and undergraduate programs, visit

About Concordia University Irvine

Concordia University Irvine prepares students for their vocations—their calling in life. Concordia University Irvine offers undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and adult degree programs in a beautiful Southern California location in the City of Irvine, with online and regional cohort options. Concordia’s undergraduate program is distinctive among universities in California because of its nationally recognized Core Curriculum, and its Lutheran heritage that provides a thoughtful and caring Christian community that lives out the theology of "Grace Alone. Faith Alone." Concordia is a U.S. News Top Tier Regional University and has been named by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the fastest growing private nonprofit master's institutions. Concordia University Irvine enrolls over 4,000 students.

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