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Concordia University Irvine Climbs in Ranking to 15th Fastest-Growing Private Non-Profit Master's Institution in the Nation

Concordia University Irvine Climbs in Ranking to 15th Fastest-Growing Private Non-Profit Master's Institution in the Nation

IRVINE, Calif. (September 20, 2016)— Concordia University Irvine has climbed in ranking from 17th to 15th among the fastest-growing private non-profit master's institutions in the nation, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education's recently released 2016-2017 Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac. This is the second consecutive year the private, non-profit Lutheran Christian university has been featured on the list. According to enrollment data evaluated by The Chronicle, Concordia University Irvine grew from 1,834 students to 4,311 students from 2004-2014, a 135 percent increase in enrollment over the 10-year period.

Last year, The Chronicle's 2015-2016 Almanac of Higher Education ranked Concordia University Irvine as the 17th fastest-growing private, non-profit master's institution in the nation. The 2015-2016 Almanac evaluated enrollment data from 2003-2013. During that 10-year span, Concordia University Irvine grew from 1,747 students to 4,046 students, a 132 percent increase.

Concordia University Irvine remains the only Orange County-based private, non-profit institution for higher learning to earn a spot in The Chronicle's ranking for the second consecutive year.

"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
  • Townsend Institute for Leadership & Counseling at Concordia University Irvine

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 “2016-2017 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  is a private non-profit Lutheran Christian four-year liberal arts university that prepares students for their vocations—their calling in life. Concordia offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs in education, nursing, theology, business, and coaching/athletics administration. Concordia University Irvine’s undergraduate program is distinctive because of its nationally recognized core curriculum, Enduring Questions & Ideas, 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. Marking its 40th anniversary this year, the university enrolls over 4,000 students annually and is in its final year of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II Membership Process.


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