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Concordia University Irvine Moves into Top 40 Spot in College Rankings

U.S. News & World Report Names CUI as a “Top Tier” Regional University in 2019 College Rankings

Irvine, Calif. (September 10, 2018)--Concordia University Irvine ranked 37th in the new 2019 Best Regional Universities West rankings according to U.S. News & World Report annual rankings released today. The private liberal arts University, which has been ranked 41st for the last two years, moved to 37th out of 140 schools.

About 3,000 four-year universities—public and private—in the United States are ranked annually by U.S. News & World Report nationally and regionally. The rankings, which evaluate colleges and universities on 16 measures of academic quality, are split into four regions—North, South, Midwest, and West. Other private and public universities ranked with Concordia Irvine in the Top 40 of the 2019 U.S. News Best Regional Universities-West include Chapman University, Gonzaga University, Loyola Marymount University, and five California State Universities including Cal Poly Pomona and San Luis Obispo.

In addition, Concordia University Irvine was ranked 37th by U.S. News & World Report in its 2019 Best Value Schools Regional Universities West. Rankings for this category are based on ratio of academic quality to cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid.

Factors to determine rankings include graduation rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, and alumni giving. Best Regional Universities offer a range of undergraduate and graduate programs, with some Ph.D. programs. U.S. News & World Report has been ranking colleges and universities across the United States for over 30 years. Web-exclusive rankings lists can be found on


Concordia University Irvine is a non-profit Lutheran Christian liberal arts four-year university that prepares students for their vocations—their calling in life. Concordia offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs in education, nursing, theology, business, and 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. The university is part of the Concordia University System, the second largest education ministry system in the United States just behind the Catholic Church. The NCAA DII private university enrolls over 4,000 students annually.

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