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Concordia University Irvine

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Concordia University Irvine offers an experience for your whole self—the thinking & the feeling side of you; your head & your heart; your body & your soul; your mind & your spirit.

Your educational experience will be challenging & diverse; our faculty & staff are committed mentors who learn & live alongside students.

Our Orange County location in Irvine means that you can put your ideas into practice through internships at leading tech companies & embrace the beauty of life by playing Frisbee on the beach with friends.

As a community grounded in the Lutheran faith, we believe that everyone can freely share in the fellowship of ideas that results from Christian faith & dynamic engagement with the community, the environment & the world.

Majors, Minors & Programs

We are committed to helping you find your calling - that's why we offer liberal arts & professional studies programs.

We know your interests are many and varied; luckily, so are our academic programs. Whether you want to major in business or psychology, join our two-time national champion speech & debate team, or pursue a career in nursing, church work, or education, we’ve got you covered. In other words, we are equipped to prepare you for your vocations in life.


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Six Schools, One Mission

Then & Now

  • Matt Busch

    Matthew Busch

    Professor of Trumpet

    Then: Music Major: Instrumental Performance Concentration (Class of '12)

    Now: Professor of Trumpet, Nanhai Conservatory of Music

  • Grace Chong

    Grace Chong

    PhD Candidate and NSF Fellow at USC

    Then: Chemistry & Biology (Class of '15)

    Now: PhD candidate in molecular biology, USC, researching DNA repair

  • Erika Lopez

    Erika Lopez

    Education Specialist

    Then: Liberal Studies (Class of '12)

    Now: MAED graduate (Class of ‘16), autism-specific Special Day Class teacher for K-2nd grade, La Habra City School District

  • Paul Greive

    Paul Greive

    Entrepreneur & Organic Farmer

    Then: Business (Class of '07)

    Now: MBA, UCLA Anderson School of Management; Founder, Primal Pastures

  • Erica Anderson

    Erica Anderson

    Reporter at WNCT

    Then: Communications (Class of '06)

    Now: Master’s degree in broadcast journalism, Florida A&M (Class of ‘11), general assignment reporter at WNCT in Greenville, N.C.

  • Gretchen Sheetz

    Gretchen Sheetz


    Then: Music (Class of '14) Summa Cum Laude

    Now: Master’s in Music in harp performance from The Boston Conservatory (‘17), solo, chamber, and orchestral harpist in Southern California

  • Wesley Barnes

    Wesley Barnes

    A Rising Star

    Then: Theatre (Class of '15)

    Now: House manager at St. Luke's Off Broadway Theatre and Second Stage Theatre, and a member of the 68 Cent Crew Theatre Company in New York

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Enduring Questions & Ideas

Math & Philosophy

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Biology & Theology

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History & Literature

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Our Nationally-Recognized not-so General Education

There's a reason that our freshmen rank in the top 10% of students nationally on almost every indicator of intellectual engagement. A key contributor is our signature curriculum Enduring Questions & Ideas (Q&I, for short).

Through a series of paired courses – Math & Philosophy, Biology & Theology, History & Literature – Q&I will prompt you to ask big questions and explore big ideas, such as:

  • What are truth, goodness and beauty?
  • What does it mean to be human?
  • How shall we be governed?
  • What should we believe?

Exploring these questions and ideas alongside your professors and peers will help you form habits of intellectual engagement that will not just prepare you for the rest of college, but for your career and the rest of your life.

In fact, Q&I is one of the reasons why Concordia has been named among the Colleges of Distinction for the way we prioritize Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community, and Successful Outcomes – the four distinctions evaluated in the ranking.

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Valuable & Accessible

Tuition & Financial Aid

When it comes to the cost of your education, Concordia University Irvine provides value for your tuition dollar. Here, in an environment of intellectual rigor, freedom and faith, you will be prepared for the career you want to have and the life you want to live. Or, as one alumnus put it, “Being here, I grew in more ways than I ever would have imagined.”

We intend to make a CUI education as accessible as it is valuable. All of our students receive some form of financial aid, and we award more than $58 million in federal, state and institutional assistance each year. What’s more, it’s possible — and completely normal — to graduate in four years from Concordia. This translates into significant savings and stronger financial health as you start the next chapter of your life.


+ Million
in financial aid awarded annually


of students receive financial aid

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Want to know more about Concordia University Irvine? Let one of our admissions counselors get in touch with you and answer any questions you might have.

Application & Deadlines

If you are seeking a community that values compassion, faith and individual contribution, you will find it at Concordia University Irvine. If you are seeking an environment that fosters intellectual rigor, interdisciplinary connections and academic growth, you will find it at Concordia. If you are seeking an experience that is rich in service, scholarship and fellowship, you will find it at Concordia. And if you are seeking a place that honors your questions, your ideas, your contributions and God-given callings — you will find it at Concordia.

Admissions Standards
  Avg for incoming students
GPA 3.42
SAT (Critical Reading + Math) Not Required
ACT Composite Not Required
Application Deadlines
Application Status Apply By
Spring 2022  
Regular Decision  January 7, 2022
Fall 2022
Early Action November 15, 2021
Early Action II February 15, 2022
Rolling Admissions August 19, 2022

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