About Concordia University Irvine
Established in 1976 as Christ College Irvine with only 36 students, five faculty members, and one building, Concordia University Irvine today is one of the region’s leading private nonprofit Christian Lutheran liberal arts universities. Preparing students for their vocations—their calling in life—Concordia offers undergraduate and graduate programs in education, nursing, theology, business, and athletics/coaching administration. And, its Lutheran heritage 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 serves over 4,000 students annually and received approval recently to become a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II, making it the only NCAA Division II university in Orange County. Located in scenic Southern California, CUI is tucked away in natural open spaces in the city of Irvine, just minutes away from beaches, retail centers, and bike trails.
Concordia University Irvine, guided by the Great Commission of Christ Jesus and the Lutheran Confessions, empowers students through the liberal arts and professional studies for lives of learning, service and leadership.