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Resources for Students

First-Generation Students

Whether you’ve transferred from a community college or are attending Concordia University Irvine directly from high school, we get that being the first in your family to attend college can have its challenges. In the end, though, when you cross that finish line called graduation, these trials are designed to make you stronger and more resilient.

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Academic Advising

Want to know how many units you should take? Or if you’re on track to graduate? Meet your Academic Advisor and get on track.

Visit the Office of Academic Advising

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Campus Ministry

No matter your background, join others during chapel, or at abbey west—our university campus church for students regardless of where you are in your spiritual journey—or serve on mission trips.

Visit Campus Ministry

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Career Services

Curious about what you can do with your major? Or which employers are hiring? What if you could learn tips on how to write a resume and cover letter?

Visit Career Services

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Community Service

Do you have a heart to serve? Learn how you can do that at Concordia.

Visit Community Service

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Commuter Students

Like free Krispy Kreme donuts? Or $1 lunches? If you’re a commuter, get plugged into commuter outreach events.

Visit Commuter Students

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CUI Connect

CUI Connect is a free online platform where students can connect with Concordia alumni. Interested in a certain career or profession? Learn first-hand what a day-in-the-life can look like from Concordia alumni who work in it.

Visit CUI Connect

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Financial Aid

Tips on debt management, lists of outside scholarships, ways to access your financial aid award, and more are available here.

Visit Financial Aid

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First-Year Experience

Whether it’s your first year at Concordia as a freshman or a transfer student, FYE offers help with making that transition through a variety of resources.

Visit First-Year Experience

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Residential Education & Services

If you’re interested in living on campus, this page is for you. Learn about Concordia’s different residence halls, resident assistants (RA), and more.

Visit Residential Education & Services

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Student Events Calendar

Stay up to date on Heritage Garden work days, study sessions, theatre performances, and more.

Visit Student Events Calendar

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Study Abroad

Interested in studying abroad? And earning academic units at the same time?

Visit Study Abroad

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Academic Coaching

Are you struggling with a subject, and could use some extra help? Or, are you knowledgeable in a subject, able to teach others, and would like to earn extra money on campus?

Visit Academic Coaching

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Wellness Center

Whether you have a cold, need an immunization, or want to talk with someone in a confidential setting, the Wellness Center is here for you.

Visit the Wellness Center

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Work Study & Internships

Did you know that Concordia has provided more than 500 students with jobs on campus in the past? If you’re looking to earn money, without having to commute, see if work study is for you. And if you’re eager to get real-life experience in your career, check out internships offered by local employers.

Visit Concordia Careers

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Writing Studio

Biology major or business major? Either way, writing is important in school as well as in your career. Visit the Writing Studio for help with brainstorming, editing, and more.

Visit the Writing Studio

Concordia First-Gen Experience

  • Diego Del Risco Orbegoso

    Diego Del Risco Orbegoso '20

    Seizing Opportunities

    The University puts opportunities there for anyone to grasp and I’ve tried to take all of them as best I could.

  • Diego Perez

    Diego Perez '17

    First-Gen Forensics Performance

    I am a first-generation student and first-generation born here in the U.S. Both my parents were born in Mexico. I wanted to continue my education.

  • Henry Alonzo

    Henry Alonzo, MBA '09

    Restarting a Dream by Putting Learning Into Practice

    I am proof of the American Dream, and I have my education to thank for that.

See More FirstGen Tips

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