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Concordia University-Wisconsin

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Concordia University is a private, liberal arts college in Mequon, Wisconsin. The university was founded in 1881 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Milwaukee. Today the university, under the operation of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, is a member of the Concordia University System.

According to the mission statement, “Concordia University Wisconsin is a Lutheran higher education community committed to helping students develop in mind, body, and spirit for service to Christ in the Church and the world.” About 50% of students belong to the Lutheran faith.

The campus sits on 192 acres on the shore of Lake Michigan in Mequon. It features over 3 ½ miles of indoor walkways to help students move from building to building on harsh winter days. A city of 20,000 residents, Mequon is located just north of Milwaukee, offering a small-town atmosphere with convenient access to the advantages of the city.


Nearly 80 undergraduate majors, 17 graduate programs, 3 doctorate programs, and 8 accelerated adult education programs are offered. The most popular majors are education, business, and the health professions. In addition, a large number of students major in church-related disciplines, such as theology and music. About 15% of students go on to employment in church work.

This is a comprehensive university with a lot to choose from. Students enroll in one of the following undergraduate departments:

  • Natural Sciences
  • Business, Management, and Marketing
  • Communication and Related Programs
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Education
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
  • Health Professions and Clinical Sciences
  • Criminal Justice and Public Policy
  • Liberal Arts/Sciences
  • Social Services
  • Theology and Religious Vocations
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Accelerated Adult Studies are available, along with Certificates/Licenses in some fields.

Library Resources

Ricker Memorial Library boasts a collection of over 114,000 print volumes and 600 print periodical subscriptions. In addition, the library offers access to nearly 20,000 additional periodicals through a series of databases. The library belongs to the Southeastern Wisconsin Information Technology Exchange, a pooled catalogue with Alverno College, Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Mount Mary College, Sacred Heart School of Theology, St. Francis Seimnary, and Wisconsin Lutheran College. In all, this consortium gives students access to half a million library holdings.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

Well-known for its many excellent musical performing groups, the school attracts many musical-career inclined prospective students, especially those with interests in baroque, classical, and romantic music.

The groups include:

The Alleluia Ringers, a 73 handchime, 6-octave touring choir which travels frequently to perform, often to Europe. The group plays frequently with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra as well.

Chapel Ringers, a 5-octave handbell choir that plays for chapel services on campus.

Concordia Chorale is a mixed voice choir that includes students, faculty, and staff. The Chorale meets over the lunch hour and performs for chapel and church services on campus as well as the annual Christmas celebration.

Jazz Ensemble is a small group of instrumentalists specializing in jazz, swing, bop, blues, and rock. The Ensemble plays for a variety of campus events.

Concordia Kammerchor is a German-style chamber choir. The group tours throughout the world and performs frequently in the community.

Organ Club is a group for students who enjoy the organ and wish to deepen their practice. The group engages in such activities as organ maintenance workshops, tours of other organs, and trips to visit organ builders.

Pep Band is a 50-member band that plays at football and basketball games.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble is an internationally known instrumental group of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. The Ensemble plays at a variety of venues across the nation and on the television and radio. Several members of the Ensemble are studying to become church leaders.

String Ensemble/Chamber Orchestra is a dual format group which plays music from across the history of stringed instruments. The fall semester normally focuses on string orchestra, then wind, brass, and percussion are added in the spring semester.


Admissions are competitive and the school is looking for recent high school graduates who excelled in their coursework. A minimum ACT score of 18 and GPA of 2.5 is required, but it should be noted that most students who are admitted have much higher scores. International students need to submit their ELS Academic Report.

The high school attended must be regionally accredited or approved by its state university. Exceptions are made to this rule so be sure to inquire if you don’t meet all of the above requirements.

Financial Aid

In addition to the wide range of state and federal financial aid options available to college and university students in Wisconsin, the school offers several of their own need- and merit-based scholarships. In addition, students can apply for grants, loans, and work-study programs to help offset the cost of tuition. Be sure to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in applying for federal funds.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 2546th for the average student loan amount.
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Roughly half of the students are enrolled full time and half are enrolled part-time. About 1/3 of the student body is male and 2/3 is female. The average class size is 19, and the student to faculty ration is 14:1.

Student Activities

There are a wide range of student clubs, activities, and events to meet a variety of personal and professional interests. The student newspaper, The Beacon, is published weekly. There is also an underground newspaper published by a secret editorial staff, known as The Shadow.

Dining on Campus

The main dining hall on campus is the Siebert Lutheran Dining Hall. Food is supplied by Sodexo. Other dining options are available from the Falcon’s Nest, a fast food restaurant and convenience store featuring deli sandwiches and pizza. The BBC, in the Rincker Library, is a coffee shop with salads and sandwiches as well.

Residing on Campus

There are several on-campus residences for students, with a variety of features:

Augsburg is comprised of double rooms for women and single rooms for both men and women. All single rooms have personal sinks. There are community bathrooms and a student lounge.

Coburg contains suites with four single bedrooms. There are kitchenettes and lounge areas with flatscreen televisions. Many rooms have a lake view.

Heidelberg is an all-women’s dorm with mostly first-year residents. Rooms are shared by 3-4 students. There is a community kitchen and lounge.

Katharine is a women’s residence consisting of suites. Each suite houses 2-4 women and a bathroom. Some rooms have a lake view, and some handicap accessible rooms are available.

Regents is a coed residence consisting of suites. Each suite houses 4 residents in 2 bedrooms and also includes a living area and bathroom. Handicap accessible rooms are available.

Wartburg is a women’s residence consisting of suites. Most suites house 4 residents in 2 bedrooms and also include a living area. There are community bathrooms. There are also some two person suites with personal bathrooms.

Wittenberg is a men’s residence with a variety of rooms, including some single rooms and some rooms with personal bathrooms. There is a quiet floor in the residence.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


The Falcons compete on the intervarsity level in NCAA Division III and the Northern Athletics Conference. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, hockey, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, track and field, and wrestling. Women’s sports include basketball, cheerleading, cross country, dance, golf, hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.

Many students enjoy intramural sports as well. The school sponsors leagues in ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, sand volleyball, indoor soccer, snow football, men’s basketball, coed basketball, and softball.


Well known alumni include:

  • US Congressman Andre Carson
  • Sheriff of Milwaukee County David A. Clarke Jr.
  • Theologian Martin E. Marty
  • NFL player John Scardina
  • Major league soccer player Nathan Boeckers


Accreditation is provided by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Information Summary

Ranks 36th in Wisconsin and 1383rd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1 0.01
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 5 0.07

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 4 0.02
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 2 0.01
Forcible Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 4 0.02
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 38 0.16
Larceny 162 0.70
Vehicle theft 2 0.01

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Mequon, WI 53097-2402
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population4,752 (2,438 urban / 2,314 rural)
Households1,715 (2.77 people per house)
Median Household Income$79,413
Families1,373 (3.14 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateProfessions focus, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (other dominant fields)
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time four-year
EnrollmentMajority undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationLutheran Church - Missouri Synod
Congressional District5506

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 718th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $24,930 $24,930 $24,930
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $230 $230 $230
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $1,039 $1,039 $1,039
FT Graduate Tuition $9,180 $9,180 $9,180
FT Graduate Required Fees $120 $120 $120
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $510 $510 $510
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $38,440 $38,440 $38,440
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $38,440 $38,440 $38,440
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $32,580 $32,580 $32,580

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Pharmacology Degree — Tuition $30,940 $30,940
Pharmacology Degree — Required Fees $1,120 $1,120

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $23,260 $24,180 $23,260 $24,180 $23,260 $24,180
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,333 $1,400
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,700 $9,050
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,314(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,700 $9,050
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,314(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $5,286 $5,836

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 2,510 (1,106 male / 1,404 female)
Admitted 1,755 (734 male / 1,021 female)
Admission rate 70%
First-time Enrollment 580 (254 male / 326 female)
FT Enrollment 580 (254 male / 326 female)
PT Enrollment N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment7,943

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Great American Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Great American Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Great American Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Great American Conference

ACT Test Admission

683rd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 94%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 25
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 26
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 25

SAT Test Admission

546th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 4%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 424 / 555
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 456 / 620
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 880 / 1175

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,611
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$6,090
Board Fee$3,320

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 166 127 4 21 10 995 257 1,605
Accounting 13 14
Actuarial Science 3 3
Ancient Near Eastern and Biblical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1 1
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General
Art Teacher Education 1 6 7
Art/Art Studies, General
Athletic Training/Trainer 13 1 14
Biology Teacher Education
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 5 1 6
Biomedical Sciences, General 7 7
Business Administration and Management, General 61 43 4 7 143 74 339
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 1 1 5 8
Business Teacher Education
Business/Commerce, General 1 6 7
Business/Corporate Communications 2 2 4
Chemistry, General 4 4
Christian Studies
Computer Science 4 4
Counseling Psychology 5 1 21 6 34
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 2 1 31 10 44
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 13 1 1 18 9 42
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 2 16 1 19
Curriculum and Instruction 1 39 2 42
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician 1 3 4
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia 2 2
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 2 1 12 2 17
Economics, General
Education, General 1 7 8
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 33 71 105
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision 4 1 13 1 20
Educational/Instructional Technology 15 15
Elementary Education and Teaching 26 1 27
English Language and Literature, General 3 3
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 1 1
Environmental Education 1 2
Environmental Studies 2 2
Exercise Physiology 16 1 17
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 1 6 3 93 1 107
Finance, General 4 3 15 7 29
Geriatric Nurse/Nursing 3 3
German Language Teacher Education
German Language and Literature
Graphic Design 1 7 8
Health Services Administration 1 10 1 12
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 8 1 23 3 35
History Teacher Education 3 3
History, General 6 6
Human Development and Family Studies, General 2 2 1 5
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 12 1 1 27 7 50
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 2 2
Information Technology 11 4 2 18
Interior Design 2 2
International Business/Trade/Commerce 67 2 5 4 78
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 1 2 3
Management Information Systems, General 13 1 1 7 1 23
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 2 1 17 1 21
Mass Communication/Media Studies 2 2
Mathematics Teacher Education
Mathematics, General 1 4 5
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist 1 2 16 1 20
Medical/Clinical Assistant 3 3 10 18
Missions/Missionary Studies and Missiology 1 1
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 5 5
Music Teacher Education 3 3
Music, General 1 1
Natural Sciences 1 1
Nursing Education 9 2 11
Occupational Therapy/Therapist 1 1 63 9 74
Organizational Communication, General 3 3
Philosophy and Religious Studies, General
Photography 1 1 2
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 1 9 10
Political Science and Government, General 3 3
Pre-Theology/Pre-Ministerial Studies 14 14
Psychology, General 1 12 13
Public Administration 3 4 1 8
Public Relations/Image Management 1 1
Reading Teacher Education 1 27 21 50
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 5 1 64 8 80
Rehabilitation Science 1 1
Religious/Sacred Music 4 2 6
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 2 3
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social Studies Teacher Education 4 4
Social Work 1 10 11
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Spanish Language and Literature
Special Education and Teaching, General 8 8
Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 4 4
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other
Theology and Religious Vocations, Other 1 10 11
Theology/Theological Studies 3 2 5

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1190th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $72,140 ($72,187 male / $67,868 female)
Number of FT Faculty 178 (90 male / 88 female)
Number of PT Faculty 785
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $6,614,416

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