Concordia College inspires students to become the change they want to see in the world, both academically and individually. This school provides a supportive atmosphere for students to develop their skills, showcase their talents and learn how to utilize their education to provide service to others. The College is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and follows a strong guideline of combining education and faith in order to achieve success and self-development. It is with these core values that Concordia College is able to maintain such as consistent reputation for producing leaders in the professional worlds. Popular majors at Concordia College include Education, Business and Biology, in addition to the core liberal arts program.
Students at Concordia College are encouraged to maintain an active presence in their local communities as well as on a global scale by taking advantage of the various course studies and foreign language programs available. There are currently over 60 majors to choose from, most of which are included in the study abroad program, giving students ample opportunity to travel overseas to study within the culture they are learning about. Many students also become actively involved in campus surroundings that help them to develop strong connections on and off campus.
Founded on October 31, 1891, Concordia College was established by Norwegian settlers that shared a common value for high quality education and religious heritage. Upon their migration, these settlers were determined to found a school that provided students with both a good education and a strong support system that encouraged them to continue learning long after graduation. The first class of students at Concordia College consisted of 12 students who studied English literature, science, math and piano lessons. It was thought that these courses were the basis of any education and would prepare students for their professional and individual life paths. By the end of that first semester, enrollment had nearly tripled, which resulted in new programs being developed and added to the curriculum.
Concordia College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and remains an active member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
In 1893, Concordia College honored its first graduating class, consisting of 21 students. By 1913, the school had developed a full college department that gave the school a more structured curriculum and campus setting. Although Concordia College offered an open enrollment to students of all religious backgrounds, the student body was predominantly Lutheran. Faculty and staff members dedicated themselves to encouraging students to equally combine their education and religious beliefs to excel in their future endeavors – spreading the values of the founders along the way.
Campus life at Concordia College is based on the strong foundations of the Lutheran beliefs – civil service, unity and a strong academic foundation. Many students are actively involved in the infamous music program offered at Concordia, as well as the various organizations and clubs that meet routinely. With over 100 clubs and organizations to choose from, most students belong to multiple clubs and groups, and still have time to take advantage of the worship facilities located on campus. The Office of Student Affairs is available to assist students in planning their academic and social schedules as well as participate in many professional preparation courses available at the College. Students are encouraged to remain active in campus events and activities in order to develop the true sense of the Concordia College heritage – helping each other to succeed and develop into leaders.
The campus grounds are equipped with several worship facilities, spiritual centers, housing facilities and dining halls for students. Orientation is held at the beginning of each year to welcome first year students to the campus community, and help them become accustomed to their new home. Many students choose to take advantage of the athletic teams offered at Concordia College, many of which complete in NCAA championship tournaments. This enables students to showcase their talents as well as build friendships and develop leadership skills.
First year students that live on campus generally house together in the residence. After freshman year, students have their choice to house in the apartment buildings, townhouse complexes or pledge for one of the fraternity or sorority houses located on and off campus as well. With over 95% of students living on campus, student life is very bonded and close-knit. Many students spend down time taking day trips to the local communities or sightseeing on and off campus grounds.
Concordia College strives to ensure that students are not overwhelmed by the financial aid aspect of college life. Financial aid counselors are available to answer all questions and concerns regarding funding options that may be available to them. Many students take advantage of government aid such as FAFSA grants and loans, while others apply for special interest grants and scholarships. All students are encouraged to consider various forms of financial aid assistance to help cover their school related expenses such as books, supplies and personal expenses. Many applications and information packets are available online or in the Office of Financial Aid throughout the year.
All students are considered for a variety of scholarships and grants upon admission to Concordia College. The student government and other student-run organizations, as well as donations, help maintain a substantial scholarship fund to help future students continue the Concordia traditions. Students may obtain academic, athletic, merit, or artistic based funding to alleviate some of the pressure. Need-based grants are available based on special circumstances, military or veteran status or disabilities. Concordia College also provides an extensive work-study program that has established over 75 jobs on campus for students to help pay for expenses as well as off campus opportunities as well.