Concordia University Irvine

Concordia University Irvine
Former names
Christ College Irvine
Motto Developing Wise, Honorable, and Cultivated Citizens.
Type Private
Established 1976
Affiliation Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
Endowment $230 Million
President Dr. Kurt Krueger
Provost Dr. Peter Senkbeil
Students 4046[1]
Undergraduates 1,944
Postgraduates 2,102
Location Irvine, California, United States
Campus Suburban
Colors          Green and Gold
Athletics NCAA Division II
Mascot Eagles
Christ College Irvine, now known as Concordia University Irvine.

Concordia University Irvine (formerly Christ College) is a private Christian university located in Irvine, California, United States.[2] The University was established in 1976 in an effort to provide a Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod college to serve the Pacific Southwest.[3] Concordia University Irvine has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,918 and the campus size is 70 acres (28 ha).[4] It is one of 10 colleges and universities that are part of the Concordia University System.[5]


In 1955, Dr. Victor Behnken, then president of the Pacific Southwest District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, proposed the creation of a preparatory college for the Pacific Southwest. In 1962, the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) agreed to build the new school. A search committee commissioned by the district considered 87 sites before commercial and residential real estate developer The Irvine Company offered the present location in Irvine, California.[6] In 1973, Rev. Dr. Charles Manske accepted the call from the district to be the founding president of Christ College Irvine.[7][8][9]

In February 1993, the Board of Regents of Christ College Irvine voted to change the school's name to Concordia University Irvine.[10] At that time, the university became the tenth campus in the national Concordia University System (CUS).[11] In addition to the Concordia University System, the LCMS and its congregations also operate two seminaries, 130 high schools, and more than 900 elementary schools, making it the second largest church-operated school system in the United States.[12]


Rev. Dr. Charles Manske 1973-1980
Rev. Dr. D. Ray Halm 1980-1998
Rev. Dr. Jack Preus 1998-2010
Dr. Kurt Krueger 2010–present


The university currently includes five schools: Christ College (Christian seminary), School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Education, and School of Professional Studies; and offers 20 undergraduate majors and 50 specializations, 9 graduate programs, 4 adult bachelor's degree completion programs, and 3 nursing programs.[13]


The campus at Concordia University Irvine.

The campus is located 50 miles (80 km) south of Los Angeles, 80 miles (130 km) north of San Diego, and 6 miles (9.7 km) inland from the Pacific Ocean in the city of Irvine, California. The city of Irvine is a planned community which is rated one of the safest cities of its size in the United States.[14] The campus rests on a 70-acre (28 ha) plateau overlooking Orange County in a private residential community surrounded by wildlife and hiking trails.[15] The offices of the School of Professional Studies - Adult Degree Programs, M.A. International Studies, and the Masters in Coaching and Athletic Administration (MCAA) teams moved to an offsite location in Irvine.[16]


Concordia University Irvine athletics teams (mascot: Eagles) are members of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA Div. 2). Primarily competing in the Pacific West Conference (PAC West), men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball, water polo, and lacrosse; women’s teams include softball, basketball, cross country, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball, water polo, lacrosse, and cheer.[17]

The university was previously a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) from 1981-2015. During that time, Concordia University Irvine earned 7 NAIA Team National Championships and 25 NAIA Individual National Championships. In 2015 Concordia University began its candidacy to transition to NCAA Division II; the earliest Concordia can become a full member of the NCAA Division II is the 2017-2018 school year.[18][19] In addition to the NAIA championships, Concordia University Irvine has won 26 GSAC Regular-Season Championships and 13 GSAC Tournament Championships.[20]


In U.S. News & World Report's 2013 rankings of the best colleges in America, Concordia University Irvine is listed as 63rd in the Western region.[21] In 2016, the University earned a ranking of 55 among Regional Universities in the Western U.S.

In 2015, The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked Concordia University Irvine as one of the fastest growing private nonprofit master's universities in its 2015-2016 edition of Almanac of Higher Education, noting that the university grew over a 10-year period (2003-2013).[22]

Also in 2015, Money Magazine included Concordia University Irvine in a list of schools "that provide the best value for your tuition dollar."[23]


See also


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  3. "Our History | Concordia University Irvine". Retrieved 2016-06-16.
  4. "Concordia University | Concordia University (California) | Best College | US News". Retrieved 2016-06-16.
  5. "Concordia University System - The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod". Retrieved 2016-06-16.
  6. "Founding Visionary". CUI Magazine, Spring 2014. Concordia University Irvine. Spring 2014.
  7. "Honoree". City of Irvine Website.
  8. "Our History". Concordia University Irvine.
  9. CRESCENZO, SARAH de. "Charles Manske, founder of Concordia University Irvine, dies at 82". The Orange County Register. Retrieved 2016-06-16.
  10. McQUEENEY, T. O. M. (1993-02-09). "IRVINE : Christ College to Be Concordia University". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2016-06-16.
  11. "IRVINE : Christ College to Be Concordia University". Los Angeles Times.
  12. "Concordia University System". Concordia University Irvine.
  13. "Academic Programs". Concordia University Irvine.
  14. "Location and Maps". Concordia University Irvine.
  15. "Location". Concordia University Irvine.
  16. "Growth at Concordia University Irvine Leads to Expansion to New Location". Concordia University Irvine.
  17. "Home of Your Concordia Eagles". Concordia University Irvine Athletics.
  20. "Concordia Irvine Championships". Concordia University Irvine Athletics.
  21. "Education Colleges". US News.
  22. "Almanac of Higher Education 2015". The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved 2016-06-16.
  23. "MONEY's Best Colleges". Retrieved 2016-06-16.
  24. "Famous Olympian Misty May-Treanor Touts Concordia's MCAA Program". Concordia Eagles. 6 August 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2012.
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