Concordia University Wisconsin

Concordia University Wisconsin
Former names
Concordia College Milwaukee
Concordia College Wisconsin
Type Private
Established 1881
Religious affiliation
Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod
President Patrick T. Ferry
Academic staff
494 [1]
Administrative staff
Students 7,943 (2013-14)[2]
Undergraduates 4,363 (2463 Traditional) [3]
Postgraduates 3,243
Location Mequon, Wisconsin, United States
Colors Blue and White
Athletics NCAA Division III
Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
Nickname Falcons
Mascot Freddy the Falcon
Affiliations Concordia University System

Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW) is a private liberal arts college located in Mequon, Wisconsin. The school is an affiliate of the 10-member Concordia University System operated by the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS). The university's mission statement reads: "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."

The university is a coeducational institution accredited by the NCA, with 78 undergraduate majors and minors, 17 graduate programs, eight accelerated adult education programs and three doctoral/professional programs, and accelerated evening and e-learning programs. Doctoral degrees are offered in pharmacy, physical therapy, and nursing practice. CUW also has 10 classroom centers providing community outreach with full adult education and post-graduate programs. CUW's School of Pharmacy is one of only two pharmacy schools in Wisconsin - the other being the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The university is organized into five schools or colleges: the School of Education, the School of Business and Legal Studies, the School of Human Services, the School of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Adult and Continuing Education. Concordia University Wisconsin is currently merging with Concordia University Ann Arbor due to CUAA's financial troubles. Concordia University Ann Arbor has since undergone significant renovations.


The university is located at 12800 North Lake Shore Drive in Mequon, Wisconsin, a city of just over 23,000 citizens north of Milwaukee. The university owns a 192-acre (78 ha) campus with over 3.5 miles (5.6 km) of indoor walkways, better known as "tunnels". These "tunnels" connect all academic and residence halls on campus. The University and its 10 Concordia Centers are home to more than 7,900 undergraduate and graduate, traditional, as well as non-traditional students from 46 states and 34 countries. The University offers 70 undergraduate majors, 22 master's degree programs, doctoral degrees in Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, and Nursing Practice. There are also a variety of accelerated evening and e-learning programs.[5]


Concordia was opened in 1881 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in downtown Milwaukee. Classes were taught in the basement of the building, with only 13 students in attendance. One year later, the college, known then as Concordia College, purchased nearby land to erect a permanent facility. The college was located between 31st and 33rd Streets and State Street and Highland Boulevard in Milwaukee until 1983. The campus is now owned and operated by the Forest County Potawatomi Community.

For the first 83 years, from its inception to 1964, the college featured a classical education with a pre-theology emphasis. Its main mission was to prepare young men for pastoral careers in the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. Originally, graduates matriculated to Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri for an additional four years of divinity studies, leading to ordination within the Lutheran Church.

Prior to the fall of 1964, the combination high school and junior college operated as a male-only institution. Even after women students were accepted in the junior college program for the first time that fall, the high school and the pre-seminary program continued to restrict admissions to men.


CUW School of Pharmacy.

Under the direction of President Wilbert Rosin, the college requested four-year institution status from the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod for its programs in nursing, teacher education, social work, and engineering, and in 1978 the request was approved. In 1982, the LCMS purchased the former campus of the School Sisters of Notre Dame in Mequon, Wisconsin, which has become the permanent home of CUW.

As construction on the modern campus continued throughout the 1980s, the college petitioned its Board of Regents for full university status on August 27, 1989, and the request was approved for the Fall 1990 term, making it the first among the ten Concordia University System campuses to achieve that standing. Subsequently, during his 18-year tenure, President R. John Buuck led the university in its move from the original Milwaukee campus to the current facility in Mequon during the first half of the 1990s. By 1996, all facilities and programs had been moved, and sections of the original Milwaukee campus were turned over to the Native American Educational System of Wisconsin, which teaches tribal youth about their culture and language.

The past decade CUW has undergone much constructional change with the addition of many new buildings.

In the Summer of 2011, construction for a School of Pharmacy building was completed. Concordia University Wisconsin’s School of Pharmacy program was launched in the fall of 2010 and is a four-year professional pharmacy program designed to prepare students for a variety of careers within the pharmacy profession. By adding a School of Pharmacy, CUW has become one of only two schools in the state of Wisconsin to offer a Pharm.D. degree. The building includes many amenities: clinical practice labs to develop patient care skills, state-of-the-art educational technologies, faculty research space, lecture halls, and faculty offices. [6]

School presidents


CUW Enrollment 1990 to present

CUW has doubled in total enrollment from 3719 in 1995–96 to 7485 students in 2010-11. Adult education programs were also expanded, thereby topping the list of the largest such programs in higher education for the Lutheran Church. CUW's enrollment makes it the largest university within the Lutheran Church in America.[7][8]

As of the 2010-11 school year, the largest undergraduate majors at the university were:

Major area Students Percent
Health Professions 623 29%
Education 425 20%
Business 268 13%
Theology/Religious vocations 81 4%
Public administration and service 125 6%
Biological and biomedical sciences 137 6%

Other key demographics for CUW students: (a)

(a) Note: Source of data includes traditional undergraduate students only.


Student/Faculty ratio: 13 to 1
Average class size: 18
Full-time faculty with terminal degree: 74.2%

Student media

Concordia has several student publications, including the official student newspaper,The Beacon, founded in 1984. Prior to that, papers such as The Courier made up the student news publications. An underground publication at Concordia is The Shadow, which contains humorous fictional stories and is distributed by secret editorial staff. It is in its third incarnation, following in the footsteps of the original, but renamed as The Shadow Reborn.


Concordia Wisconsin teams participate in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III and are members of the Northern Athletics Conference (NAC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, track & field and wrestling; women's sports include basketball, cheerleading, cross country, dance, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field, volleyball and field hockey.

In April 2012, CUW opened its new baseball field, Kapco Park. The field is home to both CUW's men's baseball and the Lakeshore Chinooks, a local minor league baseball team part-owned by Robin Yount and Bob Uecker. Kapco Park has the maximum capacity for 3,000 fans in various seating areas throughout the facility including reserved seats, fan decks, general admission and grass seating, all with beautiful views of Lake Michigan. This ballpark has a synthetic turf field, except the pitchers mound, for consistent play throughout the year. It also has a fully functioning press box, dugouts, concession area and restrooms. The park sits on the northeast corner of Concordia University Wisconsin, located on the shores of Lake Michigan. [9]

In 2013, CUW announced the addition of Acrobatics and Tumbling, the University's 24th sport with a competitive championship. CUW is expected to begin its first season of competition during the spring of 2015 with an approximate roster of 30-40 student-athletes. The official competition season is February-April. The Falcons will become the 12th school to sponsor the emerging sport, in association with the National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association. [10]


CUW is represented by Freddy the Falcon. The schools colors are lake blue and sunrise orange, representing the view of Lake Michigan that can be seen on campus.

Student life

Clubs and organizations

The university has more than 70 student organizations in various fields of interest.

Student government

CUW's Student Government Association (SGA) oversees all student organization on campus. It is made up of Resident Senators from each dormitory, Commuter Senators who live off campus, Organization Senators who represent campus organizations, and the Executive Board. SGA receives its funding from the $40 Student Government Program Fee that full time students pay. SGA works with the students, faculty, campus ministry, and the administration to represent the students in all aspects of life at Concordia.

Campus activities

The CUW Campus Activities Board coordinates, markets, and facilitates activities for the entire campus throughout the year. These events include Homecoming, An Evening at the Lounge, Casino Night, Winterfest, and many new and traditional events.

Notable alumni


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