• A Leader

  • A Performer

  • A Seeker

  • An Athlete

At Concordia University Irvine we understand that you are many things

At Concordia University Irvine, we understand that you are many things: you may be a scholar & a seeker, an athlete & a musician, an artist & a scientist, a leader & a learner. We are a place that values those - and many other - &s. We believe that & is an important intersection - a place for you to identify your passions & begin to understand where they meet the world's needs. As a Lutheran Christian university, we call that a vocation or calling, & we know that you have more than one.

Here, you will have the freedom & the guidance to pursue all of the &s to which you are called. We'll show you how to be an expert & a generalist. We'll teach you to know deeply & understand broadly. We will give you the space, mentorship & experiences necessary to explore what interests you & why, & help you identify the places where you want to dig deeper.

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Enduring Questions

Our Nationally-Recognized
not-so General Education

Forming Lifelong Habits of the Mind

There's a reason that our freshmen rank in the top 10% of students nationally on almost every indicator of intellectual engagement. A key contributor is our signature curriculum Enduring Questions & Ideas (Q&I, for short).

Through a series of paired courses – Math & Philosophy, Biology & Theology, History & Literature – Q&I will prompt you to ask big questions and explore big ideas, such as:

  • What are truth, goodness and beauty?
  • What does it mean to be human?
  • How shall we be governed?
  • What should we believe?

Exploring these questions and ideas alongside your professors and peers will help you form habits of intellectual engagement that will not just prepare you for the rest of college, but for your career and the rest of your life.

But don't just take our word for it…

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Tuition & Financial Aid

When it comes to the cost of your education, Concordia University Irvine provides value for your tuition dollar. Here, in an environment of intellectual rigor, freedom and faith, you will be prepared for the career you want to have and the life you want to live. Or, as one alumnus put it, “Being here, I grew in more ways than I ever would have imagined.”

We intend to make a CUI education as accessible as it is valuable. More than 97% of our students receive some form of financial aid, and we award more than $40 million in federal, state and institutional assistance each year. What’s more, it’s possible — and completely normal — to graduate in four years from Concordia. This translates into significant savings and stronger financial health as you start the next chapter of your life.


+ Million
in financial aid awarded annually


of students receive financial aid

DCE Student & Presidential Scholarship Recipient
When I first applied, I was really worried about the finances, but it was amazing to see God work all that out. When I was awarded a Presidential Scholarship, I knew it was meant to be.”

- Maddie Upchurch '17

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In your college search, it's important that you find the right fit for you. That's why we offer both group visits and individual visits for you and your family throughout the year. Come visit our beautiful hilltop campus, sit in on a class, attend chapel, and dine in our cafeteria.

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If you are seeking a community that values compassion, faith and individual contribution, you will find it at Concordia University Irvine. If you are seeking an environment that fosters intellectual rigor, interdisciplinary connections and academic growth, you will find it at Concordia. If you are seeking an experience that is rich in service, scholarship and fellowship, you will find it at Concordia. And if you are seeking a place that honors your questions, your ideas, your contributions and God-given callings — you will find it at Concordia.

Admission Standards
Avg for incoming students
GPA 3.42
SAT (Critical Reading + Math) 1014
ACT Composite 22
Application Deadlines
Application Status Apply By
Early Action Nov 15
Priority Feb 15
Rolling Admissions August 1
Applications received after February 15 are reviewed on a rolling basis.