Concordia University, Equipping Students for Service and Life

Mequon’s Concordia University Wisconsin campus sits on 200 scenic acres on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Affiliated with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, it is the largest Lutheran university of any denomination in the country. In 2011-2012, the university had a total enrollment of 7,751.

CUW is a higher education community that focuses on helping students develop in mind, body, and spirit for service to Christ in the Church and the World. It operates under the slogan: “Higher Learning, Greater Rewards.”

In addition to its main campus in Mequon, CUW has nine off-campus adult education sites in Milwaukee (which has two locations), Kenosha, Waukesha, Appleton, Green Bay, Beloit, Madison and Saint Louis, Missouri. These facilities serve about 1,800 students, with an additional 1,300 or so enrolled in e-learning courses.

Academic Degrees and Programs

CUW awards a variety of associate, bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees. It offers almost 100 undergraduate majors and graduate-degree programs in areas such as accounting, business administration, education, nursing, public relations and pre-pharmacy. Top areas of study are health, education, business, and biological and biomedical science.

As a religious-affiliated university, CUW offers a number of classes to foster theology vocations, such as lay ministry, missions, parish music and pre-seminary studies. These classes help to support the school’s mission to develop students for service to Christ.

Students who want to expedite their education can enroll in CUW’s accelerated undergraduate programs. Fields of study include accounting, business management, human resource management, health care management and theology.

Graduate programs at CUW include teacher certificates in education and nursing. There is also a diversity of master’s programs encompassing business administration, church music, occupational therapy, education administration, information technology, nursing and student personnel administration. CUW students wanting an even higher level of education can pursue doctorate programs in nursing practice, pharmacy and physical therapy.


Founded by Lutherans in 1881, CUW has long been a beacon of faith and learning in Mequon. The school started in the basement of Trinity Lutheran Church in downtown Milwaukee with just 13 students. In 1886, CUW received a state charter and began offering high school classes, as well as a two-year liberal arts college program.

The curriculum expanded in the 60's and early 70's with the addition of a lay ministry program and co-educational programs for those who aspired to become teachers, deaconesses, or social workers in the Lutheran Church. Business and secretarial courses soon followed.

In 1978, the Missouri Synod authorized CUW to become a four-year, accredited college, bringing programs of study in teaching, nursing, medical assistant, social work, and engineering.

Major changes came in the 1980’s. In 1982, the Missouri Synod purchased the former campus of the School Sisters of Notre Dame in Mequon, giving CUW its current home. Then in 1989, the college changed its status to become the first university in the Missouri Synod college system.

Today, CUW continues to focus its efforts on providing educational opportunities that develop students for church ministry and successful careers in the community. Between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011, the university conferred approximately 33 doctoral, 870 masters, 640 bachelors and 37 associate degrees.

Amenities and Services

CUW students enjoy a wide range of services, amenities and other opportunities. The Mequon campus provides access to a number of support resources to meet student’s academic and personal goals. The Learning Resource Center, for instance, offers a person-centered approach to peer tutoring, writing services, disability support services, supplemental instruction, and academic skills development. Students can expand their horizons through community-based Concordia Servant Institutes, studying abroad or the career services. In addition, CUW is a NCAA Division III school with 23 athletic programs for women and men.

Concordia University
12800 N Lake Shore Dr
Mequon, WI 53097

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