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Founded in 1905, Concordia University-Portland is a private, Lutheran liberal arts university that prepares leaders for the transformation of society through career-ready degrees, relevant internships, and servant leadership. Here you’re a name, not a number—with class sizes averaging less than 20. In this supportive environment, classmates become friends and professors become mentors.

Service is part of everything we do
A commitment to community service is built into every Concordia University program. A big part of that is our commitment to helping others—including giving back to those in our area. Last year alone our students, staff, and faculty logged more than 250,000 community service hours. 

Make yourself at home
From dorm-style living to apartments, our campus residence halls feature on-site laundry services, wireless Internet, and student lounges with flat-screen TVs. The majority of our dorms are just steps from one another, creating a true sense of camaraderie. And our warm and comfortable dining hall lets you place an order from anywhere on campus using your smartphone or tablet. High tech meets home cooking!

Get out and go
Portland, the City of Roses, is frequently listed in the top 10 for most livable cities in America. The Concordia campus is nestled in a safe and peaceful tree-lined neighborhood in the northeast part of town. Downtown Portland is just minutes away by car or bus. Dozens of local shops, services, and an international array of restaurants are all within walking distance. And if you’ve got 90 minutes and a spirit for adventure, you can ski Mount Hood, wind-surf the Columbia Gorge, or enjoy the Oregon Coast.

Portland is home to large corporations like Nike, Adidas, Intel, and Columbia Sportswear. Many small, local businesses thrive in the unique culture of the city too. The excellent public transportation system makes it easy to go to concerts and experience the vibrant music scene or join the cheering fans at local soccer, basketball, and baseball games.

You belong
Concordia offers many ways to get involved in campus life and explore Portland with other students. Intramural sports? Check. Outdoor enthusiasts? Check. Student government? Tickets to professional sporting events? Cultural groups? Check, check, and check. Our many clubs and organizations will help you explore your passions and find new ones too. And they’re a great way to make new friends—friends you’ll have for life.

Seeing is believing
The best way to find out if Concordia is the right fit for you is to visit the campus. Schedule a tour and you can sit in on a class, talk with current students, and meet the faculty. If you can’t come to Oregon for a visit, we would love to connect with you on the phone or via Skype! A liberal arts education from Concordia will prepare you for your next step in life.

Undergraduate Academic Programs

• Accounting
• Biology
• Business Administration
• Chemistry
• Director of Christian Education
• Early Childhood Education
• Education
• English
• Exercise & Sport Science
• History
• Homeland Security
• Humanities
• Interdisciplinary Studies
• Marketing
• Music
• Nursing
• Professional Church Work
• Psychology
• Social Work
• Theology

Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities


Portland is the largest city in the U.S. state of Oregon—known for being green, friendly, and inviting. The Concordia campus is nestled in a safe and peaceful tree-lined neighborhood in the northeast part of town—just minutes from Portland International Airport and downtown Portland.


Type of university: Private, nonprofit, Christian liberal arts university

Size of Campus:
Small, 13-acre main campus

Number of Students:
1,890 on-campus students, 5,280 online students

Number of Faculty:
75 full-time, on-campus faculty

Colleges, programs, and degrees:
Five colleges with more than 25 undergraduate majors and nine graduate degree programs

Geographic Diversity: Mount Hood to the east, the Columbia River to the north, downtown Portland to the west, Alberta Arts District to the south. Portland has a green and very diverse geography.

International Student Services:
An English Language School program is located on campus. We also offer one-on-one advising, academic tutoring services, and writing support.

International Student Budget:
$38,510 per year for an undergraduate student, including living expenses

Financial Aid:
Varies depending on degree; undergraduate international students may qualify for merit scholarships of up to $14,000 per year.

Test Score Requirements:
TOEFL undergraduate students: 71 Internet-based, 195 computer-based; TOEFL graduate students: 80 Internet-based, 213 computer-based; IELTS undergraduate students: 6.0; IELTS graduate students: 6.5

Application Deadlines and Fees: Admission is on a rolling basis, but recommended application deadlines are July 1 for fall semester, November 1 for spring semester, and April 1 for summer semester. The cost to apply online is free.