Concordia University Irvine
Committed to helping you find your calling
Concordia University Irvine offers an experience for your whole self—the thinking and the feeling side of you; your head and your heart; your body and your soul; your mind and your spirit. Your educational experience will be challenging and diverse with our faculty and staff who are committed mentors, learning and living alongside students. We know your interests are many and varied but so are our academic programs.
The place you’ll call home
Our location in Orange County, California, means you can put your ideas into practice through internships at leading tech companies while also embracing the beauty of life by playing Frisbee on the beach with friends. Our campus is safely located within a gated community on a scenic hilltop in Irvine. With access to paved bike paths, walking trails, exceptional entertainment, beaches, and limitless shopping, the world is your oyster.
Our nationally recognized, not-so general education
There's a reason our freshmen rank in the top 10% of students nationally on almost every indicator of intellectual engagement. A key contributor to that 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.
What we believe
As a community grounded in the Lutheran faith, we believe everyone should freely share in the fellowship of ideas that results from Christian faith and dynamic engagement with your community, the environment, and the world. As an academic community founded on Lutheran beliefs, we’re committed to these biblical ideas that shape our life together. Our commitment to both grace and faith opens the door to thoughtful dialogue about what it means to follow Christ.
Ranked among the "Best National Universities" | U.S. News & World Report, 2022
Ranked among the "Top Performers on Social Mobility" | U.S. News & World Report, 2022
Ranked by value among "The Best Colleges in America" | Money magazine, 2022
Recognized as a 2022–2023 College of Distinction for engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities, and successful outcomes
Proud Yellow Ribbon Program participant, offering unlimited scholarships to veterans and their family members who qualify
Whether you want to major in Business or Psychology or to pursue a career in health care, church work, or education, CUI is equipped to prepare you for your vocations in life through our nine colleges and schools:
• Christ College
• School of Arts & Sciences
• School of Business & Economics
• School of Education
• School of Health & Human Sciences
• Townsend Institute for Leadership & Counseling
Proud Yellow Ribbon Program participant, offering an unlimited number of scholarships at an unlimited dollar amount for qualifying veterans and their family members
An institution of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU)—the leading national voice of Christian higher education
“I’ve loved being at Concordia because it’s so Christ centered. I’ve met so many wonderful, Jesus-loving people that I’ll call friends for the rest of my life.”
“One residency interviewer asked what I was most proud of, and I answered that it was Concordia University Irvine because it made me who I am: a go-getter. Everything that has led to my success has been because of Concordia.”
“CUI was a place where I knew I would get the attention I needed to be nurtured and to grow as an artist, student, human being, and believer—which was a plus I hadn't considered in a school before.”
“Concordia puts opportunities there for anyone to grasp, and I've tried to take all of them as best as I could.”