Concordia University Irvine

Irvine, CA

Concordia University Irvine

Irvine, CA

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We are Concordia

What we believe
As a community grounded in the Lutheran faith, Concordia University Irvine believes everyone can freely share in the fellowship of ideas that results from Christian faith and dynamic engagement with the community, environment, and world. An academic community founded on Lutheran beliefs, CUI is committed to these biblical ideas that shape our lives together. Our commitment to grace and faith opens doors to thoughtful dialogue about what it means to follow Christ.

Preparing wise, honorable, and cultivated citizens
The University hopes to prepare students to live as people whose Christian freedom inspires and enables service to others. We foster an intellectual pursuit of that which is true, a moral commitment to that which is good, and an aesthetic appreciation of that which is beautiful. 

CUI is dedicated not only to teaching certain subjects but to shaping a coherent and comprehensive view of the world, humanity, and the God who created and redeemed both. It’s this faithfulness to our mission and heritage that makes Concordia graduates wise, honorable, and cultivated citizens prepared to serve God’s world and proclaim God’s word. Our Lutheran tradition fosters an environment of inclusiveness for all. Concordia is for anyone who believes they’ve been called by Christ, allowing them the freedom to interpret and come to their own conclusions. 

Making disciples of a new generation
Concordia University Irvine provides an active and thriving campus ministry with many different choices and styles of worship. With both contemporary and traditional daily chapel services, Bible studies, and mission projects, there’s something for everyone. We’re all about getting to know Jesus through authentic worship, study, and service by offering a dozen small groups to study God’s word and reaching out to serve in places like the Gulf Coast, Mexico, Guatemala, and Hungary. Come grow with us and discover an exciting community of college students who are connected in 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

CUI At A Glance 

Chapel: Chapel is offered four days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday) and is purposefully designed to serve everyone in the community. All students are welcome, but there’s no attendance requirement.

SHOUT!: An expressive, meditative evening worship experience, SHOUT! is marked by praise singing, personal reflection, and prayer with other students. The atmosphere is low light and low tech but high  participation.

Bible Studies: This acts as a challenge for all believers to grow through the study of God’s Word in a small group setting for the purpose of pursuing dynamic discipleship together in Christ.

Missions: As the Great Commission University, CUI provides a wide variety of mission and service experiences for students to participate in. There’s a trip offering for students at every level and a variety of ways in which you can participate.

Witness: This program focuses on sharing the faith with students on and off campus. Some of our Witness events include:
ten28: This special outreach chapel uses secular music, video clips, drama, and Christian rock to help share God’s Word.
• International Student Bible Studies: Interact with students from different countries and help them with their English by sharing your faith with them. 

Concordia University Irvine is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities and affiliated with the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS) and Concordia University System, the second-largest education ministry system in the US

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “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.”

    • Mary Desmond '21
  • “Iexperienced growth as a person at CUI—my spiritual life was enriched, deepened, and fed by on-campus and off-campus opportunity. My heart was softened by the numerous service experiences the University offered me, and I grew to be a person whose faith inspires action. I developed deep and fulfilling relationships with friends and faculty who’ll continue to encourage growth in me as a person and a professional.”

    • Adam Dougherty '19
  • “One thing I’ve valued most about CUI is the time I was able to spend with faculty and staff and worship with my friends. When I was having a hard time with a concept or if I needed advice, I could always go to the faculty and staff. They’re some of the most genuine and Christ-like people I’ve had the opportunity to get to know. Through these conversations, I’ve become a better student but also a better person all around.”­

    • Madison Haase '19