One of the reputed and renowned Universities of United States, ‘Concordia University Irvine’ is a private Christian University which is situated in Irvine, California, United States. This University is affiliated with Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and operating its administrative function under Concordia University System. It has motto of ‘Developing Wise, Honorable and Cultivating Citizens’. The University started in the mid period of 1950s when a group of Southern California Lutherans began to plan to establish a Lutheran College in Pacific Southwest. The decision to form the University was initiated by The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) in the year 1962. Then the group started to search the better place to build the school. As a result, the Irvine Company welcomed the idea of establishing a private Christian University. Rev. Dr. Charles Manske took the responsibility to hold the position of President of the University and he started his work tenure from the year 1973. The college was initially named ‘Christ College’. However, the college name later changed to ‘Concordia University Irvine’ in Febraury 1993 by the board of Regents of Christ College Irvine. With the change in name of the University, the University became the tenth campus to operate under ‘Concordia University System’. The current working president of this University is ‘Dr. Kurt Krueger’. Prior to him, there are several names, held the responsibility of President. Rev. Dr. D. Ray Halm holds the president position from the year 1980 to 1998 and Rev. Dr. Jack Preus from 1998 to 2010.
Concordia University Irvine is currently offering 20 undergraduate majors and 50 specializations. It is also offering 9 graduate programs, 4 adult Bachelor’s degree completion programs and 3 nursing programs. To initiate the offerings of various programs, there are five school and colleges: School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Education, Christ College and School of Professional Studies. All the students of Concorida University take Core courses as a part of Concordia’s ‘General Education curriculum’ since 2010. The courses it offers are related to classic liberal arts courses which are studied together in linked pairs like mathematics with philosophy, biology with theology and history with literature. The transfer students have their own pairing of ‘philosophy with theology’.
The Concordia University Irvine Campus is situated in the fifty miles south of Los Angeles, six miles inland from Pacific Ocean and eighty miles north of San Diego in the city of Irvine, California. The Irvine city is in fact considered as a one of the safest cities of its size in United States. The campus occupies on 70-acre plateau based in a private residential community which is surrounded by the wildlife and hiking trails. Considering its increasing number of students, the offices of the School of Professional Studies like ‘Adult Degree Programs’, ‘M.A. International Studies’ and ‘Masters in Coaching and Athletic Administration (MCAA)’ teams moved its location in Irvine. The students of this University are also benefited with numerous sports like baseball, cross country, basketball, soccer, tennis, swimming and diving, track and field, water polo, volleyball, and lacrosse for men and sports like softball, cross country, basketball, swimming and diving, track and field, tennis, volleyball, water polo, cheer and lacrosse for women. The athletic team of the University is nicknamed as the Eagles which is a part of ‘National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)’. It is primarily competing in Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC).
This University has motive of preparing students for their vocations and calling in life. Besides its quality education, the University is also facilitated with the various departments like Art department, Music department and Theatre department. According to the U.S. News & World Reports of 2013 rankings, this University is listed at 63rd place in the Western region. To include as one of best colleges of United States is really a big achievement to Concordia University Irvine. This University has been the winner of several championships like Team NAIA National Championships, 22 NAIA Individual National Championships, 26 GSAC Regular-Season Championships and 13 GSAC Tournament Championships. Apart from all these championships, the University has also won 328 NAIA All-Americans, 279 GSAC Scholar-Athletics, 559 All-GSAC selections, 298 NAIA Scholar-Athletics, 29 Capital One Academic All-District Selections, 23 GSAC Coaches of the Year, 11 Capital One Academic All-Americans, 24 GSAC Players of the Year, 6 NAIA Players of the Year, 7 NAIA Coaches of the Year, 5 NAIA Tournament MVP selections, 40 NAIA All-Tournament Selections and 5 Top-Five Finishes in NACDA Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup.
The large number of students visits each year to get admission in this University. The students are benefited with the various services like Academic Advising, Book Store, Assessment and Care Committee, Bursar, Career Services, Financial Aid, Computer Help, Disability & Learning Resource Center, Food Services, Library, International student services, Registrar, Residential Education & Services, Veterans Services, Student Conduct, Wellness Center, Writing Center. The life of the students is undoubtedly better than other universities as they are facilitated with various amenities and facilities. There are several committees established to provide help for the students. There is availability of Assessment and Care Committee, Campus Ministry, Campus Safety, Events Calendar, Clubs & Organizations, Living Learning Communities, Living on Campus, Student Handbook, Student Leadership and Student Newspaper. There are certain notable faculty members like Rod Rosenbladt who is the Professor of Theology and J.A.O. Preus III who was the former President. This University has produced many renowned personalities like Misty May-Treanor and Larry Tieu. Concordia University Irvine will certainly prove as one of the best colleges for all students who want to convert their big dreams into reality.