Concordia University - WI
Year established: 1881
Type of school: university, private (nonprofit)
Programs: 4-year undergraduate, graduate school
Religious affiliation: yes
Campus enrollment: 5,574 students
Coeducational information: coeducational institution, became coeducational in 1969
Location description: in or near a large town (pop. 25,000-75,000)
Application fee: $35

Street address: Concordia University - WI
12800 N. Lake Shore Drive
Mequon, WI 53097
Mailing address: Concordia University - WI
12800 N. Lake Shore Drive
Mequon, WI 53097
Main telephone numbers: 262 243-5700
888 628-9472 (toll free)
262 243-4351 (fax)

Concordia University - WI
Main homepage:

SAT number: 1139
ACT number: 4574
FAFSA number: 003842
FICE number: 3842

Concordia University Wisconsin was founded in 1881 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as a Lutheran higher education community committed to helping students develop in mind, body, and spirit for service to Christ in the Church and the world. In 1983 the University moved its campus to Mequon giving it the best of both worlds -- a suburban campus that's 20 minutes from downtown Milwaukee. Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, CUW features a modern campus interconnected by halls and tunnels.

For a hundred years, Concordia University Wisconsin was a university that prepared teachers and pastors for service to the church. Over the last quarter century, CUW has diversified its curriculum to include studies in business, criminal justice, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, and social work, as well as a broad range of liberal arts study.

The admissions information below is valid for the 2006-07 academic year.

Concordia University - WI
Admissions officer: Kenneth K. Gaschk-V.P. of Enr.,
Vice President of Enrollment
Contacting the office: 262 243-4300
262 243-4351 (fax)

Is there an application deadline for fall? yes
Priority filing date for fall: May 1
Final filing date for fall: August 1
Freshmen are accepted for terms other than fall: yes
Application fee: $35
Can the application fee be waived? yes
Are refunds available on the application fee? no
Is the Common Application form accepted? yes
Supplemental forms required for those using Common Application: yes
Admissions requirements:
Minimum composite ACT score of 18 and minimum 2.25 GPA required.
High school graduation is: required, GED is accepted
A general college preparatory program is: required
Campus visit is: recommended
Interview is: recommended
Off-campus interview: can be arranged with admissions representative
Visit for interview by: February
Standardized test requirements: ACT required, SAT II considered if submitted
School's test preference: ACT
Aside from admissions, test scores are used for: counseling, placement
Dates test scores should be received: August 1 for SAT I/ACT
High school units required or recommended:
English: 3 required, 4 recommended
Foreign language: 2 recommended
Math: 2 required, 3 recommended
Science: 2 required
Social studies: 2 required
Total: 16 required
Special requirements for admission to specific programs:
  • Portfolio required of art program applicants.
  • Audition required of music program applicants.
Special programs/policies for applicants not normally admissible: conditional admission
School has formalized early decision program: no
School has early action program: no
School has concurrent enrollment program for high school: no

Academic criteria:
  • secondary school report very important
  • class rank important
  • recommendations considered
  • standardized test scores very important
  • essay considered
Nonacademic criteria:
  • interview not considered
  • extracurricular activities important
  • particular talent/ability very important
  • character/personal qualities very important
  • alumni/ae relationship considered
  • geographical residence not considered
  • state residency not considered
  • religious affiliation/commitment important
  • minority affiliation important
  • volunteer work considered
  • work experience considered
Admissions is need blind: yes
Average secondary school GPA: 3.3
Percent of freshmen who submitted GPA: 100%
Percent of student body in each high school class rank: Top tenth: 13%
Top quarter: 37%
Top half: 70%
Bottom half: 30%
Percent of freshmen who submitted class rank: 76%
Average ACT: 23 composite
Combined ACT middle 50% range: 19 - 26
Test taken by majority of applicants: ACT
Percent of accepted applicants who submitted ACT score: 100%

Notification of admission: on a rolling basis
Acceptance of admission: no set date

Number of completed applications received: 1,856
Number of applicants offered admission: 1,297 (70%)
Number of applicants offered admission who enrolled: 395 (30%)
School has a waiting list policy: no
Percent of freshmen who came from out of state: 46%
Tuition deposit amount: $100, nonrefundable
Room deposit amount: $200, refundable ?
Admission may be deferred: no

Semester/term begin dates: in late August.
Calendar system: 4-1-4 system (two semesters & one-month January interterm)
Month(s) in which new student orientation is held: Orientation for new students held from August to December.
Number and length of summer sessions: Five summer sessions, two of six weeks each and three of three weeks each.

Average freshman GPA: 3.1 on a 4.0 scale
Percent of full-time freshman students who returned for sophomore year: 74%
Student:Faculty ratio: 14:1
Total faculty: 95 men, 104 women, 199 total
Full-time faculty: 45 men, 48 women, 93 total
Part-time faculty: 42 men, 74 women, 116 total
Graduation rate: 64% within six years

Concordia University - WI
General education/core curriculum is required: yes
Minor requirements: required of all for graduation
Physical education is required: yes
There are religious requirements for graduation: yes

Special programs offered:
student-designed majors, double majors, dual degrees, independent study, accelerated program, honors program, pass/fail grading option, internships, distance learning
Minors and other miscellaneous programs offered:
Many minors offered.
Preprofessional programs offered:
pre-law, pre-medicine
Education certifications:
early childhood, elementary, middle/junior high, secondary, special education
Cooperative education programs:
telecasting, interior/graphic design, photography, french
Combined 2-2 programs available:
Milwaukee Area Technical College, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design
Graduate schools/programs are offered: yes
Qualified undergraduates may take graduate-level classes: yes
Study abroad opportunities:
Army ROTC: not offered
Navy ROTC: not offered
Air Force ROTC: not offered

Associate's Degrees

  • Advertising Design
  • Liberal Arts
  • Management
Bachelor's Degrees

  • Accounting
  • Art
  • Athletic Training
  • Biblical Languages
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Business Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Economics
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • Exercise Leadership
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Finance
  • Fine Art
  • Graphic Design
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Individualized Program
  • Interior Design
  • Justice/Public Policy
  • Lay Ministry
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Mass Communications
  • Mathematics
  • Missions
  • Natural Science/Mathematics
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Organizational Communications
  • Paralegal
  • Parish Music
  • Pastoral Ministries
  • Physical Education
  • Psychology
  • Radiologic Technology
  • Renewable Resources
  • Secondary Education
  • Social Work
  • Speech Communications
  • Sports Medicine
  • Theatre
  • Theological Languages
  • Theology

Credit placement options:
  • credit for CEEB Advanced Placement (scores of 3 or higher)
  • credit for CLEP general
  • credit for CLEP subject
  • credit for DANTES

The financial aid information below is valid for the 2007 academic year.

Financial aid officer: Steve Taylor,
Director of Financial Aid
Contacting the office: 262 243-4569
262 243-4351 (fax)
FAFSA number: 003842

Undergraduate tuition: $25,010; $25,010 out-of-state


Required form Priority date Rolling? Closing date
FAFSAMay 1noMay 1

Average percent of need that was met of students who received any need-based aid (excluding PLUS loans and private alternative loans):
0% for first-year students
0% for full-time undergraduates
0% for part-time undergraduates
Average financial aid package (excluding PLUS loans and private alternative loans):
$0 for first-year students
$0 for full-time undergraduates
$0 for part-time undergraduates
Average need-based gift award:
$0 for first-year students
$0 for full-time undergraduates
$0 for part-time undergraduates
Average need-based self-help award (excluding PLUS loans and private alternative loans):
$0 for first-year students
$0 for full-time undergraduates
$0 for part-time undergraduates
Average need-based loan (excluding PLUS loans and private alternative loans):
$0 for first-year students
$0 for full-time undergraduates
$0 for part-time undergraduates
Average award to students who had no financial aid need and who received non-need-based aid (excluding athletic awards and tuition benefits):
$0 for first-year students
$0 for full-time undergraduates
$0 for part-time undergraduates
Average non-need-based athletic award:
$0 for first-year students
$0 for full-time undergraduates
$0 for part-time undergraduates
School participates in Federal Work-Study Program: yes
Percent of students who received aid that participated in Federal Work Study: 6%

Types of loans available:
  • Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
  • Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans
  • Direct PLUS Loans
  • State Loans
Percent of undergraduates who have borrowed through all loan programs: 0%
Types of payment plans:
  • Tuition Payment Plan Sallie Mae
Need-based scholarships/grants available:
  • need-based (general)
  • Federal Pell Grants
  • SEOG
  • state scholarships/grants
  • college/university scholarships/grants (institutional funds)
  • private scholarships/grants
Non-need-based scholarships/grants available:
  • non-need-based (general)
  • academic merit scholarships/grants
Percent of scholarship aid awarded to out-of-state students: 0%

Total undergraduates: 1,421 men, 2,361 women, 3,782 total
Full-time undergraduates: 788 men, 1,217 women, 2,005 total
Part-time undergraduates: 633 men, 1,144 women, 1,777 total
Total graduate students: 574 men, 1,218 women, 1,792 total
Full-time graduate students: 357 men, 755 women, 1,112 total
Part-time graduate students: 217 men, 463 women, 680 total
Average age of full-time undergraduates: 21
U.S. region where majority of students come from: Midwest
Percent of full-time U.S. undergraduates from out of state: 34%
First-year student breakdown:
5.6% Black (non-Hispanic)
0.5% American Indian or Alaskan Native
1.3% Asian or Pacific Islander
2.8% Hispanic
74.7% White (non-Hispanic)
1.0% total international (nonresident aliens)
14.2% race/ethnicity unreported/unknown
Undergraduate breakdown:
12.8% Black (non-Hispanic)
0.9% American Indian or Alaskan Native
1.1% Asian or Pacific Islander
2.1% Hispanic
54.8% White (non-Hispanic)
0.9% total international (nonresident aliens)
27.3% race/ethnicity unreported/unknown

Campus size: 192 acres
City or town school is located in: Mequon, WI
Population of city/town: 20,000
Locations of branch/satellite campuses: Appleton, WI; Fort Wayne, IN; Green Bay, WI; Indianapolis, IN; Kenosha, WI; Madison/Beloit, WI; Milwaukee South, WI; New Orleans, LA; St. Louis, MO;
Milwaukee MidTown
Nearest major city: Milwaukee
Distance of nearest major city: 10 miles
Population of nearest major city: 600,000

Institution offers housing: yes
Campus housing available to all unmarried students regardless of year: yes
Housing types (% in housing type, if given):
  • women's dorms (56%)
  • men's dorms (44%)
Percent of freshmen who live in school housing: 87%
Percent of students who live in school housing: 63%
Percent of students who live off campus: 37%
Percent of all students who have cars on campus: 75%
Student conduct policies:
class attendance policies set by individual instructors, hazing prohibited, smoking prohibited
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age: no

Every student is required to lease or own a computer: no
Every student is required to take a computer course: no
Computer equipment is provided in: residence halls, library, computer center/lab(s)
Total number of microcomputers available to students: 200
Internet access provided to all students: yes
E-mail services/accounts provided to all students: yes
School has a library on campus: yes
Additional library facilities/collections:
Rare books collection.

Remedial learning services:
reading, writing, study skills
Additional services offered:
nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service
Counseling services:
minority student, older student, career, personal, academic, psychological, religious
Career placement services:
co-op education, internships, career/job search classes, interest inventory, on-campus job interviews, resumé assistance, alumni services, interview training
Amount of campus that is accessible to physically handicapped: fully

Number of social fraternities on campus: 0
Number of social sororities on campus: 0
Student activities:
student government, student newspaper, radio station
School newspaper(s): The Beacon, The Shadow
Campus-based religious organizations:
Pre-Sem Student Association, Campus Ministry Leadership Team, Youth Ministry, Children's Ministry, Campus Bible Studies , Fellowship of Christian Athletes, The Haven, Students For Life, Missions Club
Minority student organizations:
Minority Student Organization, International Student Organization
Other student organizations, musical groups, activities, and committees:
chorale, pep band, Kammerchor, Alleluia Ringers, drama groups, dance team, team managers, student life board, business and recreational groups

School has an athletic program: yes
Athletic director: Rick Riehl,
Interim Athletic Director
Director of women's athletics: Stacey Brunner
School mascot: Falcons
Athletic conference memberships: Illini-Badger Intercollegiate Football Conference (Division III);Lake Michigan Conference (Division III)

Sports offered Scholarships? Athletic Assoc.
Men's baseballno 
Men's basketballno 
Men's cheerleadingno 
Men's cross-countryno 
Men's footballno 
Men's golfno 
Men's soccerno 
Men's tennisno 
Men's track and field (indoor)no 
Men's track and field (outdoor)no 
Men's wrestlingno 
Women's basketballno 
Women's cheerleadingno 
Women's cross-countryno 
Women's golfno 
Women's soccerno 
Women's softballno 
Women's tennisno 
Women's track and field (indoor)no 
Women's track and field (outdoor)no 
Women's volleyballno 

Percent of students in varsity/club intercollegiate sports: 25%

Public transportation serves campus: no
Nearest international airport: Milwaukee (15 miles)
Nearest passenger train service: Milwaukee (15 miles)
Nearest passenger bus service: Milwaukee (15 miles)

Institutional employment is available: yes
Percent of full-time undergraduates working on campus: 38%
Off-campus employment opportunities for undergraduates are: excellent
Freshmen are discouraged from working for first term: no

Percent of graduates who pursue further study: 21% immediately
List of graduate schools most often selected by recent graduates:
Alverno College (WI);Cardinal Stritch University (WI);Concordia University Wisconsin (WI);University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee (WI)
Percent of graduates who enter job market in field related to major: 76% within six months of graduation
List of firms that most frequently hire graduates:
Aurora Health Care, Monsanto, St. Joseph Hospital, St. Luke's Medical Center, VA Medical Center, Kohl's Corporation, , Cedarburg School District, Columbia St. Mary's Hospital, Kohler Corparation, M & I Bank, Lutheran Social Services, Milwaukee Public Schools, Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, Medical College of Wisconsin
List of most prominent alumni/ae:
  • Walter Wangerin, Jr., Author David Clarke, Sheriff, Milwaukee County Wisconsin

The transfer admissions information below is valid for the 2006 academic year.

Transfer applicants are accepted: yes
Number of transfer applications received: 391
Number of transfer applicants offered admission: 225 (58%)
Number of transfer applicants offered admission who enrolled: 111 (49%)
Percent of all new students who were transfers: 17%

Terms for which transfers may enroll: fall, winter, spring, summer
Items required of transfer students to apply for admission:
  • high school transcript recommended of some
  • college transcript(s) required of all
  • essay or personal statement not required
  • interview not required
  • standardized test scores not required
  • statement(s) of good standing from prior institution(s) required of all
Minimum college GPA required for transfer applicants: 2.00 using a 4.0 scale
Closing date for transfer applicants: rolling for fall, rolling for spring
Notification date for transfer applicants: rolling for fall, rolling for spring
Lowest course grade that may be transferred for credit: C
Maximum number of credits that may be transferred: 70 credits from a two-year institution, 90 credits from a four-year institution
Minimum number of credits that must be earned at school: 36 to receive a bachelor's degree

International student contact: David Borst,
Director of MBA/International
Contacting the office: 262 243-4298

Preapplication form is required of foreign applicants: no
A separate international application form is required: yes
Application closing dates: August 1 for fall, May 31 for spring
Advance deposit is required of foreign applicants: yes
Test preference: none
Minimum TOEFL score: 500 paper, 173 computer
Special services offered for international applicants: special counselors/advisors, international student housing, international student center, ESL program/classes, special orientation

Nonfederal aid is offered to international students: yes


Required form Priority date Rolling? Closing date
Foreign Student's Financial Aid ApplicationN/AnoN/A

According to the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities, "learning disabilities" is a "general term that refers to a heterogeneous group of disorders manifested by significant difficulties in the acquisition and use of listening, speaking, reading, writing, reasoning, or mathematical abilities." A learning disability is presumably due to central nervous system dysfunction, and is not primarily due to other handicapping conditions, environmental, or cultural influences. It is not a form of mental retardation, or an emotional disorder.
Institution accepts students according to the above definition: yes

Untimed tests are accepted: no


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