About Concordia University-Irvine

Founded in 1972, Concordia University-Irvine. is a Private college. Located in California, which is a city setting in California, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 1,925 full time undergraduate students, and 2,374 full time graduate students.

The Concordia University-Irvine Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 18:1. There are 79 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Concordia University-Irvine include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate65%
Application Deadline
Application Fee50
SAT Range907-1160
ACT Range20-26

Admissions at CUI are considered Selective, with ,26% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 11 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

0% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 0% were in the top quarter, and 0% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


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Concordia University-Irvine REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    65 Students rated on-campus housing 4.2 stars. 38 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    47 Students rated off-campus housing 3 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    68 Students rated campus food 3.6 stars. 22 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    70 Students rated campus facilities 4.2 stars. 49 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    69 Students rated class size 4.8 stars. 80 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    69 Students rated school activities 3.9 stars. 38 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    70 Students rated local services 4.3 stars. 54 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    70 Students rated academics 4 stars. 46 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Concordia University-Irvine?

34 Students rated Concordia University-Irvine


First off, I should make the disclaimer that this is a Lutheran school and I'm agnostic. That plays a role in classes that involve theology, and the occasional mention of it in other classes. That being said, it's not a required thing to be Lutheran or Christian, and it is interesting to learn about, even if you don't have the same beliefs. Class-wise, the professors are almost always available and most try to make an effort to get to know you *had one that I had freshman year, and then again Jr. year and she still remembered me, how great was that?). The difficulty of the classes themselves depend on the professors, though the professors try to give you enough help and material so you could pass. Rating justification: I would give this school a 3.5 because there are some classes that you have to take, but aren't transferable. Nor can you use AP credit on them or apply them to your major. Additionally, the overall experience is quite average, and it's a little difficult for commuters, though they try to have events for them. That being said, the small class sizes (my largest class must have had about 45 people, while my smallest only had 7) and the fact that even as a pre-med bio student I can graduate a semester early is a huge incentive. There is no competition for classes like there is in much larger schools.


There is nothing bad to say about Concordia. I love everything about this school. If you want to focus on your major and education only then you have opportunities to do just that. IF you want to be heavily involved they allow you to take part in anything you want. Education is the main priority for all of the coaches, staff, faculty, and directors of arts programs. Everyone is aware that you are at college to get an education and learn but they also encourage you to take part in activities to make your time more fun.


Concordia is a great school with a beautiful campus that has a really diverse and friendly student body. Most of the professors tend to be quite understanding and teach really well. It's hard to ever feel alone here, and everyone is almost always reaching out to help. I highly recommend Concordia University to those looking for a college that has zero judgement and tons of opportunities to make lots of long term friends, all while receiving a well structured education.


Being a current student at CUI, I would have to say the university is great. One of the best things about the school is the small population size. Due to this, the class sizes have no more than 25-30 students, which makes it easier for not only myself, but many others to focus and learn all the important concepts in class. Another great thing about the University are the professors. They are very helpful and always put their students as their top priority. Not only are the professors great, but the students and faculty are as well. Everyone is very genuine and friendly. It is very refreshing to be around. If someone is keeping CUI in mind, one thing to also keep in mind is the cost of attendance. Since CUI is a private school, it is much more expensive than most universities, but luckily, CUI gives amazing grants and/or scholarships, so the school is much more affordable. Thankfully, CUI is great with giving out scholarships to incoming students, so hopefully the cost will not be a problem. If I were to say I loved CUI, I would be lying. I really do enjoy and like Concordia. There are many things I like and there are also a handful of things I do not like. Overall, I am satisfied with Concordia. It is a great university with outstanding academics, amazing athletics and awesome people.

Concordia University-Irvine FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Concordia University-Irvine?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Concordia University-Irvine is 65%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    In college I have the chance to learn more than the fundamentals of a subject. I have read some interesting textbook that have taught me very useful information that I will need in the future and will make me a better person. College has allowed me to meet new people that share the same interest as me and also people that can guide me to become a better person in life. It is important for me to attend college because in order to succeed in life and in the career I chose I have to first listen to the professors and allow them to teach me all their is to know about my career then with the guides of the professor and administration I could become the person I desire to be and succeed in my life.

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  3. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    Parking can be tough to find in the morning but you can usually find a spot after a while.

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  4. Describe the students at your school.

    they are wise honorable and cultivated.

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  5. What's unique about your campus?

    The best thing about my school is the friendlyness of the students and faculty.I feel that an incoming freshman will be looking for people that reach out to them and help them along the way. I feel that everyone at Concordia does just that.

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  6. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    Before coming to this school, I wish I would have known how active I should be in pursuing extracirricular acitivities and things I could do earlier to get ahead in my academic career.

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  7. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Concordia is a small liberal arts college with a great community of students, over your four year college experience you will grow to be a wise honorable and cultivated citizen.

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  8. What kind of person should attend this school?

    The kind of person that should attend Concordia University should be enthusiastic and open-minded. The person should be ready to learn and want to learn because in Concordia University the professors will teach the students all there is to know on any topic they teaching. The person should also be considerate of the opinions of others and be ready to listen to many different opinions that will be shared during class by other students and the professors.

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  9. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    People who are very independent and not looking for a tight knit campus community shoudn't attend this school. Once you decide to come to Concordia you become a part of a network of close friends and harldy no move goes unnoticed. You will be held accountable for your actions by those who surround you.

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  10. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    Concordia University is best known for its friendly and spiritually strong atmosphere paired with an academically rigorous curriculum.

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  11. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The most frustrating thing about my school is the fact that the university will not give you any more financial aid after your first year enrollment, even though they raise the costs of tuition and housing.

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  12. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    At our school the professors and counclers are all very supportive and upbeat to everyone. And theirs smiles don't just go away after a few weeks. They stay with them all four years and beyond. The students are extremely nice as well.

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  13. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    The classes are small and the professors take an active interest in each student. I love the swim team and have felt it added a great deal to my college experience.

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  14. What are the most popular classes offered?

    It'll be the best experience ever

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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

98% of students attending Concordia University-Irvine receive some sort of financial aid. 35% were awarded federal grants. While 66% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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