Concordia University-Irvine Campus Life Reviews

On-Campus Housing
Excellent

38%

Very Good

49%

Average

8%

Poor

3%

Terrible

2%

Off-Campus Housing
Excellent

0%

Very Good

32%

Average

23%

Poor

21%

Terrible

23%

Campus Food
Excellent

22%

Very Good

44%

Average

18%

Poor

10%

Terrible

6%

Campus Facilities
Excellent

49%

Very Good

33%

Average

13%

Poor

4%

Terrible

1%

Class Size
Excellent

80%

Very Good

17%

Average

1%

Poor

1%

Terrible

0%

Activities
Excellent

38%

Very Good

32%

Average

22%

Poor

4%

Terrible

4%

Local Services
Excellent

54%

Very Good

26%

Average

14%

Poor

4%

Terrible

1%

Academics
Excellent

46%

Very Good

31%

Average

9%

Poor

7%

Terrible

7%

Overall Review for Concordia University-Irvine

Excellent

32%

Very Good

44%

Average

15%

Poor

6%

Terrible

3%

We Asked Students, What's your overall opinion of this school?

Stephanie

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.

Adrienne

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.

Christen

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.

Stevie

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.

Abigail

I love it at this university. The small student body and small class sizes make this college a close-knit, friendly community with professors who actually care about their students. I know that this university will help me to grow as a person in every aspect of life, and that is part of what makes it so great to be here.

Arianna

Concordia University Irvine is a wonderful place to learn and grow. Teachers are always willing to help you and some will even arrange to meet outside of their scheduled office hours if you ask. There are three things that I have noticed that are specifically unique to Concordia. One is that our academic atmosphere doesn't just focus on isolated small facts, but looks into the bigger truths of life and the connections between the disciplines, linking theology to science and math to philosophy. The ask questions like what is good? What is true? What is beautiful? They also promote going out into the world with their strong international programs such as international tours for the top musical ensembles, study abroad opportunities, semester around the world, and international mission trip opportunities. These travel and learning experiences combined to create a unique learning opportunities not just in the classroom, but around the world. The third thing that makes Concordia unique is the general atmosphere. You can always find someone willing to listen to your story or share their story who actually care. Whether it be a light-hearted tale of adventures abroad or a heart felt story of over coming or struggling with difficulties, people care and want to listen and help.

kara

Concordia University Irvine is a school that provides a spot for every student to be involved in something. There are various sports teams, as well as clubs to join, and also intermural sports that students can be a part of. Going to Concordia is like a home away from home, through all the relationships that are made from the students with professors and coaches it truly feels like a second family here. Professors genuinely take the time to teach the materials and make sure that students understand what is being taught but, are also thinking about what makes that answer correct. Academics are truly amazing at Concordia, the professors have students think on a deeper level, this does not involve tiresome memorization but simply asking what students think. I have really enjoyed my time at this university from being involved with cheer and supporting my girls and boys basketball team at many games, to also learning the importance taking time to think on a more meaningful level.

Francesca

Many of the professors are caring and will help you however they can. The classes range on academic intensity; some of the GEs were less intensive than my high school AP classes. The cafeteria is terrible. There is a town center that's about a 2 hour walk away or a quick drive (btw freshman can't have cars unless granted allowance). I like the writing center; it's usually helpful. There are a variety of chapel services and a bible study separated on gender. Also, be careful if you plan on transferring in to not get the classes you can get credit covered for because the counselors will screw you over. And good luck if you want to transfer out. Overall, it can be nice, but also has a lot of areas it can improve in.

Emma

Concordia University Irvine is a gem hidden beneath residences atop a hill in Irvine, California. Once you walk on campus, you feel it is the place for you; there is something about the atmosphere. The class sizes are small, allowing you to get involved and build a relationship with your professors. If not in class, you can either be at the Student Union eating delicious food, in your spacious dorm with friends, or hitting the beach which is only 15 minutes away. There are plenty of activities to get involved with, the sports are fun, and you get to know each and every classmate! I loved this small campus nestled in Orange County.

Lynsey

Concordia is a wonderful school that I am so grateful I decided to attend. I think that the most important part of the school life that has truly impacted me is the incorporation of faith into all things. There are daily chapel services, student-lead Bible studies, classes, and professors that pray before each class. Concordia has blessed me in so many different ways and I am so grateful for all the experiences, good and bad, that have happened since I began attending.

Jessica

Concordia is more than a university- we are a community. Every time I walk down a hallway, I either see someone I know, or say "hello!" to the new face I pass. Most of our professors work for the university full-time, so they are easily accessible. Faith is a huge part of our campus and that really makes a difference. I feel so safe at school and immediately felt welcome on campus. Our class sizes are smaller, so you get a lot of face-to-face time with your professors.

Lilibeth

Concordia is great, there are a few things here and there that would make campus life way better but as a whole i really like it. I personally would not change school. The school is very faith based and although I am not personally religious, i still feel safe to participate in conversations.

Miliah

Concordia is a great school! Even though the school is considered a Christian school they don't put any presser on anyone to convert. The staff is very friendly and always willing to help with anything. The campus is small but has great views since we are located on a mountain. Everyone mostly knows everyone since there are about 15 people in class. Also, the cafe has organic foods and a great salad bar. ​They get all their food from local farmers and have a broad range of food for vegetarians too. The downfall about Concordia is that they do not allow Freshman to have any cars their first year, Overall Concordia has a great staff and a great environment too, and their is security around campus 24/7, and there are gates that everyone must enter.

Madeleine

Concordia University Irvine offers a warm atmosphere to explore academics, religion, and the world. The professors and faculty are personable and always willing to help. Classes are small and intimate, which allow for a deeper understanding of the subject material as well as the other people in class. New friends are made every day! Students are always involved, whether through clubs, sports, volunteer work, or other extracurricular opportunities. Concordia is the perfect college for anyone who loves to meet new people, explore new experiences, and expand their personal horizons.

Loola

Concordia University Irvine is the perfect college for a student who wants to succeed in their undergraduate years. The professors are always there for you and are more than willing to set time aside to talk to their students, and they actually encourage that. There is always free tutoring where any question you have gets answered, and students from the same classes bring their study guides and different assignments in order to discuss and see other perspectives and answers. There's Starbucks on campus which I go to very often, and the cafeteria and cafe staff are made up of both students and non-students who are all very kind. Since the college is so small, there is a big sense of community. Making friends is easy, and there are different spots on campus where you can join together to study or spend time alone. The dorms are pretty nice in my opinion they're formatted in a way where you can have a sense of privacy (not 2 beds right next to each other or in the same 4 walls). There is on-campus counseling for $5 for any mental reassurance that is needed and multiple events for mental wellbeing (we had a dog-petting day where there was a bunch of dogs running around the grass who were very friendly good boys). Class size is great- I am a biology major, which is impacted in many colleges, and my biggest class size was 20 students. There are many events on campus and there are services that offer a bus ride to and from the beach, shopping centers, and Disneyland for free, as well as a hiking spot right on campus that has a great view. College is very hard and takes so much work, but attending Concordia has made it enjoyable for providing me with so much help, such great friends, amazing professors, and a super beautiful and green campus.

Heather

My overall opinion of Concordia is that it is a great school that gives students many opportunities. There are opportunities for activities, jobs, volunteer work, and so much more. I would highly recommend the school especially if you are looking for a place to grow your faith with God.

Meghan

This school values creating independent critical thinking students above every other value. Professors promote students to not just listen and memorize, but to generate their own arguments and points from readings and assignments. Class sizes enable this to be quite possible since most classes are smaller than 20 students. The community on campus is very welcoming and offers daily opportunities to get involved. Acadmic aids for writing, planning, and course specific studying are available at all times. This school is a great place to come if you are not sure what your major should be or what you want to do because they encourage you to try courses and find the perfect fit.

Nathan

Going to college doesn’t guarantee a good experience, but when I left for Concordia University-Irvine I didn’t expect to find the plethora of offerings. Since, coming from a small rural town in Montana. The Orange County life shook my system. The grandeur and expense of living a southern Californian lifestyle juxtaposed my quaint upbringing from Montana. Out of all the possible activities I have done with Concordia I am proud to describe five amazing things about my university The most important quality of a high education institution is the institution’s ability to allow students to discover who they are through activities and adventures. Concordia University Irvine prizes its progress in creating a comfortable atmosphere strong within the student community. Majority of the time the best experiences you have at a university are with your friends late at night trying to combat boredom. Especially, when someone’s dumb idea was to walk up French Hill. Not to mention that French Hill is a 200 to 300 feet tall hill with steep incline. These random opportunities to adventure around campus and the area encourages students create unique bonds. Concordia starts this atmosphere through an orientation that involves all the facets of your family and other families. This program called PAL programs encourages interaction with students to start building relationship. This can be helpful if you are a heterosexual male looking for a partner. Concordia’s female to male ratio is 5 to 1. However, Concordia is a great place to build long lasting friendships and relationships. If you ever wanted to study abroad Concordia’s Around the World (ATW) in a semester program created for those who seek to travel the world but not just in one country in a semester. This program allows student to venture the world but still receiving credit for a minor in Global Studies while volunteering at a orphanage in India or leading a spiritual worship service in Africa, or making awareness of the prevalent issue of sex trafficking in Greece. This one in a lifetime trip will force you to think about issues a student in America might talk about in class. By deciding travel, learning about diversity and different worldviews will make a better person. This program that Concordia offers is a precious gemstone of this university. Have you ever thought what it is to be human, what is truth, or what is science? The core curriculum of Concordia University designed to be rigorous. These eights classes should expand and stretch our ability to think, engage and converse with one another in ways we never thought of before. Student’s might contradict me on this statement but this Socratic way of teaching allows for conversations about why the world is the way it is. Learning the paradigms of other perspective will only strengthen the student’s awareness of the influence a person can have on society. As a Christian institution, Concordia University is a liberal institution. By no means this is an unbiased institution. But I can stand rest assured that anybody who wants to come to this university will be accepted with open arms. By nature, the campus will be very spiritual, but when diversity is accepted and not shamed, a sense of peace is felt over the whole entire campus. I have friends that are Atheists, Buddhists, Mormons, and Agnostics. The many different perspectives allow friendly discussions about topics that typically end with heated words. Therefore, these educational discussions encourage a different understanding of other perspectives. This is a powerful display of unity in a system where people shame those who have different perspectives. I am proud to be a part of an institution that truly wants peace. A huge part of the CUI culture is its roots to music and the arts. The Concordia Choir combines, spiritual and secular songs in a masterly structured performance throughout the semester. As a sentiment to the progress of reforming. The Concordia Choir sets to tour Germany in celebration of a man who rebelled against the aristocratic religious system of the time. Martin Luther, the reformer who paved the way towards pushing of social injustices. This program not only shows that as institution. We provide high quality education but also provides an environment to learn through the arts, and observations. These aspects of Concordia University-Irvine, show only the commitment towards the education and building a better community. The work and fun that goes along coming to Concordia University are the effects of becoming a well cultivated citizen. Education is an important tool for people to learn about the world, but also to think critically. These are the five aspects that make Concordia University a great school to come to and know that you are receiving a great education.

Rachel

I love the campus and the atmosphere created here. The staff is very kind and helpful. The study abroad programs are excellent and daily chapel is definitely uplifting. I find the academic advising can be helpful, but you have to have a plan going in if you are going to get all the classes you need. Ask you major professors and upperclassmen in your major if you don't know what classes to take, not academic advising. The professors are generally very helpful and truly want you to learn, but you have to choose to seek out their help. There are many opportunities for tutoring and peer-review of papers, so you never have to turn something in with doubts.

Carissa

The professors care about every student as an individual and take the time to get to know them and make themselves available for class help as well as being available just to chat about life. The campus is incredibly safe and academically engaging to grow scholars. While the school is affiliated with the Lutheran church, the religion is not forced on students, but rather opportunities are provided for students who want to grow their faith or may be curious about the faith.

April

Concordia is the perfect college for few, and a mediocre college for most. If you love a small campus, a close knit student body, and Christian culture, CUI is a perfect fit. However for most, the strict rules (dry campus,) outdated facilities, and high tuition make it less than impressive.

adrianna

As a student athlete you gain a family immediately here, but even if you're not affiliated with any group this community of students is very close. Because of the size of the university, you start to recognize almost everyone on campus by face or by name. Academically this school cultivates their students to think about ordinary things in a new perspective that you might not get at a public university. Irvine is one of the most beautiful areas I have ever seen and with two beaches 15 min away, John Wayne Airport 10 minutes away, the Irvine Spectrum Center 15 minutes away and just minutes away from UCI there is lots to do outside of campus. The overall mission of this school is great, but the facilities and living for students on campus need improvement not to mention it is almost impossible to find affordable off campus housing. With the new proposals to making the university bigger and better, I have no doubt this will become an even better school. Consequently, this school is absolutely spendy with the estimated cost of attendance close to 50,000 for the 2017- 2018 school year and rising every year be ready to put a hole in your pocket and apply for as many scholarships as you possibly can.

Te'Mesha

My past two weeks here, resources have been made present and finding these resources were introduced. There is a first year experience course that helps freshmen and transfer with becoming comfortable with the transition to college. Overall, Concordia is a very welcoming and friendly environment with many activities.

Sophia

As a Sophomore attending this university, I can say that this school is actually pretty nice. It's quiet, safe, and pretty small. The class sizes are great, as the staff to student ratio is about 1:25. I personally find the small class sizes to be the most advantageous aspect of this school, because it really allows you to become involved and seek the help you need from students and staff. They are currently updating the campus to include new buildings and amenities, that are actually rather nice. The campus is small and quaint, and would not necessarily be the first choice of someone who is looking for a more busy atmosphere. I personally would give this University a 4 out of 5 stars, because it's not perfect, but is enjoyably decent.

Stephanie

I love it here. There are numerous ways to get involved on campus and we have the option of having one or two on-campus jobs. The students can appeal their meal plans and appeal to live off-campus if the student is under 21 years old. The professors and faculty care about the students. The Wellness Center has nurse practitioners and counselors who are available for the students.

Brenda

It's a good, safe school with an overall friendly environment. However, the high tuition should provide more services and activities. Money seems to be used for the school's appearance rather than for the satisfaction of the students. The tuition rises every year to the point that I have to worry about paying for college and it's too late for me to transfer as a Spring junior.

Kimyana

This a great school. You can adapt well the environment is very friendly. It is easy to make friends. People are nice and kind including the professors. If you are looking for a place that had Christian values and a place where you can still have fun. Look no further because this college is great.

Haley

CUI is committed to a Christ-centered education and equipping students to be the next generation of critical thinking leaders. We are a connected community that encourages, challenges, and supports one another. Professor know students, students pursue professors to engage in intellectual discourse to answer the big questions in life. Concordia not only helps students grow in mind, but also in spirit and community.

Nyah

I believe CUI is a very centered school. It is extremely pricey which is mainly why I’m on this website. Although it costs an excessive amount of money, the money goes right back to the school. Everything is clean and aesthetically pleasing. As for the education, the professors are very focused on you as an individual student. If you are really antisocial and don’t like attention I don’t recommend coming here. The dorms are really nice, you even get a walk in closet. But...that costs money too. If you come here make sure you don’t put yourself into debt for an undergrad because they will do that to you.

Marisa

It is a small, close-knit campus with many ways to get involved. The atmosphere is not for everyone, but many people felt comfortable and liked the university. The campus is of Christain-Lutheran affiliation and I know that turns some people away, especially if they aren't religious.

Adriana

It is a good private Christian University and we are overall involved in sports, science, arts, and other activities. The area of Irvine is also very safe and it is nice because we have the beach, amusement parks, stores, parks, etc. around us. The people at the school are all helpful and nice for the most part.

abby

I did not enjoy my time here at all. The professors were mostly good, classes were fine except hardly any credits transfer- something that I was not told upfront and it seemed as though they wanted to keep that hidden. The students there seemed really fake and the ones who weren't were still really cliquey. There really wasn't any student life and if you didn't party or weren't a part of a few exclusive friend groups, there was absolutely no things to do. Overall, I would not recommend this school at all, unless you are very Lutheran.

Sheri Ann

Honestly, this campus is really nice and the professors are here to help you grow as a student and as a person. We have chapel nearly every day and the life of christ is instilled in the majority of the classes, so if you tend to stay away from a religious scene this is not the place for you. However, we offer many different things that you can get involved in and our sports programs are also great.

Lindsey

Small Christian campus that puts an emphasis on a "well-rounded" student. Class sizes are small making it easy to get to know your professors, get help, and feel like you matter. Professors want you to do well, and help you in any way possible. The campus is extremely safe which is very comforting. The best part in my opinion is the attention you get from Academic Advisors to ensure you are on the right track for graduation.