Concordia University

Lutherans in Wisconsin founded Concordia College in 1881. Thirteen students began their instruction in the basement of Trinity Lutheran Church in downtown Milwaukee. In 1882, property located on 31st Street between State and Highland Streets was purchased to start a permanent campus.

In 1886, Concordia received a perpetual charter from the State of Wisconsin which authorized it to provide "classical, technical, and religious instruction to young men and students who desire to prepare themselves for the ministry of the Lutheran Church." For approximately eight decades, Concordia offered high school and the first two years of a liberal arts college program.

In the 60's and early 70's, a lay ministry program was incorporated in the curriculum along with co-educational programs for those interested in becoming teachers, deaconesses, or social workers in the Lutheran Church. Concordia also added a full complement of business and secretarial courses to its curriculum.

In 1978 Concordia was authorized by the Missouri Synod to become a 4-year accredited college providing education in teacher educ... [ Read All ]


United States

12800 N. Lake Shore Drive
Phone: 262.243.5700
Fax: 262.243.4351

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Our Aims

Concordia University Wisconsin is a Lutheran higher education community committed to helping students develop in mind, body, and spirit for service to Christ in the Church and in the world.  

Location and Getting there

Concordia University Wisconsin’s main campus is located 15 miles north of downtown Milwaukee on 155 acres of Lake Michigan shoreline at:

12800 N. Lake Shore Drive
Mequon, Wisconsin 53097  

Department and information about the department

Students involved in the visual arts at Concordia may choose a major in Art, Art Education (both undergraduate and graduate), Graphic Design, Interior Design, Photography, or Illustration. Studio courses and opportunities range from Digital Design and Photography to Painting, Ceramics, Stained Glass, Printmaking, and Sculpture. The university’s foundry is the only iron-casting facility on the North Shore.

The Concordia University Art Gallery hosts exhibitions by area artists as well as student and faculty exhibitions. The Art Guild provides opportunities for all students, majors and non-majors, to meet guest artists, visit Milwaukee and Chicago area exhibitions and museums, promote area arts events, and participate in special studio events.  

Academic Staff and Description  

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Information For  Undergraduates

Concordia provides a variety of educational opportunities for students who are preparing for vocations in the ministry of the church and for various professional and business careers in the community. The program of studies emphasizes a liberal arts curriculum and course offerings provide educational experiences that cultivate personal and vocational skills. The total program is centered in the Christian philosophy with a confessional Lutheran emphasis. It is governed by sound educational standards and is focused on the spiritual, academic, social, and physical development of students.

Art Department Degree Programs:

Art Major
Art Minor
Graphic Design
Interior Design
Art Education

Information For  Postgraduates

In keeping with the Christian, Liberal Arts mission of the university, Concordia University Wisconsin offers programs of Graduate Study, including E-Learning, and programs in Adult and Continuing Education.  

Information For  International Students


If you decide to come to Concordia University Wisconsin to seek your academic degree, you must fulfill the following requirements in order to be accepted:

Your GPA from a previous school must be at least 3.00 to be considered for admissions to a graduate program and 2.50 to undergraduate (or equivalent to these results if a different grading system is applied).

You must prove your English proficiency by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The required minimum score to be accepted to CUW is at least 550 on paper or 213 computer-based for graduate program and 500 or 173 respectively for undergraduate program. You do not have to take TOEFL if you have obtained a Bachelor?s degree from an accredited institution where the language of instruction was English. Undergraduate students who do not have TOEFL score or whose score is lower than required can be accepted into the English as a Second Language programs.

Carefully consider buying health insurance in your home country. In regard to the high medical costs, health insurance in the U.S. is a must. You can buy ...  [ Read All ]


Concordia University Wisconsin has a proud tradition of maintaining a close relationship with the outside community. There are many functions of the university dedicated specifically to keep in contact with alumni of the university, provide services for parents of CUW students and maintaining the unique "Friends of Concordia" organization.  

Student Facilities


The Chapel of Christ Triumphant is the site of many concerts, daily chapel services and Sunday worship. The chapel can seat up to 700 individuals.

The newest addition to the CUW campus with a dedication date of October 19, 2002. This 22,000 square foot facility includes state-of-the-art Universal sports equipment, computerized assessment tools, the new CUW Sports Hall of Fame, and athletic offices. Recipient of a $150,000 National Fitness Foundation Grant, the center is the final piece in Concordia's commitment to a holistic approach to education which enriches mind, body and spirit.

The R. John Buuck Field House was constructed in 1989. This multi-purpose facility includes basketball courts, volleyball courts, baseball batting cages and an indoor track.

Rincker Memorial Library serves the faculty, staff and students of Concordia University Wisconsin. The collection currently holds over 108,000 volumes, maintains over 800 periodical subscriptions and subscribes to a variety of electronic databases. The main...  [ Read All ]

Student Support

The Division of Student Life seeks to help students develop by providing opportunities which create a purposeful, open, just, disciplined, caring, and celebrative community.

The Division of Student Life strives to make Concordia University . .

A Purposeful Community

. . . an educationally purposeful Christian community, a place where faculty, staff and students share the goal of developing mature Christian men and women and work together to strengthen teaching and learning on the campus.

An Open Community

. . . an open community, a place where freedom in Christ is uncompromisingly protected and where Christian love is powerfully affirmed.

A Just Community

. . . a just community, a place where the sanctity of each person is valued, where diversity is aggressively pursued and appreciated and where the Christian rights of all members of the community are honored.

A Disciplined Community

. . . a disciplined community, a place where individuals accept their Christian responsibilities to others and where well-defined governance procedures guide behavior, balancing individual freedom with the corporate good.

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Student Life

The mission of student activities is to encourage the intellectual and social development of students individually and through student groups. The programs, services, and facilities provided by student activities are designed to serve students by:

stimulating an interchange of ideas, attitudes, and opinions
providing opportunities for leadership and development of organizational and interpersonal skills
involving students in designing and implementing their own programs
providing places for students to meet, relax, learn and be entertained
contributing to a satisfying and enjoyable campus environment

Our central belief is that students who are actively involved in campus life will find their experience to be more satisfying and successful.  


The Department of Residence Life at Concordia University Wisconsin is committed to providing comfortable and well-maintained residence hall communities that are purposeful, open, just, disciplined, caring and celebrative where students’ can develop in mind, body and spirit, academic goals, personal development, and spiritual growth are encouraged and supported. Our staffs are available, reliable, helpful, and concerned for the well being of resident students within facilities that are safe, clean, and healthy living environments.

Resident living at CUW is designed with you in mind. Our mission is to provide you with comfortable, safe, and well-maintained residence hall communities where your academic goals, personal and social development, and spiritual growth are encouraged and supported. Living on campus gives you a tremendous opportunity to interact with students from many different backgrounds, cultures, and experiences. It also allows you to take part in social, intellectual, emotional, physical, cultural and spiritual events which are provided for your enrichment.

Concordia offers a resident student several different ...  [ Read All ]

How To Apply  

Visit us (open days)

A great way to learn more about a college, and to decide if it's the right one for you is to visit the campus. While visiting Concordia University Wisconsin, you have the opportunity to experience the academic, social, and spiritual aspects of college life on our campus.

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is open for individual visits Monday through Friday with tours at 10am, 1pm and 3pm and certain Saturdays.  

Request a prospectus (Number, e-mail or follow link)

For more information, please feel free to contact our Admissions Department.
Phone: 262.243.5700