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About Concordia University, St. Paul

At Concordia University, St. Paul, we deliver a learning experience that helps you make your goals happen by offering affordable, flexible online programs with a student-centered approach that fosters a supportive and energetic environment. Students across the country – and globe – have taken advantage of our online programs.

“My favorite parts of this program were the diversity in my classes, the culture of respect among students during online discussions, and evaluating each other’s projects.” 
– ONIRIA GILLENWATERS, RN TO BSN, ROGERS, MN, NURSE

Why Choose Concordia University, St. Paul

Concordia University, St. Paul welcomes a diverse student body and enables students to grow academically, spiritually, and interpersonally. The sense of community at Concordia University, St. Paul – whether on campus or online – makes students feel like part of the Concordia family when they enroll in one of our programs. We encourage students to explore their interests, engage with professors and peers, and achieve their goals through academic success.

Accreditation

Concordia University, St. Paul is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. Concordia University, St. Paul has been accredited since 1967, with reaccreditation given in 2018.

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Recognition

  • 47 in Best Colleges for Veterans by U.S. News & World Report 2020
  • 53 in Best Value Schools by U.S. News & World Report 2019—2020
  • Military Friendly® School 2019—2020
  • #13 in OnlineU’s Best Online Bachelor’s Degrees for ROI – 2021

Fast Facts

  • 95% of CSP grads receive job offers within one year of graduation. (First Destinations survey administered by Concordia University, St. Paul)
  • 44%: CSP graduates earn 44% more than the national average. (collegescorecard.ed.gov)
  • 745 online students graduated from Summer 2018 to Spring 2019.
  • 37: Online graduates at CSP live in 37 countries. The furthest locations were Germany (graduate) and Iran (undergraduate).
  • #16: Ranked #16 Best Colleges in Minnesota by Salary Potential. (College Salary Report by PayScale)
  • 14 enrollment increases in the past 15 years for an overall increase of 3,500 students.
  • 9 consecutive fall semesters of record enrollment growth.
“All my professors are awesome. And I’m very impressed with their level of professionalism, courtesy, kindness, compassion and intellect. I’m impressed with how much I’m learning, and thrilled about how much I have yet to learn.”
– Tanja Taff-Morello, online MBA in Health Care Management, Rochester, MN, Liaison at Mayo Clinic

Our Mission

The mission of Concordia University, St. Paul, a university of The Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod, is to prepare students for thoughtful and informed living, for dedicated service to God and humanity, for enlightened care of God’s creation, all within the context of the Christian Gospel.

Our Vision

The vision of Concordia University, St. Paul is to be acknowledged as the leading Lutheran university offering exceptional opportunities for students from all backgrounds who seek relevant career preparation and a challenging academic experience coupled with the insights of Lutheran theology.

Our Values

Concordia’s online programs are based on many values.

Career-Focused Degrees

Receive the benefits of a liberal arts education while immersed in an online program designed to give students marketable job skills and knowledge.

Established Reputation

With over 125 years of higher education experience, Concordia University, St. Paul is recognized for our diverse community and learning experiences.

Dynamic Learning Community

Members of our diverse student body – on campus and online – come from a broad spectrum of backgrounds, faiths, cultural heritages, and age groups, but all students play an integral part in the Concordia University, St. Paul community.

Relevant Learning

Concordia’s experiential learning environment allows students to apply academic concepts to real-world settings, which helps students develop practical knowledge and abilities.

Quality Education

With a tradition of academic excellence, online students earn high-quality online degrees.

Flexible

Concordia online puts students in control of their academic schedule through an accessible and flexible online or hybrid format.

Affordable

Concordia University, St. Paul is the most affordable private college in the Twin Cities. With competitively priced degree programs and generous financial aid packages, online students can earn a private college education at a price they can afford.

Supportive Faculty Members

Faculty members who have a wealth of experience in their field of study help students achieve their academic goals through quality education and support.

“I can honestly say everyone I’ve worked with at CSP has been excellent. That’s something I’m seeing as a common theme for all of Concordia: The teachers care and they want to help you get there. We’re kind of a family throughout the whole thing, called in from different areas from around the U.S.”
– Halli Gustafson, online MBA, Minneapolis, MN, Assistant Store Manager

Our History

Concordia University, St. Paul was founded in 1893 as a Christian liberal arts university dedicated to providing students with an exceptional education to prepare them for successful careers and meaningful lives. We have remained focused on that mission for over 100 years. Concordia University, St. Paul is a school that stands out for its character, values, and academic strength.

Concordia University continues to grow to meet the needs of students, the church, and the community, while at the same time holding steadfast its historical values and mission.