About Concordia University, St. PaulMission, Vision & Promise

The Concordia Promise

Concordia University, St. Paul empowers you to discover and engage your purpose for life, career and service in a dynamic, multicultural, urban environment where Christ is honored, all are welcome, and Lutheran convictions inform intellectual inquiry and academic pursuits.

Mission Statement

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.

Mission Statement Purpose

This mission is achieved when students pursue programs grounded in the liberal arts and focused on education for vocation in home, workplace, community, and congregation.

Therefore, the college pursues the following purposes:

  • To relate human learning and experience to the Christian faith as this faith is confessed within its Lutheran heritage
  • To provide education within the context of a global perspective
  • To structure personalized and integrated learning experiences in which students share with faculty the responsibility for their own intellectual, physical, social, emotional, and spiritual growth
  • To offer a variety of experiences in and out of the classroom designed to assist students in acquiring greater self-understanding, in achieving a growing realization of their abilities and interests, and in investigating options for service in home, workplace, community, and congregation

Vision Statement

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.

Vision Statement Purpose

To achieve its vision, Concordia University, St. Paul adopts the following strategic priorities:

  1. Grow enrollment
    1. Grow from record enrollment of 2,941 to 5,000.
    2. Expand academic offerings at all post-secondary degree levels.
    3. Reduce tuition for traditional undergraduate students by $10,000 for 2013-2014.
  2. Increase persistence to graduation
    1. Continue addressing affordability.
    2. Improve academic support programs.
    3. Expand academic offerings at all post-secondary degree levels.
  3. Increase transition to job or graduate school
    1. Ensure career planning services fit students’ needs.
    2. Ensure all students engage in meaningful career experiences during degree program.
    3. Improve data collection and analysis of students’ post-graduation transition to careers or graduate programs.
  4. Grow net assets
    1. Reduce long-term debt.
    2. Continue to budget and manage toward a surplus.
    3. Increase support from alumni and friends. Focus on estate planning, growing the endowment and gifts to The Opportunity Fund.

Our History

Since our founding in 1893, Concordia University has been preparing students for successful careers and meaningful lives by providing an educational experience that is responsive, relevant and real.

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