Concordia St. Paul News

February 25, 2016

Continued Enrollment Growth Leads to New Programs, Faculty Hires at Concordia University

Concordia University, St. Paul’s overall spring enrollment has increased for the 10th consecutive year as it reported a total headcount of 4,224 students for the spring 2016 semester, an increase of 184 students from a year ago. Concordia St. Paul has now eclipsed 4,000 students for four straight semesters (fall and spring).

To keep pace with the growing enrollment demands Concordia St. Paul has launched several new and emerging programs and hired a number of fulltime faculty, particularly in the areas of physical therapy, business and technology, education, and the health sciences. Since implementing a $10,000 tuition reduction in fall 2013, Concordia has hired 14 new full-time faculty members and introduced 21 new programs, including nine traditional undergraduate programs, five adult undergraduate programs, and seven graduate/doctoral programs.

Further illustrating the university’s growth, a total of 14 classrooms and 6 labs have been added to accommodate student needs. While no new buildings are currently being built, CSP did expand its campus footprint by adding 11,000-square feet of space on the fifth floor of the Central Midway building on the north side of I-94. The new space houses Concordia’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program along with offices for its nursing program.

“Concordia University is blessed to not only see significant enrollment gains across the university in numerous academic fields, but also be in a position of strength when it comes to future growth opportunities.”

Concordia St. Paul’s actions buck recent trends in higher education that have seen many colleges and universities eliminate programs and cut faculty due to enrollment and budget issues. CSP has recorded enrollment gains in nine of the last 10 years, more than doubling its overall headcount during that same time span.