National Lutheran News

Concordia University system grows again

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Concordia University System of 10 colleges and universities nationwide has now been around for 20 years. That is also how many years Concordia University System (CUS) enrollment has grown.

This total CUS enrollment in the fall of 2012 in both graduate and undergraduate programs increased 4.1 percent — from 28,421 in fall 2011 to 29,597 in 2012, an increase of 1,176 students.

Both the number of graduate and undergraduate students increased — from 12,909 to 13,790 for graduate (an increase of 881 students or 6.8 percent), and from 15,512 to 15,807 for undergraduate (up 295 students or 1.9 percent).

“God has again blessed our institutions with strong enrollments,” CUS Interim President Rev. Dr. Alan W. Borcherding said. “Since the Concordia University System was formed 20 years ago, our enrollment has grown more than four-and-a-half times — from 6,321 students to 29,597.”

Along with the increase in enrollment, Borcherding said he also considers it “a blessing that the number of students who identify themselves as Lutheran has remained constant in recent years.”

The Rev. Dr. William Meyer, who served as CUS president from 1992 to 2005, noted that schools with programs in health professions continue to draw new students.

This fall’s enrollments – including both graduate and undergraduate students – at individual CUS schools are as follows:

Concordia University, Ann Arbor, Michigan – 668 (a decrease of 43 students, or 6 percent, over fall 2011).

Concordia University Texas, Austin, Texas – 2,584 (down 74, or 2.78 percent).

Concordia College—New York, Bronxville, New York – 867 (up 42, or 5 percent).

Concordia University, Irvine, California – 3,519 (up 268, or 8.2 percent).

Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, Wisconsin – 7,751 (up 133, or 1.7 percent).

Concordia University, Portland, Oregon – 3,111 (up 602, or 23.99 percent).

Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, Illinois – 5,454 (up 320, or 6.2 percent).

Concordia College Alabama, Selma, Alabama – 611 (down 108, or 15 percent).

Concordia University, St. Paul, St. Paul, Minnesota – 2,941 (up 141, or 5 percent).

Concordia University, Nebraska, Seward, Nebraska – 2,091 (down 105, or 4.8 percent).

For more information about LCMS colleges and universities ­­– and professional church-work careers – visit www.lcms.org/cus.

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