Concordia College

Undergraduates: 833
Setting: Suburban
In-state Tuition: $27,060.00
Out-of-state Tuition: $27,060.00
Student/Faculty Ratio: 13:01
SAT / ACT / GPA: 1360 / 19 / 2.96
Public/Private: Private
Male/Female Ratio: 29:71
Campus Housing: Yes
Religious Affiliation: Lutheran Church
Campus Housing: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 63%

Concordia College is a private college located in Moorhead, Minnesota, United States. Founded by Norwegian settlers in 1891, the school has become associated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and practices the liberal arts. Concordia is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and has a total student enrollment of 2,810. It offers Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, and Master of Education degrees.

Concordia College invites women and men of different backgrounds, religions and aspirations to join an academic community where the life of faith and the pursuit of learning occur in dynamic interaction. Students who are eager to address big questions, open to the complexity of our multicultural world, and passionate about making a difference in their communities are welcome to be full and active participants in the life of Concordia. The purpose of Concordia College is to influence the affairs of the world by sending into society thoughtful and informed men and women dedicated to the Christian life. The Concordia College Mission Statement is rooted in the Lutheran tradition. Martin Luther believed that the liberally learned person is someone of �wondrous ability subsequently fit for everything.� His convictions shape the Lutheran academic tradition, in particular its commitment to: freedom to search for truth, with nothing off-limits for inquiry and critique. education in the liberal arts as the best preparation for leadership in church and society. excellence in all our endeavors. Where the welfare of the neighbor and the world are concerned, good intentions are never an excuse for mediocrity. the engagement of faith and learning as a creative dialog, where inquiry and scholarship enlighten religious life and faith practice enriches the educational experience. intellectual humility in the face of the paradoxes and ambiguities of life. The Lutheran theological tradition emphasizes that we are all called to serve our neighbor and care for creation in response to God�s love. Thus Concordia strives to equip students for vocation: to use their talents for the sake of the world.

Concordia College was dedicated as a private academy on Oct. 31, 1891, by a group of approximately one dozen Norwegian pastors and laymen who had recently settled in the Red River Valley. The school was founded on the property of the former Episcopalian Bishop Whipple School, which closed in 1887. English Professor I.F. Grose of St. Olaf College was asked to preside over the academy, which then offered mixed-sex education in English literature, natural sciences, mathematics, piano, and organ.The school opened with three faculty and twelve students. In 1892, Rasmus Bogstad, a Norwegian pastor, raised funds to build a male dormitory on campus grounds. His efforts lead to the construction of Academy Hall. In 1893, Grose resigned and recently hired business professor Hans Aaker took his place. Aaker became mayor of Moorhead in 1900 and left two years later when that job compromised his dedication to the school. Bogstad was appointed Concordia's next president and established its liberal tradition. Under Bogstad, Concordia constructed a new academic building, now called Old Main. Rev. Henry O. Shurson held the presidency after Bogstad resigned in 1910, until Rev. Johan A. Aasgaard was appointed in 1911. Under Aasgaard, the nearby Park Region College and Bruflat Academy were merged with Concordia, and a new library was built in what is now called Grose Hall. In 1925, Rev. John N. Brown became president and oversaw Concordia's accreditation by the North Central Association in 1927. Eleven years later, a female dormitory was built, named Fjelstad Hall, and in 1947, a male dormitory was built, later called Brown Hall. Rev. Joseph "Prexy Joe" Knutson became president in 1951, and presided over the construction of 16 buildings and the increased enrollment of 1592 students. Under his leadership, the Concordia Annual Fund was established to raise money for the college's interests, which still continues today. Dr. Paul J. Dovre took the presidency in 1975, and oversaw new college programs and articulated Concordia's Lutheran mission.Since 1999, the college has been presided by Rev. Thomas W. Thomsen, who implemented the design for a new campus center, and Dr. Pamela M. Jolicoeur, who established plans for the college's Offutt School of Business.Today, the school is led by Dr. William J. Craft.

Urban, 113 Acres (46 Ha)


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