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Students have thousands of colleges to choose from and finding the right match helps ensure that a student will not just complete their degree but thrive academically, socially, spiritually, and athletically! We invite you to explore the distinct benefits of Concordia University Irvine by connecting with our Admissions office, visiting our campus, and engaging with our community.

We are now accepting applications for Fall 2021

In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, we have made the following changes to our application process:

  • Pass/Fail or Credit/No-Credit coursework will be accepted
  • SAT/ACT requirements will be waived for applicants
  • Our $50 application fee has been waived

Concordia accepts our CUI Online Application or the Common App.

Have questions about our application process? Call (949) 214-3010.

Meet our Admissions Team

CUI Undergraduate Admissions Counselor

Invite CUI

Concordia University Irvine would welcome an opportunity to participate in your virtual college fair or a virtual presentation at your high school, community college, or community-based organization. Please direct your fair or presentation requests to [email protected].

View 2020-2021 College Fair Schedule

Visit Concordia University Irvine (CUI)

While we are in an ever-changing situation, we will offer virtual campus visit events with our best intention to host them in-person.

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Admissions Standards

  • Minimum GPA: 2.80
  • Minimum SAT: Waived for Fall 2021 applicants
  • Minimum Composite ACT: Waived for Fall 2021 applicants

Averages from the incoming class of 2019-2020

  • Average GPA: 3.54
  • Average SAT: 1122 (critical reading/math)
  • Average Composite ACT: 23

Honors Program

The Honors Program at Concordia University Irvine provides highly capable, curious, and accomplished students with special opportunities to pursue their scholarly interests. Those who meet the program’s minimum academic qualifications are invited to apply for the Honors Scholarship. First-time college students with a weighted cumulative high school GPA of 3.9 or higher are invited to apply for the Presidential Honors Scholarship.

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Portfolio Review

Scholarships for the Arts

First-Year and Transfer applicants are invited to submit a portfolio/audition video for potential scholarship monies when applying to these majors:


  • Voice (Choir)
  • Band/Orchestral Instruments (strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion)
  • Handbells
  • Worship Band/Commercial Music Ensemble (guitar, electric bass, keyboard, drumset)
  • Composition
  • Jazz/Americana
  • Piano/Organ (classical)

Visual Arts

  • Graphic Design


  • Design & Technical Production Emphasis

Church Work

Through quality church work programs, Concordia University Irvine supports the formation of pastors, Directors of Christian Education, Directors of Parish Music, deaconesses, and teachers in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). We are proud to offer a limited number of qualified new church work students significant institutional aid.

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Forensics - Speech & Debate Scholarships

We offer scholarships for participation based on need and merit. Students are encouraged to apply by the Early Action Priority deadline for consideration.

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Enduring Questions & Ideas

Our Nationally-Recognized General Education

Our Q&I curriculum received national recognition in a 2018 report by The Chronicle of Higher Education. As one of only three institutional profiles in the report, Q&I was highlighted for the way we have refreshed our general-education courses by focusing on timeless questions and great texts. The results have been significant – not only in increased intellectual habits but in soaring student engagement.

Math & Philosophy

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Biology & Theology

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History & Literature

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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester

Type Apply By Notified By
Early Action November 15 Mid-December
Early Action II (Priority) February 15 March 1
Rolling Admissions July 27  

Note: Applications received after February 15 are reviewed on a rolling basis, and it is recommended that students apply well in advance. Once your application is complete, it usually takes two weeks to receive an admissions decision, depending upon the time of year.

Spring Semester

Type Apply By
Regular Decision January 3

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Concordia University Irvine
Admissions Office
1530 Concordia West, Irvine, CA 92612

Phone: (949) 214-3010
Email: [email protected]

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