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Concordia University, Irvine Overview

Concordia University, Irvine is a private not-for-profit institution located in Irvine, California. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

What Is Concordia University, Irvine Known For?

548 Undergraduate Awards
$39,716 Avg Cost After Aid
58% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at Concordia University, Irvine have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 3%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • The highest award offered at Concordia University, Irvine is the doctor's degree.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 94% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from Concordia University, Irvine with a bachelor's degree make about $46,400 a year. That's 14% more than those who graduate from other schools.
  • On average, it takes about 4.1 years for students from Concordia University, Irvine to earn a bachelor's degree. This is excellent when compared to the average of 4.4 years.

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Concordia University, Irvine Rankings

Concordia University, Irvine is ranked #371 out of 2,320 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2021 Best Colleges list. Concordia University, Irvine also holds the #32 spot on the Best Colleges in California ranking.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Concordia University, Irvine has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#98 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#176 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Concordia University, Irvine.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#4 Best Curriculum & Instruction Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Instructional Media Design Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Value Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Best Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#12 Best Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#15 Best Educational Administration Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#35 Best Health & Physical Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#38 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#58 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#63 Best Special Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Concordia University, Irvine has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#12 Best Teaching Master’s Degree Schools Teaching Degree Search
#26 Highest Paid Health Professions Graduates College Factual
#43 Highest Paid Nursing Graduates College Factual
#49 Best Nursing Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#68 Best Health Professions Colleges for Non-Traditional Students College Factual
#104 Best Health Professions Colleges for Veterans College Factual

Where Is Concordia University, Irvine?

Location of Concordia University, Irvine

Contact details for Concordia University, Irvine are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1530 Concordia West, Irvine, CA 92612-3203
Phone: 949-854-8002

How Do I Get Into Concordia University, Irvine?

You can apply to Concordia University, Irvine online at:

Admission Requirements for Concordia University, Irvine

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank considered but not required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program considered but not required
Recommendations considered but not required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into Concordia University, Irvine?

58% Acceptance Rate
68% Of Accepted Are Women
70% Submit SAT Scores
Concordia University, Irvine has an acceptance rate of 58%, which means it is fairly selective. Take that into account when you are working on your application and gathering requested materials. Do what you can to stand out among other applicants.

Approximately 32% of accepted students are men and 68% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 53%, and the acceptance rate for women is 61%.

Average Test Scores

About 70% of students accepted to Concordia University, Irvine submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 510 and 610. Math scores were between 500 and 590.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Concordia University, Irvine  ( 510 to 610 )

SAT Math Scores for Concordia University, Irvine  ( 500 to 590 )
Concordia University, Irvine received ACT scores from 47% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 20 and 26. Math scores were between 18 and 26. Composite scores were between 20 and 26.

ACT English Scores for Concordia University, Irvine  ( 20 to 26 )
ACT Math Scores for Concordia University, Irvine  ( 18 to 26 )
ACT Composite Scores for Concordia University, Irvine  ( 20 to 26 )

Can I Afford Concordia University, Irvine?

$39,716 Net Price
63% Take Out Loans
3.4% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Concordia University, Irvine is $39,716. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Concordia University, Irvine, approximately 63% of students took out student loans averaging $6,699 a year. That adds up to $26,796 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Concordia University, Irvine is 3.4%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Concordia University, Irvine Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,594 Full-Time Undergraduates
60% Women
46% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,738 undergraduate students at Concordia University, Irvine, with 1,594 being full-time and 144 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Concordia University, Irvine

There are also 2,173 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,594 full-time undergraduates at Concordia University, Irvine, 40% are male and 60% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Concordia University, Irvine

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Concordia University, Irvine students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Concordia University, Irvine Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 150
Black or African American 62
Hispanic or Latino 404
White 768
International Students 81
Other Races/Ethnicities 129

Geographic Diversity

California students aren't the only ones who study at Concordia University, Irvine. At this time, 25 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 48 countries are represented at Concordia University, Irvine. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Saudi Arabia, and South Korea.

Online Learning at Concordia University, Irvine

1,956 Took All Classes Online
2,563 Took At Least One Class Online
14.2% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 5 bachelor’s degree and 11 master’s degree programs available online at Concordia University, Irvine. In 2017-2018, 2,563 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Concordia University, Irvine has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 15th most popular in California for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Concordia University, Irvine

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Concordia University, Irvine was 14.2%. This is the #1,108 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Concordia University, Irvine regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Concordia University, Irvine majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business Administration & Management 23%
Business, Management & Marketing 23%
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 62%
Education 12%
Health Professions 27%
Instructional Media Design 47%
International Studies 31%
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 5%
Liberal Arts General Studies 5%
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies 42%
Nursing 31%
Psychology 21%
Student Counseling 46%
Theological & Ministerial Studies 36%
Theology & Religious Vocations 44%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Concordia University, Irvine ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Concordia University, Irvine.

Major Growth Rate Rank
International Studies #5
Student Counseling #21
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology #32
Health & Physical Education #44
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies #50
Instructional Media Design #52
Curriculum & Instruction #53
Theological & Ministerial Studies #62
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #74
Psychology #91
Theology & Religious Vocations #94
Educational Administration #112
Health & Medical Administrative Services #129
Liberal Arts General Studies #165
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #165
Nursing #225
Education #282
Business Administration & Management #342
Health Professions #371
Business, Management & Marketing #424

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Concordia University, Irvine Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Health & Physical Education 36 0 420 0 456
Educational Administration 0 0 214 24 238
Business Administration & Management 99 19 98 0 216
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 209 0 209
Instructional Media Design 0 0 151 0 151
Nursing 125 0 3 0 128
Student Counseling 0 0 67 0 67
Liberal Arts General Studies 43 0 0 0 43
General Psychology 39 0 0 0 39
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 6 8 20 0 34
Behavioral Science 33 0 0 0 33
International Studies 5 0 27 0 32
Communication & Media Studies 30 0 0 0 30
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 23 0 23
Health & Medical Administrative Services 12 0 9 0 21
General Biology 20 0 0 0 20
General English Literature 20 0 0 0 20
History 15 0 0 0 15
Theological & Ministerial Studies 7 0 7 0 14
Music 13 0 0 0 13
Allied Health Professions 12 0 0 0 12
Drama & Theater Arts 8 0 0 0 8
Design & Applied Arts 7 0 0 0 7
Chemistry 5 0 0 0 5
Mathematics 4 0 0 0 4
Religious Education 4 0 0 0 4
Special Education 0 0 3 0 3
Fine & Studio Arts 3 0 0 0 3
Physics 1 0 0 0 1
Economics 1 0 0 0 1
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 0 0 0 0 0
Religious Studies 0 0 0 0 0
Political Science & Government 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 548 27 1,251 24 1,850


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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