Concordia University Wisconsin is a higher education institution and an affiliate of the 10-member Concordia University System, which is operated by the second-largest Lutheran church body in the United States, the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (LCMS). The Concordia University System (CUS is an organization of ten colleges and universities throughout the United States operated by the Lutheran Church - Missouri Lutheranism is a major branch of Western Christianity that identifies with the teachings of the sixteenth-century German reformer Martin Luther The United States of America —commonly referred to as the The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS founded in 1847 in Missouri, is the eighth largest Protestant denomination in the United States and the second-largest
The university is a coeducational, NCA-accredited university with 78 undergraduate majors and minors, nine graduate programs, and eight accelerated Adult Education programs. Mixed-sex education, (or just Mixed education) also known as Coeducation, is the integrated education to males and females at the same school facilities The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA, also referred to as North Central, is one of six regional accreditation organizations recognized by the In some Educational systems undergraduate education is Post-secondary education up to the level of a Bachelor's degree. A graduate school or ("grad school" is a school that awards advanced degrees such as doctoral degrees with the general requirement that students must have earned
The university's mission statement reads: "Concordia University Wisconsin is a Lutheran higher education community committed to helping students develop in mind, body, and spirit for service to Christ in the Church and the world. "
The university is in Mequon, Wisconsin, a city of just over 20,000 citizens about 15 minutes north of downtown Milwaukee. Mequon (MEK-wan is a city in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin, United States. Residing on the shore of Lake Michigan, the university owns a 192-acre campus with over 3. Lake Michigan is one of the five Great Lakes of North America, and the only one located entirely within the United States. 5 miles of indoor walkways.
Concordia University Wisconsin was opened in 1881 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in downtown Milwaukee. Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church is a church located in Milwaukee Wisconsin. Classes were taught in the basement of the building, with only 13 students in attendance. One year later, the college, known then as Concordia College, purchased nearby land to install a permanent facility. The college resided between 31st and 33rd streets and State St. and Highland Blvd. in Milwaukee until 1983. These facilities are now partially occupied by the Indian Community School.
The current location of Concordia University Wisconsin was formerly a Roman Catholic nunnery owned and operated by the School Sisters of Notre Dame in affiliation with the Roman Catholic Church. School Sisters of Notre Dame is a worldwide order of Roman Catholic nuns devoted to primary, secondary, and Post-secondary education
In the early 1980s, the School Sisters of Notre Dame sought out buyers for their facility. School Sisters of Notre Dame is a worldwide order of Roman Catholic nuns devoted to primary, secondary, and Post-secondary education Among those who offered to buy the school were Concordia College of Milwaukee and the State of Wisconsin, which was considering using the facility for a penitentiary. Wisconsin ( or wɪˈskɑnsɨn (French Ouisconsin) is one of the fifty United States of America, located in the north central part of the United States It was rumored that the School Sisters also received offers from a more theologically contemporary church, but refused the offer on the basis of their liberal liturgical heritage. The Sisters, desiring to preserve their religious heritage, decided to accept a reduced offer from the liturgically more traditional Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod's Concordia College.
Seeing an opportunity for growth, the college - under the direction of President Wilbert Rosin - asked its Missouri Synod to become a four-year institution for its programs in engineering, social work, teacher education, and nursing. In 1978, the request was approved. Year 1978 ( MCMLXXVIII) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar)
On August 27, 1989, the college sought from the Board of Regents approval to gain university status. Events 479 BC - Greco-Persian Wars: Persian forces led by Mardonius are routed by Pausanias, the Spartan Year 1989 ( MCMLXXXIX) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar) The Board approved the request, making Concordia University Wisconsin the first among the 10 colleges of the Concordia University System to achieve this standing. Dynamic President Dr. R. John Buuck led the university in its' enormously successful transition from the old Milwaukee campus to the Mequon facility (and into university status) during a presidency of 18 years.
Following the installment of its current president, the Rev. Dr. Patrick Ferry, the university saw tremendous growth in enrollment. The Reverend Dr Patrick Ferry is the seventh president of Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon Wisconsin, where he has served since August of 1997 In less than 10 years, the university nearly doubled the size of its undergraduate student body to approximately 1,600. Total enrollment now stands at almost 5,600 students. Also expanded were its adult education programs, which soon became among the largest in Lutheran higher education. Higher education is Education that is provided by universities, vocational universities, Community colleges Liberal arts colleges As of its 125th academic year (2005–2006), Concordia University Wisconsin became the largest Lutheran school in the United States by enrollment 
In keeping with its Liberal Arts tradition, Concordia's top traditional undergraduate majors as of the 2006-07 school year were as follows:
|Public Administration & Service||103||6%|
|Biological and Biomedical Sciences||82||5%|
Other key demographics for CUW students: (a)
(a) Note: Source of data traditional undergraduate students only. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the
Student/Faculty ratio: 14 to 1
Average class size: 19
Full-time faculty with terminal degree: 69%
Concordia University Wisconsin is home to several student publications. Among the most read are the university's official student newspaper, The Concordia Beacon, which was founded in 1984. Year 1984 ( MCMLXXXIV) was a Leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar) Prior to the Beacon's first publication in 1984, papers like The Courier and The Quill made up the student news publications. Year 1984 ( MCMLXXXIV) was a Leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar) An underground publication at Concordia is The Shadow. The Shadow includes humorous fictional stories and is distributed by secret editoral staff.