Concordia University Ann Arbor

Concordia University is a private liberal arts university in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Affiliated with the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and a college of the Concordia University system, we’re proud of the benefits a faith-based education brings to our students.

  • Our small size and low student-to-faculty ratio foster close relationships between students and faculty and create a supportive, caring community.
  • The schools at Concordia (School of Arts & Sciences, School of Religious Studies and Social Sciences, School of Education, Haab School of Business and Management, School of Adult and Continuing Education and Graduate Studies) offer students a great education in the liberal arts tradition while giving them the experience and skills to succeed.
  • Our 187-acre campus, located on the banks of the Huron River in Ann Arbor, Michigan, creates a beautiful and safe environment and is just minutes from the restaurants, cultural activities, and resources of downtown Ann Arbor.

Our Partnership with Concordia University Wisconsin

CUAA’s online courses are offered in partnership with Concordia University Wisconsin. This partnership allows CUAA to offer an expanded catalog of high quality programs to meet your needs.

Mission and Purpose Statement

Within its distinctly Christian environment and its academic community dedicated to excellence, Concordia University serves as a liberal arts University of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, preparing men and women for a life of service in the church and in the world.

Core Values

Concordia University is a Christian educational institution where the Lutheran understanding of Scripture and the Good News of Jesus Christ permeates the culture and is shared with everyone. Our primary enterprises are learning, teaching, and scholarship grounded in faith. We are a community that expresses concern and care for every individual.


Concordia University stands on 187 acres overlooking the Huron River. Once home to peoples of the Chippewa, Ottawa, Pottawatomie, Huron, and Miami nations, the campus is bisected by Geddes Road, formerly the Pottawatomie Trail, an old Native American highway.

In the spring of 1680, the French explorer LaSalle became the first European to view the campus site. The earliest settler of the land was Elnathan Botsford, one of the first residents of Ann Arbor, who arrived in 1825. In 1917, Harry Boyd Earhart purchased the property. A philanthropist, Mr. Earhart’s interests focused on education, religion and charity.

In the late 1950’s, the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod began a search for a site to build a college. The Earhart estate was purchased in the early 1960’s and construction commenced. Concordia College, Ann Arbor was dedicated in 1963 as a junior college. That year, Concordia was granted the right to award the Associate of Arts degree by the State of Michigan. The expansion of the College to a four-year institution with the right to award the Bachelor of Arts degree was approved by the State in 1976.

In 2001, Concordia College officially became Concordia University Ann Arbor (CUAA), after launching it’s first graduate degree program in Organizational Leadership and Administration. CUAA is accredited by NCA, the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and was among the first colleges to be accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) under the new 2000 standards. CUAA’s Family Life Program is certified by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). CUAA’s Athletic Program is a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Champions of Character institution. CUAA is listed as one of America’s Best Private Colleges® and was ranked in the top 50 America’s Best Colleges 2008 for Midwestern Comprehensive Colleges by US News & World Reports.

Concordia’s undergraduate program offers over 60 majors and minors, with degrees in church work, education, pre-professional, business, the arts, communication and sciences. In addition CUAA offers accelerated and graduate degrees for adult learners through the School of Adult and Continuing Education.