Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor is working to accept all relevant incoming credits from displaced Concordia University Portland students—and is working to do so at a rate that's equal to or lower than what students paid at Portland.


In the wake of Monday’s unexpected announcement that the Oregon-based university will cease operations at the close of the spring 2020 semester, Concordia is working with representatives of The Higher Learning Commission, the accrediting body of the university, to facilitate the transfer of Concordia University Portland students as seamlessly as possible.

Concordia University Wisconsin is made up of two residential campuses in Mequon, Wisconsin, and Ann Arbor, Michigan, as well as center locations throughout Wisconsin and online offerings that reach learners worldwide. It is a member of the Concordia University System, a nationwide network of colleges and universities affiliated with The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.

Eight institutions make up the Concordia University System (with Portland’s closure it will be seven). Outside of Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor, each of the campuses operate as separate institutions with their own unique Board of Directors.

With 8,777 students spread out among Wisconsin, Ann Arbor, and online programs, Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor’s total enrollment count is the largest of any of the other schools in the Concordia University System. The university offers more than 80 undergraduate offerings and more than 30 graduate programs (including five doctoral degrees).

Related: A statement from the Concordia presidents on the Concordia University Portland closure

“Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor continues to be richly blessed in the midst of the challenges facing higher education today,” said University President Rev. Patrick T. Ferry, PhD. “The loss of the Portland campus demonstrates the importance of proactively seeking solutions in order to not only survive, but to thrive as a healthy institution. This work has already begun at Concordia and it will continue into the future. Our mission is of unquestionable significance as each facet of our university prepares students to lead uncommon lives of Christian witness and service in countless professions.”

Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor offers multiple compatible programs for Portland students. Three of our highlighted programs include:

Thanks to Concordia’s Uncommon Scholarship program, transfer students could qualify for additional financial support.

Application Update (Posted 2-13-2020)

Concordia University Wisconsin has received a high volume of Concordia Portland applications. Admissions personnel are working to review applications as promptly as possible. Please note there is an estimated three-day review period for transcripts after which an Admissions team member will be in touch to inform you of next steps.

— Kali Thiel is director of university communications for Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor. She may be reached at kali.thiel@cuw.edu or 262-243-2149.

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