Convenience. Options. Efficiency. Control. Savings. What if we told you that Concordia University Wisconsin offers academic programs that include all of these things (and more) when it comes to earning your bachelor’s degree? Or even your advanced degree?

Our Concordia University students come from many different educational backgrounds, from earning college credits while in high school, to returning to college for a second undergraduate degree. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer when it comes to planning course schedules, making degree plans, or determining your unique educational capacity.

Sometimes you want flexibility. That’s why Concordia offers unique programs—like Route 38, Scholars, or the Precollege Program—to help you reach your goals on a timeline that works best for you.

Allow us to explain exactly what we mean.

…With the cost of a private college education. Meet Rosa.

Rosa RoloffRosa Roloff (’22, ’24) is a CUW student earning her bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Science and plans to pursue her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree (DPT) through CUW’s accelerated bridge program.

An undergraduate program that purposefully prepares you for your professional degree program, on an accelerated track, all under the same university umbrella? It gets better…

Roloff is utilizing CUW’s Route 38 program, which allows full-time undergraduate students to maximize their time and budgets by utilizing up to 38 academic credits across fall, spring, and summer semesters at the regular, full-time undergraduate tuition rate.

“As I plan my class schedule, Route 38 allows me to take the same amount of credits, 38, over the course of fall, spring and summer. This means that I can take some classes over the summer to take pressure off during the regular school year while not having to worry about finances,” said Roloff.

To be a full-time student means you are taking between 12-18 credits in a semester. Say you take full 15-credit loads in both the fall and spring semesters, this means you can take two free summer classes (six credits) each summer you attend as a full-time student. Do that for three summers, that’s 18 credits. For free. That’s a free semester. WOW.

Route 38 opened to all full-time undergraduate programs in fall 2019. Now it’s your turn to leverage the opportunity to shift your course load from the fall and spring semesters, without paying for it!

Roloff says that Route 38 encourages and enables students to expand their education without the fear of finances. The program has allowed her to save thousands of dollars and reduce the stress of overload credits during the school year.

“I love the atmosphere at Concordia. Everyone is welcoming and kind which is very important to me. In class, I can easily find a friend or make new friends. Concordia is my home away from home,” said Roloff.

Find flexibility with the cost of a private college education. Learn more about Route 38.

…Toward earning an advanced degree. Meet Emily.

Emily SearEmily Sear (’23) recently completed her freshman year at Concordia University Wisconsin.

Many would think that she has three years to go until she gets her bachelor’s degree in her program of study, Computer Science.

That is true, but only partly true. Not only will Emily have earned her bachelor’s in computer science in four-years-time, she’ll also have earned her master’s in computer science, too. Sear is a member of the Computer Science Scholars program at CUW, an accelerated program that allows students to earn two degrees in four years.

“For the Computer Science Scholars program, I do not have to pay anything besides normal undergraduate tuition. I am able to get two degrees for the price of one!” said Sear, who is eager to put this program on her resume to stand out from the crowd and prove to future employers how hard work leads to reaching goals.

Here’s how Concordia’s Scholars programs work:

  • Earn both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in four years
  • Pay regular undergraduate tuition; two degrees for the price of one
  • Offered for Business, Justice & Public Policy, and Computer Science programs
  • High school cumulative GPA 3.5 out of 4
  • ACT score of 25 or higher, combined SAT scores of 1200 or higher
  • 18-credit loads each semester, with the ability to utilize summer courses and online courses

Yes, the expectation is high, but the reward is great. And, you’re going to be surrounded by a caring community that wants you to succeed.

The professors here truly care about their students’ education as well as their well-being. They will push you to strive for the best, but will also help you if you stumble along that path,” said Sear, who says the program takes hard work and dedication.

Earning an advanced degree on an accelerated track is not limited to the Scholars program. There are many options that bridge undergraduate programs to their graduate counterpart, don’t hesitate to ask us what the options are!

…With their credits and class schedule. Check out our Precollege Program.

Are you in high school but already feeling eager to start earning credits toward your Concordia degree? We have options for that, too.

CUW’s Precollege Program allows high school students to take classes on-campus or online to earn college credits. If you’re ready to begin these classes now, why wait? The Precollege Program is another great way to save time and save money.

Our website has all of the information you need on the Precollege Program, including a list of courses available, admission requirements, and how to get started.

To sum it all up, we just want you to know that Concordia University Wisconsin has options for students, like you, who want flexibility. Just let us know what you’re looking for.

Want in?

Join us throughout this week to learn a little more about Concordia University Wisconsin.

Visit here for a virtual tour. Here to meet the admissions staff and here to enroll. There is still time to register for the fall semester!

— Rachel (Ferry) Thoms is a member of the strategic communications department at Concordia University. She may be reached at or 734-476-7736.

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