Meet Luke Witte (’27) from Lutheran Westland, majoring in Computer Science.

Why should someone from Lutheran Westland consider CUW?

They have some of the best people you will ever meet. Everyone is always very welcoming. There are also so many things to do outside of class, you’ll never feel bored.

How did Lutheran Westland prepare you for life after high school?

Most importantly, it gave me a Christian background that will stay with me the rest of my life. It also prepared me for the classes here. The teachers I had at Lutheran Westland pushed me in their classes and when I came CUW, the classes did not feel as difficult as they could have.

What has been the impact of a Lutheran education in your life?

I’ve gone to Lutheran schools for all my life. I’ve always enjoyed being surrounded by friends that for the most part, share my exact beliefs or very similar. They help me to think about what it means to be always Lutheran in my life, especially here at college when its easy to lose yourself in your regular school life and sports.

Have there been any teachers and or professors who have made an impact on you?

Yes. During high school, I had a teacher for Chemistry, AP Calc, Physics, and Programming named Mr. Montney. His programming class was one of the biggest reasons I decided to go into computer science. Not to mention, he was an amazing teacher, and model to look up to for me and many of my fellow classmates. He had a huge impact on all our lives and had a way of making arguably some of the hardest classes in high school much more enjoyable.

What is the most underrated element of CUW?

I would say the many clubs that they have here may be the most underrated part. Coming into college, I had no idea how many and what clubs they might have. I didn’t think I would find one I enjoyed, but I ended up finding a spot in a few of them. I joined the Ultimate Frisbee club team and they were the best group of people I have ever met and they helped me tremendously in adjusting to coming to college. Going to play frisbee with them was like an escape from school and track stress. I also joined the Computer Science club which meets every week to help younger students with their homework, and the Hackathon club which puts on coding events every semester with the aim of making fun competition and teaching out of coding.

What is your favorite spot on campus?

My favorite spot on the CUW campus would have to be the computer science lounge. Its been getting new furniture and renovations since I got here and it just keeps getting better and better. It’s a nice place to just sit down and work on homework. It feels like a technologically heavy place and to me it’s a good feeling to have going into computer science.

What drew you to Concordia?

I was drawn to Concordia Wisconsin first by their Lutheran education and environment. Secondly, their department of computer science is the best that I’ve seen in any of Concordia’s. The staff of professors they have in the department are amazing and so knowledgeable within each of their concentrations. The concentrations of computer science themselves that each new freshman gets to pick from also really helped me to decide to come here.

What has been your favorite class here at CUW and why?

My favorite class here so far was my Coding 1 class that I took for the first semester with Dr. Litman. Even when I didn’t understand how to code some of my assignments, Dr. Litman was understanding of that and always helped us to understand after the assignment was turned in. Despite the confusion, I always found the assignments to be fun to code too.

Want in?

Concordia’s computer science degree integrates liberal arts with technical training, offering a comprehensive approach to the dynamic field. Emphasizing problem-solving through technology, the program equips you to create and manage innovative solutions in the ever-evolving tech landscape. With five diverse concentrations and flexible electives, you can tailor your education to match your interests. The curriculum covers hardware, software, databases, coding, and user interfaces, providing a solid foundation through Concordia Core and Technology Core. After completing core courses, you have the flexibility to specialize in specific areas or explore additional fields, ensuring a well-rounded bachelor’s in computer science degree.