Fisher of Men statue overlooking Lake Michigan from Concordia’s bluff.Fisher of Men statue overlooking Lake Michigan from Concordia’s bluff.

Concordia University Wisconsin is among the top two online schools in the state for 2017, according to a ranking released Thursday by the Community for Accredited Online Schools.

CUW’s online programs came in second on the list of 23 four-year institutions of higher learning in Wisconsin. The top five on the list included University of Wisconsin Madison, CUW, Viterbo University, Marquette University and Edgewood University.

To earn a position on Wisconsin’s “Best Online Schools” list, colleges and universities needed to be accredited, public or private not-for-profit institutions. Each college was also evaluated based on additional metrics which include financial aid availability, student services, academic counseling resources, student/teacher ratios and graduation rates.

Ninety-eight percent of Concordia’s online students receive financial aid. That’s more than double the financial aid awarded to students at top-ranking University of Wisconsin Madison. FAFSA financial aid and grants from Concordia are offered to eligible students through an application and selection process.

Concordia’s program offerings also far outweigh others on the list. Students can choose from 33 total programs including in counseling, nursing and education.

Additionally, Concordia boasts a lower-than-average student/teacher ratio and offers placement services, counseling services and credit for experience.

Certificates, undergraduate degrees and graduate degrees may be obtained fully online through Concordia. Individual continuing education courses are also available online, alongside webinars and MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). Online courses typically take a maximum of 10 weeks to complete.

Concordia has campuses in Mequon, Wisconsin, and Ann Arbor, Michigan, as well as several accelerated learning centers located throughout the state and one in Missouri. It is affiliated with The Luther Church – Missouri Synod.

The Community for Accredited Online Schools, founded in 2011, is a leading resource provider for higher education information.

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— This story is written by Kali Thiel, director of university communications for Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor. She may be reached at or 262-243-2149.

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