Concordia University Wisconsin is in the top tier of nationally ranked universities, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges ranking.

Results of the 2021 report were released today and show that Concordia has maintained its standing among the nation’s best four-year public, private, and for-profit universities. This year, Concordia placed 277 out of 391 schools in the National Universities category – a slight decrease from last year but up from previous years’ standings, and above several peer competitors, including Grand Canyon University and Liberty University.

U.S. News utilized enrollment numbers and data from the 2020-2021 academic year to compile the 2021 report. The annual Best Colleges list has long been held as the gold standard of college rankings. It has been published for the past 38 years.

The mission of Concordia University Wisconsin is to prepare learners in mind, body, and spirit for service to Christ in the Church and world. The university’s commitment to its mission is one of the 17 indicators of academic quality that was evaluated. Other indicators, including test scores, retention rates, graduation rates, student-to-faculty ratio, and alumni engagement, were also considered.

Schools in the National Universities category offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus master’s and PhD programs. Two years ago, Concordia rose out of the Midwest Regional Universities category and into the National Universities category due to its growing portfolio of doctoral programs and a wider range of undergraduate and master’s degree programs.

“We’re in the major leagues now with some tough competition with the likes of Princeton, Harvard, and Columbia,” says Dr. Tamara Ferry, executive director of institutional research. ““Nonetheless, our percentile rank increased on important indicators such as graduation, retention, and financial resources.”

Concordia University Wisconsin operates residential campuses in Mequon, Wisconsin and Ann Arbor, Michigan. It is affiliated with The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and one of seven schools among the Concordia University System. CUWAA provides a robust and uncommon learning experience – in person, online, and in blended formats – that wholly develops students to use their talents and gifts for meaningful lives. CUW is the only Concordia in the National University ranking.

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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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