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4 College Freshman

Academics: Concordia is well known for their language programs and rightly so. All the professors are really good at their field, and passionate about their work. Even if they can't help you the way you need it, there are night study sessions, and even semester-long tutoring by native speakers of your language.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I am challenged yet not overly stressed

5 College Sophomore

Academics: I am a music major. The professors truly know the material and present it in clear and exciting ways. The relationships built amongst music faculty and students is phenomenal.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: The professors here are awesome! They care about each of their students and are very willing to meet with students.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Concordia's academics are the most challenging in the area.

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Concordia College has an abundance of courses that are all designed to do one thing: increase student knowledge. This is clearly illustrated in level 100 (freshman) classes all the way through the level 400 (senior) classes. Be forewarned: High grades are not dispensed like penny candy; in order to receive high marks, students must be willing to work for them. As some freshmen rapidly realize, any slacking off in class will almost automatically result in poor performance and very little learned. Academic life is extremely rigorous with a full schedule, but there is always a window for a decent social life. Also, the liberal arts aspect of Concordia allows for students to create class schedules that include extremely rigorous courses within a major and the general requirement courses for graduation.  Although no class is a flat-out cakewalk, this organization mollifies the effects of higher level classes.

An integral facet of higher education at Concordia is the amazing faculty. The knowledge they have in their respective fields is a tremendous benefit for all students. The professors of Concordia are unique in that they maintain extremely high expectations for their students and at the same time are incredibly willing to aid them outside of class. All professors have office hours and most are kind enough to allow for private appointments if their office hours do not fit in a student’s schedule. This generosity, combined with small class sizes, proves student success is of vital importance to every faculty member. They are committed to providing guidance to those who are willing to exert themselves academically.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
13:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
183
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
49
Total FT Faculty
183
Faculty with Terminal Degree
81%
Average Faculty Salary
$63,497
Full-Time Retention Rate
80%
Graduation Rate
68%
Programs/Majors Offered
67
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • 20 to 49 students: 50%
  • 50 or more students: 2%
  • Fewer than 20 students: 48%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 4%
  • Communication Studies: 4%
  • English Language Studies: 3%
  • Psychology: 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • English
  • Foreign language
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Science (biological and physical)
  • Social studies
  • Visual/performing arts
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Cooperative education program
  • Double major
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Semester at Sea
  • Urban semester
  • Washington semester
Best Places to Study
  • Carl B. Ylvisaker Library
  • The Maize
  • Olin Hill
Tips to Succeed
  • Balance your time appropriately. You don't have to focus every minute on studies, but you certainly should not be a constant partier.
  • Being social will keep you sane if you spend a lot of time studying.
  • Visit teachers during office hours. It really helps solidify ideas in your mind.
Did You Know?
Concordia College has a May term, much like the January term of other colleges. Students have the option of taking one class during May. This class can be on campus or part of a Global Education Program spanning six continents!

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 15 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 15 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 8 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 6 responses

  • 21% Ole H. Olson - former governor of North Dakota
  • 21% Chris Coste - former MLB catcher and infielder
  • 21% Jim Christopherson - former NFL linebacker
  • 14% Alan Bjerga - president of the National Press Club
  • 14% Ron Offut
  • 7% Gary Larsen - former NFL defensive tackle

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 7 responses

  • 43% This was my dream school.
  • 43% This was one of my top choices.
  • 14% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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