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Concordia University, Nebraska's seal
Motto Preparing Servant Leaders for Church and World
Established 1894
Type Private University
Religious affiliation Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod
President Rev. Dr. Brian L. Friedrich
Faculty 121
Students 1,717
Location Seward, Nebraska, USA
Campus Rural
Colors Navy and White          
Mascot Bulldogs
Affiliations GPAC, NAIA

Concordia University, Nebraska's Logo

Concordia University, Nebraska, is a private, coeducational university located in Seward, Nebraska. It is affiliated with the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod and part of its ten-member Concordia University System. Concordia offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 50 academic programs in both on-campus and online formats. Intentionally Christ-centered, the university educates its more than 1,250 students in accordance with its motto: "Preparing servant leaders for church and world."

The university attempts to achieve this goal through degree programs in professional education and the liberal arts.



Founded in 1894 as Concordia Teachers College, the university began as a preparatory teacher’s school with its twelve students boarded, fed and taught in the same building by J. George Weller and his wife. The surrounding community was supportive of a school in their midst, and did much to help the students with extra foodstuffs, funding, and housing. The school granted its first teaching degrees in 1907. During World War I, the school faced anti-German sentiment, but worked alongside the community to defend America. Following the war, the school was accredited as a junior college, and women joined the student body. At first, the women were required to eat and board off-campus in area homes, but they were permitted in the dining hall in 1932, and a women’s residence hall was built in 1941.

The first bachelor's degrees were awarded in 1940, and the school became an accredited four-year institution in the late 1940s. In 1959, Concordia became the first of the LCMS schools to be accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Additional educational and housing facilities were added as the university grew and expanded its programs, including science labs, a large library, and multiple residence halls. Business, art, science, and health-related programs were added to the teaching and pre-seminary courses. Graduate programs were added in 1968.

The college became part of the newly established Concordia University System in 1995, and became a university in 1998.

In 1995 The college first hosted the first annual Plum Creek Children's Literacy Festival. In 2009 over 8000 elementary and middle school students took part in the festival. It has included famous authors such as Lois Lowry, John R. Erickson, and John Archambault

New facilities, including the Thom Leadership Education Center and a track-and-field and stadium complex, have been added in recent years. The newest of its 11 residence halls was opened in 2006. The Health, Human Performance and Athletic Center (HHPAC) was completed on May 9, 2009 in the year of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. The first event held in the HHPAC was the commencement ceremony for the graduating class of 2009.

The current President of Concordia University Seward Nebraska is Brian Friedrich.

The Thom Leadership Education Center was dedicated in 2000 and contains state-of-the-art classrooms, meeting rooms, and an auditorium. It houses education programs, including the Director of Christian Education program.

Residential Halls

There are currently 11 Residential Halls (dorms) on the University's campus. These dorms are separated by gender, with the exclusion of Jonathan Hall. The following is a list of the current Residential Halls:

Female Halls-
David Hall
Strieter Hall
Ruth C Hall
Jonathan Apartments

Male Halls-
Philip Hall
Timothy Hall
Dorcas Hall
Esther Hall
Ruth A Hall
Ruth B Hall
Schuelke Hall
Jonathan Apartments

The current visitation hours are from 10:00am until 12:00am Sunday through Thursday and 10:00am until 1:00am on Friday and Saturday. The dormitories are run by resident assistants (RAs) who are overseen by the Student Life Office (SLO).


Concordia offers both graduate and undergraduate programs designed to prepare students not only to succeed in their chosen careers, but also to encourage responsible participation and leadership in a complex and diverse society. Concordia University, Nebraska is a fully-accredited institution, accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The teacher education programs are accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE); music programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM); and the institution's business program is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).



Concordia awards bachelor's degrees in more than 40 undergraduate programs in education, business, science, art, music, communication, health, math, English, drama, and theology. Concordia also awards the Lutheran Teacher, Diploma, the Director of Christian Education, and Director of Parish Music certificates which allow holders of those credentials to serve as church workers in the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. A pre-seminary program is also available, including the necessary language courses to attend the seminaries of the LCMS.


Concordia University offers three master’s degrees: Master of Education (M.Ed.), Master of Parish Education (M.P.Ed.), and Master of Science in Family Life Ministry (M.S.F.L.M.). These programs offer a majority of their courses online, along with concentrated, on-campus courses offered during the summer months. The Master of Education program offers concentrations in administration (elementary and secondary), literacy, and early childhood education.


Concordia University, Nebraska encompasses 120 acres (0.49 km2) in the town of Seward, Nebraska. Having grown from one brick building, the campus now has over 11 academic and administration buildings and 11 residence halls. The newest residence hall is an apartment-style-living facility, and all of the campus's residence halls include internet access and cable telecommunications connections. The university grounds are home to a portion of the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum as well as a number of university-commissioned and student-made sculptures.

Weller Hall will be one of the first things you would see upon arriving at the campus. Named for the founding professor, it houses administrative offices, classrooms, and the chapel/auditorium.
The Link Library contains about 232,000 titles and offers a computerized Web-based cataloging system. The terminals also provide access to the databases of other independent colleges and universities in Nebraska. Bartels Museum, in the basement of Link Library, houses 75 displays of geological interest, including fossils and minerals from around the world.

Janzow Campus Center ("Fine" Dining Hall, Trayless Eternity, Cattle Conference Room, Student Life Office (SLO), Game Room, Mail Room, Student Activities Council Office (SAC), AED, Counseling Center, and the Bookstore)

Educational Establishments on Campus:

Founder's Hall (Math and Science)
Weller Hall (Administration, Chapel, AED, and Theater)
Jesse Hall (Business, Communication, Theology and Language Arts)
Brommer Hall (Fine Arts)
Link Library (Research and Study Materials)
Science Hall (Science and Math)
Music Center (Music, Heine Hall and Dr. Joseph Herl)
Thom Leadership Education Center (TLEC) (Education, Languages, AED, Psychology, and Religion)
Human, Health and Performance Athletic Center (HHPAC) (Athletics and Human Health Programs)

Extracurricular Activities

Over 30 clubs and organizations exist on campus for students to participate in, ranging from service-oriented groups to intramural teams to academic support groups to honorary societies. The Sower is the university's bi-weekly newspaper. The Tower is the title of the institution's yearbook.

Music, Theater, and Art

Concordia has more than a dozen vocal and instrumental ensembles open to students, including University A Cappella Choir, Chamber Choir, Concordia Singers, Concordia Handbell Choir, Jazz Band, and University Wind Ensemble. Many tour coast-to-coast, and some travel internationally.

The drama department stages two full-length shows each year, in addition to one-act plays, readers’ theater, and a host of student-directed productions. The department has been honored by inclusion in Playbill, the yearly publication of the Alpha Psi Omega dramatic honor society, for more than 20 years. The theater faculty and students are active in the Region V Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Students have received recognition for playwriting, directing, lighting design, set design, and acting at recent regional festivals. Despite the success of the theater groups, the university has yet to build a dedicated theater facility.

Concordia’s art majors exhibit their artwork at the Marxhausen Gallery of Art, which also hosts visiting artists from around the country. The university’s permanent collection of more than 300 works, the Koenig Collection, contains mostly screen prints, etchings, lithographs, and other original prints by nationally- and internationally-recognized artists. The Center for Liturgical Art at Concordia seeks to encourage and assist the Church in its ministry through the visual arts by promoting its use in worship. Students work alongside faculty and visiting artists to create a variety of pieces.


There are 19 varsity sports teams including:
Wrestling (M) Winter
Baseball (M) Spring
Football (M) Fall
Softball (W) Spring
Volleyball (W) Fall
Competitive Dance (W) Year Round
Tennis (M/W) Spring
Soccer (M/W) Fall
Golf (M/W) Fall and Spring
Cross Country (M/W) Fall
Basketball (M/W) Winter
Track–Indoor & Outdoor (M/W) Year Round
plus intramural sports. Year Round

The school mascot is the Bulldog.

Facilities include the 1,400-seat stadium & track and field constructed in 1997

Student Government

The university has a student senate composed of one senator elected by their floor peers to represent their respective dorm floor, a proportionate number of senators elected to represent students who live off campus, and a representative for the Student Activities Committee and Student Worship Committee. The president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer are elected at large from the entire student body. All extracurricular groups are encouraged to represent themselves, but are not entitled to vote (however, their funding is tied to attendance at the weekly meetings).

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