About Concordia

Founded in 1894 by The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, Concordia University, Nebraska is a private, coeducational institution of higher learning. Our campus is located in Seward, which has a population of 7,200 and is located 25 minutes west of Lincoln.

100%of full-time undergraduate students receive financial aid

14:1student to faculty ratio

98% recent graduates attended graduate school or were employed within six months of graduation

81%of Concordia’s full-time professors have the highest degree possible in their field of study

Concordia's Mission

Our mission hasn't changed since the first class was held in 1894 with professor George Weller and the 13 students who lived and learned in Founders Hall. Concordia University, Nebraska is an excellent academic and Christ-centered community equipping men and women for lives of learning, service and leadership in the church and world.

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Vision Statement

In order to guide our university now and into the future, we update our vision statement every five years. The current vision theme is SALT and LIGHT 2028.

Concordia University, Nebraska will cultivate a community of academic excellence grounded in the Word of God and the Lutheran Confessions to be SALT and LIGHT in the home, church and world.

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2023-24 Academic Theme Verse

“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet.” (Matthew 5:13).


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Faith is Central to Our Mission

We use our Lutheran tradition to help students strengthen their own Christian identity and gain the practical experience they need to successfully learn, serve and lead in the church and world.

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Concordia is a Supportive and Vibrant Community

Ranked No. 37 Best Regional University, Midwest, 2021-22 U.S. News and World Report

  • More than 80% of our students live on campus, promoting a strong campus life
  • Our town of Seward is ranked as the safest community in Nebraska, according to safewise.com 
  • Our students experience safe, small-town life and relationships in Seward with plenty of opportunities in Lincoln, less than half an hour away
  • Pursue your interests with more than 70 undergraduate and 30 graduate programs offered on-campus and online.

More Than 125 Years of Equipping Students to Serve and Lead

Concordia University, Nebraska has been equipping students for service in God's church and world since the doors opened on Nov. 18, 1894 with one professor, 13 male students and a three-year high school curriculum. More than 125 years later, Concordia has grown into a fully accredited, coeducational university offering more than 100 programs and has granted degrees to tens of thousands of students.

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Student Success Is Our Priority

Your success at Concordia is not just defined by your GPA, but how you’re equipped to make an impact in your career and throughout your life. We’re committed to providing you the academic and spiritual tools you’ll need to be successful in all facets of your life.

Find your success at Concordia


A Distinctive Lutheran Education

At Concordia, we promise to equip you with a higher education that intersects learning opportunities, individual development and faith in Christ, in order to bring depth and meaning to your college experience. Our Promises of a Lutheran Education ensure that you will graduate not only with a set of skills and a degree, but also a sense of Christian vocation and purpose for the future.

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