Concordia University Ann Arbor
Former names
Concordia Lutheran Junior College (1963–1976)
Concordia College (1976–2001)
MottoChrist First in Everything
TypePrivate satellite campus
Parent institution
Concordia University Wisconsin
Religious affiliation
Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod
PresidentDr. Erik Ankerberg
Students1,081 (2017-18)[1]
Location, ,
United States

42°16′26″N 83°40′59″W / 42.274°N 83.683°W / 42.274; -83.683
Campus187 acres (76 ha)
ColorsRed, Black & White
Sporting affiliations
NCCAA Division I – Midwest
MascotCorky The Cardinal

Concordia University Ann Arbor (CUAA) is the Ann Arbor, Michigan, campus of Concordia University Wisconsin, a private Lutheran university in Mequon, Wisconsin. As part of Concordia University, it is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.[2]

Concordia University Ann Arbor's 187-acre (76 ha) campus sits on the banks of the Huron River, about ten minutes outside downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan. Concordia is affiliated with the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS) and is a member of the Concordia University System. CUAA merged with Concordia University Wisconsin in 2013.


Earhart Manor on the Concordia campus

In the early 1960s, the LCMS purchased the Earhart Manor and surrounding estate in Ann Arbor and began construction of Concordia Lutheran Junior College. The campus was designed by architect Vincent Kling in a mid-century modern style.[3] Classes began in the fall of 1964 with 234 students and 24 instructors.[1] The school began offering four-year degree programs in 1976 and changed its name to Concordia College.[1] It assumed its current name in 2001.

In 1977, Concordia began performing the "Boars Head Festival", an annual Christmas celebration filled with song, music, and drama that is much beloved by current students, alumni, and community members.

In the 2000s, the university experienced "a number of financial, enrollment and administrative difficulties" that prompted it to enter into discussions with Concordia University Wisconsin about a possible merger.[4] The merger became effective on July 1, 2013, with Curt Gielow, former executive dean of CUW's School of Pharmacy and former mayor of Mequon, Wisconsin, becoming Vice President of Administration and Chief Campus Officer at CUAA.[5] He was replaced at the end of 2018 by Ryan Peterson.[6]

In 2015, the university purchased the former Ann Arbor campus of the Thomas M. Cooley Law School.[7] That facility, two miles (3.2 km) north of the main campus, is now the home of CUAA's School of Nursing.[1]

In 2022, the university called Dr. Erik Ankerberg to be the next president of the university. He began his duties in January 2023, prior to the spring semester.[8]

Undergraduate admissions statistics
2018 entering

Admit rate50.0
(1,023 out of 2,049)
Yield rate22.9
(234 out of 1,023)
Test scores middle 50%
ACT Composite19-24
(among 99% of FTFs)


The Concordia–Ann Arbor (CUAA) athletic teams are called the Cardinals. The school's mascot is named Corky the Cardinal. The university is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Wolverine–Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) for most of its sports since the 1992–93 academic year; while its football team competes in the Mideast League of the Mid-States Football Association (MSFA). They are also a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA), primarily competing as an independent in the Midwest Region of the Division I level.

CUAA competes in 28 intercollegiate varsity sports: Men's sports include baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, tennis and track & field (indoor and outdoor). Women's sports include basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, stunt, tennis, track & field (indoor and outdoor) and volleyball; and co-ed sports include cheerleading, competitive dance and eSports.


National Championships:


  1. ^ a b c d "History". Concordia University Ann Arbor. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  2. ^ "Accreditation & Approval". Concordia University Ann Arbor. Retrieved February 21, 2023.
  3. ^ "The Earhart Mansion | Ann Arbor District Library". Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  4. ^ LCMS, The (December 21, 2011). "Board encourages Ann Arbor, Mequon, merger discussions". Reporter. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  5. ^ "Concordia University System Chronicle - October 2013". Reporter. October 8, 2013. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  6. ^ "Curt Gielow retires from Concordia University". Concordia University Ann Arbor News. December 12, 2018. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  7. ^ Allen, Jeremy. "Ann Arbor's Concordia University launches new School of Nursing program". MLive Media Group. Retrieved February 4, 2017.
  8. ^ Communications, Strategic (October 26, 2022). "Dr. Erik P. Ankerberg will be extended call to become CUWAA president". Concordia University Wisconsin News. Retrieved June 1, 2023.
  9. ^ "Concordia University Ann Arbor Common Data Set 2018-2019" (PDF). Concordia University Ann Arbor. Retrieved November 18, 2022.