Concordia University Ann Arbor
MottoChrist First in Everything
Religious affiliation
Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod
PresidentWilliam R. Cario (Interim)
Vice President of Administration and Chief Liaison to the Office of the PresidentRev. Ryan R. Peterson[1]
Students1,081 (2017-18)[2]
Location, ,
United States

42°16′26″N 83°40′59″W / 42.274°N 83.683°W / 42.274; -83.683Coordinates: 42°16′26″N 83°40′59″W / 42.274°N 83.683°W / 42.274; -83.683
Campus187 acres (76 ha)
Colors    Red, black & white
Sporting affiliations
MascotCorky The Cardinal

Concordia University Ann Arbor (CUAA) is a campus of Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW). Its 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 college of the Concordia University System. CUAA merged with Concordia University Wisconsin in 2013.

CUAA has approximately 1,200 students, with a student-faculty ratio of about 11 to 1. Concordia offers over 70 areas of study, graduate programs, a set of adult education programs, and a variety of study-abroad activities.


Earhart Manor on the Concordia campus
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.[2] The school began offering four-year degree programs in 1976 and changed its name to Concordia College.[2] It assumed its current name in 2001.

Chapel of the Holy Trinity
Chapel of the Holy Trinity

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.[1]

In 2015, the university purchased the former Ann Arbor campus of the Thomas M. Cooley Law School.[6] That facility, two miles (3.2 km) north of the main campus, is now the home of CUAA's School of Nursing.[2]

Campus photographs


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.


The school's mascot is named Corky the Cardinal.


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  1. ^ a b "Curt Gielow retires from Concordia University". Concordia University Ann Arbor News. December 12, 2018. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d "History". Concordia University Ann Arbor. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  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. ^ Allen, Jeremy. "Ann Arbor's Concordia University launches new School of Nursing program". MLive Media Group. Retrieved February 4, 2017.