Concordia University occupies an attractive twenty-four acre home campus located in Portland, Oregon with adjacent land for expansion. The Hagen Center Dining Hall, the George R. White Library & Learning Center, the Physical Education Building, Hilken Community Stadium, Concordia Throw Center, the Fine Arts Building, and Luther and Centennial Halls are the primary campus facilities. Spacious and modern residence halls, student lounges, and recreation areas ensure residential students are comfortable and have a well-rounded experience at Concordia. Concordia maintains a video-conferencing classroom used for two-way audio video classes, meetings, and interviews, as well as several “smart,” technologically-rich classrooms.
Concordia offers fully online bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees to students around the world. All students at a distance have access to University services through the internet and other electronic resources. Campus center facilities, classrooms, and the largest residence hall, East Hall, are completely equipped for use by students who are physically challenged. Access to other facilities will be achieved by consulting Concordia’s staff for assistance.
Concordia University’s home campus is located in a quiet residential neighborhood of Northeast Portland. Only ten minutes from downtown Portland or the airport, students have easy access to the rich cultures of Portland. The Oregon Symphony, the Portland Opera, Oregon Ballet Theatre, and traveling productions complement the athletic events that include NBA basketball with the Trailblazers. Recreational activities such as skiing on Mt. Hood, sailing on the Willamette, and windsurfing on the Columbia River are easy driving distance from the campus. Innovative and diverse restaurants, Saturday Market, 11 museums, the Oregon Zoo, and a myriad of other activities and educational experiences are available to Concordia students.
Tri-Met, Portland’s transportation system, and MAX, Portland’s light rail system, provide students with ready access to Portland’s offerings. A very nice grocery store and pharmacy are within walking distance of the campus.
Concordia University’s Idaho campus occupies a 54,000 square foot building in the heart of downtown Boise and houses Concordia’s School of Law and George R. White Law Library. Established in 2012, Concordia’s School of Law’s opened its doors to an inaugural class of 73 full-time and part-time law students. As Boise’s first law school and the only comprehensive, nonprofit, law school within 300 miles of Idaho’s most populated urban center, Concordia Law will have a lasting impact. Located in Boise’s downtown urban core, Concordia University’s School of Law is just steps away from the landmarks of the state’s government and legal profession, including the Idaho Supreme Court and State Capitol. The city is home the majority of the state’s legal firms, with ambitious businesses ranging in scope from start-ups to multinational corporations.
As the largest metropolitan area in the state of Idaho, Boise is a cultural center, a magnet for entrepreneurial talent, and renowned for its proximity to the great outdoors. The Boise River winds through the city, trails stretch across the foothills, and world-class whitewater, a ski resort, and pristine forests are just minutes away.
The University Libraries are an integral part of the educational environment at Concordia. The FWJ Sylwester Library, located in the George R. White Library & Learning Center, is open 115.5 hours per week and provides space for individual study and group interaction. Librarians are available in person and via telephone or e-mail to assist students in identifying, evaluating, and locating the information needed to support their course work.
The Libraries’ print collections number over 100,000 volumes and support studies in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing, theology, and athletics. The libraries special collections include the Robert W. Chambers Science Fiction Collection and Hebrew Sefer Torah scrolls from the 19th century. The libraries’ collections also include thousands of video tapes, DVDs, and music CDs. The collections are arranged by the Library of Congress Classification System. The CU Libraries are also part of the ORBIS CASCADE Consortium, allowing our students, faculty, and staff access to over 28 million volumes among the consortium’s 37 regional institutions.
The Concordia University libraries provide electronic access to over 25,000 full-text journal titles, approximately 100,000 books, 25,000 music scores, and several thousand hours of streaming audio and video. Statistical and other information is available through dozens of databases. All electronic resources are available to any student with Internet access, regardless of the student’s physical location (dorm, home, office, etc.). Students may also check out laptops while in the library.
The Art and Culture Program of Concordia University Libraries features an on-going series of exhibits showcasing local artists. At the artists’ reception for each new theme in the series, guests have the opportunity to meet the artists and tour the collections. The Main CU Library is home to the collections of the Jody Thurston Northwest Center for Children’s Literature (NWCCL), a non-circulating preview collection of the most recently published children’s and young adult literature, the Center for Volga German Studies, the Art & Carol Wahlers Center for Applied Lutheran Leadership, the Richard Paul and Jane Roe Shakespeare Authorship Research Centre, and the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching. The Main Library also houses the archives of the University, the Center for Volga German Studies and the Northwest District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Science Library is located in Luther Hall near the science faculty offices. All materials in the Centers and the Science Library are noted in the CU Libraries’ catalog. The library also houses the 1905 Coffee Shop for those visiting the library.