2020-2021 Academic Catalog

Student Services

Career Development Services

Career Services offers a variety of assessment instruments, research techniques and occupation information to assist students with academic major, career and graduate school decisions as well as internships and job search strategies. In addition, students are encouraged to attend various employer panels, seminars, skill workshops and recruiting fairs.

Cleary Act/Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

Concordia University Irvine is committed to assisting all members of its community in providing for their own safety and security. As per the Clery Act, you are entitled to Concordia University’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report.

If you would like to receive a hard copy of this report, stop by the Campus Safety Office in the Administration building room 103 at 1530 Concordia West, Irvine CA 92612, or request that a copy be mailed to you by calling 949-214-3007.

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains information regarding campus security and personal safety including topics such as: crime prevention, fire safety, crime reporting policies, crime statistics for the three previous calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus and/or in the area, disciplinary procedures, and other matters of importance related to security and safety of campus.

This information is required by law and is provided by Concordia University Irvine.

Disability and Learning Resource Center

The Disability and Learning Resource Center (DLRC) is committed to ensuring that Concordia University Irvine is a campus that is inclusive and accessible for its diverse population of disabled students, faculty, staff, and visitors. The mission of the Disability and Learning Resource Center is to advance inclusion, diversity, equity, and access by addressing barriers in the learning, working, social, and physical environments of Concordia University Irvine.  We address barriers by providing disability resources in diverse partnerships with instructors, campus departments, disabled students, and University leadership.  Concordia University is dedicated to providing students with disabilities access to the programs, services, and activities of the University as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990) and Amendment (2008) and by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (1973).  Section 504 states: “No otherwise qualified individual shall, solely by his or her disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”

International Student Services

The International Center team collaborates with campus departments to assist international students in their transition and continual success at the university. 


The Library collection totals about 70,000 print volumes and more than 210,000 online volumes through EBSCO eBooks. In addition to print and eBooks, the Library subscribes to more than 38,000 electronic and print journals as well as several major newspapers.  

During the academic year, the Library is open seven days a week and provides access to research computers, group study rooms, as well as printing and copying services. The library catalog, eBook collection, research databases, and research guides are available 24 hours a day at www.cui.edu/library.  The Library offers several services such as classroom instruction, library workshops on information literacy and research skills, reference help, and the opportunity to borrow and/or obtain books and articles from countless other libraries through inter-library loan (ILL). 

Office of the Registrar

The Office of the Registrar is responsible for maintaining the academic records of the institution. We serve all students, current and former. The office can assist you with address changes, articulation and transfer credit, course schedules, degree posting and commencement, enrollment verifications, NCAA academic eligibility, registration of classes, transcript orders,  and other record questions.  The office is located on the main floor of Grimm Hall North or can be reached at registrar@cui.edu.

Physical Facilities

The university, the facilities it occupies, and the equipment it utilizes fully complies with federal, state, and local ordinances and regulations, including those requirements regarding fire, building, and health safety. Teaching areas, activity areas, and ground level housing are accessible to those who have disabilities.

Spiritual Life

At the heart of the Great Commission University is the desire to raise up the next generation of disciples. In order to facilitate the discipleship process the university established a campus ministry called abbey west. The goal of abbey west is to engage students in a discipleship process that is rooted in and centered on the gospel.

Gospel-centered discipleship is accomplished through events, activities, and experiences such as: chapel, Sunday evening worship, on-campus Bible studies, as well as through local and global mission, service, and witnessing opportunities.

While abbey west functions under the auspices and with the support of area Lutheran Church– Missouri Synod congregations it is not a ministry just for Lutheran students. Rather abbey west seeks to engage all students with the gospel and invite them to participate in the discipleship journey together.

Also if you are in need of some spiritual counseling the pastoral staff in abbey west is happy to serve you.

For more information or to set up a pastoral appointment please send an e-mail to abbeywest@cui.edu or call (949) 214-3113. 

Student Identification Cards

Concordia student identification (ID) cards are available at the Office of Campus Safety in the Administration Building, room 103. Students will need to provide a driver license or government issued ID. Students are required to carry Concordia ID cards on their persons while on campus and need their ID cards for meals, library access, printing services, and other services that require verification of identification. The Office of Campus Safety will not conduct key assists or provide parking permits to students who are unable to show a valid Concordia ID.  The first ID card is free.  Replacements for lost or damaged cards cost $25.   

Title IX

Title IX is a comprehensive federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. As a Christian institution, we believe that sexual intimacy is part of God's perfect and good design for our lives and should be experienced within a loving and committed union of marriage. As a university we are working to create a safe and supportive campus community free from sex-discrimination. We want to make sure that anyone who reports experiences related to such discrimination feels safe, knows his or her rights, and is aware of all available resources and options to continue to have the opportunity to be successful. We will support all students Title IX-related journey with privacy, equity, due process, and, most importantly, with Christian care and concern. 

Vehicles and Parking Permits

All vehicles driven on Concordia University property must be operated and/or parked in the appropriate parking spaces and in accordance with university regulations and the laws of the State of California. It is the student’s responsibility to abide by these regulations. Concordia's vehicle regulations can be found on Campus Safety's website.  The university cannot assume liability for loss or damage by theft or accident involving automobiles or motorcycles, of which the owners are advised to provide adequate insurance protection. Persons operating bicycles on university property must also comply with university policy and are encouraged to register their bicycle with the Office of Campus Safety in the Administration Building, room 103.

All vehicles parked on university property must be registered with the Office of Campus Safety and display a valid parking permit. All vehicles not displaying a valid parking permit are subject to citation and/or tow.  Parking permit applicants need to show proof of current vehicle registration, a current driver's license and possess a Concordia ID Card.  Visitor parking permits are available at the gatehouses and are issued for 2 business days.  Temporary parking permits are also available at the Office of Campus Safety for individuals who need a pass for more than 2 business days.

Due to parking limitations on campus, Concordia does not permit resident freshmen to keep a vehicle on campus or apply for a parking permit. Resident freshmen may appeal to obtain a permit if they are able to provide proof of an extenuating circumstance that requires them to keep a vehicle. For more information about appeals or alternative transportation, please review the Office of Campus Safety’s website or contact the Office of Campus Safety at campussafety@cui.edu.

Veterans Resource Center

Veterans Benefits

Concordia University, Irvine has been approved to train veterans receiving benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs in accordance with U.S. Code Title 38. Eligible veterans and their dependents seeking educational training may qualify to use Title 38, chapters 1606/1607, 30, 31, 33 Post 9/11, 35 (to include Fry Scholarship). Refer to the Department of Veteran Affairs for eligibility criteria.

CUI was designated a Military Friendly School in 2019 and was ranked 20th (tied) in the list of Best Regional Universities in the West for Veterans by US News in 2019.

The Veterans Resource Center

The Staff Sergeant Matthew Thompson Veterans Resource Center (VRC) is located in the Administration building room 100 and can be reached at (949) 214-3129 or veterans@cui.edu. All eligibility for VA benefits remains under the jurisdiction of the VA and not the School Certifying Official (SCO). The SCO abides by School Certifying Official Handbook for all policies and procedures of students using the GI Bill ®.

The mission of the VRC is to assist VA beneficiaries with transitioning from the military to the classroom by creating a campus community that ensures their well-being. Our ultimate goal is to prepare student veterans, spouses, and dependents to fully transition into the workforce and contribute to society as wise, honorable, and cultivated citizens. Aside from striving to be the most military friendly university, the VRC serves as the liaison between the student and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The VRC office includes free services such as coffee, printing, refrigerator, microwave, envelopes, scantrons, bluebooks and we even have a Netflix account. It can also be used as a place to study, and network with other student veterans, dependents and spouses.

It is highly recommended that students utilizing VA educational benefits meet with the VRC Director during the semester to go over their remaining entitlement and student account. This can be done in person, over the phone or through Google Hangouts.

For more information, questions or concerns please contact the VRC at (949) 214-3129 or veterans@cui.edu. Other ways to connect with us are on our website, Facebook, Instagram or our Veteran LinkedIn group.

Honor Cords at graduation

United States Armed Forces Designation: The red, white and blue cords are worn by students who have honorably served or are currently serving in the United States Armed Forces. Please submit your DD-214 to the VRC.

Institutional Aid

Undergraduate students are highly recommended to work with the VRC and Financial Aid to create a maximum financial aid award each year. It may be beneficial to apply for FAFSA.

Study Abroad Programs

Chapter 33 benefits that pay tuition and fees directly to CUI

VA will pay:

  • CUI’s tuition and fees for your approved degree plan
  • Book stipend
  • Monthly housing allowance based on CUI’s zip code

In order for VA to pay any additional fees specific to the study abroad program, the study abroad option must be required for graduation.

VA will not pay:

  • Costs related to travel (airfare, passport, lodging and meals)
  • Third party charges

Submit VA Form 22-1995 to the VA for any school that hosts the study abroad program to make sure that they are an approved VA certifying institution. Additional information about study abroad can be found on the GI Bill website.

VA Work Study

This program provides students using the GI Bill ® that are at least 3⁄4 time with a job working in the VRC serving the veteran community up to 25 hours per week based upon the number of students working and their schedules. The VRC’s Director is the Work Site supervisor, however the VA pays the student’s stipend at either the California or Federal minimum wage (whichever is highest). More information can be found on our website.

Veterans Club

The Veterans Club is headquartered in the VRC and is open to all veterans, dependents and anyone who wishes to be a part of the veteran community. This club is a way to stay connected and involved with Concordia and other veterans/dependents who attend Concordia.

Veteran and Dependent Responsibilities

  • All forms are located at on our website.
  • Change of major/minor/emphasis requires either a VA Form 22-1995 or VA Form 22-5495 submitted to the VRC. We cannot certify your attendance if your major/minor/emphasis does not reflect what we have on file in the VRC.
    • VA Form 22-1995: For students using the GI Bill Chapter 30, 1606, and 33 Post 9/11
    • VA Form 22-5495: For students using the GI Bill Chapter 35 and the Fry Scholarship
  • Before you drop or withdraw from a class, please contact the VRC, so that we can explain how your VA benefits may be impacted.  
  • Please notify the VRC immediately if you are called or will be called to active duty.  
  • Prior to the start of each new term that you wish to have your attendance certified to the VA, you must submit the Request to Certify form.
  • Meet with Academic Advising each semester to go over your graduation plan.
  • Chapter 33 Post 9/11 students utilizing a Concordia room and/or board plan: you must make payment or set up payment arrangements through the Office of the Bursar.

Veteran Tuition Discount

CUI offers a 10% tuition discount on all graduate programs and in the Online Bachelor’s Degree for veterans, active duty, reserve and national guard and their spouses who are not receiving the Yellow Ribbon Scholarship. For spouses, marriage certificate and their spouse's DD-214/current orders must be submitted to the VRC.

Wellness Center

The Wellness Center is dedicated to providing high-quality medical and psychological care to our students in a private, confidential, and safe setting. The staff is committed to the wellness of our students.  Students currently registered in at least six (6) units per semester or three (3) units per quarter are eligible to receive services for a fee.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

CAPS provides on-campus psychological counseling services for students. Services offered include:

  • Individual Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Walk-In Wednesday
  • Crisis management
  • Psychotropic medication evaluation and management
  • Psychoeducation
  • Consultation

Counseling services are confidential. Generally a student receiving individual therapy comes in once a week for a 50 minute appointment at a fee of $10 for graduate students.  Scholarships are available for financial hardship.  Referrals are available for off-campus resources as needed.  

Student Health Services

Student health services are available for eligible students. There is a $25/visit fee plus cost of medications.  Students must log in to their electronic medical records @ https://cui.medicatconnect.com/ to complete a Health History Form prior to their first visit.  

Services include:

  • Assessment and Treatment of Injuries and Illnesses

The Nurse Practitioners, utilizing policies and procedures developed collaboratively by a consulting physician and the administration, will see students for assessment of illness and injury. Treatment is provided for common health conditions. Referrals are made to community resources as necessary. Eligible students are seen at the clinic no matter what health insurance they carry.

  • TB (Tuberculosis) Testing

TB tests (PPD-Mantoux) are given on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and read 2 days later.

  • Immunizations

MMR, Tdap, meningitis and flu vaccines are available in the Wellness Center. All other vaccines may be ordered by the clinic for an individual student, as needed. A fee is assessed.

  • Nurse Practitioner consultation on health topics
  • Referral to community resources as needed

Note: Although CUI does not require nor provide health insurance for students, it is highly encouraged that all students carry health insurance suitable for their needs.

The Writing Studio

The Writing Studio supports students with resources designed to strengthen academic writing. One such resource is our Online Writing Lab (OWL), a virtual space to submit in-progress academic writing and receive written feedback from one of our professional writing consultants.  Consultants provide feedback on papers for adherence to assignment and genre conventions, strength of claims, quality of research, evidence integration, organization and structure, and APA, MLA, and CMS formatting. The website also offers free access to additional writing resources, including Grammarly, an online grammar and style checker.