Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). It is famous for its Concordia Language Villages in Bemidji, Minnesota and is renowned for The Concordia Choir. Led for nearly fifty years by Paul J. Christiansen and for over twenty years by renowned conductor and composer René Clausen. The choir has long been regarded as one of the top a cappella choirs in the world.
There are 24 departments including 78 majors. Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees are offered. There are also 12 pre-professional programs (including medicine, law, engineering, and dentistry).
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Concordia is ranked among the top 10 US Colleges in liberal arts for the number of students who gain global experience abroad. Concordia students study abroad at a rate 25 times the national average. According to the school’s website, Concordia graduates get into medical school at twice the national average. Also, over 93 percent of Concordia graduates applying to law school are accepted. And, more than 95 percent of surveyed Concordia graduates have jobs in their fields or have been admitted to graduate school within six months of graduation.
More Concordia graduates become ordained Lutheran clergy than from any other U.S. college. In addition to the degrees offered, Concordia is home to a number of student-run organizations. These include The Concordian, the campus newspaper, Concordia On-Air, the campus television show and KORD Radio, the campus radio station.
Concordia College is a member of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC), which competes in NCAA Division III. Cobber Athletics have won NCAA, AIAW and NAIA national titles in football, tennis, swimming and diving, track and field, and basketball and the teams perennially compete at the national level. Sports offered include football, soccer and volleyball, golf, cross country, hockey, basketball, wrestling, swimming, baseball, softball, and track and field.
Concordia has also produced professional athletes as well as Olympians. Gary Larsen and Barry Bennett had successful careers in the NFL; Chris Coste currently plays professional baseball and Kris Kuehl competed in the 2000 Olympics in the discus. Former Northern Iowa and UND hall of fame Men’s Basketball coach, Rich Glas begins his tenure with the Cobbers in the 08-09 season.
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