The Pacific Lutheran University campus facing the Karen Hille Phillips Center for Performing Arts, with the text Concordia to PLU over the top of it.

Transfer Options for Concordia University Students

A special welcome to Concordia students

At Pacific Lutheran University, we are saddened to learn that Concordia University is closing. Since 1905, your school has been a focal point of spirited student learning in Portland that centers on justice, compassion and integrity. The contributions and impact of Concordia alumni, faculty, and staff are and continue to be valued in our region.

We’re here to help

As a private Lutheran university, PLU shares many of the same values and traditions as CU. We believe in the advancement of knowledge, thoughtful inquiry and critical questioning. We believe in educating students to be citizens in service to the world. We are committed to preparing you for success in a rapidly changing, global economy. 

For all students — domestic and international — we are committed to supporting the Concordia community during this challenging time and would like to help you complete your undergraduate or graduate degree.

Our commitment to Concordia undergraduate students — upon transferring, the net cost of attendance you pay at Concordia will be the same you pay at PLU.

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Concordia Transfer Undergraduate Application

Admission decision in 3-5 days!

PLU's Promise to Concordia Students

PLU is a community of care and we are committed to the intentionality required for care. When we learned the sad news about Concordia, we asked ourselves, “What are their students experiencing? How can we help?” With that in mind, we’ve streamlined the logistics of applications, credit transfers, deadlines and costs to help eliminate any worries about where you’re going to go to school next year.

Admission timeline

  • Admission decision: 3-5 days
  • Course equivalency evaluation and academic plan: 1-2 weeks
  • Financial aid award: 2-3 weeks

For undergraduate students transferring from Concordia, we offer the following:

Upon transferring, the net cost of attendance you pay at Concordia will be the same you pay at PLU
100% of Concordia courses accepted
Expedited application process for Concordia students (no application fees)
 
Work directly with our team of dedicated and caring admission specialists
Our ‘PLU Pledge’ is available for transfer students below junior standing. Once you are employed after graduation, if you earn less than $45,000 per year, we will help you repay your student (and parent PLUS) loans until you do*
Application for International Honors Program extended
CU students are guaranteed on-campus housing and can request to live with other Cavaliers
Artistic Achievement Award application deadline waived for current Concordia students. On-campus auditions will be scheduled to coincide with the PLU Concordia Visit Day on March 14. Electronic materials may also be submitted for full consideration.

* This does not include incoming students intending to major in Nursing or international students. Only for loans borrowed at PLU.

Postponed

The March 14 Concordia Visit Day has been postponed. Individual visits are still available.

We are coming to Portland!

PLU will be at a Concordia-hosted college fair, Thursday, Feb. 20 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the GRW Library Lobby.

Interested in athletics?

Transferring student-athletes will be immediately eligible to participate and compete at PLU if they are in good standing with their previous university at the time of transferring.

Concordia Undergraduate Programs that match PLU

PLU offers more than 50 undergraduate programs. Below are a few that match what is offered at Concordia.

 Concordia University Pacific Lutheran University
AccountingBusiness Administration - Accounting
BiologyBiology
BusinessBusiness Administration
Elementary EducationElementary Education**
Exercise & Sports MedicineKinesiology
MarketingBusiness Administration - Marketing
NursingNursing**
Pre-Law StudiesPre-Law
PsychologyPsychology
ReligionReligion
Social WorkSocial Work**

**These programs require the Concordia Transfer Undergraduate Application and a separate program application.

Some other minors that may be of interest include: chemistry, communication studies, history, mathematics and Spanish.

Majors and minors

We offer more than 50 academic programs. Explore what you can study at PLU.

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Concordia Transfer Undergraduate Application

Admission decision in 3-5 days!

For graduate students transferring from Concordia, we offer the following:

10% tuition discount
Application fee waived
Transfer Credits based on transcript review

Concordia Graduate Programs that match PLU

We offer graduate programs in business, education, creative writing, marriage and family therapy, nursing and kinesiology.

 Concordia University Pacific Lutheran University
Master of Arts in TeachingMaster of Arts in Education
Master of Business AdministrationMaster of Business Administration

MBA

  • Eligible for Fast Track application
  • Admission decision made within 5 business days
  • GRE/GMAT waived
  • Small-size, face-to-face classes
  • Late afternoon and evening schedule

MAE

  • 12-month program leading to teaching certification in WA, and we have reciprocity agreements with OR
  • Alternative measures for basic skills assessment
  • Transfer credits based on transcript review
  • Teaching internships at a partner school in the Puget Sound areas

Graduate programs

We offer graduate programs in business, education, creative writing, marriage and family therapy, nursing and kinesiology.

Meet your transition team