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Concordia University-Ann Arbor

Concordia University (commonly referred to as Concordia) is a Canadian public comprehensive university with campuses and facilities in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.Founded in 1974 following the merger of Loyola College and Sir George Williams University, Concordia is one of the two universities in Montreal where English is the primary language of instruction (the other being McGill University). As of the 2011-2012 academic year, there were 45,954 students enrolled at Concordia, making the university among the largest in Canada by enrollment.
The university has two campuses, set approximately seven km apart: Sir George Williams Campus in the downtown core of Montreal, in an area known as Quartier Concordia and Loyola Campus in the residential district of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce. With four faculties, a school of graduate studies and numerous colleges, centres and institutes, Concordia offers over 300 undergraduate and 100 graduate programs and courses.
Concordia was ranked 7th among Canadian and 33rd among world universities in the International Professional Classification of Higher Education Institutions, a worldwide ranking compiled by the École des Mines de Paris taking into account the number of graduates occupying the rank of Chief Executive Officer at Fortune 500 companies. The university was ranked 13th among Canada's comprehensive universities in the Maclean's 23rd annual rankings.
Internationally, Concordia was ranked 481-490th overall in the 2013 QS World University Rankings. Nationally, the 2012 Higher Education Strategy Associates' University Rankings placed Concordia 9th in the field of social science and 20th in science and engineering. The university's John Molson School of Business is consistently ranked within the top ten Canadian business schools, and within the top 100 worldwide.


4090 Geddes Rd
Ann Arbor
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Missouri Synod
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Maroon, Gold, Black and White
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Concordia University stands on 187 acres overlooking the Huron River. Once home to peoples of the Chippewa, Ottawa, Pottawatomie, Huron, and Miami nations, the campus is bisected by Geddes Road, formerly the Pottawatomie Trail, an old Native American highway.
In the spring of 1680, the French explorer LaSalle became the first European to view the campus site. The earliest settler of the land was Elnathan Botsford, one of the first residents of Ann Arbor, who arrived in 1825. In 1917, Harry Boyd Earhart purchased the property. A philanthropist, Mr. Earhart’s interests focused on education, religion and charity.
In the late 1950’s, the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod began a search for a site to build a college. The Earhart estate was purchased in the early 1960’s and construction commenced. Concordia College, Ann Arbor was dedicated in 1963 as a junior college. That year, Concordia was granted the right to award the Associate of Arts degree by the State of Michigan. The expansion of the College to a four-year institution with the right to award the Bachelor of Arts degree was approved by the State in 1976.
In 2001, Concordia College officially became Concordia University Ann Arbor (CUAA), after launching its first graduate degree program in Organizational Leadership and Administration. CUAA is accredited by NCA, the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and was among the first colleges to be accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) under the new 2000 standards. CUAA's Family Life Program is certified by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). CUAA's Athletic Program is a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Champions of Character institution.
Concordia’s undergraduate program offers over 60 majors and minors, with degrees in church work, education, pre-professional, business, the arts, communication and sciences. In addition CUAA offers accelerated and graduate degrees for adult learners through the School of Adult and Continuing Education.

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Within its distinctly Christian environment and its academic community dedicated to excellence, Concordia University serves as a liberal arts University of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, preparing men and women for a life of service in the church and in the world.


Concordia's alumni and faculty have achieved fame for their accomplishments in many fields. Distinguished alumni include, a former governor general (Georges Vanier), a former prime minister of Dominica (Rosie Douglas), presidents and Chief Executive Officers of major businesses (Dominic D'Alessandro, Mireille Gingras, Gerald T. McCaughey), authors (E. Annie Proulx, Mordecai Richler, Nino Ricci, Chandra Venugopal, James Cummins), political leaders and ministers, academics, scientists, actors, filmmakers (Will Arnett, Moyra Davey, René Balcer, Peter Lenkov, Alex Rice, Lynne Stopkewich, B. P. Paquette, Donald Tarlton, James Tupper, Steven Woloshen), and musicians (Emily Haines, Prita Chhabra, Régine Chassagne, Richard Reed Parry, Amy Millan).



The university has two campuses, set approximately seven km apart: Sir George Williams Campus in the downtown core of Montreal, in an area known as Quartier Concordia (at Guy-Concordia Metro station), and Loyola Campus in the residential west-end district of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce. They are connected by free shuttle-bus service for students, faculty and staff.