Where will I fit in?
Simply because a college offers the "right" academic program doesn't mean it is the right fit for you. Ask yourself some basic questions:
- Will I be comfortable living and studying here for four years?
- Can I make lifelong friends?
- Do other students here share my values?
Be honest with yourself about the kind of environment that's right for you. Talk to as many people as you can. Visit different campuses and interact with the people there. And finally, trust your instincts. If you feel you might get lost in the shuffle, chances are that you will.
Concordia is a welcome, close-knit community. You'll get to know your fellow students and make lasting friendships. You'll also get to know your professors as mentors and friends. At Concordia, you'll be part of a challenging, supportive campus community that enables you to achieve your full potential as a student and a person.
How will what I learn outside the classroom provide a competitive advantage?
Although resources such as state-of-the-art science labs can improve the quality of classroom instruction, they hardly provide a significant advantage in a highly competitive professional job market. Your college career should also include a variety of beyond-the-classroom learning experiences — professional internships, volunteering/service-learning and international study. In addition to helping you develop new talents and providing meaningful career connections, such experiences are valued by prospective employers.
All of Concordia's programs provide access to a wide range of beyond-the-classroom learning opportunities. You'll have relevant internship opportunities with top employers in your field. You can be one of more than 400 Concordia students who work as volunteers or participate in service-learning projects. And Concordia is one of the nation's top baccalaureate institutions for the number of students studying abroad.
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Who will teach me and how will they help me succeed?
There are great minds at every college and university. The real question is: will you be able to learn from these great minds? According to education experts, the quality and intensity of student-faculty interaction at a college is the single most important factor in predicting graduates' future success. Faculty members at larger universities often focus on their own research and writing, leaving teaching assistants (TAs) to handle daily classroom responsibilities. These inexperienced instructors often teach large classes while working their way through grad school.
Student-faculty interaction and great teaching are the heart of the Concordia academic experience. There are plenty of great minds here, but no teaching assistants. We hire and evaluate professors based on their academic expertise and their love of working with students. Concordia professors take a personal interest in helping you succeed.
How can extracurricular activities improve my education?
Every college and university offers extracurricular opportunities. At larger universities, however, taking part in extracurricular activities tends to be more of a challenge. Often, it's simply a matter of too many students and too few resources. Researchers know that extracurricular involvement is a crucial factor in students' overall development. Students involved in extracurricular activities have more fun and get better grades. Extracurricular involvement during the college years also produces graduates who demonstrate strong teamwork and leadership skills, both of which are highly valued in today's job market.
Few schools offer the level of involvement you'll find at Concordia. Nearly all of our 2,200+ students participate in at least one of the 100 academic, art, athletic, cultural, outdoor, religious, social and service organizations active on campus. For example, 23 percent of Cobbers play for one of the College's 22 NCAA Division III athletic teams and about one-third take part in our 19 music ensembles.
How long will it take me to finish a four-year degree?
This isn't a trick question. Many undergraduates take more than four years to complete that "four-year" degree. Although various factors influence the time it takes to earn a degree, school size is one of the most important. At larger universities, classes often fill up before all the students who need that class can register. With starting salaries for college graduates often exceeding $30,000 (and more) in many fields, you don't need a degree in math to understand the consequences of delaying graduation.
We limit enrollment so that classes are available when you need them. Through one-on-one advisement with faculty mentors and careful academic and career counseling, our students have the information they need to make smart decisions that keep them on track to graduate in four years.