New place, new people, new everything ... you’re bound to have questions. Hopefully this inside scoop will give you the answers you need to launch a successful Cobber career.
What is there to do on weekends?
Most people stay on campus on the weekends, so there are always people to hang out with. There are usually athletic events on the weekends as well – football and volleyball in the fall, hockey and basketball in the winter, and baseball or softball in the spring. Campus Entertainment Commission, a student organization, hosts events throughout the week and on weekends. (P.S. Campus activities are FREE.)
What kind of campus jobs are there?
Many students work for dining services, facilities management, residence hall/campus information desks, or academic departments. Contact the Concordia Career Center to find the wide array of on-campus employment opportunities.
What if I don’t like my roommate?
Living with another person can be challenging, and it definitely requires compromise and communication from both roommates. If you find yourself having issues with your roommate, talk to your RA. They will help you figure out how to approach the situation and, often, roommate issues are able to be resolved simply by talking through them. If conversation is unable to solve the issues, your RA can talk to you about the steps to find a different housing opportunity.
When can I eat?
Concordia has several dining facilities to choose from, depending on what you’re hungry for (The Maize fries are a must!) and whether you want to hang out in DS with friends or just grab a snack from the Korn Krib.
What if I get sick?
The Kjos Health Center is where you can go if you get sick or are having other health problems. Provider visits are filed to your health insurance. If you have something the health center staff can’t help you with, they can refer you to a hospital or clinic in the area.
How many students go here?
There are around 2,200 students on campus, representing 38 different states, 26 countries and 39 religions and denominations.
How big will my classes be?
The student/faculty ratio is 11:1, so classes stay fairly small. In my experience, a lot of classes at the beginning of my college career had 20-25 people, and the largest class I ever had was 52 students (Chemistry 127). Now that I am into classes for my major, most of them have less than 20 students.
Can I talk to my professors about tests and assignments?
Of course! Concordia faculty try to be very accessible and approachable. They all have office hours where you can drop in and chat, or many can make appointments by email as well. They are there to teach, but they also really want you to succeed and will help as much as you need.
What if I want to switch majors?
If you want to switch majors, you will visit the Registrar’s Office. You can also visit the Career Center to do interest and strength inventories if you aren’t sure what you want to switch to. I would also recommend talking to your advisor or a professor in the area you want to switch to because they often have good insight.
How do I switch advisors?
Not everyone meshes with the advisor that they’re paired with and that is OK. There are certainly no hard feelings if you ever want to change advisors. First, you need to approach a professor and ask if they can take you as an advisee (sometimes they simply have too many advisees already), but often they will be willing to advise you. Then, you can visit the Registrar’s Office and they will help you switch it in the system.
Grace Bateman '17 is a communication studies major and business minor at Concordia.