The Department of Student Affairs at Concordia University creates programs designed to help students build or attain life skills and developmental competencies. Academic pursuits should be foremost in a student’s thinking, yet two-thirds of a student’s time is spent outside the classroom. The successful student will develop tools outside of the classroom to work on personal issues such as spiritual development, intellectual and social competence, development of a sense of purpose, self-worth, and career direction.
Student Affairs programs include new student orientation, academic advising, residence life, career guidance, personal counseling, student activities, student government, health services, campus safety, and dining services. Program specifics can be found in the Student Handbook. (Access to CU's Intranet is required to view this handbook.)
For more information on Student Affairs, visit https://www.cu-portland.edu/student-affairs.
Concordia University sponsors numerous activities aimed at developing character, individual talents, and maturity. These co-curricular recreational opportunities allow a large percentage of students to participate. Listed below are some of the main activities offered on campus.
Concordia University is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II. The NCAA Division II is comprised of nearly 300 colleges and universities across the United States and Canada. The Cavaliers compete in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) and offer the following sports: baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, men’s and women’s indoor track and field, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field and volleyball.
Intramural Athletics (IM)
The goals of intramurals are to provide an opportunity to stay physically active, have fun and fellowship with other CU students. There are regularly scheduled times for team and individual sports and activities as well as time allocated for outdoor and indoor activities (i.e. volleyball, basketball, floor hockey, dodge ball, soccer, etc.). Special tournaments, leagues and competitions are organized and directed by the IM Director as part of student government. In addition, students can utilize the CU fitness center for individual cardiovascular or resistance training. Visit https://www.cu-portland.edu/campus-life/intramurals to see a list of current intramural activities.
Concordia University offers a variety of opportunities to get involved in music. Whether a student's talents lie in instrumental or vocal performance, there is an ensemble available. Groups include Brass Ensemble, Christi Crux Vocal Ensemble, Concert Choir, Handbell Ensemble, String Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and Concordia Praise Ensemble. For contact information, visit the Clubs and Organizations page on the CU website.
The Promethean is Concordia University’s literary and arts journal. It provides a forum for student, faculty, and visiting contributor opinion, scholarship, poetry, art, photography, and other creative endeavors. Students can contribute short stories, plays, and essays, as well as learn how to compose, edit, and publish a journal of the literary and visual arts. All students involved in the publication of the journal receive academic credit by enrolling in ENG 217 LITERARY JOURNAL I and ENG 218 LITERARY JOURNAL II. For contact information, visit the Clubs and Organizations page on the CU website.
Delta Mu Delta
Delta Mu Delta is a business honor society that recognizes and encourages academic excellence of students at qualifying colleges and universities to create a DMD community that fosters the well-being of its individual members and the business community through lifetime membership. Students working towards a major in the School of Management who meet the GPA and academic standing requirements will be invited to apply for Delta Mu Delta membership.
Kappa Delta Pi
Academic excellence and dedication to the teaching profession can earn a student the opportunity to belong to Kappa Delta Pi, the world’s largest association of outstanding education professionals. Kappa Delta Pi is the only organization that represents all educators regardless of subject area specialty, degree obtained, grade-level focus, or years of teaching experience. Though diverse, all KDP members share a common purpose and are a dynamic community of exceptional educators committed to promoting excellence in the education profession by recognizing and advancing scholarship, leadership, and service. The Concordia University Chapter began in the spring of 2009 and is open to those majoring in education or in the DCE program. For more information about the membership requirements, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Psi Chi is the International Honor Society in Psychology and has two primary purposes: (1) to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship, and (2) to advance the science of psychology. Membership is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are majoring or minoring in psychology, and who meet the minimum qualifications. The mission of Psi Chi is to produce well-educated, ethical, and socially responsible members committed to contributing to the science and profession of psychology and to society in general. Students with a major or minor in Psychology and who meet the minimum GPA requirements are eligible to apply. For contact information, visit the Clubs and Organizations page on the CU website.
Sigma Tau Delta
Membership in Concordia University’s local chapter of the internationally-constituted English honor society, Sigma Tau Delta, is open to prospective majors or minors in English who have completed at least two literature courses beyond the freshman composition requirements, academically rank in the upper third of the Concordia University community, have achieved at least a B average in all courses in English, and who have completed at least five semesters of collegiate work. Sigma Tau Delta confers recognition of superior academic achievement in English, and the Concordia chapter—Alpha Beta Rho—supports the publication of the college’s literary journal, The Promethean. The society invites members to compete for scholarships of up to $5,000 in the fields of poetry, creative writing, and critical writing. Initiation of new members is conducted each spring term. Interested students should contact Sigma Tau Delta’s faculty advisor for more information.
Associated Students of Concordia (ASCU)
ASCU (Associated Students of Concordia University) is the student body of Concordia-Portland. All students are members of ASCU simply because they are enrolled at Concordia. ASCU represents the student voice at Concordia, and provides many opportunities for students including: leadership positions in student senate and program boards, events, intramural sports, and much more. For more information on ASCU and/or clubs on campus, email email@example.com.
The purpose of the ASL Club is to bring awareness of the Deaf Culture, to teach people ASL, to create a community where Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Hearing people are all welcomed. For contact information, visit the Clubs and Organizations page on the CU website.
Christian Life Ministries
Christian Life Ministries (CLM) plans, organizes, and provides opportunities for the Concordia community to share in Christian fellowship and to grow in their spiritual walk with God. The CLM mission statement is “Concordia’s Christian Life ministries strives to share Christ-centered community by modeling grace, integrity, and faith.”
Student leaders in Christian Life Ministries are responsible for these specific ministry initiatives on campus:
- Lighthouse is a Wednesday night student-led worship experience with music, Scripture, prayer, and a devotional message.
- Life Ministry educates the campus community regarding God’s gift and support of life in every phase, from conception, into childhood and adolescence, and even to our last days. Topics such as suicide prevention, adoption, and foster care are brought to the community in light of the Gospel of Jesus.
- Small Group Bible Studies happen throughout campus. CLM leaders organize studies, recruit leaders, and help students to find a study that will grow their faith.
- Fellowship of Christian Athletes is a club that meets four days a week on campus. CLM supports this ministry by assisting the leadership in advertising, devotions, and organizing speakers.
- International Student Support is a ministry of service to international students. With no strings attached our CLM leaders help international students navigate Concordia and build community with each other and the campus.
- CONNECT! Ministry Team organizes groups of students to put on junior and high school youth events in a congregation. An event may include music, games, skits, and Bible studies. The group may also assist with CU Sundays.
- The annual CLM Mission Trip is held during the summer months and is open to all CU students and friends. Past locations include Liberia and northern India.
CLM also organizes special events like spiritual retreats. Both fall and winter retreats give students a chance to get off campus, be involved in deeper conversations of faith, and enjoy each other’s company. Christian Life Ministries is a significant influence for Jesus Christ with students at Concordia. Their service models the servant leadership of Jesus. For more information please contact the Campus Pastor.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is a club that brings together Christian student-athletes for mutual support, camaraderie, faith discussions, and laughter. Even though most of the members are student-athletes, any student is welcome to attend FCA meetings. The club seeks to support the various athletic teams on campus by attending their athletic contests. Students within FCA have the opportunity to lead discussions and devotions at various meetings which aligns with both core values of rigor and servant leadership. For contact information, visit the Clubs and Organizations page on the CU website.
Hui’O Hawai’i Club exists to invite friends and family of Concordia University to experience the Aloha Spirit. During spring term Hawai’i Club hosts their annual Lua’u which has become a marquee event on campus. For more information, visit Facebook at Concordia University Hui ʻO Hawaiʻi. For contact information, visit the Clubs and Organizations page on the CU website.
International Student Club
International Student Club is open to all international and domestic students. We strive to create a safe and welcoming environment for students to discuss international issues, share experiences, and become active in the Concordia community. This club meets weekly and hosts several events during the academic year. For more information or to join, email internationalprograms@CU-portland.edu.
Pre Health Professionals Society (PHPS)
PHPS's purpose is to prepare students hoping to enter the medical field and facilitate resources that help students at various stages of their education. The club increases awareness of the details of the Pre-med curriculum, provides study guides and exam preparation, and facilitates mCAT preparation. For contact information, visit the Clubs and Organizations page on the CU website.
The Queer & Allies (Q&A) club fosters a safe, positive, and inclusive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning (LGBTQ+) individuals and their allies at Concordia University. Additionally, the club hopes to provide fun and educational programming opportunities to the Concordia Community regarding the LGBTQ+ community. For contact information, visit the Clubs and Organizations page on the CU website.
The purpose of the soccer club is to unite and involve students once a week, using the game of soccer. The goals of club is to involve the students and/or faculty in a year round physical activity while having fun and to create long lasting friendships. For contact information, visit the Clubs and Organizations page on the CU website.
Social Work Club
The Social Work Club helps students and faculty to become better acquainted, exchange ideas, share common experiences, and serve the community in various ways. The club also brings in guest speakers from the social work profession to address issues, trends, and situations unique to the profession. For contact information, visit the Clubs and Organizations page on the CU website.
The Student Nurses Association
Open to all nursing students, Concordia's Nursing club unifies those in nursing and pre-nursing. The club participates in at least one service event each semester and helps with the annual pinning ceremony for graduating nursing students. For contact information, visit the Clubs and Organizations page on the CU website.
The Student Veterans of Concordia University (SVCU) Club
SVCU is committed to providing comprehensive resources to military affiliated students to support personal, academic, and professional development. The SVCU is an inclusive club that serves as a campus liaison between the student veteran and the University to foster the successful transition from military to college life.
Student Service Corps
Concordia University Student Service Corps are a mentorship series designed to promote meaningful relationships between University students and under-privileged urban youth. The Student Service Corps are designed specifically to help provide solutions to low graduation rate, low testing results, high gang prevalence, and lack of positive role models. The Service Corps include Concordia Teacher Corps, Health Corps, Green Corps, Performing Arts Corps, and Athlete Corps. For contact information, visit the Clubs and Organizations page on the CU website.
Ultimate Frisbee Club
Ultimate Frisbee club offers a weekly opportunity for students, staff, faculty, and the community to have fun, get exercise and enjoy some Ultimate Frisbee. For contact information, visit the Clubs and Organizations page on the CU website.
Eligibility of students that are on academic probation who wish to participate in co-curricular activities such as student government, music, or athletics will be determined in consultation with the student’s advisor and activity director, unless the activity has special eligibility requirements. In addition, if the student is subsequently dismissed and readmitted, the student is not eligible to participate in the co-curricular activities until they are back on good academic standing.
NOTE: The views expressed by student organizations are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Concordia University.
For residential students, life in the community is rich. Professional and resident advisor staff members work hard to offer programming relevant to the current world. The physical environment is structured to foster personal as well as recreational interaction between residents.
Concordia University has defined a set of values for the residential community. These values are implemented through a set of interpersonal and behavioral expectations for on-campus residents as well as visitors to the campus that emphasizes visitation and quiet hours, appropriate choices, and the prohibition of drugs and alcohol. Students are asked to respect the rights and freedoms of others while holding up the ideal of the Christian community as the center of residential life.
The University has a two-year residency requirement for new, traditional-age students. Students under 21 years of age transferring to Concordia must live on campus for at least one year. Please see the Student Handbook for specifics. (Access to CU's Intranet is required to view this handbook.)
International Students are encouraged to work with the International Student Services office to determine the housing option best suited to their needs. It is recommended that undergraduate International Students first live in University housing. This helps students learn the most about American culture and American higher education, and provides the best setting in which to learn English.
Concordia’s Campus Safety Office provides 24-hour security and is responsible for the safety of the campus community and for the protection of property. The Campus Safety Office works with the residence staff and maintains close contact with local law enforcement agencies. After dark, students may request personal escorts.
All vehicles are required to be registered with Concordia’s Campus Safety Office. It is the student’s responsibility to observe all State of Oregon ordinances with respect to registration and operation of motor vehicles. Students are also required to adhere to all City of Portland and Concordia University parking regulations (see Parking Policy & Information on the Campus Safety web page for more detailed parking information). Concordia does not assume liability for loss or damage of automobiles, motorcycles, or bicycles by theft or accident. Valuables should not be stored in parked vehicles. Owners are advised to provide adequate insurance protection to cover any loss or damage.
Freshmen and transfer undergraduate students entering Concordia will have access to a centralized advising team of full-time professional advisors focused on helping each student navigate their Concordia experience. Academic advising provides new students with their first links to the Concordia University community. Each advisor is fully cross-trained in all academic programs to help students better understand their major course of study and career path, and to assist in helping students identify skills, aptitudes and interests that will enhance their college experience.
It is the responsibility of the student to maintain normal progress and to select the proper courses leading to their chosen degree. Advisors will assist students in the development of an academic degree plan and registration for necessary academic coursework, as well as assist them in a variety of matters pertaining to their academic experience here at Concordia University.
The Academic Resource Center (ARC) offers a full range of services including tutoring and writing assistance designed to help students succeed during their college experience. Academic tutors are available to provide assistance as students face the rigors of collegiate level work. The ARC facilitates free individual tutoring for students in a wide range of subjects across the undergraduate curriculum. In addition, students at every academic level have access to online and on-ground writing tutoring through the Concordia University Writing Center. The writing center is staffed with knowledgeable tutors to help students improve their writing skills and provide guidance in the collegiate writing process.
Students are encouraged to take responsibility for investing their lives in purposeful activity as they prepare themselves for meaningful and impactful careers. All students have access to a full suite of programming that includes a comprehensive database of job/internship postings, résumé counseling, interview training, and networking strategies. Workshops and seminars are offered throughout the year that focuses on necessary career planning and job search skills. In cooperation with the four academic colleges, Concordia’s Career Services Program is designed to provide opportunities to meet the needs of a diverse student population to explore and expand their career journey.
Disability Support Services (DSS) at Concordia University facilitates access to University programs and serves students with disabilities through accommodations, education, consultation, and advocacy. The office is located in Student Affairs on the second floor of the Hagen Building and is accessible via the stairs and the elevator located in the mail room. Any student with a documented learning, physical or psychological disability who feels their disability may impact academic success may be qualified to receive accommodations. Students should make accommodation requests no later than one (1) week prior to needing them. Ideally students should request accommodations at the beginning of a term, but if an issue arises mid-semester, students should contact DSS as soon as possible. However, not all mid-term requests can be guaranteed. All discussions will remain confidential, and once the student's learning needs have been established and upon the student's consent, the DSS Coordinator will work with the student and all relevant professors. For additional information, please refer to the process outlined on the Disability Support Services web page (www.cu-portland.edu/DSS) and/or contact DSS at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-280-8515.
Due to the many stresses, roadblocks, and detours related to university life, students may at some point need some direct medical assistance. This can be found through the Health Center. The Health Center is located in the Faubion building and is open during the regular academic year.
Students are required to provide insurance coverage for their personal property, medical, and athletic needs. Most family insurance policies provide coverage for these concerns. Student group accident and emergency insurance information is available in Student Affairs, Administrative Services, or Health Services. This insurance is not sufficient for student athletes. Student athletes are required to show proof of adequate medical insurance before participating in any athletic activity. By Concordia University policy, all international students on an F-1 or J-1 visa are required to have health and repatriation insurance.
In many ways, college students stand at the crossroads of transformation. Through education, building relationships, and personal development, students are making decisions today that will impact the rest of their lives. Concordia University seeks to assist in this endeavor by providing opportunities for growth within a Christian context. The Counseling Center offers confidential, individual counseling sessions with a trained and experienced counselor to any student, free of charge.
The Counseling Center wants to help students have a positive and beneficial Concordia experience. Whether it’s academics, personal healing, or just a listening ear, students are encouraged to come in and talk.