List of Lutheran colleges and universities in the United States

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This is a list of higher education Lutheran colleges and universities in the US:

Current institutions


College or university Location Year founded Affiliation Undergraduate students Graduate students Endowment[1]
Augsburg University Minneapolis, Minnesota 1869 ELCA 2,474 984 $33 million
Augustana College Rock Island, Illinois 1860 ELCA 2,478 0 $115.9 million
Augustana University Sioux Falls, South Dakota 1860 ELCA 1,613 224 $56.3 million
Bethany College Lindsborg, Kansas 1881 ELCA 699 0
Bethany Lutheran College Mankato, Minnesota 1927 ELS 600
California Lutheran University Thousand Oaks, California 1959 ELCA 2,810 1,316 $53.1 million
Capital University Bexley, Ohio 1830 ELCA 2,765 700
Carthage College Kenosha, Wisconsin 1847 ELCA 2,887 91
Concordia College Bronxville, New York 1881 LCMS 958 198
Concordia College Moorhead, Minnesota 1891 ELCA 2,162 15
Concordia University Ann Arbor, Michigan 1905 LCMS 738 161
Concordia University Irvine, California 1976 LCMS 1,939 2,566
Concordia University Portland, Oregon 1905 LCMS 1,182 6,000
Concordia University Chicago River Forest, Illinois 1864 LCMS 1,510 3,729
Concordia University Saint Paul, Minnesota 1893 LCMS 2,561 1,819
Concordia University Seward, Nebraska 1894 LCMS 1,478 979
Concordia University Austin, Texas 1926 LCMS 1,711 848
Concordia University Mequon, Wisconsin 1881 LCMS 4,337 3,931
Finlandia University Hancock, Michigan 1896 ELCA
Gettysburg College Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 1832 ELCA 2,600
Grand View University Des Moines, Iowa 1896 ELCA
Gustavus Adolphus College St. Peter, Minnesota 1862 ELCA
Immanuel Lutheran College Eau Claire, Wisconsin CLC
Lenoir–Rhyne University Hickory, North Carolina 1891 ELCA 1,710 813 $106 million
Luther College Decorah, Iowa 1861 ELCA
Martin Luther College New Ulm, Minnesota 1865 WELS 750
Midland University Fremont, Nebraska 1883 ELCA
Muhlenberg College Allentown, Pennsylvania 1848 ELCA
Newberry College Newberry, South Carolina 1856 ELCA
Pacific Lutheran University Tacoma, Washington 1890 ELCA
Roanoke College Salem, Virginia 1842 ELCA
St. Olaf College Northfield, Minnesota 1874 ELCA
Susquehanna University Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania 1858 ELCA
Texas Lutheran University Seguin, Texas 1891 ELCA
Thiel College Greenville, Pennsylvania 1866 ELCA
Valparaiso University Valparaiso, Indiana 1859 Ind. 3,163 1,361 $202 million
Wagner College Staten Island, New York City 1883 ELCA 1,756 457
Wartburg College Waverly, Iowa 1852 ELCA
Wisconsin Lutheran College Wauwatosa, Wisconsin 1973 WELS 1,188
Wittenberg University Springfield, Ohio 1845 ELCA 1,838 44 $116 million

Former institutions

College or university Location Years of operation Affiliation Notes
California Concordia College Oakland, California 1906–1973 LCMS
Concordia College Alabama Selma, Alabama 1963–2018 LCMS Historically Black College
Concordia College Conover, North Carolina 1878–1935 LCMS Founded by members of the Evangelical Lutheran Tennessee Synod
Concordia Senior College Fort Wayne, Indiana 1957–1977 LCMS Prepared men for study in the LCMS seminaries
Dana College Blair, Nebraska 1884–2010 ELCA Founded by the United Danish Evangelical Lutheran Church
Elizabeth College Charlotte, North Carolina, and Salem, Virginia 1896–1922 Ind. College for women
Gale College Galesville, Wisconsin 1854–1939 Norwegian Synod Founded as a non=sectarian school, later run by the Methodists and Presbyterians, taken over by the Synod of the Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 1901
Golden Valley Lutheran College Golden Valley, Minnesota 1919–1985 Ind. Opened as Lutheran Bible Institute in Minneapolis
Illinois State University Springfield, Illinois 1847–1868 Ind. Opened as Hillsboro College in Hillsboro, Illinois
Kee Mar College Hagerstown, Maryland 1853–1911 Ind. College for women
Marion College Marion, Virginia 1873–1967 Ind. Junior college for women
St. John's College Winfield, Kansas 1893–1986 LCMS
Trinity Lutheran College Everett, Washington 1944–2016 Ind.
Upsala College 1893–1995 ELCA Founded by the Augustana Synod
Waldorf College Forest City, Iowa 1903– ELCA In 2010 the college was sold to a subsidiary of Columbia Southern University and is no longer affiliated with ELCA.[2]

See also


  1. ^ As of FY 2012. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2012 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change* in Endowment Market Value from FY 2011 to FY 2012" (PDF). 2012 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-02-16. Retrieved February 16, 2013.
  2. ^ Brooks, John (January 13, 2010). "Waldorf College Sold, No Longer Affiliated with ELCA". Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Retrieved July 14, 2016.
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