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Concordia College–New York is a Christian institution in the Lutheran tradition, a diverse and Christ-centered liberal arts college, preparing students for lives
of service to church and world. By Word and Spirit, we seek here at Concordia to study and serve in the convergences of faith and reason, theology and the liberal arts and professional studies, Christian college and Lutheran congregations.  

Over 137 Years of


To find an educational institution thriving after over 136 years is a testament to more than physical survival.  It is a testament to the people -faculty, staff, students, and parents—who through faith, fellowship, perseverance, and just plain hard work - constantly renewed the vision of this unique College.

After a couple of false starts—first in Lower Manhattan and again in nearby Hawthorne, Concordia joined its future with that of a developing suburb, Bronxville.  Here it took root, through wars, the Great Depression, and changing religious and societal values. 


Patterned originally on the German gymnasium educational model of four years of high school and two of college, Concordia evolved in the 1930s into a separate high school/prep school and a two-year junior college.  Then some 40 years ago, Concordia realized a long-standing dream and became a four-year college.  Graduates of all three iterations of Concordia continue to be loyal alumni today. Other significant changes Concordia has embraced over the decades include:

  • Growth from a school founded by German immigrants to a college that year-in and year-out enrolls about 14% of our students from countries all over the world    
  • Growth from an all-boys school to the coed institution we became in 1939
  • Growth from a Lutheran pre-seminary religious training school to a liberal arts college welcoming students of all faiths, which still prepares students for lives of service.

As we go forward, we appreciate our past and look forward to our bright future.