Concordia St. Paul Sets Enrollment Record in Fall 2020

Despite unique challenges and unprecedented circumstances brought on by a global pandemic, Concordia University, St. Paul (CSP) set a new enrollment record for the ninth consecutive fall semester with 5,567 students. CSP enrolled 428 more students compared to its previous high of 5,139 set only one year ago, including increases in all three student learning areas.

Traditional undergraduate programs are up 56 students, adult undergraduate programs saw an increase of 361 students, while graduate programs gained 11 students. Enrollment for students learning on-campus (traditional) now stands at an all-time high of 1,756, while graduate programs saw their total enrollment surpass 2,000 students for the second consecutive year. Adult undergraduate program enrollment, which includes the bulk of online students, stands at 1,788.

Concordia University St. Paul’s enrollment trajectory has seen significant growth since 2005 as it has posted enrollment increases 14 times during the last 15 years. During this time period, Concordia’s overall enrollment has substantially increased by nearly 3,500 students.

“I am grateful to God that CSP continues to be a distinctly different university in its growth trajectory and the way we equip students for their callings,” CSP President Dr. Brian Friedrich said. “It is inspiring to know more and more in-person and online students in St. Paul, Portland, and around the world have chosen Concordia St. Paul as a place to learn and grow personally and professionally. Our faculty and staff are to be commended for their extraordinary efforts and diligent work in making this growth a reality during challenging times.”

Growth Program: EdD in Kinesiology

“Throughout the challenging times with COVID, economic turmoil, and traditional demographic shifts, CSP has stayed focused on serving its students and executing on our strategic plan,” said CSP Provost and Chief Operating Officer Dr. Eric LaMott. “The addition of two new programs, the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) in Portland, Ore., and EdD in Kinesiology, contribute to the overall growth this fall as has CSP’s affordability initiative, which has cemented the University as the most affordably priced private college in the Twin Cities.”

Looking ahead, CSP plans to launch a number of programs in areas of market need, including an MS in Cybersecurity, MS in Data Analytics and an ABSN program located in St. Paul.