Our History

Concordia has an exciting history that goes back to its founding in 1926.

On the northern outskirts of Austin, Texas a parcel of land was selected to become the new home of Concordia. The selection of an appropriate site is instrumental to the success of any institution and it would be the same for Concordia. But some were skeptical of the location given its distance from downtown while others considered the acreage excessive. Is Concordia overextending itself? Is this the right decision?

Killian HallThose were some of the sentiments in 1926 when a 20-acre site along East Avenue, north of downtown Austin, was selected for the new high school. Looking back, the concerns over location and size seem humorous with its location so close to downtown. Obviously, the Austin of 1926 was very different from the Austin of 2008.

In the twenty-first century of urban sprawl, it can be difficult to imagine vast, open countryside just a few miles north of the Capitol. Much has changed. Over the years, a quiet thoroughfare known as East Avenue was replaced by a concrete, double-decker interstate populated by roaring traffic.

Open fields were replaced by dense development and an airport that has already come and gone. But through it all, Concordia remained and flourished by the grace of God on that small tract of land between Red River and Interstate 35.

The history of Concordia University Texas is infused with a tradition of growth and courage. Founded as a high school, Concordia has experienced tremendous growth.

  • 1926 Founded as Lutheran Concordia College of Texas, a four-year high school for young men entering ministry
  • 1951 Became junior college
  • 1955 First class of women admitted
  • 1965 Became Concordia Lutheran College
  • 1969 Disbanded high school program, strictly junior college
  • 1980 Became four-year college
  • 1982 First class of students to graduate with BA degrees
  • 1995 Became university, name changed to Concordia University at Austin
  • 1995 Joined Concordia University System

Guided by a mission of preparing leaders for lives of service and a vision to be a university recognized for integrity, academic excellence and a Lutheran ethos, Concordia took the necessary steps of faith to achieve that vision and live that mission.

As the University looked toward future growth and development, courageous action was required. On May 13, 2005, after considering over thirty sites, the Concordia Board of Regents took a visionary step of faith to relocate the main campus. In March 2007, Concordia purchased Schlumberger's former campus, the Austin Hill Country Reserve. This would be the perfect new home for Concordia.

The size alone allows Concordia to grow in ways that the landlocked downtown campus of 23 acres did not allow. The existing six buildings were renovated into classrooms, offices and a library, while a new field house and student housing were constructed. In addition, the most unique feature of the property is a 250-acre nature preserve that is rich in a variety of natural resources including wetlands, caves and dense tree cover that protect two endangered species of birds: the Golden-cheeked Warbler and the Black-capped Vireo.

Buildings C and D

On October 26, 2008, Concordia celebrated the opening of the new campus, which enables Concordia to expand and improve the services offered to students and other constituents. Committed to our value of lifelong learning, Concordia continues to improve the campus and its resources, which enhances the experience of our students, faculty, staff and the community.

The newest additions to Concordia includes the softball field, IncubatorCTX and the new Concordia Esports arena

Approaching its second century, Concordia University Texas is devoted to becoming the premier university where the adventure of faith, learning and life-changing experiences leads to meaningful work

For more information about Concordia's rich history, please visit our online archives.