The Student Life Office mission is to enrich the educational environment by creating an intentionally relational, safe and vibrant community where students develop in mind, body, and spirit for service to Christ in the Church and the world. We are committed to providing you with opportunities to grow so you can live out the mission God has for you. We hope that beyond excelling in the classroom, you’ll use your talents and abilities to get involved, be a leader on campus, and allow Christ’s love and grace to show in all you do.

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Leadership Greetings

As the Dean of Students, I join with the entire Student Life Office to enhance the quality of student life at Concordia University. We are committed to Concordia’s aim of being a “Lutheran higher education community helping students develop in mind, body, and spirit for service to Christ in the Church and the World.”

We hope that as a student you’ll take advantage of the multiple opportunities that challenge, inspire, and expand your worldview through connections with faculty, staff, student peers, and the surrounding Ann Arbor community. We expect students to be active partners in their educational journey.

Every student is encouraged to take advantage of the multiple opportunities for faith development, volunteer service, leadership, and student engagement offered at Concordia. We aim to facilitate the creation of a safe, disciplined and vibrant community where you can develop in mind, body, and spirit for service. We encourage students to reach beyond their grasp and develop as whole people, willing to transform our world as joy-filled servants in every sphere of life for generations to come.

As part of that whole-person development, we believe students will live up to a very high standard of personal behavior, respecting the community standards inherent to a Lutheran higher education community. We are willing to serve in any way we can so that you will learn to make wise and responsible decisions based upon communication with peers, faculty, staff, and especially our loving God.

As fellow Cardinals, we invite you to drop by the office in the Student Services Center to say “hello,” share highlights of your CUAA experience, and seek advice or present any concerns.

Serving Jesus and you,
Rev. John Rathje
Dean of Students