Convenience. Options. Efficiency. Control. Savings. What if we told you that Concordia University Ann Arbor offers academic programs that include all of these things (and more) when it comes to earning your bachelor’s degree? Or even your advanced degree?

Our Concordia University students come from many different educational backgrounds, from earning college credits while in high school, to returning to college for a second undergraduate degree. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer when it comes to planning course schedules, making degree plans, or determining your unique educational capacity.

Sometimes you want flexibility. That’s why Concordia offers unique programs—like Route 38, Scholars, or the Precollege Program—to help you reach your goals on a timeline that works best for you.

Allow us to explain exactly what we mean.

…With the cost of a private college education. Meet Manuela.


Manuela (‘20) is a CUAA student earning her bachelor’s degree in Nursing and is utilizing CUAA’s Route 38 program, which allows full-time undergraduate students to maximize their time and budgets by utilizing up to 38 academic credits across fall, spring, and summer semesters at the regular, full-time undergraduate tuition rate.

“I started my college career later in life. I am a mother of four school-aged children and have a hardworking husband who has undoubtedly supported us for the last two years and allowed me to follow my passion. Route 38 has allowed me to continuously work towards achieving my degree and eliminate some of the financial stress that has come with school,” said Yost.

To be a full-time student means you are taking between 12-18 credits in a semester. Say you take full 15-credit loads in both the fall and spring semesters, this means you can take two free summer classes (six credits) each summer you attend as a full-time student. Do that for three summers, that’s 18 credits. For free. That’s a free semester. WOW.

Route 38 opened to all full-time undergraduate programs in fall 2019. Now it’s your turn to leverage the opportunity to shift your course load from the fall and spring semesters, without paying for it!

Yost says that transferring to Concordia was the best thing I could have ever done for my education. I have been so blessed that God led me to this nursing program.

“This program has enabled me to save money because without Route 38 I would not have been able to afford to attend summer courses. It is an amazing and unique opportunity offered to the students. I am thankful for the opportunity CUAA has given me,” said Yost.

Find flexibility with the cost of a private college education. Learn more about Route 38.

…Toward earning an advanced degree. Meet Mason.

Mason TrowbridgeMason Trowbridge (’22) recently completed his sophomore year at Concordia University Ann Arbor.

Many would think that he has two years to go until he gets his bachelor’s degree in his program of study, Justice and Public Policy (JPP).

That is true, but only partly true. Not only will Mason have earned his bachelor’s in Justice and Public Policy in four-years-time, he’ll also have earned his Master’s in Organizational Leadership and Administration, too. Trowbridge is a member of the JPP Scholars program at CUAA, an accelerated program that allows students to earn two degrees in four years.

“The JPP Scholars program gave me the best opportunity to get ahead in pursuing my goal of working for a federal agency. From a financial standpoint, having the opportunity to finish my collegiate career with both a bachelor’s and a master’s for the price of one will help me in setting up my future goals and future endeavors,” said Trowbridge.

Here’s how Concordia’s Scholars programs work:

  • Earn both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in four years
  • Pay regular undergraduate tuition; two degrees for the price of one
  • Offered for Business, Justice & Public Policy, and Computer Science programs
  • High school cumulative GPA 3.5 out of 4
  • ACT score of 25 or higher, combined SAT scores of 1200 or higher
  • 18-credit loads each semester, with the ability to utilize summer courses and online courses

Yes, the expectation is high, but the reward is great. And, you’re going to be surrounded by a caring community that wants you to succeed.

I truly believe there is no better place that gives the best learning environment in a friendly, charismatic way,” said Trowbridge, who is also member of the Cardinals ice hockey and lacrosse teams on top of his academic load.

Earning an advanced degree on an accelerated track is not limited to the Scholars program. There are many options that bridge undergraduate programs to their graduate counterpart, don’t hesitate to ask us what the options are!

…With their credits and class schedule. Check out our Precollege Program.

Are you in high school but already feeling eager to start earning credits toward your Concordia degree? We have options for that, too.

CUW’s Precollege Program allows high school students to take classes on-campus or online to earn college credits. If you’re ready to begin these classes now, why wait? The Precollege Program is another great way to save time and save money.

Our website has all of the information you need on the Precollege Program, including a list of courses available, admission requirements, and how to get started.

To sum it all up, we just want you to know that Concordia University Ann Arbor has options for students, like you, who want flexibility. Just let us know what you’re looking for.

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— Rachel Thoms served on Concordia University's Strategic Communications team from 2015-2022. Any inquiries about this story can be sent to

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