Portlandians react to surprise Concordia University-Portland closure

Feb 11 2020, 11:26 am

After more than 100 years in operation, Concordia University-Portland announced this week via social media and their blog that they will be ceasing scholastic operations after the current semester. The news came as quite a shock for both locals and students of the prestigious educational institute.

Citing desperate financial troubles, Concordia University will host their last commencement ceremony this spring on April 25.

“After much prayer and consideration of all options to continue Concordia University – Portland’s 115-year legacy, the Board of Regents concluded that the university’s current and projected enrollment and finances make it impossible to continue its educational mission,” said Interim President Dr. Thomas Ries. “We have come to the decision this is in the best interest of our students, faculty, staff and partners.”

Students and faculty were caught off guard after the news broke, and the reactions spanned from complete shock to utter despair.

Some students are scared that their degrees are in limbo, while others wonder if they will survive a large ocean of athletes seeking post-secondary contract transfers. Even local student-focused law firm Underdog shook up the news by filing a class-action suit against the university on behalf of students who have paid tuition only to face an uncertain academic future.

Concordia’s closure marks the third private university closure in the Portland area in just four years. For more information from the university itself, browse the Closure FAQ on their website.