Concordia University was founded in 1905 in Northeast Portland by German pioneers to the Pacific Northwest. About that same time, Volga German immigrants to Portland began settling the nearby neighborhood called Albina and a thriving community developed. These Volga Germans and their descendants are now scattered throughout the Portland metropolitan area, but Concordia University remains as a vibrant part of the local community they once called home.
Concordia University Portland has a special affinity with the Volga German community. Its campus in Northeast Portland is in the neighborhood where Portland's Volga German settlement began in 1882 which eventually grew to over 500 families.