Concord's mission is to provide a liberal arts education that will not only foster creativity and scholarship, but will prove to serve the community-at-large. With this goal in mind, the school is selective in the degrees that it offers, making sure each can fulfill a public role. This attention to size and quality, rather than large scale education, ensures that students will acquire a quality education from focused, dedicated faculty.
Dating back to 1872, Concord has continued to serve the population of southern West Virginia. With the demise of the local coal industry, the school has remained a backbone and an agent of change to those seeking a higher education today. In response, the university has expanded some of its degree programs to an online learning platform. This expansion enables more students to benefit from Concord's strong liberal arts foundation and to serve their community, no matter where they are located.