Concordia University Chicago was founded in Addison, Illinois, in 1864. In 1913 the campus of Concordia was relocated to its current beautiful 40-acre site in River Forest, Illinois.
The original mission of Concordia-Chicago was to prepare educators for Lutheran elementary schools across the country. Today that strong tradition continues and has been expanded to include preparation for public school teachers. Accreditation by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education and approval of all education programs from the State of Illinois highlight and recognize the excellence of the undergraduate and graduate programs of education for those who desire to teach at the preschool, elementary, middle or secondary level. Concordia’s approved education programs provide Illinois state certification by entitlement. The College also houses the Director of Christian Education Program, a course of study offered by Concordia since the mid-1960s.
Our College of Business provides students with an innovative and truly world-class learning experience. Courses are taught by experienced business leaders and learned scholars, who assist their students throughout a rigorous, but flexible, degree track. By utilizing the latest technology, stressing the importance of integrity and engaging students with real-world business scenarios, our faculty and staff have established an exciting, well-rounded learning environment that prepares students for success in both today’s business world and that of tomorrow.
Concordia-Chicago strives to provide a solid, broad-based education, rooted in the liberal arts and sciences, that can open the door to important understandings for students pursuing professional programs in accounting, computer science, communication, exercise science and a host of other fields, as well as those desiring majors in pre-professional programs which will lead to further study in graduate or professional school. A total of 29 majors are included in the College of Arts and Sciences.
On and off-campus opportunities exist for the benefit of those already in the work force. Correspondence study, workshops, conferences and seminars for students, teachers, administrators and musicians are offered. The Accelerated Degree Completion Program for Adults offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in organizational management. Concordia’s 60+ Program invites the over-60 crowd to join us in our classrooms for their personal enjoyment and ours. A vibrant graduate program established in 1957 continues to expand and grow. Professionals in music and social services are able to pursue advanced degrees at the master’s level, while those in the education field are able to pursue both master’s and doctoral degrees.
Located in the pleasant, tree-lined village of River Forest, Concordia-Chicago is just minutes from Chicago’s Loop. This proximity to a world-class city provides a variety of opportunities for additional career, cultural, academic and social growth. Concordia strives to provide a creative environment where horizons expand and where personal, social and spiritual growth can become reality. The availability of both urban Chicago areas and the surrounding suburbs increases students’ awareness and ability to respond as responsible citizens in our world.
The mission of Concordia University Chicago is ultimately achieved in the lives of students. With a student body representing more than 30 different states and seven foreign countries, Concordia’s students come with an array of experiences and perspectives. In each college, quality faculty and staff work to challenge a student body of approximately 1,300 undergraduate students and more than 3,800 graduate students. The low student-teacher ratio allows for smaller class sizes, creating a genuine, caring atmosphere where strong student-faculty relationships, facilitating learning and leadership development, are built.
Campus residence halls house approximately 600 students who come to our campus from large cities as well as small towns and farming communities across the world, while nearly half of our students commute from their homes in the surrounding communities.
Concordia’s 40-acre campus holds 21 buildings, architecturally blending old and newer facilities.
The newest building on campus is The Walter and Maxine Christopher Center for Learning and Leadership. This state-of-the-art teaching facility houses Concordia’s Early Childhood Education Center, the College of Education and the College of Graduate and Innovative Programs. The first floor, designed to accommodate the specific needs of young children, serves as a daycare/preschool/kindergarten for the children of Concordia’s students, faculty and staff as well as children of our community. More than a daycare or a school, this facility serves as a teaching laboratory for future teachers learning their craft at Concordia-Chicago. The second and third floors house faculty offices, conference rooms, testing rooms, methods classrooms, an educational resource library and a state-of-the-art lecture hall.
The Krentz Center, dedicated in the early 90s, houses Bergmann Theatre, an intimate space used primarily for Children’s Theatre productions, a television studio, radio station, photography laboratory, lecture hall and various classrooms.
Koehneke Community Center is the location of the cafeteria, Cougar Den, bookstore, post office, meeting rooms, student recreation areas and student government offices.
The Chapel of Our Lord/Clara and Spencer Werner Auditorium was designed as Concordia’s center for worship services and theatrical performances. This space continues to be occupied by worship activities, theatre groups, rehearsal space and as a quiet location for meditation and prayer. Attached to the chapel is Kretzmann Hall, the home of the music, art and theology departments. This building also houses art, music and theology classrooms, the Elizabeth Ferguson Art Gallery, music practice rooms, rehearsal rooms and a music technology laboratory.
Other academic buildings include Eifrig Hall, used primarily for the natural and physical sciences, and Addison Hall, which encompasses the administrative offices of the University as well as classrooms upstairs.
Klinck Memorial Library houses more than 800,000 volumes, periodicals and documents and is connected to another 10 million titles through ILLNET, the Illinois Library and Information Network. This location also houses CougarNet, which provides information technology services to the campus, telecom services which provides and supports the campus phone/voice mail network, the Learning Assistance offices and the Writing Center which provide no-cost tutoring in all areas and assistance with college level writing.
Geiseman Gymnasium houses two gymnasiums, classrooms, athletic offices, the PAW (Physical Activity and Wellness) Center with cardiovascular and functional training equipment, two newly renovated weight rooms, a human performance laboratory and a swimming pool. Outdoor athletic and recreational areas include a new all-weather track and football/soccer field, tennis courts, and a field house/concession stand adjacent to softball and baseball fields.
Academic, instructional and administrative computing services are maintained and supported by Concordia Administrative Information Systems (CAIS), located in Mary-Martha Hall. This building also is a residence hall along with Gross, Kohn, Lindemann, Brohm, Krauss and David-Jonathan halls.
Concordia was not born with its reputation for excellence. For nearly 150 years it has worked to earn and keep it. Today, you have been issued a challenge and an invitation—come and share the Concordia University Chicago experience.