Admission & Financial Aid

Undergraduate Fast Facts

Concordia University Chicago is a comprehensive university comprised of the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, the College of Education, and the College of Graduate and Innovative Programs (the Institute of Professional Studies and Graduate Cohort programs). CUC offers graduate and undergraduate programs, as well as doctoral degrees.


Founded in 1864 as a college for teachers by the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod


40-acre campus 10 miles west of downtown Chicago, in beautiful, upscale, suburban River Forest, Illinois

For the academic year 2013-14

Total Enrollment: 5,286                              

  • Undergraduates: 1,604
  • Graduate students: 3,682

Undergraduate Facts

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 17:1, with an average class size of 17
  • Student Body: More than 40 states and countries represented

Academic Calendar

  • Three semesters: fall, spring and summer sessions  

Financial Assistance

  • 100% of full-time undergraduate students receive some type of financial assistance based on need, merit, background and/or academic program.
  • In 2013-14, the University awarded more than $15 million in institutional merit, scholarships and grant awards to students.

Residential Life

  • 67% of freshmen live on campus in one of our six residence halls, complete with cable TV and individual Internet hookups (most rooms now feature wireless).  

Tuition and Fees, 2013-2014 academic year

  • Tuition (flat rate based on 12-18credit hours): $27,044
  • Room and Board*: $8,664
  • Fees**: $744

* Fees listed are based on standard double occupancy for new full-time undergraduate students
**Fees include technology, student activity, green and matriculation and record fees


  • Christopher Resource Center
  • Early Childhood Center
  • Five Computer Labs (one open 24 hours a day)
  • Klinck Memorial Library (142,000 volumes; 480,000 microforms)
  • Ferguson Art Gallery
  • Human Performance Library
  • Cougar Stadium/Athletic Complex

Clubs and Organizations

More than 45, including academic, religious, political, recreational and service groups:

  • Artists of Concordia Theatre
  • Black Student Union
  • Business Club
  • Campus Activities Board
  • Colleges Against Cancer
  • CUCares (Service group)
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Habitat for Humanity-CUC chapter
  • Image (Art Club)
  • Kappa Delta Pi (Education Honorary Society)
  • Latino Student Union
  • Pillars, the school yearbook
  • Ping Pong Club
  • Psi Chi (Psychology Honorary Society)
  • Relay For Life
  • The Spectator, the school newspaper
  • VOICE, CUC student government
  • WCGR (CUC radio station)

Spiritual Growth

  • Daily worship (Chapel)
  • Résonanz (formerly Chapel Band)
  • Retreat programs
  • Prayer groups
  • Small group bible studies
  • Concordia Youth Ministry
  • Urban ministry and volunteer activities
  • Special worship opportunities

Musical Groups

  • Chamber Orchestra
  • Cougar Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Kapelle
  • Laudate (Women’s Choral Ensemble)
  • Männerchor (Men’s Choral Ensemble)
  • Résonanz (formerly Chapel Band)
  • Schola Cantorum
  • University Band
  • University Handbell Choirs
  • Wind Symphony


The Concordia Cougars compete in NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports and Concordia-Chicago is a member of the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC):

Men's Intercollegiate Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field

Women's Intercollegiate Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Softball
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball


Contact Info

The Higher Learning Commision
230 S. LaSalle St.
Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL  60604
(800) 621-7440