Concordia Experience

Jump Start Parents' Resources

Concordia University Chicago’s Jump Start program isn’t just for our incoming students. Throughout the program, parents and families will have the opportunity to learn more about resources, expectations, programs, and activities CUC has to offer. The information below will help you prepare for your Jump Start experience and serve as a reference afterwards.

On Campus Housing during Jump Start Sessions

During Jump Start, families have the option of staying on campus in a residence hall room, if rooms are available. We offer both single rooms (one twin size bed) and double rooms (two twin size beds).  If siblings are attending, additional rooms may be needed.  Families can expect to share communal bathrooms and showers: women in one facility, men in another down the hall. The rooms may not have air-conditioning. Towels and sheets are included while televisions, alarm clocks, etc. are not provided.

On campus housing is only available on a first-come, first-serve basis during the June and July sessions. Housing for parents and families may not be available for all sessions.  Request accommodations here

Other Accommodations in the Area

Family members can make their own arrangements at a wide variety of accommodations in the surrounding area. Links and information for hotels, motels, and bed & breakfasts near Concordia's campus can be found here. Several hotels and motels offer discounts to members of the CUC community.

Health and Immunization Information

Your student’s health and wellness are important to us. All students have health insurance through their family’s health insurance or through Concordia University Chicago’s provider, Gallagher Koster.

MyStudentBody Program

Although alcohol does not present a problem for most students, alcohol abuse and experimentation is an issue that affects the entire community.  Concordia-Chicago has partnered with MyStudentBody.com to offer online courses about alcohol and drugs that are used in schools nationwide as a requirement for first-year students.  All first-year students are required to complete the online course by the first day of classes.  The goal of the course is to increase students' knowledge, decrease harmful behaviors, and provide information to help students make good decisions.  Instructions for completing the course can be found here.

Parent Involvement

There are many opportunities for families to be a part of students’ lives, even while they are away at school. Events such as Family Weekend and CUC’s Auxiliary care packages allow you to be a member of the CUC community from afar.