Student Life

Office of The Dean of Students

The Office of the Dean of Students serves as a liaison between the students and the University and is responsible for administering the policies and programs affecting student life. Serving as the chief student advocate, the Dean of Students establishes and promotes a collegiate environment conducive to the academic success and personal growth of each student.

For More Information:

Location: 2nd Krauss

Office Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm

Phone: (708) 209-3005

Email: dos@cuchicago.edu


Taking Care of Your Health

Concordia University Chicago is committed to making sure students find quality health and wellness care. Concordia university Chicago  attempts to limit the impact of injury or illness by the provision of services for early intervention.

West Suburban Medical Center offers affordable and convenient health care health services on Concordia’s campus. The clinic’s hours will be announced at the beginning of the school year.

Community Health Clinic:

Concordia University Chicago, 2nd Floor of Krauss, Room 214

(708) 488-4307

The clinic provides services/treatments for these and other minor medical things:










Eye Irritations






Minor Cuts







Strep Throat








Services will be provided for a fee, not unlike other immediate care centers.  The Community Health Clinic will accept all health insurances and services will not be denied to any Concordia community members.

During the clinic’s non-business hours there are several physicians in the area and two walk-in clinics within walking distance of campus for students.

River Forest Medical



420 William Street, Building B ,Suite 1001

River Forest, IL 60305

(708) 763-2200

Monday-Thursday: 8am-8pm

Friday: 8am-5pm

Closed Saturday and Sunday

Advanced Imaging


7411 W. Lake Street, Building A, Suite 1120

River Forest, IL 60305

(708) 488-1919

Monday-: 9am-7pm



Friday: 8am-2pm


Two Walk-In clinics within walking distance from campus:

Take Care Health


No appointment needed

Inside the Walgreens’


7251 Lake Street (Lake & Harlem)

River Forest, IL  60305

(866) 825-3227

Students need to bring their Student ID, current insurance card, and money for their co-pay if applicable.

Resurrection Health Care- Immediate Care

No appointment needed

7230 W. North Ave. (North & Harlem)

Elmwood Park, IL 60707

(708) 453-3000

Monday-Saturday: 8am-8pm

Sunday: 9am-5pm

Students need to bring their Student ID, current insurance card, and money for their co-pay if applicable


Illinois state law and University policy requires all students who are newly enrolled at Concordia University Chicago to provide written evidence of current immune status or evidence of exemption from requirement with respect to the following communicable diseases:

•   Measles (Rubeola) German Measles (Rubella) Mumps

•   Tetanus/Diptheria (must be within last 10 years)

•   Tuberculosis-TB (must be within a year)

We do not require students to have the meningitis or Hepatitis B vaccine, but we strongly advise you to get the information about the vaccine and make an educated decision as to whether or not these vaccines are right for you. Please be aware of these requirements and consult with your physician about any additional immunizations that you may require.

Copies from your high school or doctor are acceptable. Please submit completed immunization form to the Dean of Students Office by faxing it to 708-209-3176 or by mail.  Forms and further information can be obtained in the Dean of Students office or by calling 708-209-3005 or visiting our website at



International Student Advising

The Office of the Dean of Students can assist Undergraduate international students on campus to adjust to the United States and Concordia University, as well as learn how to communicate across cultures. The Dean of Students is the International Student advisor at Concordia University. The Office the Dean of Students provides individual counseling, visa advising, issuance of immigration documents, enrollment and expense letters, information about on-campus employment, cultural excursions, campus and community programming, and special services meeting the needs of students from outside the United States.

Non-Immigrant Visa Students

•   The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) regulations require that all students on temporary visas pursue their studies on a full-time basis at the institution they have been authorized to attend. International students must get written permission from the Dean of Students before dropping any courses which take them below full-time or withdrawing from the University. If you apply for and are granted an “exception from full-time enrollment”, you must still carry at least a half-time course load and you must resume a “full course of study” in the following semester. See the Dean of Students for more information on complying with this and other ICE requirements.

•   All non-immigrant international students must check in with the Dean of Students within 10 days of their arrival in the United States and show their immigration documents (passport, I-94 Record of Arrival and Departure, and their SEVIS I-20) before registering for classes.

•   All international students should carefully read the publication Immigration Rights and Responsibilities in order to insure that they understand and comply with their obligations under federal immigration law.

•   Transferring F-1 students must obtain a transfer clearance form from their previous school in the United States within 60 days of completing their classes from their previous institution and before the end date on their current I-20, and must complete transfer procedures as provided in the federal regulations within 15 days of the first day of class.

•   F-1 students must notify ICE through the Dean of Students of any change in program, including changes in level and field of study. All international students must report any change of address to the government through the Dean of Students within 10 days.

•   International Students will be required to enroll in the Student Accident and Sickness Insurance Plan

•   Under federal law, all internationals on non-immigrant visa status are expected to maintain current, valid immigration documents and passports and to have adequate financial support during their stay in the United States. The University is required by ICE and DOS regulations to file reports of non-compliance with various aspects of immigration law relating to the stay and employment of non-immigrants on campus.

•   International students holding F-1 status are reminded that they may engage in on campus employment for a maximum of 20 hours per week during fall and spring semesters. Full time (more than 20 hours per week) on campus employment is allowed only during official breaks and during the summer semester. Students are reminded that if they plan to apply for OPT (Occupational Practical Training) they must apply prior to the last day of class (not graduation date). Information about OPT is available through the Office of the Dean of Students.

For More Information:

Location: 2nd Krauss

Office Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm

Phone: (708) 209-3005

Email: dos@cuchicago.edu


Personal Counseling

Counseling Services at Concordia University Chicago provides personal counseling services to students, staff and faculty of Concordia University Chicago. All services are strictly confidential and free of charge. The range of personal counseling services provided includes:

•   Short-term and long-term Individual Therapy

•   Support groups

•   Referrals to off-campus resources and services

•   A variety of periodic workshops and prevention programs

Counseling Services also helps students successfully make important transitions such as starting college, living away from home for the first time, transferring from another school to Concordia or returning to college after a time away from school. The staff at Counseling Services has completed the necessary requirements for licensure in the state of Illinois. In addition to academic, state and national requirements, they have had many years of clinical experience.

How can I get help?

An initial appointment may be scheduled by calling the Center, at 708-209-3229 or emailing at counseling.services@CUChicago.edu. We make every effort to schedule clients within 48 hours of their request for services.

For More Information:

Location: Krauss 218/220

Office Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm

Phone: (708) 209-3229

Email: counseling.services@cuchicago.edu

Office of Multicultural Student Engagement

The Office of Multicultural Student Engagement (OMSE) aims to promote an inclusive climate in alignment with the university’s core values by acting as an educational resource that prepares students to succeed in an increasingly diverse society. OMSE hosts social events, diversity workshops, lectures and cultural excursions for the campus community. The office also sponsors the STARS (Students Together Are Reaching Success) Peer Mentoring Program. The STARS program helps ease the transition from high school to college for first year students who are the first in their families to attend college.

For More Information:

Location: Krauss 205

Office Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm

Phone: (708) 209-3027

Email: omse@cuchicago.edu

Career Services

Students at Concordia University Chicago are strongly encouraged to utilize the resources provided by Career Services. Students are instructed that career development is an ongoing process. As such, it is important to begin this process as early in their career as possible. Internships, job shadowing, part-time employment, and informational meetings are all part of the resources provided by Career Services. Career counseling and instructions are important elements provided by our staff.

Concordia University Chicago is an active member of ISCPA, Illinois Small College Placement Association, who manages the employment website. The Online Career Center contains a comprehensive assortment of employment development resources, ranging from resume and cover letter writing, to choosing a major, to improving interviewing skills. Students find the Office of Career Services useful when seeking part time on and off campus employment as well.

For More Information:

Location: 2nd Krauss

Office Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm

Phone: (708) 209-3033

Email: career.services@cuchicago.edu

Synodical Placement

For students in church work professional programs, placement procedures information is available online at http://www.cuchicago.edu/experience/student-services/synodical-placement/. 

Placement information and counseling is available by appointment in the Synodical Placement office.  Concordia maintains placement services as an integral part of its professional program and Lutheran heritage.

For More Information:

Location: 2nd Krauss

Office Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm

Phone: (708) 209-3030

Email: crfplacement@cuchicago.edu

Office of Student Leadership and Involvement

The Office of Student Leadership and Involvement works in conjunction with the Division of Student Life to provide students with social outlets, opportunities for leadership development, and an enhanced appreciation for their world. Students are encouraged to be active members of the Concordia community through participation in the various co-curricular activities offered on campus and in the community. In addition, the Office of Student Leadership and Involvement also coordinates Commuter Programs, Parent Programs, CUC’s Jump Start Orientation, Weeks of Welcome, and Intramural and Recreational Sports. Keep reading to get detailed information on some of our programs that generate the most interest among students, and if you have any questions about any of the programs we coordinate please contact us using the information provided here.

For More Information:

Location: lower level of the Koehneke Community Center (KCC)

Office Hours: 9:00am-5:00pm

Phone: (708) 488-4215

Email: StudentActivities@cuchicago.edu

Commuter Programs

The University is committed to providing quality services and opportunities for participation in co- and extra-curricular activities to all students, including those who commute to the campus from their homes in the community. The members of this group constitute nearly one-half of all Concordia University undergraduates and make invaluable contributions in the classrooms, on athletic teams, and in student organizations. Commuting students are strongly encouraged to taken full advantage of all the resources the University has to offer, as well as suggesting ways the University could strengthen its ties with the commuting population.

Student Organizations

There are ten Permanent Student Organizations at CUC.  The student Leaders of these ten organizations gather twice a month to discuss ongoing activities and projects.  The committee seeks to provide a means for the student leaders to gather, communicate, and collaborate.  The committee of Permanent Student Organizations is chaired by the President of the Voice:  CUC Student Government.  Member Organizations include:

A.C.T. Board

The Artists of Concordia Theatre (A.C.T.) provide a full program of dramatic activities through-out the year ranging from experimental or new works to full scale musicals and student-directed one-act plays.  These are performed regularly, giving students growing and learning opportunities both on and off stage.  Students are encouraged to use their skills in what-ever capacity they can, whether it be sweeping up after construction work or delivering monologues.  Students are given the opportunity to act as leaders and teachers through-out the year and share the task of creating each successful production.

Black Student Union (BSU)

The Black Student Union is a multicultural student organization that provides a mix of educational and social activities.  The BSU helps plan the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day events each January as well as many other events throughout the year.

Campus Activities Board (CAB)

CAB is a student-run programming board that provides the campus community with social, educational, cultural, and recreational opportunities throughout the academic year. Annual events include Homecoming, Festivities, Spring Formal, Mr. CUC, and CU’s Got Talent Variety Show. 

Latino Student Union (LSU)

The Latino Student Union (LSU) strives to unite, educate, appreciate and acknowledge the Latino Community of Concordia University Chicago.  This organization is focused on serving the Latino community of Concordia as well as the Chicagoland community with compassion. 


Pillars is the CUC Yearbook which reviews the participants and activities of the academic year. Pillars is distributed in September of the following school year.


Spectator is the student newspaper which is published twice monthly during the academic year.  Students who have interest in writing, journalism, business, art, photography, and computers are encouraged to be involved with Spectator. 

Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)

SAAC is a committee made up of student-athletes who provide insight on the student-athlete experience, offer input on the rules and policies that affect student-athletes lives on their respective campuses, and generate school spirit and promote athletics on campus and in the community. Concordia’s SAAC meets twice a month and has organized the Maroon Platoon (campus support group), volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House, and attends NCAA and NAC conferences and workshops.

Student Led Campus Ministry

SLCM is led by a Student President and advised by the SLCM Board Members and the Campus Pastor.  SLCM works in following five areas of ministry:

     Ministry to Concordia: Students leading students in learning, growing, and serving the Lord.  A campus coordinator works with the SLCM president to promote concerts, speakers, retreats, campus organizations, and other activities encouraging the spiritual life of our students. 

     Ministry to the Chicago: CUC Students serve those in need in the Chicago area.  A student coordinator works with the SLCM president in organizing service projects and outreach events in the Chicago area, including ministry to urban youth, prison literacy programs, and support for the homeless or developmentally disabled.

     Ministry to the World: Plans mission trips to those in need throughout the world.  With the assistance of the SLCM president, a student leader promotes national and international servant trips, conferences, and general awareness of world-missions on campus.

     Small Group Bible Studies: CUC Student build close relationships by being in the Word.  In conjunction with the SLCM president, the small group coordinator works with other student leaders to establish various bible study groups with the purpose of growing closer in Christ and evangelizing the campus.

     Concordia Youth Ministry (CYM): CUC Students work with young people through lock-ins, concerts, and retreats.  Under the direction of a student coordinator, eleven teams of students meet weekly to prepare for ministry to Junior and Senior High Youth in the Midwest area.  There are musical teams that students can audition for at the beginning of the year. 

     Men’s Ministry and Women’s Ministry: These groups intentionally serve the unique needs of CUC’s male and female students.

Voice:  CUC Student Government

Voice serves as the voice of the undergraduate student population. Its purpose is to address concerns, implement procedures, and catalyze change.

     Student Organizations coordinated by Voice include: 

     Business Club, Concordia Republicans, Cornerstone (Habitat for Humanity), CUC Philosophy Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Frisbee Club, History Club, Image (Art Club), Improv Club, MENC:  The National Association for Music Educators, Ping Pong Club, Psychology Club, Young Democrats of America 

     Academic Organizations coordinated by Voice include:

     Alpha Kappa Delta, Kappa Delta Pi, Phi Alpha Theta, Psi Chi, Scientia Nova

     Student Committees coordinated by Voice include: 

     Campus Beautification Committee, Food Service Committee, Green Fee Committee, Technology Committee

WCGR The Underground

WCGR is the radio station for CUC.  This is run every semester and currently broadcasts on 88.5 FM, closed campus television, and online. Positions include DJ, Station Manager, and there are many other opportunities for students to be involved with the radio station. You can listen online or find more information on their website at www.wcgrradio.com.   

Music Opportunities

Because music has a vital role in the life of the campus community and beyond, the music department provides ensemble experiences and academic study both for music major and for non-majors.  Studies in applied music include voice, composition, harp, guitar, organ, piano, harpsichord, winds, strings and percussion.  Outstanding teacher-performers from the Chicago area serve on the Concordia adjunct faculty.  Many non-majors continue to study privately because of the excellent applied music faculty.

There are approximately 35-40 recitals or concerts given each year by students and faculty in the music department.  Many weekends will have performances in the chapel, Geisemann Auditorium, or one of the smaller recital venues.  The department provides a wide range of ensembles:

Vocal Ensembles: ♫Schola Cantorum, ♫Kapelle, Laudate, Männerchor, Heritage Chorale (Community Ensemble).

Handbells: University Handbell Choirs

Instrumental: ♫Wind Symphony, ♫Chamber Orchestra, University Band (Community Ensemble), Jazz  Band, Cougar Pep Band, The Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest (Community Ensemble).

All CUC students are welcome and encouraged to join ensembles appropriate to their interests and music background.  All ensembles receive credit, but only certain ensembles count toward music degree requirements as indicated (♫).Other small instrumental groups, organized and directed by faculty and students, serve special needs and interests as the appropriate instrumentalists are available.  These include:  String Ensemble, Flute Ensemble, and Percussion Ensemble.  Auditions for most groups take place during Weeks of Welcome.

MENC:  The National Association for Music Educators consists of a group of students dedicated to the highest standards of excellence of music education in public and parochial schools.  Chapter members are provided opportunities to attend numerous workshops including the IMEA state convention. 

For More Information:

Location: Kretzmann Hall

Office Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm

Phone: 708-209-3060

Email: music@CUChicago.edu


Concordia University offers 17 intercollegiate sports to its student-athletes. Men’s teams compete in football, soccer, cross country, basketball, baseball, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, and tennis.  Women’s teams compete in volleyball, soccer, cross-country, basketball, softball, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, and tennis. We have a Dance and Cheer team that compete in competitive events in Northern Illinois.

The mission of Concordia University Athletic Department is to provide a positive athletic experience to all individuals. Every experience should support and encourage the student-athletes academic development and personal growth in a program dedicated to quality and excellence at the NCAA Division III level.

Our goal is to prepare student-athletes for productive careers, active and responsible lives.  It is our responsibility to help student athlete’s graduate and be productive as Christian adults in the world.  We wish to emphasize honesty, personal integrity and independent thinking.

Intercollegiate athletics is intended to provide students with opportunities to enhance their educational experience.  It is a privilege to represent Concordia University and student-athletes need to consider it as such.  Participation in the program, however, is secondary to the academic obligation of students.

The welfare, health and safety of student-athletes are primary concerns of the athletic department.  Every student-athlete, in all sports, will receive fair and equitable treatment.  Student-athletes will have no unique privileges in admissions, grading, or living accommodations that a non-athlete would receive as a student of Concordia University.

Concordia University competes at the NCAA Division III level. We are in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference, which consist of 12 schools located in Illinois and Wisconsin.  


For More Information:

Location: Geiseman Gymnasium

Office Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm

Phone: 708-209-3116

Email: Athletics@CUChicago.edu