About Concordia


Consumer Information

Table of Contents

Use links below to find out more regarding CUC's academics, campus security, financial aid, student services and athletic consumer information. 


Health & Safety

Financial Aid

Student Services





Concordia University Chicago is accredited by the following organizations:

  • Higher Learning Commission
    230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500 Chicago, IL 60604-1413
    Phone: (800) 621-7440 / (312) 263-0456 
    Fax: (312) 263-7462
    Email: complaints@hlcommission.org 
    Web: http://ncahlc.org/Information-for-the-Public/complaints.html

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (CAEP, formerly NCATE)

  • Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
    (Clinical Mental Health Counseling program)  

  • National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)

  • The College of Business has achieved candidacy status with the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

  • The Department of Social Work has achieved candidacy status with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). 

Illinois State Agencies 

The Illinois Board of Higher Education
431 East Adams, 2nd Floor Springfield, Illinois 62701-1404
Institutional Complaint Hotline: (217) 557-7359
Complaint Process: http://www.ibhe.state.il.us/consumerInfo/complaint.htm
Phone: (217) 782-2551 Fax: (217) 782-8548 TTY: (888) 261-2881
General Information: info@ibhe.org

The Illinois Office of Education, State Teacher Certification Board
100 N. First Street, Suite S-306 Springfield, Illinois 62777
Phone: (217) 557-6763

Students may provide feedback or register complaints with these entities at the contact information above, or with the Illinois Office of Attorney General at 800-386-5438, http://illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/consumers/filecomplaint.html 

College of Education

Candidate Performance

Average GPA of Teacher Education Program Completers by Academic Year

  2013-2014 2012-2013
Undergraduate 3.45 3.52
Graduate 3.88 3.92

2015 Title II Report Card

Title II of the Higher Education Act, approved by the U.S. Congress in 1998 and amended in 2008, requires institutions with teacher preparation programs to publish descriptive program information and initial certification licensure examination pass rates on a yearly basis. The purpose of this federal requirement is to provide the public with information about the training, philosophy, and quality of teacher preparation programs of institutions of higher education.

Assessment Summary Report: Education Unit

This report contains annual summary data relevant to candidates, faculty, and colleges addressing the education programs of Concordia University Chicago.


Northern Illinois Public School Districts Median Beginning Salary

  2013-2014 2012-2013
Bachelor's Degree $34,936-$41,149 $34,327-$40,530
Master's Degree $39,521-$45,814 $39,192-$45,365

Source: Illinois State Board of Education. 2014. Table 5. Median Scheduled Salaries of Illinois Public School Districts, by Enrollment Size and Geographic Region. Illinois Teacher Salary Study 2013-2014 (p. 3). Retrieved from Illinois Teacher Salary Study.

2014 Annual Report Educator Supply and Demand in Illinois
This report is issued every 3 years and contains projections of high and low demand areas for educators in the State of Illinois.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Concordia University Chicago complies with the requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at 708-209-3165.

Graduation Rates

Concordia University Chicago’s six-year graduation rates for new freshman students entering in Fall 2008 was 57.83%.

Concordia University Chicago’s three-year graduation rate for all Accelerated Bachelor’s Degree Program (ADP) students entering in Fall 2011 was 70%.

Concordia University Chicago’s three year graduation rate for all Masters level students (MA, MAT, MBA) entering in Fall 2011 was 77%.

Graduation rates disaggregated by gender and race/ethnicity are available. For additional information about graduation rates click here.

Retention Rates

Concordia University Chicago’s retention rate for our first-time, full-time, degree seeking undergraduate students entering in 2013 and returning Fall 2014 was 65.43%.

Concordia University Chicago’s retention rate for students entering the Accelerated Bachelor’s Degree Program (ADP) entering in 2012 and returning in the Fall of 2013 was 60%. 

General Education Assessment

Concordia University Chicago administers the ETS Proficiency Profile as an assessment of its General Education outcomes to entering Freshmen and to Seniors prior to graduation. The results for the 2012-13 Academic Year are linked here.

Post-completion Employment

Employment Status of 2012-2013 CUC Graduates—Undergraduate Programs

Category Frequency Percentage
Working full time in a related field 106 54%
Working full time in a non-related field 13 7%
Working part-time 14 7%
In graduate school 54 27%
Not currently employed 11 6%

Source: CUC Office of Career Services Survey, 2012-2013 Graduates

Employment Status of 2012-2013 CUC Graduates—Graduate Programs

Category Frequency Percentage
Working full time 107 96%
Working part-time 3 3%
Not currently employed 2 2%

Source: CUC Office of Institutional Research Survey, 2012-2013 Graduates

Concordia University Chicago surveys its undergraduate and graduate student alumni for information regarding their post-completion employment status. The results may be viewed here

Transfer of Credit Policy for Undergraduate Students

Concordia University Chicago is a participant in the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI).  Please visit our Course Transfer and Articulations web page.

Student Population Fast Facts

To review a quick snapshot of Concordia University Chicago’s most commonly requested information, please click here.




Campus Security Report

The Campus Security Department completes an annual security report to disclose information about campus security policies, including Sexual Assault Educational Programs, and crime statistics. For more information, please contact the Director of Public Safety at 708-209-3629.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Information

CUC’s Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Policy is included in our annual Campus Security Report.

Emergency Response and Evacuation

Emergency Response and Evacuation procedures are distributed to all departments and residential facilities within the University. The Emergency Guide provides steps to take in the event an emergency occurs. In addition, employees and students of CUC are encouraged to sign-up for the Emergency Communication Service. For additional information, please contact the Director of Public Safety at 708-209-3629.

Fire Emergency Plan

For specific information on CUC's fire emergency plan, please contact the Director of Public Safety at 708-209-3629

Missing Persons Procedures

For specific information on CUC's missing persons procedures, please contact the Director of Public Safety at 708-209-3629

Copyrighted Materials Policy

Concordia University Chicago is committed to the education of its students and employees regarding copyright and fair use laws. For more information, please contact Timothy Wier, Network Operations Administrator at 708-209-3565.



Federal Pell Grant Recipients

CUC’s Federal Pell Grant recipients totaled 628, which encompassed 44% of the enrolled undergraduate (both traditional and non-traditional) student population in the Fall of 2015. Of these Pell recipients, 62% were female and 38% were male. The recipients of the Federal Pell Grant consisted of:

  • 37.9% Hispanic
  • 35.2% White
  • 19.4% African American
  • 3.5% Asian
  • 2.1% Multiracial
  • 0.3% American Indian or Alaska Native
  • 0.3% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 
  • 1.3% Unknown

Federal Stafford Loan Recipients 

CUC’s Direct Loan recipients totaled 1,085 which encompassed 75% of the enrolled undergraduate (both traditional and non-traditional) student population in the Fall of 2015. A total of 939 or 86.5% received the Direct Subsidized Loan and a total of 146 or 13.5% received the Direct Unsubsidized Loan only. 

To learn more information on the financial aid available to undergraduate students, costs and CUC’s policies, please click here.

Cost of Attendance

The cost of attendance (COA) estimates the annual amount needed to cover educational expenses while attending Concordia University Chicago. Several elements besides tuition, mandatory fees, room and board and residency determine the COA.It is important that you consider the cost of books and supplies, transportation and personal living expenses. Loan fees will also be added into the COA if you borrow a Federal Direct Loan to cover your educational expenses. Click here to see the cost of attendance for this year. 

Gainful Employment Programs

Students admitted into the following graduate certificate programs are eligible to receive financial aid. All non-degree programs approved for financial aid eligibility are subject to the Department of Education’s Gainful Employment Disclosure regulations.



Voter Registration

Concordia University Chicago encourages all students to take part in their voting rights during the political election periods.  If you have not registered to vote, please click here.

Services provided to Students with Disabilities

In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, CUC recognizes that qualified students who have diagnosed disabilities are entitled to an equal opportunity to benefit from the educational programs of the College and that reasonable academic accommodations may be necessary. For additional information, please contact our Disability Support Services Center.



Athletic Program Participation

Concordia University Chicago complies with the requirements of the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (EADA) by completing an annual report of our institution’s intercollegiate athletic programs. The report is available on the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education Web site.

To obtain documented information about CUC’s athletic programs, please contact the Athletic Department at 708-209-3116.