Concordia University Chicago is affiliated with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod faith. The University is one of ten colleges and universities that are part of a nation-wide system of Lutheran colleges. Founded in 1864 as Addison Lutheran Teachers Seminary, Concordia University Chicago today is a comprehensive liberal arts university. More than 5,000 full-time students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and doctoral study through the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, and Graduate and Innovative Programs.
As a Christian university in the Lutheran tradition, Concordia University Chicago cultivates within each of its students the ideals of a Christian life. Within a Christian framework, students seek greater meaning in their spiritual and work lives, discovering ways to serve the greater good and mature in their Christian faith.
Concordia’s faith community reflects the Lutheran tradition and is welcoming of other faith denominations as well. Each member of the CUC community is encouraged to serve God and society in a way that makes use of his or her gifts and talents, no matter the vocation or career pursued.
Service to others is integral to the CUC educational experience. Six times the University has been named to the national President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for extraordinary contributions by faculty, staff and students to local, regional and national needs through countless hours of community service and learning.
Concordia University is highly regarded nationally through the contributions of its faculty and graduates to the work and mission of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Of particular interest to church workers are programs such as Director of Christian Education, Deaconess, Pre-Seminary and Lutheran Teacher Education that directly impact LCMS congregations.