About Concordia


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.

School Type

Four year private, liberal arts-based university affiliated with The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, Coeducational, NCAA Division III.


  • Higher Learning Commission (HLC) - Member

  • Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

  • National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)

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


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 2016-17

Total Enrollment: 5,603                          
Undergraduates: 1,530
Graduate students: 4,073

Undergraduate Student Gender

  • 56% women
  • 44% men

Undergraduate Student Ethnicity

  • 54.4% White
  • 28.5% Hispanic or Latino
  • 9.2% Black or African-American
  • 3.6% Asian
  • 3.2% Multiracial
  • 0.2% American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 0.2% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
  • 0.7% Not reported

Graduate Student Gender

  • 70% women
  • 30% men

Graduate Student Ethnicity

  • 62% White
  • 19% Black or African-American
  • 9% Hispanic or Latino
  • 5% Asian
  • 2% Multiracial
  • <1% American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • <1% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
  • <1% Not reported

Traditional Undergraduate Student-to-Faculty Ratio

15:1, with an average class size of 15

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 2015-16, the University awarded more than $17 million in institutional merit, scholarships and grant awards to students.

Residential Life

74% of freshmen live on campus in one of our six residence halls.

Tuition and Fees

Traditional undergraduate academic year cost for the 2017–2018 academic year:


Per Year

Per Semester


Tuition * $30,656 $15,328

Part time: $924 per credit

Overload: $554 per credit *

Technology Fee $394 $197  
Wellness/Medical Fee $118 $59  
Student Activity Fee $308 $154  
Registration and Records Fee $76 $38  
Student Green Fee $10 $5  
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Total (commuter) $31,562 $15,781  
Room & Board ** $9,448 $4,724 $50 annual room reservation fee for returning students
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Total $41,010 $20,505  
* Full-time academic load consists of 12–18 credits per semester. An "overload" is 18.5 credits or above.
** Residential student Basic Room and Board Plan rate; based on standard two-person room occupancy
NOTE: The tuition and fees listed above are standard. These numbers do not reflect the following: science lab fees or other fees associated with course registration; applied music lab fees; course credit by exam; credit for prior learning; parking tickets; lost room or mailbox keys; replacement ID card; etc. Contact the Office of Student Business Services for specific details about additional fees.
Fee information for new/admitted students is available from your Admission Counselor or via the student Web portal, Concordia Connect.
Additional miscellaneous fees (if applicable):



Commuter parking $140 per year ($70 per semester)
Overnight parking $550 per year ($275 per semester)
Graduation fee $140