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


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 2014-15

Total Enrollment: 5,038                             
Undergraduates: 1,538
Graduate students: 3,500

Graduate Students:
71% Female
29% Male
68% White
17% African-American or Black
10% Latino or Hispanic
3% Asian
1% Multiracial
<1% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander
<1% American Indian or Alaska Native
<1% Did not report ethnicity

Undergraduate Students
61% Female
39% Male
54.8% White
23.3% Latino or Hispanic
12.6% African-American or Black
2.9% Multiracial
3.5% Did not report ethnicity
2.7% Asian
<1% Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander
<1% American Indian or Alaska Native

Undergraduate Student-to-Faculty Ratio

17:1, with an average class size of 17

Undergraduate Student Body

More than 50 states and countries represented

Academic Calendar

Three semesters: fall, spring and summer sessions

Tuition and Fees

  • Tuition (flat rate based on 12-18 credit hours): $28,104
  • Room and Board*: $8,992
  • Fees**: $804

* Fees listed are based on standard double occupancy for new full-time undergraduate students
** Fees include technology, student activity, green and matriculation and record fees

Financial Assistance

100% of full-time undergraduate students receive some type of financial assistance based on need, merit, background and/or academic program.

In 2014-15, the University awarded more than $18 million in institutional merit, scholarships and grant awards to students.

Residential Life

71% of freshmen live on campus in one of our six residence halls, complete with cable TV and individual Internet hookups (most rooms now feature wireless).