In accordance with the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), postsecondary institutions are required to provide specific consumer information to prospective students, parents, the general public and employees. This page provides links to selected general information about Concordia University Chicago (CUC), its policies, and its enrollment in a user friendly manner.

  • General Institutional Information - Accreditation, Common Data Set, enrollment, FERPA and University policies
  • Academics and Athletics - Academic and athletic disclosures, programs, policies and resources 
  • Financial Aid - Cost of attendance, net price calculator, policies and resources
  • Health and Safety - Emergency response plans, vaccination / immunization policy, reports and resources
  • Teacher Prep - Performance and employment data

For additional institutional information contact the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment at Research@CUChicago.edu or 708-209-3222.


Academics

Degrees and Programs

Faculty List

Retention Rates

Sixty-seven percent (67%) of the first-time, full-time freshmen who enrolled in the Fall of 2016 returned in the Fall of 2017.

Graduation Rates

Overall four-year graduation rates for students who began their studies in fall 2009 is 47%, the six-year graduation rates is 50%, and the eight-year graduation rates is 51%.

Student Outcomes

Textbook Information is available via the University's Barnes and Noble Bookstore. 

Athletics

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

Institutional accreditation is an indicator of quality. Accreditation is granted to institutions that have gone through comprehensive reviews and have demonstrated strict adherence to accreditation standards in degree programs, courses, faculty, administration, and student support services. The institution must provide high quality education in order to qualify for and receive accreditation.

Accreditation also ensures that courses taken and degrees earned through Concordia University Chicago are transferable to (will be accepted by) other institutions that are also accredited by an agency that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

The accreditations, approvals and certifications of the University are based upon the University's status at the time of this update. Accreditations, approvals and certifications are subject to review and modification from time to time.

University Accreditation

Concordia University Chicago is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission to award baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. All Concordia University Chicago degree programs are approved by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).

Business Programs

The College of Business is a candidate for accreditation and a member of the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

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Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

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Education Programs

The College of Education is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) to offer baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional school personnel. CAEP is a professional accreditor which reviews departments, schools and colleges that prepare teachers and other educators. In addition, the university's education programs are approved by the Illinois State Board of Education.

Music Programs

Concordia University Chicago is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Social Work Program

The Social Work Program is a candidate for accreditation and a member of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Authorization and Academic Approval by State

  • Illinois State Agencies
    Illinois Board of Higher Education

    1 N. Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 333
    Springfield, Illinois 62701-1377
    217-782-2551
    Fax: 217-782-8548
    TTY: 888-261-2881
    info@ibhe.org
    Complaint Hotline: 217-557-7359
    Online Complaint Form

    Illinois Office of Education, State Teacher Certification Board
    100 N. First Street, Suite S-306 Springfield, Illinois 62777
    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.

  • Ohio State Agencies
    Ohio Department of Higher Education
    25 South Front Street
    Columbus, OH 43215
    614-466-6000
    hotline@highered.ohio.gov
    Link to the Online Complaint System

Specialized Professional Associations (SPA) 

  • Master’s - Curriculum & Instruction: ESL Endorsement (TESOL/CAEP)
  • Master’s - Early Childhood (NAEYC)
  • Early Childhood Education (NAEYC)
  • Doctorate - Educational Leadership (ELCC)
  • Master’s - Education Technology Leadership; ISBE Technology Specialist Endorsement (ISTE)
  • Elementary Education (ACEI)
  • English Language Arts (NCTE)
  • Foreign Language Education: Spanish (ACTFL)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching: Elementary Education (ACEI)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching: Science Education (NSTA)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching: Social Sciences (NCSS)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching: English Language Arts (NCTE)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching: Physical Education (NASPE)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching: Mathematics (NCTM)
  • Physical Education (Secondary Education) (NASPE)
  • Master’s - Reading Education (ILA | IRA)
  • Master’s - School Leadership (ELCC)
  • Science Education (Bio. Chem. Designations) (NSTA)
  • Secondary Education: Mathematics (NCTM)
  • Secondary Education: Social Sciences (NCSS)
  • Special Education (CEC)
  • Special Education Endorsement, LBS 1 (CEC)

Affiliations

The University is a member of the following academic and collegiate associations to maintain the integrity of academic programs and operations.

  • Associated College of the Chicago Area (ACCA)
  • Associated Colleges of Illinois (ACI)
  • Association of Lutheran College Faculties (ALCF)
  • Concordia University System of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
  • Council of Graduate Schools (CGS)
  • Council of Independent Colleges (CIC)
  • Lutheran Education Conference of North America (LECNA)
  • Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law which governs the institutions confidential maintenance of student education records.

View CUC's Full FERPA Policy

Campus Banking Notice

Students receiving a financial aid refund can have it direct deposited into an account at any financial institution including a pre-existing account already belonging to the student. Please visit the Department of Education - Campus Banking Notice section for more detailed information.

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. 

Diversity of Federal Pell Grant Recipients

Concordia University Chicago’s Federal Pell Grant recipients totaled 740 students, which encompassed 44% of the enrolled undergraduate (both traditional and non-traditional) student population for the 2018-2019 academic year. Of these Pell recipients, 61% were female and 39% were male. The recipients of the Federal Pell Grant consisted of:

  • 43.6% Hispanic
  • 30% White
  • 18.5% African American
  • 2.6% Asian
  • 3.5% Multiracial
  • 0.1% American Indian or Alaska Native
  • 0.3% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 
  • 1.4% Unknown

Federal Stafford Loan Recipients

CUC’s Direct Loan recipients totaled 1,113 which encompassed 66.6% of the enrolled undergraduate (both traditional and non-traditional) student population for the 2018-2019 academic year. A total of 941 or 84.5% received the Direct Subsidized Loan and a total of 172 or 15.5% received the Direct Unsubsidized Loan only Please visit our main Financial Aid pages for student loan information.

    FY2015 FY2014 FY2013 FY2012 FY2011 FY2010 FY2009
  Default Rate  3.9 3.8 3.7 3.4 3.5 5 3.9
No. in Default  71 76 61 58 51 59 42
No. in Repayment  1,815 1,966 1,638 1,690 1,420 1,158 1,076

Financial Aid Policies

Learn more information on the financial aid available to undergraduate students, costs and policies.

Gainful Employment Programs

Net Price Calculator

Prospective students are encouraged to utilize the Net Price Calculator. By providing basic information about themselves and their parent(s), if dependent, the Net Price Calculator will provide an estimated net cost of attendance. This tool is made available to help families better understand and prepare for college costs.

Disability Resources and Services

The mission of the Center of Accessibility and Resource for Excellence (CARE) is to provide accommodations and support for students with documented disabilities that will ensure their full engagement in university life, both in the classroom and outside the classroom.

If you have questions about accommodations, please contact Mary Wink at Mary.Wink@CUChicago.edu or 708-488-4109.

Health Policies, Procedures and Services

Security Logs, Policies, Procedures and Reports

Campus Security Report

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) is required to maintain records of all security related activity on the campus. The Concordia department of Public Safety publishes a report that discloses relevant information about campus security policies and crime statistics which can be found on the 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 Notification 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.

Concordia University Chicago signed and submitted the Certification and Agreement for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund for the student portion on May 8, 2020. The amount was approved and received on May 15, 2020. The Certification and Agreement for the institutional portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund was signed and submitted on May 29, 2020.  The amount was approved and received on June 2, 2020. The University intends to use no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) to provide emergency financial aid grants to students.

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Non-Discriminatory Policy as to Students

Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, Illinois admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students of the University. While it does give preference to members of the Lutheran faith, it does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational polices, admissions policies and loan programs and athletic and other University-administered programs. 

Non-Discrimination Employment Policy

Concordia does not discriminate in the employment of individuals on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, sex or age. However Concordia is an institution of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, and, to the extent allowed by law, reserves the right to give preference in employment based upon religion. 

Additional Policy Information

Concordia University Chicago Undergraduate Admissions SMS Terms of Service

Program Description
Concordia University Chicago uses SMS messaging to communicate to prospective students important information, including but not limited to: admission deadlines, notifications, and reminders for upcoming events. These messages may be both marketing and non-marketing related in nature. By opting into this service you agree to be bound by these SMS Terms of Service.

Opt-In
Prospective students are given the opportunity to opt-in to SMS messaging when completing their admissions application by providing the mobile phone number and consenting to receiving messages.

Messaging Costs
Message and data rates may apply. Consult your wireless provider to determine the costs for receiving text messages.

Frequency
Message frequency will vary and may include up to 10 messages per month.  

Opt-Out
To stop receiving messages reply “STOP” to [SHORTCODE] to opt out of future messages. If you opt-out, you will no longer receive text messages unless you re-subscribe.

HELP
You can also reply “HELP” to [SHORTCODE] for more assistance.

Liability
The University and the mobile carriers are not liable for delayed or undelivered messages.

Privacy
The University’s privacy policy can be located at the Consumer Information page.

Career Services- The Office of Career Services serves all students beginning their first year on campus.

Counseling Center- The Counseling Center's services are available to the students of Concordia University Chicago. All services are strictly confidential and free of charge.

Residential Life - As a residential student you will live in the safe, charming neighborhood of River Forest that surrounds Concordia University Chicago.

Student Activities - Concordia University encourages all students to participate in extracurricular activities, to develop leadership skills, to make life-long friendships and to have some fun!

Voter Registration - Concordia University Chicago encourages all students to take part in their voting rights during the political election periods.

College of Education Candidate Performance

Average GPA of Teacher Education Program Completers by Academic Year
  2016-2017 2015-2016 2014-2015 2013-2014
Undergraduate 3.70 3.55 3.58 3.45
Graduate 3.90 3.85 3.92 3.88

2018 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.

CAEP Annual Reporting Measures

Copyrighted Materials

Concordia University Chicago is committed to the education of its students and employees regarding copyright and fair use laws.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Information

Included in our annual Campus Security Report.

Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations

Present in the Student Code of Conduct on Concordia Connect for enrolled students. 

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Financial Aid Policies

Services for 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.

Transfer of Credit Policies and Articulation Agreements

Vaccination/Immunization Policy