At Concordia University Chicago, you’ll experience learning that enriches, faith that uplifts and leadership that takes you places.

Our distinctive academic programs are designed to meet the needs of the world in which we live, serve and work. A CUC education opens doors to your career and prepares you to make a difference in the lives of others.

The University sets itself apart by combining certain characteristics to give your education purpose and value:


Our proximity to Chicago provides students endless opportunities for internships and jobs, social and cultural events, connections with leaders in business, the arts, government and the nonprofit sector—access that lets you apply your knowledge to the real world even before you graduate.


Steadfast in Jesus Christ as revealed in the Holy Scriptures, Concordia University Chicago promotes academic rigor in its liberal arts and professional programs; grounds students in objective truth, integrity, and excellence; and practices faithfulness to the Confessional teachings of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, as it forms students for vocations in church, family, and the world.
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Our strong Christian and liberal arts foundation provides a well-rounded education focused on faith, values and the individual, and service to others.

Service Learning

Service learning is an integral part of your college experience at Concordia-Chicago. Textbooks and classroom discussions quickly translate into hands-on opportunities to serve within local and national communities where you can change and improve the lives of others.

About Concordia–Chicago

Concordia University Chicago is a comprehensive university composed of the College of Business, the College of Education, the College of Health, Science & Technology and the College of Theology, Arts & Humanities. CUC offers undergraduate and master's programs, as well as doctoral degrees.


Founded in 1864 by The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod as a college for teachers


40-acre campus 10 miles west of downtown Chicago, in beautiful, upscale, suburban River Forest, IL


  • Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
  • Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
  • National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)

For the academic year 2019-2020:

Total Enrollment: 6,176                            

  • Undergraduates: 1,559
  • Graduate students: 4,617

Traditional Undergraduate Facts

Home State

  • 37 U.S. states; 7 foreign countries (Cameroon, China, Colombia, Israel, Liberia, Saudi Arabia and United Kingdom)
  • The majority (72%) of undergraduate students are from Illinois, with other Midwestern states like Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Missouri, Ohio and Minnesota — as well as Florida, California and Texas — heavily represented. 

Students Living in Campus Housing

  • 52% of traditional undergraduate students (69% of freshmen) live in residence halls on campus.


  • 57% women
  • 43% men


  • 46.8% White
  • 33.3% Hispanic or Latino
  • 9.6% Black or African-American
  • 3.8% Asian
  • 4.4% Multiracial
  • 0.2% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
  • 0.0% American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 1.9% Not reported

Religious Affiliation

  • 16.1% Lutheran (LCMS)
  • 24.5% Roman Catholic
  • 34.5% Other Christian Faiths
  • 6.2%   Other Faiths
  • 18.6% Unknown

Financial Assistance

  • 100% of full-time traditional undergraduate students receive some type of financial assistance based on need, merit, background and/or academic program.
  • For the 2019-2020 academic year, current students are receiving more than $21 million in scholarships and grants provided by the University.

Tuition and Fees, 2020-2021 academic year

Tuition * $32,660
Required Fees ** $976
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Total (commuter)  $33,636
Room and Board ***  $10,226
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Total $43,862

* Flat rate based on 12-18 credit hours

** Fees include technology, wellness/medical, student activity, registration and records, and green fees

*** Basic Room and Board Plan rate for residential students; based on standard two-person room occupancy

Groups, Organizations and Athletics  

Of the 350 students representing the 2019 Freshman Class:

  • Gender:
    • 49% Women
    • 51% Men
  • Ethnicity:
    • 46.9% White
    • 33.4% Hispanic or Latino
    • 12.0% Black or African American
    • 4.0% Multiracial
    • 2.0% Asian
    • 0.0% Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    • 0.0% American Indian or Alaskan Native
    • 1.7% Not reported
  • Religious Affiliation:
    • 14.9% Lutheran (LCMS)
    • 25.4% Roman Catholic
    • 35.7% Other Christian Faiths
    • 8.6% Other Faiths
    • 15.4% Unknown
  • Home States Represented in the 2018 Freshman Class):
    • 26 U.S. states are represented (plus Canada)
    • 33% of new freshmen are from outside of Illinois 
    • Top states are:
      • Illinois
      • Indiana
      • Florida
      • Missouri
      • Texas
      • Wisconsin and Michigan (tied)
      • Colorado
      • Ohio, Georgia, Kentucky and Arizona (tied)
  • Students Living in Campus Housing:
    • 69% of freshmen live in residence halls on campus
  • Academic Profile:
    • Average ACT composite: 23
    • Average SAT composite: 1100
    • Average GPA (core): 3.10

Financial Aid Awards for the Entering Class of 2019 (freshmen and transfer students)

  • The average total financial aid package, including federal and state grants, work-study and low-interest loans, awarded to new freshmen was $34,800.

  • The average scholarship and grant award provided by the University to new freshmen was $21,700.

  • The University awarded five full-tuition scholarships to freshman President's Honor Scholars and one full-tuition scholarship to a transfer President's Honor Scholar.

  • The average total financial aid package, including federal and state grants, work-study and low-interest loans, awarded to new transfer students was $30,900.

  • The average scholarship and grant award provided by the University to new transfer students was $13,900.