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.


A CUC education “equips men and women to serve and lead with integrity, creativity, competence, and compassion in a diverse, interconnected and increasingly urbanized church and world.” Concordia-Chicago graduates are well prepared to serve in whatever vocation or career they choose.


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 Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, the College of Education, the College of Graduate Studies, and the College of Innovation and Professional Programs. CUC offers undergraduate and graduate 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

Popular Majors

  • Psychology
  • Management
  • Elementary Education
  • Sports Management
  • Criminal Justice
  • Computer Science
  • Social Work
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Accounting
  • Exercise Science
  • Biology
  • Marketing
  • Pre-Nursing
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Director of Christian Education

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


  • Christopher Center for Learning and Leadership, which houses the Early Childhood Education Center
  • Five computer labs (one open 24 hours a day)
  • Klinck Memorial Library 
  • Kreft Student Success Center
  • Ferguson Art Gallery
  • Cougar Stadium/Athletic Complex
  • Eight on-campus residence halls — the newest hall opened in Fall 2017
  • Fitness and Wellness Center

Clubs and Organizations

More than 45, including student-led campus ministries, academic clubs and honoraries, service organizations, and much more.

A sampling:

  • Alpa Kappa Delta (sociology honor society)
  • Art Club
  • Black Student Union (BSU)
  • Campus Activities Board
  • Chinese Student Association
  • The Collective (theater)
  • Computer Society
  • Concordia Enterprise Group
  • Concordia University Dance Marathon (CUDM)
  • Cooking Club
  • Council for Exceptional Children (student chapter)
  • Decapolis Theater Ministry (Christian drama ministry)
  • Emerging Latina Leadership Association (ELLA)
  • Gaming Club
  • Heroes & Friends
  • History and Politics Club
  • IEEE: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (student chapter)
  • Kappa Delta Pi – Pi Psi chapter (education honor society)
  • Latino Student Union
  • Motif (campus creative arts journal)
  • NAfME: The National Association for Music Education (student chapter)
  • Nursing Club
  • Phi Alpha Theta (history honor society)
  • Pre-Med Club
  • Psi Chi (psychology honor society)
  • Psychology Club
  • Science Club
  • Social Work Club
  • The Spectator (campus newspaper)
  • Spikeball Club
  • Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
  • Student Government Association
  • Swing Dance Club
  • The Unprofessionals Improv Group
  • Uproar (athletic spirit club)
  • WCGR (CUC radio & TV station)
  • Women in Engineering

Spiritual Life

  • Daily worship (Chapel)
  • Résonanz (chapel contemporary ensemble)
  • Prayer and Praise
  • Concordia Youth Ministry
  • Ministry to Concordia
    • College Life
    • CUC 4 Life
    • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
    • Lighthouse
    • Men's Ministry
    • Prayer and Praise
    • Prayer Offices
    • Women's Ministry
  • Ministry to Chicago
    • Feed My Starving Children
    • Hephzibah House
    • Homeless Ministry
    • Nursing Home Ministry
    • Phil's Friends
    • Special Needs Ministry
  • Ministry to the World
  • Retreat programs
  • Prayer groups
  • Bible studies
  • Special worship opportunities

Musical Groups

  • Chamber Orchestra
  • Cougar Band (pep band)
  • Handbell Ensemble
  • Jazz Band
  • Kapelle (touring choir)
  • Laudate (women’s chamber choir)
  • Männerchor (men's chamber choir)
  • Résonanz (chapel contemporary ensemble)
  • Schola Cantorum (chapel choir)
  • University Band (community members and students)
  • Wind Symphony (touring wind band)


The CUC Cougars compete in NCAA Division III intercollegiate athletics, and Concordia-Chicago is a member of the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC):

Men's Intercollegiate Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Women's Intercollegiate Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Spirit Groups

  • Dance (men & women)
  • Cheer (men & women)

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.