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Undergraduate Fast Facts

About Concordia–Chicago

Concordia University Chicago is a comprehensive university comprised 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.

History

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

Location

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

Accreditations

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

For the academic year 2017-2018:

Total Enrollment: 5,760                            

  • Undergraduates: 1,463
  • Graduate students: 4,297

Traditional Undergraduate Facts

Home State

  • 35 U.S. states plus Puerto Rico; 8 foreign countries (Bulgaria, China, Colombia, Honduras, Israel, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and United Kingdom)
  • The majority (73%) of undergraduate students are from Illinois, with other Midwestern states like Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Ohio—as well as Florida, California and Texas—heavily represented. 

Students Living in Campus Housing

  • 48% of traditional undergraduate students (61% of freshmen) live in residence halls on campus.

Gender

  • 58% women
  • 42% men

Ethnicity

  • 48.4% White
  • 31.6% Hispanic or Latino
  • 10.7% Black or African-American
  • 3.4% Asian
  • 3.2% Multiracial
  • 0.3% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
  • 0.1% American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 2.2% Not reported

Religious Affiliation

  • 20.4% Lutheran (LCMS)
  • 22.4% Roman Catholic
  • 35.0% Other Christian Faiths
  • 3.3% Other Faiths
  • 18.9% Unknown

Popular Majors

  • Sports Management
  • Elementary Education
  • Psychology
  • Exercise Science
  • Business Management
  • Criminal Justice
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Social Work
  • Biology
  • Computer Science
  • Accounting
  • Communication
  • Director of Christian Education (DCE)
  • Marketing

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 2017-2018 academic year, the University awarded more than $17 million in scholarships and grants to current students.

Tuition and Fees, 2018-2019 academic year

Tuition * $31,146
Required Fees ** $932
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Total (commuter)  $32,078
   
Room and Board ***  $9,748
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Total $41,826

* Flat rate based on 12-18 credit hours

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

*** Residential student Basic Room and Board Plan rate; based on standard two-person room occupancy

Facilities

  • 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 (more than 160,000 books, audio/visual materials and periodical subscriptions; 480,000 ERIC microfiche documents; and over 80 electronic databases with remote access)
  • Ferguson Art Gallery
  • Cougar Stadium/Athletic Complex
  • Eight on-campus residence halls, with the newest hall opening 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:

  • Art Club
  • Black Student Union
  • Campus Activities Board
  • Chinese Student Association
  • The Collective (theater)
  • Commuter Club
  • Concordia Entrepreneurial Group
  • Concordia Gamers Alliance
  • Consent Committee
  • The Cougar Pride
  • FAB: Future Against Bullying
  • History and Political Science Club
  • IEEE: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (student chapter)
  • Latino Student Union
  • Nacho Average Cheese Club
  • NAfME: The National Association for Music Education (student chapter)
  • Phi Beta Lambda (business honorary)
  • Ping-Pong Club
  • Pre-Med Club
  • Psi Chi (psychology honorary)
  • Science Club
  • Social Work Club
  • The Spectator, the school newspaper
  • Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
  • Student Government Association
  • Swing Dance Club
  • The Unprofessionals (improv comedy)
  • WCGR (CUC radio station)
  • Women in Engineering

Spiritual Life

  • Daily worship (Chapel)
  • Résonanz (chapel contemporary ensemble)
  • Prayer and Praise
  • Concordia Youth Ministry
  • Ministry to Chicago
  • Ministry to Concordia
    • College Life
    • CUC 4 Life
    • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
    • Men's Ministry
    • Women's 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
  • Wind Symphony (touring wind band)

Athletics

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 — NEW for academic year 2018-19!

Women's Intercollegiate Sports

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

Spirit Groups

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