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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, and the College of Graduate and Innovative Programs (the Institute of Professional Studies and Graduate Cohort 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 just 10 miles west of downtown Chicago, in beautiful, upscale, suburban River Forest, Illinois

For the academic year 2015-2016

Total Enrollment: 5,238                            

  • Undergraduates: 1,509
  • Graduate students: 3,729

Traditional Undergraduate Facts

Home State

  • 34 U.S. states, plus Puerto Rico, represented
  • About 24% of undergraduates are from states other than Illinois, with the Midwestern states of Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Wisconsin and Minnesota—as well as Florida and California—heavily represented.

Students Living in Campus Housing

  • 43% of traditional undergraduate students (74% of freshmen) live in residence halls on campus.


  • 57% women
  • 43% men


  • 56.8% White
  • 27.2% Hispanic or Latino
  • 9.2% Black or African-American
  • 2.9% Asian
  • 2.7% Multiracial
  • 0.2% American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 0.2% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
  • 0.8% Not reported

Religious Affiliation

  • 22% Lutheran (LCMS)
  • 21% Roman Catholic
  • 33% Other Christian Faiths
  • 5% Other Faiths
  • 19% Unknown

Average Class Size

  • Average Class Size: 15
  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 15:1

Most Popular Majors

  1. Elementary Education
  2. Exercise Science
  3. Psychology
  4. Criminal Justice and Social Work (tied)
  5. Early Childhood Education
  6. Biology
  7. Communication
  8. Director of Christian Education (DCE)
  9. Business Management
  10. Special 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 2015-2016 academic year, the University awarded more than $17 million in scholarships and grants to current students.

Tuition and Fees, 2016-2017 academic year

  • Room and Board*: $9,172
  • Required Fees**: $880
  • Tuition (flat rate based on 12-18 credit hours): $29,760

* Rate is based on standard double occupancy for new full-time undergraduate students
**Fees include technology, wellness/medical, student activity, registration and records, and green fees


  • 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
  • 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:

  • Best Buddies
  • Black Student Union
  • Campus Activities Board
  • The Collective (formerly Artists of Concordia Theatre)
  • Colleges Against Cancer
  • Concordia Gamers Alliance
  • FAB: Future Against Bullying
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Gospel Choir
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Human Rights Organization
  • IEEE: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (student chapter)
  • Image (Art Club)
  • International Student Association
  • Kickin' Cougars (swing dance club)
  • Latino Student Union
  • NAfME: The National Association for Music Education (student chapter)
  • Phi Beta Lambda (business honorary)
  • Ping-Pong Club
  • Psi Chi (psychology honorary)
  • Science Club
  • The Spectator, the school newspaper
  • The Unprofessionals (improv comedy)
  • VOICE, CUC student government
  • WCGR (CUC radio station)
  • Young Life (College Life)

Spiritual Life

  • Daily worship (Chapel)
  • Résonanz (chapel praise band)
  • Decapolis Theater Ministry (Christian drama ministry)
  • Concordia Youth Ministry
  • Ministry to Chicago
  • Ministry to the World
  • Small Group Ministry
  • Ministry to Concordia
  • Women's Ministry
  • Men's Ministry
  • 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 praise band)
  • Schola Cantorum (chapel choir)
  • University Band
  • 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

Women's Intercollegiate Sports

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