Admission & Financial Aid


Undergraduate Fast Facts

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 graduate and undergraduate programs, as well as doctoral degrees.


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


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

For the academic year 2014-15

Total Enrollment: 5,038                              

  • Undergraduates: 1,538
  • Graduate students: 3,500

Undergraduate Facts

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 17:1, with an average class size of 17
  • Student Body:
    • Home state: 48 states and 10 foreign countries represented.
    • About 23% of undergraduates are from states other than Illinois, with the Midwestern states of Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin and Missouri, as well as Florida, heavily represented.

Academic Calendar

  • Three semesters: fall, spring and summer sessions  

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 2014-2015 academic year, the University awarded more than $18 million in scholarships and grants to current students.

Residential Life

  • 42% of traditional undergraduate students (71% of freshmen) live in residence halls on campus, complete with cable TV and individual Internet hookups (most rooms now feature wireless).  

Tuition and Fees, 2014-2015 academic year

  • Tuition (flat rate based on 12-18credit hours): $28,104
  • Room and Board*: $8,992
  • Required Fees**: $804

* Rate is based on standard double occupancy for new full-time undergraduate students
**Fees include technology, student activity, green and matriculation and record 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 and audio/visual materials, 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:

  • Artists of Concordia Theatre
  • Best Buddies
  • Black Student Union
  • Campus Activities Board
  • Colleges Against Cancer
  • Decapolis Theatre Ministry (Christian drama ministry)
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Habitat for Humanity-CUC chapter
  • Human Rights Club
  • Image (Art Club)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (student chapter)
  • Kickin' Cougars (swing dance club)
  • Latino Student Union
  • Ministry with Chicago
  • 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
  • Styx (floor hockey club)
  • 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 Theatre Ministry (Christian drama ministry)
  • Retreat programs
  • Prayer groups
  • Small group bible studies
  • Concordia Youth Ministry
  • Urban ministry and volunteer activities
  • Special worship opportunities

Musical Groups

  • Chamber Orchestra
  • Cougar Band (pep band)
  • 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
  • University Handbell Choirs
  • 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
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field

Women's Intercollegiate Sports

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