In the U.S. News & World Report rankings released today, Concordia University Chicago was recognized as a Best Regional University – Midwest, Best Value – Regional Universities Midwest, Top Performer on Social Mobility – Regional Universities Midwest and listed for Best Ethnic Diversity – Regional Universities Midwest.
“Our exceptional faculty and staff work tirelessly to make Concordia-Chicago the university of choice for so many students,” said Dr. Russell P. Dawn, president of Concordia University Chicago. “This national recognition by U.S. News & World Report reminds us of what we already know about the value of the well-rounded education we provide to our diverse student body.”
U.S. News evaluated all programs on graduation rate, student-faculty ratio, ACT/SAT scores and acceptance rate, among other factors. Concordia-Chicago scored notably well in class size, with 78 percent of classes made up of 20 or fewer students. The Best Value rankings were determined by the ratio of quality to price, percentage of undergraduates receiving need-based aid and average discount.
Among the Top Performers on Social Mobility, CUC was ranked for how well it graduates students who receive federal Pell Grants, which typically go to students whose family income is less than $50,000 a year, and in most cases less than $20,000. Economically disadvantaged students are less likely to finish college, and this ranking places CUC among universities that are "more successful than others at advancing social mobility by enrolling and graduating large proportions of disadvantaged students awarded with Pell Grants."
Concordia-Chicago was also among 28 universities recognized for the diversity of its student body. This stands as a testament to the University’s reach around the world, enrolling undergraduate and graduate students from various backgrounds. Separately, the U.S. Department of Education named CUC a Hispanic Serving Institution, in recognition of an undergraduate Latino population of 25 percent or greater.
Concordia University Chicago’s 2020 program rankings may be viewed at: www.usnews.com/best-colleges.