By demonstrating continued dedication to engaging education, real-world experience, and personalized guidance and support, Concordia University Chicago has been named one of the nation’s 2020-2021 Colleges of Distinction. This year the University has earned recognition in five areas: College of Distinction, Illinois College of Distinction, Christian College of Distinction, College of Distinction–Business and College of Distinction–Education.

Colleges of Distinction advocates for schools whose undergraduate experiences are grounded in a philosophy of well-rounded, individualized engagement. Concordia-Chicago has excelled at having students graduate and enter the workforce with solid, well-developed critical thinking skills as well as the ability to adapt in an ever-changing society.

For the third time, Concordia University Chicago received specialized recognition for its business and education programs. These additional accolades were born of a need for college curricula that are comprehensive not only in course material, but also in practical- and soft-skills development. Concordia-Chicago has met these needs with a blend of liberal arts education, program-specific training and abundant opportunities for real-world application.

“We complete a thorough review of the programs before granting the honors,” said Tyson Schritter, chief operating officer for Colleges of Distinction. “We’re looking for qualities such as accreditation, breadth of program, advising and mentoring, integration of career services, and successful outcomes for students. It’s wonderful to see how Concordia University Chicago really exemplifies these qualities.”

“It is an honor to be championed as a College of Distinction, as we have every year since 2010,” said Jeff Hynes, senior vice president for university advancement at Concordia-Chicago. “The University’s recognition as a Christian College of Distinction, as well as the specialized acknowledgement for business and education, once again shows the value we provide to students through our commitment to truth, freedom and vocation.”

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