In the U.S. News & World Report rankings released today, Concordia University Chicago was recognized as a Best Regional University – Midwest, Top Performer on Social Mobility, Best Value – Regional Universities Midwest, and listed for Best Ethnic Diversity and Most Economic Diversity among regional universities in the Midwest.
“Our most meaningful work here at CUC is to form students for lives of influence and service for the common good,” said Dr. Russell Dawn, president of Concordia University Chicago. “These rankings exemplify our continued dedication to providing an exceptional Christian education that is accessible to students from diverse economic and ethnic backgrounds.”
CUC was also among 11 regional universities recognized for the diversity of its student body. This stands as a testament to the University’s core value of service—its pledge to serve its neighbors both near and far, from all backgrounds.
Concordia-Chicago was also included on a new list this year, Most Economic Diversity, which reflects the proportion of students receiving federal Pell grants. Most Pell grants are awarded to students with family incomes under $20,000, and are believed to be the best available gauge of an institution’s commitment to access for all.
“A university education is one of the biggest investments an individual or a family will ever make,” said Dawn. “We are fully committed to making sure the cost of earning a degree remains reasonable for all students. By helping to reduce students’ post-graduation debt, we also prepare our students for future success.”
In a related ranking, CUC was among the Top Performers on Social Mobility—schools that have a high graduation rate for students who receive federal Pell grants. 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 these students.
U.S. News evaluated universities based on many factors, including graduation rate, student-faculty ratio and ACT/SAT scores and acceptance rates. Concordia-Chicago scored notably well in class size, with 80 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.
Concordia University Chicago’s 2021 program rankings may be viewed at: www.usnews.com/best-colleges.