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 among regional universities in the Midwest.


“These recognitions come at a time that is filled with promise for the University, as we return to a bustling campus and in-person instruction. They point to our dedication to a distinctive, robust college experience that forms students for lives of influence and service,” said Dr. Russell Dawn, president of Concordia University Chicago. “Our graduates leave CUC with the character and expertise they will need as they serve their communities, whether here in the Chicago area, across the nation, or around the world.”

CUC was among a select group of only 12 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 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 acceptance rates. Concordia-Chicago scored notably well in class size, with 79 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 2022 program rankings may be viewed at: