Concordia University Chicago has been recognized by Colleges of Distinction for the 2022-2023 year for its commitment to helping undergraduate students learn, grow and succeed. The University was named a Christian College of Distinction, Illinois College of Distinction, College of Distinction–Business and College of Distinction–Education.cuc_college_of_distinction_22-23.png

The Colleges of Distinction selection process comprises a sequence of in-depth research and detailed interviews with colleges and universities, accepting only those that adhere to their “Four Distinctions”: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community and successful outcomes. These principles prioritize the ways that institutions enable students to have a fulfilling, individualized college experience both inside and outside of the classroom.

“Every year since 2010, we’ve been honored to be championed as a College of Distinction,” says Jeff Hynes, senior vice president for university advancement at Concordia-Chicago. “The University’s recognition is a testament to our commitment to providing an excellent liberal arts education grounded in the Gospel, equipping students to be successful in their vocations.”

“When we focus all of our attention on how schools stack up against one another, we lose track of what really matters: the students themselves,” says Wes Creel, founder of Colleges of Distinction. “Every student has individual needs and their own environment in which they’re most likely to thrive. We want to extend our praise to the schools that prioritize and cater to students’ goals.” Concordia-Chicago’s inclusion is informed by the unique ways it commits to achieving success.

Aside from overall undergraduate recognitions, Colleges of Distinction also awards recognition in individual areas. CUC earned additional recognition in the areas of Business and Education for the fifth year in a row.

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