In the U.S. News & World Report rankings released this week, Concordia University Chicago was recognized as a Best Regional University – Midwest, Top Performer on Social Mobility, and listed for Campus Ethnic 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 a wide range of economic and cultural backgrounds.”

Concordia-Chicago 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.

CUC’s student body received a high “diversity index” score of 0.66. 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. The formula, tabulated by U.S. News, produces a diversity index that ranges from 0 to 1—the closer a school’s number is to 1, the more diverse the student population.

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 77 percent of classes made up of 20 or fewer students.

Concordia University Chicago’s 2023 program rankings and U.S. News methodology may be viewed at: