In the U.S. News & World Report rankings released today, Concordia University Chicago was recognized as a Best Regional University – Midwest, and as the #43 Top Performer on Social Mobility among regional universities in the Midwest.

“These recognitions serve as a testament to CUC’s continued dedication to preparing generations of students to become leaders living lives fulfilled by purpose and meaning,” says Dr. Eli Hestermann, vice president for academic affairs at Concordia University Chicago. “This is particularly relevant as we serve an increasing number of first-generation students who are learning what it means to serve a cause greater than themselves through real-world experiences and Biblically grounded values.”

As one of the Top Performers on Social Mobility, Concordia-Chicago has a notably high graduation rate for students who receive federal Pell grants, which are awarded to undergraduates who display exceptional financial need. Studies show that economically disadvantaged students are less likely to finish college. This ranking, up 13 positions from last year, shows CUC has been able to help students improve their lives through an affordable education.

U.S. News evaluated universities based on many factors, including graduation rate, financial resources, student-faculty ratio and peer assessment. Concordia University Chicago’s 2024 program rankings and U.S. News methodology may be viewed at: