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Concordia University Chicago (CUC)

7400 Augusta, River Forest, IL

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Concordia University, located in River Forest, Illinois, began its history in 1855 when Lutheran Ministers Friedrich Johann Carl Lochner and Philipp Fleischmann began and independent Lutheran seminary in Milwaukee. Two years later, the schools control was given to the Lutheran Church, which proceeded to move the school to Fort Wayne, Indiana. The school moved again, this time St. Louis, followed by Springfield, Illinois, then back to Fort Wayne. The school received a stable home, and considers its founding year 1864, when the school settles in Addison, Illinois. In 1913, the school moved to its current location, and in 1979 expanded its educational offerings to become a full liberal arts institution and adopted the name Concordia University.


Concordia University Chicago offers over 100 programs of study for undergraduates and graduates. The school has achieved top rank in education in U.S. News and World Report's Best Colleges list twice, once in 2006, and again in 2010. The school offers a faith based liberal arts education. The school strives to maintain academic excellence in its offerings, constantly refining and reviewing programs and courses to remain abreast of new development and keep curriculums current.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid

Students wishing to enroll at Concordia University Chicago must have graduated high school with a cumulative GPA of 2.5, or have a GED with equivalent score. An ACT score of 19 or SAT score of 930 is also required. Involvement in extracurricular activities is also highly regarded. Student will be evaluated by the admissions committee based on the strength of the student's application, and may require additional documentation prior to making a final decision.

Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, work study programs, and veteran/active duty benefits. Students interested or in need of financial aid must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine eligibility. Additional assistance and information may be obtained through the school's financial aid department or through the online resources available through Concordia University Chicago's website.


The Concordia University Chicago Cougars compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III. The school participates in multiple sports for both men and women, maintaining an active athletic schedule throughout the school year.

Athletic programs:

  • Baseball (Men Only)
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football (Men Only)
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Softball (Women Only)
  • Volleyball (Women Only)
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Admission Requirements & Details

The information regarding admissions below may give you an idea of the students Concordia University Chicago accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, SAT/ACT scores of students that were accepted, as well as any AP college credits that may be transferred. This information can be used to get a better feeling of your chances of getting into Concordia University Chicago.

Admission Requirements & Recommendations

  • High School G.P.A. and School Records are Required
  • High School Academic Ranking are Recommended
  • SAT or ACT Test Scores are Required

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • Life Experience Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Admissions Test Scores - SAT Exam, ACT Exam, etc...

ACT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2011

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
ACT ® English19 - 25
ACT ® Math17 - 24
ACT ® Composite Score19 - 25

Acceptance Rate Table - Chances of Getting Into CUC

The chances for admission at CUC can be seen in the table below.

 Number (Percentage)
Granted Admissions1,873 (57%)
Accepted Students That Enrolled343 (18%)

Student Enrollment

The total student enrollment at Concordia University Chicago is about 5,200, with undergraduate students making up about 26% of the total student population and graduate students making up the rest.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are between $26,000-$31,000 for both state residents and nonresidents
  • Per unit charges are around $890 for part time students
  • Room and board is estimated to cost around $9,900, the cost includes the serving of twenty-one meals each week

Financial Aid Details

The table listed below helps break down the types of financial aid students receive and the percent receiving aid, as well as the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid100%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships100%$16,108
Receiving Student Loans84%$5,834

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2009 was around 3%.

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help support students, Concordia University Chicago may provide services to students like:

  • Distance learning
  • Remedial courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Student employment
  • Assistance to find work
  • Day care for children

Graduation Rates

The overall graduation rate of Concordia University Chicago is around 60%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years47%
Graduating in 5 Years11%
Graduating in 6 Years2%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Music Program (more info)
    • * Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation, Commission on Community/Junior College Accreditation (since 2003)
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program (more info)
    • * Accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (since 1962)

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)


Business and Marketing Studies

Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Gerontology (M)
  • Biological and Physical Sciences (B)
  • Mathematics and Computer Science


Communications and Journalism

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Theology and Religious Vocations

  • Theology (B)
  • Religious Education (M)
  • Religious, Sacred Music

Social Sciences

Public Administration and Social Services

Visual and Performing Arts

  • Arts, Entertainment,And Media Management, General (B)
  • Art Studies (B)
  • Commercial and Advertising Art (B)
  • Music (B, M)
  • Theatre Arts and Stagecraft


Biological and Biomedical Sciences

English Language and Literature

  • English (B)
  • Rhetoric and Composition

Physical Sciences

Computer and Information Sciences

  • Computer (B)

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Foreign Languages and Literature

  • Ancient Eastern Biblical Languages, Literatures and Linguistics (B)
  • Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics and Statistics

Natural Resources and Conservation

Health and Clinical Professions

Liberal Arts and Sciences

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