About Concordia University Chicago
About Concordia University Chicago (CUC)
Since its founding as a teacher’s college in 1864, Concordia University Chicago has strived to help those who wish to fulfill their individual potential. Students benefit from welcoming staff and engaging faculty members, and study within a collaborative environment that encompasses creativity, discovery and the continued pursuit of academic excellence.
A 150-year history as a bricks-and-mortar institution makes Concordia-Chicago a focal point in the local community. Furthermore, its national and international profile continues to grow, and currently students from 37 US states and 25 countries study the academic programs.
CUC is closely affiliated with Global university Systems (GUS).
- Illinois State Board of Education
All Concordia University Chicago degree programs are approved by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).
- The Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association
All undergraduate and graduate degree programs are fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
- National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
Concordia-Chicago’s education programs received their first recognition by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) in 1962 and the colleges in which they are housed have been continually accredited since that time. The recognition is a highly sought distinction of excellence granted to select few programs across the country that meet the national accrediting body’s highest and most rigorous standards for the preparation of educational leaders.
- Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
- National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
CUC Campus Life
Living on campus and in the safe, charming neighborhood that surrounds Concordia University Chicago, you’ll find everything to meet your daily needs. Meanwhile, just 10 miles away, you can explore Chicago, one of the greatest cities in the world.
When living in a residence hall at CUC, it’s easy to immerse yourself in the campus community including athletics, the arts, intramurals, faith, volunteer work and so much more. You’ll also strengthen your academic and social relationships with fellow classmates, faculty members and student-mentors. Students can join various different clubs and societies.
You’ll be able to reach your classrooms within minutes, as well as a library with more than 160,000 volumes, an education resource center, computer labs, fitness facilities, tennis courts, a state-of-the-art running track and more.
Concordia University Chicago’s 40-acre suburban campus in upscale River Forest is like a small town with a big backyard—downtown Chicago is only a short 20 minute ride on the “L” metro. Our location offers important advantages not found in many other schools of similar size. Whether students have a passion for the arts, sports, culture or just want to meet with friends they will find infinite opportunities to explore their interests, find meaningful internships and meet future employers.
Why Choose Concordia University Chicago?
- Founded in 1864, Concordia-Chicago has a 150-year history of bringing higher education to the world.
- More than 4,000 students are enrolled in CUC master’s and doctoral programs.
- Washington Monthly ranked CUC 96 out of 684 for masters universities in 2013 http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/college_guide/rankings_2013/masters_universities_rank.php
- US News ranked CUC 83 out of over 156 Midwest universities for 2014 http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/rankings/regional-universities-midwest/page+8
- Easy access to downtown Chicago
- Facilities including, athletics, running track, tennis courts, fitness centre, computer labs, library, extensive grounds and much more all located on a safe campus.
- Concordia-Chicago was named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll—the highest federal recognition a college of university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service learning and civic engagement, marking CUC’s fifth national Honor Roll recognition. The University received recognition for providing extensive service to the community during the 2011-2012 academic year. That year, more than 46% of our students engaged in community service with a total of 6,892 service hours reported.
Students at CUC
FALL 2013 ENROLLMENT (OFFICIAL FIGURES)
- 1,604 undergraduate students
- 3,682 graduate and doctoral students
- Total number of students: 5,286
FALL 2013 ENROLLMENT: Graduate Students
- 73% Female
- 27% Male
FALL 2013 ENROLLMENT: Undergraduate Students
- Female: 60%
- Male: 40%