About Concordia

Why Concordia

Based in the liberal arts, Concordia University Chicago provides a Christian education in the Lutheran tradition.  Whether enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs, Concordia University Chicago students are part of a learning community where:

- Professors are passionate about their teaching and student success

- Programs are offered in relevant fields to meet emerging needs of society

- Students are individually challenged

- Real-world experiences and meaningful internships are plentiful for undergraduates and graduate students

- Christian values are put into practice

- Students of various faiths are welcomed to a caring, Christian educational environment

The 2013-14 academic year marks another consecutive year in which total enrollment exceeded 5,000 students – this tells a story about the commitment, innovation and leadership that attracts students to forge their futures at Concordia-Chicago.   CUC graduates make a difference in the world. 

Distinctive academic programs designed to meet emerging and diverse learning, and opportunities to learn from and serve others are cornerstones of the CUC educational experience.  Whether assisting youth at a local Boys and Girls Club, choosing to provide English language instruction to children in underserved and high need teaching areas, or establishing an international school in Shanghai, Concordia-Chicago students, faculty, staff and alumni create a lasting impact in communities.

Building homes in partnership with Habitat for Humanity, or leading a global initiative in fighting world hunger by coordinating the involvement of area elementary, high school and college students in packing more than 100,000 nutritionally balanced meals for shipment to children in Haiti, Concordia students are making a difference in the lives of others, worldwide.  The University currently partners with 10 Chicago metropolitan social service agencies, schools and organizations.

Here are perspectives from some of our current students when asked “Why Concordia?”

  • more Stephanie Coil

    As an education major at CUC, I started doing field experience right away, so I was able to decide early on in my college career that teaching is really my passion.

  • more Corey Garrity

    CUC has shaped and molded my faith—and added depth and substance—in incredible ways. Through the many different spiritual life opportunities on campus, my faith has deepened.

  • more Jaya Joseph

    As an FRE mentor, I have the opportunity to be a leader, helping freshmen adjust to college. I'm really excited to be in the position to help other students in that way.

  • more Maggie Qualter

    Being at a smaller school allows me to meet all kinds of people and get involved in things that I might not be able to do at a bigger university.

  • more DeAndre McLaurin

    I like that CUC is in a residential neighborhood, but there are still a lot of things to do around campus in the communities that are close by. At the same time, it's only a 20-minute trip to downtown Chicago.

  • more Joshua Nash

    I came to CUC for a football visit day and got to hang out with some of the guys from the team—it felt like home to me.

  • more Dan San Buenaventura

    I like that the computer information systems program at CUC is laid out for me, but I still have flexibility in selecting and scheduling my classes to suit me. This program leads me to where I want to be in the future.

  • more Bethany Jane Thoelke

    You really get to know your classmates and your professors, and they get to know you. Professors care about you and really want you to do well.