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 Joshie Eaton

    I chose CUC because I wanted a private university that offered my major and where I could be involved in track. Being at a private school is important to me because I want to keep my faith in a good place in my life.

  • more Daniel Mueller

    What’s been great about CUC is the opportunity to be involved and be a leader in so many different areas. 

  • more Yomara Lazaro

    I like that CUC is smaller and people are really connected here. The professors spend time talking with us about our interests to help us find our path in social work and help us with internships. 

  • more Geordie Denholm

    CUC inspires my faith, which is the biggest part of my life. There are so many opportunities to grow in your faith and let your faith shine. 

  • more Pat Ugolini

    When I visited campus I really liked it. Everyone I met was really friendly, and I didn't feel like an outsider. 

  • 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.