Student Success Tips

Your academic advisor is your success partner:

  • Contact the Office of Undergraduate Academic Advising at 708-209-3256 or if you do not know your assigned academic advisor.
  • Share information with your academic advisor that has a bearing on your academic plan, including interests, goals, education and career plans, as well as other special circumstances each semester during your official one-on-one meeting or general check-ins.
  • Be an active participant in your advising sessions by coming to your academic advising appointments prepared and ready to ask questions. For registration meetings, map out courses you want and need to take for your degree and present them to your advisor.
  • Ensure that you will meet all of your graduation requirements by tracking your progress toward fulfilling college, core and major/minor requirements using DegreeWorks and scheduling annual audits.

Your email, cell phone, portal and catalog are excellent resources:

  • Check your Concordia-Chicago e-mail account using Concordia Connect daily throughout the academic school year and summer. You should pay close attention to all emails, phone calls and messages from your advisor and other advising staff members. When your response is requested, please reply within 48 hours.
  • Keep abreast of all college and university academic policies as they pertain to your academic career.
  • Review and note university deadlines, academic policies, procedures and regulations including, but not limited to: course prerequisites, registration add/drop, course re-takes, academic probation/dismissal and financial aid by accessing the University Catalog, the Student Handbook and/or Academic Calendar. Concordia-Chicago‚Äôs main webpage and portal are both great resources for information. Please explore online resources at and

Be a great student:

  • For every credit hour of enrollment, study two hours. For example, if you have 15 credits on your schedule, plan to study 30 hours per week.
  • Students can take a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 18 credits for a flat rate of tuition. Most degrees require 128 credits for graduation. If you average 16 credits every semester, you will stay on track for graduation. If a semester does not go as planned, alternative options for earning credit can be explored such as summer courses or CLEP credit.
  • Establish study groups, visit faculty during office hours and use Atomic Learning to help build skills outside of class meeting time.

Get to know your support personnel:

  • Take initiative to learn about and make use of University resources that are available in the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) for peer tutoring and learning assistance.
  • Inform the Office of the Dean of Students immediately whenever a serious problem (medical, financial or personal) disrupts your ability to attend classes or interferes with your capacity to focus on my education.
  • Visit the Office of Financial Aid and Student Business Services when you are planning on making course schedule changes, because an increase or decrease in credit hours may impact your financial aid eligibility and, therefore, affect your tuition bill.