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Undergraduate Fast Facts

About Concordia–Chicago

Concordia University Chicago is a comprehensive university comprised of the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, the College of Education, the College of Graduate Studies, and the College of Innovation and Professional Programs. CUC offers undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as doctoral degrees.

History

Founded in 1864 by The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod as a college for teachers

Location

40-acre campus just 10 miles west of downtown Chicago, in beautiful, upscale, suburban River Forest, Illinois

Accreditations

  • Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
  • Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
  • National Association of Schools of Music

For the academic year 2016-2017

Total Enrollment: 5,603                            

  • Undergraduates: 1,530
  • Graduate students: 4,073

Traditional Undergraduate Facts

Home State

  • 34 U.S. states and Puerto Rico; plus China, Honduras and Saudi Arabia
  • About 27% of undergraduates are from states other than Illinois, with the Midwestern states of Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin—as well as Florida, California and Texas—heavily represented. 

Students Living in Campus Housing

  • 42% of traditional undergraduate students (59% of freshmen) live in residence halls on campus.

Gender

  • 56% women
  • 44% men

Ethnicity

  • 54.4% White
  • 28.5% Hispanic or Latino
  • 9.2% Black or African-American
  • 3.6% Asian
  • 3.2% Multiracial
  • 0.2% American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 0.2% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
  • 0.9% Not reported

Religious Affiliation

  • 22.4% Lutheran (LCMS)
  • 25.4% Roman Catholic
  • 32.9% Other Christian Faiths
  • 4.0% Other Faiths
  • 15.4% Unknown

Average Class Size

  • Average Class Size: 15
  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 15:1

Most Popular Majors

  1. Elementary Education
  2. Exercise Science
  3. Psychology
  4. Sports Management
  5. Biology
  6. Management
  7. Criminal Justice
  8. Early Childhood Education
  9. Social Work
  10. Director of Christian Education (DCE)
  11. Computer Science
  12. Communication

Financial Assistance

  • 100% of full-time traditional undergraduate students receive some type of financial assistance based on need, merit, background and/or academic program.
  • For the 2016-2017 academic year, the University awarded more than $17 million in scholarships and grants to current students.

Tuition and Fees, 2017-2018 academic year

Tuition * $30,656
Required Fees ** $906
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Total (commuter)  $31,562
   
Room and Board ***  $9,448
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Total $41,010

* Flat rate based on 12-18 credit hours

** Fees include technology, wellness/medical, student activity, registration and records, and green fees

*** Residential student Basic Room and Board Plan rate; based on standard two-person room occupancy

Facilities

  • Christopher Center for Learning and Leadership, which houses the Early Childhood Education Center
  • Five Computer Labs (one open 24 hours a day)
  • Klinck Memorial Library (more than 160,000 books, audio/visual materials and periodical subscriptions; 480,000 ERIC microfiche documents; and over 80 electronic databases with remote access)
  • Ferguson Art Gallery
  • Cougar Stadium/Athletic Complex
  • Fitness and Wellness Center

Clubs and Organizations

More than 45, including student-led campus ministries, academic clubs and honoraries, service organizations, and much more.

A sampling:

  • Best Buddies
  • Black Student Union
  • Campus Activities Board
  • The Collective (formerly Artists of Concordia Theatre)
  • Colleges Against Cancer
  • Concordia Gamers Alliance
  • FAB: Future Against Bullying
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Gospel Choir
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Human Rights Organization
  • IEEE: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (student chapter)
  • Image (Art Club)
  • International Student Association
  • Kickin' Cougars (swing dance club)
  • Latino Student Union
  • NAfME: The National Association for Music Education (student chapter)
  • Phi Beta Lambda (business honorary)
  • Ping-Pong Club
  • Psi Chi (psychology honorary)
  • Science Club
  • The Spectator, the school newspaper
  • The Unprofessionals (improv comedy)
  • VOICE, CUC student government
  • WCGR (CUC radio station)

Spiritual Life

  • Daily worship (Chapel)
  • Résonanz (chapel praise band)
  • Decapolis Theater Ministry (Christian drama ministry)
  • College Life
  • Concordia Youth Ministry
  • CUC 4 Life
  • Ministry to Chicago
  • Ministry to the World
  • Ministry to Concordia
  • Women's Ministry
  • Men's Ministry
  • Retreat programs
  • Prayer groups
  • Bible studies
  • Special worship opportunities

Musical Groups

  • Chamber Orchestra
  • Cougar Band (pep band)
  • Handbell Ensemble
  • Jazz Band
  • Kapelle (touring choir)
  • Laudate (women’s chamber choir)
  • Männerchor (men's chamber choir)
  • Résonanz (chapel praise band)
  • Schola Cantorum (chapel choir)
  • University Band
  • Wind Symphony (touring wind band)

Athletics

The CUC Cougars compete in NCAA Division III intercollegiate athletics, and Concordia–Chicago is a member of the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC):

Men's Intercollegiate Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field

Women's Intercollegiate Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball