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Concordia-Chicago ranked among Best Value universities by U.S. News & World Report


Concordia University Chicago has been nationally recognized for the value of the well-rounded education it provides, as well as its diverse student body, by U.S. News & World Report. In the magazine’s rankings released today, CUC was ranked as a Best Regional University – Midwest, Best Value – Regional Universities Midwest and listed for Best Ethnic Diversity – Regional Universities Midwest.

“These recognitions point to our dedication to the overall college experience, graduating well-prepared, academically fulfilled students from a multitude of different backgrounds pursuing bachelor’s through doctoral degrees,” said Rev. Dr. Daniel Gard, president of Concordia University Chicago. “Our students come from all over the country and the world, reflecting the communities they will live and serve in throughout their lives.”

U.S. News evaluated all programs on graduation rate, student-faculty ratio, ACT/SAT scores and acceptance rate, among other factors. Concordia-Chicago scored notably well in class size, with 80 percent of classes made up of 20 or fewer students.

For the ethnic diversity ranking, U.S. News factored in the proportion of minority students and the overall mix of groups in the student body, which produced a “diversity index,” ranging from 0.0 to 1.0. The closer to 1.0, the more likely a student is to run into students from another ethnic group. CUC’s diversity index was calculated as 0.64. Two years ago, CUC was named as a Hispanic Serving Institution, with an undergraduate Latino population of 31 percent.

The University anticipates historic combined graduate and undergraduate enrollment of more than 6,000 students in the current academic year.

Concordia University Chicago’s 2019 program rankings may be viewed at: