Concordia University Chicago

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School Overview

Concordia University Chicago is a four-year, privately owned and operated liberal arts university located in the Chicago suburb of River Forest. It is affiliated with the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. The university has a total annual enrollment of roughly 5,100, which includes 1,500 undergraduates and 3,600 graduate students.

Concordia is comprised of four academic colleges: The College of Education, College of Arts and Science, College of Graduate and Innovative Programs, and College of Business. Through these four colleges Concordia offers over 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in education, business and the arts & sciences. It also offers an accelerated degree completion program for adults.

Concordia University Chicago offers distance learning online degree programs at the graduate level. Concordia’s online graduate degree programs, while flexible, are designed to keep students integrated with the university and university resourses.

Concordia supports an active athletic scene that allows students to get involved in team and intramural sports. Concordia Chicago athletic teams are know as the Cougars and compete in the Northern Athletics Conference and are members of the NCAA Division III. Sports offered at Concordia include basketball, baseball, volleyball, tennis, cross country, softball, track & field, and tennis.

General Information

Admission Office

7400 Augusta Street

River Forest, IL 60305-1499

(708) 209-3100

(866) 462-2873

Fax: (708) 209-3473

Contact: Gwen Kanelos

Assistant Vice President for Enrollment
Main Address

7400 Augusta Street

River Forest, IL 60305-1499

(708) 771-8300

Total undergrads: 1,153

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 249

Degree-seeking undergrads: 1,067

Graduate enrollment: 3,032


Suburban setting

Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: No

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 83%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 71%

College Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Music Theory/Composition B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business – General B
Business Administration/Management B
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism

Advertising B
Communications/Rhetoric B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B
Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Biology Teacher Education B
Chemistry Teacher Education B
Computer Teacher Education B
Early Childhood Education B
Education – General B
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
History Teacher Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Secondary Education B
Social Science Teacher Education B
Social Studies Teacher Education B
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

Greek, Ancient B
Hebrew B
Latin B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Prenursing B


History – General B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Natural Sciences B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Exercise Sciences B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies B
Law Enforcement Administration B
Police Science B

Social Sciences

Geography B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Theological Studies & Religious Vocations

Religious Education B
Religious/Sacred Music B
Theology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Concordia University-Chicago Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(708) 771-8300
Type of School:4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:
Address:7400 Augusta, River Forest, IL 60305-1499
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:5,603
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):54%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:15 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:2,268 (40% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$30,630
Out-of-state Tuition:$30,630
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:100%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$19,182

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Concordia University-Chicago Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Concordia University-Chicago.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences2
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services1641
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs2
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services1
English Language and Literature/Letters1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics2
Health Professions and Related Programs51
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities21
Mathematics and Statistics1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies11
Natural Resources and Conservation1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies331
Philosophy and Religious Studies21
Physical Sciences3
Public Administration and Social Service Professions12
Social Sciences4
Theology and Religious Vocations32
Visual and Performing Arts61
Grand total3166408

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at Concordia University-Chicago.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services341
Health Professions and Related Programs21
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies131
Philosophy and Religious Studies1
Grand total6228

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Concordia University-Chicago and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$1,200

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid294100%
Grant or scholarship aid294100%$19,182
Student loan aid23379%$6,495

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid1,32588%$16,478
Federal student loans1,09472%$7,084

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Concordia University-Chicago. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Concordia University-Chicago students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants4,8021,9662,836
Percent admitted100%48%51%
Percent admitted who enrolled7%8%7%

Admissions Considerations

Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Concordia University-Chicago Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment5,603
Undergraduate enrollment1,530
Graduate enrollment4,073

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Concordia University-Chicago Accreditation

This institution is accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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