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
Setting: Suburb: Large
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 6,205
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 48%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 12 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 1,983 (32% 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: $32,880
Out-of-state Tuition: $32,880
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $24,166

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Concordia University-Chicago Programs

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

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 2
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 11071
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 2
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 1
Education 318287
English Language and Literature/Letters 1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 2
Health Professions and Related Programs 71
History 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 2
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 11
Natural Resources and Conservation 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 431
Philosophy and Religious Studies 21
Physical Sciences 3
Psychology 12
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 12
Social Sciences 5
Theology and Religious Vocations 42
Visual and Performing Arts 71
Grand total 3177489

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 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 Fees 2019-2020
In-state $32,880
Out-of-state $32,880
Books and supplies $1,200

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $9,180
Out-of-state $9,180

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 395 100%
Grant or scholarship aid 395 100% $24,166
Student loan aid 313 79% $5,930

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 1,369 91% $20,207
Federal student loans 1,021 68% $6,472

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 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 4,498 1,761 2,737
Percent admitted 100% 72% 77%
Percent admitted who enrolled 8% 10% 6%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
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 2020

Total Enrollment 6,205
Undergraduate enrollment 1,588
Graduate enrollment 4,617

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 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
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*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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