About Concordia University-Chicago

Founded in 1864, Concordia University-Chicago. is a Private college. Located in Illinois, which is a city setting in Illinois, the campus itself is Suburban. The campus is home to 1,530 full time undergraduate students, and 4,073 full time graduate students.

The Concordia University-Chicago Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 15:1. There are 284 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Concordia University-Chicago include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate49%
Application Deadline
Application Fee0
SAT Range930-1110
ACT Range19-24

Admissions at CU are considered More Selective, with ,13% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 7 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

34% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 18% were in the top quarter, and 16% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Concordia University-Chicago.

“We”re apathetic”
“We know about current events and vote”
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
“We save it for the classroom”
“Sometimes, but not often”
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
“All the time, including weekends”
“I”m always terrified”
“I only go out in groups”
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
“I feel extremely safe”
“We don”t play sports”
“We play recreationally”
“We bought the gear”
“We live for the big game”
“It”s not really our thing”
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
“There are a variety of opportunities”
“We”re a very artistic group”
“Haven”t met them”
“Available in class”
“They keep regular office hours”
“They”re always available”
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
“We”re not into drinking at all”
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
“We only party on weekends”
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
“Never, we”re here to learn”
“There might be people who do”
“People are known to partake on weekends”
“There”s a huge drug scene”

Concordia University-Chicago REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    44 Students rated on-campus housing 3.5 stars. 18 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    34 Students rated off-campus housing 3 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    45 Students rated campus food 2.9 stars. 7 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    45 Students rated campus facilities 3.6 stars. 20 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    45 Students rated class size 4.4 stars. 64 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    45 Students rated school activities 3.7 stars. 29 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    46 Students rated local services 4.1 stars. 48 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    45 Students rated academics 3.6 stars. 27 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Concordia University-Chicago?

18 Students rated Concordia University-Chicago

Tabitha - 08/07/2020

Concordia University- Chicago is a great college choice. During my freshman year, I was a student-athlete who lived on campus and I never had a problem with the amenities and accommodations provided. In terms of campus housing was just as any college dorms would be, they weren't fancy but it was spacious (as spacious as a college dorm could be) and clean. If anything needed to be fixed or replaced, it would be taken care of within 1-3 days. In terms of campus life, there are a variety of clubs that accommodate various interest and I feel like there is something for everybody. The main sports on campus are football in the fall, basketball in the winter, and baseball in the spring. However, when those sports have away games, there isn't much to do on campus, especially on the weekends. Even though weekends can be dull, CUC is close enough to "nightlife" and to the Metra, so if its nice weather you can make it downtown fairly easily. In terms of food, it is fairly priced. The Den, which has "fast food" type service and options is by far the most popular. The Lib Cafe is like a little store that has a variety of prepackaged meals and snacks to stock up on at reasonable prices well. The main cafeteria provides the most options, with varying meal "specials" however in terms of quality of food, it would be 3.5/5. In terms of academics, I can only speak from my experience. I am a business major and the rigor of my business classes is great. While I am challenged, the professors are always available to help me and the class structure is hands-on learning! In terms of the best academic programs at CUC, (based on my observations and testimonials of my friends) the best programs at CUC are their Education, Business, Church Profession, and Music programs. College can be a scary time in one's life as it comes with changes, lots of changes. However, CUC's small campus is a community in which there really is a place for anyone. The CUC community is one that I am proud to be apart of and call my home. For anyone considering CUC, I highly encourage visiting campus, it really makes all the difference!


Overall, Concordia is a good university. People complain about the social life, but if you know the right people you will have a good time. No parties on campus because its a dry campus, but there are some every weekend off campus. Academics are a priority and are very good especially if you are looking into any sort of education major or church work. Sports exist but our teams are sucky. Food is sometimes sketchy, but they serve brunch on the weekends and its the bomb.com.


Attending CUC makes me feel like if I was still in high school, with the small class sizes. As the class sizes are smaller, the professors have more of a chance to help each one of their students individually, which makes them more helpful. The professors are actually great. They try working out their office hours around their students schedules, if they every need help or something. The professors are very kind and help you out in many ways possible just to see their students succeed. CUC has a great optimistic atmosphere, within its students, professors and staff. CUC is a small campus, which is actually great because if you're ever running late, the buildings are all next to each other. One would prefer a bigger campus, but its actually great thats its small. CUC is a great place to attend. CUC actually offers much help for their incoming freshmen's and even for their transfer students. A lot of scholarships are offered, including to their current students.


I think that it's decent. It's a safe environment thus I never have to worry about my safety. The food is decent but can get tiresome after not having much of a variety. I think that the costs are expensive but that's probably true for every college. I don't mind attending Concordia. I'm happy with meeting new people and making new friends.

Concordia University-Chicago FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Concordia University-Chicago?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Concordia University-Chicago is 49%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    Every student has to juggle the aspects of location, price, activities offered, and relationships when determining where to go to college. There are steps that can be taken to clearly see both the positive and negative results of selecting a school. Ways to achieve this clarity can come through researching the college, talking with past alumni, and making list with the pros and cons from the information that has been collected. By using the internet to get student reviews, looking at the college's website, and by taking a campus tour, and talking with guidance counselors, a person can begin to see if each college offers the degree and social life that is desired. Insights from alumni can also give the student an insider?s view to the entire college experience, including how to make friends, budget expenses and handle the course work. Finally, by organizing the information collected in a way that displays pros and cons, a person can see if a certain college has what they need to reach their goals and create the memories that they want for years to come.

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  3. Describe the students at your school.

    Conservative ignorance.

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  4. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    The food. The food here is the same greasy thing every day. It makes me literaly sick.

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  5. What's unique about your campus?

    The best thing about Concordia University is that it is located in close proximity to the attractions of downtown Chicago. Through this school, I may find an internship at places like the Field Museum, the Shedd Aquarium, the Chicago Botanic Garden, etc.

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  6. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Anyone who wishes to have a great college experience should attend this school.

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  7. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Concordia University Chicago has Christ at the center, is a small school with huge benefits, that gives the security of a small town, but the opportunities of a large city.

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  8. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    This school is unique because of the small class sizes and the religious atmosphere and connection to the LCMS world.

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  9. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    The location of the school is amazing especially if you are majoring in the arts. Chicago Symphony, Lyric Opera, The Art Museum, etc. are all within a short el ride and the experience of having those amenities is indespensible. The music department faculty and staff are outstanding and are the beacon of the school and I'm proud to be a product. When you combine these two facts, the arts at Concordia are unbelieveable for a small liberal arts school.

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  10. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    How cold it actually is, that the buildings are super old, the the idea of "you don't really need a car" is a lie.

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  11. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    I am new to this school so I have not found something that frustrates me yet. However from the schools (colleges) I have attended I found the most frustrating thing to be how impersonal and difficult to understand they were. As a freshmen I did not know where to go for help or who I should talk to. However thus far at my current school they have been more than helpful and I have had no problems.

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  12. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    Someone that likes to be unnoticed by their professors should not attend Concordia. Also someone that is interested in the greek system and lives to party should not attend this school.

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  13. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    The school is most know for being a teacher college when it first opened and also being called Concorida River Forest. It is now called Concordia Chicago and most of the alumni are mad about the name change.

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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

100% of students attending Concordia University-Chicago receive some sort of financial aid. 44% were awarded federal grants. While 79% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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