River Forest, IL
Concordia University-Chicago


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Recent Reviews

Laura
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.

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.

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

I think that in order to find the right college, you need to do a lot of research and have a clear plan of what exactly you want to do with your life once you graduate. You should have in mind the type of atmosphere that fits your personality best, and remember how each visit made you feel. Sitting in on classes and talking to current students at the school is also key to finding a good fit. Taking all these components into consideration will help you make the right choice for your college education. College is what you make it to be. If you have a bad attitude, you won't have fun. You need to be constantly open to new opportunities while still making time for homework. Fun can happen anytime if you are open to it! Just don't slack off and become lazy, or things could go downhill fast.

Ashley
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 sma...

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.

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

Selecting a college is fun and exciting! Parents and students need to remember to not rush a decision. They need to take their time and allow for different options. Another suggestion is to make the decision a team effort between parent and student. College is a huge step not only for the student, but also for the parent, and they deserve to help in the decision making process of selecting a school. When narrowing down schools, the best way to make a decision is to visit the campus. Stay the night with a student, and follow them to their classes. This will help you really get the feel for the school itself. When finally deciding, feel confident on the decision. To make the most of the college experience, the best thing to do is to get involved. Colleges have so many different clubs or groups that you can join. By joining one or more of these groups, you will be introduced to new people. Friends are so important during college. The friends you make now, most likely will be friends for life.

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

The worst thing is the cost of the school. Tuition at the school is crazy! Hardly anyone can graduate from the school not in great debt. And then there are the books that must be bought. Books are so expensive! If the cost of school was less, there would be less stress about attending.

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

It's the right school for me, but may not be for many many others.

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

It's the right school for me, but may not be for many many others.

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

Figure out what you want to do in life, and what interests you. Don't look at what everybody else is doing. Don't go to a party school. Look for scholarships, and grants.

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

Every college or university is looking for a student that will be an asset inside the institution and out. This is the way t...

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

Every college or university is looking for a student that will be an asset inside the institution and out. This is the way that potential students have to present themselves to be taken seriously. The best thing a potential student can do is to figure out their path and then present themselves as determined, driven, passionate, and ready individuals. It is this way that a student will have the ability to choose between several different universities. It is much better for the universities to be after a student that they see good potential in than a student having to fall back on their last choice because of wasted opportunity. Once the student has chosen the university they want to attend, not only will they have a better success rate, but they will more likely be able to take advantage of the opportunities that a college or university offers. One thing I've learned the most about college is that I have to fight to get my tuition's worth and the more ready and willing a person is the more they will get out of their education.

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.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

I am most frustrated as a music major because there seems to be little to no support of the arts from both our administration and from donors. We are in a major battle to try and get facilities that match the talent in our programs and instead the football team who hasn't had a winning season since its conception gets a brand new field. I think the school should play to its strengths much more than it does.

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

Promising a Future but putting me into decades worth of debt.

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

Promising a Future but putting me into decades worth of debt.

Describe the students at your school.

Conservative ignorance.

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

Go to community college to fill pre-requisits because it is cheap and it would also be a place where one would be able to better determine what they want in their degree.

Julia
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 g...

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.

What's unique about your campus?

I love being surrounded by people who encourage me to grow spiritually as well as support my decision to be involved in community service activities. My school also gave me that chance to study abroad through AIFS in South Africa, which was an experience of a life time.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone who is very liberal and would hate being surrounded by people who base many of their decisions on their religious beliefs.

Elise
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are very friendly and usually helpful in and outside of class with things I may not understand.

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are very friendly and usually helpful in and outside of class with things I may not understand.

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

In order to find a college best suited for you, you need to find one that has a program that caters to your needs. If you know what you want to do with your future, you can apply to colleges that specialize in certain areas. If you do not yet know what your career path will be, a liberal arts college will do fine until you discover what it is you are most passionate about. Another important thing to look for in colleges is the campus and class size. While a large school is perfect for some, others will feel more comfortable in a smaller school. It all depends on where you would feel most at home. In order to make most of the college experience, I would strongly recommend living on campus for at least your first year. Living with people allows you to get to know them much better, and you will build stronger bonds. I would also suggest an on-campus or close to campus job with a few hours a week. Finally, try to balance homework with free time, as both are important. You need a social life but you also cannot forget about academics.

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

The worst thing about my school is the availability of good, solid meals. The meal programs do not allow for a fair exchange of food for those who cannot, or choose not to, eat the cafeteria food. They have become more strict on what they allow to be covered in the meal plan, which does not cater to all students' needs.

Liz
Describe the students at your school.

Pretty good students that like to have clean fun. A little too clean for my taste.

Describe the students at your school.

Pretty good students that like to have clean fun. A little too clean for my taste.

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

I would advise fellow students and searching students to research and visit as many schools as posible. Look at schools in the type of environment you would like to live and work. Don't just throw out a school because someone else says its no good or go to a school because someone else is going there. Search for yourself.

Kirsten
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

One of the most unique things about Concordia is that we are such a small campus that it makes us a community. We call it th...

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

One of the most unique things about Concordia is that we are such a small campus that it makes us a community. We call it the "Concordia bubble "for a reason, and it's actually the reason I came here. I love walking to class across campus and passing ten pepole I know and saying hi to every one of them.

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

Find the school that fits YOU best. Not your parents, your friends, or even your potential major. Yes, those things are all important, but the school is where you will be going for the next four plus years, you need to be one-hundred percent comfortable in the environment.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The size of classes can be very frustrating. Because we're such a small school, there are sometimes as little as ten people in one class. This makes it VERY noticable if you come in late or for some reason or another can't be there. Also, the bubble thing can be a little overwhelming.

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

The advice that I would give students on choosing the right college is to go visit as many colleges that they would consider...

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

The advice that I would give students on choosing the right college is to go visit as many colleges that they would consider attending and see what they have to offer in regards to academics, sports, student life and how well the school seems to fit your needs. I think that choosing the right school you have to be sure when you do go vist make sure you feel comfortable being there and that they offer the program of study that you wish to go into. Don't go to a school that you don't feel that great about because it's going to be four years of your life that you'll be there. In making the most of your college experience make sure that you participate in groups, organizations and activities that are of interest to you so that you can make friends and feel like a part of the school family. Be sure that the school you choose to go to gives it's best effort in making your college experience the best. For parents I say let your child chose you don't want to choose for them and have them hate their college experience.

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

I wish I had known that it was a highly Education school more than anything else. I was not aware of the fact that Concordia was an Education school and that most of the students that go there go into Education majors to become teachers. But I think that having found this out after having decided to attend there has made me realize what I want to major in. I have chose to major in Psychology and be a child psychologist in a school.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

I think that the most frustrating thing about my school is that there is not a lot of diversity among the student body. The limited amount of diversity makes a lot of the students feel uncomfortable or even sometimes making them feel like they do not belong as part of the school. I would like to see more of a diverse student body because that would make everyone feel more welcomed and comfortable to be a part of the school.

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