Concordia University Chicago

400 reviews
  1. River Forest, IL
  2. 4 Year
B-
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    C
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    C
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    C
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    A-
Concordia University Chicago is ...
Private not-for-profit, Lutheran
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
Address
7400 Augusta
River Forest, IL 60305

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
54%
SAT Range
910-1170
ACT Range
20-24
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Application Website
Data not available

Cost

Net Price
$18,450/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $17,110/ year
  • $30-48k
    $16,152/ year
  • $49-75k
    $15,354/ year
  • $76-110k
    $20,365/ year
  • $110k+
    $22,611/ year

Academics

Professors
C
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
17:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
76%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.38 responses
82%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.39 responses
58%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.38 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,397Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
13%
Pell Grant
49%
Varsity Athletes
25%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 15 responses
Report
  • Polite
    40%
  • Diverse
    27%
  • Friendly
    27%
  • Agents of Change
    7%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
68%
Poll
84%
of students say they don't have Greek life.25 responses
Poll
52%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.46 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 18 responses
Report
  • Community
    78%
  • Academic integrity
    17%
  • Intimate
    6%

After Concordia University Chicago

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$41,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
58%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
95%
National
83%
86%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.21 responses

Reviews

400 reviews
  • Excellent
    53
  • Very Good
    129
  • Average
    175
  • Poor
    29
  • Terrible
    14
While the number of full ride scholarships that CUC awards each year (4-5) is low, most strong students can still manage a great deal of scholarship funds. Many of my friends and I were awarded their presidential scholarship, which covers approx. half of the tuition cost each year. On top of that, there are smaller scholarships awarded from certain departments. These can include music scholarships (even if you aren't pursuing a music major) and those for church work (Lutheran teacher, Director of Christian Education, parish music, deaconess, or pre-seminary). Many of these require the student to maintain an overall 3.0 GPA throughout your college career. Most LCMS Lutheran students I knew were able to obtain scholarships from their home church congregation as well. Being a smaller, private college, the amount of federal financial aid they have available to award is higher than other, larger schools. As long as you make sure to file your FAFSA forms early each year (late January-early spring), you can get the amount of help your family should need in paying for school here. The experience I had in my four years here was that my scholarships and financial aid was usually enough to cover my basic tuition costs, along with room &amp; board. This usually left me with only the smaller costs of a parking permit, lab fees, cost of private music lessons, and textbooks. CUC generally raises their tuition each year at a smaller rate than other colleges. In short, don't let the higher tuition drive you away from this private college!
  • Recent Alumnus
  • Dec 4 2011
As a Music education major, Concordia is a school that loves music. Incredibly intimate, the staff in your major really try to connect with you. All education class are taught by people who want to see you succeed. Athletics are encouraged! Just about every program at CUC travels/trips. It's a Lutheran school that welcomes EVERYONE.
  • Recent Alumnus
  • 11 months ago
Surprisingly, the Cafeteria Food and Dining Hall Are Great! The cafeteria at Concordia University is very diverse. When walking into the cafeteria, one can choose from a variety of delicious food. Students pick up a tray and make their way to the grill first where they can choose between the special which can be a buffalo chicken sandwich or just a hamburger. Then off to the salad bar, which includes soups, salads, and sandwiches. Next, students choose their choice of drink ranging from simple water to warm and steamy hot chocolate. There's also the pizza station and international food which always has a variety of choices. There are always so many choices a student is never dissatisfied and leaves the cafeteria full and with a smile on their face.
  • College Student
  • Mar 26 2010