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Concordia University - Chicago Overview

Concordia University - Chicago is a private not-for-profit institution located in River Forest, Illinois. River Forest is a good match for students who enjoy the safety and convenience of the suburbs.

What Is Concordia University - Chicago Known For?

1,299 Full-Time Undergraduates
$16,403 Avg Cost After Aid
75% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at Concordia University Chicago have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 5%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest one a student can attain at Concordia University Chicago.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 64% of the faculty were full-time.

Concordia University - Chicago Rankings

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, Concordia University Chicago is ranked #1,070 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. It is also ranked #45 out of 61 schools in Illinois.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that Concordia University Chicago has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for Concordia University Chicago

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 212
Best Colleges for Diversity 443
Best Colleges for International Students 791
Best Colleges for the Money 984
Best Colleges 1,070
Best Colleges for Veterans 1,113

Where Is Concordia University - Chicago?

Location of Concordia University - Chicago

Contact details for Concordia University Chicago are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 7400 Augusta, River Forest, IL 60305-1499
Phone: 708-771-8300
Website: www.cuchicago.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ConcordiaUniversityChicago
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/CUChicago

How Do I Get Into Concordia University Chicago?

You can apply to Concordia University Chicago online at: www.cuchicago.edu/apply

Admission Requirements for Concordia University Chicago

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank considered but not required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations considered but not required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into Concordia University Chicago?

75% Acceptance Rate
61% Of Accepted Are Women
20% Submit SAT Scores
Concordia University Chicago has an acceptance rate of 75%, which means that is not quite as selective as some other schools. Still, you'll need good grades and a solid application if you want to be admitted.

Approximately 39% of accepted students are men and 61% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 74%, and the acceptance rate for women is 75%.

Average Test Scores

About 20% of students accepted to Concordia University Chicago submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 490 and 600. Math scores were between 500 and 560.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Concordia University - Chicago  ( 490 to 600 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Concordia University - Chicago  ( 500 to 560 )
200
800
Concordia University Chicago received ACT scores from 89% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 18 and 25. Math scores were between 19 and 25. Composite scores were between 20 and 24.

ACT English Scores for Concordia University - Chicago  ( 18 to 25 )
1
36
ACT Math Scores for Concordia University - Chicago  ( 19 to 25 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Concordia University - Chicago  ( 20 to 24 )
1
36

Can I Afford Concordia University - Chicago?

$16,403 Net Price
81% Take Out Loans
4.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Concordia University Chicago is $16,403. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Concordia University Chicago

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$14,242 $14,143 $16,029 $18,714 $21,097

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Concordia University Chicago, approximately 81% of students took out student loans averaging $5,864 a year. That adds up to $23,456 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Concordia University Chicago is 4.6%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Concordia University - Chicago Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,299 Full-Time Undergraduates
59% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,458 undergraduate students at Concordia University Chicago, with 1,299 being full-time and 159 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Concordia University Chicago

There are also 4,297 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,299 full-time undergraduates at Concordia University Chicago, 41% are male and 59% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Concordia University Chicago

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Concordia University - Chicago students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Concordia University Chicago Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 33
Black or African American 172
Hispanic or Latino 399
White 603
International Students 33
Other Races/Ethnicities 59

Geographic Diversity

Illinois students aren't the only ones who study at Concordia University - Chicago. At this time, 23 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 39 countries are represented at Concordia University Chicago. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, Saudi Arabia, and China.

Online Learning at Concordia University - Chicago

3,437 Took All Classes Online
3,994 Took At Least One Class Online
15.1% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 3,994 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Concordia University Chicago has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 5th most popular in Illinois for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Concordia University Chicago

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Concordia University - Chicago was 15.1%. This is the #91 largest growth rate of all schools that are mostly online. This refers to all students at Concordia University Chicago regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Concordia University Chicago majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business Administration & Management 21%
Business, Management & Marketing 25%
Educational Administration 6%
Finance & Financial Management 60%
Human Services 41%
Music 40%
Public Administration & Social Service 16%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 19%
Visual & Performing Arts 18%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Concordia University Chicago ranks compared to all other mostly online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Concordia University Chicago.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Gerontology #1
Other Public Administration #1
Other Education #3
Multilingual Education #3
Teaching English or French #4
Student Counseling #6
General Education #7
Health & Physical Education #7
Curriculum & Instruction #8
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies #8
Special Education #8
Teacher Education Subject Specific #8
Human Services #13
Instructional Media Design #14
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology #17
Marketing #19
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #20
General Psychology #22
Teacher Education Grade Specific #23
Public Administration & Social Service #26
Psychology #26
Educational Administration #30
Accounting #36
Education #40
Health & Medical Administrative Services #41
Business Administration & Management #52
Health Professions #57
Business, Management & Marketing #59

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Concordia University - Chicago Majors

In 2017-2018, Concordia University - Chicago awarded 770 undergraduate degrees and 3,028 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Accounting 0 3 1 0
Biological & Physical Science 0 2 0 0
Business Administration & Management 0 53 203 2
Business/Corporate Communications 0 1 0 0
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 19 0
Communication & Media Studies 0 5 0 0
Computer Information Systems 0 6 0 0
Criminology 0 12 0 0
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 165 2
Design & Applied Arts 0 6 0 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 8 0 0
Educational Administration 0 0 477 35
Ethnic Studies 0 2 0 0
Finance & Financial Management 0 1 14 0
Fine & Studio Arts 0 3 0 0
General Biology 0 5 0 0
General Education 0 11 11 0
General English Literature 0 6 0 0
General Psychology 0 18 2 0
Gerontology 0 0 3 0
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 39 13 0
Health & Physical Education 0 41 185 16
Health/Medical Prep Programs 0 1 0 0
History 0 1 0 0
Human Resource Management 0 25 0 0
Human Services 0 0 29 0
Instructional Media Design 0 0 56 0
Journalism 0 3 0 0
Management Information Systems 0 5 0 0
Marketing 0 26 0 0
Mathematics 0 5 0 0
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 0 2 0 0
Multilingual Education 0 0 13 0
Music 0 5 0 0
Nursing 0 1 0 0
Other Education 0 0 5 0
Political Science & Government 0 5 0 0
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 2 0 0
Religious Education 0 5 0 0
Religious Studies 0 0 1 0
Romance Languages 0 3 0 0
Social Work 0 9 0 0
Sociology 0 1 0 0
Special Education 0 0 37 0
Student Counseling 0 0 30 0
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 38 64 4
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 20 101 3
Teaching English or French 0 0 23 0
Theological & Ministerial Studies 0 6 0 0
Total 0 770 2,904 124

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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