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Concordia University, Chicago Overview

Concordia University, Chicago is a private not-for-profit institution situated in River Forest, Illinois. Concordia University, Chicago is located in a safe and convenient suburb.

What Is Concordia University, Chicago Known For?

385 Undergraduate Awards
$28,757 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%.
  • The highest award offered at Concordia University, Chicago is the doctor's degree.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 64% of the faculty were full-time.

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Concordia University, Chicago Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Concordia University, Chicago has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#140 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Concordia University, Chicago.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#3 Best Value Multilingual Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Value Teaching English or French Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Best Value Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Best Value Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Best Value Health & Physical Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Best Value Health & Medical Administrative Services Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#20 Best Education Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#21 Best Value Educational Administration Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#23 Best Educational Administration Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#23 Best Value Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Concordia University, Chicago has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#12 Best Health & Medical Administrative Services Colleges for Non-Traditional Students College Factual
#15 Best Health & Physical Education Colleges for Non-Traditional Students College Factual
#19 Highest Paid Teacher Education Subject Specific Graduates College Factual
#20 Best Teaching Doctor’s Degree Schools Teaching Degree Search
#23 Best Education Colleges for Non-Traditional Students College Factual
#99 Highest Paid Education Graduates College Factual

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 )
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800

SAT Math Scores for Concordia University, Chicago  ( 500 to 560 )
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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 )
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ACT Math Scores for Concordia University, Chicago  ( 19 to 25 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for Concordia University, Chicago  ( 20 to 24 )
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36

Can I Afford Concordia University, Chicago?

$28,757 Net Price
81% Take Out Loans
4.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Concordia University, Chicago is $28,757. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

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

1,403 Full-Time Undergraduates
58% Women
47% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,588 undergraduate students at Concordia University, Chicago, with 1,403 being full-time and 185 being part-time.

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

There are also 4,617 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,403 full-time undergraduates at Concordia University, Chicago, 42% are male and 58% 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 27
Black or African American 145
Hispanic or Latino 432
White 654
International Students 44
Other Races/Ethnicities 101

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 Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Educational Administration 0 477 35 512
Business Administration & Management 53 203 2 258
Health & Physical Education 41 185 16 242
Curriculum & Instruction 0 165 2 167
Teacher Education Subject Specific 20 101 3 124
Teacher Education Grade Specific 38 64 4 106
Instructional Media Design 0 56 0 56
Health & Medical Administrative Services 39 13 0 52
Special Education 0 37 0 37
Student Counseling 0 30 0 30
Human Services 0 29 0 29
Marketing 26 0 0 26
Human Resource Management 25 0 0 25
Teaching English or French 0 23 0 23
General Education 11 11 0 22
General Psychology 18 2 0 20
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 19 0 19
Finance & Financial Management 1 14 0 15
Multilingual Education 0 13 0 13
Criminology 12 0 0 12
Social Work 9 0 0 9
Drama & Theater Arts 8 0 0 8
Computer Information Systems 6 0 0 6
General English Literature 6 0 0 6
Theological & Ministerial Studies 6 0 0 6
Design & Applied Arts 6 0 0 6
General Biology 5 0 0 5
Management Information Systems 5 0 0 5
Communication & Media Studies 5 0 0 5
Other Education 0 5 0 5
Mathematics 5 0 0 5
Political Science & Government 5 0 0 5
Religious Education 5 0 0 5
Music 5 0 0 5
Accounting 3 1 0 4
Journalism 3 0 0 3
Romance Languages 3 0 0 3
Gerontology 0 3 0 3
Fine & Studio Arts 3 0 0 3
Ethnic Studies 2 0 0 2
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 2 0 0 2
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 2 0 0 2
Biological & Physical Science 2 0 0 2
Business/Corporate Communications 1 0 0 1
Health/Medical Prep Programs 1 0 0 1
Nursing 1 0 0 1
History 1 0 0 1
Religious Studies 0 1 0 1
Sociology 1 0 0 1
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 0 0 0
Allied Health Professions 0 0 0 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 0 0 0
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 0 0
Philosophy 0 0 0 0
Chemistry 0 0 0 0
General Physical Sciences 0 0 0 0
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 0 0 0
Geography & Cartography 0 0 0 0
Other Public Administration 0 0 0 0
Missionary Studies 0 0 0 0
Sacred Music 0 0 0 0
Arts & Media Management 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 385 1,452 62 1,899

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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