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Concordia University, Chicago Overview

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

What Is Concordia University, Chicago Known For?

411 Undergraduate Awards
$28,074 Avg Cost After Aid
79% Acceptance Rate
  • The 3% student loan default rate at Concordia University, Chicago is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • The highest award offered at Concordia University, Chicago is the doctor's degree.
  • For the 2019-2020 academic year, 64% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from Concordia University, Chicago makes roughly $46,133 a year. This is 13% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.

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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.

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
#12 Best Value Parks, Recreation, Leisure & Fitness Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Best Health/Medical Prep Programs Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Best Curriculum & Instruction Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#16 Best Human Resource Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#23 Best Health/Medical Admin Services Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#24 Best Educational Administration Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#40 Best Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#42 Best Value Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#51 Best Education Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#90 Best Health Professions Bachelor’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
#1 Best Outdoor Health & Physical Education/Fitness Graduate Degree Schools College Factual
#1 Best Administration of Special Education Graduate Degree Schools College Factual
#16 Best Educational Administration Schools College Factual
#22 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Graduate Degree Schools College Factual
#76 Best Education Graduate Degree Schools College Factual
#107 Best Healthcare Schools Healthcare Degree Search

Where Is Concordia University, Chicago?

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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 neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations considered but not required
SAT or ACT Scores considered but not required
TOEFL recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into Concordia University, Chicago?

79% Acceptance Rate
55% Of Accepted Are Women
67% Submit SAT Scores
Concordia University, Chicago has an acceptance rate of 79%, 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 45% of accepted students are men and 55% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 77%, and the acceptance rate for women is 80%.

Average Test Scores

About 67% 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 590. Math scores were between 500 and 590.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Concordia University, Chicago  ( 490 to 590 )
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800

SAT Math Scores for Concordia University, Chicago  ( 500 to 590 )
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800
Concordia University, Chicago received ACT scores from 45% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 17 and 24. Math scores were between 17 and 25. Composite scores were between 19 and 25.

ACT English Scores for Concordia University, Chicago  ( 17 to 24 )
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ACT Math Scores for Concordia University, Chicago  ( 17 to 25 )
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ACT Composite Scores for Concordia University, Chicago  ( 19 to 25 )
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36

Can I Afford Concordia University, Chicago?

$28,074 Net Price
74% Take Out Loans
3.1% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Concordia University, Chicago is $28,074. 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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Concordia University, Chicago, approximately 74% of students took out student loans averaging $6,410 a year. That adds up to $25,640 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Concordia University, Chicago is 3.1%. 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

1,284 Full-Time Undergraduates
56% Women
53% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,538 undergraduate students at Concordia University, Chicago, with 1,284 being full-time and 254 being part-time.

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There are also 4,953 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,284 full-time undergraduates at Concordia University, Chicago, 44% are male and 56% are female.

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Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 31
Black or African American 164
Hispanic or Latino 438
White 591
International Students 9
Other Races/Ethnicities 51

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

5,010 Took All Classes Online
5,642 Took At Least One Class Online
27.2% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 5,642 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 2019-2020.

Online Affordability Rankings of Concordia University, Chicago

During the most recent year for which we have data, the full-time undergraduate tuition at Concordia University, Chicago was $33,636 for both in-state and out-of-state students. The following table shows how Concordia University, Chicago is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Sacred Music #2 #2
Other Public Administration #14 #14
Religious Education #16 #16
Multilingual Education #19 #19
Entrepreneurial Studies #21 #18
Gerontology #22 #22
Religious Studies #34 #34
Human Services #37 #37
Philosophy & Religious Studies #40 #40
Health & Physical Education #57 #57
General Psychology #58 #58
Music #61 #61
Other Education #74 #74
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies #75 #75

Online Growth Rankings of Concordia University, Chicago

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Concordia University, Chicago was 27.2%. This is the #661 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
Computer & Information Sciences 91%
Computer Information Systems 91%
Criminology 19%
Curriculum & Instruction 16%
Health & Medical Administrative Services 51%
Health & Physical Education 20%
Health Professions 48%
Human Resource Management 17%
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies 33%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies 20%
Philosophy & Religious Studies 33%
Religious Studies 20%
Social Sciences 30%
Student Counseling 45%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 16%

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
Other Public Administration #7
Sacred Music #7
Gerontology #10
Religious Education #13
Multilingual Education #18
Music #25
Human Services #30
Religious Studies #32
Student Counseling #34
Other Education #34
Teaching English or French #36
Health & Physical Education #39
Philosophy & Religious Studies #41
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies #46
General Education #46
Curriculum & Instruction #46
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology #63
Theology & Religious Vocations #70
Instructional Media Design #71
Finance & Financial Management #79
General Psychology #89
Visual & Performing Arts #100
Teacher Education Subject Specific #114
Public Administration & Social Service #120
Entrepreneurial Studies #120
Educational Administration #124
Special Education #124
Psychology #142
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #161
Teacher Education Grade Specific #205
Health & Medical Administrative Services #260
Accounting #294
Education #416

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 Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Educational Administration 0 36 420 64 520
Health & Physical Education 92 5 300 32 429
Business Administration & Management 18 14 183 19 234
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 134 11 145
Teacher Education Grade Specific 20 0 60 4 84
Teacher Education Subject Specific 17 2 60 4 83
Health & Medical Administrative Services 48 0 15 0 63
Student Counseling 0 1 43 0 44
Instructional Media Design 0 2 35 0 37
Special Education 4 0 32 0 36
Human Resource Management 21 9 0 0 30
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 29 0 29
Criminology 15 6 0 0 21
Communication & Media Studies 20 0 0 0 20
General Psychology 15 0 5 0 20
Teaching English or French 0 2 13 0 15
Finance & Financial Management 1 0 12 0 13
Computer Information Systems 7 0 4 0 11
General Education 9 0 2 0 11
Social Work 11 0 0 0 11
General Biology 10 0 0 0 10
Gerontology 0 2 6 2 10
Marketing 9 0 0 0 9
History 9 0 0 0 9
Accounting 7 0 1 0 8
Biological & Physical Science 8 0 0 0 8
Music 7 0 0 0 7
Multilingual Education 0 0 6 0 6
Other Education 0 0 6 0 6
Political Science & Government 6 0 0 0 6
Sociology 6 0 0 0 6
Design & Applied Arts 6 0 0 0 6
General English Literature 5 0 0 0 5
Religious Studies 0 0 5 0 5
Human Services 0 0 5 0 5
Drama & Theater Arts 5 0 0 0 5
Health/Medical Prep Programs 4 0 0 0 4
Nursing 4 0 0 0 4
Religious Education 4 0 0 0 4
Theological & Ministerial Studies 3 1 0 0 4
Fine & Studio Arts 4 0 0 0 4
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 3 0 0 0 3
Chemistry 3 0 0 0 3
Business/Corporate Communications 2 0 0 0 2
Romance Languages 2 0 0 0 2
Management Information Systems 1 0 0 0 1
Journalism 1 0 0 0 1
Allied Health Professions 1 0 0 0 1
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 1 0 0 0 1
Mathematics 1 0 0 0 1
Philosophy 1 0 0 0 1
Sacred Music 0 0 1 0 1
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 0 0 0 0
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 0 0 0
Ethnic Studies 0 0 0 0 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 0 0 0 0
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 0 0 0
General Physical Sciences 0 0 0 0 0
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 0 0 0 0
Geography & Cartography 0 0 0 0 0
Other Public Administration 0 0 0 0 0
Missionary Studies 0 0 0 0 0
Arts & Media Management 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 411 80 1,377 136 2,004

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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