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Concordia University Chicago



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Concordia University Chicago was founded in 1864 as a college for teachers and today is a comprehensive university comprised of the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, the College of Education and the College of Graduate and Innovative Programs. CUC offers graduate and undergraduate programs, as well as doctoral degrees. The University is affiliated with The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and is a member of the Concordia University System, a nationwide network of colleges and universities.

An institution of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, Concordia-Chicago is a private, liberal arts-based university that incorporates Christian value and is grounded in the Lutheran tradition. Our location on a 40-acre suburban campus in upscale River Forest is only 10 miles west of downtown Chicago. This provides opportunities to gain practical experience that supplement classroom learning. The resources of Chicago enrich all areas of our students’ experiences, making real-world connections possible.


Recognized as a national College of Distinction for engaging students, great teaching, vibrant community and successful outcomes
Named for the fourth time to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for volunteering and civic engagement

Higher Learning Commission (HLC)—Member
Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (Formerly NCATE)
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
National Association of Schools of Music


CUC on campus setting
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The  famous Concordia Pillars
MS in Instructional Design and Technology