2021-2022 Academic Catalog

General Information

Concordia University Chicago was founded in Addison, IL, in 1864. In 1913, the campus was relocated to its current, beautiful 40-acre site in River Forest, IL.

The College of Health, Science and Technology 

The College of Health, Science & Technology is an exciting new college at Concordia University Chicago created to spotlight the growing need for people who are grounded in the Gospel of Christ, the liberal arts, and a broad education to serve the special needs of our society in health care, science, and technological fields.

The College of Theology, Arts and Humanities

The College of Theology, Arts & Humanities at Concordia University Chicago is committed to the historic liberal arts tradition. The college offers a variety of programs—from theology to the humanities as well as the fine arts—and seeks at every opportunity to integrate the disciplines. All of our work is driven by a desire to ground students in truth, form them for freedom, and prepare them for a wide variety of vocations—in and beyond their professions.  

The College of Business

Our College of Business provides students with an innovative and truly world-class learning experience. Courses are taught by experienced business leaders and learned scholars, who assist their students throughout a rigorous but highly supported degree track, which allows them the option of a general or specialized business degree. By utilizing the latest technology, stressing the importance of integrity and engaging students with real-world business scenarios, our faculty and staff have established an exciting, well-rounded learning environment that prepares students for success in today’s business world.

The College of Education

The original mission of Concordia-Chicago was to prepare educators for Lutheran elementary schools across the country. Today that strong tradition continues and has been expanded to include preparation for public school teachers. Accreditation by the Council for the Accreditation of Education Programs and approval of all education programs from the state of Illinois highlight and recognize the excellence of the undergraduate and graduate programs of education for those who desire to teach at the preschool, elementary, middle or secondary level. Concordia-Chicago’s approved education programs provide Illinois state licensure by entitlement. The College also houses the Director of Christian Education Program, a course of study offered by Concordia-Chicago since the mid-1960s.

The Campus Community

Concordia University Chicago was founded in Addison, Illinois, in 1864. In 1913, the campus was relocated to its current site in the tree-lined village of River Forest, Illinois, just minutes from Chicago’s Loop. This proximity to a world-class city provides a variety of opportunities for additional career, cultural, academic and social growth. Concordia-Chicago strives to provide a creative environment where horizons expand and where personal, social and spiritual growth can become reality. The availability of both the urban Chicago area and the surrounding suburbs increases students’ awareness and ability to respond as responsible citizens in our world.

The mission of Concordia University Chicago is ultimately achieved in the lives of students. With a student body representing more than 34 different states and 14 foreign countries, CUC students come with an array of experiences and perspectives. In each college, quality faculty and staff work to challenge a student body of approximately 1,500 undergraduate students and more than 4,500 graduate students. The low student-teacher ratio allows for smaller class sizes, creating a genuine, caring atmosphere where strong student-faculty relationships, facilitating learning and leadership development are built.

Campus residence halls house approximately 900 students who come to our campus from large cities as well as small towns and farming communities across the world, while nearly half of our students commute from their homes in the surrounding community.

The Campus Facilities

Concordia-Chicago’s 40-acre campus holds 27 structures, architecturally blending old and newer facilities.

The Walter and Maxine Christopher Center for Learning and Leadership houses CUC’s Early Childhood Education Center and the College of Education. The first floor, designed to accommodate the specific needs of young children, serves as a daycare and preschool/kindergarten for the children of CUC students, faculty and staff as well as children of our community. More than a daycare or a school, this facility serves as a teaching laboratory for future teachers learning their craft at Concordia-Chicago. The second and third floors house faculty offices, conference rooms, testing rooms, methods classrooms, an educational resource library and a lecture hall.

The Krentz Center, dedicated in the early 1990s, houses Bergmann Theatre, an intimate space used for workshops, theater labs and student-directed work; a television studio; radio station; photography laboratory; lecture hall; and various classrooms.

Koehneke Community Center is the location of the newly renovated cafeteria, Cougar Den, bookstore, post office, meeting rooms, student recreation areas and student government offices.

The Chapel of Our Lord/Clara and Spencer Werner Auditorium was designed as CUC’s center for worship services and theatrical performances. This space continues to be occupied by worship activities, theater groups, rehearsal space and as a quiet location for meditation and prayer. Attached to the chapel is Kretzmann Hall, the home of the music, art and theology departments. This building also houses the Elizabeth Ferguson Art Gallery, music practice rooms, rehearsal rooms and a music technology laboratory.

Other academic buildings include Eifrig Hall, used primarily for the natural and physical sciences, and Addison Hall, which encompasses the administrative offices of the University as well as classrooms upstairs.

The Klinck Memorial Library provides resources to support the University curriculum. The collection is complemented by many academic, special and public libraries in the Chicagoland area. The Library exemplifies the vision of Concordia University Chicago and aspires to be the destination library for all who seek to develop their full potential through a distinctive, innovative and dynamic environment of exploration, creativity and discovery.

Geiseman Gymnasium houses two gymnasiums, classrooms, athletic offices, the Fitness Center with cardiovascular and functional training equipment, two newly renovated weight rooms and a human performance laboratory. Outdoor athletic and recreational areas include a new all-weather track and football/soccer field, tennis courts and a field house/concession stand adjacent to softball and baseball fields.

The residence halls are located in Concordia, Gross, Kohn, Lindemann, Krauss, David Jonathan, Trusheim and Mary-Martha.