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

69 Undergraduate Degrees
1,026 Graduate Degrees
$28,757 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
75% Acceptance Rate

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Concordia University, Chicago Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

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

Rank Ranking Name Share
#20 Best Teaching Doctor’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
#23 Best Educational Administration Doctor’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
#19 Highest Paid Teacher Education Subject Specific Graduates College Factual
#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

How Do I Get Into Concordia University, Chicago?

You can apply to Concordia University, Chicago online at:

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 )

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

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

1,361 Full-Time Undergraduates
58% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,511 undergraduate students at Concordia University, Chicago, with 1,361 being full-time and 150 being part-time.

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

There are also 4,494 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,361 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 30
Black or African American 156
Hispanic or Latino 437
White 621
International Students 51
Other Races/Ethnicities 66

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.


This school is the 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 #45 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
Administration of Special Education 43%
Biology Education 50%
Early Childhood Education 41%
Educational Administration 6%
Elementary Education 11%
English & Language Arts Education 25%
Other Educational Administration & Supervision 50%
Physical Education Teaching & Coaching 40%
Reading Teacher Education 17%
Secondary Education 25%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 19%

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
Urban Education & Leadership #1
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs #2
Administration of Special Education #2
Educational, Instructional, & Curriculum Supervision #2
Multilingual Education #3
Other Education #3
Physical Education Teaching & Coaching #3
Other Education #3
Bilingual & Multilingual Education #3
Teaching English or French #4
Teacher Development & Methodology #4
Reading Teacher Education #4
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor #4
Secondary Education #5
Student Counseling #6
Counselor Education/School Counseling & Guidance Services #6
General Special Education #6
General Education #7
General Education #7
Special Education #8
Elementary Education #8
Curriculum & Instruction #8
Teacher Education Subject Specific #8
Curriculum & Instruction #8
Other Educational Administration & Supervision #12
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration #12
Educational/Instructional Technology #14
Instructional Media Design #14
Early Childhood Education #18
General Educational Leadership & Administration #19
Teacher Education Grade Specific #23
Educational Administration #30

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 Teaching Concentrations

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

Major Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
General Educational Leadership & Administration 0 358 16 374
Curriculum & Instruction 0 165 2 167
Other Educational Administration & Supervision 0 102 12 114
Reading Teacher Education 0 96 3 99
Educational/Instructional Technology 0 56 0 56
Early Childhood Education 9 24 4 37
Teacher Development & Methodology 0 35 0 35
General Special Education 0 33 0 33
Counselor Education/School Counseling & Guidance Services 0 30 0 30
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 0 23 0 23
General Education 11 11 0 22
Elementary Education 17 1 0 18
Administration of Special Education 0 8 6 14
Bilingual & Multilingual Education 0 13 0 13
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education & Teaching 12 0 0 12
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration 0 9 1 10
Other Education 0 5 0 5
Physical Education Teaching & Coaching 4 1 0 5
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs 0 4 0 4
English & Language Arts Education 3 1 0 4
Music Education 4 0 0 4
Secondary Education 0 4 0 4
Art Education 3 0 0 3
Social Science Teacher Education 3 0 0 3
Biology Education 0 2 0 2
Mathematics Education 1 1 0 2
Chemistry Education 1 0 0 1
Spanish Education 1 0 0 1
Educational, Instructional, & Curriculum Supervision 0 0 0 0
Urban Education & Leadership 0 0 0 0
Computer Teacher Education 0 0 0 0
Modern Language Education 0 0 0 0
Science Education 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 69 982 44 1,095


*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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