Concordia University River Forest

Concordia University River Forest

Concordia University, also referred to as Concordia University Chicago, is located in Augusta St. River Forest, Illinois, United States. It was established in the year 1864 and formerly known as Concordia Teachers College. Concordia University is the oldest institution under the Concordia University System. Concordia University-River Forest offers degree programs to students through the following colleges:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Graduate and Innovative Programs

The athletic teams of Concordia University-River Forest are nicknamed the Cougars. Male students participate in a wide variety of sports including basketball, baseball, football, track and field, cross country, tennis, and soccer. Female students participate in softball, soccer, basketball, cross country, track and field, tennis, volleyball, and spirit groups.

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Contacting Concordia

Concordia University
7400 Augusta
River Forest , IL 60305-1499
General Phone: (708) 771-8300

Concordia Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching1,334education, curriculum and instruction, educational administration, educational supervision, superintendency and administration, special ed, school counseling, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, ...
Business and Management29business management, accounting, organizational behavior, marketing
Therapy and Counseling22psychology, counseling psychology
Family and Social Work18human services, social work, social service professions
Liberal Arts17Spanish language, Biblical languages, English, speech and rhetoric, liberal arts and sciences, general studies, geography, political science, sociology, ...
Religion and Philosophy16philosophy, religion, religious education, religious music, theology
Media6communication studies
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy4exercise science, athletic trainer
Art Studies3art studies
Security and Law Enforcement3criminology
Science2biology, biological and physical sciences, physical sciences, chemistry, geology
Photography and Commercial Art2commercial art
Mathematics2mathematics, mathematics and computer science
Computer Science and Engineering2computer and info science
Nursing and Emergency Medicine0registered nursing
Drama and Performing Arts0stagecraft
Conservation and Resource Management0environmental science

Number of programs and degrees for Concordia in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree18951
Master's degree1,26922
Post-master's certificate02
Doctor's degree32

Concordia Student Body

In 2007-2008, Concordia had a total enrollment of 4,126 students (2,965 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 45%
Women 55%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 23%
Graduate 77%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 64%
Black 14%
Hispanic 8%
Asian 2%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 12%
(Foreign Students) 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 9%
20-21 9%
22-24 11%
25-29 26%
30-34 13%
35-39 9%
40-49 12%
50-64 9%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York1%

Concordia Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 71 %
Part-Time 33 %

Concordia Room and Board (2007)

Concordia offers campus housing for 714 of its 2,965 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of River Forest, Illinois for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Illinois Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 14 meals per week.

Concordia Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal450580
SAT Math450580
ACT Verbal1926
ACT Math1825
ACT Composite1925

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT21%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT90%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Concordia Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 22,390
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 22,390
Room and board $ 7,350
Room charge $ 3,354
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,996
Books and supplies $ 1,200
Other expenses $ 1,400

Financial Aid:
Concordia participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 166600)

Concordia Faculty

Concordia has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track2252
Non-tenured and not on tenure track32

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year15$63,63513$62,721
Associate professorcalendar year15$59,43517$59,646
Assistant professorcalendar year13$46,52232$47,350
All faculty totalcalendar year43$56,99662$53,944

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Concordia Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Organizational Behavior Studies

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science

Drama And Performing Arts
Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Computer Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, General
Education, Other
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Foreign Language Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Reading Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social Science Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Superintendency and Educational System Administration
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Levels & Methods, Other

Family And Social Work
Human Services, General
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other
Social Work

Liberal Arts
Ancient Near Eastern/Biblical Languages, Lit & Linguistics
English Language and Literature, General
General Studies
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies

Mathematics and Computer Science
Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric


Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Kinesiology and Exercise Science

Photography And Commercial Art
Commercial and Advertising Art

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies
Religious Education
Religious/Sacred Music
Theology/Theological Studies

Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physical Sciences

Security And Law Enforcement

Therapy And Counseling
Counseling Psychology
Psychology, General

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What Sets Concordia Apart:

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% students 40 years or older
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Number of students
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Top 18%Concordia Number of students
Number of degree programs
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Top 19%Concordia Number of degree programs

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