Concordia University Chicago (CUC) can trace its roots back to 1855, when Lutheran Ministers Friedrich Johann Carl Lochner and Philipp Fleischmann established a private seminary to train teachers for Lutheran schools. In 1864, after several moves, the seminary landed in Addison, Illinois, where it was known as Concordia Teachers' Seminary and then Concordia Teachers' College before settling on its current name - making it the oldest institution in the Concordia University system - a network of colleges affiliated with the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod. The school is currently located in River Forest, a suburb just 10 miles west of Chicago.
The school's stated mission is: "As a distinctive, comprehensive university of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod, centered in the gospel of Jesus Christ and based in the liberal arts, Concordia University equips men and women to serve and lead with integrity, creativity and compassion in a diverse, interconnected and increasingly urbanized church and world."
Students living in student housing or an off campus apartment at Concordia have access to the university's four main colleges including the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, the College of Education and the College of Graduate and Innovative Programs. Concordia also boats an impressive and prestigious music department with several student and faculty music groups. Student living and university living revolves around the NCAA Division III Cougars. Students also may commute into Chicago to experience the city's various landmarks.
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