Concordia University Chicago Nationally Ranked by U.S. News and Colleges of Distinction

Concordia University Chicago is proud to report that it was included in U.S. News and World Report’slists for Best Online Bachelor’s Programs, Best Online MBA Programs and Best Online Graduate Education Programs. The Best Online Bachelor’s ranking specifically includes our Accelerated Degree Program (ADP) among the top 100 in the nation. The magazine’s rankings were released on January 15, 2019.

“This distinction reinforces what we already know to be true about the strength of our online programs, as we cater to the needs of our students both on and off campus,” said Dr. John Zillman, senior vice president for academics at Concordia University Chicago. “Our numerous degree options offer a competitive advantage and prepare students to be engaged and successful leaders, whether they are traditional undergraduates or adult students coming back to college.”

U.S. News & World Report evaluated online bachelor’s degree programs on factors including graduation rates, student debt upon graduation, and academic and career support services offered to students. Online MBA programs were evaluated based on admissions selectivity and reputation for excellence among peer institutions, among other factors. Online graduate education programs were evaluated on factors such as accreditation, accessibility of instructors and student engagement.

In Fall, 2018, the University was also nationally recognized by U.S. News for the value of the well-rounded education it provides, as well as its diverse student body. CUC was ranked as a Best Regional University – Midwest, Best Value – Regional Universities Midwest and listed for Best Ethnic Diversity – Regional Universities Midwest.

CUC has been acknowledged for its committed implementation of “high-impact educational practices,” again earning its title as one of the nation’s Colleges of Distinction for the ninth year in a row. This academic year, the University received recognition in five areas: College of Distinction, Illinois College of Distinction, Christian College of Distinction, College of Distinction–Business and College of Distinction–Education. These distinctions, along with Concordia-Chicago’s record-setting overall enrollment for academic year 2018-2019, testify to the academic strengths of the institution.

Concordia University Chicago’s 2019 online program rankings may be viewed at: To explore CUC’s accelerated online bachelor’s program, online MBA and online graduate education programs, visit

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