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Concordia University Chicago Admission Requirements

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Your chances of getting into Concordia University Chicago

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

87.8%
Admission Difficulty for Concordia University Chicago
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Easy 
Applicant Competition Very Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Concordia University Chicago is 87.8%.  Its admission rate is the 46th lowest in Illinois.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Concordia University Chicago and can you get accepted?

Concordia University Chicago is an easy school to get into and you have a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 4,935 out of the 5,620 who applied were admitted.

The school has easy admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 59 percent on standardized admission tests. Concordia University Chicago typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.18. 7% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Concordia University Chicago?

88% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Concordia University Chicago you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.18 or better
  • Earn B grades in high school
  • Score 1090 on the SAT
  • Score 22 on the ACT

Concordia University Chicago GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 

3.18

Typical High School Grades 

B

What GPA do you need to get into Concordia University Chicago?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Concordia University Chicago are to have around a 3.18 high school GPA. You need about average high school grades.

If your high school grades are above the average 3.18 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Concordia University Chicago accepts 88% of applicants.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Concordia University Chicago is 3.18 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B letter grades and regularly score around 83-86 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #48 in Illinois for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since Concordia University Chicago is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.2 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted Concordia University Chicago students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 7.74% Good
3.75 to 3.99 13.69% Good
3.50 to 3.74 12.2% Avg +
3.25 to 3.49 11.31% Avg +
3.00 to 3.24 12.8% Avg -
2.50 to 2.99 31.55% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 10.42% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 0% Reach
less than 1.00 0% Reach

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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Concordia University Chicago SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required or recommended by Concordia University Chicago.

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 

990-1180

Applicants Submitting SAT 

68%
SAT Scores for Concordia University Chicago
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 490
Math 25th Percentile 500
Composite 25th Percentile 990
SAT Scores for Concordia University Chicago
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 590
Math 75th Percentile 590
Composite 75th Percentile 1180
Average SAT Score 1090

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Concordia University Chicago?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Concordia University Chicago is 1090 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 990-1180. Students who get into Concordia University Chicago score in the top 62 percent of all SAT test takers..  Concordia University Chicago ranks #21 in the state of Illinois for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1090 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Concordia University Chicago regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 990 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 990, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 890, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Concordia University Chicago is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "neither required nor recommended".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1090 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1085, you have around a 88% chance of being admitted. A 1180 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 93% chance of getting in.

Concordia University Chicago admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1180 and Above Good >93%
1085 to 1180 Avg + 88%-93%
990 to 1085 Avg - 79%-88%
895 to 990 Reach 67%-79%
Less than 895 Low <67%
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Concordia University Chicago ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 

19-25 

Applicants Submitting ACT 

47%
ACT Scores for Concordia University Chicago
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 17
Math 25th Percentile 17
Composite 25th Percentile 19
ACT Scores for Concordia University Chicago
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 24
Math 75th Percentile 25
Composite 75th Percentile 25
Average ACT Score 22

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into Concordia University Chicago?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Concordia University Chicago is 22, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 19 and 25.  The school ranks #28 in Illinois for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 22. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 19 and score in the score in the top 56 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 16.

47 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Concordia University Chicago.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Concordia University Chicago is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "neither required nor recommended".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Concordia University Chicago for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 22 score has around 88% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 93% with a 25 ACT score.

Concordia University Chicago admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
25 and Above Good >93%
22 to 25 Avg + 88%-93%
19 to 22 Avg - 79%-88%
16 to 19 Reach 67%-79%
Less than 16 Low <67%
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Applying

Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Concordia University Chicago admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,775 2,845 5,620
Accepted 2,551 2,384 4,935
Acceptance Rate 92% 84% 88%
Enrolled 177 159 336
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 7% 7% 7%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Concordia University Chicago is $0. The school is free to apply to.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Concordia University Chicago and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Concordia University Chicago Application Requirements
Test Scores Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Considered but not required
Demonstration of Competencies Considered but not required

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Concordia University Chicago
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Concordia University Chicago is lightly competitive to get into, you have a very good chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.18 GPA, you are almost certain to getting in. Combining this with an SAT score of 1090 and ACT of 22 will almost guarantee your admission.

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=144351 IPEDS survey data for Concordia University Chicago.

FAQs

Does Concordia University Chicago prefer SAT or ACT?

68% of students submit their SAT scores to Concordia University Chicago. 47% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Concordia University Chicago?

88% of those who apply are granted admission to Concordia University Chicago. Admission competition is and the college has easy admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Concordia University Chicago?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 990 and 1180. The average SAT score is 1085. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Concordia University Chicago?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 19 and 25. The average ACT score is 22. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.