Concordia University Chicago
is an American
private, Lutheran liberal arts university
located in the Illinois suburb
of River Forest
, 10 miles west of Chicago
Concordia serves over one thousand undergraduates and three thousand graduate students through its four colleges: The College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education, and College of Business, and College of Graduate and Innovative Programs. Many of these attend classes at sites around the Chicago metropolitan area
, rather than on its River Forest campus. Concordia is a member of the Concordia University System
, a network of ten American colleges and universities affiliated with the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod
Concordia's athletic teams are called the Cougars. They compete in the NCAA
Division III. The school colors are maroon and gold.
In 1855, Lutheran ministers Friedrich Johann Carl Lochner and Philipp Fleischmann established a private "teachers' seminary" in Milwaukee
to train day school teachers for Lutheran schools. In 1857, responsibility for the operation of the school was taken over by the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod. The Synod moved the school to Fort Wayne, Indiana, uniting it with a theological seminary that had been founded there by followers of Johann Konrad Wilhelm Löhe
. In 1861, the theological seminary was moved to St. Louis
(and later to Springfield, Illinois
and then back to Fort Wayne), and in 1864, the teachers' seminary was moved to......