Lutheran Colleges in Illinois

Illinois offers a few postsecondary institutions that are affiliated with the Lutheran denomination. Find out more about each institution, including their tuition rates, available degree programs and student population size.

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Students looking for a Lutheran college in Illinois can choose from at least three 4-year, private institutions. Although these schools are all in the northern part of the state, they offer students a variety of degree programs. Explore each Lutheran school in Illinois and find out what makes it unique.

School Comparison

Two of the Lutheran schools in Illinois are located in or near Chicago, while the other is a little farther west. Compare each school's location and tuition rate here.

School Name Institution Type Location In-State Tuition (2017-2018)*
Concordia University-Chicago 4-year, private not-for-profit River Forest, IL $31,588
Augustana College 4-year, private not-for-profit Rock Island, IL $40,908
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago 4-year, private not-for-profit Chicago, IL $16,830

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

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Description of Lutheran Colleges in Illinois

The Lutheran colleges in Illinois range in size, available degrees and areas of study. Students considering these schools may also wish to investigate the opportunities for spiritual growth or other available resources at each school. Here we discuss each school in more depth to help students find the school that best fits their needs.

Concordia University-Chicago

Concordia University-Chicago is 10 miles from downtown Chicago and offers more than 100 areas of undergraduate and graduate study. Students can pursue certificates, associate's, bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree programs in areas like game art and design, Lutheran teacher education, media, pre-occupational therapy, pre-seminary, theology, art therapy, business communication, chemistry and emergency medical services. As of 2016, the school had a little over 1,500 undergraduate students. It offers a variety of campus ministries and spiritual groups/organizations, including Concordia Youth Ministry, Spiritual Life Campus Ministry, Psalm Ensemble, Prayer and Praise Ensemble and Schola Cantorum. Students may also choose to participate in a wide range of non-spiritual extracurricular activities, such as CUC Soccer Squad, Science Club, Women in Engineering, Swing Dance Club, Ultimate Frisbee, Cooking Club and Black Student Union (BSU). Concordia offers chapel service Monday through Friday, and it even can be seen via live stream.

Augustana College

Augustana College is an undergraduate institution that had a little over 2,500 students in 2016. The school has a 12 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio, and 98% of students receive some form of financial aid. Students can pursue bachelor's degrees in more than 90 different areas, and 66% of students participate in internships. Some areas of study include Asian studies, neuroscience, pre-law, engineering, pre-optometry, ethics, pre-seminary, geology, women's and gender studies, communication sciences and disorders, astronomy, math and anthropology. The school's Campus Ministry offers spring break service trips and Wednesday night chapel services, as well as other religious organizations, like Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Damascus Road, Interfaith Understanding and Harvest Bible Chapel Augustana Small Group.

Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago is a graduate institution that offers master's and doctoral degree programs. These programs are available in areas like ministry, divinity, theology and philosophy, but they also offer a unique dual degree program where students can earn a master's in social work from University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and a Master of Divinity or Master of Arts in Ministry from the Lutheran School of Theology. Many of these programs require some form of field education to give students hands-on learning experience working with people in a real-world setting. The school had a little over 200 students in 2016 and has the Roby Chapel on campus where students can meditate, worship and pray.

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