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Quick Facts About Judson


  • Founded as the undergraduate division of Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1913
  • Named for Adoniram Judson, the first American missionary
  • Established as Judson College in Elgin in 1963
  • Established as Judson University August 28, 2007


  • Elgin, Illinois (40 miles northwest of Chicago)
  • Rockford, Illinois (branch campus for adult professional students)

School Schedule

  • Semesters (Traditional Undergraduate and Master of Architecture)
  • Cohorts (Adult Undergraduate, Master of Organizational Leadership, Master of Business Administration, Master of Leadership in Ministry, Master of Education in Literacy, Doctor of Education in Literacy)

Student Body

  • 1,290


  • Men 49% / Women 51%
  • U.S. States: More than 30 Represented
  • Countries: More than 20 Represented
  • Percentage of International Students: 4%

Full Time Faculty

  • 86% hold the appropriate terminal degree

Student to Faculty Ratio

  • 10:1
  • Percentage of Classes Under 20: 74%

Admission Averages

  • Average Incoming Freshman GPA is 3.4
  • Average Freshman Composite ACT score is 23.3
  • Average Freshman Reading/Math SAT score is 1125
  • The middle 50% of students have an ACT score between 20 and 26.
  • For freshman students, 25 percent were in the top 25 percent of their high school class.
  • For freshman students, 20 percent were in the top 10 percent of their high school class.
  • Judson has advanced programs for eager students, especially those in the upper 25% of the ACT range, including Academic Scholarships and an Honors Program.

Retention and Graduation Rates

Academic Programs

  • More than 65 majors, minors and concentrations
  • Over 30 off-campus or study abroad opportunities
  • 90% of recent graduates participated in an internship, practicum or field experience.

Traditional Undergraduate Departments

  • Architecture
  • Art & Design
  • Biblical & Theological Studies
  • Business
  • Christian Ministries
  • Education
  • English
  • Exercise & Sports Sciences
  • History
  • Music
  • Psychology & Sociology
  • Science & Mathematics
  • Speech Communication & Performing Arts
  • Worship Arts

Adult Undergraduate Degrees

  • Applied Psychology
  • Business Administration
  • Communication Management 
  • Criminal Justice Management
  • Human Services
  • Organizational Leadership

Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Architecture
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Human Services Administration
  • Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (MAOL)
  • Master of Leadership in Ministry
  • Master of Education in Literacy
  • Doctor of Education in Literacy


  • Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association
  • National Architecture Accrediting Board
  • Teacher education accredited by Illinois State Board of Education


  • Top Tier, Midwest Best Colleges, U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges Survey
  • Christian College of Distinction (2015)
  • Military Friendly Schools in Illinois (2013-2016)

Financial Aid

  • Over 99% of students receive financial aid.
  • Scholarships are available for academics, athletics, music, theater, art and honors.
  • Students are encouraged to file the FAFSA (Judson FAFSA School Code: 001700)
  • Priority FAFSA Deadline: February 1
  • Scholarships, Grants, Loans and Work Study could be a part of the financial aid package
  • Military Educational Benefits Accepted (Post-9/11 GI Bill, Tuition Assistance, etc.)


  • Men's and Women's Soccer
  • Men's and Women's Basketball
  • Men's and Women's Cross Country
  • Men's and Women's Golf
  • Men's and Women's Tennis
  • Men's and Women's Track and Field
  • Cheerleading and Dance
  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
  • Intramurals
  • Coming Fall 2016: Men's and Women's Bowling, Men's Lacrosse
  • Coming Fall 2017: Men's Volleyball, Men's Wrestling

Athletic Affiliations

  • Members of the NAIA and NCCAA

Athletic Conference

  • Competing in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference

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