Judson University Climbs Up U.S. News and World Report's Annual Best Colleges Guide and Holds Steady in Enrollment | Judson University Christian College
Judson University Climbs Up U.S. News and World Report's Annual Best Colleges Guide and Holds Steady in Enrollment

Judson students 2017(ELGIN, IL – September 12, 2017) Today, U.S. News & World Report released its annual “Best Colleges” guidebook, and Judson University moved up 18 slots on the ranking list.

This year, more than 1,388 universities were among the guidebook’s recognized Best Regional Universities for 2018 in four regional categories: North, South, Midwest and West. Judson was No. 75 of the 173 ranked on the Best Regional Universities - Midwest list. This year, Judson’s rank was significantly higher than the previous year when it ranked at No. 93. The publication also ranked Judson as a Best Value School.

Like the nationally ranked universities, Judson and the other regionally categorized schools were recognized for offering a broad range of undergraduate and master’s programs, but fewer Ph.D. programs than the “national universities” ranked schools.

“Judson’s rise in the U.S. News and World Report’s rankings acknowledges the university’s commitment to providing an exceptional Christian, liberal arts-based learning experience,” stated Judson President Dr. Gene Crume. “We continue to focus on providing an excellent academic experience for our traditional, adult and online learners through small class sizes and individual attention from faculty and staff.”

Judson has had a presence in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges guidebook since 2005 and was listed among the “Best Midwest Regional Colleges” through 2015. Last year, Judson moved from the regional college list to the regional university list. The change reflected the addition of the university’s Doctor of Education in Literacy (DLIT) program, which was launched in 2013 and graduated its first cohort in May 2017.

To calculate the rankings, U.S. News gathers data from each college on up to 15 indicators of academic excellence. The indicators are scored, normalized and assigned weights. Among the many factors in determining the rankings include graduation and retention rates, student-to-teacher ratios, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.

Herrick ChapelBased on the rankings, Judson’s average first-year retention rate saw an increase by a few percentage points, as did Judson’s acceptance rate. And it was noted that 77 percent of Judson’s classes have 20 students or less. (Judson’s traditional student population accounts for 756 of the total enrollment.)

Judson’s enrollment experienced a slight dip this year, moving from a total enrollment for fall 2017 of 1,283, compared with 1,286 a year ago.

Yet increases can be seen in graduate programming. Judson currently has 165 master’s degree students, compared with 126 in 2016, due in part to the new Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.

Moreover, the university was recently honored for its online programming by college ranking and resource website, College Choice, which ranked Judson at No. 19 of the 35 Best Bachelor’s in Organizational Leadership degree programs.

Judson also received the Christian College of Distinction honor for the third year in a row.

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