Judson University Ranks 20th Among Best Midwest Colleges for Third Consecutive Year
(Elgin, IL - September 12, 2012) For the third consecutive year, Judson University ranks at 20 of Best Colleges in the Midwest, according to the latest U.S. News and World Report's Best Colleges for 2013 survey results, which were released this week.
"It is always good to have external evaluators confirm the quality of an institution," says Judson President Dr. William Crothers. "Judson continues to be deeply committed to its Christian mission and academic excellence which allows us to attract good faculty and outstanding students."
Judson first appeared in the Top Tier by ranking 54th in the U.S. News and World Report's 2005 Best Colleges survey and has climbed through the rankings in recent years before arriving at 20th in the 2011 report, up from 26th in 2010. Judson University was ranked 20th in the Midwest group among 370 colleges surveyed for the Best Colleges category nationwide.
The U.S. News and World Report rankings include more than 1,600 nationwide and will be published in the October issue. Best Colleges survey provides a thorough examination of how accredited four-year schools compare on a set of up to 16 widely accepted indicators of excellence. Among the many factors weighed in determining the rankings, the key measures of quality are: peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, and, for National Universities and National Liberal Art Colleges, "graduation rate performance" and high school counselor ratings of colleges.
The report for Judson University indicates that it has a peer assessment rate of 3.0 out of 5.0, a graduation rate of 53 percent, a student to faculty ratio of 9 to 1, and utilizes full-time faculty 59 percent of the time. More than 79 percent of Judson’s faculty hold a doctoral degree or other highest appropriate degree. Students eligible for studying in Judson’s traditional undergraduate program typically have a 21 to 25 ACT score with 44 percent of freshmen students listed in the top 25 percent of their high school graduating class.
Judson University is a fully accredited Christian liberal arts and sciences university offering degrees in more than 50 majors and minors. Programs available at Judson include Architecture, Art and Design, Communication Arts, Business, Education, Christian Ministries, Biblical and Theological Studies, Worship Arts, Music, History and Intercultural Studies, Exercise and Sports Sciences, Psychology and Sociology, and Math and Sciences. The school offers a wide variety of extracurricular activities with musical and theater ensembles, 18 intercollegiate sports, student government organizations, and several ministry opportunities locally and abroad. Located in Elgin, Ill., Judson is a Top-Tier College in the Midwest, according to U.S. News and World Report. With an academically challenging environment and encouraging spiritual community, Judson shapes lives that will shape the world.