Judson University Ranks No. 24 Among Best Midwest Colleges
(Elgin, IL - September 11, 2013) Judson University remains in the Top Tier of Best Colleges in the Midwest, ranking at No. 24, according to the latest U.S. News and World Report's Best Colleges for 2014 survey results, which were released this week.
This news comes as the university celebrates a strong fall 2013 enrollment. Overall enrollment is up 3.8 percent, while traditional enrollment is up a full 4 percent, making it the strongest overall traditional enrollment season in a decade. In August, Judson welcomed its biggest freshman class in 10 years, with 201 freshmen.
“Remaining in the Top 25, essentially the top tier of our peer group, reflects the continued positive direction and energy at Judson University," says Judson University President Dr. Gene Crume. "This rank is particularly encouraging since this is our last year in this category. The addition of our first doctoral program in Literacy Education means that we will be considered with more comprehensive institutions in the coming years. The positive growth in our enrollment, plus the recognition from our peers and confirmation from numerous accrediting bodies about the quality of our academic programs, speaks positively to our commitment to providing an exceptional Christian, liberal-arts based learning experience. Recognition from the U.S. News and World report affirms our vision of shaping lives that shape the world.”
Judson first appeared in the Top Tier by ranking No. 54 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 No. 20 in the 2011 report, up from No. 26 in 2010. Judson held their spot at No. 20 for three consecutive years, from 2011 to 2013, 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 50 percent, and a student to faculty ratio of 7 to 1. More than 81 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 26 ACT score with 44 percent of freshmen students listed in the top 25 percent of their high school graduating class.