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National Recognitions Shine Light on Judson University


(Elgin, IL – January 1, 2015) Three noted media entities have recently acknowledged the value of getting a quality education at Judson University.

As students, staff, and faculty look to greater things in this new year, we are all extremely proud to share such good news with the community. “It is humbling that numerous, respected sources validate our student-centered approach to delivering higher education to a diverse student body,” says Judson President Dr. Gene C. Crume. “These recognitions affirm our vision of shaping lives that shape the world.”

Judson first appeared among the schools ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s widely respected “Best Colleges Rankings” issue in 2005. Since then, the university has remained on the Regional Colleges (Midwest) list at various ranks, and continues to appear in the top tier of the ranked schools.

The 2015 Guide to Military Friendly Schools includes Judson among the Illinois schools that editors deemed a good fit for members of the military who are looking for a good education. This is the third year that Judson has been highlighted. Publication editors say they whittled the list of more than 8,000 colleges, universities, and trade schools that are approved for VA-funding down to the top 20 percent, or 1,621. They based their choices on what they considered to be the top schools that meet the needs of military personnel, and do the best job of preparing them for “a vibrant educational experience followed by chances for the most gainful employment afterward.”

ChristianUniversityOnline.org, an independent online resource of Christian colleges, universities, and financial aid, recently included Judson in its ranking for the “Best Valued U.S. Christian Colleges and Universities for 2015.” Of Judson, the website’s editor Michael Templeton stated: “JU carries on its liberal arts academic training while also maintaining its Baptist affiliation. This is the debut for JU in our rankings and can be attributed to the school’s strong and steady combination of a very low student-to-faculty ratio, retention rate, and overall cost and financial aid accessibility.”

The site editor also pointed to strong academics integrated with a strong Christian faith, as well as off-campus, study abroad, internships, practicums, and field experiences that “give some examples of how well-rounded the JU opportunity is when it comes to balancing the theoretical with the practical.”

Interdisciplinary Communications major Haley Kujawa ’16 has appreciated the breadth of experiences she has had at Judson. “The opportunities at Judson are fantastic. I love how we are able to participate in many things, like volunteering for the K-LOVE Christmas Tour concert, or as part of the choir, sing with Citizen Way, Sanctus Real, and other big-name artists,” noted Kujawa, a junior from Elgin, Ill. “Even the clubs and job opportunities on campus help to prepare you for life after college. I appreciate that professors and staff invest in the well being of the students and show genuine interest. Choosing an education at Judson University goes so much deeper than academics.”

Judson holds a 10:1 student-to-teacher ratio in its classrooms, allowing students to have personal connections and mentoring relationships with professors. Moreover, fall enrollment at the university was up a full 10 percent from last fall, and the university saw its highest enrollment number ever at 1, 290.

Judson University, Shaping Lives that Shape the World