Frequently Asked Questions | Judson University Christian College


1. How is Judson planning for classes in the fall?

  • Judson University began the Fall semester with Welcome Weekend on August 21 and in-person classes on August 24.
  • The university will begin with a progressive return of Judson staff throughout the summer and will include opening campus to visitors and events as the Illinois stay-at-home order is lifted.
  • For the Fall semester, Judson will follow appropriate health testing, screening, and tracing; cleaning and sanitizing; and social distancing as necessary in classrooms, residence halls, the cafeteria, athletic events, and other student activities and events. University leaders are also developing at least three contingency plans for adjusting its strategies based on continuing developments and changes to governmental guidelines.

2. How has COVID-19 impacted admission processes for Fall 2020?

  • The application fee has been waived for all Fall 2020 applicants.
  • Judson will accept Spring 2020 classes that may have moved to pass/fail classes if those classes would otherwise transfer in to the university.
  • The enrollment deposit deadline is moved from May 1 to June 1. Students may submit an enrollment deposit at this link.
  • Campus visits are suspended until at least May 30. You may take a virtual tour of campus.
  • Admissions staff and professors are available for virtual meetings at this link.
  • Students applying for Fall 2020 admission who have not yet taken the ACT or SAT should contact their admissions representative. We will work with students to make admissions decisions on the data we have available.
  • If you are unable to get official transcripts, we will make an admissions decision based on your submission of a pdf or other full version of your unofficial transcripts.

3. When can I visit campus?

  • Anytime after May 30! Come to Judson’s 90-acre riverside campus any day of the week. While the campus is open to the public year-round, you can experience all that Judson has to offer by contacting the admissions office to set up a campus visit experience.
  • The Admissions Office recommends Monday, Wednesday, and Friday visits to experience our chapels, which are a vital part of community life at Judson.
  • Also available by registration are periodic campus Preview Days with tailored activities for college-bound students.
  • Check here for maps and directions to campus.

4. Is my major offered?

  • Judson offers over 60 majors, minors and concentrations for Art, Design, and Architecture, Education, Leadership and Business, Liberal Arts and Sciences.
  • Check here for a list of our programs.

5. How will Judson prepare me for life after graduation?

  • As a part of the intimate community at Judson, you will gain first-hand knowledge of real-world experiences through internship and practicum opportunities. With the guidance of tenured faculty in your discipline and the close proximity to Chicago at your doorstep, Judson’s graduates walk directly from the podium to the workplace.

6. What financial aid options are available to me?

  • Judson has a wide variety of institutional scholarships and grants to pair with federal and state funding. Additional opportunities for performance-based scholarships are abundant through: Academics, Athletics, Theatre, Music, and the Arts.
  • Check here for more Financial Aid information.

7. Do I have to fill out another application for financial aid?

  • Judson uses the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as the only additional application for financial assistance. Judson’s FAFSA code is: 001700.
  • For more information about applying for financial aid, see the Financial Aid website.

8. What are the classes like?

"I loved how the professors facilitated discussion in classrooms, as opposed to spoon-feeding material. It allowed me to find my voice in not only the answers, but the questions, too" - Jean Sharp '08

"The thing I appreciate most about the architecture program at Judson is that they start at square one where the professors take the skills you thought you had and turn them into talents you can use for the rest of your life. It was a painstaking process, but after seeing the kind of work that my classmates and I consistently put out, it became clear that it's a process that works." - Nicolas Griffis '11

"I like the small class sizes because I get more one-on-one time with my professors who actually remember my name. The smaller classes at Judson make me feel like more than just a face in the crowd." - Kat Simmons '10

9. Do I have to be a certain denomination to come to Judson?

  • Judson is an evangelical Christian university. We are committed to being the church at work in higher education. Because of the wide variety of denominational backgrounds present on campus, we ask students to sign a following Lifestyle Statement, committing to the community’s shared Christian standards.

10. How do I apply to be a part of the Judson community?

  • You may first talk with your admissions counselor or fill out the online application here.
  • Check here for more information about the application process.

11. What are the admission requirements?

  • For incoming Freshmen, Judson requires a 21 ACT with a 2.5 GPA.
  • For transfer students (with over 28 completed credit hours), Judson requires a 2.5 cumulative GPA. (*If you are declaring a major in art, design, or architecture, you will need to also submit a portfolio and syllabi of any work.)
  • For international students, Judson requires submission of ACT, SAT, or TOEFL. Judson’s TOEFL requirements are 79 (internet-based) or 550 (paper-based).

12. Will I have Wi-Fi on campus?

  • The entire campus is set-up for wireless internet, including all dormitories and classrooms.

13. Can I get a job on campus?

  • At the beginning of every school year, Judson hold’s a large campus job fair, where students are encouraged to talk with the different departments on campus who are looking to employ student workers. Additionally, there are plenty of opportunities to work off-campus, in the commercial corridor of Elgin.

14. Will I like the food?

  • There’s always something to your taste at JudsonU’s Cafeteria. We offer full breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with weekend brunches. Our constantly rotating menu will be sure to please even the most persnickety of palates. (Who wouldn’t want made-to-order sandwich bar, ice-cream, and waffles at every meal?) Allergy and dietary needs are happily accommodated upon request.

15. What sports can I be involved in?

  • Judson offers more than 20 intercollegiate sports as a part of the NAIA, CCAC, and NCCAA.
  • We also offer intramurals throughout the school year including: co-ed indoor soccer, indoor volleyball, sand volleyball, basketball, flag football, and more.
  • Check out the Judson Eagles Athletics page for more information.

16. Can I have a car on campus?

  • While Judson is primarily a walking campus, students are granted parking permits after registering their cars through Campus Safety. There is a parking permit fee.

17. How big is the campus?

  • Judson houses 19 buildings on its 90-acres of wooded, riverside property. Despite its suburban location, it provides a scenic escape to the Metropolitan Chicagoland.

18. What is the student population?

  • Annually, Judson is home to more than 1,250 students, ranging across the Adult, Masters, and Traditional Undergraduate programs. For a breakdown of each program, check out the Fast Facts page.

19. How old is the school?

  • Judson College began as the undergraduate division of Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1913. It moved to its current home in Elgin, in 1963, and was renamed Judson University in 2007.

20. How can I transfer from another school?

  • If you are interested in transferring to Judson University, you can file the online application here (or request a paper application in the mail) and then contact your admission counselor. Transfer students are not required to submit an ACT/SAT score and High School transcript if completed more than 28 credit hours.
  • Check out more information about transferring to Judson here.

21. How much will I pay to come to Judson?

  • More than 95 percent of students attending Judson receive financial assistance. Judson is noted in U.S. News and World Report as having one of the lowest graduating debt averages.
  • Check here for more details about tuition and fees and other financial aid information.

22. What housing options are available to me?

  • There are four available residence halls. Wilson Hall provides housing to incoming male freshman and returning male students. Ohio Hall provides housing to incoming freshman women. Lindner Tower houses transfer and upperclassmen of both genders. Volkman Hall provides apartment-style housing to upperclassmen of both genders along with married housing options.

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