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It’s a Great Day to be a Judson Eagle!

Check out our history, along with facts and figures that truly make Judson one-of-a-kind!

students from 43 states and 28 countries
Judson students receive financial aid; $20,995 average award
lower tuition than average of other private colleges
Intercollegiate Sports Teams competing in the NAIA
Student to Professor ratio
of classes have less than 20 students
miles outside of downtown Chicago resides our 90-acre wooded campus

Over 100 Years of History

More than 50 years of excellence, inspired by 200 years of legacy.

Originally founded as Judson College in 1963, Judson University is named after American Baptist missionary Adoniram Judson, who became the first Protestant missionary sent from North America to preach in Burma where he remained for almost 40 years.

To learn more about the man, his message, and mission, check out this series of clips narrated by one of our former university presidents, Judson Chancellor Dr. Jerry B. Cain.

Our Namesake

Judson is named after Adoniram Judson (1788-1850), the first American missionary. The ground floor of our University Chapel contains the Heritage Room, a place honoring the history and legacy of him.


Judson was founded as the undergraduate division of Northern Baptist Theological Seminary.


Judson branched off and was established as Judson College in Elgin, Illinois.


Judson was renamed to Judson University.

Our Locations


Our main campus, Elgin, Illinois, is home to our traditional undergraduates, University chapel, athletic programs, the Demoss Center for Worship in the Performing Arts and More!

Located 36 miles outside of downtown Chicago, our beautiful 90-acre wooded campus is private, safe, and quiet yet still centrally located to all a major city has to offer.


Rockford Community Dinner Attendees

Our satellite campus, Rockford, Illinois host classes for adult professional students at the Swedish American Riverfront YMCA.


Our online programs and cohorts provide convenience for our busy, working adults and graduate students.

Not too big, not too small…

Our student demographics.

Undergraduate students
Female-to-Male student body ratio
International Students, representing almost 30 countries
of our full-time faculty hold the appropriate terminal degree.

Admission Averages

Data retrieved from Incoming Freshmen

Average GPA


Average Composite ACT Score


Reading/Math SAT Score


Majors, minors, and concentrations
Off-campus or study-abroad opportunities
of recent graduates completed an internship or practicum in their field
Top 25%
ACT range scores qualify students for advanced programs, including Academic Scholarships and an Honors Program

We’re Regional Best in the Midwest!

Judson University has been recognized year after year for our quality of academics and athletics.

Regional Best Universities in the Midwest

U.S. News and World Report, Best Colleges Survey

Top Tier Midwest Best Universities

U.S. News and World Report, Best Colleges Survey

Christian College of Distinction

Colleges of Distinction
(2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)

Military Friendly Schools

State of Illinois
(2013-2017, 2019, 2021)

NAIA Champions of Character

5-Star Silver Institution
(2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-21, 2021-22)


Let’s Go Eagles!

Judson University is home to 22 intercollegiate sports teams who compete in the NAIA for the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC). Our Judson Eagles are also affiliated with the National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association (NCCAA).

We also offer a number of intramural sport leagues throughout both semesters for the general student body.


Financial Aid

Over 99% of our students receive financial aid.

  • Scholarships
    • Scholarships are available for academics, athletics, leadership, music, theater, art and honors.
  • Financial Aid Packages
    • Scholarships, Grants, Loans and Work Study could be a part of the financial aid package
  • Military Educational Benefits
    • We accept post 9/11 GI Bill, tuition assistance, etc.
  • Affordable Illinois Program
    • Available for Pell Eligible Students


Retention & Graduation Rates

A large number of our students have a full-time job within their field lined up on the day of their graduation. See our full list of rates below.

Opportunities for All

Judson is one of the most innovative Christian universities that offer creative programs for students to earn college credit.