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Campus and Facilities

The Elgin Campus

The 90-acre campus is wooded, rolling terrain with expansive lawns. Tyler Creek winds through the campus, forms a picturesque pond near midpoint and empties into the Fox River at the east side.

Housing is provided in three dorms with suites of rooms - Ohio Hall, Wilson Hall, and the Lindner Tower; a fourth, Volkman Hall, contains apartments with limited cooking facilities. Up to four students share each apartment.

Barton House, initially the President's home and later converted to offices, now houses Enrollment Services and the Department of Marketing and Communications.

Classrooms are distributed throughout the campus in the Harm A. Weber Academic Center, the Alice and Edward Thompson Fine Arts Center, the Center for Science and Mathematics, the Lindner Fitness Center, Creekside South, the lower level of the Herrick Chapel and the Lindner Tower.

The Lindner Tower houses the Registrar’s Office, the Student Success Center, the Division of Adult Professional Studies, student housing, and faculty offices for the following departments: Biblical and Theological Studies; Business; Christian Ministries; Computer Science; English; Exercise and Sport Science; History and Intercultural Studies; Psychology and Sociology and Worship Arts. Services for traditional and non-traditional students include registration, three computer labs, the Riverside Cafe and lounging areas.

The Lindner Fitness Center contains athletic offices, classrooms, an indoor track, a nautilus fitness center and courts for volleyball, basketball, racquetball and wallyball. Along the riverfront are the athletic fields and lighted tennis courts.

Creekside South contains offices for the Division of Education in addition to several classrooms and a mini computer lab.

The Edward and Alice Thompson Fine Arts Center is the home of the DeMoss Center for Worship and the Performing Arts. It houses the Music and Communication Arts Departments, as well as the Thulin Auditorium, classrooms, student practice rooms, and two Dark Room Studios.

In addition to classrooms, the Center for Science and Mathematics has several science labs, as well as faculty offices for the Science and Mathematics Department.

The Harm A. Weber Academic Center houses the Architecture, Interior Design, Art, and Graphic Design studios and faculty offices, as well as Jerry's Cafe, our on-campus coffee shop. It also houses the Browne Library and Draewell Gallery.

The Harm A.Weber Administration Building is the oldest structure, dating from 1933. It houses the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost and Advancement.

The centrally located Betty Lindner Campus Commons contain dining facilities, a student lounge, a spirit store, Student Development offices and postal services. Plant Operations is next door, and is responsible for physical upkeep of campus. Campus Safety is also housed here.

Across from the Campus Commons is the University Center, home to the Business Offices, Financial Aid, Student Accounts and the Wellness Center.

The Benjamin P. Browne Library

The Benjamin P. Browne Library, named for the founding president of Judson University, is located in the Harm A. Weber Academic Center. The library contains 115,000 volumes (30,000 in micro-form), 9,000 musical scores, 11,000 recordings and current subscriptions to 150 print journals, periodicals and newspapers.

Special collections include the Stuart Ryder Gertrude Stein Collection, the Donald G. Peterson Collection of Baptist History and Missions, the Charles and Gail Dover Collection of Children's and Young Adult Literature, the Edmonson Collection of Contemporary Christian Music recordings (one of the largest in the country), the Schofield Music Collection of scores, and two collections on microfiche: the Library of American Civilization and the Library of English Literature.

Judson is one of 95 libraries included in I-Share, an online catalog of the holdings of all state universities and many private colleges and universities in Illinois. Judson students can request materials from inter-library loans from I-Share libraries, and through Primo, a computer network with over 100 million titles in libraries worldwide.

The library provides access to an array of online electronic resources, including journal indexes, encyclopedias, dictionaries, and some 40,000 journals in full-text format. Judson students and faculty can access these resources both on-and off-campus, through the One Search Portal. Resources are provided in all subject areas, though the specific resources provided may vary somewhat from year to year.

The Benjamin P. Browne Library provides computers for student use around the light well of the second and third levels. In addition, the computer classroom contains 20 computers that are available for student use when not being used for a class.

Other services include meeting rooms on the second and third levels, a copier/printer (black & white and color), and fax service. The librarians and library staff are available to help with research. Librarians give instruction in research methods to classes and to individuals.

Computer Facilities

In addition to those available in the Browne Library, students may access computer facilities in Creekside South and in the Student Success Center in Lindner Tower. When not in use by classes, students may also access two additional computer labs in Lindner Tower. All computers are connected to the Internet and offer a variety of software, including Microsoft Office Suite. Students may not load personal software onto the computers and should keep their work saved on a flash drive, since folders are regularly purged.

Fitness Center

The Robert D. Lindner Fitness Center provides the entire Judson community with a wide range of opportunities to improve and maintain physical fitness. A full schedule of intramural programs is available from the Student Life staff.

The Judson University campus facilities are reserved for the use of Judson University students, employees, their guests and alumnus. Parents are responsible for the actions of their children.

The Fitness Center is open daily. Hours are posted in the Fitness Center. Students have first priority for the use of the Fitness Center and athletic teams and organized intramural programs have precedence over informal recreation. Faculty and staff members may use the Fitness Center but should not interfere with student activities.

University organizations may schedule use of the Fitness Center by contacting Jan Andresen, Athletics Secretary at ext. 1580.

Spirit Store

The spirit store is located on the lower level of the Lindner Commons, and offers school supplies, gifts, cards, and confections. Students and families can purchase Judson-branded spirit wear for athletics as well as fair trade a special line of branded items from Michael Figueroa, and more at the Judson Spirit Store. All major credit cards are accepted. For information and store hours, call 847-628-2066.

Campus Safety

The mission of Judson University Campus Safety is to protect and serve the student body, faculty, staff, and guests of Judson University. Officers are on duty 24 hours a day. Officers are trained in First Aid and CPR, as they are the officially designated campus Medical First Responders.


All vehicles parked or operated on campus must be registered with the Campus Safety Office within one week of being brought on campus. Proof of insurance and a valid driver’s license are required for registration, and all registration fees are charged directly to Student Accounts. Vehicles not registered by this deadline are subject to penalties including use of a tire “boot” and a fine. “Booted” vehicles not registered within 14 days are subject to towing at the owner’s expense. Registered vehicles are assigned parking permits that correspond to designated lots on campus. Campus Safety enforces parking rules and policies with the issuance of parking citations and fines. Vehicles that have received five parking citations within the same semester are subject to towing on the next offense.

Complete vehicle rules and regulations may be found on the Campus Safety website.

The Rockford Campus

Judson University first opened a Rockford extension campus in 1999, giving busy adults greater access to the career-focused, values-based education available at the Elgin campus. In August of 2017, Judson moved its Rockford campus from the original location at 1055 Featherstone Road to the I.D. Pennock Family YMCA, which is situated along 15 acres of Rock River riverfront in downtown Rockford. The YMCA and Judson are two Christian-based organizations that have found a unique way to share space for the benefit of both organizations, members and students. Judson University occupies space on the third floor and portions of the second floor of this beautiful facility, including multiple classrooms, study spaces and office space. The partnership with the YMCA allows Judson to be a part of a larger vision to establish a destination point for students in downtown Rockford, where they can cultivate healthy minds, bodies and spirits. Additionally, students have access to free childcare during class time, complimentary use of the fitness facilities and an on-site Subway sandwich restaurant.

To learn more about the YMCA, visit

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