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Judson University
At Judson University, you will be a part of an active campus community, creating...

Judson University

Elgin, Illinois

At Judson University you will be a part of an active campus community, creating friendships and experiences that will last for a lifetime. Incredible facilities allow for abundant opportunities to conduct research, fulfill internships, and explore the many avenues of your desired path.

Student Profile

Fall 2014 Enrollment
1,154 undergraduate students
68% of undergrad students are full time
40% male — 60% female
27% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2014-2015 Academic Year
64 full-time faculty
117 part-time faculty
10 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

48% of students live on campus

Retention Fall 2014

69% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2014

50% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 3%
Hispanic/Latino 13%
Black or African American 7%
White 62%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 12%

Academic Programs

Biblical Studies, Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Christian Ministries, Communication Studies, English, Environmental Science, Exercise and Sport Science, Film and Video Production, Pre-Law, Intercultural Leadership, Intercultural Studies, Math, Media Business/Management, Media Writing, Music Business and Entrepreneurship, Music Performance, Natural Sciences, Pastoral Leadership, Theological Studies, Worship Arts, Youth Ministry/Adolescent Studies, Architecture, Art, Art: Photography, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Studio Art, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Physical Education, Secondary Education, Special Education, Pre-Chiropractic, Pre-Dental, Pre-Medical, Pre-Nursing, Pre-Occupational Therapy, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Physician’s Assistant, Pre-Veterinarian, Worship Arts, Psychology, Sociology

Study Abroad

Judson sees an amazing value in study abroad and encourages all students to taste, touch, and feel another culture. Students that study abroad often gain skills in cross-cultural communication and develop a greater sense of independence. Judson students have studied abroad in several different countries like Austria, Japan, and Russia–to name a few. Interested students can explore abroad options through the Council of Christian Colleges and various external programs.

The Chicago Semester

Judson offers its students the opportunity to engage in off-campus study in the city of Chicago. Participants of this program take part in an intensive internship experience and learn the ins and outs of  a selected industry. Aside from professional development, students have the chance to test their independence and explore the cultural attractions Chicago has to offer. On top of the internship, students are expected to take and pass two seminars over the course of the semester. The Chicago Semester is academically demanding, but it is hugely rewarding to those who participate.

The Honors Program

The Honors Program is an accelerated track best suited for students who are seeking an academic challenge. Students enrolled in the program are part of learning experience that takes place both in and out of the classroom. Honors students are required to complete at least 24 credit hours within the program, and some participants even go on to conduct independent research under faculty direction.

Student Research Symposium

The Research Symposium is a celebration of student achievement in research. The symposium is hosted by the Honors Program and School of Liberal Arts, Science, and Education.

City Life: Elgin and Chicago

Judson’s location offers incredible opportunities to students looking to explore the community outside of campus. Judson is located in Elgin, but its proximity to Chicago allows students to enjoy the cultural attractions and amenities of both cities. Elgin is a lively suburb that offers a wide array of restaurants, shopping, and entertainment. Not too far off is Chicago, a large city with huge opportunities in work, networking, food, and leisure activities. Some of the big attractions include: Navy Pier, Millennium Park, and Shedd Aquarium.  

Student Success Center

The Student Success Center is an on-campus resource that assists students with academic, personal, and professional goals. Through curricular and co-curricular activities, the center aims to help each student set and reach realistic goals during their college career. Some of the services available through the center include: tutoring, the writing center, and academic support.


Admissions Fall 2014

703 Total Applicants
514 Total Admissions
201 Total Freshmen Enrollment

73.12% of applicants admitted

Freshmen Profile Fall 2014

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 490 620
SAT Math 510 650
SAT Writing    
ACT Composite 20 26
ACT Math 18 26
ACT English 20 23
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator



Tuition $26,750
Fees $780
Total $27,530
Room and Board (on campus) $9,080
Estimated Total On Campus $36,610


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

99% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
68% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid

$18,376 Average amount of federal state local or institutional grant aid received
$8,200 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates

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