At Judson University, students thrive within an active campus community, creating friendships and experiences that go on to last a lifetime. Incredible facilities provide abundant resources for research, internships, and exploration among the many avenues of each student’s desired path.
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Judson sees an amazing value in study abroad and encourages all students to taste, touch, and feel the experiences that lie in other cultures. Students who study abroad often develop a greater sense of independence, learning to navigate and excel in cross-cultural communication. Judson students have studied abroad in several different countries, such as Austria, Japan, Russia, and more. The opportunities are endless, as interested students can find the perfect trip for them through the Council of Christian Colleges and various external programs.
THE CHICAGO SEMESTER
Judson offers its students the opportunity to engage in prolonged off-campus study in the city of Chicago. Participants of the Chicago Semester program take part in an intensive internship experience, learning the ins and outs of an industry by delving into the processes within this major city center. Aside from professional development, students have the chance to test their independence and grow through an exploration of all the cultural attractions that Chicago has to offer. In addition to the internship, students are expected to take and pass two seminars over the course of the semester. This means that the Chicago Semester is academically demanding, but it is immensely rewarding to those who participate.
ON A MISSION
Every year, Judson offers students the chance to go on a variety of mission trips during spring break, Christmas break, and the summer intersession. Students who attend Judson are always in touch with many opportunities to serve, whether that take place locally in the U.S. or abroad in Central and South America, Africa, Asia, Europe, or the Caribbean.
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Non-U.S. Citizen: 5%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 13%
White, non-Hispanic: 40%
Native/Indigenous American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 8%
THE HONORS PROGRAM
The Honors Program is an accelerated track best suited for students who are seeking an academic challenge. Those enrolled in the program are part of learning experience that takes place both in and out of the classroom, continually on their pursuit of knowledge.
Some Honors participants are even given the resources and faculty assistance to conduct independent research, which is then presented and celebrated through the Research Symposium. This symposium, hosted by the Honors Program and the School of Liberal Arts, Science, and Education, celebrates student achievements across a range of disciplines.
THE RISE PROGRAM
Judson’s Road to Independent living, Spiritual formation and Employment (RISE) Program is a unique opportunity to provide a post-secondary education for individuals with an intellectual disability. The RISE Program gives students with intellectual disabilities the college life experience as well as the chance to build upon their strengths, growing for independent living and customized employment within a caring Christian community.
Through the High School Prep Program, Judson gives high school junior or senior students the opportunity to earn up to 24 hours of college credit and, in most cases, earn high school credit at the same time.
With campus ministries and Bible studies, intramural sports, film festivals, and service projects and mission trips, Judson’s active campus life builds and binds the community while giving students the opportunity to take charge of their Judson experience. And, especially in a close-knit community like Judson, campus clubs and organizations provide meaningful leadership opportunities.
CITY LIFE: ELGIN AND CHICAGO
Judson’s location offers incredible opportunities to students looking to explore the community outside of campus. Judson may be 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 for work, networking, food, and leisure. Some of its major attractions include Navy Pier, Millennium Park, and the Shedd Aquarium.
WORLD LEADERS FORUM
A true highlight of the year at Judson University is the remarkable World Leaders Forum. This event brings international thought leaders to the Judson campus, inviting them to speak and interact with students and area professionals. The funds that are raised from the Forum even go toward scholarships for Judson students as well as an endowment toward an upcoming Entrepreneurial Studies program. Previous keynote speakers have included George W. Bush, Mikhail Gorbachev, Tony Blair, Condoleezza Rice, and Felipe Calderón.
THE IMAGO FILM FESTIVAL
Every spring, Judson University hosts a five-day film festival that explores the intersection between film and faith. The festival screens original, independent films submitted from all over the world and features nationally known speakers. It also acts as a platform in which to host discussions, workshops, and an awards ceremony.
Judson University has two campuses. Its 90-acre, undergraduate Elgin campus is located at 1151 N. State St., Elgin, IL 60123. Its Rockford campus for adult education is located at 1055 Featherstone Dr., Suite A, Rockford, IL 61107.
Judson’s Elgin campus is about 40 miles northwest of Chicago, just off Interstate 90 and State Route 31. The O’Hare International Airport is an approximate 30-minute drive from campus, and Chicago’s Union Station is within easy reach from any of the three train depots in the city of Elgin. The city also provides an extensive Pace bus system, allowing students convenient access around Elgin and its neighboring cities for both work and play.
Judson competes in 21 intercollegiate men’s and women’s sports as a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA), and the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC).
Campus housing options.
Apartments for married students
Apartments for single students
Special housing for disabled students
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 throughout their college career.
Judson University has long stood as a haven for creative minds within the Christian worship and architecture arenas. It continues to foster such a reputation for creativity with its entrepreneurial idea competition, Shark Tank. Inspired by the ABC Network’s reality business pitch series “Shark Tank,” Judson’s annual event serves as a platform for students to foster creative ideas and deliver them in a presentation before a panel of judges. This competition is part of an ongoing effort to implement projects in the Business department, partnering students and faculty for experiential learning opportunities.
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 450 | 75th Percentile: 560
25th Percentile: 420 | 75th Percentile: 570
25th Percentile: 17 | 75th Percentile: 23
25th Percentile: 16 | 75th Percentile: 23
25th Percentile: 16 | 75th Percentile: 23
Tuition & Cost
Room & Board: $10,790
YOU CAN AFFORD IT PROGRAM
Judson University is committed to creating an affordable option for students from lower-income families in the surrounding communities to experience the excellent education that the university provides. This no-money-upfront tuition opportunity is offered to high school seniors and undergraduate transfer students who live within 45 miles of the Elgin campus. Prospective students must complete the FAFSA (Free Federal Aid Student Application) to see if they qualify, based on need. Students who qualify for the federal Pell Grant and the Illinois State Monetary Award Program (MAP) Grant are encouraged to apply.