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At Judson University, students thrive within an active campus community, creating friendships and experiences...

Judson University

Elgin, Illinois

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.



Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
1,110 undergraduate students
68% of undergrad students are full time
41% male — 59% female

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
61 full-time faculty
129 part-time faculty
10 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

48% of students live on campus

School Location

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.

Retention Fall 2015

73% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

52% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 3%
Hispanic/Latino 17%
Black or African American 8%
White 58%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 1%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 10%


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).

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 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.

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.

Prep Program

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.


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.


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.


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.

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.


Admissions Fall 2015

653 Total Applicants 
461 Total Admissions 
156 Total Freshman Enrollment

70.60% of applicants admitted

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 520 570
SAT Math 450 590
SAT Writing    
ACT Composite 21 26
ACT Math 19 26
ACT English 20 27
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator



Tuition $27,290
Fees $880
Total $28,170
Room and Board (on campus) $9,450
Estimated Total On Campus $37,620


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

87% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
64% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$19,207 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$8,176 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates

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.