Judson University

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1151 N. State Street

Elgin, IL 60123-1498

Phone: (847) 628-2500
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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#24 Overall Score: 69 out of 100. Regional Colleges (Midwest)

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Judson University is a private institution that was founded in 1913. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,018, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 90 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Judson University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (Midwest), 24. Its tuition and fees are $27,530 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Judson University is an evangelical Christian university providing an excellent liberal arts and sciences education and equipping students to be fully developed, responsible persons who glorify God by the quality of their personal relationships, work and citizenship within their community and the world. At Judson University, students benefit from small student to faculty ratio (9:1), highly skilled faculty who are all professing Christians, and an environment that provides a faith-based context for all academic pursuits. With a beautiful wooded campus just 40 miles away from Chicago, Judson's small, close-knit community also has access to hundreds of cultural events available in a world-class city. Judson offers many mission trip opportunities, a student body committed to service, and the chance to study abroad or at other campuses across the country. Judson offers more than 50 majors, minors, and pre-professional programs, as well as four graduate programs. One of the university's largest majors is architecture. Judson is the only professionally accredited evangelical Christian university providing a faith-based context for its undergraduate and master's level architecture program. It is also the only program that requires a full year of professional internship experience between the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Judson's education majors are well-recognized by schools for their enthusiasm to help their students learn, their creativity, and the quality of training they have received at Judson. Students can major in early childhood, elementary, secondary education, or special education (three endorsements), as well as endorsements for ESL/bilingual. At the graduate level, two masters are offered: literacy and ESL/bilingual. Another popular segment of majors are the "creatives," including graphic design, film and digital media studies, worship arts, music, and communication arts. These students study alongside architecture students with the School of Art, Design, and Architecture or with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. They receive a liberal arts education that values creativity and celebrates their God-given talents in the classroom, studio, chapel and performance halls. A music business entrepreneurship prepares students to do everything from creating a business plan to writing, recording, and marketing their own songs. A large percentage of Judson's graduates represent the School of Leadership and Business, in both the traditional and adult undergraduate programs. Learning through a mix of practical business and management approaches, live case studies, internships, and academic projects, graduates are prepared to enter the work force with a unique tool -- the values that come from an institution that explores how faith-based values influence and enhance all areas of business. A Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership is also offered. At Judson, students should expect an emphasis on critical thinking and developing their creative capacities, as well as strong faculty interest in students' personal, spiritual, and moral development. In all these areas, Judson rated significantly higher than peer institutions on the 2011 HERI Faculty Survey. Judson's newest building, the Harm A. Weber Academic Center, houses the School of Art, Design and Architecture and the expanded Benjamin P. Browne Library. The Weber Center employs innovative green technology and is one of the most energy-efficient and environmentally friendly buildings in the United States, earning it a Gold LEED building designation. Each spring Judson holds the annual World Leaders Forum. The 2013 keynote speaker was former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Funds raised through the World Leaders Forum benefit the Entrepreneurial Studies Program Endowment Fund and Judson student scholarships.

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School type private, coed college
Year founded 1913
Religious affiliation American Baptist
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment N/A


When applying to Judson University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 20. The application fee at Judson University is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 65.3 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 65.3%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 20

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Judson University is 7:1, and the school has 74.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Judson University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Citizenship Activities; Public Administration and Social Service Professions; Architecture and Related Services; and Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 71.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 7:1
4-year graduation rate 34%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 34%
Citizenship Activities 15%
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 10%
Architecture and Related Services 9%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 8%

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Student Life

Judson University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,018, with a gender distribution of 45.1 percent male students and 54.9 percent female students. Judson University is part of the NAIA athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,127
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NAIA

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Campus Info & Services

Judson University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Judson University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Judson University, 75 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Judson University.

Students who have cars on campus 75%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Judson University, 93.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $11,654.

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Tuition and fees $27,530 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,990 (2013-14)
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