University description (as per official university website)
Judsonís roots are almost a century old, an outgrowth of Northern Theological Seminary, which was founded in 1913.
From its inception, Northern offered both graduate and undergraduate education to men and women training for the ministry.
In the early 1960s, when the seminary portion of Northern moved from Chicago to Lombard, it was decided to make the college an independent entity. Under the guidance of Dr. Benjamin P. Browne, college and seminary president, a "new" school was founded along the shores of the Fox River in 1963.
The college was named after Adoniram Judson, the first American missionary abroad, arriving in Burma in 1813 and eventually spending 37 years overseas, returning home just once in all that time.
Judson University has become home to people from all around the world, including students from Kenya, India, Serbia and Japan.
From a 19-acre private estate, Judson has expanded to 90 acres of woods and lawns. Nearly two dozen buildings dot the grounds, including four residence halls, a campus apartment building, a fine arts center, a fitness center, student center and a 700-seat chapel.
Judsonís first president, Dr. Browne, retired in 1967. Dr. Amos B. Barton served as president through 1969 and Dr. Harm A. Weber from 1969-1992. Dr. James W. Didier was next in line, serving from 1992-1998. Dr. Jerry B. Cain became Judsonís fifth and current president.
History has shown that each one of the five believed that where people come from isnít nearly as important as where they are going. With such a mindset, leadership is action, not position. In the Judson administration building, it is commitment, not authority, that has always produced results.
Those results have allowed for close personal relationships among almost everyone on campus, an egalitarian spirit supported by the schoolís relatively small size.
Judson is an evangelical Christian university of the liberal arts, sciences and professions, offering a wide variety of B.A. programs and ďpractitioner-basedĒ graduate programs in architecture, education, organizational leadership and literacy.
In 1994, Judson introduced a new academic division concentrating on continuing education for non-traditional students. Since its inception, the Division of Adult and Continuing Education has offered innovative programs with a high level of student service, both at the main campus in Elgin and at its extension campus in Rockford. The extension campus was established in 1999.
Judson University is home to more than 1,300 undergraduate and graduate students. Some come from just a few miles away; others a few thousand miles. Three dozen states and 36 countries are represented on campus.
Although we understand that funding a private Christian education can be challenging, we also believe that the value of a Judson education will exceed your expectations. Cost should not be the only determining factor when choosing a college; it is, however, a legitimate concern for many students and their families.
At Judson University, approximately 95% of our students receive financial assistance in the form of merit scholarships, institutional awards and grants, federal and/or state assistance, as well as low-interest student loans and work study.
Here you will find the resources you need to understand the funding that is available to meet the expense. Having a full knowledge of the Financial Aid process is crucial to making the most of the assistance available. Thus, timely application for financial assistance is the first step to financing an education.
Completing all the necessary steps to receive financial assistance takes time and preparation. Our Financial Aid counselors are available to help you every step of the way. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact your Financial Aid Counselor.