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Judson University
Motto Christus Lux Mundi
Established 1963
Type Private, Baptist
President Dr. Jerry Cain
Undergraduates 1,132
Location Elgin, Illinois, USA
Campus Suburban
Athletics NAIA
Mascot Eagles

Judson University is an evangelical Christian liberal arts university located in Elgin, Illinois. It was founded in 1963. Judson was formed out of the liberal arts component of Northern Baptist Theological Seminary. When the seminary moved from Chicago to Lombard, IL, it was decided to make the college separate from the seminary. Judson University was named after Adoniram Judson, the first American Baptist missionary to foreign shores. The College has campuses in Elgin and Rockford, Illinois, and a student body of approximately 1,100. Judson College became Judson University on August 28, 2008.



Judson University has about 50 majors available in the traditional undergraduate program, with the most popular being Architecture, followed by Education.

In the adult undergraduate program, an accelerated program consisting of night and weekend classes, there are about 5 majors offered.

Students who choose the Architecture major at Judson enter a 6 year program which includes four years to receive a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies, a year long internship at an architecture firm, and then a Master of Architecture degree. In June 2005 Judson University began its Masters of Education Program.

Judson is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Master of Architecture degree is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). The Master of Education program is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Judson has been ranked in the Top Tier of Midwest comprehensive colleges in U.S.News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges 2010."


Judson is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA), and the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC). Judson University offers the following sports:

  • Baseball
  • Men's Basketball
  • Women's Basketball
  • Men's Soccer
  • Women's Soccer
  • Softball
  • Women's Volleyball
  • Men's Cross Country
  • Women's Cross Country
  • Men's Lacrosse
  • Women's Lacrosse
  • Men's Golf
  • Women's Golf
  • Men's Tennis
  • Women's Tennis
  • Cheerleading

Judson also offers a variety of summer sports camps open to the community. The camps are designed to give students (through 12th grade) the opportunity to develop and enhance their skills in sports in a non-competitive environment. Summer camps offered at Judson include:

  • Soccer Day Camps (Grades K-7)
  • Soccer School of Excellence (Overnight; Grades 5-12)
  • Basketball Day Camps (Grades 1-9)
  • Girls' Volleyball Clinics (Grades 5-10)

The Judson University athletic website: []

Student Events/Activities

Judson Student Organization (JSO) plans and/or sponsors the majority of events and activities at Judson University. These events include:

  • Homecoming
  • Invisible Children
  • The Office Party
  • Singled Out
  • "Rock Out" Competition
  • Reel Conversations
  • Small Groups
  • Concerts
  • Mr. Wilson
  • Blue Crew
  • Brown Bagging
  • Missions Service Projects
  • Spring Fling
  • Senior Banquet
  • Lip Sync
  • JSO Week (Chapel)
  • Call and Response
  • Political Forum
  • Off Stage Improv
  • Variety Show
  • Clifford Court Ministry
  • Campus Prayer Events

JSO also recognizes other clubs formed on campus:

  • International Justice Mission Chapter (IJM)
  • Muu Kappa (Missionary Kids Chapter)
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Juggernaut (Ultimate Frisbee)

Fox River Campus

Judson's 90+ acre campus is located on the banks of the Fox River, about 40 miles (64 km) west of Chicago. The university campus was purchased in 1963, when Dr. Benjamin Browne visited the original 19-acre (77,000 m2) country estate, known as Braeburn-on-the-Fox, and offered the owner $100,000.

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