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Judson University

Elgin, IL 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate61%
Acceptance Rate61%

About Judson University

Judson is home to over 1,100 students from 36 states and 30 countries. Judson offers more than 65 different majors and minors for traditional, graduate, and adult students and ranks consistently among the Best Regional Universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report. Judson has also been recognized as a “Christian College of Distinction.” With an academically challenging environment and an encouraging spiritual community, Judson shapes lives that shape the world.

Judson University Overview

Judson University is a private, religious school in a suburban setting in Elgin, Illinois. Judson University was founded in 1963 and the school currently enrolls around 1,175 students per year, including 934 undergraduate students. Judson University provides on-campus housing for up to 569 students. Most students live in off campus housing, and 70% of students spend their weekends on campus.

There are many ways for students to get involved at Judson University!

Are you interested in music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Judson University's theater groups.

Judson University does not have any greek life opportunties.

Planning to play sports? Judson University has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Judson University on the Student Life page.

2022 Judson University Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 61%
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Average GPA 3.2
Tuition $29,850
Percent of Need Met 45%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $17,772

Is Judson University a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is.

Let's take a look at these areas to get a clearer view of what Judson University offers and if the college could be a good choice for you.

Judson University Acceptance Rate 2022

Around 61% of applicants get into Judson University each year. Last year, 949 students applied to Judson University and 580 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Judson University

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. Retention measures how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Around 72% of students who start at Judson University return for their second year of college. Around 66% of students who started at Judson University earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes for Judson University Grads

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. 48% of graduates from Judson University recieve at least one full-time job offer within six months of graduating.

The average starting salary for recent Judson University grads is $45,000 a year. Average starting salaries vary by discipline, but the average starting salary for all 2021 graduates was around $60,000 a year.

Judson University's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

As of 2022, the total market value of Judson University's endowment was $6.8 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. For each full-time student, Judson University spends about $6,965 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Judson University

Tuition cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Judson University meets 45% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Judson University full-time are awarded $17,772 a year in financial aid, on average.

In 2020, students graduated with an average of $24,978 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Judson University.

Based on this information, how does Judson University sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is Judson University a good school for you?

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Where is Judson University Located?

Judson University is located in the suburban setting of Elgin, Illinois, less than an hour from Chicago.

If you are interested in seeing Judson University for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 90 to Elgin, or book a flight to the nearest airport, OHare International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Judson University and Elgin are like without leaving home.

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College Info

1151 North State Street Elgin, IL 60123-1498

Campus Setting: Suburban

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Wondering what life at Judson University is like? There are approximately 1,175 students enrolled at Judson University, including 934 undergraduate students and 241 graduate students. 91% percent of students attend school full-time, 78% percent are from IL and 22% percent of students are from other states.


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