Our mission is personal and global

Judson University

Judson is an evangelical Christian university that represents the Church at work in higher education, equipping students to be fully developed, responsible persons who glorify God by the quality of their personal relationships, their work, and their citizenship within the community, the nation and the world.

Through a broadly based education in the liberal arts, sciences and professions, the university enables its students to acquire ideas and concepts that sharpen their insights, develop skills appropriate to their career goals, and develop the skills and commitment for lifelong learning. The Judson community experience challenges graduates to be decisive leaders and active participants in church and society, articulate proponents of Biblical Christianity, persuasive advocates for the sovereignty of God over all life, and effective ambassadors for Christ.

Not too big. Not too small. We’re just right.


Judson University is a private Christian university nestled along the Fox River in the city of Elgin, less than 40 miles northwest of downtown Chicago. Our riverside campus provides a scenic home to over 1,200 students from over 30 states and 25 countries. We offer more than 40 undergraduate majors, minors and pre-professional programs and are currently the only evangelical Christian school with a fully-accredited graduate program in architecture. For directions to our campus and access to a campus map, please click here.

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Judson University has been committed to serving the needs of our home city through strong partnerships with businesses, schools and non-profit agencies since relocating to Elgin in 1963. Originally founded in 1913 as the undergraduate wing of Northern Theological Seminary, the school later became an independent college, and was then named after Adoniram Judson, one of the first American missionaries.


Judson hosts nationally significant figures in the fields of art, design, and photography through the Art & Design Lecture and Exhibition Series. You also hear from a diverse range of prominent people through our Chapel program.


Judson is home to the annual World Leaders Forum, which has brought such significant figures as George W. Bush, Mikhail S. Gorbachev, Tony Blair, Condoleezza Rice, and Queen Noor of Jordan to Judson’s campus. Not only does this program offer students and area professionals the opportunity to be inspired by World Leaders, it serves as a catalyst for scholarships and the development of entrepreneurial studies.