Originally founded in Chicago in 1913, Judson University is an evangelical Christian university that is now located in Elgin, Illinois, and home to over 1,250 students from all over the world.
The college was established in Illinois in 1963 and is named after Adoniram Judson, the first American missionary abroad. Today the 90-acre campus is located in the shores of the Fox River and contains more than 20 buildings, including four residence halls, a 700-seat chapel, a fine arts centre and a fitness centre. There is also a small branch campus in Rockford, Illinois, which is exclusively for adult professional students.
There are more than 65 majors and minors available at Judson University and it is the only private Christian university in the United States to offer a graduate program in architecture.
The School of Art, Design & Architecture, the School of Business & Professional Studies, and the School of Liberal Arts, Sciences & Education are the three major academic schools for undergraduates, while graduate degrees are also offered in a variety of subject fields.
Among notable university events are the annual World Leaders Forum, where some of the most powerful and influential people on the planet come to Judson University to give talks. Past speakers include former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, former US President George W. Bush, and former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Other events include the five-day Imago Film Festival every April, and the Judson University Founders’ Day, which is generally celebrated in October each year.