Judson University Places on the U.S. News & World Report’s Annual “Best Colleges” Survey and Earns Other Distinctions


Judson University is once again among the schools listed on U.S. News & World Report’s famed “Best Colleges” survey, and the university has garnered other distinctions in recent months as well.


Judson University ranked No. 93 among the “Best Midwest Regional Universities,” according to the latest U.S. News & World Report‘s Best Colleges survey for 2017, which was released today.


Collectively, more than 650 universities were ranked among four regional categories: North, South, Midwest and West. Judson appears among the 100-plus schools on the Best Midwest Regional Universities list alone. Like the nationally ranked universities, Judson and the other regionally categorized schools were recognized for offering a broad range of undergraduate and master’s programs, but the regional schools have fewer doctoral programs than the “national universities” ranked schools.


Judson has had a presence on the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges list since 2005. It had been listed among the “Best Midwest Regional Colleges” through 2015. This year, it moved from the regional college list to the regional university list. The change for Judson reflects the addition of its Doctor of Education in Literacy (DLIT) program, which was launched in 2013. The first class of this charter program will graduate next spring.


“Judson University is pleased to be recognized by other organizations as providing a quality experience for those seeking a private, liberal arts education,” says Judson University President Gene Crume.


In addition to holding a place on the U.S. News and World Report’s ranking list, Judson has earned national recognition as a 2016-2017 Christian College of Distinction. This marks the second year for the university to be recognized for its commitment to the four distinctions of: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community and Successful Outcomes by CollegesofDistinction.com. Since 1999, the educational website has highlighted excellence at student-focused higher-learning institutions.


Judson also remains listed as a Military Friendly School. This is a designation presented by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs magazine for military personnel transitioning to civilian life.


The Military Friendly School designation is extended to the nation’s top colleges, universities, community colleges and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace military students and to dedicate resources to ensure their success.


Enrollment growth at Judson remains steady. The total enrollment for fall 2016 is 1,286 compared to 1,279 a year ago. Judson’s traditional student population accounts for 787 of the total enrollment, including 42 more freshmen students this fall than in fall 2015.


“In the ever-changing environment of higher education, I’m very pleased that Judson’s enrollment has remained steady and that we continue to expand our academic offerings to serve traditional, adult, graduate and online students,” President Crume stated.


Judson University is a fully accredited, private Christian institution representing the Church at work in higher education. Nestled along the beautiful Fox River in Elgin, Ill., just 40 miles northwest of Chicago, Judson is home to more than 1,200 students from 33 states and 20 countries. Judson offers degrees in more than 65 different majors and minors for traditional, graduate and adult students and ranks consistently among the Top Tier of 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 encouraging spiritual community, Judson shapes lives that shape the world.

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