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Judson’s Rockford Campus

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  • Easy-to-Access YMCA Location
    YMCA Location
  • 1 Class at a Time, 1 Night a Week
    1 Class at a Time,
    1 Night a Week
  • Promotion-Focused Degrees
    Promotion-Focused Degrees
  • Free Childcare During Class
    Free Childcare
    During Class

Grow your career, close to home

Start your journey to a better job without going far from home. Judson University’s Rockford campus is located in the SwedishAmerican Riverfront YMCA, with nine career-focused degrees available. Gain the knowledge and skills you need to get a raise or a promotion while developing close relationships with your supportive instructors and adult classmates.

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Judson at the YMCA

Because Judson’s Rockford campus is located inside the SwedishAmerican Riverfront YMCA, you can enjoy many benefits of YMCA membership—including free childcare during class.

Better skills, better job, better YOU

We know you have many schools to choose from, which is why we work hard to make sure your Judson experience makes you better in many ways.

Surround yourself with support

Classes at our Rockford campus are small on purpose, giving you more access to helpful people and resources.

  • Enrollment and Success Coaches. Get one-on-one guidance through each part of the college process, from application to registration to graduation.
  • 24/7 tech support. Our helpdesk team can take the trouble out of accessing online tools and assignments.
  • Academic help. Whether it’s finding the perfect article in our library, assignment-specific writing help, or long-term tutoring, there are many ways Judson can help keep your grades up.

Where classmates become community

Every Judson Rockford student is an adult who wants to do more for their career and loved ones—just like you.

  • Learn with other adults. Benefit from your classmates’ relatable experiences—and share your own perspective to benefit them.
  • Personal attention from instructors. Need one-on-one time outside of (or even during) class? Your instructors are easier to reach than you might think.
  • Get fast answers to your questions. No need to hide what’s on your mind. Judson’s a great place to confidently ask questions and receive impactful answers.
  • Keep life balanced. Taking one class at a time just one night a week means “college life” doesn’t have to take over the rest of your life.

Classes that improve careers

At Judson, we believe strongly that your degree’s primary purpose is to help you advance your career.

  • Experienced instructors. Our professors aren’t just good teachers—they’re active professionals who bring the latest and greatest industry info to every lesson.
  • Degrees for today’s economy. Our degree programs prepare you for some of the fastest-growing jobs in Rockford and throughout Illinois.
  • Get skills employers want. We work with local businesses and stay on top of the latest trends to make sure you learn the skills you need to succeed in the job you want.

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Quality education, close to home

We want you to feel confident about the quality of the education you receive. That’s why Judson is proud to be accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and to be a member of the North Central Association.

Join our legacy of improving lives and careers

  • 1913: Northern Theological Seminary opens in Chicago, offering graduate and undergraduate degrees to men and women training for the ministry.
  • 1963: Northern makes its college an independent entity, and Judson College is founded in Elgin, Illinois.
  • 1999: Judson College opens its first campus in Rockford on Featherstone Road.
  • 2007: Judson College becomes Judson University to reflect its growth of student population and degree offerings.
  • 2017: Judson University’s Rockford campus moves to its new downtown location inside the SwedishAmerican Riverfront YMCA.