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Judson’s Rockford Campus

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Strengthening Rockford since 1999

After a temporary closure for the community’s health and safety during the COVID-19 outbreak, select classes are now open on our Rockford campus, as well as 100% online.

Judson University first opened a Rockford extension campus in 1999, giving busy adults throughout Winnebago County greater access to the career-focused, values-based education available at our original Elgin campus and online. Today, Judson’s commitment to Rockford’s workforce and families remains strong, thanks in large part to our alliance with the YMCA.

Judson at the YMCA

Judson’s Rockford campus is in the SwedishAmerican Riverfront YMCA, right off North 2nd Street.

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Free child care during class

At Judson, we believe education has the power to transform entire families. That’s why our Rockford students enjoy free child care during class.

“I am a single parent. Finding a program with flexible night classes and a location close to home made Judson a perfect fit.”

Brisa Amaya
BA Business Administration Graduate

Judson’s history of educating adults

Since the creation of the Division of Adult and Continuing Education in 1994, Judson has continuously found new and innovative ways to help adult students complete their degree. Now known as the Division of Professional Studies, Judson continues to provide career-specific education with the same level of personal support.

Going to college as an adult

Going back to college later in life isn’t as uncommon as you might think.


More than 1 million college students nationwide are 30 or older.

“I had always dreamed and talked about going back to college to get my bachelor’s. Not only was I able to model for my children that you can achieve anything with hard work and determination, but I also accomplished one of my biggest dreams.

Kimberly Voller
Judson Graduate

7 in 10

The majority of undergraduate students work while attending college.

Every course I took at Judson could be applied in real-time for my future roles and responsibilities.

Andrea Heiniger
Judson Graduate

What makes Judson stand out?

  • 9

    Degree programs in the Division of Professional Studies

  • ~500

    Active enrollment in Division of Professional Studies programs

  • 3

    Locations where courses are offered: 100% online and select classes on campus in Rockford or Elgin, Illinois.

Why should you choose Judson University?

We believe that education is more than the acquisition of knowledge. It’s also the personal growth an individual experiences by being part of the Judson community.

As a Judson student, you’ll benefit from Judson’s focus on growth and community. You’ll develop as a person and a professional, guided by caring instructors and supportive peers.

How are Judson’s programs different from other universities?

The Judson Promise

Adoniram Judson said, “The future is as bright as the promises of God.” At Judson, we recognize that furthering your education involves you—and us—making and keeping promises to make your success more likely. The Judson Promise is to provide you an education experience founded upon affordability, accessibility, community, and quality.

We’re committed to convenience and flexibility

  • Close to home

    We are proud to make a difference in the Rockford community we call home.

  • Choose the format that works for you

    Learn 100% online or on campus as we start to safely open select classes on our Rockford and Elgin campuses.

  • One class at a time

    Take one course at a time to better focus your studies and maintain a healthy balance.

  • Child care

    Students at our Rockford campus receive free child care courtesy of the YMCA.

  • 1:1 coaching

    You’ll work with a personal success coach to help you make continual progress toward your degree.

  • Resources

    24/7 tech help desk, academic assistance, and other support services are a click or call away.

Success starts with support

“My role is to personalize support for each individual student and to craft strategies to achieve success in the school/life balance.

I celebrate their academic milestones, and explore resources that meet their needs.”

—Tonya White, Senior Enrollment Coach

Accreditation and Recognition

Judson University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and a member of the North Central Association. This means you can be confident in the quality of the education you receive, whether you take classes on campus or online.

That quality is backed up by the local and national recognition that Judson has received from U.S. News and World Report, The Wall Street Journal, College Factual, TheBestSchools.Org, ChristianUniversitiesOnline, Business Insider, and other publications and sites.

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