“When you find a college with a complete modern educational system, it is to be commended. When you discover one backed for over a century by traditions of highest value, it is exceptional. But when you blend these qualities with the friendly atmosphere of Southern culture, then you have Judson! For the college which develops intellect, character, and personality through an integrated program of academic and social life, my whole-hearted choice is Judson.” -Ruth Davidson, Sophomore Class President, 1940
Since 1838, Judson College has been committed to preparing young women for lives of purpose through the transmission of knowledge, the refinement of intellect, the nurturing of faith, the promotion of service, and the development of character. A private, four-year, Christian college with degree programs in liberal arts and the sciences, Judson College helps each student reach her full potential by providing her with opportunities to engage her mind, practice her faith, and live her purpose.
Engage her mind.
With a student to faculty ratio of 9:1 and an institutional commitment to teaching rather than research, Judson provides an academically engaging and emotionally supportive environment in which highly-trained instructors place the utmost priority on student learning. Judson currently offers 20 majors, 22 minors, 10 pre-professional degree programs, and the Associate Degree in Nursing. Faculty involve students in research and creative projects that help them prepare to enter graduate programs and meaningful careers, and every College employee takes a genuine interest in our students’ best interests.
Practice her faith.
Weekly chapel services are only the beginning of our commitment to be “a place of Christ.” Through Bible studies, mentoring groups, and co-curricular events designed to encourage spiritual growth, students are challenged to discern their life’s purpose and develop strategies for living out their vocations through their careers, their meaningful relationships in communities and churches, and their daily decisions. Judson’s motto Lux et Veritas, or “Light and Truth,” reflects not only our commitment to seek knowledge, which is illumined by the light and truth of God, but also our desire to reflect God’s light and truth in the world. Recognized by the Washington Monthly for our commitment to the “greater good,” we believe that each of our students has the potential and responsibility to positively impact our community, our nation, and our world.
Live her purpose.
Over the past twenty years, 96% of Judson women have been employed or have entered graduate school within a year of graduation. Through academic and co-curricular experiences, Judson helps each student find her voice while she earns the credentials that will help her voice be heard. As the only women’s college in Alabama and the most affordable women’s college in the nation, Judson is committed to being a place devoted to young women. We believe that this environment helps our students develop the knowledge, confidence, and leadership skills they need to achieve their goals in a more profound way than they could in a coeducational setting.
Inspired by the example and mentoring of dedicated faculty and staff, students learn to embody the “Judson Spirit” by embracing community, thinking critically, developing courage and integrity, and leading through compassionate service, answering their Alma Mater’s call to “high endeavor, lofty thought, and noble deed.”
After 180 years, Judson College remains loyal to its original mission of educating young women in preparation for a life of service. We are a community that finds ongoing meaning in our shared traditions of the past, work in the present, and hopes for the future as we seek to recognize and embody God’s light and truth in the world.