Judson College, founded in 1838 in Marion, Alabama, (as Judson Female Institute), is the 6th oldest existing and only women’s four year college in Alabama.
The college was founded by members of the Siloam Baptist Church of Marion and named after Ann Hasseltine Judson, the first female foreign missionary from the United States. The college, which changed its name to “Judson College” in 1903 remains affiliated with the Alabama Baptist Convention.
Notable buildings on campus include A. Howard Bean Hall, a Carnegie library which now houses the Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame as well as classrooms. Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame, which occupies the main floor, was established to provide a permanent place of honor for Alabama’s most outstanding women and a place for people to visit and learn about the significant contributions that these women have made to our state and nation.
Also of interest is the Charles Dunkin Athletic Center which includes a softball field, soccer and equestrian facility that is the largest covered arena in Alabama.
Judson’s facilities include an 18-stall barn, two tack rooms, a feed room and wash rack. Judson College is among one of the only colleges in Alabama to own a covered riding arena.
Judson College has had a vibrant equestrian team since the early 1900s. The program includes academic majors that combine an equine science minor with biology, business or journalism. Such degrees can lead to careers in veterinary medicine, equine business management or horse-related publicity.
Judson College – Hwy 5, No cost, M-F 8-5 pm (334)-683-5100, Dr. Kyser