William Jessup enrollment reaches new peak

By: Staff Report
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William Jessup University in Rocklin started its 2016-17 academic year Aug. 22 with the highest enrollment the local campus has ever had in its 77-year history, with 1,316 students, according to its own news release.

The Sacramento region’s only accredited private four-year Christian liberal arts university, William Jessup reported that its enrollment is up 15 percent over last fall, with 367 new students from across the United States and elsewhere, as far as China and Australia.

“As we continue to make progress to being a distinguished Christ-centered university, an increasing number of students and family are seeing us as the provider of choice for affordable excellence in higher education,” university President Dr. John Jackson said in a public statement. “We are excited at the ongoing story of growth and expansion happening at the university.”

Unveiled this year is a new chemistry lab, constructed and completed for the growing number of students in various science programs including biology, environmental science, pre-allied health and kinesiology.

A new criminal justice program delivered fully online also kicks off this fall, enabling students to prepare for a range of careers in public administration or law enforcement, and the university now offers four graduate programs: business administration, education, leadership and teaching.

According to the news release, some of the most common majors at William Jessup are business, psychology, liberal studies and teacher education. The university offers nearly 20 majors and over 50 concentrations, plus an accelerated degree program geared for working professionals known as the School of Professional Studies.

Jessup’s expanding athletic program is part of the Golden State Athletic Conference. The Warriors sponsor 12 conference sports, six for men and six for women. Men and women’s sports include cross-country, soccer, basketball, track and field, as well as men’s golf, baseball, women’s softball and volleyball.

Founded in 1939, the university was established in San Jose as the San Jose Bible College when it opened its doors with just 14 students. In 1989, the name was changed to San Jose Christian College and then to William Jessup in 2004 when the university relocated to Rocklin and broadened academic programs in a variety of disciplines.

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