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Students, parents receive a welcoming preview from William Jessup

By: Staff Report
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More than 150 prospective students and parents, including families from Colorado, Nevada and Washington, toured the William Jessup University campus last week, getting a glimpse of what a typical day might be at Placer County's only four-year, private university. This is a showcase opportunity for students to spend a day with us and get a rare, intimate view of the college experience, said Joe Womack, William Jessup's Vice President for University Advancement. It's a great time for us to promote the university and the perfect opportunity for prospective students and their parents to ask questions that go beyond what you would learn from our brochures. Selecting a college has never been an easy chore, but for students looking to attend a four-year institution in California the decision has grown more difficult with the increasing tuition costs, higher academic standards, and this year's new focus on turning in applications earlier than ever before. While last week some students were receiving their first introduction to William Jessup at Preview Day, other visitors like San Ramon High School senior Jacque Cassell had already decided. The accommodating dorm rooms and the Christian lifestyle were two main reasons why Cassell will be living on the Rocklin campus this fall. I think at a lot of schools kids go to college, get caught up in partying, and lose their Christian faith, said Cassell, who was also considering Biola and Bethany, two other popular California Christian universities. At William Jessup, I think the students are more focused getting a good education while maintaining and growing their Christian faith. The university offers a wide variety of degree opportunities, including Business Administration, Christian Education, English, History, Intercultural Studies, Liberal Studies (Teacher Education), Music, Pastoral Ministry, Psychology, Public Policy and Youth Ministry. The student-to-faculty ratio is 12 to 1 and the average class size is 15 students. We pride ourselves in offering a high quality, academically challenging curriculum, while also providing our students an atmosphere where their Christian faith can be explored and nurtured, Womack said. While Preview Day also attracted visitors from several other states, it also drew people who live close by like Roger Moore of Antelope and his 16-year-old daughter, Elysse. The elder Moore was chaperoning seven teens from Global Youth Charter School. I've always been impressed by William Jessup, it has small class sizes and has a real friendly staff, Roger Moore said. The students here seem to like and take care of each other. A day like this is great for parents and kids, you can really find out what you want to know about this college. While many California colleges pushed up their admission dates this year to Feb. 1, William Jessup remains flexible with an April 1 application deadline that school officials say can be extended for special circumstances. For more information about William Jessup University, visit www.jessup.edu or call (916) 577-2200.