William Jessup University Nationally Ranked for Enrollment Growth in Chronicle of Higher Education

In a recently released 10-year snapshot study conducted by the Chronicle of Higher Education, William Jessup University was ranked seventh among the fastest growing universities nationwide.

The ranking included the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) member schools, and all private, nonprofit and Christian schools in the country. The study ranks colleges from 2005 to 2015. William Jessup ranked first among the fastest-growing CCCU schools in California.

In 2005, fall enrollment was 532 students and by 2015 that number had more than doubled to 1,161 – reflecting a 118.2 percent increase.

“The entire William Jessup community celebrates both the reception by our region to the University and for the recognition of our efforts by this national publication,” said William Jessup University President John Jackson. “Continued growth and maturity of our programs should allow the region to be even better served by William Jessup in the years to come.”

The Rocklin-based University recently started its 2017-18 academic year August 21 with its seventh year of enrollment growth since 2011. Nearly 1,500 students are slated to attend the Sacramento region’s only WASC-accredited private four-year Christian Liberal Arts University.

This fall, there are more than 275 graduate students. William Jessup’s graduate programs reflect a 78 percent increase in enrollment since it first offered a Master of Arts in Teaching three years ago.

William Jessup University has continued to broaden and develop facilities as well as academic and athletic programs. Later this academic year, the University will offer a fifth graduate program – Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology. The new 63-unit program has been approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Other graduate programs include a Master of Arts in Business Administration, Education, Leadership and Teaching.

William Jessup’s enrollment is up 13 percent over last year’s fall census totals, reporting more than 1,480 current students. As the University continues to expand its reach, incoming students are represented from across the United States and internationally.

This semester, William Jessup has nearly 25 international students who now call the 125-acre campus home. They come from China, India and South Korea.

William Jessup University offers 22 majors and over 50 concentrations, in addition to an accelerated degree program geared for working professionals known as the School of Professional Studies.

Four of the largest majors declared by students are Business, Liberal Studies (Teacher Education), Natural and Applied Sciences (Biology, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Kinesiology, Math) and Psychology.

William Jessup’s expanding athletic program is part of the Golden State Athletic Conference. This year, approximately 260 student athletes are on campus, competing in 12 sports. 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.

William Jessup students are not only encouraged to grow spiritually, they are challenged academically and have become exceptionally employable. According to a university survey, within six months of graduating, 94 percent had obtained full or part-time employment, or were enrolled in graduate school.

Founded in 1939, the university was established in San Jose, Calif., and known as 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 later became William Jessup in 2004, when the University relocated to Rocklin and broadened academic programs in a variety of disciplines.

For more information about William Jessup University, visit www.jessup.edu or call (916) 577-2200.