About William Jessup University

Founded in 1939, William Jessup University. is a college. Located in California, which is a city setting in California, the campus itself is Rural. The campus is home to 1,165 full time undergraduate students, and 153 full time graduate students.

The William Jessup University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 11:1. There are 37 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at William Jessup University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate72%
Application Deadline
Application Fee45
SAT Range900-1140
ACT Range19-25

Admissions at WJU are considered Selective, with ,6% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 27 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

75% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 46% were in the top quarter, and 16% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


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William Jessup University REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    18 Students rated on-campus housing 4.4 stars. 61 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    9 Students rated off-campus housing 3.9 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    19 Students rated campus food 4.4 stars. 53 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    19 Students rated campus facilities 4.4 stars. 58 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    19 Students rated class size 4.9 stars. 89 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    18 Students rated school activities 3.8 stars. 33 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    19 Students rated local services 4.4 stars. 47 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    19 Students rated academics 4.5 stars. 68 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of William Jessup University?

16 Students rated William Jessup University

Nicholas - 11/14/2019

I genuinly tried ot find a better school for me and couldnt, The school is convinient, class sizes are small and teachers care. While there are some things that are rather annoying such as mandatory chapel, service reuirments, a mandatory bible minor, rediculous rules like no sex outside of mairriage, limited cursing, and other ultra restrictive rules if you are willing to bear with it then it may be worth while. The teaching faculty tends to be made up of caring, intelligent, and easy to talk to. The small class sizes allow for very engaging classes which is very enjoyable. All in all, not a bad school

Mitchell - 08/06/2019

William Jessup University is a smaller private university that strives to cultivate Christian ideals and morals in all aspects of the college education experience. Classes are small, intentional, and professors are always willing to provide assistance and/or insight for their students. The campus is clean, friendly, and the admissions/finance departments are exceptionally helpful throughout the application process. Overall, it's a great college for prospective applicants that are looking for faith-related majors (Youth Ministry, Bible and Theology, etc.) but high tuition costs may deter some students that could achieve the same mainstream degree at a state school or local college.

Olga - 06/20/2019

The most amazing school I have ever known. The staff is so helpful and will go out of their way to assist you. The teachers are so encouraging and supportive in academics as well as your own personal life. Everyone is there for you, it's just one big family. The professors are very knowledgeable about what they are teaching. They give you a bigger desire to be in class. Great school! Highly recommend.

Jada - 05/12/2019

William Jessup University is a great school if you want to dive into a Christian Life Experience. There are plenty of opportunities on campus to partake into. For example, there are choirs on campus one is for tours, and the other is for on-campus only usually. The choir that tours goes to different states, and does a lot of outreach. Whereas the campus only choir performs usually for certain chapels or mainly concerts. This campus is great if you have a car or friends nearby because stores are not in close proximity. The school is very focused on putting their students in Bible Courses as a priority rather than the students actual major or focus. This school makes you take a lot of classes that are non-transferable unless you are transferring to another Christian College/ University. The campus cafe is vegan/vegetarian-friendly rather than a cold salad. The campus is pretty small and isn't hard to learn within a day. You will not really get lost here, the campus is smaller than a high school. This school does not have a band; however, has an Orchestra. The Dorm life is pretty chill there isn't a full kitchen unless you are in the apartments which is shared with several students 8 per apartment usually. Living off campus is great; however, if you get a scholarship through this University it will lessen the amount while revoking it. This school is a great school if want to feel like a kid when you are an adult. This school puts you in a Christian Bubble and prohibits watching any films that are above PG-13. I do not feel that the University has an open door policy because problems seem to be ignored instead of addressed. In closing; however, I was able to persevere, and overcome my obstacles, and complete my freshman year with amazing grades.

William Jessup University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at William Jessup University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for William Jessup University is 72%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    Attending college has been the most amazing time of my life, its the only thing that keeps me sane. I had a terrible child hood and school was hard on me even in highschool, becasue the outcast or what you would call a loner. When I went to college it gave me something to look foward to, and I loved going to school. just meeting new people that I could actually call friends was thrilling and It made me a better person. It is really hard to afford college even with Student aid, I dont even want to ask my parents for help any more because I know they will say no. My expericenes were wonderful all around, from the help of a single professor to meeting a group of people that can change your lives for the better. Its valuable to me because...it actually saved my life.

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  3. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    William Jessup is a small, private university with a tiny yet beautiful campus and a limited number of students; this characteristic makes for more chances to learn personally, speak with professors, be comfortable with your campus family (those who live on campus with you) and build important relationships that benefit your spiritual, emotional, mental, academic, and physical awareness and stability.

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  4. What's unique about your campus?

    My school allows GOD on our campus! He is the center of everything we do. If you seek HIM for direction in your life, everything is much simpler.

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  5. Describe the students at your school.

    My classmates are my family, we all know eachother, we all love to know what is going on with one another, the "dream" of knowing everyone on campus is entirely possible.

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  6. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    The people. William Jessup is such an amazing school because of the staff and the people that go there. Everyone knows eachother, the staff all know each of the students and they all take it upon themselves to help you succeed. The staff all welcome you with open arms into their community and love to help you network, they are all very helpful in finding a career that will help you in the future.

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  7. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    William Jessup (academically) is best known for it's psychology and public policy majors; Socially, it is known for being an extremely small campus for a university, but that feature being a beneficial one to the majority of students who attend here. And on top of that, we are a Christian university, promoting the idea of students making God the top priority in their life.

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  8. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    What i like about this school is that the system that is in place is one that is supportive and focuses on the student. Everyone in the admissions office is really hands on and personalize your enrollment process. They let you know what exactly you need in order to continue to the next step. The way the classes are set up is a cohort model, which is great because the group of students that you start your educational journey with, are the same group of people that you walk with at graduation. To me having the cohort model is a plus as oppose to other colleges or universities. I just became a student but in talking to those that are in current students or alumni have shared nothing but positive experiences about their time at William Jessup University.

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  9. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    there is no stereotype of any kinds but supportive that i know of.

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  10. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wish that I had known that although small schools are great and I love Jessup, there are some difficulties going to a small, fast-growing school. There are a lot of changes going on at Jessup in order to accomodate the vast amount of new students that will attend. Some of the alterations call for imperfect circumstances. Sometimes it is hard to adjust to the differences, but you just have to trust that the faculty is making the best decisions they know how to do because they truly care about each and every student which you can easily see.

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  11. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    I think that most students will treat others with a lot of respect even if they don't agree on everything. Yes, I attend a Christian university, but everyone is welcoming and encouraging to each other. Students are told about Christ's love for them, but they are not pushed. Also, the faculty treats everyone fairly. If a student is uncomfortable going to a Christian school maybe they shouldn't attend, but if they want to stretch their understanding and be thrust into an inviting, loving community they should attend.

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  12. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    It has an amazing campus, amazing professors, amazing students and the most amazing softball program! My softball team and the coaches are the greatest!

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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

99% of students attending William Jessup University receive some sort of financial aid. 36% were awarded federal grants. While 74% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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