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William Jessup University
William Jessup University logo
Motto Leadership Inspired
Established 1939
Type Christian university
Endowment $1.1 million[1]
President Bryce Jessup
Students 578
Location Rocklin, California, USA
Campus Suburban
Colors Blue & white

William Jessup University is a small non-denominational Christian college located in Rocklin, California. It is the first evangelical Christian college between Fresno and Redding.[2] The university had a total of 578 students [3] according to information published Fall 2009.



The University was founded as San Jose Bible College in 1939, in San Jose by William Jessup, the school's first President. By 1951, with the school expanding and the San José State University across the street encroaching, San Jose Bible College moved to a parcel bordered by Coyote Creek, 12th Street and Highway 280. Spanish style classroom buildings and several dormitory buildings made up the small campus.

William Jessup retired in 1960 and was replaced by Alvan L. Tiffin. Later, Woodrow Phillips, an alumnus, was President from 1968 to 1979. The current President is Bryce Jessup, a Pepperdine University alumnus, and son of the original President. Bryce plans to retire in 2010. A replacement has not been named.

In 1989, the school was renamed San Jose Christian College and in 2002, the school was regionally accredited by WASC. As the school's enrollment increased, it became obvious that additional expansion was necessary. Unable to afford additional property in Santa Clara Valley, it decided to move to the Sacramento Metropolitan city of Rocklin in April 2003. Along with the move, the college was renamed William Jessup University. A branch campus has been retained in San Jose that serves only the degree completion students.

The current location was formerly a Herman Miller Furniture Factory, and many of the buildings were designed by famous architect Frank Gehry.


William Jessup currently has a variety of majors, both for traditional undergraduate, as well as Degree Completion programs. According to the school's website, the degrees are listed below:

Traditional Departments & Programs

   * Bible & Theology
   * Business Administration
   * Christian Education
   * English
   * Foundational Studies
   * History
   * Underwater Basket weaving Studies
   * Music
   * Pastoral Ministry
   * Psychology
   * Public Policy
   * Teacher Education/Liberal Studies
   * Youth Ministry

School of Professional Studies

   *Christian Leadership
   *Business Administration
   *Counseling Psychology
   *Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Credential Program


William Jessup University athletic teams are called the Warriors, and compete in the NAIA. The school teams participate in men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's Cross Country, men's golf , women's volleyball, and women's softball.


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