William Jessup University

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William Jessup University
William Jessup University logo
MottoTransforming Tomorrow Today
TypeChristian Liberal Arts University
AffiliationNon-denominational Christian
Endowment$1.1 million[1]
Students1700+ full time equivalent[2]
Location, ,
ColorsRed, White, Blue

William Jessup University is a Christian liberal arts university located in Rocklin, California with an additional site in San Jose, California. The university had 1280 students during the 2011-12 academic year, 942 being full-time equivalents. William Jessup University is a private institution that was founded in 1939. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,204, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 126 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. [3]


The University was founded as San Jose Bible College in 1939, in San Jose by William Jessup, the school's first President. Eugene Claremont Sanderson had originally started a school called Evangel Bible University in San Jose in 1934 but was unable to make it viable. As a result, he recruited William Jessup, one of his former students to take over. 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 nearly 30 years later by I-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. Dr. Bryce Jessup, a Pepperdine University alumnus and son of the original president, was President from 1984–2010, when he retired. Dr. John Jackson was selected to be the 6th President in March 2011.

In 1989, the school was renamed San Jose Christian College and was regionally accredited by WASC in 2002. Unable to find a new location in the Santa Clara Valley, and finding a new location in Rocklin, it decided to move to the Sacramento Metropolitan city of Rocklin in April 2003. The University officially moved its San Jose Campus in June 2004. Along with the move, the college was renamed William Jessup University. A branch campus has been retained in San Jose that primarily serves non traditional and graduate students.

The current location was formerly a Herman Miller Furniture Factory, and many of the buildings were designed by famous architect Frank Gehry.[4]



Jessup offers 20 undergraduate majors, 10 graduate programs, degree completion programs and fully online programs. All programs are regionally and professionally accredited and integrated with a vibrant faith based principals that provide students with a foundational understanding of themselves, the world and its creator.


The Schools or William Jessup University are:

  • School of Business
  • School of Education
  • School of Professional Studies

The School of Business offers undergraduate and graduate programs and courses leading to degrees and concentrations.

The School of Education places a high priority on contributing to the regional, national and international educational conversations about effective best practices in education, with a particular focus on teaching and learning, teacher and administrator training and professional development, and district and school intervention practices and programs.


  • Institute for Bio-Diversity and the Environment
  • Institute for Public Policy


Order Name Years in office
1 William Jessup 1939–59
2 Alvan Tiffin 1960–1967
3 Woodrow Phillips 1968–1977
4 Charles Boatman 1979–1983
5 Dr. Bryce Jessup 1984–2010
6 Dr. John Jackson 2011–Current


William Jessup teams, nicknamed athletically as the Warriors, are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer and track & field; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, track & field and volleyball.[5]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]

Julianne Benzel, 2020 United States Presidential Candidate

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2008 NACUBO Endowment Study" (PDF). National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved January 27, 2009.
  2. ^ "William Jessup University — Top Christian College Northern California".
  3. ^ https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges/william-jessup-university-1281
  4. ^ "Frank Gehry". Salon. October 5, 1999.
  5. ^ "This Page Has Moved". www.playnaia.com.
  6. ^ Wilson, Holly. "J.J. Heller's poetic style noted on secular folk chart". Christian Examiner. Retrieved 23 February 2012.

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