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Rocklin, Calif.- William Jessup University on Wednesday began its 2013-14 academic year with the largest enrollment in the university’s 74-year history. The university has reported continued growth in enrollment during the past four consecutive years.

William Jessup’s enrollment is up 10 percent from last fall to over 1,100 students, including the largest number of new students (just over 300) attending the Greater Sacramento region’s only private four-year, residential university. In addition, this is the largest incoming first time freshmen class to date.

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“William Jessup University continues to be recognized for the excellent higher education value we are providing in Northern California, the Western United States, and in Canada,” said Jessup’s President, Dr. John Jackson.  “As we continue to make progress to being a Distinguished Christ-Centered University, an increasing number of students and family are seeing us as the provider of choice for affordable excellence in higher education.  We are excited at the ongoing story of growth and expansion that is happening at the University.”

As the university continues to expand its’ reach, incoming students are represented from 17 different states across the United States and Canada.

William Jessup has regularly added to its curriculum and now offers degrees in a variety of disciplines, including Biology, Business Administration, Family and Children’s Ministry, English, History, Intercultural Studies, Creative Arts, Education, Math, Music, Pastoral Ministry, Psychology, Public Policy and Youth Ministry.

Earlier this month, the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) unanimously approved William Jessup University for full membership in the prestigious higher education organization.

Three of the largest majors declared by the incoming students are Business, Psychology, and Liberal Studies or Teacher Education. William Jessup University offers over 50 majors and programs in its traditional program including an accelerated degree program geared for working professionals.

New programs including Biology and Creative Arts have attracted students and exceeded anticipated projections. The new biology lab and creative arts studio in addition to a new media lab provide students with state-of-the-art facilities.

Last fall, William Jessup unveiled a $17 million campus expansion that added new dining, athletic and classroom facilities to accommodate a growing number of students to its 128-acre campus.

Known as a military-friendly university, William Jessup welcomes approximately seven new students honoring the latest provision to the GI Bill, known as the Yellow Ribbon Program. Overall, there are 41 students enrolled in the program that allows any veteran who has served on active duty for at least 36 aggregate months since 9/11 to have the complete cost of tuition covered in any program the University offers.  

Of the new students, 74 are student athletes joining the ranks of the substantial sports program Jessup continues to build, that includes volleyball, men and women’s soccer, men and women’s basketball, golf, cross country/track and softball.

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