William Jessup University is a Christian liberal arts university located in Rocklin, California with an additional site in San Jose, California. The University was founded as San Jose Bible College in 1939, in San Jose by William Jessup, the school's first President. In 1989, the school was renamed San Jose Christian College and in 2002, the school was regionally accredited by WASC. The name was changed to William Jessup University in 2003, and the campus was moved to Rocklin, California, in 2004.
In partnership with the Church, the purpose of William Jessup University is to educate transformational leaders for the glory of God. William Jessup University desires that its graduates will exemplify transformational leadership in church and society through the integration of their faith, learning, and critical thought in the arenas of Christian literacy, communication and intellectual skills, professional competence, and global citizenship.
William Jessup University offers undergraduate degrees that prepare students for a career or further study in graduate school in programs such as Biblical Studies, Biology, Christian Leadership, Creative Arts, Computer Science, mathematics and many more. The School of Professional Studies’ coursework and faculty of experienced practitioners helps students earn a degree that has high academic standards interwoven with Biblical principles. Bachelor's degrees require a minimum of 128 applicable semester units: 52 general education units, 26 elective units and 50 units in the major. The 130 acre campus has become host to over 20 degree majors and over 50 programs.