William Jessup University

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As a nationally-ranked Christian university, William Jessup University seeks to develop the whole person by developing skills in communication, quantitative reasoning, and critical thinking and by exposing students to a broad cross-section of knowledge in science, social science, and the humanities.

Jessup has more than 70 programs on campus and online. We maintain high academic standards while guiding students towards fulfilling careers and authentic relationships with Christ.

Jessup is a member of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU) and a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).

Contact information

Mailing address:
William Jessup University
2121 University Avenue
Rocklin, CA 95765

Website: jessup.edu

Phone: 916-577-2200

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 941279803

CEO/President: John Jackson, Ph.D.

Chairman: Clifford Daugherty

Board size: 11

Founder: Dr. Eugene Sanderson and Dr. William L. Jessup

Ruling year: 1947

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2013


The William Jessup University vision is that our graduates will be transformed and will help redeem world culture by providing notable servant leadership; by enriching family, church and community life; and by serving with distinction in their chosen career. We are committed to helping students Thrive Spiritually, receive a Quality Liberal Arts Education, and be Exceptionally Employable.

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.

Mission statement

In partnership with the Church, the purpose of William Jessup University is to educate transformational leaders for the glory of God.

Statement of faith

We believe in one God, the maker of heaven and earth: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, as revealed in the Holy Bible and made known in Jesus Christ our Lord;

We believe that Jesus the divine Son became human, was born of a virgin, ministered in word and miracle, died for our sin, was raised bodily from the dead, ascended to God's right hand and is coming again for His people;

We believe that the Holy Spirit is presently ministering through the Christian community, empowering lives of godliness and service;

We believe that the Holy Bible is completely God breathed, true in all its teaching, and the final authority for all matters of faith and practice;

We believe that Jesus Christ established His church on earth to carry out His saving mission among all ethnic groups and formed her to be one holy people;

We believe in God's saving grace that calls forth from all people: faith, repentance, confession, baptism, and new life and ministry through the Spirit; and

We commit ourselves to the teachings, practice and defense of these truths until the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating857 of 1112115 of 130
Fund acquisition rating960 of 1113117 of 130
Resource allocation rating367 of 111337 of 130
Asset utilization rating867 of 1112115 of 130

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$1,982,273$5,951,217$6,466,638$2,601,302$2,557,360
Short-term investments$5,971,461$5,290,818$5,330,427$4,026,400$3,546,882
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$20,022,392$18,470,113$24,199,950$20,490,519$20,570,749
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$113,654,076$99,985,137$97,983,917$98,552,817$90,775,196
Other long-term assets$3,481,726$1,055,015$710,595$281,972$296,415
Total long-term assets$117,135,802$101,040,152$98,694,512$98,834,789$91,071,611
Total assets$137,158,194$119,510,265$122,894,462$119,325,308$111,642,360
Payables and accrued expenses$3,899,967$4,945,857$5,119,802$4,378,765$2,428,395
Other current liabilities$6,117,656$4,354,922$2,574,815$1,670,930$1,641,882
Total current liabilities$10,017,623$9,300,779$7,694,617$6,049,695$4,070,277
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$2,193,327$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$94,328,691$77,023,752$76,744,641$81,289,753$84,901,039
Total liabilities$104,346,314$86,324,531$84,439,258$87,339,448$88,971,316
Net assets20232022202120202019
Without donor restrictions$23,792,027$26,483,859$31,685,408$25,839,021$16,831,628
With donor restrictions$9,019,853$6,701,875$6,769,796$6,146,839$5,839,416
Net assets$32,811,880$33,185,734$38,455,204$31,985,860$22,671,044
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$12,245,745$14,403,713$12,507,621$14,233,393$2,422,590
Program service revenue$44,591,004$45,504,108$47,208,606$49,372,814$48,738,280
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$398,630$210,584$611,851$230,379$239,905
Other revenue($11,094)$4,894($13,294)($77,835)($48,489)
Total other revenue$44,978,540$45,719,586$47,807,163$49,525,358$48,929,696
Total revenue$57,224,285$60,123,299$60,314,784$63,758,751$51,352,286
Program services$50,053,365$50,516,663$46,650,787$44,685,690$45,983,983
Management and general$5,219,994$5,574,829$5,605,208$7,718,983$4,665,094
Total expenses$57,825,041$60,434,378$54,514,964$54,385,117$52,564,516
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Surplus (deficit)($600,756)($311,079)$5,799,820$9,373,634($1,212,230)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($600,756)($311,079)$5,799,820$9,373,634($1,212,230)


John JacksonPresident/Trustee$398,749
Judith RentzVP of Operations/COO$197,341
Lance Von VogtVP of Athletics$165,102
Diane AhnVP of Finance/CFO$148,383
Kay M LlovioVP for Educational Effectiveness, Dean/School of the Humanities and the Arts$146,934
Ahmad ShaarMBA & MSCS Program Director, Associate Professor$145,500
Jennifer H MillarNursing Program Director$141,537

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2023

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William Jessup University began during the Great Depression of the 1930's. Dr. Eugene Sanderson, who had already started three other colleges, saw the need for a Bible college in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. He purchased two large houses on adjacent lots at Fifth and San Carlos Streets in San Jose, across from the campus of San Jose Teachers College (now San Jose State University). Over the course of several years, he improved the property and built a chapel for the faculty and student body yet to come.

In January of 1939, Sanderson asked William L. Jessup to carry on the vision and start the College. Bill and his wife, Carrie, moved from Visalia to San Jose to open the College. On September 20, 1939, classes at San Jose Bible College began with fourteen students. The curriculum focused on the study of the Bible and preparation for church vocations.

During the next few years, growth at San Jose Bible College created the need for a new and larger campus. Seven and one-half acres were purchased at Twelfth and Virginia Streets in San Jose. The first three buildings were erected and put into use by February 1951. The first on-campus housing, Beach Memorial Hall, a dormitory for women, was dedicated in 1960.

During the 1960s and 1970s new buildings included a second dormitory, a new cafeteria, the Memorial Library, the Tiffin Center, a multipurpose gymnasium, and a classroom building. The College received accreditation with the Accrediting Association of Bible Colleges (now the Association of Biblical Higher Education) in 1962 and is currently an active member.

Dr. Bryce Jessup, the son of the founder and the Colleges fifth president began his leadership in 1984. He has led the University to its greatest growth in enrollment, facilities, and curriculum. Multicultural programs focusing on leadership training were added to the curriculum for students from various cultural heritages in and around San Jose. Students from more than thirty different birth countries enrolled. The School of Professional Studies (formerly Degree Completion Program) for working adults was added in 1996 to meet the educational needs of adult learners and now comprises nearly one-third of the student population.

The 125-acre property purchased in Rocklin included a striking, award winning office and warehouse facility for the Herman Miller Corporation, designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry. The renovation for campus use received the Best Rebuild/Renovation Award from the Sacramento Business Journal in March 2005.

When William Jessup University started classes in Rocklin, it did so as the first private four-year university in the greater Sacramento area and the first evangelical Christian College between Fresno and Redding.

William Jessup University received accreditation in 2002 as San Jose Christian College. The name was changed to William Jessup University in 2003, and the campus was moved to Rocklin, California, in 2004. Since arriving in Rocklin in 2004, the 130 acre campus has become host to over 20 degree majors and over 50 programs. In 2014 we had close to 1400 people take classes at our campuses in Rocklin and San Jose (evening classes). The University has doubled in the past three years and we believe our best days are just ahead!

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