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Is William Jessup University Nationally Ranked?

Did you know that William Jessup University is a top ranked university, as determined by the U.S. News and World Report? That’s right, in their 2019 annual rankings, U.S. News named William Jessup University the #2 Regional College of the West, the #2 Best College for Veterans, and the #4 Best Value School.

U.S. News ranks schools according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence. Regional Colleges, defined as colleges that focus on undergraduate education but grant fewer than 50 percent of their degrees in liberal arts disciplines, are evaluated based on 16 measures of academic quality. Given an overall score of 90.0 out of 100, William Jessup University was awarded the number two spot in the Regional Colleges West category.

A private school with two campuses in Northern California, William Jessup University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,165. In determining Jessup’s high score , U.S. News recognized WJU’s low student-faculty ratio (12:1), and small class sizes. At Jessup, 73% of classes have fewer than 20 students. U.S. News also notes the average freshman retention rate is 75 percent, a strong indicator of student satisfaction.

Jessup’s student’s services were also noted as an indication of the school’s quality. William Jessup University offers services including nonremedial tutoring, campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc.). At WJU, 53% of the students live in college-owned, -operated or -affiliated housing and 47% of students live off campus.

Additionally, U.S. News and World Report ranked William Jessup University as the #2 Best School for Veterans. In order to be ranked a Best College for Veterans, schools must meet several requirements, including being certified for the G.I. Bill; participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program (any veteran who has served on active duty for at least 36 aggregate months since 9/11 can have the complete cost of tuition covered in any program the university offers); and, for two consecutive years, enroll a minimum of 20 veterans and active service members, or a critical mass. WJU welcomed nearly 50 student veterans to campus this year, and continues to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program. The university also offers a Veterans Endowment to help cover any additional educational costs veterans may incur. Through community support, Jessup has raised over $70,000 to support veterans pursuing their education.

As the #4 Best Value School, Jessup was recognized for the value of their academics, given the cost of attending. According to U.S. News, “Best Value” schools are above average academically and cost considerably less than many other schools when the financial aid that they dispense, in the form of need-based grants and scholarships, is taken into account. At Jessup, 81% of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid, and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $20,184.

Jessup is proud to be ranked a top college by U.S. News. Founded in 1939, William Jessup University is the first and only accredited, full-service Christian University in Northern California’s Capital Region. Accredited by WASC, Jessup’s 126-acre campus in Rocklin, CA is located just 20 miles northeast of Sacramento. Jessup’s second campus is located in San Jose, California. For more information about William Jessup University, it’s academic programs, student life, and admission process, please visit, or call (855) WJU-GRAD.

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