About Jessup

Founded in 1939 as San Jose Bible College, William Jessup University works to help you cultivate your purpose and achieve your goals through earning an affordable online degree. Our programs offer individualized academic support in a faith-based environment, and they’re designed to fit within your busy schedule so that you can be on the right path to success. We try to develop the whole person through skills in communication, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and by exposing our students to a broad sampling in humanities, social science and science.

Mission Statement

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


To produce transformed leaders prepared to redeem world culture by:

  • Providing notable servant leadership
  • Enriching family, church and community life
  • Serving with distinction in their chosen career

Why Choose Jessup?

Jessup is built upon four foundational pillars that combine to provide a distinctive online educational experience.

  1. Academic Excellence

    We offer the same high-quality, enriching educational experience you would receive in a face-to-face setting. Our online undergraduate and graduate degrees are career focused and designed to help you succeed.

  2. Relational Community

    Our small, intimate online courses ensure that you will have personal contact with your professor and meaningful interaction with your classmates. Our faculty will provide you with individualized attention to help you succeed.

  3. A Biblical Point of View

    We are committed to providing you with an ethical learning experience. Join a faith-based community that takes an integrated approach to your education and encourages you to think critically about how Christianity engages the world.

  4. Flexibility and Convenience

    Our seven-week online courses are designed to fit in your busy schedule. You can study during your own time, wherever you wish. All you need is a computer and a reliable internet connection. We also offer six start dates for all of our programs, so you can begin your classes whenever it is most convenient to you.


Jessup is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)—one of seven major regional accrediting bodies that accredits public and private schools, colleges and universities in the United States—and is a founding member of the International Alliance for Christian Education.

In addition, Jessup is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) and is further accredited by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).


We strive to deliver the highest level of quality of education to our students, and it shows. On top of our accreditations, Jessup has been recognized by national organizations for its excellence and value.

  • No. 2 Best Value Schools by U.S. News & World Report
  • No. 7 Regional Colleges West by U.S. News & World Report