At a time of economic uncertainty, many families and students might overlook the possibility of attending a private university but the reality is that the financial commitments may not be as great as prospective students think.
Rocklin, Calif. (Vocus) January 29, 2010
Want to find out why enrollment numbers are up at William Jessup University? A tuition cut, followed by a tuition freeze, new student apartments, adding a women’s softball program and finding creative ways to ensure affordability and accessibility are part of the reason why more students are including WJU in their college search.
Prospective students are encouraged to attend the University’s spring Preview Day on Thursday, February 11 and should RSVP by February 4. WJU has already received record response numbers for the event, which goes from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
While the national trend has been to raise tuition costs, William Jessup was one of the few colleges in the country to reduce tuition, dropping it 2.5 percent. Even before the reduction, the University’s costs already were about 10 percent below the national average for private, four-year institutions.
As part of its commitment to affordability, the University recently announced it will freeze tuition for students for the 2010-2011 academic year.
Preview Day gives students and parents the opportunity to attend classes and interact with faculty, students and other parents in a small, intimate setting. Information about majors and financial aid will be available throughout the day.
“Preview Day is a unique way for students and their families to understand how seriously we take our commitment to educating the whole student: academically, spiritually and socially,” explained Vance Pascua, Jessup’s Director of Admission.
“At a time of economic uncertainty, many families and students might overlook the possibility of attending a private university but the reality is that the financial commitments may not be as great as prospective students think,” Pascua said.
The university offers a variety of scholarships and financial assistance. In the current academic year, the university awarded $3.1 million in institutional financial aid.
“Many people may be surprised to find out that attending a private university could be less expensive than attending a UC institution,” Pascua said.
The Preview Day event features hands-on opportunities ranging from campus tours, attending sample classes, chapel and a university fair with information on specific majors and programs of study. Students and parents will have the chance to interact during faculty, student and parent panels, as well as gather information about admission and financial aid.
William Jessup University’s student/faculty ratio in its traditional undergraduate program is 14 to 1, enabling students to be engaged and accountable in numerous ways. WJU students don’t have the challenge public university students have when it comes to assuring that they get the classes they need to complete requirements.
“Our students have little to worry about getting the courses they need, which translates to completing their educational goals on time,” Pascua said.
For more information or to RSVP for Preview Day, call (916) 577-2222, email khernandez(at)jessup(dot)edu, or register online at http://www.jessup.edu .
About William Jessup University
Founded in 1939 by William Jessup, the University moved to Rocklin, California, in August 2004. WJU is the first and only WASC accredited private four-year university to have its main campus located in the greater Sacramento area, offering degrees in many different disciplines, including Business Administration, Family & Children’s Ministry, English, History, Intercultural Studies, Liberal Studies (Teacher Education), Music, Pastoral Ministry, Psychology, Public Policy and Youth Ministry. Anticipated majors include fields in the humanities and science. WJU also offers a School of Professional Studies (SPS) at its campuses in Rocklin and San Jose. Program concentrations in Rocklin include Business Administration, Counseling Psychology and a Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Credential Program. In San Jose, concentrations are offered in Business Administration, Counseling Psychology, and Christian Leadership. For more information, please visit http://www.jessup.edu or call (916) 577-2200.