WJU Preview Day is success

By: Staff report
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Like many high school seniors, Jennifer Hardwick of Vacaville was struggling internally, unsure of which college to attend. A gifted student, she was accepted to the University of California, Berkeley, where she could pursue her love of art. Yet Hardwick was apprehensive concerning life on a large campus. Was Cal the right fit? She just didn’t know. That uncertainty led Hardwick to Rocklin, where she decided to attend Preview Day last February at William Jessup University, a Christian liberal arts university that is the only four-year private residential university in the greater Sacramento area. “Everyone was so personable when I visited here on Preview Day, I just loved the students and the professors I met,” Hardwick said. “I had always wanted to go to Cal, but after visiting William Jessup I knew this was where I was supposed to go.” Now firmly entrenched on the 126-acre William Jessup campus, Hardwick was among the welcoming students when the university hosted a record number of 100 students and 65 parents Nov. 20 during Preview Day. The event is designed to give students and parents the opportunity to attend classes and interact with faculty in an intimate setting. They also received a glimpse of the new dormitories, which will double the occupancy on campus to nearly 400 students by the fall 2009. “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,” said Vance Pascua, director of admission at William Jessup University. Preview Day typically attracts students from all over Northern California, yet many of them are located right in William Jessup’s backyard, like Austin Gee of Rocklin. A senior at Woodcreek High School, Gee has applied to WJU for a number of reasons. “It offers liberal arts studies and I want to become a teacher,” Gee said. “The students and the faculty share the same moral values and ethical background that I do; that’s important to me. I was pleasantly surprised to see how nice the dorms were. I got a chance to see how life is on campus and how the students live and connect with each other.” Selecting a college has never been an easy chore, but for students looking to attend a four-year institution in California the decision has grown more difficult with the increasing tuition costs, higher academic standards and this year the Cal State system has reduced its enrollment by 10,000 students. “It always excites me to meet students who come to Preview Day and see all the potential they bring,” said Bryce Jessup, the university president. “We care and mentor them while they are here and give them the best possible Christian education available. We have created a culture where they can find their roots for life, then we send them out into the community where they continue to blossom.” For more information about William Jessup University, visit or call 577-2200.