William Jessup University
William Jessup University - Comments and Student Experiences|
One thing I have to say is that the school was great when I went there my first year. Our president was Bryce Jessup, and left after my first year to retire. He still has an active role in the University, but was a great person. After he left, the school started to change. Adjuncts were added who were not the best, and the "family" culture began to go downhill.
Going back to my major, there were a few instructors that made it worthwhile. They were quality instructors that had loads of experience, fun, entertaining, and pushed you to do great. I honestly believe in their craft, they could beat any performer or instructor in the country. The same goes for many of the instructors in other departments, especially the business and psychology departments. However, the department kept changing all the time, programs were cut, and it was very political in terms of who was the favorite music majors. In all honesty, the best musicians were overworked and overused with little affirmation when the popular students who were talented, but not well educated, got the opportunities. One of the most popular adjuncts in the music department had told me personally that in order for my degree in the long run to actually mean something, I'd need to go back to school and take more classes. The degree is easy when compared to other liberal arts music degrees.
However, other classes are completely educational and worthwhile. I had obtained three minors: bible and theology, psychology, and business. They were all informative and challenged me more than my music classes. Granted, it's music.
In the end, I did gain better skills than when I entered, and I was greatly appreciative of my private instructors. They were smart, effective, and well educated, and the classes THEY taught made the degree worth while.
In the end, I had a falling out with the department chair, on account I quite choir and was not a popular person in the department (in terms of favorites).
In the end, I did make good friends, and I still keep in touch with my instructors. I lean on their expertise, and they invested in me.
IN all honesty, some instructors who have grown with the university are tremendous and incomparable. However, because it is growing, the culture is changing, and it has disappointed many alumni, myself included.
However, this was a good learning experience for me. I learned a lot, I'm pursuing education, and it gave me enough life experience. If you are considering the university, go when there is a preview day, and fine people who will really tell you about it, not what you want to hear, and choose to go to a class that you would not consider majoring in, on account the major you choose will have classes like the ones you don't like or wouldn't like.
The internet is an extreme inconvenience. With download speeds that do not meet the standards set forth more than a decade ago, WJU essentially lies to incoming students about their broadband internet. What's more, they have banned students from creating their own internet networks, I suspect it has something to do with the degree of control that WJU staff wishes to exert upon their students (there's a filter on the internet too, by the way)
I met some of the most amazing people in my life at WJU, I also met some of the most dishonest and ungodly people I've ever come across - an exchanged student from India once offered me $400 to write a paper about the Bible for him, was caught at strip clubs multiple times, was caught with porn by WJU staff, and was STILL given a scholarship for his commitment to Christian leadership by the school...why? Because Daddy donated lots of money)
I would never recommend anyone go to WJU. You will graduate with a huge amount of debt (unless your parents are paying your way or you manage to get a full-ride scholarship) and you will have a great deal of trouble lining up work when you graduate unless you are well connected (the economy plus their lack of alumni network takes a huge toll...that, and the fact that none of their degrees are really self sufficient save for maybe business)Save yourself a lot of time, frustration, and money, do not go to this school.