John F. Kennedy (JFK) University

Founded in 1964, John F. Kennedy University is a nonprofit private university with three campuses in the San Francisco Bay area and a member of the National University System.

Founded in 1964, John F. Kennedy University is a nonprofit private university with three campuses in the San Francisco Bay area and a member of the National University System. John F. Kennedy University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the same body which accredits the other major universities and colleges in the western United States.

With nationally recognized programs, John F. Kennedy University offers innovative and flexible higher education opportunities that enable students to achieve success both personally and professionally. The University offers undergraduate-completion programs designed for students who have achieved at least two years of college level coursework, as well as graduate and doctorate degrees and certificates in the fields of psychology, law, management, liberal studies, legal studies, criminal justice leadership, and health and humanities.

John F. Kennedy University, believes in a practical learning approach, so a field component is integrated into many degree programs. Graduate psychology students get first-hand experience in providing counseling services at one of the University’s three community counseling centers. Second- and third-year law students have the opportunity to work as certified legal interns at on-site legal clinics. Students enjoy unique program outcomes through dynamic, hands-on internships offered in the Sport Psychology and Museum Studies programs.

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Affordable degrees: John F. Kennedy University is committed to providing affordable education. Unlike most universities, at John F. Kennedy University, students pay the same tuition regardless of whether they are from California or abroad. John F. Kennedy University’s average undergraduate tuition per year is 25 percent lower than the average of private colleges in the United States.

Traditional Quarter System: John F. Kennedy’s College of Undergraduate Studies and College of Graduate and Professional Studies follow the traditional four quarter system. Students are typically able to take classes year-round as long as their program of study has course offerings in the Summer as well as Fall, Winter and Spring. International students are able to attain a greater interest and motivation, and achieve better overall learning results by engaging in their coursework during all four quarters of the academic calendar. John F. Kennedy’s College of Law adheres to a semester system.

Study in the San Francisco Bay Area: The San Francisco Bay Area is one of the largest urban areas in the world. Students will have a world class opportunity to explore the rich culture, arts and theater, as well as its many iconic features such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz Island, as well as the beautiful coast line and abundant beautiful parks and museums.

John F. Kennedy’s Pleasant Hill campus is just 40 minutes north east of San Francisco. The renowned Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system provides students with inexpensive and convenient access to the City of San Francisco. With mild temperatures and a quaint suburban setting, students are able to enjoy the many features and destinations of the Bay Area throughout the year.

John F. Kennedy University

Personalized student services: The faculty and staff at John F. Kennedy University are committed to supporting you throughout your academic experience and beyond. A collaborative learning environment challenges students to expand their intellect and prepares them to contribute to their profession and community. In addition, the University’s Academic Support Services Center provides workshops and one-on-one advising on a variety of study and writing skills.

Pre-arrival and arrival assistance: Students receive extensive guidance in making their preparations for travel to, and arrival in, the United States, including advice on travel, airport arrival assistance, and finding affordable housing off-campus. Homestay options are also available. Students are given a specialized orientation upon arrival.

International Programs Office: The dedicated staff of the International Programs Office specializes in the maintenance of F-1 status, work authorization, and international student advising. Qualified F-1 students are eligible to apply for 12 to 29 months of work experience called Optional Practical Training (OPT). This allows students to gain work experience in their chosen career field.


$15,000—$20,000 Semester

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