Serving Our Community for Over 50 Years
As one of the first universities dedicated to lifelong learning, John F. Kennedy University offers you a high quality, affordable education that will prepare you to advance your career and community.
John F. Kennedy University is a fully accredited, nonprofit university offering innovative and nationally recognized programs that will help you realize personal and professional growth. Our collaborative learning environment will challenge you to expand your intellect and prepare you to contribute to your profession and community. Our focus on personalized attention will provide you resources and support during your studies and beyond as an alumni. And our practical approach to learning will enable you to apply and refine your skills before graduation.
We invite you to change your future at John F. Kennedy University.
Welcome from the President
Debra Bean, President
Debra Bean is the eighth president in the history of John F. Kennedy University and its first woman president. A leader in higher education with a demonstrated commitment to ensuring academic quality and student success, Ms. Bean comes to JFK University from National University, the second-largest private, nonprofit university in California, where she has been serving as Provost since June 2013.
Mission, Vision, and Values
JFK aims to provide an innovative, transformative, and life-enhancing educational experience for all students seeking to advance their personal and professional lives and in turn, their communities. We value diversity and accessibility, quality and innovation, whole-person growth, and a global worldview.
John F. Kennedy University defines diversity across lines of both culture and ideas, a dynamic concept reflective of the changing and interdependent nature of human experience. With a Diversity Task Force, Diversity Action Plan, and Protocol for Diversity Hiring, John F. Kennedy University is committed to creating a living culture of diversity.
In accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, an annual security report is distributed to all current faculty, staff, and students, as well as made available to prospective students, faculty, and staff.
Careers at John F. Kennedy University
Our employees embrace the challenge of maintaining a dynamic work environment in which both students and employees thrive. We provide equal employment opportunities for all applicants and offer a comprehensive benefits package, competitive salaries, and an opportunity to work in an innovative environment that supports diversity.
The National University System
National University System (NUS) was established in 2001 to meet the emerging demands and challenges for education in the 21st century. The nonprofit system is comprised of university and education-related affiliates that, together, endeavor to provide an exceptional student experience to lifelong learners.
Generally, in order to be eligible for funding under the Higher Education Act Title IV student assistance programs, an educational program must lead to a degree at a non-profit or public institution or it must prepare students for “gainful employment in a recognized occupation.” The majority of John F. Kennedy University’s certificate programs are Title IV eligible.