Office of Admissions

Deadlines

  • Deadlines are program-specific

Overview

Going back to school can be challenging, but if completing your bachelor’s degree is your goal, we will work to help you succeed in achieving it. At JFK University, we admit students in our undergraduate programs every quarter, with an application process that can take as little as 1-2 days.

Please consult this page for information about how to apply, requirements, and transfer policies for the programs listed below. When you are ready to take the next step, you can do so right from here, or contact an admissions counselor for assistance.

  • BA Completion in Legal Studies
  • Paralegal Certificate

Please note: To apply for JFKU Online programs, please refer to the JFKU Online admissions page.

How to Apply

The first step to applying is filling out our online application form for Undergraduate Admissions. You may do this even before you have the rest of your application materials prepared. Once you have completed and submitted this form, an enrollment advisor will contact you, as early as that same day, to guide you through the rest of the application process and submitting the required materials.

Statistical Information Form

As part of the application process, you will also be asked to fill out a Statistical Information Form. The information requested on this form provides the University with a profile of its students and statistical data required for funding from the federal government and foundations. An applicant’s admission to the University will not be affected if all questions are not answered.

As soon as you submit the online application form, an enrollment advisor will reach out to assist you in gathering the rest of your application materials. These application materials will include the following:

Official Transcripts

Undergraduate applicants must submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (this includes schools attended that did not result in a degree, such as a community college). Transcripts not sent directly to the Admissions Office from the issuing institution must remain sealed to be considered official. Transcripts then become the property of the University and will not be returned or released to another party.

Application Fee

Actually, there is none! Other than your time, there is no cost to apply.

Additional Materials

Depending on your program of interest, additional materials may include a personal/goal statement, academic writing sample, or resume. Your enrollment advisor will inform you as to which additional materials are required for your program.

All application documentation must be submitted directly to:

John F. Kennedy University
Admissions Office
100 Ellinwood Way
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523-4817

We understand that for many students, starting a program will be contingent on financial aid. Since it can take 3-4 weeks for a financial aid package to be determined, we encourage students to get this process started as soon as possible. Please visit our Financial Aid page to learn about submitting a FAFSA with our school code. You can also contact a financial aid officer or speak to your enrollment advisor for assistance with this process. We are here to help!

Your application process will also include an opportunity to speak with a program chair to inquire further about your program of interest, as well as to speak with enrollment, financial aid, and academic advisors to learn more about scholarship opportunities, additional financial aid assistance, campus resources, and academic requirements.

And…that’s it! We’re so glad you made it. We’ve been waiting.

1. Complete the Online Application

The first step to applying is filling out our online application form for Undergraduate Admissions. You may do this even before you have the rest of your application materials prepared. Once you have completed and submitted this form, an enrollment advisor will contact you, as early as that same day, to guide you through the rest of the application process and submitting the required materials.

Statistical Information Form

As part of the application process, you will also be asked to fill out a Statistical Information Form. The information requested on this form provides the University with a profile of its students and statistical data required for funding from the federal government and foundations. An applicant’s admission to the University will not be affected if all questions are not answered.

2. Submit Transcripts and Other Materials

As soon as you submit the online application form, an enrollment advisor will reach out to assist you in gathering the rest of your application materials. These application materials will include the following:

Official Transcripts

Undergraduate applicants must submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (this includes schools attended that did not result in a degree, such as a community college). Transcripts not sent directly to the Admissions Office from the issuing institution must remain sealed to be considered official. Transcripts then become the property of the University and will not be returned or released to another party.

Application Fee

Actually, there is none! Other than your time, there is no cost to apply.

Additional Materials

Depending on your program of interest, additional materials may include a personal/goal statement, academic writing sample, or resume. Your enrollment advisor will inform you as to which additional materials are required for your program.

All application documentation must be submitted directly to:

John F. Kennedy University
Admissions Office
100 Ellinwood Way
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523-4817

3. Apply for Financial Aid

We understand that for many students, starting a program will be contingent on financial aid. Since it can take 3-4 weeks for a financial aid package to be determined, we encourage students to get this process started as soon as possible. Please visit our Financial Aid page to learn about submitting a FAFSA with our school code. You can also contact a financial aid officer or speak to your enrollment advisor for assistance with this process. We are here to help!

4. Speak to Your Program Chair

Your application process will also include an opportunity to speak with a program chair to inquire further about your program of interest, as well as to speak with enrollment, financial aid, and academic advisors to learn more about scholarship opportunities, additional financial aid assistance, campus resources, and academic requirements.

And…that’s it! We’re so glad you made it. We’ve been waiting.

Requirements & Policies

Before applying to JFK University, you must have completed at least 45 quarter units (30 semester units) of transferable general education courses in these areas:

Composition – 9 units

Mathematics – 3 units

Humanities – 12 units

Natural Science – 9 units

Social Science – 12 units

If you have not you may complete the AA program at JFKU to complete  your units.

Note: Legal Studies requires 54 quarter units or 36 semester units that must include 27 General Education units, including two Freshman English, Composition, or Writing and Critical Thinking classes with a C or better.

As an alternative to having completed the required coursework, the following assessments may suffice. Please check with your enrollment advisor.

  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
  • Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education Support (DANTES) assessment of military service
  • Corporate-sponsored learning programs

For details on acceptable courses and alternate assessments, contact our Office of Admissions by calling 844-890-6912 or emailing advisor@jfku.edu.

Your previous college and work experience are valued at JFK University.

At JFK University, you may transfer up to 105 quarter units (70 semester units) for a combination of:

  • Work completed through a community or junior college or other two-year institution
  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
  • Advanced Placement
  • Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education Support (DANTES) Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) lower division
  • Military service
  • American Council on Education (ACE) credit recommendations for lower-division credit
  • Training as a registered nurse

A maximum of nine quarter units may be accepted in transfer for physical education courses and a maximum of six quarter units for cooperative work experience. DSST upper division credit is not included in the 105 quarter-unit maximum. Beyond the 105/70 unit maximum, subject credit may be granted, but not unit credit.

Lower- and upper-division courses that are completed with a grade of C- or higher and meet the other standards of the University will be accepted for transfer credit. Only applicable upper-division courses completed with a grade of C or higher will be considered for transfer credit in the major, emphasis, specialization, track, or core requirements.

Credit is not allowed for continuing education courses, non-credit workshops, remedial or vocational courses, or for work completed at an institution whose accreditation is not recognized by the CHEA.

Transfer of Courses taken at California University or Community Colleges:

  • Courses taken prior to fall 2007: Only courses bearing the UC designation are eligible for transfer. Other courses are considered for transfer on a case-by-case basis and may not be eligible for transfer even if they bear the CSU designation. Vocational courses are not eligible for transfer and neither are computer and technology courses.
  • Courses taken in fall 2007 or after: Courses bearing either the UC or CSU designation are eligible for transfer, unless the course is determined to be vocational in nature, such as plumbing, HVAC, and automotive courses. Computer and technology courses are eligible for transfer. However, courses must also meet all other University requirements as stated in the University catalog.

Articulation and Transfer Agreements

JFK University is in the process of developing articulation agreements with California community colleges. The agreements have been signed with Diablo Valley College, Merritt College, City College of San Francisco, and San Jose City College and other colleges. These agreements are available for download below.

Also available are guides for the transfer of credits from various other California community colleges.

For further information, contact our Office of Admissions at 844-890-6912 or advisor@jfku.edu.

Entering Bachelor Completion Program

Before applying to JFK University, you must have completed at least 45 quarter units (30 semester units) of transferable general education courses in these areas:

Composition – 9 units

Mathematics – 3 units

Humanities – 12 units

Natural Science – 9 units

Social Science – 12 units

If you have not you may complete the AA program at JFKU to complete  your units.

Note: Legal Studies requires 54 quarter units or 36 semester units that must include 27 General Education units, including two Freshman English, Composition, or Writing and Critical Thinking classes with a C or better.

As an alternative to having completed the required coursework, the following assessments may suffice. Please check with your enrollment advisor.

  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
  • Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education Support (DANTES) assessment of military service
  • Corporate-sponsored learning programs

For details on acceptable courses and alternate assessments, contact our Office of Admissions by calling 844-890-6912 or emailing advisor@jfku.edu.

Transfer Student Policies

Your previous college and work experience are valued at JFK University.

At JFK University, you may transfer up to 105 quarter units (70 semester units) for a combination of:

  • Work completed through a community or junior college or other two-year institution
  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
  • Advanced Placement
  • Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education Support (DANTES) Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) lower division
  • Military service
  • American Council on Education (ACE) credit recommendations for lower-division credit
  • Training as a registered nurse

A maximum of nine quarter units may be accepted in transfer for physical education courses and a maximum of six quarter units for cooperative work experience. DSST upper division credit is not included in the 105 quarter-unit maximum. Beyond the 105/70 unit maximum, subject credit may be granted, but not unit credit.

Lower- and upper-division courses that are completed with a grade of C- or higher and meet the other standards of the University will be accepted for transfer credit. Only applicable upper-division courses completed with a grade of C or higher will be considered for transfer credit in the major, emphasis, specialization, track, or core requirements.

Credit is not allowed for continuing education courses, non-credit workshops, remedial or vocational courses, or for work completed at an institution whose accreditation is not recognized by the CHEA.

Transfer of Courses taken at California University or Community Colleges:

  • Courses taken prior to fall 2007: Only courses bearing the UC designation are eligible for transfer. Other courses are considered for transfer on a case-by-case basis and may not be eligible for transfer even if they bear the CSU designation. Vocational courses are not eligible for transfer and neither are computer and technology courses.
  • Courses taken in fall 2007 or after: Courses bearing either the UC or CSU designation are eligible for transfer, unless the course is determined to be vocational in nature, such as plumbing, HVAC, and automotive courses. Computer and technology courses are eligible for transfer. However, courses must also meet all other University requirements as stated in the University catalog.

Articulation and Transfer Agreements

JFK University is in the process of developing articulation agreements with California community colleges. The agreements have been signed with Diablo Valley College, Merritt College, City College of San Francisco, and San Jose City College and other colleges. These agreements are available for download below.

Also available are guides for the transfer of credits from various other California community colleges.

For further information, contact our Office of Admissions at 844-890-6912 or advisor@jfku.edu.