Academic & Campus News

Fall Quarter Registration

Priority* Registration Begins Monday, August 20, 2018
Registration Begins Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Instruction Begins Monday, October 1, 2018

The Academic Calendar lists the important dates for the rest of 2018-19. The list includes dates about the quarters, holidays, when grades are due and when you can expect to review them.

To register for classes log on to the SOAR portal. Follow this step by step guide to self-enroll in classes. How to Register for Classes – in 11 steps

If you have any questions about degree requirements and study plans email, or book an appointment online by logging on to BlackBoard – Office of Student Experience – Meet your counselor.

If you need assistance in registering for classes, please call the Registration Office at 925-969-3353 or email

For accounting questions, call 925-969-3160, email, or refer to the Managing Your JFKU Account Online – step by step guide.

Summer Intersession Registration

Get ahead in your program by enrolling in a four-week intensive course. The Summer Intersession term will begin on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 and end on Saturday, September 29, 2018.

The following online courses will be offered during the Intersession:

PSY5001 – Information Literacy (2 units)
PSY5002 – Academic Writing (3 units)
PSY5003 – Critical Thinking and Writing (3 units)
BUS5475 – Organizational Communications (3 units)
PSP5885 – Best Practices for Remote Consulting (1 unit)

Undergraduate students: inquire with your Academic Counselor about registering for intersession courses, email

To register go to – SOAR Student Portal – Search for Classes – 2018 Summer Quarter – Additional Search Criteria – Session – Intersession – Search.

You may add or drop Summer Intersession courses through self-service in SOAR up until Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 11:59 pm You will receive a 100% tuition refund for any courses dropped by this deadline.

For financial aid questions, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 925-969-3385 and schedule an appointment to speak with a Financial Aid Counselor or email them at

If you have any questions or need help with registration, please contact the Registration Office at 925-969-3353 or For questions about degree requirements and study plans email For accounting questions, call 925-969-3160, email, or refer to the Managing Your JFKU Account Online – step by step guide.

2018-2019 Academic Catalog

The Academic Catalog is available for viewing on the JFKU website. Visit this link to view or download the PDF version of the catalog.

New Student Orientations

If you are a student that is returning to JFK after taking a break, join us for the General Student Orientations to learn more about JFK University’s resources and services.

Onsite at the Pleasant Hill campus – Thursday, September 20, 2018 – RSVP HERE (onsite)

Online via Zoom – Wednesday, September 26, 2018 – RSVP HERE to receive the Zoom Link.

In advance of your orientation session, feel free to watch the interactive New Student Orientation video to learn how to navigate the BlackBoard Learn and SOAR portals, register for classes, access important academic information and valuable student services and resources. Bring your questions!

To access the video navigate to BlackBoard – Office of Student Experience – New Student Orientation (on the left hand menu). Email us at with any questions.

Step-by-Step Guides – Register for Classes, Make Appointments and More

Click on the links below to access a list of helpful guides and tutorials with answers to frequently asked questions to help you get on board for Fall Quarter:

Student Single Sign On Activation Job Aid – step by step guide to the JKFU Student Portal
New Student Frequently Asked Questions FAQs – find answers and contact information for 28 commonly asked questions about how to navigate and access resources and services as a student at JFK University
How to Register for Classes – in 11 steps
How to Find Course Syllabi on BlackBoard – step by step guide
How to Order Course Readers on Copy Central – step by step guide
How to Look Up Your Grades and IDs on SOAR – step by step guide
How to Book an Appointment with Your Academic Counselor – step by step guide
How to Book an Appointment with a Writing Consultant – step by step guide
How to Borrow Equipment from the USC Lending Library – step by step guide
Managing Your JFKU Account Online – step by step guide and contact information for the Accounting Office
How to Book a Tutoring Appointment – step by step guide
Student Services at John F. Kennedy University

Fall Holistic Retreat

The Fall Holistic Retreat is an annual annual weekend event organized by the Holistic Counseling program celebrating Holistic healing. This year, the Holistic Retreat will take place at Camp Jones Gulch, La Handa, CA between October 5-7, 2018. At this annual gathering of students and faculty, we educate, reflect, share and grow with the support of community. The main day of events include open and closing ceremonies, dream circles, experiential workshops spanning somatic, transpersonal, depth and expressive arts topics, a fire ritual, sound healing, down time, yoga and other outdoor activities. For more information contact Paige Anderson at

Office of Accessibility News

The University now provides 655,000 books free and accessible in audible, pdf, CD, tape and braille format. For more information contact an OAS representative at and ask about Bookshare Services.

Bender Virtual Career Fair
Employment for People with Disabilities – Virtual Career Fair is FREE for students and alumni with disabilities to attend. If you are a Person with a disability looking for a career opportunity or an Internship, this virtual Career Fair will allow the opportunity to connect you with employers looking to hire people with Disabilities. Virtual Career Fair Date: November 14, 2018, register at or call 770-980-0088.

Law & Legal Studies Students Use New Technology at Mock Trials

During the last weekend of July, 2018, JFKU students and staff volunteered at the mock trials at the A.F. Bray Courthouse in Martinez. The use of trial presentation software programs in this live trial setting allowed law and legal studies students a chance to gain confidence and the necessary skills to immediately contribute to a future employer at trial. Read more about this event on the JFKU Blog.

Follow My Lead – Alumni/Community Referral Scholarship

Do you love your program, faculty and friends at JFKU? Refer a friend to one of JFKU’s degree programs and they will receive a scholarship upon enrolling. For more information visit: Follow My Lead.

Writing Advice: Paraphrase Generators

Recommended by Joyce Young, Consultant at the JFKU Writing Center, this post from the San Jose State University Writing Center blog, “The Write Attitude” warns about the problems that arise from using an increasingly popular tool: online paraphrase generators. The authors demonstrate these generators do not paraphrase accurately (and may result in plagiarism), they can introduce errors that entail more work in editing and make the process more difficult. The authors also include recommendations and tips on how to effectively paraphrase. Read the full blog post here.

Equipment Loans Available on a Need-Basis to All Students through the Undergraduate Success Center

With support from a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) Grant from the Department of Education, the Undergraduate Success Center offers a need-based electronic lending library of laptops, Surface Pro tablets & voice recorders. The service is available to all JFKU students who are enrolled in classes in the current term and need the equipment to complete assignments. To apply, read the step by step instructions on How to Borrow Equipment from the USC Lending Library.

Tutoring, Writing Center and Academic Counseling Schedules


Welcome to Henry Tran, our new Legal Technology Tutor!

Tutors are available on-call/by appointment at the Undergraduate Success Center, Room S228 at Pleasant Hill, or online via the Tutoring Virtual Room on BlackBoard collaborate at the times specified below.

Legal Writing Tutor
Lisa U’Ren
Monday through Thursday: 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Friday and Saturday: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Note: Lisa U’Ren has extended her availability for Legal Writing tutoring during the week and weekends.

Legal Technology Tutor
Henry Tran
Monday through Friday: 8:00 am – Noon
Saturday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Statistics/Math and Computer Tutor
Jesus Milian
Monday through Thursday: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

To book an appointment go to BlackBoard – Office of Student Experience – Undergraduate Success Center – Tutoring Services. If you have a time conflict email to inquire about alternative tutoring hours.

How to Book a Tutoring Appointment – step by step guide

Writing Center

Joyce Young, Writing Consultant is available for appointments in Pleasant Hill and online via email and ZOOM. View the schedule and book appointments by logging on to BlackBoard – Office of Student Experience – Writing Center.

Academic Counseling – San Jose Schedule

Academic Counselors will visit the San Jose campus to meet with students in September. Schedule an appointment using the booking link provided below.

Academic Counseling at San Jose: View the schedule of visits to the San Jose campus (MA Counseling Psychology MFT and MA Holistic Counseling Psychology) and book an appointment here.

Academic Counseling at Pleasant Hill: View the schedule and book appointments by logging on to BlackBoard – Office of Student Experience – Meet your Counselor.

Campus Events

Go to for the latest information.

International Pronouns Day – Office of Diversity

International Pronouns Day is October 17, 2018. This international commemorative day seeks to make asking, sharing, and respecting personal pronouns commonplace. Referring to people by the pronouns they determine for themselves is basic to human dignity. To fully understand why pronouns are important we must be more conscious of language, concepts and queer cultures.

To support our community develop a foundation of knowledge, support non gender conforming members of our academic community, and celebrate people’s multiple, intersecting identities JFKU will be holding awareness activities during the time leading up to International Pronouns Day, and on October 17, 2018. Presentations will be held for faculty and staff in the September Staff and Faculty senate meetings. A brown bag lunch seminar will be held for faculty, staff and students on Wednesday, October 17, 2018. More information will be shared about planned activities in the coming weeks.

For more information contact Dr. Benisa Berry, Diversity and Inclusion Officer at or extension 3572.

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