A history to honor. A mission to follow.
The original charter that led to the opening of what is now University of Jamestown read:
“We therefore form this association for the purpose of establishing and perpetuating an institution of higher learning in order that the young people of our state and nation may have an opportunity of increasing their knowledge in the liberal arts and for the development of character under the guidance of correct moral and religious influences.”
These words ring true today. The University was, and still is, a liberal arts college dedicated to creating wholeness in students. We celebrate our history, and look forward to the future, guided by our mission and vision.
University of Jamestown is a community dedicated to the development of wholeness in our students.
We adhere to a curriculum of academic excellence which blends the liberal arts with sound professional preparation. Our commitment to the Christian faith encourages an atmosphere of self-discipline, responsibility, and concern for the continuing growth of the individual.
To become the best career-oriented liberal arts university in the Midwest.
We will do so by innovatively blending the liberal arts with professional programs in an engaged, student-centered, Christian environment that fosters long-term success.
The University of Jamestown exists to develop wholeness in all members of our community and to serve its students in a friendly, caring environment. Supported by faculty and staff who are committed to the success of our students, we make the transitions into college and from college-to-career as stress-free as possible.
We value academic excellence as well as a highly engaged student body, faculty, and staff. We blend the liberal arts with professional programs with the goal of graduating students who are well rounded and foundationally prepared for careers that are ever changing in an expanding global economy and lives that are lived in an increasingly complex society.
We believe that students can thrive in a variety of learning environments, whenever and however courses are offered. We promote a residential experience for our traditional undergraduate students, recognizing that a living-learning environment provides an outstanding opportunity for academic, social, and spiritual maturation and persistence. We provide online and hybrid offerings for learners who prefer the flexibility such formats offer while demanding a level of academic rigor that builds character, promotes ethical development, and leads to success in the workplace and further educational endeavors.
We are a Christian university founded in the Presbyterian tradition which welcomes students, faculty, and staff members of all faiths and denominations and fosters the spiritual lives of all members of our community.