Kristu Jayanti College, founded in 1999, is run by "BODHI NIKETAN TRUST", formed by the members of St. Joseph Province of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI). The college is affiliated to Bangalore University and is reaccredited with highest grade 'A' by NAAC in Second Cycle of Accreditation. The college is recognized by UGC under the category 2(f) & 12(B). The college was accorded autonomous status in 2013 by the University Grants Commission, Government of Karnataka & the Bangalore University. The institution strives to fulfill its mission to provide educational opportunities to all aspiring youth to excel in life by developing academic excellence, fostering values, creating civic responsibility and building global competencies in a dynamic environment.
Kristu Jayanti College is affiliated to the Bangalore University, the largest University in the country. A majority of higher educational institutions are established in the southern and eastern parts of Bangalore. The northern part of Bangalore District was semi-urban and rural that lacked educational and industrial development. In order to build vibrant academic environment and expand opportunities for socio-economic change in this geographical area, the college was started at K. Narayanapura in Kothanur region. The college had a humble beginning with 1 course, 9 students and 3 full time academic faculty in 1999, has grown exponentially in programmes (27 programme including two Ph.D. programme), in number of students (4734) and in full time faculty strength (171), all in a matter of 17 years.