Jia, 27, became an online celebrity after his admission to Shandong Normal University - an achievement earned through years of self-teaching in his spare time while holding down a job as a security guard at the library of Tsinghua University.
"He held onto his dream and succeeded after working for five years, which sets a good example for us," Gao Deming, a junior student, told China Daily.
Jia studies mathematics at the university`s Lishan College.
On opening day, he wore a hat to draw less attention to himself as an inflow of media waited on campus to interview him.
"I declined any interviews from the media until Sept 3, the day I returned home from Beijing. I didn`t want to be disturbed at that time as I was in an English training class and had several lectures to attend in Beijing," Jia explained, surrounded by dozens of reporters and photographers, on opening day.
"My dream is to be a college teacher. So I have to pursue further education. That`s also the reason why I took the national entrance examination again," Jia said. "I wish to educate students with my knowledge and love and help them enjoy true, kind and beautiful things."
His admission into university caused a sensation in his hometown village.
A native of Jiazhuang village in Shandong province said, Jia failed the national college entrance examinations twice. He then went to study at a voluntary school in Qingdao in 2004, but dropped out because the learning environment there was not good. He did odd jobs in the following years while continuing to study on his own.
The turning point came at the end of 2009 when Jia landed a job as a security guard at the library of Beijing-based Tsinghua University.
"I cherished the job very much because it provided me with a good chance to read books," Jia said. "I took night shifts so I had plenty of time to study in the daytime."