John Paul the Great Catholic University

155 W Grand Ave, Escondido, CA 92025 (858) 653-6740 Website

John Paul the Great Catholic University, which opened in September 2006, is a visionary teaching institution focused on and dedicated to molding students into future innovators and creators, leaders and entrepreneurs. Students have the opportunity to acquire a deep and personal knowledge of Jesus Christ. Catholic ethical, moral, and social values provide a guiding compass for everything we do.

The Founders are driven by the vision of creating a world-class university for students seeking degree programs in communications media, business, and theology.

JPCatholic currently offers two undergraduate Bachelor of Science degrees and a graduate degree, MBA in Film Production. Read about our degree programs . With our year round structure students finish our undergraduate degree program in 3 years.

The curriculum rigorously prepares students to challenge a world in which there is an explosion of knowledge but not of understanding, a lack of trust and ethics in leadership and the media, a need for new enterprises that demonstrate a moral and ethical purpose, and an obligation to recognize the intrinsic human value of its workers.

The LaunchPad provides a framework for student teams, with diverse skill sets, to spark new ideas, to unleash talent, and to create opportunities by building new entrepreneurial ventures. Experienced faculty guide the incubation and launch of the student businesses into the marketplace.


JPCatholic offers an outstanding education; a substantial curriculum; small classes; faculty who are both dedicated teachers and accomplished in industry; a supportive campus environment; and a network of accomplished and enthusiastic mentors.

But JPCatholic offers something more - the intimacy and flexibility of a small college combined with the strong commitment to Catholic orthodoxy.

JPCatholic is searching for a unique type of student, one who:

  • dreams about creating new forms of entertainment, innovating new ideas and pioneering new businesses
  • has the passion to explore and develop their God-given creative and innovative talents
  • has the confidence and excitement about being part of the future of media that new technologies are enabling
  • and above all believes that people who change the world - the people who really make a difference - are motivated by a love for Jesus Christ

Breadth of Knowledge and Interdisciplinary Perspective

The curriculum and campus life encourages a union of faith and reason, creativity and business, providing opportunities to put faith into action and turn creativity and ingenuity into business. JPCatholic curriculum brings together scripture and humanities, creativity and innovation, leadership and entrepreneurship, helping you gain an understanding of each and the synergies each can forge in the real world.

Global Cultural Understanding

You will learn about your culture and the many global cultures from a comparative perspective. You will come to recognize the ways your life and actions are influenced by the culture in which you live, preparing you to collaborate and compete in the global economy.

Social Responsibility and the Ethical Implications of Faith and Knowledge

You will learn to critically examine the social responsibilities and ethical implications of faith and knowledge. You will learn to evaluate the local and global impacts (positive and negative) of individual and collective actions as they are manifested in social, economic and political policy.

Understanding your major in Depth

You will study your particular major field in depth. You will experience the kind of mastery that will make you a competent practitioner of your chosen discipline. Prior to graduation you must demonstrate sufficient coherence, depth, and rigor to be able to contribute significantly to a team in building a sustainable business in your field of study.

Critical Thinking, Formal Analysis, and Effective Expression

In your first-year you will: get to know Jesus from scripture; be introduced to the great works of literature, arts, and music; and reflect on the skill of critical thinking and analysis. You will begin to develop your potential for becoming a more literate person who thinks, reads, writes, speaks and expresses your ideas effectively. You will explore the diverse world of business, its models and strategies.

Apply for Admission

We are pleased that you are considering applying to John Paul the Great Catholic University! Before you apply, you may want to review our University Catalog , which describes in detail the academic programs, course descriptions, and academic policies.

JPCatholic is now accepting applications for Fall 2018.

We encourage you to start your application and then send in the different pieces of your application as they become available. We will create an application file for you and add individual parts of your application as they arrive. Please don't hesitate to contact our admissions staff with any questions.

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Student Life

Student Life, which oversees and coordinates all student programs and services, is committed to the development of the whole student by offering opportunities and services to support, challenge and empower them to become better Christians in the world. JPCatholic students are uniquely creative, involved in artistic and innovative projects involving media and business. The campus culture encourages students to search for the ways in which they are called to serve the Lord in their future professional careers.


Escondido Lodge
  • (760) 743-9733
  • 2650 S. Escondido Blvd
  • Escondido, CA 92025

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