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John Paul the Great Catholic University

Year Founded 2006
Number of Students 260
Location Escondido, CA
Total Cost (Tuition, Room & Board) $32,400 tuition & room (3 academic quarters
Net Price (learn more) $30,385
Number of Majors 3
Catholic Students 89%
Catholic Faculty 59%
Median High School GPA 3.5
Median SAT 1150
Median ACT 23

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When one thinks of a traditional Catholic college, it’s not likely situated in office buildings in a business community in downtown Escondido, California. But no other Catholic college is quite like John Paul the Great Catholic University, and the setting is rather appropriate for this 21stcentury addition to Catholic higher education. 

Students enjoy the mild weather and charm of this San Diego suburb, where the University moved in 2013 from its former site in San Diego. Look behind the doors, and you will find state-of-the-art technology and software to prepare students for futures in business, filmmaking, and other “new media,” with a firm grounding in the liberal arts and faithful Catholic theology. It’s a smart combination for the Church in today’s culture. 

The campus features a post-production studio, equipped with software and technology used in Hollywood filmmaking. A sound stage, complete with camera equipment, lighting, and audio equipment, allows students to shoot their productions. In addition, a “Business Launchpad” provides basic office infrastructure for student-led startup companies. 

And the new campus is strategically located next to the California Performing Arts Center, which provides critical infrastructure for future conferences as well as the University’s acting program. 

Although it is situated in southern California, the small, specialized University traces its heritage to Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio. While visiting there in 2000 with his daughter, President Derry Connolly had the inspiration to develop a college in his hometown. 

“While at Franciscan, I saw students incredibly on fire for their faith. That wasn’t something I had experienced before,” said Connolly, who has worked as a professor and administrator at the University of California-San Diego for more than a decade. “The idea for John Paul the Great came to me while in front of the Blessed Sacrament. I wanted to try to connect the idea of students on fire for their faith with what I did day-to-day, teaching entrepreneurship to students at one of the top 20 schools in the U.S.”

The University offers undergraduate degrees in communications media, business, and humanities, as well as an M.B.A. in film producing. Undergraduates can specialize in film (screenwriting, producing, post-production, and production/directing), creative writing, acting, animation, video game development, journalism, entrepreneurship, leadership and management, sales and marketing, theology, and New Evangelization—the latter being something of a combination of new media, business, and theology.  

But undergraduates also take one course every quarter on some aspect of Catholic philosophy, theology, history, ethics, or culture. And unlike most colleges and universities, John Paul the Great’s academic calendar is year-round based on quarters, not semesters. 

With 260 undergraduate students, almost all of them Catholic, the University has long-range plans for a traditional campus with up to 1,200 students. In spring 2016, the University added a new building with more space for future studios, library, and auditorium.  

The University is governed by an eight-member board of trustees, chaired by a CFO. The others include a priest, deacon, and several area business leaders. Dr. Connolly, a native of Ireland, has a Ph.D. in applied mechanics from Cal-Tech, 15 years of employment with IBM and Kodak, and eight patents to his name. 

JPCatholic received accreditation with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges in March 2015. 

A college education in upscale San Diego county should be expensive, but JPCatholic is priced far below the average California college. Tuition and room fees for the 2018-2019 academic year are $32,400 (the academic year lasts for 3 quarters). Financial aid includes scholarship packages based on both need and merit, work-study opportunities, and federal grants and loans. 

JPCatholic requires a 90-credit core curriculum. This includes 24 credits in theology and Scripture, 9 credits in philosophy, 36 in the humanities and science or math, and 21 credits in business.

Students can choose to major in Communications Media, Business or Humanities. A theology major is no longer available, but students do take many theology classes through the core curriculum.  The new Humanities major expands on the required humanities core curriculum, and has two areas of emphasis: theology and philosophy, or creative writing and screenwriting. 

In many ways, the University combines the best of a college with the hands-on skill learning of a technical school. From their first weeks on campus, many students are able to use cameras and professional post-production software. 

The University assumes that most students will be called to work in business, entertainment, and digital media. In their senior year, entrepreneurship students and some others participate in the newly revamped Business Launchpad, which teaches them to create a blueprint for a company and launch it using University facilities. Several students have used these plans to continue their own businesses after graduation. 

Not only has JPCatholic established a niche, but the University already has a respectable track record of success with graduates in media, technology, and filmmaking. Students and faculty created a feature film called Red Line and an online television series that attracted more than 125,000 site visitors and a great deal of press coverage. Graduates and employees launched Yellow Line Digital, a social media marketing company.  

JPCatholic is emphatic in ensuring fidelity to the Magisterium: “All teaching faculty will commit to harmony with Catholic Church teachings (the pope and bishops) in speech and action. Faculty, staff, students or volunteers who knowingly in public speech or actions take positions against the Catholic Church compromise their relationship with JPCatholic. JPCatholic expects all trustees, faculty and staff to celebrate the positive spiritual and entrepreneurial components of its mission and eschew cutting down what the institution is striving to build.” 

Overall, there are 33 faculty members and two visiting faculty. The mandatum is required for all professors of theology. To help keep the University’s budget small while also maintaining a practical emphasis, many professors are employed in part-time work in their field. 

JPCatholic does not have a study abroad program, but offers a three-week Europe trip over spring break, during which students are immersed in the cultures of Ireland, England, and Italy. 

The University has a small Eucharistic chapel which seats about 25 people. In order to accommodate a higher attendance for Mass, the University has transformed a large classroom into a reverent chapel, outfitting it with icons, an altar, and a crucifix. Class schedules are structured around daily Mass, which is offered each weekday on campus. 

Various priests from the diocese and religious orders visit JPCatholic to say Mass. Confessions are also available six times per week and by appointment. Eucharistic Adoration is available every weekday on campus, with Liturgy of the Hours prayed in the chapel in the morning. The Rosary is prayed by students nightly at their residence apartments.   

The local St. Mary’s Catholic Parish has 24-hour Eucharistic Adoration and the Extraordinary form of the Mass on Sundays.   

Students have become involved in teaching CCD classes, doing pro-life work, and helping homeless people. 

About 20 percent of JPCatholic’s students commute from home, and the remainder live in two-bedroom townhomes and apartments leased by the University at the Latitude33 complex, less than a half-mile from campus. Men and women residing in townhomes live on opposite sides of the street and those in apartments are separated by floor, but some apartments may be adjacent to or across from non-student residences. Students are not normally permitted to visit residences of the opposite sex. 

The townhomes and apartments are located next to a shopping center with a movie theater and grocery store. There are part-time job opportunities in the shopping center and on historic Grand Avenue, which is home to bistros, bakeries, and gelato and coffee shops.  Down the street from the residences is Grape Day Park, with space for sports and short film production. 

The University does not offer a meal plan, so students are responsible for their own meals.  The University estimates that cost of living may total $1,000 per quarter for the typical student.  Students walk or ride bicycles to class. 

Households—voluntary groups of students who support each other spiritually and socially, according to the Franciscan University of Steubenville model—are highly encouraged. About 18 percent of the students currently belong to a household. 

Alcohol is not permitted on campus or in apartments, and the University encourages chastity. Student dress can vary with some wearing t-shirts, sandals, and flip-flops, although some theology classes may require a higher standard of dress. 

With a population of about 1.4 million, nearby San Diego presents a broad array of economic, social, and cultural opportunities. The diversified economy includes military and port facilities, tourism, biotechnology, marine science, and many start-up businesses, particularly in technology.  Cultural offerings include the San Diego Museum of Art, the San Diego Zoo, and a wide range of professional sports teams. 

San Diego is one of the safest large cities in the nation, but students should avoid crossing the nearby Mexican border.  In addition to the San Diego International Airport, Amtrak and other rail and public bus systems are available. 

Students can take the Sprinter train, with a station just two blocks away, to Hollywood for networking events and internships. For $2, students can take the train to the beach. 

JPCatholic has had a variety of student-led organizations, with clubs and groups dedicated to art, tabletop gaming, pro-life outreach, choir, swing dance, and classic movies. The University staff and students have established some informal sports activities, such as hiking, surfing, flag football, and soccer. 

Student government also sponsors several events each quarter such as “open mic” nights or variety programs, internal film festivals, dances, and beach BBQs. 

Students also venture into San Diego for the many social, cultural, film festival, and athletic opportunities available there. 

John Paul the Great Catholic University is part of the new breed of small Catholic institutions that have responded to the crisis in Catholic higher education with a renewed commitment to faithful theology and philosophy. 

But JPCatholic is also uniquely modern, preparing students for 21st-century careers in business and media technology while retaining a traditional liberal arts core. The University has found a special niche among Catholic colleges, one that will appeal to a particular student with a love for entrepreneurship, digital media, and evangelization. 

The University offers Catholic families three very attractive components: a strong Catholic identity, a complete yet specialized curriculum, and a location in one of the most livable and appealing areas in the country. 

Questions & Answers

Answers from the college on the most important questions. Click a topic below to read more.

Is your institution accredited by at least one regional or national education association?

Yes

Please identify each accreditor and indicate whether it is approved by the U.S. Department of Education.

Western Association of Schools and Colleges

Please cite evidence of student or alumni accomplishment, such as graduation rate, graduate school placement, job placement, awards, etc.

We have a high placement rate (90 percent for business students, 72 percent for media students). Employers have included Sony Online Entertainment, Metanoia Films, NBC, National Geographic, Rotten Tomatoes, Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Drive Studios, Ascension Press, Life Teen, and Adidas Group.  Some students have been accepted into top grad schools (i.e. UCLA’s MFA program, Catholic University’s MBA). The student created feature film Red Line has achieved distribution internationally and has appeared in Red Box, Target, Netflix, and is available in 200 million homes through video on-demand. Students helped raise nearly $2 million for the start-up company Yellow Line Digital, which currently employs about ten alumni full-time. 

Are more than half of the current members of your faculty practicing Catholics?

Yes

Approximately what percentage of your current faculty members are practicing Catholics?

Full Time Faculty: 75% 
Adjunct Faculty: 50% 

Are members of your faculty officially informed of their responsibility for maintaining and strengthening the Catholic identity of the institution?

Yes, they sign an agreement to not teach contrary to the Magisterial teachings of the Church.  Non-Catholics do not teach theology or philosophy courses.

Are members of your teaching faculty expected, as a condition of employment, to respect Catholic teaching and comply with Catholic morality in their public actions and statements both on and off campus?

Yes

Please identify key undergraduate faculty who are noted experts in their field, have produced important publications, have leadership roles in academic associations, etc. and briefly describe such accomplishments (optional):

Chris Riley, Professor of Film, is the author of The Hollywood Standard: The Complete and Authoritative Guide to Script Format and Style and is considered the most authoritative figure on official screenplay format.  He is the former director of the acclaimed Act One Writing Program in Hollywood. 

Professor of Cinematography Robert Kirbyson’s first feature film, Snowmen, won the Top Narrative Feature award at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival.  His short film Ctrl-Z won an award at Sundance, which led to his writing and directing the web series CTRL for NBC, the first stand-alone web series produced by a major network. 

Prof. Colin Brady is a creative producer and animation supervisor who has worked at Pixar, Industrial Light and Magic, Imagi Studios, Rhythm and Hues, and Pixomondo. Colin has directed animation for Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Ang Lee, John Lasseter and Martin Scorsese. He has worked on projects including A Bug’s LifeToy Story 2The Hunger Games, and Hugo. 

Prof. Marc Burch, Professor of Business, is a founder and the VP of Business Development at ComoBlue, a software application company. He helped develop ideation, social gaming, and product strategy for Facebook and mobile applications, managing the business development, partnerships, and ad networks. He is also an angel investor and executive entrepreneur providing early-stage capital. 

Dr. Derry Connolly – founder and president of JPCatholic – also teaches business coursework. He spent 15 years working in industrial Research and Development with IBM and Kodak. He holds 8 US patents and has numerous technical publications. He has also taught Applied Innovation at the Von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement; and served as the Associate Dean of Continuing Education at UCSD Extension. 

Does the institution have a department of Catholic theology, distinct from “religious studies” and other disciplines?

Yes

Are courses in Catholic theology clearly identified and distinguished from other courses dealing with religion?

Yes

Do all faculty in the theological disciplines have a mandatum according to the procedures established by the local bishop or other competent ecclesiastical authority?

Yes

Do all faculty in the theological disciplines make the Catholic Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity?

Yes

Does your institution require that all theology courses be taught in a manner faithful to Scripture, Tradition, and the Church’s Magisterium, and also to the principles and methods proper to Catholic theology?

Yes

Please identify the theology courses that are included in the undergraduate core or distribution requirements and the professors who routinely teach those courses:

Introduction to Scripture I –   

Introduction to Scripture II –   

The Intellectual Life & Virtue –  

Fundamentals of Catholicism –   

Sacraments, Liturgy, and Prayer –   

Moral Theology and Ethics   

Catholic Social Teaching   

Marriage and Family   

Please describe the place of Catholic theology in your institution’s undergraduate curriculum and how it is distinct from other institutions.

We require 24 credits of Catholic theology and Scripture for all undergraduate students regardless of major.  At most institutions, this would be enough to be granted a minor in theology. 

Please identify any course that every undergraduate student must take:

THEOLOGY (24 credits):
Scripture I;
The Intellectual Life & Virtue;
Scripture II;
Fundamentals of Catholicism;
Sacraments, Liturgy, and Prayer;
Moral Theology and Ethics;
Catholic Social Teaching;
Marriage & Family. 

PHILOSOPHY (9 credits):
Philosophy of Nature;
Philosophy of Man;
Philosophy of God; 

HUMANITIES (30 credits):
Logic;
Rhetoric: The Art of Persuasion;
Culture Making;
History of Culture through the Arts I
History of Culture through the Arts II
History of Culture through the Arts III
Global Cultures History & Politics;
American Politics;
plus two more Humanities electives 

MATH & SCIENCE (6 credits):
Decisions Based on Data
Natural Science 

BUSINESS (21 credits):
Entrepreneurial Thinking
Project Management
Introduction to Marketing
Business Planning
Negotiation Skills
Leadership and Management
Business Communications 

Please identity the courses that students may choose from in order to satisfy common curriculum distribution requirements:

The two Humanities electives that students may choose include: 
 
College Writing I; 
College Writing II; 
Poetics and Aesthetics 
Other HUMA, PHIL, or THEO courses. 

How many credits are required for graduation and what percent are from core / distribution courses?

180 credits   50%

Is every undergraduate student required to take one or more courses in which they are taught authentic Catholic doctrine and practice?

Yes

If yes, please describe them generally and note how many courses are required?

The core curriculum requires eight courses in Scripture and theology, which is approximately two classes per academic year.

Is every undergraduate student required to take one or more interdisciplinary courses relating theology or philosophy with other disciplines?

Yes

Additional Core Curriculum information, clarification or description (optional):

Of 180 Credits required for graduation:

Core requirements = 90 credits

Major & Emphasis requirements = 90 credits

List the major, minor and special program areas that students may choose for specialization while pursuing an undergraduate degree:

Major: Communications Media 

Areas of Emphasis: Screenwriting, Film Producing (Business of Entertainment), Production/Directing, Post-production, Acting for Stage & Screen, Journalism, Animation, Game Art & Design, and New Evangelization. 

Major: Business 

Areas of Emphasis: Creative Entrepreneurship, Sales & Marketing, Leadership & Management 

Major: Humanities
Creative Writing & Screenwriting 

What are the three most popular majors or specialty disciplines for undergraduate students, and about what percentage of undergraduate students specialize in these disciplines?

Film (including Production, Producing, Post-Production, Screenwriting) 23%

Business 12%

Acting 12% 

Does each undergraduate degree program require Catholic ethical formation related to the student’s major field(s) of study?

Yes

Does your institution regularly provide academic events to address theological questions related to specialized disciplines?

Yes

If yes, please describe:

The University hosts a variety of guest lectures, which have included Scott Hahn, Sister Pavsyukova, and the John Paul II Legacy Lecture Series. The University occasionally hosts faculty panel discussions on new movies or television shows. 

Does your institution require cooperation among faculty in different disciplines in teaching, research and other academic activities?

There is no requirement, but it is supported.

If yes, please describe.

Does the local bishop (or other competent ecclesiastical authority) select or approve the appointment of your chaplain?

No

Does your institution offer Mass on campus at least on Sundays and other days of obligation?

Weekend Masses on campus are usually offered on Sunday evenings. Students also attend local parishes.

On average, about what percentage of undergraduate students attend Sunday Mass (including the Saturday vigil Mass) during the academic year? 

Estimated 90%

Does your institution offer daily Mass to students?

Yes

On average, about how many undergraduate students attend daily Mass during the academic year?

52% of student body attend daily Mass at least once a week. 
 
Approximately 60 students attend campus daily Mass on a given day.

Does your institution offer the Extraordinary Form of the Mass to students at least weekly?

No

Are all of the Masses celebrated on campus reverent and in accord with liturgical norms and directives?

Yes

Are the altar servers at your institution’s Masses male only or both male and female?

Male only

Please list the schedule of Masses, noting the following for each Mass: the day and time, the Form or Rite of the Mass, and the style of music, if any (chant, traditional, contemporary, etc.):

Mo 11:00 a.m., Ordinary Form  
Tu 11:00 a.m., Ordinary Form  
We 11:00 a.m., Ordinary Form  
Th 11:00 a.m., Ordinary Form 
Fr 11:00 a.m., Ordinary Form 
Sun 7:00 p.m. Ordinary Form 

Does your institution offer Confession on campus at least weekly?

Yes

List the schedule for Confession by day and time:

Mo – Before and/or After Mass 
Tu – Before and/or After Mass 
We – Before and/or After Mass 
Th – Before and/or After Mass 
Fr – Before and/or After Mass 
Sa – Local Parish 4:00-5:15pm 
Su – Before and/or After Mass 
 
Other: As needed, or at special events (retreats, etc) 

Does your institution offer Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at least weekly?

Yes

List the schedule for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament by day and time:

Monday-Friday 9am-3:30pm. (Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is also available 24 hours at St Mary’s Catholic Church.) 

Please identify regularly scheduled devotions on campus for students such as the Rosary and prayer groups:

Rosary is prayed nightly at 9:00 p.m. in the townhome common area.

Does your institution offer retreat programs available to all Catholic students at least annually?

Yes

Please describe any formal programs to foster vocations to the priesthood and religious life:

There is no formal pre-theology program; however, the Chaldean Catholic seminarians enroll in our New Evangelization emphasis as part of their formation.

If your institution has formal vocation programs, about how many students participate in them each year?

Are you aware of any graduates from your institution (not including seminary students, if any) who are ordained to the priesthood or have entered religious life? Please describe.

Yes. There are several Chaldean Catholic seminarians who have completed their undergraduate and graduate degrees at JPCatholic. So far, four of them have been ordained to the priesthood.

We have also had several women who have chosen to enter the religious life.

 

Please describe options for students to reside on and off campus:

JPCatholic has leased a block of townhome and apartment units in the Latitude33 complex, less than a half-mile (5-10 minute walk) from the classrooms and production facilities. Students walk or ride bicycles to class. 

The townhomes are three-story, two-bedroom units, whereas the apartments are one-story, two-bedroom units. 

The complex is located right next to a shopping center with a movie theatre and grocery store. Down the street from the student housing is Grape Day Park, which offers plenty of space for sports and short film production. There are an abundance of part-time job opportunities in the shopping center and on historic Grand avenue. Historic Grand Avenue is home to bistros, bakeries, gelato and coffee shops. 

Because students do not live in traditional dorms, students experience and are encouraged to develop a greater degree of responsibility. For example, the University does not offer a meal plan, so students are responsible for their own meals. Students also clean their apartments and there are periodic room checks to ensure cleanliness. 

The Latitude33 complex includes 2 workout rooms, a pool, a game room, and a cabana area with grills. Students can work and play in either the student center on-campus or in the common town home. 

Undergraduate students are only allowed to live off-campus if:
a) they are 23 years of age or older, or
b) they live at home with their parents and commute to JPCatholic 

Does your institution offer only single-sex residence halls?

Yes

Your institution offers single-sex residence halls for (please put an “X” in front of any that apply):

X  All students
Any Student who wishes
No students
All freshmen (only if not “All students”)
Only freshmen
Other

What percentage of students living on campus live in single-sex residence halls?

100%

When are students of the opposite sex permitted to visit common areas of residence halls?

Students are normally not allowed into an apartment of students of the opposite sex. Students have been permitted to visit opposite sex apartments on special occasions; however this is irregular and must receive special approval. There are no set times of visitation.  
 
A common townhome and a common apartment are open during set times for students of both genders to intermingle; the units are supervised by a Resident Assistant on duty. 

Are students of the opposite sex permitted to visit students’ bedrooms? (Not including irregular (once or twice a semester), “open house” events.)

No

How does your institution foster sobriety and respond to substance abuse on campus, particularly in campus residences?

Alcohol abuse is rare. Abuse has led to expulsion, loss of financial aid, and loss of student work-study positions. To discourage the contemporary fixation on alcohol as a centerpiece of college campus life, alcohol is not allowed in the student residences, even for students of legal drinking age.  On-campus counseling for various issues, including substance abuse, is available for students. 

How does your institution foster a student living environment that promotes and supports chastity, particularly in campus residences?

Student Households provide support and encouragement in living a life of virtue. 

The Director of Campus Ministry leads morning prayer every weekday in the residence common area. 

Spiritual Direction is offered on campus 3+ days a week. 

Does your institution have formal programs to foster Catholic prayer life and spirituality in campus residences?

Yes

If yes, please describe:

The Rosary is said in the Common Room every night and the Student Life Team actively encourages prayer and evangelization groups on-campus. Official Households – groups of either men or women with a common devotion – build spiritual community among residents by leading charitable events, praying together, and fostering fellowship.   

Additional Residence Life information, clarification or description (optional):

Please identify and briefly describe officially recognized student clubs and activities at your institution that…

foster spiritual development:

Households

engage in corporal works of mercy:

Knights of Columbus, Rotaract Club 

address sexual issues (including birth control, abortion, homosexuality):

Households

address issues of social concern:

Knights of Columbus, Rotaract Club 

address particular academic interests:

Film Club 

address particular cultural interests:

Dance Club, Tabletop Gaming Club, Film Club 

provide opportunities for athletic pursuits:

Flag Football Club

please list all student clubs not listed in the above categories:

Anime

Does your institution require all student clubs and activities, including those listed above, to operate in accord with Catholic teaching?

Yes

How does your institution address student clubs and activities that may conflict with Catholic teaching?

Student clubs which conflict with Catholic teaching are not tolerated on-campus.

Does your institution require student services like health care, counseling and guidance to conform to Catholic ethical and moral teaching and directives?

Yes

Additional Student Activities information, clarification or description (optional):

While students are required to provide their own health care insurance, University referrals are made only to providers that conform with Catholic ethical and moral teachings and directives.

Has your institution’s diocesan bishop (or other competent ecclesiastical authority) officially recognized the institution as Catholic?

Yes

Do your institution’s governing documents include or reference the General Norms and Particular (United States) Norms of Ex corde Ecclesiae?

Yes

Do your institution’s governing documents or institutional policies require conformity to the General Norms and Particular (United States) Norms of Ex corde Ecclesiae?

Yes

What is your institution’s mission statement:

Mission: To impact our culture for Christ by shaping creators and innovators, leaders and entrepreneurs at the intersections of communications media, business, and theology, guided by the spiritual, moral and social teachings of Jesus Christ. 

Does your institution have a written policy regarding speakers and honorees that at a minimum meets the standards established by the United States bishops in “Catholics in Political Life?”

There is no written policy, but it is upheld in practice.

How does your institution address student and faculty invitations to speakers and honorees who have publicly opposed or acted contrary to Catholic moral teaching?

No speakers are invited to the University or honors given without the personal approval of the President.  In accordance with the bishops’ standards we never “honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles.”

Describe the makeup of your institution’s undergraduate student body with regard to sex, religion, home state/country and type of high school (public, private, homeschool):

Total number of undergraduates: 260 

Male: 52%  Female: 48% 

Catholic: 89%  Other Christian: 2%
Jewish: 0%  Muslim: 0%  Other/Unknown: 9%
Number of states represented: 35 

Top three states: California, Ohio, Texas 

Students from top three states: 147 (57% of student body) 

Catholic HS: 38% Homeschool: 17%
Private HS: 10% Public HS:  35% 

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Are prospective and current members of your institution’s governing board(s) informed of their responsibility for maintaining and strengthening the Catholic identity of your institution?

Yes

Are more than half of the current members of your institution’s governing board(s) practicing Catholics?

Yes

Do Catholic members of your institution’s governing board(s) make the Catholic Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity?

Yes

Is your institution’s president a practicing Catholic?

Yes

Does your institution’s president make the Catholic Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity?

Yes

President's Note

A message from the president.

Dear Prospective Students and Parents: 

John Paul the Great Catholic University (JPCatholic) welcomes students eager to “Impact Culture for Christ.” The University is a response to the call of St. Pope John Paul the Great for a new evangelization using the Creative Arts and Business Innovation . We are committed to Christ and His Church, and seek to transform the world through love and fidelity to Him. 

JPCatholic is unique in many ways. We are THE Catholic media school with nine areas of emphasis within Communications Media. Our curriculum focuses on action — media students make films from short to TV to feature length. Students write, direct, produce, edit, fund and sell in addition to learning core skills in cinematography, lighting and sound. Students learn motion graphics, special effects, and animation. Our Game Development students learn to create games for many different platforms. Business students learn the breath of Business, with a particular focus on what it takes to create viable companies. 

Our Acting for the Stage and Screen concentration integrates top-level training in performance with John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. Our new Humanities degree helps students to gain a deeper understanding of the human experience. Classes run year-round to prepare students for the breakneck pace of business, particularly in the entertainment industry. 

All students take a solid liberal arts core in philosophy, theology, literature, art and music. Our campus culture is intentional in providing students with the opportunity to encounter Jesus Christ. 

May God bless your college decision— and we hope to have you join us here in our mission to Impact Culture for Christ! 

In Christ, 

Dr. Derry Connolly, President 

Contact John Paul the Great Catholic University

858-653-6740

220 West Grand Ave
Escondido, CA 92025

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