|Number of Traditional Undergraduates||285|
|Total Cost (Tuition, Room & Board)||$33,360 tuition & room (3 academic quarters)|
|Net Price (learn more)||$29,168|
|Number of Majors||3|
|Median High School GPA||3.5|
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?
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 an 87% job placement rate. 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.
Please identify any notable public recognition of your institution’s academic quality in the last three years, such as rankings, awards, etc.
U.S. News & World Report placed John Paul the Great Catholic University at #12 in its list of Best Regional Colleges West for 2019.
Are more than half of the current members of your faculty practicing Catholics?
Approximately what percentage of your current faculty members are practicing Catholics?
Full Time Faculty: 70%
Adjunct Faculty: 54%
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?
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.
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 Life, Toy Story 2, The 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?
Are courses in Catholic theology clearly identified and distinguished from other courses dealing with religion?
Do all faculty in the theological disciplines have a mandatum according to the procedures established by the local bishop or other competent ecclesiastical authority?
Do all faculty in the theological disciplines make the Catholic Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity?
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?
Please identify the theology courses that are included in the undergraduate core or distribution requirements and the professors who routinely teach those courses:
Fundamentals of Catholicism
Sacred Scripture and Sacraments
Mission and Morality
Theology of the Body
Please describe the place of Catholic theology in your institution’s undergraduate curriculum and how it is distinct from other institutions.
We require 12 credits of Catholic theology and Scripture for all undergraduate students regardless of major.
Please identify any course that every undergraduate student must take:
Foundations I – Classical Period and Middle Ages
Foundations II – Late Middle Ages and Renaissance
Foundations III – Enlightenment, Romanticism & Modern Era
World History and Cultures
Christian Experience I – Fundamentals of Catholicism
Christian Experience II – Sacred Scripture and Sacraments
Christian Experience III – Mission and Morality
Theology of the Body
Philosophy of Nature
Philosophy of Man
Philosophy of God
Introduction to Marketing
Social Media Marketing
Leadership and Management
Decisions Based on Data
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?
69/180 credits 38%
Is every undergraduate student required to take one or more courses in which they are taught authentic Catholic doctrine and practice?
If yes, please describe them generally and note how many courses are required?
The core curriculum requires four courses in Scripture and theology.
Is every undergraduate student required to take one or more interdisciplinary courses relating theology or philosophy with other disciplines?
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, Animation, Game Art & Design, and Graphic Design
Areas of Emphasis: Creative Entrepreneurship, Sales & Marketing, Leadership & Management
Creative Writing & Screenwriting, Musical Theatre, Illustration, New Evangelization, Theology & Philosophy
What are the three most popular majors or specialty disciplines for undergraduate students, and about what percentage of undergraduate students specialize in these disciplines?
Does each undergraduate degree program require Catholic ethical formation related to the student’s major field(s) of study?
Does your institution regularly provide academic events to address theological questions related to specialized disciplines?
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?
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?
Does your institution offer daily Mass to students?
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?
Are all of the Masses celebrated on campus reverent and in accord with liturgical norms and directives?
Are the altar servers at your institution’s Masses male only or both male and female?
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?
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 4:00-5:15 p.m.
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?
List the schedule for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament by day and time:
Monday-Friday, usually 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (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?
Please describe any formal programs to foster vocations to the priesthood and religious life:
There is currently no formal pre-theology program.
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?
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
All freshmen (only if not “All students”)
What percentage of students living on campus live in single-sex residence halls?
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.
Two common townhomes are open during set times for students of both genders to intermingle; the units are supervised by a Resident Assistant on duty. These units are normally open every night 7pm-12am, or 7pm-1am on Fridays and Saturdays.
Are students of the opposite sex permitted to visit students’ bedrooms? (Not including irregular (once or twice a semester), “open house” events.)
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.
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?
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:
engage in corporal works of mercy:
Knights of Columbus, Rotaract Club
address sexual issues (including birth control, abortion, homosexuality):
address issues of social concern:
Knights of Columbus, Rotaract Club
address particular academic interests:
Film Club, Live Broadcasting Club
address particular cultural interests:
Swing Dance Club, Cheerleading Club, Film Club
provide opportunities for athletic pursuits:
Flag Football Club, Ultimate Frisbee Club
please list all student clubs not listed in the above categories:
Does your institution require all student clubs and activities, including those listed above, to operate in accord with Catholic teaching?
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?
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?
Do your institution’s governing documents include or reference the General Norms and Particular (United States) Norms of Ex corde Ecclesiae?
Do your institution’s governing documents or institutional policies require conformity to the General Norms and Particular (United States) Norms of Ex corde Ecclesiae?
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: 285
Male: 57% Female: 43%
Catholic: 88% Other Christian: 1%
Jewish: 0% Muslim: 0% Other/Unknown: 11%
Number of states represented: 35
Top three states: California, Washington, Illinois/Texas
Students from top three states: 165
Catholic HS: 35% Homeschool: 18%
Private HS: 7% Public HS: 40%
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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?
Are more than half of the current members of your institution’s governing board(s) practicing Catholics?
Do Catholic members of your institution’s governing board(s) make the Catholic Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity?
Is your institution’s president a practicing Catholic?
Does your institution’s president make the Catholic Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity?
A message from the president.
Dear Prospective Students and Parents:
John Paul the Great Catholic University (JPCatholic) welcomes students eager to study in a Catholic academic environment designed to create and innovate. We are a place which prepares graduates to “Impact Culture for Christ.” JPCatholic is a response to the call of St. Pope John Paul the Great for a new evangelization using the Creative Arts and Business. 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 University for Creative Arts and Business Innovation. With eight areas of emphasis within Communications Media, our curriculum focuses on action. Our media students create projects from short films to TV to feature length. Students learn to write, direct, produce, edit, fund and sell, as well as the core skills in cinematography, lighting and sound. Our Animation students learn the art and tools of animation including motion graphics and special effects. Our Game Development students learn to create games for many platforms. Our Acting students integrate top-level performance with St. Pope John Paul II’s “Theology of the Body”. Our Humanities students gain a deep understanding of the human experience. Our Business students broadly understand companies from entrepreneurial startups to mature enterprises.
Classes run year-round to prepare students for the breakneck pace of business today, 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!
Dr. Derry Connolly, President