John Paul the Great Catholic University is an authentically Catholic university in Southern California with a radically new model of education. We combine a Catholic theology, philosophy, and humanities curriculum with professionally focused degrees in Media and Business.


Student Life
College is an important time of intellectual, physical, and spiritual growth and maturation. Choose to grow in an environment that supports your faith around peers who share your love of Jesus Christ. Step onto our campus and you’ll find a community steeped in faith, creativity, and fun. Discover a warm, tight-knit, and welcoming environment, a place where you can build lifelong friendships and collaborations. A diversity of clubs and sports on campus give you opportunities to share your interests and build friendships. Nearby San Diego provides more than just beautiful surfing and outdoor recreation spots—enjoy local film festivals, business pitch competitions, film finance seminars, and networking events.

Above all, our Catholicism forms the core of our day-to-day lives. Classes are structured around daily Mass, and Confession is offered on campus frequently. A Blessed Sacrament chapel is located within our facilities, providing opportunities for prayer and reflection. Eucharistic Adoration and other worship opportunities are also offered. The Rosary is prayed nightly at the student townhomes.

In the Communications Media program, you’ll have the opportunity to develop your natural creativity with areas of emphasis in 3D Animation, Acting for the Stage and Screen, Film Production, Screenwriting, and Video Game Development. All programs are taught by industry veterans who form you for the 21st century through one-on-one mentorship, and our Los Angeles quarter gives you the opportunity to gain experience through an immersive internship. Your craft as a visual storyteller is also deepened through an encounter with Scripture, theology, and the great works of Western literature, art, and music in our General Education program. This program teaches you the skills to thrive in the mainstream industry, but to do so with a sense of your higher calling and purpose. 

Creativity is also at the heart of our Business program, where our students question the status quo in order to craft novel and innovative business ideas. The program covers all aspects of business, from marketing and sales to finance, accounting, economics, strategy, and more. What makes our program different, however, is the opportunity to learn business by actually trying to build a company in our Launchpad sequence. Business comes alive in the process of building a real venture, and you’ll take ownership of business concepts in a much deeper way than if you were just reading textbooks and taking tests. In addition to the creative entrepreneurship at the heart of the program, you’ll have the opportunity to gain a specialized area of expertise through our concentrations in Creative Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Management, and Marketing and Sales. Lastly, our students grapple with the higher calling of business to serve our culture and the common good. You will be encouraged to analyze your social impact as a business leader through the lens of Catholic social teaching.

Our Humanities degree offers a deep study of culture and intellectual history through great works of Western literature. Through the study of theology, philosophy, literature, art, and music, you will connect with the past in order to understand the present and grasp the roots of contemporary culture. Our Creative Writing and Screenwriting emphasis allows you to apply this perspective to your own written works such as novels, short stories, screenplays, and poetry.

Student housing
JPCatholic students live in spacious apartments and three--story townhomes in the heart of historic downtown Escondido, California. The units come fully furnished with beds, desks, couches, a dining table, chairs, and a washer and dryer, as well as all the basic kitchenware. It’s not your parents’ dorm room experience! The townhomes and apartments are a short eight- to 10-minute walk from classrooms, labs, and production facilities. Downtown Escondido features access to award-winning restaurants, bistros, coffee and gelato shops, and an abundance of mom-and-pop stores that exude personality. Escondido is home to a thriving arts community: right next door is an IMAX movie theater, the California Center for the Arts Escondido is across the street, and the Patio Playhouse community theater is only a few blocks away. You can take the local train to the beach or connect to routes to Los Angeles for networking events and internships.