John Paul the Great Catholic University in Escondido, California, was founded in 2003 with a focused mission: to prepare entrepreneurs and experts in communications media and the creative arts to evangelize the culture. The small University’s specialized curriculum and strong Catholic formation contribute to its growing impact and reputation.
The core curriculum is slimmer than most other Newman Guide colleges—about 40 percent of the total courses required for graduation—including four Catholic theology and four philosophy courses on JPCatholic’s quarterly semester calendar. Students can major in business, communications media, or the humanities, with some unique concentrations related to film, theater, gaming, and more. The University combines the best of a Catholic college with the hands-on skill learning of a technical and arts school devoted to evangelization.
Nearly all students are Catholic, but about a third of professors are not. Theology professors have a mandatum from the local bishop.
Class schedules are structured around daily Mass, and Confession and Adoration are also offered daily. Students typically live in townhomes and apartments leased by the University, with no opposite-sex visitation to private residences. Students are responsible for their own meals. The campus is situated at the heart of a small town, just north of San Diego and two hours south of Los Angeles.
John Paul the Great Catholic University has an exciting mix of faithful Catholic liberal arts and majors in business and “new media”—a great option for students called to bring Christ to the world.
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In a world lacking both truth and beauty, John Paul the Great Catholic University serves an important niche by forming graduates who are prepared to “impact culture for Christ.” The University itself is entrepreneurial, built on a great vision and growing steadily with expanding programs. Escondido is a wonderful location with access to both San Diego and Hollywood.
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