Impact Culture for Christ



JPCatholic Campus Expansion Continues

John Paul the Great Catholic University - nurturing the creativity and cultivating the imagination of students within the Creative Arts, the Humanities, Business and Theology, while immersed in the Catholic Intellectual tradition. The map shows our planned campus expansion in historic downtown Escondido. New buildings will accommodate our significant growth in students and academic programs. Our campus is across the street from the California Center for the Arts with its 1,500-seat concert hall, a 400-seat theater, and a full-service conference center.

Our 2025 Strategic Goal

John Paul the Great Catholic University nurtures the creativity and cultivates the imagination of students within the Creative Arts, the Humanities, Business and Theology, while immersing them in the Catholic Intellectual tradition. We form Catholic and Christian artists, thinkers, designers, entrepreneurs, and theologians to Impact Culture for Christ.

Our 2025 Strategic Priorities

After 18-months of strategic planning and real estate acquisition, our top priorities include:

  1. Campus expansion - buildings to enable student formation and facilitate program growth
  2. Student formation and scholarships
  3. Academic program expansion - Creative Arts & Theology

1. Campus Expansion

Two buildings (being sold together), contiguous to our campus, and located at 140 N Escondido Blvd & 225 W Valley Pkwy, Escondido, are on the market for $3.4M. They are 10,300 and 6,600 sq. ft. respectively, and are on a 1 acre lot. The anticipated rehab costs of $800K.


140 N Escondido Blvd

This 2-story building will house: (1) the University Library, and (2) our Center for Creative Entrepreneurship.

The University Library (2017)

The expansive 7,000 sq. ft. first floor is an ideal space to house our expanding library collection and offers plentiful study spaces for students. It will replace our current small library, which has very limited student study space.

The Center for Creative Entrepreneurship (2017)

The 3,000 sq. ft. first floor will provide a hub for student innovators and creative entrepreneurs. It will house our business LaunchPad, which mentors students with early stage business ideas, an ideation lab, and a social space.

Dorm 2016

Student Housing (2019)

The 4-story housing structure will provide dorm-style accommodations for 300 students, as well as a cafeteria, recreation space, and a gym. We believe dorms provide the best support structure for freshman and sophomores, while apartments are best for juniors and seniors. The lot, which occupies a half city block, was acquired by a transformative $1.5M gift from Terry and Barbara Caster. Completion is expected for Fall 2019.

Creative Arts & Business Academic Building (2025)

A planned 4-story, 84,000 sq. ft. building will provide a larger and more beautiful home for our flagship School for the Creative Arts. It will house a state-of-the-art film production complex with multiple sound stages, edit labs and multiple edit suites, a screening theatre, and a workshops. It will also house an auditorium and faculty offices. A parking structure will provide 450 parking spaces to meet the needs of our residential and commuter students, our faculty, staff and visitors. Completion is planned for Fall 2025.

==> Your Opportunity to Name

Consider naming one of our building projects - contact Dr. Connolly or Chas Baines at 858-653-6740.


225 W Valley Parkway

This building will house faculty and academic support staff.

Faculty Hall (2017)

This building has 24 offices for faculty and 12 cubicles for support staff. It provides easy student access to all faculty.

The City Institute for the Study of Faith & Culture (2017)

This faculty led think-tank will use Catholic social and moral teaching to shine the light of Christ on the pressing societal problems in Southern California today. Students will work alongside faculty and community leaders to explore solutions. Student produced media will tell the real human stories of suffering and hope. California problems and solutions can bring insights to similar national and global problems.


St. Teresa of Calcutta Chapel (2019)

A dedicated chapel is our student's top desire - they seek a beautiful sacred space for daily Mass and a place where their community can encounter and praise Jesus in the Eucharist. It will seat 300.

Chapel Architecture

The prominent 5,000 sq. ft. structure was built in 1925 in the Mediterranean Revival architectural style, which was popular in the 1920s, and drew heavily on the style of Mediterranean palaces and villas. The building features a large, symmetrical primary facade with a red tiled roof. Louis Gill is considered 'one of the greatest architects in San Diego’s past.'

Chapel Naming

Named at the request of Terry & Barbara Caster, who were introduced to Mother Teresa in 1988. The Casters began supporting her Mexico ministry and together they built an orphanage and shelter for the homeless in Tijuana. The naming recognizes the Caster's extraordinary generosity.

==> Your Opportunity to Give

Consider funding our Chapel - you may give online.

2. Student Formation and Scholarships

Students Talking to Priest

Student Formation

Our formation process and campus culture challenges students to discover who Jesus is, encourages them to search for ways in which they encounter Him, and helps them discern how they are called to serve Him in their future careers. Students are challenged to think and make decisions about their community, world and future - informed and guided by the light of Christ.

Students Outside 155

Student Scholarships

Scholarships are our largest and most critical need. Almost 90% of our students receive institutional aid, which is provided by benefactors such as you. Scholarships are key to bridging the gap between the student's expenses and financial aid, and are often the deciding factor on whether a student attends. All students on scholarship must maintain a minimum GPA.

3. Academic Program Expansion - Creative Arts & Theology

Student Drawing at the Beach

Expanding our School of the Creative Arts & Business

We have developed a strong competitive position in the Cinematic Arts & Business. We are broadening our focus to establish a transformational School of the Creative Arts & Business. The School will inspire creativity, innovation, conceptual and entrepreneurial thinking in a collaborative environment at the intersections of disciplines which constitute the Creative Arts, Design, and Business.

==> Your Opportunity to Name

Consider a gift to name a scholarship, a program or a building - contact Dr. Connolly or Chas Baines at 858-653-6740

MA Class of 2016

Creating the Largest School of Theology in California

We have developed a strong competitive position in Biblical Theology. With our online learning platform, students around the globe now participate in our MA program. We are teaching the teachers of our Catholic faith! In 2017, we will launch a BA in the Humanities, which will include a Theology and Philosophy area of emphasis. Our goal is to become the largest School of Theology in California.

==> Your Opportunity to Give

Consider a gift to help attract and retain Theology and Humanities faculty - you may give your gift online.

” God has a wonderful sense of timing. The two buildings we hope to acquire have come on the market and offer ideal solutions for our current real estate demands for library and faculty office space - both are critical for the formation of graduates ready to Impact Culture for Christ.
– Dr. Derry Connolly // Founding President