We are building a nexus for applied learning and collaborative innovation in the Creative Arts, the Humanities, Business and Theology. The map shows our planned campus expansion in historic downtown Escondido and expected occupancy dates. The new buildings will accommodate our significant growth in students and academic programs. The map indicates the California Center for the Arts with its 1,500-seat concert hall, a 400-seat theater, and a full-service conference center.
John Paul the Great Catholic University will be the nexus for applied learning, collaborative innovation and practice for students and faculty at the intersection of the Creative Arts, the Humanities, Business and Theology. We will form Catholic and Christian artists, thinkers, designers, entrepreneurs, and theologians to Impact Culture for Christ. Our student headcount will reach 800 in 2025 - with our ultimate goal of 1,200.
After 18-months of strategic planning and real estate acquisition, our top priorities include:
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.
Completing our Chapel is critical. Consider funding our Chapel completion - you may give your gift online.
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.
Consider transforming a talented student's life by giving to our scholarship fund - you may give your gift online.
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.
Consider a gift to help attract and retain Creative Arts and Business faculty - you may give your gift online.
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.
Consider a gift to help attract and retain Theology and Humanities faculty - you may give your gift online.
The following key building projects are planned, with the anticipated dates of completion in parenthesis:
This 4-story, 84,000 sq. ft. building will provide a beautiful and fitting home for our rapidly expanding School for the Creative Arts. It will house a state-of-the-art film production complex with multiple sound stages, edit lab and multiple edit suites, a screening theatre, and a workshop. It will also house a new library, auditorium and faculty offices. The lot, which occupies a half city block, was acquired by a transformative $1.5M gift from Terry and Barbara Caster.
The 4-story housing structure will provide dorm-style accommodations for 300 freshman and sophomores, as well as a cafeteria, recreation space, and a gym. The parking structure will provide 450 parking spaces to meet the needs of our residential and commuter students, our faculty, staff and visitors. The parking structure will require the acquisition of a surface parking lot from the City of Escondido. Completion is expected for Fall 2019.
The academic building will cost $16M. The initial phase of the multi-phase project will require $5M in gifts to begin construction by Jan 1, 2018 with the initial ground floor (film studio complex) occupancy expected in Fall 2018. The $14M housing project will require $5M in gifts or investment to begin by Jan 1, 2018 with occupancy expected in Fall 2019. The parking structure will cost $8M. Consider supporting our building projects - you may give your gift online.
The spiritual home for our campus community will seat 400 and will provide the opportunity for our students, faculty and staff to encounter Jesus in the sacraments.
The prominent 5,000 sq. ft. structure was built in 1925 in the Mediterranean Revival architectural style, which was popular in California in the 1920s and 1930s, and drew heavily on the style of Mediterranean palaces and seaside villas. The building features a large, symmetrical primary facade with a red tiled roof. Architect Louis Gill is considered 'one of the greatest architects in San Diego’s past.'
St. Teresa of Calcutta Chapel - 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 honors the Caster's extraordinarily generous gift to the University to acquire a large and critical piece of real estate.
We have raised $600K of the $796K building purchase price. Our goal is to own it debt free and pay off the remaining $200K by year-end. The remodel will cost $5M and construction will begin once all the funds have been raised. Consider funding our Chapel completion - you may give your gift online.
” We are truly blessed with the extraordinary generosity of the Caster family and our Chapel building benefactors. Your gift will allow us to fund our Creative Arts & Business building and our Chapel - both critical for the formation of graduates ready to Impact Culture for Christ .– Dr. Derry Connolly // Founding President