John Paul the Great Catholic University = the Creative Arts + Business Innovation JPCatholic is an applied learning community where student creativity is nurtured and their imagination is cultivated, while immersed in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, and are formed to Impact Culture for Christ.
After intense strategic planning and real estate acquisition, our top strategic priorities for 2025 include:
The map shows our planned campus expansion in historic downtown Escondido. New buildings will accommodate our significant growth in students and academic programs. Developing our Chapel, building on-campus student housing and future academic spaces are among our top priority. 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.
The student housing complex will provide dorm-style accommodations for 300 freshmen and sophomore students, while juniors and seniors will live in apartments. The lot, which occupies a half city block, was acquired by a transformative $1.5M gift from Terry and Barbara Caster. Phase I is expected for Fall 2019.
A planned academic 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.
Consider naming one of our building projects - contact Dr. Connolly or Chas Baines at 858-653-6740.
A dedicated chapel is our student's top wish - they seek a beautiful sacred space for daily Mass and a place where they can encounter and praise Jesus in the Eucharist. It will seat 300.
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.'
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.
Consider funding our Chapel - you may give online.
Our formation process and campus culture challenges students to discover who Jesus is, encourages them to seek to 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.
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.
We have developed a strong competitive position in the Cinematic Arts & Business. We are broadening our focus to establish a transformational School for 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, Fashion, and Business.
Consider a gift to name a scholarship, a program or a building - contact Dr. Connolly or Chas Baines at 858-653-6740
Consider a gift to help attract and retain top students and faculty - you may give your gift online.
” Exploring Truth, Goodness and Beauty in our contemporary Creative Arts demands a Catholic University focussed on cultivating the imagination and nurturing the creativity of its students - both are critical in the formation of graduates ready to Impact Culture for Christ.– Dr. Derry Connolly // Founding President