Apply for Admission
Thank you for your interest in applying to JPCatholic! We are currently accepting applications for:
- Winter 2024
- Spring 2024
- Summer 2024
- Fall 2024
You don’t need to have everything ready to apply! Submit the online form now, and complete other items as you are able.
- Online Application
- Application Fee
- Essay Questionnaire
- High School Transcripts
- SAT, ACT, or CLT Scores Waived!
- Phone Interview
- You must also submit all your College Transcripts
- Your transcripts must be officially translated and evaluated by a service such as IEE. Learn More
- Non-native English speaking applicants must submit one of the following tests with sufficient scores: TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge, Duolingo Test. See Requirements
1. Online Application
To start your application, simply submit the 10-minute online application form. You can submit other items later on.
2. Application Fee
Apply by Jan. 6th to receive $30 off the $50 application fee!
3. Essay Questionnaire
The essay component to the application allows us to learn more about you and your academic goals, while also giving us the chance to evaluate your written communication skills. The questionnaire consists of several short-answer essay questions, and can be completed in 20 minutes.
4. Unofficial Transcripts
To attend JPCatholic, students must receive a high school diploma or hold a General Education Development (GED) Certificate. JPCatholic normally requires a minimum GPA of 2.6 for admission.
Please mail, email, or upload a copy of your high school transcripts thus far. Unofficial transcripts (PDF, photo, scan) are sufficient for the review process, but official transcripts will be required before attending JPCatholic.
Transfer Students: If you have taken college-level studies elsewhere, please submit both your college transcripts and high school transcripts. College transcripts may also be unofficial for the admissions review, but official transcripts will be required before attending JPCatholic.
International Students: All transcripts from foreign institutions must be officially translated and evaluated; IEEis recommended. Exceptions will only be made in the event that a University is accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the Department of Education that requires the same standards as a U.S. institution. Learn more here.
Homeschool Students: If you do not already have transcripts prepared, you are welcome to utilize this homeschool transcript template.
5. SAT, ACT, or CLT scores Waived!
We are remaining test-optional for 2023 and 2024.
If you wish to submit them, ACT, SAT, or CLT scores may be used in determining acceptance and later on during JPCatholic's scholarship process. If you submit multiple scores for the same test, we will superscore.
Please note: If you are a Californian homeschool student, a test such as ACT or SAT can be required by the state of California to be eligible for Cal Grant A. Ask your admissions representative for more information.
JPCatholic's SAT number: 4576
The SAT is a standardized test for college admissions in the United States. It includes two sections comprised of three tests: Math, Reading, Writing & Language, plus an optional Essay. Your SAT composite for Math and Reading/Writing should score between 920-1600 for admission to JPCatholic. Visit www.collegeboard.com to learn more about the SAT test and to register for an exam.
JPCatholic's ACT number: 0343
The ACT covers four skill areas: Math, Science, English, and Reading. The composite of the scores for the Math, Science, English, and Reading sections is the score that we use. ACT also offers an optional Writing Test, which we do not require for admission purposes. Your composite ACT score should range from 19-36 for admission to JPCatholic. Visit www.act.org for more information about the ACT and to register for an exam.
Classical Learning Test
The Classic Learning Test (CLT) is a college entrance exam that it is accepted by some colleges and universities, similar to the SAT and ACT tests. The exam covers Verbal Reasoning, Grammar/Writing, and Quantitative Reasoning. Your total score should range from 62-120 for admission to JPCatholic. Learn more and find a testing site at www.cltexam.com.
6. Phone Interview
As part of the application process, you may be contacted by an Admissions Representative for a 10-15 minute phone interview. This interview will:
- Explore your interests in the degree programs offered at JPCatholic.
- Help you identify the appropriate area of study best suited with your background and interest.
- Provide you with information concerning curriculum offerings and support services available at JPCatholic.
- Help you understand the dynamic Catholic environment at JPCatholic.
Uploading Application Items:
You may add an application item to your file by easily uploading it here: Upload Application Item
Alternatively, you can physically mail your items to us.
Mailing Address for Application Items:
John Paul the Great Catholic University
Attn: Admissions Office
220 W. Grand Ave.
Escondido, CA 92025
Applications are normally reviewed by the Admissions Committee within a week of completion. After your application has been reviewed, you will be notified of the Admissions Committee's decision by phone or email.
We actively seek a mix of students who have a variety of interests, talents, and goals. Our evaluation will examine your academic background, including the relative strength of your high school program, your performance in your courses, and your standardized test scores. We also consider your essay questionnaire and your activities in school, church, and community.
Regarding Reference Letters:
JPCatholic does not normally require letters of recommendation. There is an opportunity to submit reference letters post-acceptance as part of our scholarship application.
High School Curriculum
To attend JPCatholic, students must receive a high school diploma, meet their state's homeschool requirements to complete high school, or hold a General Education Development (GED) Certificate. JPCatholic does not require a specific high school curriculum, but we recommend at least:
- 4 Years of English
- 4 Years of Math, completing at least Algebra II
- 2 Years of Social Studies
- 2 Years of Lab-based Science
The Financial Aid application process begins as soon as a student is accepted. JPCatholic offers institutional aid based on both merit and need.Learn more about Financial Aid
Rescinding Admission Offers
Please note that John Paul the Great Catholic University reserves the right to rescind an offer of admission for reasons including, but not limited to, unsatisfactory final grades, disciplinary actions, behavioral issues, or falsified information.
Nonimmigrant Alien Students
JPCatholic is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students.