Apply for Admission

Thank you for your interest in applying to JPCatholic! We are currently accepting applications for:

  • Fall 2024
  • Winter 2025
  • Spring 2025
  • Summer 2025
  • Fall 2025 (VIP Application period is now open - Full Application Fee waived!)

It's not too late to start this Fall! If you have been affected by the FAFSA delay, please know that JPCatholic can still award you with generous need and merit-based aid even before receiving your FAFSA. Your admissions representative can personally guide you through the process to explore these scholarship opportunities. If you are a high school senior or graduate, we encourage you to take the first step now by submitting the 10-minute application form.

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Application Checklist

You don’t need to have everything ready to apply! Submit the online form now, and complete other items as you are able.

Transfer Students:

  • You must also submit all your College Transcripts
Information for Transfer Students

International Students:

  • 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
Information for International Students

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

2025 students: Full Application Fee is waived if you apply by September 1st!

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.

Begin Essay Questionnaire

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.

Upload Transcript

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 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 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

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.

More Information

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

Application Review:

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

Financial Aid

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.