Apply for Admission

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

  • Summer 2021

  • Fall 2021

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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 Waived!

COVID-19 Note: We are currently waiving the Application Fee for all 2021 applicants.

You may pay the application fee online using PayPal.

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.

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5. SAT, ACT, or CLT scores Waived!

COVID-19 Note: We are currently waiving the test score requirement for all 2021 applicants.

ACT, SAT, or CLT test scores are required for your application. This requirement may be waived if you a) have completed over 25 credits of college work, or b) have over a 3.5 high school GPA. It is still recommended.

You may take either the SAT, ACT, or CLT. Multiple test scores may be submitted, but only one is required. If you submit multiple scores for the same test, we will superscore.

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.

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.

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.