JPCatholic is renewing our COVID-Response Scholarships for 2021!

John Paul the Great Catholic University is the Catholic University for Creative Arts & Business Innovation located in Escondido, California.

To help meet the ongoing need of students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, JPCatholic is renewing our COVID-response scholarships for incoming freshmen and transfer students who start at JPCatholic in 2021.

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COVID Zero Tuition Scholarship

For Cal Grant-A Eligible Students

For Cal Grant-A eligible students, this scholarship along with your state and federal aid will cover your full tuition without any need for loans.

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Stay Local Scholarship

For Southern California Students Who Are Not Eligible for Cal Grant-A

For SoCal students who want to receive a local Catholic education this Fall, the Stay Local Scholarship will make our private education affordable and comparable to local public CSU and UC institutions.

Available to students in the following counties: San Diego, Riverside, Imperial, Orange, Los Angeles, San Bernardino


If you’re interested in one of these scholarship opportunities, the first step is to apply for admission. Our online application only takes 10 minutes!

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CSU San Marcos and JPCatholic Comparison

San Marcos JPCatholic
15% graduate within four years 58% graduate within four years
78% job placement rate within six months 92% job placement rate within six months
0% to 10% Tuition Increase (based on state of California and CSU San Marcos Board of Trustees) Tuition-Lock Guarantee (rates do not increase as long as student is enrolled full-time consecutively)
$643 cost of commuter parking permit for one academic year $105 cost of commuter parking permit for one academic year
26:1 student to professor ratio 15:1 student to professor ratio
43% receive institutional aid 95% receive institutional aid

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At JPCatholic, you can receive an affordable and high quality Catholic education that helps you grow professionally, spiritually, and academically with small class sizes, caring professors, and a creative, diverse, and supportive student body.

With JPCatholic’s unique 3-year program, students are able to start their careers three years earlier than many CSUSM students, many of whom take up to 6 years to graduate. Coupled with the security of JPCatholic’s tuition-lock guarantee, upfront and lower than average fees, and hands-on experience students garner from their program, students are able to graduate with confidence as they pursue their dreams.

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Experience Classes In-Person

JPCatholic resumed in-person instruction for our Fall 2020 quarter, offering students a hybrid model of both on-campus and online courses. We are committed to continue offering in-person instruction throughout all of 2021, following the health and safety guidelines from the County of San Diego.

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Experience the Benefits of a Small Campus Environment

With a total student body under 300, JPCatholic offers a warm and welcoming campus community. Foster lifelong friendships, form creative partnerships, and surround yourself with a supportive environment that encourages your growth in both virtue and artistic excellence. Our small classroom sizes offer the chance for one-on-one mentorship from industry professionals who still work in their field.

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Graduate in 3 Years

Our unique academic model prepares students for the real-world pace of professional life in the industry, with a focus on hands-on projects, internships, and portfolio preparation. The program is structured on a year-round quarter system, and you graduate with your Bachelors Degree in just 12 quarters. Each quarter is 10 weeks long, with about 3 weeks of break between each quarter.

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Grow in a Supportive Catholic Community

Our campus is a place where students can grow both professionally and spiritually. We’re a unique community of artists and innovators, centered around our faith in Jesus Christ and the beauty of the Catholic faith. Immerse yourself in an abundance of opportunities for spiritual growth, including Daily Mass, Confession, Adoration, Rosary, Retreats, and Service Projects.

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Launch a Successful Career

JPCatholic alumni have found success in a variety of paths, ranging from Hollywood to independent media organizations, and from large corporations to nonprofits to their own entrepreneurial start-ups. View our placement rate and alumni jobs by clicking below.

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Where are we located?

Our campus is located in north county San Diego, in historic downtown Escondido – about a 5-minute drive from the 15 freeway.

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