Undergraduate Admissions Process

We are pleased that you are considering applying to John Paul the Great Catholic University! Please fully read the information below.

We encourage you to start your application and then submit the different pieces of your application as they become available. We will create an application file for you and add individual parts of your application as they arrive.

We look forward to working with you to make the application process as smooth as possible. Please don't hesitate to contact our admissions staff with any questions that you have.

Undergraduate Application

Undergraduate Admissions List

Below you will find a list of items we need to review a completed application:

  1. Online Application
  2. Application Fee
  3. Essay Questionnaire
  4. High School Transcripts
  5. SAT, ACT, or CLT Scores
  6. Phone Interview

1. Online Application

To start your application, you must first complete the online application form.

2. Application Fee

Special Note regarding COVID-19: We are currently waiving the application fee for all 2021 applicants who apply by December 31, 2020.

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 approximately ten short-answer essay questions.

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4. 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 or email a copy of your high school transcripts thus far. Unofficial transcripts are sufficient for the review process, but official transcripts will be required before attending JPCatholic.

If you have taken college-level studies elsewhere, please submit both your college transcripts and high school transcripts.

International Students: All transcripts from foreign institutions must be officially translated and evaluated; WES or 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: AIf 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

Special Note regarding COVID-19: 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 strongly recommended.

You may take either the SAT, ACT, or CLT. Multiple test scores may be submitted, but only one is required. Talk with your high school counselor to determine which test would be the best measure of your strengths. If one test does not accurately indicate your abilities, then you might consider taking another test instead of repeating the first test to improve your score.

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.

For students who missed their SAT, ACT, or CLT exam because of the Coronavirus, we can waive the standardized test requirement.

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:

Application 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 application essay, references, and your activities in school, church, and community.

Regarding Reference Letters:

JPCatholic does not require letters of recommendation. We invite you to list two references on your application that we may reach out to via phone.

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.Read 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.