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.

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 or ACT scores
  6. Phone Interview

1. Online Application

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

2. Application Fee

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.

Begin your essay questionnaire here

4. High School Transcripts

To attend JPCatholic, students must receive a high school diploma or hold a General Education Development (GED) Certificate. JPCatholic 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.

We also accept home school transcripts from FastTranscripts.com

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

5. SAT or ACT scores

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

You may take either the SAT or ACT - talk with your high school counselor to determine which test would be a better measure of your strengths. If one test does not accurately indicate your abilities, then you might consider taking the other test instead of repeating the first test to improve your score.

JPCatholic's SAT number: 4576

SAT is a standardized test for college admissions in the United States. SAT consists of three sections: Critical Thinking, Math, and Writing. Scores from Critical Thinking and Math are added and used for our admission. Your SAT composite of your math and critical reading sections should score between 920-1600. Visit www.collegeboard.com to learn more about the SAT test and to register online to take the SAT test.

JPCatholic's ACT number: 0343

ACT covers four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science. The sum of the scores for the English, math, reading, and science scores is the sum score for ACT that we use. ACT also offers an optional Writing Test, which score we do not require for admission purposes. Your composite ACT score should range from 19-36. Visit www.act.org for more information about the ACT, to register for the test, and to send scores.

6. Phone Interview

As part of the application process, you will 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 the address below.

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, letters of recommendation submitted on your behalf, and your activities in school, church and community. While we will accept students independent of faith, a strong commitment to Jesus Christ is weighed heavily in making our admission decision.


Regarding Reference Letters:

JPCatholic does not require letters of recommendation. We do require 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.