C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    NG
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    NG
  5. Athletics
    NG
  6. Party Scene
    NG
  7. Professors
    C-
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    NG
  10. Campus Food
    NG
  11. Student Life
    NG
  12. Safety
    B+
John Paul the Great Catholic University is ...
Private not-for-profit, Catholic
Athletic Division
Athletic Conference
Address
155 W. Grand Ave
San Diego, CA 92131

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
88%
SAT Scores Range
940-1210
ACT Scores Range
21-27
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
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Cost

Net Price
$30,869/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $24,599/ year
  • $30-48k
    $30,501/ year
  • $49-75k
    $29,509/ year
  • $76-110k
    $32,026/ year
  • $110k+
    $32,096/ year

Academics

Professors
C-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
18:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
161Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
5%
Pell Grant
32%
Varsity Athletes
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Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
89%
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After John Paul the Great Catholic University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
60%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
National
83%
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John Paul the Great Catholic University is an excellent, but highly specified, school. It caters to a very small demographic, i.e.: Catholics interested in media. I attend their film production program. The best things about their film production program are the professors and the hands-on experience with filmmaking provided and encouraged. All of the professors have worked in Hollywood and have credits to their name. Honestly, the professors are probably the best thing about the school in general, even apart from the film program. The school is low on bureaucratic red tape, which is a relief.

The school's weakest points are its somewhat incompetent administration, a confusing and irrational set of rules, and a growing emphasis on liberal arts subjects. Certain forces within the school are trying to move in a more academic, less media-driven direction, which is harming the school's ability to be taken seriously as a film school.
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The culture, student body, and teachers are all great. The few bad things I've heard are mild in comparison to other Universities. The teachers are fair and if you take your education seriously they appreciate the effort. JPCatholic may be a film school with other good options, but it's first and foremost a Catholic University. If you're interested in media and serious about the Catholic faith there is no better place to go. However, Escondido area is not to be underestimated. It's objectively unsafe for students to wander around town at night alone. However, if you follow all the rules and guidelines of JPCatholic and practice general safety you should be fine. Cheap food and job opportunities are available and JPCatholic offers additional help and consultation for employment. Aside from normal stresses of living and a lot of homework, the school has been nothing but good to me so far and I'm optimistic about the future.
This school is a perfect fit for me and most every student here. Being Catholic, they are authentic and passionate about the theology classes and program. Also, the film program is very prominent and the classes really teach the students about every aspect of film, whether they knew about it beforehand or not. The professors have all played a major part in the film industry (Chris Riley, screenwriter, Gina Fricchione, screen actor, and Lee Eskey, stage actor to name a few), allowing them to present the students with very useful, insightful information about how to succeed in the industry. They also assign many projects for students to collaborate with each other on to put together a short film in a limited amount of time. This teaches them what the industry calls for and how to work with one another. In addition, the student life is very active. There are events being constantly hosted at the school or in the common room. There are many opportunities for social events and for studying in groups. I wouldn't change my college choice for the world because this school really welcomes each student and makes them feel at home as well as building their skills in their desired majors.