John Paul the Great Catholic University

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John Paul the Great Catholic University
JPCU-Seal.png
MottoImpact Culture for Christ
TypePrivate, Catholic
Established2003
PresidentDerry Connolly
Undergraduates285
Postgraduates21
Location, ,
United States
CampusUrban
ColorsRed, Gold
         
MascotPelican
Websitewww.jpcatholic.edu
John Paul the Great Catholic University Logo.png

John Paul the Great Catholic University (JPCatholic) is a private Roman Catholic university in Escondido, California. It currently offers Bachelor of Science degrees and a Bachelor of Arts degree.

History[edit]

John Paul the Great Catholic University was founded in 2003 under the name "New Catholic University." After the death of Pope John Paul II in April 2005, the Board of Trustees decided to change the name to honor the late Pope, while retaining the word "Catholic" in the official name to emphasize the priorities of the school.[1] JPCatholic officially opened its doors with its first classes on September 21, 2006 with a temporary campus in Scripps Ranch.[2] The university moved to a permanent campus in Escondido in 2013, holding its first classes there at the start of the Fall 2013 academic quarter.[3]

Campus[edit]

The main academic building of John Paul the Great Catholic University.

JPCatholic is located in downtown Escondido, a city immediately north of San Diego, California and approximately 30 miles (48 km) north of downtown San Diego.[4] Classrooms, sound stage, and chapel are located in a former Mingei art museum on Grand Avenue, the heart of Escondido's historic downtown, while administrative offices are housed in a building across the street. In early 2016, the University purchased a long-vacant furniture store with the intent to renovate the space "to house a huge sound stage, a library and an auditorium."[5] The school has also purchased the campus of the defunct Center City High School to serve as the campus chapel.[6] Students live at the latitude33 apartment complex approximately 0.5 miles (0.80 km) away from the classrooms.[7]

Academics[edit]

JPCatholic operates on a non-traditional year-round schedule, with three 10-week quarters per academic year and four quarters per calendar year.[8] Students graduate in three years, beginning the program at the start of a fall quarter and graduating at the end of their third summer quarter. Consequently, there are never more than three "academic classes" of students on campus at any given time.

Calendar Year Fall Quarter Winter Quarter Spring Quarter Summer Quarter
Year 1 Freshman, Q1 Freshman, Q2 Freshman, Q3 Sophomore, Q1
Year 2 Sophomore, Q2 Sophomore, Q3 Junior, Q1 Junior, Q2
Year 3 Junior, Q3 Senior, Q1 Senior, Q2 Senior, Q3

Undergraduate degrees[edit]

JPCatholic currently offers two Bachelor of Science degrees, one in Business and one in Communications Media, along with a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities.[9][10] Undergraduate students also take core curriculum classes in philosophy, literature, and humanities, with a heavy emphasis on Scripture and Catholic theology.[11]

Senior Business Plan[edit]

JPCatholic is noted for its focus on business entrepreneurship, and offers an educational track and resource hub for entrepreneurial students, called the Business Launchpad. Seniors business students work with business-experienced faculty to develop viable business plans, and use University resources to launch a company.[12]

Graduate degrees[edit]

The university offered a Master's in Business Administration degree but discontinued that degree program.

Accreditation[edit]

JPCatholic is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Online, Catholic. "New Catholic University changes name to John Paul the Great Catholic University - Catholic PRWire and Events Calendar - Catholic Online". Catholic Online. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-08-08. Retrieved 2008-04-16.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "John Paul the Great Catholic University". John Paul the Great Catholic University. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  4. ^ Showley, Roger. "Catholic film school moving to Escondido". Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  5. ^ Jones, J. Harry. "Catholic university revitalizing downtown Escondido". San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  6. ^ "JPCatholic Campus Chapel". jpcatholic.edu. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  7. ^ "John Paul the Great Catholic University". John Paul the Great Catholic University. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-09-25. Retrieved 2010-06-10.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "John Paul the Great Catholic University". John Paul the Great Catholic University. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  10. ^ "John Paul the Great Catholic University". John Paul the Great Catholic University. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  11. ^ "John Paul the Great Catholic University". John Paul the Great Catholic University. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  12. ^ "The Launch Pad & Incubator on Grand". JPCatholic.com. Retrieved 9 February 2015.
  13. ^ "Statement of Accreditation Status - John Paul the Great Catholic University". wascsenior.org. Retrieved 10 March 2015.

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Coordinates: 33°07′15″N 117°04′57″W / 33.120858°N 117.082379°W / 33.120858; -117.082379