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John Paul the Great Catholic University Reviews

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  • 10/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 1 of 3

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus and housing complex are very safe. The two are not far from each other and makes for a great walk throughout the day. The surrounding area is somewhat unsafe due to bikes stolen or things of that nature, but Escondido police are always out and looking to keep the community sage. The housing complex has a private security team that patrols through the night.

    Clubs and Activities

    Good amount of people wanting to get involved in the community, sports, film projects, and business ideas

    Great for these types of students

    Students with a desire and love of Jesus Christ; those passionate about film, business, and impacting culture for Christ.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Small campus so there is a very small and close community within the students. Not a typical college experience. Students here are looking to better themselves in there faith and intellectually and not too interested in the party scene. This is a great school for really getting an education.

    What to do for fun

    Being in SoCal, the beach is always close; there are many events held by the school that are great for student life; a park right across the street open for exercise and sports; the housing complex has an outdoor pool and game room with gaming consoles and pool table.

    Food and Dining

    No cafeteria here. You are responsible for grocery shopping and cooking for yourself. There are a plethora of stores near the housing complex and many options for local dining as well.

    Dorm Life

    Living in brand new apartments and townhouses half a mile from the school. Typically living with four other people. Not your typical dorm life. Its like a home away from home.

    Academic Rigor

    Amazing professors who have worked in their field and teach from experience. All the learning, whether it be in film, business, or theology, is hands on and can be used in the desired field of study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have a desire to grow in your faith. This school will challenge you to solidify what you know and spark a flame in you to love Jesus.

    In three sentences

    This is a great school for striving for personal excellence. You will grow in the faith with the curriculum centered around the love of Jesus Christ; you will grow intellectually through challenging courses and caring professors; all around, this school gives the opportunity for students to grow and become part of the culture who wants to impact it for Christ.

  • 01/08/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 3 people found this review useful. 1 person found this inaccurate. 2 of 3

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Homeschoolers that want to make movies.

    In three sentences

    JP Catholic has a great vision and film program but there are a lot of controlling rules. Good students leave the school because of the unbending rules.

  • 03/04/2015

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    3 of 3

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    While there are a couple of sketchy places, it's nothing you normally wouldn't find near a big city, and escorts are available.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a game room at the Latitude 33 Apartments and there are lots of clubs. Each household has its own daily prayer devotions that they all say, which is a very binding experience.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for the student interested in keeping Christian core values in film.

    What to do for fun

    There is a movie theater right next to the Latitude 33 Apartments, so going to see a movie is never difficult.

    Food and Dining

    The grocery store next door has lots of food that is pretty affordable. The apartments and townhouses have their own kitchens, so students can cook their own food or barbecue it on the barbecues provided at the Latitude 33 Complex.

    Dorm Life

    The Latitude 33 apartments and townhouses are comfortable, with a grocery store right next door. Living there is pretty much the same as living at home, except with three or four people who will be working with you on school projects.

    Academic Rigor

    Because JPCU students earn their Bachelor's in three years instead of four, school is intense, especially for the working student, but it's doable, and reinforces core values.

    Tips for prospective students

    JPCU is rigorous because students have to complete in three years what is usually done in four, but it pushes the student to become the best that they can be. Be prepared for hard work, but rewarding knowledge as a consequence. Everyone is really nice, so there's no need to be worried about fitting in too much.

    In three sentences

    The campus is located in a nice place, with lots of restaurants and shops around and the apartments are only a block and a half away. The university is distinctly Catholic and there is lots of camaraderie. Because the professors are actually professionals, most of them currently out making movies and such, the education is top-notch.