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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    C
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B+
John Carroll is a highly rated private, Catholic university located in University Heights, Ohio in the Cleveland Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 2,996 undergraduate students. The John Carroll acceptance rate is 83%. Popular majors include Finance, Marketing, and Communications. Graduating 78% of students, John Carroll alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $38,400.
1 John Carroll Boulevard
University Heights, OH 44118
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Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Ohio Athletic Conference

John Carroll University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

JCU Admissions

Acceptance Rate
83%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
1090-1290
ACT Range
22-28
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$28,765/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$25,732/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
99%

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
13:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
90%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.58 responses
62%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.65 responses
49%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.65 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    1%
  • On Campus
    99%
  • Online
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,996Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
80
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
20%
Varsity Athletes
21%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 40 responses
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  • Friendly
    40%
  • Preppy
    25%
  • Mainly white dominated
    18%
  • Mainly white, preppy. generally friendly
    10%
  • Anything goes!
    3%
  • Polite, mainly white, normally calm
    3%
  • Vineyard vines fanatics
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
87%
Poll
64%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.66 responses
Poll
51%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.78 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 48 responses
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  • Jesuit
    54%
  • Welcoming
    21%
  • Cliquey
    10%
  • Ok
    4%
  • Bleach
    2%
  • Competitive
    2%
  • Home away from home
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$53,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
78%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
95%
National
83%
88%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.34 responses
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I love it at John Carroll! We have a beautiful campus in a safe area with great academics and many unique, cultural and fun things to do in the Cleveland area. Professors here are easy to interact with, they care about students and they really take an interest in helping students succeed. Class sizes are small, and there are many leadership, research, internship, study abroad and immersion opportunities. I have met the nicest people here and while the academics are challenging, people here always step up and support each other. JCU provides fun and unique activities for students on campus and the athletic teams are always good. John Carroll is well ranked with a strong reputation and alums have gone on to much success. People think smaller schools are not fun, but there is so much to do on and off campus that the college experience is enhanced and the good times are many. I am so grateful to be here at Carroll!
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John Carroll is a great school to go to if you are interested in pursuing a career in business, especially accounting. Though it is a religiously affiliated school, you are in no way required to participate in the religion. In fact, they welcome all people with different religions or none. The professors are very attentive and generally class sizes are small so you are able to get personalized attention if needed. I would highly recommend this school if you are looking for a well rounded education and experience!
absolutely love being a student at John Carroll University. I was born and raised in the Cleveland so it was a blessing having such a high regarded university close to home. JCU is underrated! Cleveland residents applying for college should really consider JCU as an option. It has so much to offer for any student who attends here.

Academics are phenomenal. My professors are beyond helpful and seem to really care about the material they're teaching. JCU has a ton of services to help students if they're struggling with grades or need some extra help too.

The social scene is
growing. The school is just small enough where you will see you friends or a noticeable face everyday. You don't have to join Greek Life to be social. Groups can get cliquey sometimes, but you'll see that at any university. Students at JCU are generally super friendly and are always looking to make new friends!