John Carroll University

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1 John Carroll Boulevard

University Heights, OH 44118

Phone: (216) 397-1886
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Feb. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#7 Overall Score: 84 out of 100. Regional Universities (Midwest)

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John Carroll University is a private institution that was founded in 1886. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,949, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 62 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. John Carroll University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), 7. Its tuition and fees are $34,480 (2013-14).

John Carroll University is a Jesuit school located just on the outskirts of Cleveland. The university emphasizes the importance of a Jesuit education, especially through programs such as the Institute of Catholic Studies, the Ignatian Spirituality Institute, and the Cardinal Suenens Center for Theology and Church Life. John Carroll undergraduate students can choose from more than 50 areas of study, and graduate students can study in the College of Arts and Sciences or the Boler School of Business.

Outside of the classroom, students at John Carroll keep themselves busy with a full events calendar. Annually, there’s the Christmas at John Carroll celebration, the Relay for Life cancer fundraiser, and a spring concert with a major musical act. On the weekends, students participate in Late Night at John Carroll, a program with events such as ice skating and themed dances planned for each Friday or Saturday evening. Student athletes at John Carroll can choose from more than 10 club and nearly 15 intramural sports. There are also roughly 20 Blue Streaks varsity sports teams that play in the NCAA Division III Conference. John Carroll’s most famous alumnus is the late Tim Russert, the longest-serving moderator of NBC’s Meet the Press news program.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

John Carroll is a private, coeducational, Jesuit Catholic university providing programs in the liberal arts, sciences, and business at the undergraduate and master's levels. As a Jesuit Catholic university, John Carroll inspires its students to excel in learning, leadership, and service in the region and in the world. Our unique size, structure, culture, and environment make us very successful at providing an outstanding education for our students and helping them become John Carroll graduates in four years. As evidence of that commitment John Carroll students who do not graduate after four years are eligible for full tuition scholarship consideration for their fifth year (view details on the website under Admission). John Carroll graduation rates significantly exceed national and Ohio averages: 66% of John Carroll students graduate in four years, versus 56% of private schools nationally, and 52% of private schools in Ohio. Here are a few other highlights of our institution: Over the past 15 years, 17 of our students have become Fulbright Scholars. Our distinguished faculty includes 204 full-time members, of which 96% hold doctoral degrees or the terminal degree in their field, 79% are tenured, 13% are on a tenure track, and 8% are visiting professors. Among our faculty there are nine Fulbright Fellows and faculty have produced over 200 published works in the past two years. Our student/faculty ratio is 13:1. John Carroll is ranked #1 among Midwest master's universities for Undergraduate Teaching, #4 among "Great Schools, Great Prices" and #7 overall by U.S. News & World Report (2012). The University also ranks among Kiplinger's Top 100 Best Values in Private Colleges for 2011-12: JCU is one of only six Ohio schools in the "private school" category and ranks #81 in the nation. John Carroll has the Carnegie Foundation's Community Engagement Classification. John Carroll has been nationally recognized for six consecutive years for community service by the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and was one of 14 institutions to be Finalists in 2012. In the 2011-12 academic year, JCU students contributed more than 67,000 hours of direct service to the community. Also, 43% of the graduating class of 2011 had enrolled in courses with a service learning element. In 2011, the Entrepreneurship Program was ranked first in Northeast Ohio and 43rd in the nation in Business Week. The Saint John's Bible - the first handwritten and illuminated Bible in 500 years - was gifted to John Carroll in 2008 for permanent display in the Grasselli Library and Breen Learning Center. The Boler School of Business consistently ranks in the top 10 business schools in the Midwest and is AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accredited - a prestigious distinction that is only awarded to the top 10-12% of business schools nationally. Results from a survey of the Class of 2011, with a 46% response rate, are as follows: within six months of graduation 95% were either employed full-time, enrolled in full-time graduate programs, or fulfilling a year of service commitment. Since fall 2010 John Carroll has added several new academic programs: East Asian Studies (major), Human Resources Management (major), International Business with Language and Culture (major), Modern European Studies (major), Peace, Justice, and Human Rights (major), Women and Gender Studies (major and minor), Leadership Development (Minor) and Teacher Leader Endorsement (post-baccalaureate). During the 2012-13 academic year a total of 147 students and 28 faculty/staff participated in week-long service learning immersion experiences to the following locations: Appalachia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Immokalee (FL), Jamaica, Louisville (KY), New Orleans, Nicaragua and Uganda. Immersion trips expose participants to the challenges faced by persons living in other parts of the country and the world.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1886
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic (Jesuit)
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $159,891,892


When applying to John Carroll University, it's important to note the application deadline is February 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 81.5 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 81.5%
Application deadline February 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at John Carroll University is 13:1, and the school has 49.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at John Carroll University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Social Sciences; Psychology; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; and Education. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 86.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 13:1
4-year graduation rate 66%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 32%
Social Sciences 11%
Psychology 10%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 9%
Education 9%

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Student Life

John Carroll University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,949, with a gender distribution of 51.4 percent male students and 48.6 percent female students. At this school, 59 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 41 percent of students live off campus. John Carroll University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 3,583
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

John Carroll University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, and health service. John Carroll University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at John Carroll University, 30 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at John Carroll University.

Students who have cars on campus 30%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At John Carroll University, 76 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $21,571.

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Tuition and fees $34,480 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,040 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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