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Colleges / John Carroll University

About JCU

John Carroll University is a private, religous school located in the suburban setting of University Heights, OH, less than an hour from Cleveland.

Founded in 1886, the institution currently enrolls around 3,278 students a year, including 2,771 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $228,659,697. For each full-time student, JCU spends about $10,896.

2021 Admissions Facts About JCU

Acceptance rate: 88%

Average GPA: 3.66

Mean ACT score: 25

Mean SAT score: 1160

Early Decision or Early Action: No/Yes

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date: November 1

What's the acceptance rate at John Carroll University in 2021?

Admission to JCU is moderately difficult. The acceptance rate at JCU is 88 percent.

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.66 out of 4.0. The mean composite SAT score is 1160. The mean ACT scores is 25.

In 2021, 0 applicants were waitlisted and 0 waitlisted students got accepted.

Is JCU a good school?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how selective a school is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Retention, graduation, and job placement statistics all give valuable information about the quality of the student experience, before and after graduation.

Retention and graduation rates

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at JCU, around 84 percent return for their sophomore year. Out of the 798 students who started at JCU as first-time freshman, 533 graduate within four years.

JCU's six-year graduation for undergrads is 75 percent. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61 percent for public schools and 67 percent for private.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $33,600 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does JCU sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So the real question to ask yourself: is JCU a good school for YOU?

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College Info

1 John Carroll Boulevard University Heights, OH 44118

Campus Setting: Suburban

JCU Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to JCU is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to JCU is Aug 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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JCU ACT Scores


ACT Range

22 - 28

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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28 and Above


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to JCU is 25. Students with an ACT score of 28 and above have a good chance of getting into JCU. Students with an ACT score that falls between 22 and 28 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 22 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

JCU SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1080 - 1280


Math SAT Range

530 - 640


Reading SAT Range

550 - 640

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

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Estimated Chance

1280 and Above


1080 to 1280


1080 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for JCU students is 1186. Applicants with SAT scores of 1280 and above have a good chance of being admitted to JCU, while applicants with SAT scores between 1080 to 1280 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1080 have a low chance of being offered a spot at JCU.

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Student Life

Wondering what life at JCU is like? There are approximately 3,506 students enrolled at JCU, including 3,017 undergraduate students and 489 graduate students. 97% percent of students attend school full-time, 66% percent are from OH and 34% percent of students are from other states.


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