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Colleges / John Carroll University

John Carroll University

University Heights, OH 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate88%
Acceptance Rate88%

About JCU

John Carroll University Overview

John Carroll University is a private, religious school in a suburban setting in University Heights, Ohio. JCU was founded in 1886 and currently enrolls around 3,278 students a year, including 2,771 undergraduates. JCU ensures on-campus housing for up to 1,841 students. Most students live in off campus housing.Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should hear from JCU by November 1.

There are many ways for students to get involved at JCU!

Interested in music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of JCU's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? JCU students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Thinking of pledging? JCU has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? JCU has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at JCU on the Student Life page.

2022 JCU Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 88%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate 94%
Average GPA 3.7
Applicants Submitting ACT scores 94%
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 43%
Tuition $43,740
Percent of Need Met 81%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $37,072

Is JCU a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is.

Let's take a closer look at these areas to get a better sense of what JCU offers and if the college could be a good fit for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for John Carroll University

JCU is moderately difficult to get into. The acceptance rate at JCU is 88%. Out of 3,610 applications received in 2022, 3,171 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at JCU

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It is a way to measure how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Around 84% of students who start at JCU come back the next year. JCUhas a six year graduation rate of 75 for undergrads. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outlook JCU Graduates

Job placement stats are a good resource for understanding the value of a degree from JCU by providing a look on how job placement has gone for other grads.

Check with JCU directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

JCU's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

JCU's endowment was valued at $228.7 million in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million. The school spends $10,896 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at JCU

Tuition cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

JCU meets 81% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend JCU full-time are awarded $37,072 a year in financial aid, on average.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2022 was around $33,680 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at JCU.

Based on this information, is JCU the school for you? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is JCU a good school for you?

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Where is JCU?

JCU is located in the suburban setting of University Heights, Ohio, in the suburbs of Cleveland.

If you would like to see JCU for yourself, be sure to plan a visit! The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 271 to University Heights, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Cleveland Hopkins International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what JCU and University Heights are like without leaving home.

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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

Continuous processing

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

JCU ACT Scores


ACT Range

22 - 28

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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JCU SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1070 - 1250


Math SAT Range

530 - 630


Reading SAT Range

530 - 630

JCU Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at JCU is like? There are approximately 3,278 students enrolled at JCU, including 2,771 undergraduate students and 507 graduate students. 98% percent of students attend school full-time, 67% percent are from OH and 33% percent of students are from other states.


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