ic S/general/checkmark circled Thanks for subscribing! Be on the lookout for our next newsletter.
ic S/general/checkmark circled Saved to Favorites.
Colleges / John Carroll University

JCU Admissions

If you want to apply to JCU, there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may qualify for for an application fee waiver.

Students who apply for Fall should hear back from JCU by November 1.

JCU Admissions Stats at a Glance

JCU 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.7
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 23%
Mean SAT Score 1160
Admissions Test Policy Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 43%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 76%
Waitlist No

Applying Early to JCU?

John Carroll University does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

Mark your calendar!

The Early Action deadline is December 1, which is coming up fast! JCU will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 15.

JCU accepts about 94% of early action applicants and 88% all applicants for all deadlines. Last year, JCU admitted 1,995 of the 2,132 who applied early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

Is JCU Hard To Get Into?

Getting into JCU is moderately difficult. JCU evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, JCU accepted 88% of all applicants, around 3,171 of the 3,610 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like JCU, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transfer student admissions is slightly difficult.

What Does JCU Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are they consider most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at JCU

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Important
Extracurricular Activities Very Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Important
Volunteer Work Important

JCU 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to JCU must submit the following items. Double check with JCU's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into JCU?

Students admitted to JCU have an average unweighted GPA of 3.7.

Out of all students that were admitted, 36% submitted a class rank. At JCU 23% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 50% were in the top 25% and 85% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At John Carroll University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 36%
3.75 and 3.99 18.4%
3.50 and 3.74 18.7%
3.25 and 3.49 15.1%
3.00 and 3.24 10.3%
2.50 and 2.9 7.9%
2.00 and 2.49 1.4%

JCU considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

JCU is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 43% of JCU's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 76% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for JCU?

To be competitive with other JCU applicants, you should strive to earn between 1070 and 1250 (or higher!) on the SAT. At JCU 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1250 and 25% of scored lower than 1070, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a JCU student is 1160.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of JCU students scored 630 or higher and 75% of students scored 530 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of JCU students scored 630 or higher, and 75% scored a 530 or higher.

Want to increase your SAT Score?

Preparing for the SAT can help raise your score, but it doesn't have to take up a lot of time.

Learn how to increase your SAT score 200 points or more in just 10 minutes a day.

What's a Good ACT Score for JCU?

To be most competitive at JCU, you should strive to earn between 22 and 28 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 28 means you fall in the 75th percentile for JCU's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 28, and three out of four students scored lower than 28 on the ACT.

A 22 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for JCU students. Only one out of every four students scored below 22.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Transferring to John Carroll University

For transfer students, it is slightly difficult to get admitted to JCU.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is August 15.

Transfer students can enroll in JCU during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term

JCU Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to JCU?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to JCU.

Does JCU accept transfer credits?

JCU accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. JCU accepts:

  • CLEP subject tests
  • ACE recommendations for credit

Does JCU accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

JCU accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to JCU?

No, JCU is test optional, so you can choose whether or not to include your ACT or SAT scores. If you have higher than average scores, you may want to send them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application..

What is JCU's acceptance rate?

JCU's acceptance rate is 88%.

What is the early action acceptance rate at JCU?

The early action acceptance rate at JCU was 94% in 2021.

Want To Learn More About JCU?

Choose one of the options below to find out more about about JCU:


Student Life


Tuition & Aid

Visit the College Confidential forums to join the conversation about JCU

Explore other colleges in Ohio or use the college admissions predictor to calculate your chances of getting into some of the top colleges and universities in the U.S.

JCU Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into JCU? JCU is a somewhat selective institution. The JCU acceptance rate is 88%. This means that the institution accepts 87 out of every 100 applicants.



Wondering what your chances are of getting into John Carroll University?

Complete your profile to get your personalized, AI-calculated prediction score.

Calculate Chances

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

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

28 and Above


22 to 28


22 and Less


Stand out on your college application

  • • Qualify for scholarships
  • • Most students who retest improve their score
Sponsored by ACT
Take the Next ACT Test

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

1070 - 1250


Math SAT Range

530 - 630


Reading SAT Range

530 - 630

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1250 and Above


1070 to 1250


1070 and Less


Boost your SAT score in just 10 minutes a day!

  • • 10-minute gamified, bite-sized lessons
  • • Personalized plan to keep you on track
  • • Bundles now include premium AI Admissions Calculator access
Sponsored by CollegeGo
Try it Now

SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for JCU students is 1160. Applicants with SAT scores of 1250 and above have a good chance of being admitted to JCU, while applicants with SAT scores between 1070 to 1250 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1070 have a low chance of being offered a spot at JCU.


Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At JCU, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.66. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment


Campus Setting


Acceptance Rate


Tuition and Fees

In State




Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Continuous processing
Do You Work at a University?

Claim your page to customize your profile and connect with students!

Claim Free Account
Scholarship Tips

Want to find money for school that doesn’t need to be paid back? Access insights and advice on how to search and apply for scholarships!

Find Scholarships
Need Advice or Have a Question About JCU?

Connect with the world's largest college forum for candid, authentic discussion.

Join the Conversation