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John Carroll University

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

JCU Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to JCU, there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Students who apply to JCU for fall semester should anticipate a decision by November 1.

JCU Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of JCU's admissions stats.

JCU 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.7
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 23%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 43%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 76%
Waitlist No

John Carroll University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for John Carroll University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action Yes December 1 December 15

Considering Applying Early to JCU?

JCU does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is December 1. JCU will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 15.

JCU accepts roughly 94% of early action applicants and 88% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2021, JCU admitted 1,995 of the 2,132 who applied early action.

➡️ Discover a list of some selective colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on John Carroll University Admissions

How Challenging Is It To Get Admitted to JCU?

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 students, about 3,171 from 3,610 applicants.

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.

Transferring to John Carroll University

It is not difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to JCU

JCU has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into JCU?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. 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 on the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at JCU

What does JCU consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Extracurricular Activities Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Work Experience Important
Application Essay Important
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Important
Volunteer Work Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered

Make sure to check with JCU for more information on admission factors.

JCU Application Requirements

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

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

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into JCU?

Students admitted to JCU have an average unweighted GPA of 3.7. JCU considers weighted GPA scores from incomging students.

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%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At John Carroll University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 28.2%
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%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to JCU directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

JCU looks at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

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

In 2022, 43% of JCU's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 76% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for JCU?

To be competitive with other JCU applicants, you should aim 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.

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.

What is 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.

More Information on Transferring to John Carroll University

For transfer students, it is not 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 • DSST/DANTES

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 decide whether to submit your standardized test scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you probably want to include them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is JCU's acceptance rate?

✅ JCU's acceptance rate is 88%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at JCU?

❌ JCU does not offer early decision.

What is the early action acceptance rate at JCU?

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

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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.


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


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JCU SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1070 - 1250


Math SAT Range

530 - 630


Reading SAT Range

530 - 630


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.

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