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Colleges / John Carroll University

John Carroll University

University Heights, OH 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate82%

JCU Admissions

It is moderately difficult to get into John Carroll University. John Carroll University admitted 82% of all applicants in 2022. Last year, 4,310 students applied to John Carroll University and 3,550 were admitted.

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

Students who submit their applications to John Carroll University for fall should hear back from John Carroll University by November 1.

John Carroll University Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of John Carroll University's admissions stats.

John Carroll University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.8
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 29%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 18%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 24%
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 November 15 December 15

Considering Applying Early to John Carroll University?

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

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 15. John Carroll University will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 15.

John Carroll University accepts roughly 91% of early action applicants and 82% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2022, John Carroll University admitted 2,824 of the 3,88 who applied early action.

Some students apply early to increase their chances of acceptance. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of admission, since it shows your interest in a school.

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

More on John Carroll University Admissions

Transferring to John Carroll University

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

For Students Waitlisted to John Carroll University

John Carroll University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into John Carroll University?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are are 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 choose schools that put the most emphasis on the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at John Carroll University

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

Make sure to check with John Carroll University for more information on admission factors.

John Carroll University 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to John Carroll University, all applicants must submit the following items. Double check with John Carroll University'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 John Carroll University?

Students admitted to John Carroll University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.8. John Carroll University considers weighted GPA scores from incomging students.

Out of all students that were admitted, 31% submitted a class rank. At John Carroll University 29% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 62% were in the top 25% and 87% 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 41%
3.75 and 3.99 17%
3.50 and 3.74 16%
3.25 and 3.49 9%
3.00 and 3.24 10%
2.50 and 2.9 6%
2.00 and 2.49 1%

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 John Carroll University 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

John Carroll University 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, 18% of John Carroll University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 24% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for John Carroll University?

To be competitive with other John Carroll University applicants, you should strive to score between 1160 and 1320 (or higher!) on the SAT. At John Carroll University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1320 and 25% of scored lower than 1160, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of John Carroll University students scored 660 or higher and 75% of students scored 590 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of John Carroll University students scored 660 or higher, and 75% scored a 590 or higher.

To be most competitive at John Carroll University, you should strive to earn between 25 and 30 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 30 means you fall in the 75th percentile for John Carroll University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 30, and three out of four students scored lower than 30 on the ACT.

A 25 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for John Carroll University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 25.

More Information on Transferring to John Carroll University

For transfer students, it is not difficult to get admitted to John Carroll University.

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

Transfer students can enroll in John Carroll University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

John Carroll University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to John Carroll University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to John Carroll University.

Does John Carroll University accept transfer credits?

✅ John Carroll University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. John Carroll University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does John Carroll University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ John Carroll University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to John Carroll University?

❌ No, John Carroll University is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, 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 John Carroll University's acceptance rate?

✅ John Carroll University's acceptance rate is 82%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at John Carroll University?

❌ John Carroll University does not offer early decision.

What is the early action acceptance rate at John Carroll University?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at John Carroll University was 91% 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 82%. This means that the institution accepts 82 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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1160 - 1320


Math SAT Range

570 - 660


Reading SAT Range

590 - 660


Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At JCU, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.77. 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.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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