John Carroll University (JCU) is a Jesuit Catholic university dedicated to developing women and men with the knowledge and character to lead and to serve.

Founded in 1886, JCU is one of 28 Jesuit universities in the United States and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report magazine’s top 10 rankings of Midwest regional universities for more than 20 consecutive years.

Degree programs through the College of Arts and Sciences and the Boler College of Business are offered in nearly 60 major fields in the arts, social sciences, natural sciences, and business at the undergraduate level, and in select areas at the master’s level.

JCU enrolls approximately 3,000 undergraduate students and 700 graduate students. JCU’s student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1.

Twenty-six buildings on 60 landscaped acres make up the Carroll campus. Wireless internet access is available to all students on campus, as are the campus Fitness Center and swimming pool. The Dolan Center for Science and Technology houses the departments of biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and computer science, and psychology, and supports initiatives to improve K-12 education and encourage technology start-ups in northeastern Ohio.

The JCU campus is situated in University Heights, Ohio, an attractive residential suburb 10 miles east of downtown Cleveland (metro. area pop. 1.38 million). 

Located on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland is the heart of a thriving metropolitan area. Home to the Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, a number of theatre ensembles, including the Cleveland Play House and Great Lakes Shakspeare Festival, dance companies, and a thriving film scene, Cleveland is a cultural magnet. Its lively theatre district at Playhouse Square is the country’s largest performing arts complex outside of New York City. Cleveland is also a sports town, with Major League Baseball (The Cleveland Indians), NFL Football (the Cleveland Browns), and NBA Basketball (the Cleveland Cavaliers).

Cleveland has the largest city park system in the U.S. and offers picnicking, hiking, bike trails, horseback riding, winter sports, and more. The Cuyahoga Valley National Park, located between Cleveland and Akron, features a wide variety of natural, cultural, and historical resources. Cleveland is a three hours’ drive from Niagara Falls and an easy half-day from Toronto. Chicago to the west and New York City to the east are both a day’s drive.

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