We want to attract students of diverse economic, racial, and religious backgrounds to John Carroll, to maintain wide geographic representation in each class, and to actively seek significant talents of all kinds.

Admission to JCU is not simply about your GPA and test scores. It’s based on a broad range of criteria which emphasizes student talent both inside and outside of the classroom. The two key questions we consider when reading applications are:

  1. Will the student succeed at John Carroll?
  2. How will the student contribute to the John Carroll community?

When reviewing applications and making admission decisions, the Committee on Admission analyzes the following:

  • Quality and strength of high school curriculum
  • Grade point average
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Test scores from either the SAT or ACT
  • Application essay
  • Common Application School Report and/or Common Application Counselor Recommendation
  • Additional teacher recommendations (optional)

Have a unique situation or circumstance? Please be sure to tell us about it either in person with a staff member or in writing as a part of your application.

The following high school curriculum is recommended:

  • English: Minimum of four units; four units recommended
  • Math (College Preparatory): Minimum of three units; four units recommended
  • Science (with labs preferred): Minimum of two units; three units recommended
  • Social Studies: Minimum of two units; four units recommended
  • Foreign Language: Minimum of two units; three units recommended
  • Academic Electives: Minimum of three units; three units recommended
  • Total Units: Minimum of 16; 21 recommended