Campus Living

John Carroll University is committed to developing a sense of community within its residence halls which encompasses people from various ethnic, cultural, economic, faith, and geographic backgrounds. This unique experience will provide opportunities that include assistance in academics, stimulation for intellectual growth, development of meaningful interpersonal relationships, and strengthening of a personal value system. The residence hall staffs play key roles in facilitating personal growth through a variety of activities and programs. These opportunities are provided in eight student residence halls located on a small, friendly campus. The halls can accommodate 1,962 undergraduate students.

All entering students of traditional age need to declare their status as residents or commuters through the Enrollment Reservation Form sent by the Office of Admission. Those not commuting from home are required to live on campus during their first two years. This policy also applies to those who transfer into the University as traditional first-year students. Commuting is defined as living exclusively in the permanent and primary residence of a parent or legal guardian.

Students interested in a change of status from resident to commuter must seek the necessary approval. Formal requests can be made through the Office of Residence Life for consideration by the housing contract review board.

All students living on campus must take their meals in the Harold C. Schott Dining Hall in the Lombardo Student Center. Six traditional meal plans are available.

John Carroll University Residence Halls

Bernet Hall (1935) Capacity of 110. Named to honor John J. Bernet, founding benefactor of the campus; offers suite-style living to seniors.

Pacelli Hall (1952) Capacity of 195. Funded largely by the Greater Cleveland Italian community and named to honor Pope Pius XII.

Dolan Hall (1955) Capacity of 128. Funded by and named for Thomas Dolan, founder and president of Dobeckmun Company, and University trustee, 1949-1972.

Murphy Hall (1964) Capacity of 407. Named in honor of William J. Murphy, S.J., dean of students at John Carroll University, 1932-1959.

Sutowski Hall (1978) Capacity of 172. Funded by and named for Cleveland businessman Walter S. Sutowski.

Millor Hall (1981) Capacity of 237. Funded by Chicago-area alumni and named in honor of William J. Millor, S.J., long-time headmaster of the residence halls and administrator at John Carroll University.

Hamlin Hall (1988) Capacity of 274. Named for University trustee and 1949 alumnus Richard M. Hamlin. This was our first residence across Belvoir Boulevard. Its architecture links the east side of the University with the main campus.

Campion Hall (1990) Capacity of 284. Named for St. Edmund Campion, S.J., as a memorial and tribute to Campion Jesuit Preparatory High School (1880-1975) in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.

Warrensville Center Road Duplexes (2002) Capacity of 36. Two and three-bedroom apartments located along Warrensville Center Road. Duplex apartments are reserved for junior and senior-status.

All of the halls accommodate both men and women. First-year students live in Pacelli, Sutowski, and Murphy together to promote class unity. Greek floors can be found in Campion, Hamlin, and Millor. There is also a variety of specialty housing found in the halls, ranging from Honors to Healthy Living to Entrepreneurship. The halls are divided into four areas, each of which is served by a full-time professional administrator who lives in residence and maintains an office in that area. These four leaders are aided by a Senior Resident Assistant in each building along with sophomores, juniors, and seniors who serve as resident assistants on individual floors. Campus ministers live in the various residence halls to assist students in their growth. Internet is available in all halls both wirelessly and through in-room ports. Digital cable is also available in all rooms and lobbies. Students needing phone service can request a phone line for their room. More information on the halls, as well as the mission and welcome statement of Residence Life, is available on the “Living at Carroll” website at

Residence Hall Association (RHA)

This student organization is made up of residents from each hall. Its main purposes are to plan social and educational activities for hall residents and to address issues that are of concern to the community. It also helps to plan traditional activities such as Li’l Sibs Weekend and a campus-wide Trick or Treat Night.

RHA provides an excellent opportunity for students to get involved in the residence halls. All residents are welcome to attend meetings, which are held regularly, and offer input on decisions regarding the community.

Off-Campus Living

The associate dean of students provides assistance to students who rent an apartment or house in University Heights or one of our neighboring cities. Students who commute from home are assisted by the director of orientation. All students living off campus can choose from a variety of meal plans through the dining services.


John Carroll University, grounded in Roman Catholic and Ignatian traditions, strives to foster the fullest development of its students in an atmosphere of care and concern. Members of the University community are held to a high standard of behavior because of the nature of our enterprise: the education and development of students.

Self-discipline is essential in the formation of character and in the orderly conduct of social affairs within and outside the University. Therefore, students are expected to conduct themselves as responsible members of society. The disciplinary authority of the University is exercised by the dean of students and the appropriate hearing bodies.

Student Due Process

John Carroll University recognizes that students, as adult members of society, have the right to respect and consideration and to the constitutionally guaranteed freedoms of speech, assembly, and association. The University further recognizes the students’ rights within the institution to freedom of inquiry and to the reasonable use of the services and facilities of the University which are intended for their education.

In the interest of maintaining order on campus and guaranteeing the broadest range of freedom to each member of the community, rules limit certain activities and behavior which are harmful to the orderly operation of the institution and the pursuit of its legitimate goals. All students are responsible for informing themselves about these rules, which are printed in the Community Standards Manual and are available on the dean of students website at

Student Activities

The Office of Student Activities at John Carroll seeks to create an active and vibrant campus culture that enhances student learning, encourages involvement, and promotes leadership development. Through the creation and advisement of co-curricular experiences, innovative technologies, assessment plans, professional development, and ethical relationships with others, it helps students gain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to be servant leaders.

The office offers many services and programs, such as Fraternity and Sorority Life, Student Union, Student Union Programming Board, late-night programming, leadership development, student organization advisement, Homecoming, Christmas Carroll Evening, Senior Celebration Week, event/facility requests, University vehicle reservations, and the posting policy.

Student Union

Founded in 1920, the John Carroll University Student Union is the student government organization representing all undergraduate students. The Student Union provides the student body with official representation to the University community and is a means for concentrated student concern and activity in academics, disciplinary matters, clubs and organizations, and social programming.

The Student Union is structured so that every student of John Carroll University is a member. This guarantees every student the right to discuss and to speak out on issues facing the student and University communities.

The Student Union office is located on the lower level of the D.J. Lombardo Student Center. More information can be found on the Student Union website at

Student Organizations

Active Minds John Carroll Television Organizations
African-American Alliance JUSTICE
Allies Kappa Alpha Theta
Alpha Epsilon Delta Kappa Delta
Alpha Kappa Psi Kappa Kappa Gamma
Alpha Omega La Mesa Hispanica
Alpha Psi Omega Labre Project
Alpha Sigma Nu Lacrosse (Men’s)
American Chemical Society Student Affiliates Lacrosse (Women’s)
American Marketing Association Latin American Student Association
Arrupe Scholars Le Cercle Français
Beta Theta Pi Men Inspiring Others to Succeed (MIOS)
Biology Club Middle Eastern Student Association (MESA)
Black Greek Council Order of Omega
Carroll Bioethics Society Organization of Resident Assistants
Carroll Cinema Society Panhellenic Association
Carroll Crazies Pershing Rifles
Chi Omega Phi Sigma Alpha
Christian Life Communities Pre-Dental Society
Circle K Pre-Law Society
College Democrats Pre-Pharmacy Club
Colleges Against Cancer Psi Chi
Dance Ensemble Public Relations Student Society of America
Dance Team Residence Hall Association
Delta Tau Delta Respect for Life
Emergency Medical Services Association Rhapsody Blue
European Union Simulation Rowing
Every Two Minutes Rugby (Men’s)
F.A.C.E.S. Sailing Team
Field Hockey Club Science Fiction & Fantasy Club
Finance Association Seed of Hope
Gamma Phi Beta Sigma Phi Epsilon
Gospel Choir Society for Human Resource Management
Habitat for Humanity Society for Physics Students
Hillel Society of Professional Journalists
Hip Hop Dance Club Student Alumni Association
Honors Student Association Student Business Advisory Council
Ice Hockey Student Union
iDance Student Union Programming Board
Interfraternity Council Students in Free Enterprise
Italian Club Students Today Leaders Forever
Japan Society Students United in Care & Healing
JCU Choral Association Take Back the Night
JCU Documentary Association The Sweet Carrollines
JCU History Union Ultimate Frisbee
JCU Skiers & Boarders UNICEF Club
John Carroll Conservatives Volleyball (Men’s)
John Carroll Humans vs. Zombies Volleyball (Women’s)