“I didn’t know very much at all about Cleveland when I first started at Carroll. I knew it was a much smaller city than Chicago, and it felt small when I got there, until I was able to really get outside and get into the city and see what Cleveland has to offer.” – Ariel Johnson ’11

Future Alumni


Social Butterfly

  • Cheer on the Blue Streaks in your favorite sport
  • BINGO!
  • Sing at the Greek Week Lip Sync


  • Be a tour guide
  • Play Frisbee, sunbathe, or study on the Quad
  • Take a picture with John Carroll

JCU traditions

  • Paint the Pacelli Lion
  • Bring a date to winter formal
  • Relax at Wing-Spa Night
  • See Santa at Christmas Carroll Eve midnight breakfast
  • Thanksgiving dinner – just like mom’s (almost)
  • Get messy at the graffiti/highlighter party
  • Trick or Treat with RHA

In JCU’s backyard

  • Try pepperoni pizza from Geraci’s (Guy Fieri says so!)
  • Walk/run around beautiful Shaker Lakes
  • Shop at Beachwood Place/Legacy Village

East Side

  • Eat in Little Italy
  • Culture yourself, visit University Circle

West Side

  • Don’t shoot your eye out at the Christmas Story House
  • Check out the West Side Market
  • Explore Ohio City

Both Sides

  • Enjoy ice cream at Mitchell’s
  • Indulge in Malley’s Chocolates
  • Bite into a Panini’s sandwich
  • Stop in at one of Michael Symon’s restaurants – Lola Bistro, Lolita, B Spot
  • Sled down a hill in the Metroparks
  • Ask for extra napkins when you eat at Melt


  • Catch the Indians or White Sox at Progressive Field
  • Sit in the Dawg Pound at Cleveland Browns Stadium
  • Experience rock royalty at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
  • Cruise on the Goodtime III
  • Cheer on the Cavs or Bulls at The Q