The University is conveniently accessible by light-rail train to downtown Cleveland. This Midwest city of 430,000 people — located along beautiful Lake Erie – is a short flight to Chicago; Toronto; Washington, D.C.; New York City; and other major cities.  Cleveland is an ethnically diverse and culturally rich home to many groups – from Eastern European and Jewish immigrants in the early 1900s, to an influx of Chinese, Indian, Latino, Middle Eastern, and Vietnamese residents over the last 30 years.
Greater Cleveland–University Heights, actually–is the home of John Carroll University. We can think of no other place we would want to be. Cleveland is a city of opportunity, a city for service, and a city for fun. There are many sides to this great city that will cater to students’ varied interests.

A city of opportunity

Nearly 500 companies in Greater Cleveland are owned or operated by John Carroll graduates, allowing many opportunities for the University’s students to gain valuable internship experiences. Further with various Fortune 500 companies, the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic, and Progressive Insurance located here, our students can become connected to the fields and the experiences that will set them apart in their job search after graduation.


A city in need

While a city of opportunity, Cleveland is also a city in need of our students and their unfailing commitment to service and giving back. JCU students provide nearly 34,000 hours of service in Greater Cleveland and are here to make a difference in the city’s future and in the lives of its citizens on the margins. Our education majors can student teach at some of the best public and private schools in the region, but also make a difference in public schools with low graduation rates.  Students who plan to attend medical school gain valuable summer clinical experience at the Cleveland Clinic, but also take time to volunteer at Huron Hospital working with pregnant teens.

Regardless of their career aspirations, our students are called to see the world from many perspectives and challenged to find ways that their gifts and talents can be used to make a difference in the lives of others. Cleveland is the perfect city to help shape our students’ futures.


A city of fun

Cleveland offers a broad selection of fun options for students seeking to unwind and experience a great American city. International students will appreciate the wide variety of international foods, and array of shopping options throughout the city and surrounding suburbs – from the upscale Beachwood Place Mall and Legacy Village, to the city’s famed West Side Market.

While Cleveland is most often known as the home to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, there is so much more to our city. Our theater district, Playhouse Square, is the nation’s second largest theatre district after Broadway in New York City. The world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra, Severance Hall, and Cleveland Museum of Art are just a short bus ride from John Carroll.  The city also hosts professional sports teams that include The Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA basketball), Cleveland Browns (NFL American football), and the Cleveland Indians (baseball).

The Cleveland MetroPark system is a beautiful and diverse network of 16 reservations across 22,000 acres (89 km²) offering hundreds of miles of walking, bicycle, and horse trails, parks, picnic areas, five nature education centers, seven golf courses, and abundant fishing holes. It is also known as the “Emerald Necklace,” because the park system forms a nearly complete ring around the Cleveland-area communities and Lake Erie.

You will also be surrounded by many other college students in a vibrant city. John Carroll is linked to 11 other universities in Greater Cleveland (including Case Western Reserve University) in a partnership that allows students to sample coursework at various institutions through a cross-registration program.

We are a city proud of all that we have to offer.