Nationally Ranked

  • The 2015 “Best Colleges” edition of U.S. News & World Report ranks John Carroll University #7 among universities in the Midwest offering master’s programs. This marks the 26th consecutive year the University has been named one of the top 10 regional institutions. The University also earned the #6 ranking in the “Great Schools at Great Prices” category.
  • JCU ranks 4th in the Midwest for retention and graduation rates. 89 percent of JCU freshmen return as sophomores. 64 percent of JCU undergrads receive their bachelor’s degrees in four years, compared with 52 percent of other four-year private schools nationwide, and 32 percent of four-year public schools.
  • John Carroll ranks among Kiplinger’s Top 100 Best Values in Private Colleges for 2014. JCU is one of only five Ohio schools in the “private school” category and ranks #92 in the nation.
  • John Carroll University has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for seven consecutive years. Service to others is a defining element of the University’s campus culture; students have many opportunities to engage with the local community from the time they are freshmen. In 2013, JCU students volunteered more than 100,000 service hours.

Unique Programs

  • In 2014, John Carroll launched the Mike Cleary Program in Sports Studies, a new academic major to help students gain and develop the knowledge and abilities to succeed in leadership roles in sports administration, coaching, and other careers.
  • In 2010, JCU was selected by the Ohio Board of Regents and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation as one of four sites in Ohio and the only private school for the distinguished Teaching Fellows Program. The program is designed to attract talented and committed individuals with backgrounds in the STEM fields – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – into teaching in high-need secondary schools. The one-year program offers prospective teachers rigorous preparation with extensive clinical experience resulting in a master’s degree and teacher licensure. Each participant receives a $30,000 fellowship.
  • John Carroll’s widely acclaimed financial-aid strategy — John Carroll Access Initiative — (formerly known as the Ohio Access Initiative) provides financial support to help academically eligible incoming freshmen from lower-income backgrounds graduate in four years. This initiative combines a John Carroll grant with federal and state grant aid, and the Federal Stafford Loan program to meet the published flat, full-time tuition cost. More than $2 million has been raised to support the program, which received a Northern Ohio Live 2007 Awards of Achievement Honorable Mention/Education award.

Enrollment Records

  • John Carroll welcomed another large class in the fall of 2014. The Class of 2018, comprised of 798 students, hails from 325 high schools, 25 states, and 14 countries. Academically, the class achieved an average high school GPA of 3.51.
  • For fall 2014, 3,020 undergraduate and 561 graduate students enrolled.

Beyond Campus

  • John Carroll University’s impact on Northeast Ohio’s economy exceeded $127.2 million in the year of analysis (FY 2011). This spending by our employees, students, and visitors generated nearly 1,798 jobs and produced more than $67.9 million in household earnings within the region. Our vendors and their employees, in turn, recycle spending within the region for additional goods and services.
  • Fighting Ohio’s “Brain Drain” – More than 58 percent of John Carroll graduates remain in Ohio to become leaders at work and in their communities. 500 companies in Northeast Ohio are owned or operated by Carroll alumni.

Successful Students

  • John Carroll students and grads are in demand; they are engaged in invaluable internships at the “Big Four” accounting firms, Cleveland Clinic, news and media outlets, and Fortune 500 companies headquartered in the region.
  • Crain’s Cleveland Business annually recognizes rising stars in the regional business community. Since 2011, 15 JCU alumni have been selected as “Forty Under 40″ honorees.

Expert Faculty

  • Our students learn from distinguished faculty who are experts in their respective fields. 98 percent of our 185 full-time teaching faculty members hold doctoral degrees or the terminal degree in their field; nine are Fulbright Fellows. The majority of our faculty has published books, articles, or received research grants in the past two years. Our student/faculty ratio is 14:1.

Access to Historic Works

  • “The Saint John’s Bible” – the first handwritten and hand-illuminated Bible in 500 years — debuted at John Carroll in April 2008. It was the only opportunity to view original pages from this historic manuscript in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. The University also has received the first three of seven volumes of the “Wisdom Books,” a stunning full-color reproduction of “The Saint John’s Bible,” for permanent display in the Grasselli Library and Breen Learning Center. The gift was made possible through a generous donation by Target in honor of retired Target Executive Vice President John Pellegrene, a John Carroll Class of 1958 alumnus.