- The 2016 “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 27th consecutive year the University has been named one of the top 10 regional institutions. The University was highlighted at #3 for a “Strong Commitment to Undergraduate Teaching,” #7 in the “Great Schools at Great Prices” category, and #7 in the Midwest among “Best Colleges for Veterans.”
- JCU also is recognized for excellent retention and graduation rates: 87 percent of JCU freshmen return as sophomores. 66 percent of JCU undergrads receive their bachelor’s degrees in four years, compared with 53 percent of other four-year private schools nationwide, and 33 percent of four-year public schools.
- We are the only Ohio college or university to be named among the “top 100” MONEY Magazine 2015-16 Best Colleges rankings.
- Forbes lists John Carroll University as a Top 10 school in Ohio for their America’s Top Colleges 2015 rankings.
- 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, where more than two-thirds of the student body participate in service activities. Students have many opportunities to engage with the local community from the time they are freshmen. Last year, JCU students volunteered more than 115,000 service hours.
- In October 2014, for the fifth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report recognized JCU as one of the top 25 colleges and universities in the nation for service-learning programs.
- The NBC/John Carroll University “Meet the Press” Fellowship is awarded annually to a JCU graduating senior who plans to pursue a career in political journalism. The nine-month fellowship was created in 2009 in memory of the Sunday morning program’s host, Tim Russert from JCU’s Class of 1972.
- The Hal ’81 and Diane Hawk and Carl Hughes ’79 United Nations World Food Programme Fellowship enables JCU students to work for two months at the World Food Programme (WFP). During summer 2015, two students were assigned to the WFP’s U.S. Relations Office in Washington, D.C., and two worked at the WFP’s headquarters in Rome. The fellowships are open to any student of any major, with a preference for graduate students, seniors, and juniors.
- John Carroll University and the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) have established a partnership to help talented Ohio high school seniors reserve an assured seat in medical school. This is just one of many opportunities related to JCU’s multi-faceted Pre-Health Professions Program. The PHP Program helps undergraduates make the career choices best suited for their talents and abilities by providing them with information, guidance, and support.
- 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.
- The Computer Science with Healthcare Information Technology major began in 2014. Students in the program learn what it takes to function as a fully capable software developer in any professional environment, but also specifically tailor their skills to the rapidly expanding healthcare IT field. The capstone experience for the major includes interning with health-care IT professionals. Students can build valuable connections through internships at the Cleveland Clinic and other prestigious health-care organizations.
- 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 Woodrow Wilson 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.
- 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.
- Applications for fall 2015 exceeded 4,000 for the first time in John Carroll history. 764 freshmen began JCU journey in fall 2015. Overall enrollment: 3,125 undergrads; 575 grad students. Students come from 35 states and 48 countries.
- 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.
- John Carroll students and grads are in demand; they are engaged in invaluable internships at top 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. Twenty-six JCU alumni have been selected as “Forty Under 40” honorees.
- 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. 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.