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Catholic Profile

John Carroll University (JCU) is a Jesuit Catholic university dedicated to developing women and men with the knowledge and character to lead and to serve. 

Founded in 1886, JCU is one of 28 Jesuit universities in the United States and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report magazine’s top 10 rankings of Midwest regional universities for more than 25 consecutive years.

John Carroll offers nearly 70 majors, shared between the Boler School of Business and the College of Arts and Sciences. Forty minors further enhance your studies. Our liberal arts education is built on the more than 450-year Jesuit tradition of educational excellence that focuses on the whole person: mind, heart, and hands. Today at John Carroll, we interpret this tradition by focusing on four University Learning Goals: intellect, character, leadership, and service. You will see these learning goals flow throughout all you do at John Carroll. They are reflected in our core requirements and in every major. But further, you will see how the courses you take, the student groups you join, and the friends you make will all help you optimize your potential and reach your goals.
Throughout your time at John Carroll, you will develop the skills that graduate schools and employers want. You’ll learn to communicate effectively, understand and interpret data, solve complex problems in diverse settings, and work collaboratively with others. You’ll gain a deeper appreciation of the human experience, the natural world, and the global community and will see how all of these things are connected.

Training just on specific skills for a specific job is not enough to build a career. At JCU we go deeper. We will teach you to solve problems by asking the right questions and analyzing issues from multiple perspectives in order to navigate the complexities of a global and ever-changing society.

John Carroll students will develop a holistic awareness of self and others, acting with integrity and moral purpose for the good of society. Our faculty and staff will challenge you to think and act ethically. We will teach you to consider the impact of your choices beyond yourself, beyond this campus, and beyond this city and state.

John Carroll students will recognize themselves as agents of positive change with and for others. In and out of the classroom, you will develop the necessary skills to achieve your goals and inspire others to bring about change.

We want you to understand that you can, and should, make the world a better place by being more in tune with the needs of others. John Carroll students will advocate for social justice through responsible service in their local, national, and global communities.

Serving others
Each year our students dedicate more than 136,000 hours of their time in service to the community. The Center for Service and Social Action coordinates numerous service opportunities and can help you find a service project that matches your interests!

A dynamic campus
Our campus is home to nearly 100 recognized student organizations. These groups include national fraternities and sororities, service groups, cultural clubs, musical and other fine arts groups, religious organizations, major-specific societies, and much more. You will find every opportunity to continue with activities that interest you while also being able to branch out and try new things.

A vibrant city
Ten miles from Downtown Cleveland, our students enjoy all the benefits of a suburban neighborhood near one of America’s most revitalized cities. You will experience some of the world’s best food, culture, and entertainment. Our students take advantage of the city in many different ways during their time on campus. Our location opens numerous doors for our students: research at the Cleveland Clinic or other local hospitals, internships at Fortune 500 companies, student teaching in a diverse range of  schools, numerous graduate and professional school options...the list goes on and on.

“Students come to John Carroll not to memorize random facts or haphazardly throw together a midterm paper, but to develop their intellect in such a way that they can begin to critically analyze the world around them. Students who develop their intellect begin to question the status quo, seek answers nobody has ever thought of, and develop solutions for an ever-changing world.”
— Mark Smithhisler ’16

“Character requires ongoing reflection and the dedication and determination to be a better person. Students strive to embody what it means to be good and do good. This means having the respect for those around you no matter the differences, allowing everyone to grow with each other in a supportive community.”
— Jaslyn Ivey ’16

“Leadership means taking initiative, voicing opinions, and communicating with others about important issues. JCU helps students gain leadership skills through class discussions, presentations, projects, internships, and student organizations.”
 — Jessica Bou-Anak ’16


John Carroll by the Numbers
• 3,137 undergraduate students
• 536 graduate students
• 49% female, 51% male
• Students from 37 states and 50 countries
• 90% of freshmen and sophomores reside on campus
• Student-faculty ratio of 14:1
• Average class size: 20 students
• 136,000 hours of volunteer work annually
• 500 companies in Northeast Ohio run by JCU alumni
• 23 Division III sports
• 575 student-athletes (20% of students)

Experience Our Programs 


• Accountancy
• Business Logistics
• Economics
• Finance
• Human Resource Management
• International Business with Language and Culture
• Management
• Marketing

Art History
• Classics: Classical Languages (Greek and/or Latin)
• Classics: Classical Studies
• Communication and Theatre Arts: Communication Studies
• Communication and Theatre Arts: Integrated Marketing Communication
• Communication and Theatre Arts: Journalism
• Communication and Theatre Arts: Persuasive and Relational Communication
• Communication and Theatre Arts: Visual Media
• English: Creative Writing
• English: Literature
• English: Professional Writing
• French and Francophone Studies: French Language
• French and Francophone Studies: French Studies
• History
• Humanities
• Philosophy
• Philosophy: Critical Social Philosophy
• Philosophy: Health, Ethics, and Science
• Philosophy: History of Philosophy
• Philosophy: Philosophy, Law, and Politics
• Spanish and Hispanic Studies
• Theology and Religious Studies
• Women’s and Gender Studies

• Biology: Neuroscience
• Cell and Molecular Biology
• Cell and Molecular Biology: Neuroscience
• Chemistry: Biochemistry
• Chemistry: Comprehensive Chemistry
• Chemistry: General Chemistry
• Chemistry: Neuroscience
• Computer Science
• Computer Science with Healthcare Information Technology
• Engineering Physics
• Environmental Science
• Interdisciplinary Physics
• Mathematics
• Physics
• Psychology
• Psychology: Child and Family Studies
• Psychology: Forensic Psychology
• Psychology: Industrial/Organizational Psychology
• Psychology: Mental Health Services
• Psychology: Neuroscience
• Teaching Mathematics

East Asian Studies
• Education: Adolescent/Young Adult
• Education: Early Childhood
• Education: Middle Childhood
• Exercise Science
• Peace, Justice, and Human Rights
• Political Science
• Political Science: Global and Foreign Area Studies
• Political Science: Law and Society
• Political Science: Methods and Spatial Analysis
• Sociology and Criminology
• Sociology and Criminology: Aging Studies
• Sociology and Criminology: Criminology
• Sociology and Criminology: Cultural Diversity
• Sociology and Criminology: Human Service, Health, and Social Justice
• Sports Studies: Coaching and Recreation
• Sports Studies: Sports and Athletic Administration
• Sports Studies: Sports, Fitness, and Wellness for Diverse Populations