John Carroll University

University Heights, OH

John Carroll University

University Heights, OH

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The value of a Jesuit education

A liberal arts education includes an academic understanding of human religious experience. The Jesuit tradition of inter-religious engagement comes to life in the John Carroll Theology and Religious Studies (TRS) classroom and in broader campus life. Students can choose from various courses designed to develop an engaged adult understanding of faith—their own and those of others.

Every walk of life brings us into contact with people who have a wide variety of religious perspectives. Academic study of theology and religion gives JCU students the language and categories to communicate across religious and cultural divides. TRS students also learn to probe contested questions of human life and develop an adult understanding of their own and others' faiths.

Coursework in theology and religious studies provides a solid foundation for work in any field that involves cross-cultural communication, empathetic client relationships, critical thinking, ethical decision-making, careful writing, group collaboration, or social action. It makes great preparation for graduate programs in law, journalism, medicine, political science, sociology, and many other fields. The TRS program integrates well with other humanities or social science majors and is a complementory minor to any JCU major.

When you study the world’s religions, you'll make an impact in more than just the classroom, church, mosque, synagogue, or temple. As a student in the TRS program, you'll gain the tools to understand and effectively respond to the religious forces that shape contemporary businesses, interpersonal relationships, our society, and the world.



Ranked #2 among the “Best Regional Colleges" in the Midwest | U.S. News & World Report, 2023


Ranked among the top 10 “Best Regional Colleges" in the Midwest | U.S. News & World Report, 2023


Ranked #3 among the “Most Innovative Schools” in the Midwest | U.S. News & World Report, 2023


Ranked #15 among “Best Undergraduate Teaching College" in the Midwest | U.S. News & World Report, 2023

John Carroll by the Numbers

• 2,714 undergraduate students
• 479 graduate students
• 70+ majors, minors, and concentrations
• Students from 34 states and 29 countries
• 13:1 student-faculty ratio
• Average class size of 20 students
• 100+ student organizations
• 24 NCAA Division III varsity sports
• 146,000+ hours of service every year
• 88 weekly service activities
• 45+ study abroad and domestic and international immersion experiences
• 500 companies in Northeast Ohio run by JCU alumni
• 99% of incoming students receiving scholarships or grants 
• 45,000 alumni in all 50 states and 48 countries

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “Every college promises to prepare you for a career. But John Carroll won’t just make you more employable—it'll help you become a better person. That’s the cura personalis, care for the whole person, part of the Jesuit philosophy.”

    • Spencer Furin '17
      Electrical Engineer, NASA Glenn Research Center
  • “Realizing there’s more going on in the world outside your bubble and letting those realizations guide you in a way to lead a more fulfilling life and be more other-minded in your decisions is one of the best takeaways from immersion trips at JCU.”

    • Vinnie Giovannitti '20
      Current Doctor of Dental Medicine student at University of Pittsburgh
  • “I’ve experienced tremendous growth as a student and person, all while being encouraged and supported by a strong community that nurtures and guides me to live as the most authentic version of myself.”

    • Sophie Rodgers ’21
      Exercise Science (Pre-Health) and Peace, Justice & Human Rights
  • “My time at JCU has transformed me into someone who takes risks by jumping at new opportunities and experiences—regardless of how nervous I may be—in the hopes of meeting new people and learning something new.”

    • Michael Rodriguez '20
      Sociology & Criminology, Chemistry minor