John Carroll University

University Heights, OH

John Carroll University

University Heights, OH

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Not where your quest begins but where it flourishes

With a nearly 500-year-old Jesuit tradition of academic rigor and educational excellence in mind, body, and spirit, John Carroll University is dedicated to developing women and men with the knowledge and character to lead and serve. Founded in 1886, we’re one of 27 Jesuit universities in the United States and have been listed in U.S. News & World Report’s top 10 rankings of Midwest universities for 31 consecutive years.

At JCU, we’re not afraid to pursue the unknown. We recognize that lifelong exploration connects us to endless discovery, wonder, and joy. Even when you fail, you succeed. Because you might find a passion you never knew you had. You might hone a strength you never believed in. 

You’ll contribute from day one because all ideas and initiatives are welcomed and nurtured. Our approach unleashes transformative growth and allows you to emerge with self-awareness, confidence, and vision. We call this journey a quest, and we invite you to join us. It’s time to Brave Your Quest.

Discover your purpose
Through service, we contribute to the community by knowing and helping individuals. It’s personal. It’s meaningful. And it improves the lives of the people we serve and our students. With our rich and numerous service and immersion programs, we offer uncommon world experiences and guide you to lead your life with openness and newfound purpose. 

Continue developing your faith
Grounded in the Jesuit Catholic tradition, our Office of Campus Ministry serves people of all faiths by inspiring a faith that does justice. There are many ways you can engage in Campus Ministry activities—and it’s important to know that you don’t need to be religious to do so. We offer small faith-based communities of six to 12 students that meet weekly to talk about faith and college life, as well as numerous retreat opportunities to reflect, relax, have fun, form new friendships, and strengthen your spirituality.


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#1 Best Undergraduate Teaching in the Midwest

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#2 Overall in the Midwest

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Top 10 in the Midwest for 31 consecutive years

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#7 Best Value Schools in the Midwest

John Carroll by the Numbers

• 3,017 undergraduate students

• 462 graduate students

• 70+ majors, minors, and concentrations

• 13:1 student-faculty ratio

• Average class size of 20 students

• Students from 34 states and 29 countries

• 140,000+ hours of service completed each year

• 88 weekly service activities offered

• 45+ study abroad opportunities

• Domestic and international immersion experiences

• 90+ student organizations

• 23 NCAA Division III varsity athletic teams

• 500 companies in Northeast Ohio run by JCU alumni

• 44,000 alumni in all 50 states and 48 countries

• 99% of incoming students receive scholarship or grant assistance to help cover costs.

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 or be more other-minded in your decisions is one of the best takeaways from immersions.”

    • Vinnie Giovannitti ’20
      Doctor of Dental Medicine student, University of Pittsburgh
  • “I’ve experienced tremendous growth as a student and as a 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