A nearly 500-year-old Jesuit tradition of academic rigor and educational excellence in mind, body, and spirit
John Carroll University is a Jesuit Catholic university 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.