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Undergrad Profile

it’s about you.

At John Carroll, our mission is to develop the next “greatest generation” of leaders. We do this by guiding you as you turn your passions into a lifelong purpose.

When deciding where you’ll spend the next four years, most colleges and universities will tell you “we’ll know your name.” The John Carroll experience is more personal: we want to know what drives you. We’re focused on providing you with the experiences—both in and out of the classroom—that position you for a successful career and, more importantly, a life well lived.

Prepared to engage the world
At John Carroll, we’ll help you develop the skills that employers and graduate schools want. You’ll learn to communicate effectively, understand and interpret data, solve complex problems in diverse settings, and work collaboratively with others. But a liberal arts education built on hundreds of years of Jesuit educational excellence will give you so much more than that. At John Carroll, we focus on the whole person—mind, body, and spirit. We’ll nurture your curiosity, stimulate your intellect, and further develop your character.

Employers have taken notice, ranking John Carroll as best in the nation at preparing students for success in their first job, according to a Bloomberg Businessweek survey.

When you leave John Carroll, you will have a clear advantage over your peers as you begin your career. 

Return on your investment
Choosing to pursue your college degree is an investment in your future. At larger research universities, graduate students often teach classes and get coveted spots in research labs. At John Carroll, you can get to work right away. Our undergraduates often collaborate on research directly with faculty, coauthor papers, and present at conferences. Our faculty teach in classes that average 21 students, ensuring you’ll get one-on-one attention while learning from your peers. U.S. News & World Report has recognized this excellence, ranking JCU as a top 10 school in the Midwest for 29 consecutive years and as #7 in the same group in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category. When you decide to attend John Carroll, this investment in your future is worth the cost.

A global network
As a JCU student, you’ll also have year-round access to internship and research opportunities. Plus, you’ll be able to experience some of the world’s best food, culture, and entertainment in a growing, vibrant city. Our location just 10 miles from downtown Cleveland opens doors: research at the Cleveland Clinic or other local hospitals, internships at Fortune 500 companies, student teaching in a diverse range of schools, and numerous graduate and professional school options.

When you graduate, your John Carroll connections will last a lifetime. With more than 40,000 alumni around the world, 18 alumni chapters throughout the United States, and 500 Northeast Ohio companies owned or operated by JCU alumni, our alumni network is strong. Graduates are committed to helping the next generation of Blue Streaks through mentoring, networking, or helping land an internship or job.




Why John Carroll?
• #1 for career preparedness
Bloomberg Businessweek
• #6 in the Midwest
U.S. News & World Report
• #7 in “Great Schools, Great Prices”
U.S. News & World Report

John Carroll
by the numbers
• 2,937 undergraduate students
• 497 graduate students
• 70 majors
• 44 minors
• 51% female, 49% male
• 41% of the Class of 2017 graduating with more than one area of study
• Students from 37 states and 29 countries
• 88% of freshmen and sophomores residing on campus
• Student-faculty ratio of 14:1
• Average class size of 21 students
• 136,000 hours of volunteer work annually
• 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports
• 500 companies in Northeast Ohio run by JCU alumni

“JCU helped me grow into the leader I am today. I completed two social justice internships—one for the Legal Aid of Arkansas and one for the American Bar Association’s Commission on Immigration. I also tutored local fourth graders on the Constitution. All of these experiences allowed me to discover what truly brings me joy: fighting for justice.”
Marina Giannirakis ’17
BS, Sociology and Criminology
Master’s Student, The Clinton School of Public Service, University of Arkansas

“My professors and classmates inspire me to act, innovate, and lead with confidence and heart. John Carroll has taught me how to be a person with passions, who cares about others, and who works to share this with the world.”
— Roserita DiMillo ’18
BS in Management; Peace, Justice, and Human Rights Minor