Location: University Heights, OH, USA
Size: 2,949 undergraduate students
Percent Women: 49%
Tuition (one year): $44,520
Most Popular Majors: Communications, Biology, Accounting, Economics, Education
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 83%
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit John Carroll University's website at www.jcu.edu/admission
Why Choose JCU?
"I was looking at schools, did a visit and felt right at home. I did not have to change myself to fit the stereotype of the university. The community represents the ideals that the mission of the university presented."
"I chose JCU because I come from a strong Catholic background, and I still wanted to have that experience in college. I went to private grade school and high school, so I couldn't imagine an education without some religious opportunities."
"The welcoming attitude of everyone on campus. Everyone here holds the doors, all the time!"
"When I visited campus (both times), it just felt like home. The students were welcoming and the staff I met seemed to truly be looking out for my interests. I love the commitment to service and the overall motto 'Men and women for others'."
"I came to JCU because it has an amazing business school, which is what I wanted to be in. It was also close to my house, but not so close that I was worried about my parents randomly showing up. I also love the size of the school because it's easy to get to know people."
"When I pulled up to campus it looked like the set of a movie. And when it's covered in snow, everything looks like a postcard. The study abroad program is fantastic here, too."
"I love that I have a community of students who are caring and compassionate about what they do. Everyone is academically driven and wants to do well and succeed." "9 pm mass is the best way to start the week, hands down. It's great to gather as a faith community and it's one of the best ways to recharge and get inspired." "The students are all very friendly toward one another. You can't go just anywhere and see everyone holding doors for one another all the time." "I love the sense of community everyone has here; it's really inclusive. Tradition-wise, I really enjoyed the 'Celebrate the Spirit' event because it's something that everyone does together. Plus, it made classes shorter that day, so that's always a plus!" "I just love the campus in general! It's fairly small, so you can walk the whole campus in 10 minutes. I always feel safe on campus too, which is a great feature of JCU!"
"The parking lot is extremely small, so people are constantly slamming their doors on your car door, leaving scratches that can't always be buffed out. Also, when there's an event on campus, there's no where near enough parking."
"The bathrooms, showers in particular, need some help."
"I really wish they would fix the sidewalk around the quad. It's uneven, so there are some really deep puddles when it rains. Rainboots are a must."
"The campus sometimes feels very secluded. It occasionally gets tiring to only have one dining hall on campus."
"The library hours suck. Not all people want to get drunk on Fridays - I want to study! Also, why is the wolf's name Lobo??"
New Collegiette on Campus
"Orientation was great! They had a lot of scheduled activities for students to do together, or you could break off and meet people on your own. But the small groups they put you in really helped me make friends that first week."
"It is very easy to get involved here, and as long as you get involved, meeting people is simple."
"The first year experience is fun because you get to meet so many new people. Orientation is awkward at first, but it gives you a taste of college life and allows you to get involved on campus."
"Orientation is a fancy word for doing seven days of icebreakers. It is good to start to see faces, but you'll really start to meet people on your floor, through activities, and by joining organizations."
"Streak Week (the week before classes when freshmen move in) was fun. It's a good way to meet other people."
All About Academics
"The workload is a little rough. However, it is fair. Popular majors are anything in the Boler School of Business, or English/Communications. Registration is also rough. This past semester I had to redo my schedule three times to get one that I wanted. My favorite spot to study is the O'Dea room in the student center. It has those comfy couches that are perfect for reading, and no one is ever in there."
"The academics push the students to work harder. Time management is a very important aspect to life at John Carroll. Communications is a popular major for students who are undecided when they come in or if their parents are making them attend school."
"Advising is difficult at first, but it is a great way to get to know the faculty that you will be working with for the next four years. Get to know your advisor well, as they will be crucial for graduate school recommendations."
"Registration is difficult as a freshman, but it gets easier as you dig into the classes in your major and the classes are much smaller. My favorite place to study is the 2nd floor roofs in Dolan."
"As a business major, I can say that Boler is incredibly hard, but 100% worth it in the long run. The name will get you far in the midwest region."
"I've found that the science classes are especially work heavy. The personal study rooms in the library are also perfect for getting work done when you really need to focus - they're private and quiet."
Learn from the Best
"For the most part, the faculty is awesome. They all seem to be looking our for your best interest and are pretty approachable and great to know."
"I like my professors because they get engaged in what they are teaching. If you need help, EMAIL YOUR PROFESSORS. I cannot stress that enough. They like to see the initiative and will most likely respond within an hour."
"All of the professors are so inviting. They will always stop to say hi in the hallway and will always help you no matter what department you're in."
"We have some amazing professors! The English Department is absolutely amazing, and John Carroll always tries to hire professors that have real-world experience in the field that they teach in."
"The professors here are enlightening and understanding. I don't hesitate to ask for help or discuss issues outside of class either!"
Interests & Involvement
"I would be nowhere without my extracurriculars. I'm not really sure which of the clubs are the most popular, nor do I know what it's like to start a club. I just know that they're worth being a part of. You get to meet so many new people."
"The Inside JCU daily email and the student involvement fair are the two best ways to find out about organizations and events. The email keeps students aware of events going on during the week."
"SUPB (the student union programming board) is the most popular because they get the most funding for events. Everything they do is also really inviting for all students, and it enables you to do really cool activities that you might not do otherwise."
"Greek life is pretty popular at Carroll. It is a non-hazing community and the Greeks are dedicated to their second home. With a tremendous amount of service activities and fundraisers, Greeks are uber involved on campus."
"All the organizations advertise their events and meetings, so most students find clubs they like easily. Our diversity clubs and the Christian Life Communities (small groups that meet weekly and talk about faith and their life) are also really popular."
"I haven't been to a sporting event yet....."
"Sports are not entirely popular unless it's the Homecoming football game. I don't know much about club sports, but I do know that intramural sports are pretty popular with a lot of people."
"The atmosphere at games is one of encouragement and friendly competition. It was incredibly exciting when the football team made the playoffs this year!"
"I don't really play intramural sports, but my roommate does and she absolutely loves it. There isn't really a separate athlete culture as far as I can tell because everyone is too busy to care if you play a sport or not!"
"School spirit this year has been at an all time high. Our football team made it to the playoffs for the first time in years, and it really bolstered the spirit of everyone."
"Being a woman on campus is fun! A lot of the leadership positions on campus are filled by women. Our style is pretty casual here - mostly jeans and sweaters, especially with boots in the winter. And the gender ratio is pretty much equal, which is nice."
"It's actually great being a woman on campus. Trust me, us girls have a say in what happens on campus."
"There are clubs and organizations on campus for women, and there is even a Women and Gender Studies department."
"Women on campus come in all shapes, sizes, and personalities. There are several organizations, like Students Empowering Women, that are aimed to helping women and gender equality."
"Women empower each other on campus. We are leaders in activities and in the classroom."
Food & Drink
"There is only one dining hall on campus, known as "the caf". There's also a more expensive late night snack-bar type option called the Inn Between, and there's always Einstein's Bagels in the main academic building."
"The Thanksgiving Dinner is the best meal you'll ever get in the cafeteria. It's amazing, and people start lining up an hour before the doors open."
"The dining hall is okay. Not your mother's cooking, but it's okay."
"The caf mainly specializes in grilled chicken and salads. They try to branch out, but it's a clear hit or miss."
"Coffee options are prevalent on campus. The Cubby and The Den are great options, and they serve only fair-trade products. Those are only open at night. Of course, Einsteins' is open during the day, so we're never without caffeine."
"Friday and Saturday you can choose to go out or you can choose to stay in. The parties can get crazy occasionally, but if you're smart you leave before they reach that point."
"Most people drink in the dorms. Drug use is not common, but if you look for it, you might find it. I do not feel pressured to drink because I spend time with people that want to hang out with me, not with alcohol."
"SUPB offers a lot of events that are alternatives to alcohol. They're held on Friday or Saturday nights after 10 pm, and they're usually pretty fun. Bingo is a big activity, and there are usually big prizes like TVs or Beats headphones."
"There are usually parties on the weekends, and they're not limited to Greek life. I've never felt pressured to drink, and everyone is pretty laid back about it."
"People are pretty inclusive in the party scene. You can always find a group of people to hang out with."
"Bring lots of things to decorate. The walls are a blank canvas ready for you to decorate."
"The freshmen dorms are actually a lot of fun. They're a little small, but you get used to it. You can request a roommate or go with a random assignment. You have to live on campus your freshman and sophomore year unless you commute."
"There are four options for freshman dorms. Three are on the main quad, and the other is separated. The farther dorm is more spacious, but the smaller dorms have more community."
"Living in the dorm is safe and fun. The RAs have to have programs once a month for their residents, and they put a lot of effort into them. One year we even got to get free tickets to a Cleveland Cavaliers game!"
"Freshman dorms aren't much different from the upperclass dorms. Most upperclassmen move into apartments right off campus because the dorms can get a bit irritating after a couple years of waking up to the garbage truck outside your window at rather early hours of the morning."
"Cleveland has a bunch to offer. I love going to Playhouse Square and taking in plays or musicals. There's a grant at JCU called the Kulas Grant, and it allows students to get free or almost free tickets."
"There are a ton of museums and other cultural stuff, and students can easily get on the RTA (public transit) and get anywhere downtown."
"There are a bunch of great music venues around Cleveland that offer great concerts."
"The students don't always get on the best with the residents of University Heights. They base it on one bad experience and they don't factor in all of the good things, like the community service we bring to the area."
"There is a shuttle service to the malls in the area, and SUPB sometimes offers tickets to professional sports games. Cleveland also has a lot of internships, especially for those in the medical and business industries."
HC's Complete College Guide: John Carroll University
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