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3 steps to apply to jcu

Your John Carroll Journey

It's time to start your application to John Carroll University. On our campus you'll find a sense of belonging and become something greater than yourself. Our vibrant and connected community is a hub for curiosity, discovery, and transformation as you pursue an Inspired Future.

First-year students interested in John Carroll can apply through the Common Application or the Coalition Application. Regardless of which option you choose, our review process remains the same! John Carroll is test-optional for Fall 2025 applicants. Read our Test Optional FAQ for more information.

All admitted John Carroll students receive a generous merit scholarship based on their academic achievements in high school. We also award a variety of regional and alumni scholarship opportunities.

Admission Requirements


Admission Criteria

Our staff engages in a holistic review process, meaning we review everything that is submitted as part of your application so that we get a well-rounded view of you and your accomplishments. We consider your:

  • High school record
  • ACT/SAT test scores (if submitted)
  • Extracurricular involvement
  • Essay
  • Letter(s) of recommendation

Have a unique situation or circumstance? Please be sure to tell your admission counselor or include it in your application.

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High School Curriculum

The following high school curriculum is recommended:

  • English: Minimum of four units
  • Math (College Preparatory): Minimum of three units; four units recommended
  • Science (with labs preferred): Minimum of two units; three units recommended
  • Social Studies: Minimum of two units; four units recommended
  • Foreign Language: Minimum of two units; three units recommended
  • Academic Electives: Minimum of three units
  • Total Units: Minimum of 16; 21 recommended

Course Credit

If you have taken Advanced Placement (AP) coursework, taken courses in an International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum, or completed some college courses while in high school, please visit our credit evaluation page to find out how your credits will transfer to JCU.

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Affording a Jesuit Education

For more than a century, families have valued the strength of a Jesuit education from John Carroll University. Our alumni will tell you that a degree from John Carroll is the launch pad for a dynamic career and a life of purpose. The cost to attend John Carroll is different for every student, but all JCU students have two things in common when it comes to cost: None of them pay the full list cost (total cost of room, board, and tuition), and all of them agree that their investment is worth it. Learn more about our scholarship opportunities.

Information for Applying Students

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