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Your Admission Counselor

Our approach to helping you and your students is distinctive. An admission counselor is assigned to each high school and is responsible for working with counselors, consultants, and your students through the entire college search process. He or she is the primary point of contact at John Carroll. Your admission counselor is a member of the Committee on Admission, recommends students for merit scholarships, reviews student FAFSAs for need-based aid, and helps families with the final enrollment decision. Meet your admission counselor.

The Application Process

In order for us to review a student’s file, all of these items must be submitted:

  • Common Application with essay
  • High school transcript with Common Application School Report
  • Letter(s) of recommendation

Notes for counselors:

  • There is no fee to apply to John Carroll.
  • Only the Common Application essay is required. There is no supplemental essay.
  • High school transcripts can be submitted through the Common Application, mailed, or faxed to 216.397.4981.
  • JCU is test optional for fall 2023 applicants. For more information, visit our test-optional faq.  Students wishing to submit ACT and/or SAT I scores can send scores directly from ACT (code 3282) or College Board (code 1342). We will also accept the scores if they appear on the official high school transcript.
  • We superscore both the ACT and SAT I. 
  • At least one letter of recommendation is required from either a teacher or counselor.

Important Dates

  • November 15 – Early Action and Priority Scholarship deadline. All components of the application as listed above must be received by this date.
  • Post November 15 – Rolling Admission
  • Post February 1 – Rolling Admission on a space-available basis


  • Decision letters will generally be released the third week of December for all applicants who meet the November 15 deadline. Applicants may receive an email or text message indicating their admission decision prior to receiving a letter in the mail. For those who apply significantly before November 15, we may begin notification in early November.
  • Rolling admission decisions are released every 7 to 10 days beginning in mid-January.

Visit Campus

Are you interested in experiencing John Carroll’s campus? Request a visit and our office will coordinate a time for you to take a student-led tour, meet with an enrollment manager, and more.

The Carroll Counselor Quarterly Newsletter

Every quarter, John Carroll sends out a newsletter designed specifically for high school counselors with important updates, statistics, deadlines, and more. View our inaugural edition here

High School Counselor Reference Sheet

View or download a quick two-page summary of the application process, freshman profile, and what’s new at JCU.