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Our campus is only 10 miles from downtown Cleveland, allowing our students the best of both worlds: a beautiful, safe campus in a neighborhood of tree-lined streets and lovely homes, with easy access to restaurants, museums, professional sports teams, recreation, and community service in and around a metropolitan area.

Cleveland is home to fast-rising startups, numerous Fortune 500 companies, government, academic, healthcare, and nonprofit organizations. JCU will connect you to world-class research and internship experience in biomedical experimentation, healthcare, IT, educational outreach, marketing, and autism research. We even have a special partnership with the renowned Cleveland Clinic.

We also coordinate opportunities for you to serve those in need. We partner with several organizations, including those that are actively addressing issues of food and hunger, early childhood development, education, and domestic violence prevention.

And when it’s time for relaxation and play, Cleveland is home to world-class museums, three professional sports teams, a vibrant city life filled with art, culture, and cuisine from around the world, parks and beaches, and a one-of-a-kind lakefront experience on the Third Coast.

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Student Guide to Cleveland!

Top destinations in Cleveland, chosen by JCU tour guides!

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Over 90% of students complete two or more high-impact experiences at JCU, such as Liam McDonnell '23, who is a Digital Assurance and Transparency Intern at PwC.

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There is a 98% acceptance rate for JCU students entering a health related professional field. Maria VanDevere '23, an aspiring nurse is conducting an independent research study on the relationship between the SAD diet and cardiovascular health.

One male and two female students talking on a bench near the quad in the fall

Service Learning

The Center For Service and Social Action sponsors a minimum of 88 weekly service activities throughout Cleveland every semester, partnering with more than 75 nonprofit organizations.

Welcome to Cleveland

Destination Cleveland is a private non-profit convention and visitors bureau whose mission is to drive economic impact and stimulate community vitality for Cleveland through memorable leisure, convention and business travel experiences.

Broadway in CLE

Playhouse Square, Cleveland’s theater district, is the largest performing arts center in the United States outside of New York — only Lincoln Center in New York City is larger. For selected shows throughout the year, the Honors Program and various student groups provide discounted (or free) tickets and transportation for students.

Cuisines From Around The World

Increasingly in the national and international spotlight, Cleveland receives rave reviews for its booming culinary scene and is ranked one of the best foodie cities in the U.S.

Arts and Culture

With both the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, there is no shortage of inspiration for the art lover. From our world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra and Playhouse Square, to the Botanical Gardens, you could graduate after four years and still not see everything the city has to offer.

Fuel Your Competitive Spirit

In Cleveland, competition is king. Whether you’re cheering on the Blue Streaks, Browns, Cavaliers, or Guardians, it’s rare that a week goes by without a big-ticket event to attend.

Parks and Recreation

Cleveland is home to 18 nature reservations with over 100 hiking trails. One of Cleveland's most prominent natural sites is the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, which is home to numerous waterfalls, valleys, trails, caves, and plenty of wildlife.