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Quick Facts

Degree Programs

Degree programs through the College of Arts and Sciences and the Boler College of Business are offered in nearly 70 major fields in the arts, social sciences, natural sciences, and business at the undergraduate level, and in select areas at the master’s level.


  • Undergraduate students: 2,615
  • Graduate students: 425
  • Students from: 36 States and 15 Countries
  • Average class size: 21
  • Student-faculty ratio: 13:1


  • 45,000 alumni in all 50 states and 48 countries
  • More than 500 businesses in northeast Ohio are owned or led by JCU alumni
  • Alumni Mentoring Network: Undergraduate students are offered support through the award-winning John Carroll Mentoring Network – an online database with direct access to hundreds of alumni mentors from a wide range of career paths who are eager to offer their insight and experience

Student Life

  • Student organizations: 100+
  • Club sports: 9
  • Sororities and fraternities: 9
  • Service hours performed by students: 138,000+
  • Weekly service activities: 88
  • Students involved in weekly service: 1,497
  • Percentage of students who have done at least one service activity before graduating: 90%

Study Abroad

  • Number of students who study abroad: Approximately 200
  • Study abroad/exchange programs offered each year: 45+
  • Where students study: Experiences take place on five continents, in locations such as London, Madrid, Beijing, Lima, and Rome


  • Division III varsity sports: 24
  • Conference: Ohio Athletic Conference
  • League titles: 100+
  • All-OAC selection and OAC champions: 750+
  • Division III All-Americans: 100+

Connected to a City of Opportunities

  • Our campus is situated in University Heights, Ohio, an attractive residential suburb 10 miles east of downtown Cleveland (metro. area pop. 2.05 million).
  • Cleveland is home to fast-rising startups, numerous Fortune 500 companies, government, academic, healthcare, and nonprofit organizations. JCU connects students to world-class research and internship experience in biomedical experimentation, healthcare, IT, educational outreach, marketing, and autism research. We also have a special partnership with the renowned Cleveland Clinic.
  • We coordinate opportunities for students 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.
  • Located on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland is the heart of a thriving metropolitan area. Home to the Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, a number of theatre ensembles, including the Cleveland Play House and Great Lakes Shakspeare Festival, dance companies, and a thriving film scene, Cleveland is a cultural magnet. Its lively theatre district at Playhouse Square is the country’s largest performing arts complex outside of New York City. Cleveland is also a sports town, with Major League Baseball (The Cleveland Guardians), NFL Football (the Cleveland Browns), and NBA Basketball (the Cleveland Cavaliers).
  • Cleveland has a large city park system in the U.S. and offers picnicking, hiking, bike trails, horseback riding, winter sports, and more. The Cuyahoga Valley National Park, located between Cleveland and Akron, features a wide variety of natural, cultural, and historical resources.
Every college will promise to prepare you for a career, and John Carroll definitely will too. But that’s where most of them stop. JCU, on the other hand, won’t just make you more employable; it will help you become a better person.
–Spencer Furin ’17; B.S., Engineering Physics; Electrical Engineer, NASA Glenn Research Center

Founded in 1886, JCU is one of 27 Jesuit universities in the United States and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report magazine’s top 10 rankings of Midwest regional universities for 31 consecutive years. We are honored to have our commitment to academics validated through these national rankings – as well as through our graduates who go on to demonstrate how academics and leadership go hand in hand.

The University earned the #2 spot in the 2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings, among Best Regional Universities in the Midwest. Additional rankings include: 

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  • #15 regionally in Best Undergraduate Teaching 
  • #27 regionally in Best Value 
  • #3 regionally in Most Innovative Schools
  • #139 regionally in Top Performers on Social Mobility
  • #190 nationally in Undergraduate Business 

Boler College of Business

As a student in Boler, we’ll help you map out and execute an academic plan so that you’ll graduate with the skills and experience to change the world. Our location in Cleveland means that you’ll have access to alumni and internships throughout the city at places such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, Sherwin-Williams, and Akron-based Goodyear. And these internships often lead to jobs.

No matter where technology or industry goes, you’ll be ready to adapt and lead change. Can technology and big data make the world a better place? It may bring greater safety, health, convenience, and economic opportunity, yet it may also be used to produce inequality, discrimination, and violations of privacy. As a computer science, healthcare information technology, or data science major you’ll have plenty of opportunities to gain real-world experience at Fortune 500 companies as well as at start-ups and the Cleveland Clinic. You’ll also explore the complex relationships between data, technology, and society.

The Mike Cleary Program in Sports Leadership focuses on planning, implementation, and leadership across a wide variety of athletic-related careers. We connect students with job shadowing and internship experiences in college and professional sports management, coaching, recreation, administration, and more. Majors in exercise science focus on developing knowledge of human movement and behavior as preparation for graduate school and career opportunities such as fitness, wellness, athletic training, and physical therapy.

John Carroll alumni provide a national network that opens doors for current students and graduates. Many of our alumni are in administrative and coaching positions throughout the NFL, MLB, and the NCAA.

John Carroll looks at entrepreneurship as a way to develop innovative thinking and an enterprising mindset, with a focus on teaching students to recognize opportunities in both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. While academic programs in entrepreneurship were once exclusively business focused, the entrepreneurship minor is available to all students at John Carroll, regardless of major.

The Muldoon Center for Entrepreneurship offers programs such as the Student Hatchery, a unique resource to incubate your idea and bring your product or service to market. This program opens doors for students through hands-on experience with professors and professional entrepreneurs from successful local businesses.