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Mission-Based Programs Application Deadline: March 17

Learn more about our Mission-Based Programs below and apply here: Click here to access the application

As a member of John Carroll’s Mission-Based Programs, students receive the following benefits: 

  • Enhanced coursework
  • Priority class scheduling 
  • A special designation on their diploma
  • An opportunity to live in JCU’s Mission-Based Programs Living-Learning Community (LLC)
  • A book award that covers the costs of books and other materials in their program's courses.

In addition, one deserving student from each of the Mission-Based Programs will be awarded a $5,000/year scholarship.

Arrupe Social Justice Scholars

Do you have a strong commitment to issues of social justice? 

The Arrupe Social Justice Scholars program will help you develop the skills to be an effective agent for positive social change in a world that needs you. 

During your time in the program, you will enhance your understanding of social inequality and learn how to effectively advocate for positive change in the world.

Academic Coursework

  • You will complete the Peace, Justice, and Human Rights minor. 
  • You will complete 18 credits of Arrupe-designated coursework, nine of which also satisfy University Core Requirements. 
  • Arrupe courses include: Introduction to Social Action, Issues in Social Justice, Social Justice Research, and Advocacy & Action.


  • As an Arrupe Scholar you’ll participate in retreats, fundraisers, plan student-lead conferences, and engage in an advocacy project. 

Each year, up to 30 first-year students are selected to be Arrupe Scholars.

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Honors Program

Do you love to learn? Do you think creatively and outside of the box?

Our Mission: The Honors Program cultivates a community whose members embrace gaudium de veritate - joy from truth - and lead lives devoted to learning. Rooted in the Ignatian Tradition, Honors Program graduates lead and serve in the world by sharing their intellectual gifts and love for learning with others.

Honors Program courses differ from non-honors courses - they are designed to provide more engaging and challenging work, are more discussion-based, and tend to be smaller in size.

Typically, incoming Honors students have earned an A or A- average in a strong college preparatory curriculum, have scores of 650 on subcomponents of the old SAT or 29 on subcomponents of the ACT, and have demonstrated strong writing skills and engagement in cultural and service activities.

Academic Coursework

  • Students complete 25 credits of honors-designated coursework.
  • 22 of those credits fulfill University core requirements.
  • 3 credits include honors-specific courses: Explorations in Research (1-credit) and Directed Readings (2-credits).

The Honors Pathway

  • Students pursue (self-selected) learning experiences outside of the classroom that demonstrate excellence in both engaged learning and depth of scholarship.

Each year, up to 65 first-year students are selected to be in the Honors Program. 

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Leadership Scholars Program

Are you interested in building your leadership capacity and helping to build the leadership capacity of those around you?

Are you interested in developing as a leader that seeks to become an agent for meaningful change with or without a formal title? 

While some students might have held formal leadership positions in high school, this program is designed for students who are interested in further developing their leadership knowledge and skills by applying what they have learned from past experiences to solving problems both on the JCU campus and beyond.

Academic Coursework 

  • You will complete the Leadership Development Minor.


  • You will complete a Leadership Formation Program, meet with a Leadership Coach, serve as a Streak Week Assistance Team leader for incoming students, and assist with planning a leadership conference for high school students. 

Each year, up to 30 first-year students are selected to be Leadership Scholars. 

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Social Innovation Fellows Program

Are you dedicated to becoming a social innovator and entrepreneur?

The Social Innovation Fellows Program will help you develop the skills to identify opportunities for innovation in the marketplace and design and execute solutions for sustainable social change.

Academic Coursework 

  • You will complete the Entrepreneurship Minor .
  • Social Innovation Fellows courses include: Introduction to the Social Innovation Fellows Program, Introduction to Entrepreneurial Thinking, Launching the Social Innovation Venture, and Promoting the Social Innovation Venture.


  • You’ll engage in a variety of events and experiences including challenges, skills workshops, retreats, and more. 

Each year, five first-year students are selected to be Social Innovation Fellows. 

Mission-Based Programs Application Deadline: March 17

These programs require a separate application. Click here to access the application


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