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JCU recognized for 31st consecutive year on Best Regional Universities in the Midwest list 

John Carroll University has earned the #2 spot in the 2020 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings, among Best Regional Universities in the Midwest.

The distinction marks an improvement of two spots from 2019; John Carroll is the highest-ranked university from the state of Ohio, and the highest-ranked Jesuit institution. This is also the 31st consecutive time that the University has been recognized as a top 10 university in the Midwest. 

John Carroll also received the top ranking in the Midwest for Best Undergraduate Teaching.

“We’re proud to be recognized as a top institution in the Midwest for the 31st consecutive year,” said President Michael D. Johnson, Ph.D. “Our rise in the region over the last two years is a testament to the unparalleled efforts of our faculty and staff in support of our students. John Carroll’s legacy of graduating inspired leaders in the Jesuit tradition is secure thanks to this work.”

Additional rankings include: 

  • #1 regionally in Best Undergraduate Teaching (up from #16)
  • #2 regionally in Best for Veterans (up from #3)
  • #7 regionally in Best Value (up from #8)
  • #13 regionally in Most Innovative Schools
  • #54 regionally in Top Performers on Social Mobility
  • #167 nationally in Undergraduate Business (up from #172)

For a complete list of the 2020 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings, visit

John Carroll was also recently honored by “Kiplinger’s Personal Finance,” ranking 153rd out of 400 on the magazine’s “Best College Values for 2019” and 48th on Kiplinger’s list of “Top 50 Private Universities.” The University was also named one of the 159 best colleges in the Midwest, according to The Princeton Review’s "Best in the Midwest" honors. 

John Carroll has previously been ranked #1 for student preparedness by Bloomberg Businessweek.

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