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UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS -- On the strength of a liberal arts curriculum that equips students with a broad perspective and critical thinking skills to overcome life’s challenges, John Carroll University once again earned the #2 spot among the Best Regional Universities in the Midwest according to the 2020 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings. 

John Carroll University is also the top-ranked institution in Ohio and the top-ranked Jesuit institution on the Midwest list. The distinction marks the second consecutive year that John Carroll has been ranked second and the 32nd consecutive year that JCU has been recognized in the top-10 of the Midwest rankings.

“We are grateful to once again receive this honor as a top institution in the Midwest, particularly during these difficult times,” said Dr. Michael D. Johnson, president of John Carroll University. “Our Blue Streak community can take pride in knowing that our mission of inspiring individuals to excel in learning, leadership, and service in the region and in the world continues to be recognized.”

For regional rankings, U.S. News & World Report considers factors including graduation and retention rates, undergraduate academic reputation, social mobility, faculty resources, student selectivity, and average alumni giving rate, among others. 

John Carroll University also received strong rankings in the Midwest in a variety of categories including:

  • #1 in Best for Veterans
  • #3 in Best Undergraduate Teaching
  • #6 in Most Innovative Schools
  • #16 in Best Value
  • #65 in Top Performers on Social Mobility
  • A+ Schools for B Students

JCU was recognized nationally in the following areas:

  • #24 in Service Learning
  • #157 in Undergraduate Business

For a complete list of the 2021 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings, visit