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John Carroll is test-optional for fall 2024 applicants. Information for students planning to enter JCU in the fall of 2025 will be available soon, so please check back for more information.


If I have a test score, should I submit it along with my application for admission? 

If you have already taken the SAT or ACT and believe your scores are indicative of your academic achievement, we are happy to consider them as part of your application. If you don’t believe your scores are a reflection of your academic achievement, you can elect not to submit them.  

Here are more details on students who were admitted to JCU for fall 2023 to assist you as you weigh your options:

Middle 50% GPA: 3.46 – 4.12

Middle 50% ACT: 26 – 31

Middle 50% SAT: 1190 –1370

You’ll be asked to indicate whether or not you are applying test-optional (and thus whether or not you are going to be submitting test scores) when answering John Carroll’s member questions on the Common Application. 


Do I have the option to change my mind after I submit my application for admission? 

Students applying test-optional for fall 2024 may elect to change their decision by submitting a formal request in writing to their admission counselor, along with a copy of their test scores, by January 2, 2024. We will only be able to consider SAT and ACT scores for tests taken through December 2023.


 If I don't submit a test score, how will my application be reviewed?

John Carroll University has always undergone a holistic approach when reviewing applications for admission. This means we look at all of the items that are part of your application, including your academic performance, rigor of coursework, your essay, recommendations, co-curricular involvement, and your SAT/ACT scores (if you decide to submit them). Because JCU considers applicants holistically, the review process for students submitting scores and those not submitting scores will be very similar. 


Will my decision to submit a score impact my consideration for a merit scholarship? 

All students admitted to JCU will automatically be considered for a merit scholarship, regardless of whether or not they have submitted ACT or SAT scores. 

Listed scholarship values are annual amounts that automatically renew for a total of four years as long as academic and conduct standards are maintained. Students are notified of their scholarship at the time of admission.

Magis Scholarship Starting at $25,000

Presidential Scholarship Starting at $22,000

University Scholarship Starting at $17,000

Ignatian Award $15,000


Are there certain majors at JCU that require a test score? 

None of the majors at John Carroll University require students to submit a test score when applying. 


Are transfer applicants required to submit a test score?

Transfer applicants who have earned fewer than 24 hours are highly encouraged to submit an ACT or SAT score if they have previously taken either test. Transfer applicants who have fewer than 24 hours and who have not taken the ACT or SAT should contact their admission counselor for more information.


Are international applicants required to submit a test score? 

International applicants will still need to demonstrate English proficiency by submitting either a TOEFL or IELTS score when applying to JCU. 


Are homeschooled students required to submit a test score?

While homeschooled applicants are not required to submit ACT or SAT scores as part of their application, complete and detailed documentation of high school coursework and evaluations of progress from an approved home-school evaluator or supervisor will need to be submitted. For more information, visit


Do I need to submit a test score if I want to be considered for Medical School Early Acceptance Programs (LECOM and OU-HCOM)? 

Students planning to enter JCU in fall 2024 who wish to apply to the LECOM Early Acceptance Program will need to submit an ACT or SAT score. Students who meet the GPA requirement for the program will be invited to interview online.

Students applying to the OU-HCOM Early Acceptance Program will not be required to submit an ACT or SAT score. 


Do I need to submit a test score if I want to be considered for the 3+3 Law Program? 

Students are not required to submit test scores in order to be considered for the 3+3 Law Program. 


Do I need to submit a test score if I enroll at JCU? 

JCU will not require enrolling students to submit scores.