John Carroll By The Numbers

(Download our 2016-17 Fact Book for more information.)

  • 3,137 Undergraduate Students
  • 536 Graduate Students
  • 49% female, 51% male
  • Students from 37 states and 50 countries
  • Approximately 90% of freshmen and sophomores reside on campus
  • 70 academic programs of study
  • Average class size of 20 students
  • 41% of the Class of 2016 added a minor or a second major to their primary area of study
  • 85% freshman-to-sophomore retention rate (compared to national averages of 79% for public institutions and 80% for private institutions)
  • 72% four-year graduation rate (compared to national averages of 32% for public institutions and 52% for private institutions)
  • Nearly 100 student organizations
  • 23 Division III varsity sports
  • More than 136,000 hours of service performed by our students last year
  • 10 miles from Downtown Cleveland
  • More than 500 businesses and organizations in Northeast Ohio are owned or operated by John Carroll alumni
  • 96% of John Carroll alumni (in a recent survey) say the JCU experience contributed to their career

Points of Pride

  • The 2017 “Best Colleges” edition of U.S. News & World Report ranks John Carroll University #7 among universities in the Midwest offering master’s programs. This marks the 28th consecutive year the University has been named one of the top 10 regional institutions. The University was highlighted as:
    • #2 for a “Strong Commitment to Undergraduate Teaching”
    • #7 in the Midwest among “Best Colleges for Veterans.”
  • The Boler Part-time MBA is rated among Ohio’s top 10 programs by U.S. News 2017 Best Grad School rankings rate.
  • John Carroll University has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for eight consecutive years.
    • Service to others is a defining element of the University, where more than two-thirds of the student body participate in service activities.
    • Students have many opportunities to engage with the local community from the time they are freshmen. In 2015-16, JCU students volunteered more than 135,000 service hours.
  • #1 in the nation in student preparedness for employment, according to Bloomberg Businessweek, 2016 survey of employers.
  • John Carroll was recognized in 2016 by Forbes Magazine as a “Best Value” college.
  • JCU accountancy program ranked #1 in Ohio and #23 nationally by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy for CPA pass rates.
  • We are the only Ohio college or university to be named among the “Top 100” MONEY Magazine 2015-16 Best Colleges rankings.
  • Forbes lists John Carroll University as a Top 10 school in Ohio for their America’s Top Colleges 2015 rankings.
  • John Carroll ranks among Kiplinger’s Top 100 Best Values in Private Colleges for 2014. JCU is one of only five Ohio schools in the “private school” category and ranks #92 in the nation.
  • John Carroll is #4 in Ohio for colleges with highest earnings potential according to
  • The Boler School of Business holds dual accreditation by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), a distinction held by only 5% of business programs worldwide.
  • Named to the “NorthCoast 99,” an annual recognition program that honors 99 great workplaces for top talent in Northeast Ohio.
  • In October 2014, for the fifth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report recognized JCU as one of the top 25 colleges and universities in the nation for service-learning programs.
  • John Carroll University’s Catholic and Jesuit Mission and Identity is Affirmed
    In his letter dated September 22, 2016, Fr. Brian Paulson, S.J., Provincial of the Chicago-Detroit Province, explained that Fr. Adolfo Nicolás, then Superior General of the Society of Jesus confidently affirmed the Catholic and Jesuit identity of John Carroll University. This affirmation is the result of a yearlong Mission Priority Examen process of self-study and priority setting, peer review, and approval by the Provincial. John Carroll was one of only three schools identified to undergo the first round of this process.

Unique Programs

  • John Carroll University and the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) have established a partnership to help talented Ohio high school seniors reserve an assured seat in medical school. This is just one of many opportunities related to JCU’s multi-faceted Pre-Health Professions Program. The PHP Program helps undergraduates make the career choices best suited for their talents and abilities by providing them with information, guidance, and support.
  • The Mike Cleary Program in Sports Studies — a new academic major — helps students gain and develop the knowledge and abilities to succeed in leadership roles in sports administration, coaching, and other careers.
  • In the Computer Science with Healthcare Information Technology major, students learn what it takes to function as a fully capable software developer in any professional environment, but also specifically tailor their skills to the rapidly expanding healthcare IT field. The capstone experience for the major includes interning with healthcare IT professionals. Students can build valuable connections through internships at the Cleveland Clinic and other prestigious healthcare organizations.
  • JCU was selected by the Ohio Board of Regents and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation as one of four sites in Ohio and the only private school for the distinguished Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellows Program. The program is designed to attract talented and committed individuals with backgrounds in the STEM fields – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – into teaching in high-need secondary schools.

Successful Students & Alumni

  • JCU is recognized for excellent retention and graduation rates: 87% of JCU freshmen return as sophomores. 66% of JCU undergrads receive their bachelor’s degrees in four years, compared with 53% of other four-year private schools nationwide, and 33% of four-year public schools.
  • JCU is one of 36 schools nationwide and the only Ohio school singled out for a Pell graduation rate 10% higher than our peers. JCU is the only school in Ohio with a zero percent gap in 4-year graduation rate.
  • John Carroll students and grads are in demand; they are engaged in invaluable internships at top accounting firms, Cleveland Clinic, news and media outlets, and Fortune 500 companies headquartered in the region.
  • Crain’s Cleveland Business annually recognizes rising stars in the regional business community. Twenty-eight JCU alumni have been selected as “Forty Under 40” honorees.

Expert Faculty

  • Our students learn from distinguished faculty who are experts in their respective fields. 97 percent of our 178 full-time faculty hold doctoral degrees or the terminal degree in their field; nine are Fulbright Fellows. Our student/faculty ratio is 14:1.

Beyond Campus

  • John Carroll University’s impact on Northeast Ohio’s economy exceeded $127.2 million in the year of analysis (FY 2011). This spending by our employees, students, and visitors generated nearly 1,798 jobs and produced more than $67.9 million in household earnings within the region. Our vendors and their employees, in turn, recycle spending within the region for additional goods and services.
  • Fighting Ohio’s “Brain Drain” – More than 58 percent of John Carroll graduates remain in Ohio to become leaders at work and in their communities. 500 companies in Northeast Ohio are owned or operated by Carroll alumni.

Access to Historic Works

  • “The Saint John’s Bible” – the first handwritten and hand-illuminated Bible in 500 years — debuted at John Carroll in April 2008. It was the only opportunity to view original pages from this historic manuscript in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. The University also has received the first three of seven volumes of the “Wisdom Books,” a stunning full-color reproduction of “The Saint John’s Bible,” for permanent display in the Grasselli Library and Breen Learning Center. The gift was made possible through a generous donation by Target in honor of retired Target Executive Vice President John Pellegrene, a John Carroll Class of 1958 alumnus.