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“My advisors and mentors opened my eyes to a variety of courses that I otherwise would not have considered taking. Together we intentionally planned each semester so that I would have a well-rounded set of courses combining the sciences with entrepreneurship. We researched careers around my interests and strengths while connecting me with professionals across different fields to find the best fit for me.” – Alex Mellot ’16
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Academic Advising & Student Services

Get connected with resources to help you make the most of your John Carroll education.

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Academic Advising

Academic advising is central to the student experience at John Carroll. Whether pursuing internships or registering for classes, you can turn to your advisor for help. Advisors can refer you to appropriate on- and off-campus resources, assist in academic planning, and provide career development support.

Fall semester of freshman year, advisees will meet with advisors in group format for four cohort advising sessions. Students will consult regularly with their assigned academic advisor for the first four semesters of enrollment, or until they have earned 45 credits and are eligible to declare a major. When you are ready to decide on a major, you will be assigned to a major advisor in your academic program.

Center for Career Services 

Get all the support you need to map your interests, skills, and values to potential careers and majors. We’ll then help you figure out a plan to get both the coursework and real-world experience you need to develop the skills necessary to achieve your career goals. When you’re ready to look for a job, we’re here to review your résumé, conduct mock interviews, and launch your job search. 

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Learning Commons

The Learning Commons is a collaborative learning center in our library that offers free tutoring and peer-led study tables, résumé help, study skill workshops, and a variety of other fun and interactive programs to support your academic and career development.

Writing Center 

Student writing consultants can assist with nearly any aspect of writing, and can help you at any point in the writing process. They can help you brainstorm, organize ideas, craft a thesis statement, restructure an essay, clarify and expand key points, formulate citations, and refine word, grammar, and punctuation choices.

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Boler College of Business Professional Development Program 

The Boler College's unique Professional Development Program prepares business majors for their future careers through a series of courses to practice and build professional skills.

College of Arts & Sciences Professional Development Program 

The unique Professional Development Program prepares students of all majors for their future careers through a series of courses to practice and build professional skills.

Alumni Career Network

The award-winning John Carroll Alumni Network is an online database with direct access to hundreds of alumni from a wide range of career paths who are eager to offer their insight, experience, and support to undergraduates. 

Student Accessibility Services 

Our goal is to provide students with disabilities an equal opportunity to competitively pursue a college education. Student Accessibility Services (SAS) provides accommodations and support for students with disabilities.

Pre-Engineering Program

Students interested in engineering have three options:

  1. They may elect the 3/2 program, which consists of the first three years at John Carroll as a science major followed by two years at Case Western Reserve University. Successful completion of the 3/2 program leads to two bachelor’s degrees: a B.S. from John Carroll and a bachelor’s in engineering from Case Western Reserve. Further details are provided under “Engineering Programs” in “Preparation for Graduate and Professional Studies.” 
  2. They may complete the B.S. in chemistry (ordinarily with a concentration in Chemical Physics) and then enter an engineering school to obtain an advanced degree. It would typically require a total of six years to obtain a B.S. from John Carroll and an M.S. from another institution.
  3. They may choose to complete two years of pre-engineering at John Carroll and then transfer to an engineering school to pursue a bachelor’s degree in engineering.

Pre-Health Professions Program

Our Pre-Health Professions Program includes a full-time director and a physician-in-residence. They’ll help you map out a plan to navigate course selections, understand career paths, gain relevant experience, and build relationships with and apply to medical, dental, pharmacy, physician assistant, and other health-related programs. We provide personalized application and interview preparation through our Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC). An entire team of faculty and staff will help you evaluate your skills, create a compelling application, and nail the program interview.

John Carroll University has early acceptance programs and linkages with a variety of healthcare professional schools, including medical and dental schools. For additional information, please see the Pre-Health Professions section of this Bulletin or visit the Pre-Health Professions website www.jcu.edu/prehealth.

Pre-Law Program

Any major can be suitable preparation for a career in law, especially when combined with carefully chosen courses outside the major field. Students interested in law school are especially urged to consider a second major, minor, or concentration that complements the major field of study.

A broad background of knowledge, which is obtained through the University Core Curriculum, plus a major in a specific field are required for the study of law. In addition, certain skills are important in learning and practicing law. These skills include the ability to speak and write effectively, to organize and absorb large amounts of information, to read carefully and critically, to analyze and evaluate complex issues, and to deal with problems creatively. Also important is knowledge of the social, political, and economic structure of society and an understanding of the human values underlying this structure.

The pre-law advisor also can give advice on admission to law schools, the choice of a career in the legal profession, and the construction and content of a personal statement. In addition to the undergraduate degree, law schools require students to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and to apply through the Credential Assembly Service (CAS). Forms for both of these are available at www.LSAC.org.

Admission to law school is based on high academic standing, a correspondingly high LSAT score, and recommendations from faculty and others familiar with the applicant’s character, academic preparation, and aptitude for legal study. Extracurricular activities, work experience, and special achievements also play a role.

A pre-law advisor is available to students interested in pursuing the study of law upon graduation. For further information, please see Dr. Elizabeth Stiles, Department of Political Science (estiles@jcu.edu).

Muldoon Center for Entrepreneurship

For all majors – While academic programs in entrepreneurship were once exclusively business focused, John Carroll looks at entrepreneurship as a way of thinking and developing an entrepreneurial mindset, with a focus on teaching students to recognize opportunities in both for-profit and non-profit organizations. In addition to a minor that is available to any major, the Center offers programs such as the Student Hatchery, a unique opportunity to bring your idea to market; the ideaLab and Soper Prize, idea contests open to all undergraduate students in all majors.
 

Leadership Development 

Develop your gifts and abilities through our Leadership Development Programs that tackle how to develop professional relationships and communication skills, determine your leadership style, understand and apply your strengths, and form an ethical approach to leadership.

There are also plenty of opportunities to take leadership roles on campus as Resident Assistants, Orientation Leaders, Immersion Coordinators, Retreat Leaders, CSSA Student Liaisons, and in roles related to your degree such as on-air show host at WJCU 88.7 FM and as a writer for The Carroll News.