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Who are advisors and what can they do for you?

Advisors are faculty or staff who guide you from orientation to graduation and sometimes even later. You should consult with them to better understand the major you are pursuing, to choose the courses you take, and to evaluate internships and study abroad opportunities. If you are facing difficulties with courses, they can help you find solutions and connect you to the appropriate resources.

Your Orientation Advisor

Your orientation advisor will answer your questions about the University core curriculum as well as about your intended major. This advisor will also help you select and register for your fall classes to make sure you are off to a good start!


Pre-major Advisor

From the time you enter the University until you declare and are accepted into your major (usually spring of sophomore year), your pre-major advisor will provide guidance and support. Look to this advisor for help in deciding classes, referrals to campus resources, and direction with your overall academic plan! If your intended major changes, you will be assigned to a new pre-major advisor to help you.


Major Advisor

When you declare your major, you will be assigned to a major advisor who will guide you to graduation and assist you in your post-graduation career choices.

Pre-Health Advisor

The assistant dean of health programs and JCU’s physician-in-residence are available to mentor and assist students interested in pursuing a career in the healthcare sector and to prepare them for the admission exams for professional schools. Further, JCU offers a course, Survey of the Health Professions, designed to familiarize students with the wide array of professions within healthcare, the educational requirements for entering these professions, and the ability to meet admissions officers from the professional schools along with those who are students or professional practitioners in the various fields.

Pre-Law Advisor

A JCU pre-law Advisor assists students interested in a law career on class scheduling, LSAT preparation, and general law school queries for both traditional law school programs and for the 3+3 Dual Admission in Law Program. The 3+3 Dual Admission in Law Program is a partnership between John Carroll University and Case Western Reserve University School of Law that offers students a means of obtaining both a bachelor’s and Juris Doctor degree in six years.


Success Advisor

Success advising provides one-on-one meetings with an academic coach or counselor who can help you improve your study skills, set short-and-long-term goals, and reflect on academic and vocational 

plans. Get help with 5-day study plans, motivation, time management, note taking, studying and reading strategies, goal setting, test anxiety, procrastination, and concentration. 

You can schedule meetings at any point during the academic year, but an optimal time to seek support is at the start of a semester. You can review syllabi, plan ahead, set goals, and devise course-specific strategies. Then you can receive assessment feedback in the middle of the semester. Your coach will help you prepare for finals and reflect on and revise academic skills for future coursework.

Boler College of Business Undergraduate Advising

Advising resources specifically for students pursuing a degree in the Boler College of Business are available.

Center for Global Education

The Center for Global Education provides services for students who seek short-term or long-term study experiences abroad. It also supports international students at JCU.

Learning Commons

The Learning Commons is a collaborative learning center that offers John Carroll University students free study tables, resume help, wellness and study skill workshops and a variety of other fun and interactive programs!

Student Accessibility Service (SAS) 

SAS provides accommodations and support for students with disabilities. The goal is to provide students with disabilities an equal opportunity to competitively pursue a college education.

Writing Center

The JCU Writing Center offers free, one-on-one consulting services to all members of the John Carroll community: students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

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 your first year, you will meet with your advisor both in group and individual advising sessions. You will consult regularly with your assigned academic advisor for the first four semesters of enrollment, or until you have earned 45 credits and are eligible to declare a major. Once you have declared a major, you will be assigned to a major advisor in your academic program.