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Applying to John Carroll University is easy and free! That’s right, there is no application fee.

John Carroll is an exclusive member of The Common Application, meaning the Common Application is the only application for admission we accept.

We are still accepting applications from recent high school graduates looking to begin classes this fall. The online Common Application for this year has been closed, but you can apply by printing out the 2019 First-Year Application, completing it, and sending it in. All supporting documents will need to be sent from your high school to our Office of Admission.

Steps to Applying

For Fall 2020 admission, please follow these application steps:

  1. Submit the Common Application online. This becomes available on August 1 of the year before you intend to enroll. Want to see the essay questions ahead of time? Click here.
  2. Make sure your high school guidance office submits to us your transcript as well as a Common Application School Report and/or Common Application Counselor Recommendation.
  3. Additional recommendations, including a Common Application Teacher Evaluation, are optional.
  4. Make sure we have the results of any and all testing by either the American College Testing Program (ACT) or the College Board (SAT I). To have results sent directly to John Carroll from the testing agencies, our university code for the ACT is 3282 and for the SAT is 1342.
Key Deadlines

December 1
Early Action (non-restrictive) and Priority Scholarship Consideration deadline; decisions released by the third week of December.

December 1
Application deadline for all Mission-Based Scholarship Programs. A separate application is required for each of the four programs.

  1. Arrupe Scholars Program
  2. Honors Program
  3. Leadership Scholars Program
  4. Social Innovations Fellows Program

December 2 to February 1
Rolling admission decisions released every 7-10 days.

Applications received after February 1 may be subject to review on a space-available basis depending on volume of applications for the incoming freshman class.


Admission Requirements

Admission Criteria

When looking at your application, we want to know you. We don’t just focus on your GPA or test scores. Our staff engages in a holistic review process, meaning we review everything that is submitted as part of your application so that we get a well-rounded view of you and your accomplishments. We want to be confident that JCU is a place where you can succeed academically and contribute to our campus. In addition to your high school record and ACT/SAT test scores, we carefully consider your extracurricular involvement, your essay, and your letter(s) of recommendation.

We also want to attract students of diverse economic, racial, and religious backgrounds to John Carroll, to maintain wide geographic representation in each class, and to actively seek significant talents of all kinds.

In order to enroll at John Carroll University, you must have a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent. Upon enrollment, a final high school transcript is required in order to confirm your graduation from high school.

Have a unique situation or circumstance? Please be sure to tell us about it either in person, with a staff member, or in writing as a part of your application.

High School Curriculum

The following high school curriculum is recommended:

  • English: Minimum of four units; four units recommended
  • Math (College Preparatory): Minimum of three units; four units recommended
  • Science (with labs preferred): Minimum of two units; three units recommended
  • Social Studies: Minimum of two units; four units recommended
  • Foreign Language: Minimum of two units; three units recommended
  • Academic Electives: Minimum of three units; three units recommended
  • Total Units: Minimum of 16; 21 recommended
Course Credit

Whether you have taken Advanced Placement (AP) coursework, courses in an International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum, or you have already completed some college courses while in high school, please visit our credit evaluation page to see how this credit will be evaluated.

Home-Schooled Students

Since some students in home-school programs do not follow a traditional high school curriculum, we ask that all home-school students provide us, during the application process, with complete and detailed documentation of their high school coursework and evaluations of progress from an approved home-school evaluator or supervisor.

Verification of high school graduation must be submitted prior to enrollment at John Carroll, and can be presented through any of the following forms:

  • A diploma from a home-school agency governed by a State Board of Education;
  • A letter from a local school district verifying graduation; or
  • A copy of the Graduate Equivalency Diploma (GED) transcript.

Score Choice

Regarding the College Board’s optional Score Choice feature, John Carroll University does allow score choice, but you are encouraged to submit all test scores as we superscore standardized test scores (for both ACT and SAT) — if a student takes the SAT multiple times and sends us multiple scores, we will take the applicant’s highest section scores across all SAT test dates that are submitted to create a new, potentially higher superscore. We will do the same with the ACT.

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