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Application Process

It is easy and free to apply to John Carroll University! Just follow these steps:

  1. Complete our online application.
  2. Arrange to have complete credentials sent directly to the Office of Admission. Complete credentials include:
    • A Transfer Reference Form from your current school (or school most recently attended).
    • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. Official transcripts must be mailed or emailed directly to John Carroll from each college or university (we are unable to accept hand-delivered transcripts). Failure to report collegiate level attendance at any institution will make a student liable for immediate dismissal. Official transcripts can be sent c/o Janet Mirka at enrollment@jcu.edu
    • A high school transcript and SAT or ACT scores must be submitted only for applicants who have completed fewer than 24 semester hours at a college or university.
  3. If necessary, arrange to have official scores of any AP, IB, or CLEP test results sent to the Office of Admission.

Please have all documents sent to the following address:

John Carroll University Enrollment Division
1 John Carroll Boulevard
University Heights, OH 44118

enrollment@jcu.edu | c/o Janet Mirka

Key Deadlines

Application review is done on a rolling basis. Once all required information is received, a student should have an admission decision within three to four weeks.

If you are applying for the fall semester, application files will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning in the preceding February.

If you are applying for the spring semester, application files will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning in the preceding October.

Please know that the Admission Committee may delay making an admission decision in order to see a student’s current semester coursework. If this is the case, a request will be sent to the student asking them to send a copy of their transcript once the coursework is completed.

Financial Aid Awards

  • Merit-based scholarships are awarded at the time of acceptance based on current GPA at time of application review.
  • FAFSA forms must be forwarded to JCU in order to receive a complete financial aid award (JCU FAFSA code is 003050).
  • Please know that the awarding of financial aid for prospective transfer students will begin in April for fall enrollment and late November for spring enrollment.
Admission Requirements

To be considered as a transfer student, you must have previously earned a high school diploma or equivalent and be in good standing at the time of application. Please know that the completion of any college-level courses while in high school alone does not make you a transfer student and would require you to complete an application for first-year admission. If you have previously attended John Carroll, you are considered a re-admission student student and would need to complete the re-admission student application found here.

For those who have attended only one college or university, the most recent term average and the cumulative average must be 2.0 or better to be considered for admission. For those who have attended more than one college or university, the most recent term average and the cumulative average at the home school must be 2.0 or better to be considered for admission. In addition, the cumulative average for all schools attended must be 2.0 or better. A GPA of 2.50 or above, however, is recommended for admission.

“Rather than feeling like just a number at a large institution, I felt like I truly mattered at John Carroll. I’ve was able to reach my full potential in the chemistry lab and on the softball field.” – Lauren Cianciolo ’18