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Congratulations and welcome to the John Carroll University Class of 2024! John Carroll is a Jesuit Catholic institution filled with many traditions, one of which is our orientation program for first-year students.

Due to the impact of COVID-19, this summer's New Student Orientation sessions will be conducted online through the use of Zoom and JCU's Canvas Learning Management System. We look forward to welcoming our newest members of the JCU community, as orientation is a unique opportunity for students and families to get acquainted with John Carroll. Students will have the opportunity to discuss their fall schedules with a faculty advisor and register for classes and meet fellow classmates as well as older JCU students. This will allow them to see John Carroll in a whole new light, learning what to expect both socially and academically.

Parents can also benefit from the program, whether this is the first or last child going to college, by engaging with several University administrators and learning more about the resources available at JCU.

Participating in the orientation program will give students a head start on a successful, enjoyable college experience, making the transition in August less hectic and much easier. We strongly encourage both students and parents to start your John Carroll experience by taking advantage of all it has to offer. Enjoy the rest of your senior year, and we look forward to seeing you this summer!

Student Fee

A reduced orientation fee of $200 will appear on your fall tuition bill, which will be mailed to you in July. This fee covers advising and registration fees, staffing, New Streak Weekend activities in August, and other program costs. 

The orientation program begins at 11:00am EST with a welcome from members of John Carroll's Senior Leadership Team. It is important that students log in for this event as their small group sessions with their Orientation Leaders will begin immediately following this presentation. The orientation program concludes with some fun activities in the evening so that you can get to know other members of the Class of 2024!

Prior to attending their respective orientation sessions, students will take an online foreign language placement exam in the language(s) they studied in high school. Instructions on how to complete the online exam will be emailed to each student during the week leading up to their orientation session.

The placement test will help your academic advisor determine which language class is appropriate for each student, and should be taken seriously to ensure proper placement. Students who do well on this exam and subsequently place into a higher-level language course may reduce their number of semesters of foreign language study.

Also, please note that without the results of this test students will not be able to register for their required foreign language courses.

All incoming students are required to submit a headshot online for their Carroll Card. In the picture, students must be facing forward, cannot be wearing a cap or hat, and need to use a neutral background. Your picture can be submitted here

Virtual Resource Fair

Staff members from a slate of John Carroll offices will be providing live presentations to highlight the services they provide to our students, followed by live Q & A sessions where participants can submit questions to the presenters in order to get an even stronger sense of the experiences and support we offer our students. Additionally, all presentations will be recorded and available online for anyone who isn't able to participate during the live webinars.

*All sessions will be from 7:00 - 8:00pm EST.

Monday, August 3 - Career Services

Tuesday, August 4 - Dining Services

Monday, August 10 - Getting Involved on Campus

Tuesday, August 11 - Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion

Wednesday, August 12 - Student Accessibility Services

Monday, August 17 - Campus Ministry

Tuesday, August 18 - Center for Service and Social Action

Wednesday, August 19 - Counseling Center

We will be utilizing the webinar format of Zoom for these sessions, which will allow guests to see the presentation as well as the panelists, but not the other attendees.

The Zoom link for each of these sessions will be emailed to all students and their family members. Since there is a limit of 500 guests for the webinar, we encourage multiple members of a family to watch on the same device if more than one person plans to participate.

New Streak Weekend brings first-year students to campus a few days early so that they can continue to get oriented to university life and to learn invaluable skills to succeed in college without the rush of classes. Therefore, it is important that all students, both commuter and resident, attend all of the programmatic sessions during the weekend.

Resident students will sign up for a move-in time between Wednesday, August 26 - Friday, August 28. Commuters will meet at a certain time and have a chance to get to know the rest of the first-year commuters as well as the resident students.

Meals will be provided during this time. If you have any questions, please call the Office of Orientation at 216.397.1983. Visit the Streak Week website.

We encourage all of our students and their families to schedule an individual appointment with one of our Student Enrollment and Financial Services (SEFS) staff members to review their financial aid and have any billing questions answered.

Upon the completion of your orientation session, students will receive an email from our SEFS staff with the details on how to schedule a virtual appointment for the student and parents. 


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