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Congratulations and welcome to the John Carroll University Class of 2026! John Carroll is a Jesuit Catholic institution filled with many traditions, one of which is our two-day orientation program for first-year students.

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 learn important information about the JCU experience 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

The New Student Orientation fee will be $325 per student. This fee covers advising and registration fees, student staffing, Streak Week activities in August, and other program costs (for all students) as well as meals for the student and a guest during the on-campus experience and housing for the student. 

The orientation fee will appear on your fall tuition bill, which will be mailed to you in July.

The estimated start time for Day 1 will be approximately 10:00 - 10:30a while the end time on Day 2 will be approximately 4:00p.

Details regarding the specific start and end times can be found on this website, under "Program Schedule".

*Please note that the two-day schedule may be altered as necessary.



On June 1, all students who are registered for a New Student Orientation session will be sent an email to their JCU email addresses with instructions for taking the required online foreign language placement exam in the language(s) they studied in high school. Students will be expected to complete the exam by June 23.

The placement test will help our academic advisors 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.

Questions regarding the language placement exam can be sent to Alexandra Shaeffer at

Students will also need to complete the English Directed Self-Placement Questionnaire prior to their New Student Orientation session. Students can access questionnaire in their JCU Gateway. 


Students will be provided with a single occupancy room in one of John Carroll's air-conditioned residence halls. Bedding and linens are provided in each room, but students are encouraged to bring an additional pillow and blanket for increased comfort.


Unfortunately, we are unable to offer on-campus accommodations for parents. For a listing of local hotels, please visit 


NOTE: For students attending Orientation on August 22/23, please see below:

Students who are commuting will attend the first day of the Orientation session, head home to sleep, and then return to campus for the second day of the program.

Students who are living on campus will move into their fall semester rooms prior to the Orientation session. More information will be sent out closer to the move-in date.



Free parking is available in the main lot off of Belvoir Rd. for students and guests during their Orientation session.

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

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. 


Streak Week 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. There will be a mix of in-person and virtual activities offered.

Resident students will receive notice from the Office of Residence Life regarding the process for moving into your room. Commuters will meet at a designated 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.

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Meet your 2021 Orientation Leaders

Get to know your orientation leaders! Learn what they are involved in and what they love most about JCU.