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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. Orientation is a unique opportunity for students and families to get acquainted with John Carroll. Students will have the opportunity to meet with a faculty advisor and register for classes, meet fellow classmates as well as upper class students, and stay in the residence halls. 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, learning more about the resources available at JCU, and meeting other parents.

Attending 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

An orientation fee of $325 will appear on your fall tuition bill, which will be mailed to you in July. This fee covers meals, overnight housing, staffing, for both the student and their guests, as well as advising and registration fees.

When you register for your orientation session, you will be asked to submit information about the major(s) of greatest interest to you. The University will use this information to pre-register you for two-three courses required for the degree program you have selected. When you are on campus for orientation, you and your family members will discuss your academic plans with faculty advisors in your academic division. These faculty advisors will help you complete your fall schedule and gain a fuller understanding of the University’s requirements.

Our Streak Week program 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 mandatory that all students, both commuter and resident, attend all of the programmatic sessions during the weekend.

Resident students will be assigned a move in time for Wednesday, August 26, by the Office of Residence Life. 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.


The orientation program begins with check in from 9:30-10:30 a.m. It is important that you arrive during that time in order to take advantage of the University Resource Fair.


The orientation program concludes when you have finished registering for classes, had your picture taken for your Carroll Card, and met with representatives of Financial Aid for an individual appointment. Your registration and appointment times will be distributed upon arrival on the first day, so please do not plan to leave campus before 4 p.m. on the second day.

When students are on campus for orientation, they will take an online foreign language placement exam in the language(s) they studied in high school.

The placement test will help the 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.

Incoming new students who are attending orientation sessions 1-6 in June are required to stay overnight in an on-campus residence hall. Bed linens, a pillow, and towels are provided in each room. Students might want to bring an extra blanket if they feel it is necessary since the residence hall is air-conditioned.

Parents also have the option of staying in an air-conditioned, on-campus residence hall, which is included in the orientation fee. Bed linens, a pillow, and towels are provided in each room. Parents traveling together will be housed in the same bedroom and share common bathrooms with other parents on the residence hall floor while parents traveling alone will be assigned their own bedroom. If parents do not want to spend the evening in an on-campus residence hall, please click here to see several hotels within a short distance of the University that we recommend.

Attention Students Attending Session 7 on August 24-25: Due to the arrival of returning students to their residence hall rooms for the fall semester, please note that there are no overnight accommodations available on campus for any parents or for commuter students. Students who will be living on campus in the fall will pick up their keys to move into their assigned residence hall rooms on either Sunday, August 23, from 9 a.m.-noon or Monday, August 24, from 8:30-9:30 a.m.