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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, Streak Week 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 when you have finished registering for classes, have submitted your picture for your Carroll Card, and checked in with your student Orientation Leader. Each faculty advisor's registration and appointment times will vary, so you should plan to be engaged with the Orientation until 4:00pm on the second day.

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. During your orientation session, 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.

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

In addition to the two-day orientation sessions in June, we look forward to staying engaged with the newest members of our John Carroll community throughout the summer!

Small Groups: Revisited

Our student Orientation Leaders will be re-convening their orientation small groups online in both July and August, both to increase students' readiness to begin their college journeys as well as to increase interaction among incoming new students.

Virtual Resource Fair

Throughout the months of July and August, 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 webcasts.

In early July, the schedule of presentations will be listed online as well as emailed to incoming students. 

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.

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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