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John Carroll University today announced a new transfer policy, which requires a minimum of 30 credits be completed in residence at John Carroll. The JCU Transfer Advantage marks a reduction from the previous requirement of 60 credits in residence at the University. Fifty percent of a student’s major must be completed while in residence at JCU.  

University leadership enacted this policy change to make the transfer admission process more accessible to students.  

“Transfer students are an integral part of the John Carroll community. Through greater ease of entry and increased accessibility, this new policy will only strengthen our existing transfer process,” said Dr. Steven Herbert, Provost and Academic Vice President. “The new change reflects our commitment to the transfer student population, clearing the path for more students to receive a JCU education and begin their inspired futures.” 

John Carroll’s existing focus on transfer students, along with the new JCU Transfer Advantage, allows students the flexibility to focus on courses that matter most to them.

Students who are transferring to the University after completing more than 45 credits qualify for the reduced Transfer Core, which requires only 15 core credits be taken in residence. 

More than 70% of students who transfer in from another institution receive a John Carroll degree. This is 10% higher than other independent schools in Ohio. 

“We attribute the strong outcomes of our transfer students to the personalized attention they receive at our institution,” said Zachary Rhodes, Director of Enrollment. “We have a dedicated Enrollment Manager that works one on one with each student during the admission process. Once enrolled, our passionate faculty and staff are committed to the success of each and every student.”  

Students may apply to transfer to John Carroll using the online application, found at There is no fee to apply. 

Learn more about John Carroll’s transfer policies here