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If I have a test score, should I submit it along with my application for admission? 

If you have already taken the SAT or ACT and believe your scores are indicative of your academic achievement, we are happy to consider them as part of your application. If you have a strong academic record and don’t believe your scores are a reflection of your academic achievement, you can elect not to submit them. We also recognize that you may not have the opportunity to take the SAT or ACT this fall. 

Here are more details on students that were admitted to JCU for fall 2020 to assist you as you weigh your options:

Middle 50% GPA: 3.30 - 4.002

Middle 50% ACT: 22 - 28

Middle 50% SAT: 1040 - 1250

You’ll be asked to indicate whether or not you are applying test-optional (and thus whether or not you are going to be submitting test scores) when answering John Carroll’s member questions on the Common Application. 

 

Do I have the option to change my mind after I submit my application for admission? 

Students applying test-optional may elect to change their decision by submitting a formal request in writing to their enrollment manager, along with a copy of their test scores, by January 4, 2021. We will only be able to consider SAT and ACT scores for tests taken through December 2020.

 

 If I don't submit a test score, how will my application be reviewed?

John Carroll University has always undergone a holistic approach when reviewing applications for admission. This means we look at all of the items that are part of your application including your academic performance, rigor of coursework, your essay, recommendations, co-curricular involvement, and your SAT/ACT scores (if you decided to submit them). Because JCU considers applicants holistically, the review process for students submitting scores and those not submitting scores will be very similar. 

 

Will my decision to submit a score impact how I am considered for a merit scholarship? 

All students admitted to JCU will automatically be considered for a merit scholarship, regardless of whether or not they have submitted ACT or SAT scores. 

Listed scholarship values are annual amounts that automatically renew for a total of four years, as long as academic and conduct standards are maintained. Students are notified of their scholarship at the time of admission.

For Students Not Submitting Test Scores

Magis Scholarship
$25,000 to $27,000
A average 

Presidential Scholarship
$21,000 to $24,000
A-/B+ average

University Scholarship
$15,000 to $20,000
B+/B average

Ignatian Award
Up to $14,000
Students not eligible for the above scholarships will be considered for this award which emphasizes strong work ethic, leadership, and commitment to service.

For Students Submitting Test Scores

Magis Scholarship
$25,000 to $27,000
A average AND SAT: 1335 or ACT: 30

Presidential Scholarship
$21,000 to $24,000
A-/B+ average AND SAT: 1190 or ACT: 25

University Scholarship
$15,000 to $20,000
B+/B average AND SAT: 1110 or ACT: 23

Ignatian Award
Up to $14,000
Students not eligible for the above scholarships will be considered for this award which emphasizes strong work ethic, leadership, and commitment to service.

 

Are there certain majors at JCU that require a test score? 

None of the majors at John Carroll University require students to submit a test score when applying. 

Students interested in pursuing an Education major at JCU should be aware that while test scores are not required at the time of admission, students applying for entry into a teacher education program (typically in the fall of sophomore year) need to have a target score on the ACT or SAT at or above the 50th percentile. Students who elect not to submit ACT or SAT scores when applying to JCU will have the opportunity to take the Praxis Core test to demonstrate proficiency, prior to being admitted into a teacher education program. 

 

Are transfer applicants required to submit a test score?

Transfer applicants who have earned fewer than 24 hours are highly encouraged to submit an ACT or SAT score if they have previously taken either test. Transfer applicants who have fewer than 24 hours and who have not taken the ACT or SAT should contact their enrollment manager for more information.

 

Are international applicants required to submit a test score? 

International applicants will still need to demonstrate English proficiency by submitting either a TOEFL or IELTS score when applying to JCU. 

 

Are homeschooled students required to submit a test score?

While homeschooled applicants are not required to submit ACT or SAT scores as part of their application, complete and detailed documentation of high school coursework and evaluations of progress from an approved home-school evaluator or supervisor will need to be submitted. For more information visit jcu.edu/applynow
 

Do I need to submit a test score to be considered the Honors Program or the other Mission-Based Scholarship Programs?

Mission-Based Scholarship Programs will utilize applicants' overall admission applications and supplemental items as well as the program specific essays for the basis of their review. Program applicants are not required to submit test scores. 

 

Do I need to submit a test score if I want to be considered for Medical School Early Acceptance Programs (LECOM and OU-HCOM)? 

Students planning to enter JCU in fall 2021 who wish to apply to the LECOM Early Acceptance Program will need to submit an ACT or SAT score to LECOM by the time they graduate high school in 2021. Students who meet the GPA requirement for the program will be invited to interview online.

Students applying to the OU-HCOM Early Acceptance Program will not be required to submit an ACT or SAT score this year. Given that this program is now test-optional, OU-HCOM will be looking at the student’s academic record, extracurricular engagement, and an ethics assessment that will be part of this year’s application. Applications for students entering JCU in fall 2021 will be available in October 2020. 

 

Do I need to submit a test score if I want to be considered for the 3+3 Law Program? 

Students are not required to submit test scores in order to be considered for the 3+3 Law Program. 

 

Do I need to submit a test score if I enroll at JCU? 

Due to lack of available testing, we will not require enrolling students to submit scores this year. 

 

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