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To be considered as a transfer student, you must have previously earned a high school diploma or equivalent and be in good standing at the time of application. Please know that the completion of any college-level courses while in high school alone does not make you a transfer student and would require you to complete an application for first-year admission.

If you have previously attended John Carroll and DID NOT file an official Leave of Absence (LOA) form with Student Enrollment and Financial Services you are considered a readmission student and would need to follow the process for readmission to JCU. (If you are unsure whether you filed a LOA, please contact Student Enrollment and Financial Services at enrollment@jcu.edu)

Students who have submitted a Leave of Absence Form upon their separation from John Carroll University are eligible to have their student record reactivated and to schedule classes through the Office of the Registrar (216-397-6650). You DO NOT need to complete a readmission application.

For those who have attended only one college or university, the most recent term average and the cumulative average must be 2.0 or better to be considered for admission. For those who have attended more than one college or university, the most recent term average and the cumulative average at the home school must be 2.0 or better to be considered for admission. In addition, the cumulative average for all schools attended must be 2.0 or better. A GPA of 2.50 or above, however, is recommended for admission.

It is easy and free to apply to John Carroll University! Just follow these steps:

  1. Complete our online application.
  2. Arrange to have complete credentials sent directly to the Office of Admission. Complete credentials include:
    • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. Official transcripts must be mailed or emailed directly to John Carroll from each college or university (we are unable to accept transcripts issued to the student or hand-delivered transcripts). Failure to report collegiate level attendance at any institution will make a student liable for immediate dismissal. Official transcripts can be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admission or via secure electronic delivery (Parchment or the National Student Clearinghouse) via admission@jcu.edu
    • A high school transcript and SAT or ACT scores must be submitted only for applicants who have completed fewer than 24 semester hours at a college or university.
  3. If necessary, arrange to have official scores of any AP, IB, or CLEP test results sent to the Office of Admission.

Please have all documents sent to the following address:

Office of Admission

John Carroll University 
1 John Carroll Boulevard
University Heights, OH 44118

admission@jcu.edu 

Students who have been absent from the University and do not have a valid or current Leave of Absence Form on file must formally apply for readmission to John Carroll University.

Readmission after Dismissal

Students under notice of dismissal from the University are ineligible to return until the lapse of one semester and one summer. Students who wish to be considered for readmission after the expiration of this time period must submit the Application for Readmission. It is strongly recommended that students who were dismissed from JCU take classes elsewhere before returning to JCU. This readmission process can take several weeks so petitions for readmission should be submitted at least one month prior to registration.

Students who left JCU on probation or suspension, have NOT taken classes elsewhere since they left JCU, and left John Carroll AFTER May, 2020 please refer to the conditions outlined in your academic suspension letter.

If a student has been dismissed from John Carroll University twice, they are ineligible to return.

To apply, students should complete and submit the FREE Application for Readmission. Students who have attended other colleges or universities are required to supply the following:

  • Official transcripts from all other colleges or universities attended since leaving John Carroll. Official transcripts must be mailed or emailed directly to John Carroll from each college or university (we are unable to accept transcripts issued to the student or hand-delivered transcripts). Failure to report collegiate level attendance at any institution will make a student liable for immediate dismissal. Official transcripts can be sent to the following address:

Office of Admission
John Carroll University
1 John Carroll Boulevard
University Heights, OH 44118
OR admission@jcu.edu

All readmission students are held to degree and curricular requirements in force at the time of their readmission to the University unless they are granted special approval by Academic Advising.

Application review is done on a rolling basis. Once all required information is received, a student should have an admission decision within three to four weeks.

If you are applying for the fall semester, application files will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning in the preceding February.

If you are applying for the spring semester, application files will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning in the preceding October.

Please know that the Admission Committee may delay making an admission decision in order to see a student’s current semester coursework. If this is the case, a request will be sent to the student asking them to send a copy of their transcript once the coursework is completed.

Financial Aid Awards

  • Merit-based scholarships are awarded at the time of acceptance based on current GPA at time of application review.
  • FAFSA forms must be forwarded to JCU in order to receive a complete financial aid award (JCU FAFSA code is 003050).
  • Please know that the awarding of financial aid for prospective transfer students will begin in April for fall enrollment and late November for spring enrollment.

All admitted students who are looking to transfer into John Carroll as well as any student applying for readmission who has attended other colleges or universities since leaving JCU must have a Transfer Reference Form (student conduct record) on file BEFORE they are able to register for campus housing (if applicable) and Transfer Registration day (orientation).

A copy of this form can be found online. This form must be completed by a Dean of Students or appropriate judicial affairs administrator at the institution the student is currently attending (or most recently attended if not currently enrolled at an institution).

“Rather than feeling like just a number at a large institution, I felt like I truly mattered at John Carroll. I’ve was able to reach my full potential in the chemistry lab and on the softball field.” – Lauren Cianciolo ’18