John Carroll University (JCU)

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John Carroll University can be found in University Heights, OH, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. There are around three thousand students enrolled each year at JCU.

Students can submit either the ACT or SAT scores at JCU. A score in the range of 1080 - 1280 on the SAT exam, or 22 - 28 on the ACT exam is among the 25th - 75th percentile range among accepted students. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the JCU average GPA ranges from 3.23 to 3.52 for accepted students. 86% of all students that apply are admitted to John Carroll University, from which 22% choose to attend. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall JCU Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for John Carroll University was reported as 86.3% in Fall 2020 with over 3,780 applications submitted to John Carroll University. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • JCU ACT Scores: 22 - 28
  • JCU Average GPA: 3.23 - 3.52

How Hard Is It to Get into John Carroll University?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

The applicant selectivity of John Carroll University is about average, as determined by collecting standardized test scores e.g. ACT/SAT and high school average GPA ranges of students who were granted admissions from previous years.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2022 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2022-2023 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for John Carroll University has been staying about the same from year to year.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 83.0%
  • 2017-2018: 85.0%
  • 2018-2019: 83.3%
  • 2019-2020: 86.3%
  • Projected JCU Acceptance Rate 2022-2023: 78.8%

How Does JCU Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for John Carroll University is fifty-two percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Notre Dame College97.5%
Ursuline College85.3%
Cleveland Institute of Art69.6%
Cleveland Institute of Music36.6%
Baldwin Wallace University72.7%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to JCU (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading550 - 640
Math530 - 640
Total Score1080 - 1280
ACT®Score Range
English21 - 29
Math21 - 27
Composite Score22 - 28
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