John Carroll is an anchor institution in Greater Cleveland. As a JCU student you are deeply connected to a variety of world-renowned industrial, entertainment, and cultural institutions ensuring internships and first jobs for our students. First-tier cultural and performing arts, champion-contender professional sports teams, and amazing restaurants provide rewarding excursions with your fellow classmates. Cleveland is defined by a strong sense of civic purpose. Numerous organizations allow you to give back to the community while helping you become a civically-engaged change maker. Simply said: We are proud to call Cleveland home.

  • Core strength
    Contrary to popular opinion, the first two years of college are not the same across higher education. The strength of the JCU Core is a distinctive four-year curriculum that integrates deeply with your major and exposes you to the intellectual habits you need to succeed in the world.
  • Broadway in CLE.
    Playhouse Square, Cleveland’s theater district, is the largest performing arts center in the United States outside of New York — only Lincoln Center in New York City is larger. For selected shows throughout the year, the Honors Program and various student groups provide discounted (or free) tickets and transportation for students.
  • Foodie city.
    Increasingly in the national and international spotlight, Cleveland receives rave reviews for its booming culinary scene and is ranked one of the best foodie cities in the U.S.
  • Green city, blue lake.
    Cleveland›s vision for sustainability makes it a perfect backdrop for a college education. Hundreds of miles of walking, bicycle, and horse trails form an “Emerald Necklace” around the city. Cleveland's Nort Coast provides amazing lakefront activities to step away from your studying and recharge.
  • Cleveland A to Z.
    The school you choose should give you high-impact opportunities, both personally and professionally. John Carroll offers a safe, suburban neighborhood with easy access to services, recreation, social events, arts, and career-oriented opportunities. See our favorite A to Z listing here
  • Jesuit to the core.
    Do you have an Ignatian heart? Learn to discern between different paths and fearlessly choose a greater good, acting with and for others. Built on the centuries old legacy of St. Ignatius, our Jesuit Heritage courses explore the most pressing ethical and social justice issues of your profession and the world.
  • Clevland rising.
    The rebirth of Cleveland has been underway for years. The recent spotlight on the city helps show others what we've known for a while: CLE is one of the hottest cities in America right now.
  • You CLE bucket list.

    Cleveland is a welcoming host and offers a variety of opportunities to lose yourself in the city. Check out some students’ experiences and the ways CLE has defined their college experience. Use their stories to start your own JCU-CLE Bucket List.

  • City connections.

    “While the ‘city’ environment was intimidating at first, I quickly saw how much opportunity was within it. I am never bored on the weekends because there is always something to do.”

    Allie Harris ’18

  • Cleveland art. World-renowned.

    The Cleveland Museum of Art is one of the most comprehensive and well-ranked art museums in the world. (Did we mention museum admission is free?)

    But the museum is just the start to a vibrant art scene happening across the region.

  • All together - A sports town.

    “Although Cleveland lost Game 7 of the World Series, the atmosphere and togetherness in the city was unlike any other; it was absolutely astonishing. There were tens of thousands of people all coming together and standing as one.”

    Matt Rombalski ’19


    Read more about our amazing Sports Town.

  • This is CLE.

    “Grit meets sophistication in a town where you can browse modern art inside a turn-of-the-century transformer station, hear our orchestra perform live inside the local hot dog joint and chow down on pierogi stuffed with beef cheek. We’ve got world-class experiences without the world-class ego.”

    This is Cleveland

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  • Home away from home.

    Nearly 40% of JCU students like Bailey Baringer ’17 are from states other than Ohio.

    “Being from out of state, I was hesitant to come to a new city. However, the city of Cleveland and its people welcomed me with open arms. No matter where a student is from, he or she will thrive in this city.”

  • JCYou
    Have you found the college with the right “fit” yet? Shopping for fit is complex and many factors will guide your decision making. Our team is fully cross-trained in admission and financial aid to handle all your questions when you’re ready to take the step.
  • Cleveland Rocks
    Cleveland rocks for many reasons. But, most importantly, with JCU alumni running hundreds of companies across Northeast Ohio, your college experience is your time to rock Cleveland through internships, summer work, and class-based research projects.
  • Still Deciding?
    Before you declare a major, every course you take matters. Our curriculum lets you explore without wandering, not wasting a single credit hour. At JCU, you will work one-on-one and in teams with faculty advisors, planning your path to a major, while honing the skills employers want.
  • Capping off your degree
    What distinguishes your experience at JCU? A self-designed Capstone project. Whether it’s a research paper, thesis, a presentation, or a project for a local organization, you’ll demonstrate your mastery of skills learned over four years and set yourself up for all the future opportunities that await.