Many high school students learn about the transformative role that service plays in their lives and the lives of others. At John Carroll, service asks students to ask why service is needed in the first place. What factors cause poverty, homelessness, poor educational structures? At JCU, we go beyond service, and focus on social justice, connecting the global and local communities with the classroom experience. We help you find connections between service and your career goals, shaping the person you will become.

  • 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.
  • Sociedad amigos de los niños.

    Honduras is one of the 10 poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere. John Carroll has a sustained commitment with a week-long immersion focused on medical services to the poor. Most participants are intending to enter medical professions or public health. They travel with JCU alumni who work as doctors and nurses.

    Learn more about the trip here.

  • Immerse yourself in service.
    Immersion experiences take students beyond a one-day, one-time service opportunity. We challenge students to engage the realities of another setting. JCU students travel over semester breaks to various domestic and international locations where they are exposed to issues of poverty and injustice while experiencing unique cultures and environments.
  • The service of kindness.

    “It is exciting to be a part of this community where students and faculty alike are committed to being men and women for and with others. One must not forget to always engage in the most fundamental and accessible form of service — the service of kindness.”

    Will DiPasquale ’18

  • 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.
  • Game changers.
    It’s a Friday night and a dozen students from John Carroll University are ready to let loose and have a pick-up game of basketball. But the JCU difference? The Carroll Ballers head to the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center with basketballs and burgers.
  • Service learning.
    In 2014, JCU was the only school in Ohio and just one of six Jesuit schools to be ranked by U.S. News & World Report for service-learning excellence. Service-learning at JCU turns community volunteer work into a vital classroom component for more than 75 classes annually. Service relates to what happens in class, and, in turn, your course work builds on the volunteer experience tied to the class.
  • Learning service.

    Service is one of John Carroll’s four University Learning Goals. As a key aspect of our Jesuit Catholic heritage, students make a difference in the city’s future and in the lives of its citizens. As a learning goal, our students:

    • Understand and promote social justice.
    • Work actively toward creating a more inclusive, welcoming, and just community.
    • Serve in their communities (locally, regionally, globally) as engaged citizens and advocates.

  • 120 ways to engage.
    John Carroll partners with 75 nonprofit organizations, allowing more than 120 different service opportunities in the region at schools, hospitals, assisted living facilities, faith-based institutions, social service programs, and neighborhood outreach centers. Students interact with a diverse range of populations in ways that challenge assumptions about the lives of others while engaging in work that promotes social action.
  • With distinction.
    With more than 2,000 students logging 135,586 hours of service in 2015-2016, it's no wonder that JCU has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the eighth consecutive year. This is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.
  • After all, it’s a small world.
    Cliché? Yes. But year after year, students like Margaret Hutchison ’14 opt to travel to a foreign country and commit to a year of service after graduating from John Carroll. Read about how Margaret spent a year in Cambodia through the Salesian Lay Missioners (New Rochelle, NY) teaching in schools, youth centers, and orphanages.
  • Arrupe Scholar.
    Every year, 20 students in the JCU freshman class are selected through a competitive scholarship process to join the Arrupe Scholars Program. These students are committed to becoming leaders in learning, advocacy, and service in our region and the world.
  • Serving others, finding yourself.

    “I believe that I found my true self at John Carroll, and finding myself allowed me to discover what truly brings me joy: working with students and fighting for justice. I am a very different person today than I was four years ago.”

    Marina Giannirakis ’17

  • 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.