Location
University Heights, OH
Undergrads
2,859
Tuition
$33,180
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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Reviews 550 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The Campus Police love to give out parking tickets, but thats about it. No one will give you any trouble there is practically zero on campus issues. You have a better chance of getting in a fight or robbed at a preschool than at John Carroll.

2 College Sophomore

Transportation: I have a car with me at school, but I had to park it off campus and the shuttles are hell. The drivers are nice people, but they are always late and wholly unreliable. There have been multiple times where I have sat and waited for over 30mins to get a shuttle. I've never had an issue getting a taxi so I can't say anything bad about them and I never really used public transportation, but the RTA busses run pretty regularly from what I've seen. If you do bring a car get an upperclassman to buy you an on campus pass, because the off campus parking sucks and is ridiculously inconvenient.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: If there's one thing Cleveland has its a ton of restaurants. I can think of at least 20 different restaurants in a 5 mile radius from JCU. If you go downtown there are even more options so you will always be able to try new places. At Legacy Mall they have Bar Louie, California Pizza Kitchen and several other restaurants. there are sushi places, sports bars, and everything in-between. There is also a restaurant called Melt that makes gourmet grilled cheese. It is reasonably priced and you get a ton of food. As far as student discounts go I have never gotten one. I may not be asking the right people, but as far as I know you can't get them anywhere.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: JCU is in University Heights, which is a suburb of Cleveland. Its a nice neighborhood and pretty safe the worst you'll run into is cops pulling over kids for drunkenly J-Walking across the street. There are two nice malls that are reasonably close to JCU and the shuttle will take you there so you don't need to worry about having a car. Its in Cleveland so the professional sports teams are horrible, but if your team is coming in from out of town its nice to go see them pick up an easy win. Downtown Cleveland offers a lot of opportunities to go to restaurants and shows its no Las Vegas, but you can find stuff to entertain yourself.

3 College Senior

Athletics: Teams are improving but not a lot of fan support. Intramurals are huge.

3 College Senior

Nightlife: Ok parties and ok bar scene. Warrensville is ratchet. City and east is good as a freshman then it gets weird.

4 College Senior

Majors: As a business student the finance and accounting programs are the best and nationally recognized but not enough recruiters come from big firms. Other programs are not as well respected.

1 College Senior

Greek Life: worst part of JCU. They suck. Throw terrible parties and do not even have houses. They think they are bro but not at all. Girls are hot though.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Get off campus as soon as you can. Best time at JCU.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: lots of places near by but very few that are within close walking distance and that stay open late. Need more student discounts too.

5 College Senior

Scholarships: JCU gives great scholarships and that is why most people come to JCU. Cheaper than state school for a lot of people.

3 College Senior

Diversity: It is ok in my eyes because the diversity is limited which I love but JCU tries to shove diversity down your throat. That I hate.

1 College Senior

Parking: Overpriced and hard to find a spot.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: John Carroll is an ok school. It has an ok reputation. The parties are ok. Are sports team are ok (but improving). Cleveland is an ok city. The price is ok. Ok just describes JCU perfectly. It is not bad but not great. Just ok.

3 College Senior

Transportation: The loop can take you shopping and to some local spots but it has a set route and it takes awhile to wait for it some times.. Rapid is close to campus and can get you downtown but it is best that either you or one of your close friends has a car.

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: Weed and alcohol are widely used. However, many students don't partake in it and can still have a great time. No one will pressure you to drink, but I think your college experience will be better if you do.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: John Carroll offers a lot of options when it comes to internships in BSOB.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: It is a really competitive program but you really get what you paid for.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports kids are cliquey and only hangout with each other.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of options but John Carroll doesn't really help in learning about them.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Basically everyone here (who isn't on "academic scholarship" aka sports) is white, Catholic, and republican with rich parents.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: John Carroll is really willing to work with you on financial aid.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms need air conditioning, I lived on fourth floor murphy freshman year and it was a sauna.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: House parties are all the same but it's nice to be so close to Cleveland for bars

2 College Sophomore

Parking: The cost of parking on campus is astronomical and a lot of spots are reserved for faculty.

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Taylor Horen
Hometown
Toledo, OH
Major
Communications
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Overall, students love being students at John Carroll, but it is important to remember that there are always things that could be better—no matter the university. However, most John Carroll students said that they would pick JCU again if they had the chance to do it all over. The close community at John Carroll is really one of the University's biggest pluses. You will never love everything about the school that you choose, but it is important to pick a school based on what is important to you.  

A lot of students tell freshmen that if they don't get involved in things on campus, they will miss out on a lot of great opportunities, fun times, and wonderful people. This is true. College is mostly what you make it. It is about meeting new people, growing as a person, and taking advantage of experiences and opportunities that are readily available to you. John Carroll will become your home and your friends will become your family. It is a wonderful feeling to be at what you feel is "the right school" for you.

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