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University Heights, OH
Undergrads
2,859
Tuition
$33,180
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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Reviews 510 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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5 Recent Alumnus

Computers: Great internet. JCU recently upgraded, and I think over ethernet you get more than 30 mbps. Over wifi is pretty solid too, and you get coverage in every building no matter where you are. The computers are plenty fast and there are a lot of them on campus, but during crunch time the labs can get full. Most majors have a dedicated lab that you can gain access to where things are quiet and you can access the software and tools you might need. Off the top of my head, psychology, physics, chemistry and biology all had their own computer labs.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: I mean, these are college houses and apartments we're talking about. Some of the landlords take better care than others, but housing is always super affordable. I paid $250 a month my senior year as one of four in a duplex. We were a block from campus. You can't beat that.

5 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: It took me three years to figure it out, but by my senior year I realized what a great city Cleveland can be. It has its share of shady areas, but there are so many emerging neighborhoods with vibrant cultures all their own. The food is amazing, the Metroparks are beautiful, and there are great places to find live shows and events. People who think Cleveland is boring just need to put in a little effort.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Loved the school because there were plenty of unique experiences to be had if you put in the work to find them.

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Cleveland has great food. There are plenty of James Beard Award nominees in the area, a couple celebrity chefs, and an association of independently owned and operated restaurants that keeps things fresh. Within a couple miles of John Carroll there is a bevy of great options between the Lee Road and Coventry neighborhoods, with more upscale choices at Shaker Square, Legacy Village and Beachwood.

5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Small class sizes mean you develop strong personal relationships with faculty that want to see you succeed, if you're willing to pull your weight. The people in the department are the reason that I interned with an engineering firm my freshman year, did research my sophomore year, and got a position as a TA for a year and a half. They also used department funds to offer scholarships to my classmates and I. If I had chosen to go into the industry once I graduated, I could have used their contacts to get a job.

5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Engineering Physics was a great experience. It will kick your ass, but you learn from good faculty who are there to help. That said, it is so challenging that over fifty percent of freshmen switch by sophomore year. By my senior year, we had gone from a class of 20 down to 4.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: I was never involved in greek life. JCU is a Jesuit school, so there is a very heavy social service component to all greek life. They're good people, they party, and it is very evident who is in greek life and who is not, but most of the student body doesn't participate.

3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Cleveland has a pretty decent transit system that can get people downtown very easily, but the campus shuttle is really only useful for getting to the off-site parking lot.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Students who want to be challenged will be. There are some truly excellent professors who will put the time in if a student needs it and is willing to accept the help. The small class sizes mean you can develop great relationships with the faculty, and the scientifically minded can often get research positions.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: The rules are there, but they aren't overly prohibitive.

5 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Nothing seedy. Kids who want access to drugs would find it, but there was never a significant amount of peer pressure there. It's a school full of people from affluent backgrounds, so there was plenty of drinking going on.

5 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Say what you will about JCU, but those kids know how to have a good time. That, and there are several great neighborhoods in the Cleveland area with good night life.

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: With several celebrity football alums, they get a good amount of attention. They just aren't that good. Intramurals were always a great time, though, with plenty of dedicated regulars and fans.

5 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Great scholarships. That's the main reason I went- they know they're expensive but they have a pretty solid endowment to draw from. I was awarded multiple scholarships based on academic performance within my major, and when I would approach financial aid they were always willing to work with me. I left school with debt, but nothing insurmountable.

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Little bizarre. Very vocal liberal minority as well as vocal conservatives. Most people who don't talk politics tend conservative though.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Solid health services. Campus Safety Services are responsive and understanding.

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Diversity is very great at John Carroll. Lots of religious and ethnic groups. Most people are wealthy republicans when it comes to socioeconomic status.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Campus police is decent. They usually don't interfere with anything unless needed, except parking tickets are absurd.

3 Recent Alumnus

Computers: There weren't many problems with computers besides the poor printing quality.. a lot of the printers were broken often.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Improvements are being made so it will be great in the future.

2 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Cleveland weather sucks and the university never closes.

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Wealth of topics to explore and very friendly and helpful faculty.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Good variety of classes and small class sizes.

1 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Never any free parking that's less than a mile away from where you're going, especially when you pay for a parking pass ($350/year).

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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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