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Academics

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Getting all A's as a science major at John Carroll is seriously difficult.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: There are a few places to go to and there are alot of Carroll kids that go to them. Tuesdays and Thursdays are big nights to go off campus.

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5 College Junior

Academics: challenging curriculum with so much help and tutoring available.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Academics is huge here, everyone is pretty smart and take it seriously.

4 College Freshman

Academics: It is harder, teachers are all approachable for help at any time.

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As a Jesuit university, John Carroll is dedicated to forming students into well-rounded, service-oriented, and cultured individuals. One thing you will hear over and over again on campus is how much the teachers really care about the students. Also, there are many opportunities available for students to participate in that relate to their interests and fields of study. Also, programs such as the Honors Program encourage students to excel and to become more cultured through events and programs hosted by the school.

John Carroll is well-known for the Boler School of Business as well as the University's wonderful science programs. However, at such a small school, the academic opportunities may seem limited at times. For example, John Carroll does not have an art department. To find a way around this, guitar, graphic design, and painting are just a few of the classes offered to fulfill this need. Additionally, students are allowed to cross-register with other schools in the area (such as the Cleveland Institute of Art and Case Western Reserve) in order to take classes not offered at John Carroll. Furthermore, a large portion of the required classes at the University are from the core curriculum that each student must complete. Although many students complain about having to take religion, philosophy, and science labs, in the end, it is very beneficial.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
13:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
199
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
160
Total FT Faculty
199
Faculty with Terminal Degree
91%
Average Faculty Salary
$70,504
Full-Time Retention Rate
87%
Graduation Rate
75%
Programs/Majors Offered
61
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 45%
  • 20 to 49 students: 55%
  • 50 or more students: 0%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Boler School of Business
  • College of Arts & Sciences
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 7%
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General: 3%
  • Psychology: 4%
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric: 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Religious studies
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
  • Speech communication
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
  • Student-designed major
Online Courses
There are some classes that have the option of being taught online rather than in the classroom, but most classes are taught face-to-face, especially because John Carroll is such a small, tight community. Also, John Carroll focuses on getting students to connect with professors, instructors, and other students in the classroom (as well as in outside activities) in order to encourage the John Carroll community to be stronger.
Best Places to Study
  • Grasselli Library
  • The Inn Between
  • Study rooms and lounges located in campus dorms
Tips to Succeed
  • Become friends with your resident assistant (RA).
  • Do not be afraid to talk to people. Most students and faculty are very nice and helpful. Establishing relationships with people on such a small campus is very important.
  • Don't carry around a lunch tray; that's how students can tell you are a freshman. The trays are only used for putting dishes on the conveyor belt.
  • Don't let Facebook take over your life and hinder your schoolwork!
  • Get involved.
  • Go to class!
  • Study hard! Have fun! And watch out for certain parties!
Did You Know?
  • John Carroll offers more than 40 distinct majors as well as multiple concentrations and minors in different areas of study.
  • Common majors include psychology, communications, marketing, biology, political science, education, accounting, and management.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 53 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 28 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 28 responses

  • 14% This was my dream school.
  • 79% This was one of my top choices.
  • 7% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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