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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.

3 College Senior

Academics: You get out what you put in.

1 College Junior

Academics: Being a Biology Major, I feel like its one of the worst departments in Dolan. Most of the instructors care more about their research rather than caring about the actual students. My biology adviser keeps telling me I should reconsider doing something else instead of trying for medical school. This would be fine, but she offers no advice on what I should do AND doesn't respect my decision for pursing it. How about helping me out and figuring out ways so that I am able to get into medical school instead of pushing it to the side and saying that its impossible for me.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: The accounting program is very difficult but all of the professors are extremely qualified and the best of the best.

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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 28 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 strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 28 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 8 responses

  • 64% Tim Russert
  • 27% London Fletcher
  • 9% Don Shula

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