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Your chances of getting into John Carroll University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for John Carroll University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Difficult 
Applicant Competition Very Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at JCU is 88.1%.  Its admission rate is the 60th lowest in Ohio.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into JCU and can you get accepted?

John Carroll University is an easy school to get into and you have a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 3,363 out of the 3,817 who applied were admitted.

The school has difficult admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 32 percent on standardized admission tests. John Carroll University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.66. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 17% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into JCU?

88% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to John Carroll University you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.66 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 1230 on the SAT
  • Score 27 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top half of your high school class
  • Submit letters of recommendation from your teachers


GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into John Carroll University?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into JCU are to have around a 3.66 high school GPA. You are required to have very good grades in high school.

If your high school grades are above the average 3.66 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as JCU accepts 88% of applicants.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at JCU is 3.66 on the 4.0 scale. 28% of students who get in have perfect 4.0 GPA's in high school. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B+ letter grades and regularly score around 87-89 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #16 in Ohio for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since JCU is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.7 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted John Carroll University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 28.2% Good
3.75 to 3.99 18.4% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 18.7% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 15.1% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 10.3% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 7.9% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 1.4% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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JCU SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to John Carroll University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 16% of students submitted SAT scores and 31% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for John Carroll University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 570
Math 25th Percentile 550
Composite 25th Percentile 1120
SAT Scores for John Carroll University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 670
Math 75th Percentile 670
Composite 75th Percentile 1340
Average SAT Score 1230

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to John Carroll University?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at JCU is 1230 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1120-1340. Students who get into John Carroll University score in the top 37 percent of all SAT test takers..  JCU ranks #12 in the state of Ohio for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1230 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. JCU regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1120 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1120, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 1010, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

John Carroll University is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "considered but not required".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1230 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1230, you have around a 88% chance of being admitted. A 1340 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 93% chance of getting in.

John Carroll University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1340 and Above Good >93%
1230 to 1340 Avg + 88%-93%
1120 to 1230 Avg - 79%-88%
1010 to 1120 Reach 67%-79%
Less than 1010 Low <67%
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JCU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for John Carroll University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 23
Math 25th Percentile 23
Composite 25th Percentile 24
ACT Scores for John Carroll University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 30
Math 75th Percentile 28
Composite 75th Percentile 30
Average ACT Score 27

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into JCU?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to JCU is 27, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 24 and 30.  The school ranks #7 in Ohio for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 27. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 24 and score in the score in the top 27 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 21.

31 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to John Carroll University.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as John Carroll University is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "considered but not required".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into JCU for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 27 score has around 88% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 93% with a 30 ACT score.

John Carroll University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
30 and Above Good >93%
27 to 30 Avg + 88%-93%
24 to 27 Avg - 79%-88%
21 to 24 Reach 67%-79%
Less than 21 Low <67%
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High School Class Rank

85% of John Carroll University freshman are in the top half of their high school graduating class and 50% are in the top quarter.

High School Class Rank for admitted John Carroll University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 23%
Top 25% of class 50%
Top 50% of class 85%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

John Carroll University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 1,854 1,963 3,817
Accepted 1,665 1,698 3,363
Acceptance Rate 90% 87% 88%
Enrolled 255 331 586
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 15% 19% 17%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to John Carroll University is $0. The school is free to apply to.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to John Carroll University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

John Carroll University Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Considered but not required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Considered but not required

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at John Carroll University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Admission Requirements Summary

Because John Carroll University is lightly competitive to get into, you have a very good chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.66 GPA, you are almost certain to getting in. Combining this with an SAT score of 1230 and ACT of 27 will almost guarantee your admission.

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=203368 IPEDS survey data for John Carroll University.


Does John Carroll University prefer SAT or ACT?

16% of students submit their SAT scores to JCU. 31% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into John Carroll University?

88% of those who apply are granted admission to JCU. Admission competition is and the college has difficult admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for John Carroll University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1120 and 1340. The average SAT score is 1230. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for John Carroll University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 24 and 30. The average ACT score is 27. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.