Vision, Mission, Diversity and Core Values


Grounded in its Jesuit Catholic heritage, John Carroll University will:

  • Build upon its strengths in the liberal arts to advance innovative, rigorous programs for a diverse community of students.

  • Enhance its reputation as a top-ranked university of choice through distinction in health, business, analytics, and experiential learning.

  • Provide a culture of care where all experience a deep sense of belonging and students thrive as engaged learners who become inspired, discerning leaders in service for and with others.


As a Jesuit Catholic university committed to academic rigor, inclusive excellence, and care for the whole person, John Carroll inspires individuals of intellect and character to learn, lead, and serve in the community and throughout the world.


In keeping with our Jesuit mission of fostering inclusion, compassion, and respect, John Carroll University commits to a welcoming climate in which all can live more fully a ‘faith that does justice’ through genuine encounter, solidarity, and care for the whole person. We welcome individuals of all identities and experiences including, but not limited to, age, (dis)ability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, nationality, race, religion or spiritual affiliation, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, veteran status, and other forms of human difference. We seek to enable all members of the John Carroll community to fully realize their potential in an environment that recognizes both the distinctiveness of each person’s experience and the common humanity that unites us all. Our pursuit of inclusive excellence embraces the richness of ideas and experiences that each person brings to the University, taking full advantage of everyone’s talents, skills, backgrounds, and perspectives. We seek to reflect and respect all dimensions of diversity in our leadership; our recruitment, retention, and employment practices; our curriculum, co-curriculum, and training programs; and in our climate across all campus activities. As a Jesuit Catholic university, we respect the dignity of the human person and expect all members of our community to do the same by honoring the values expressed here and by demonstrating a genuine willingness to move from an awareness and tolerance of difference towards empathy, acceptance, and advancement.

Core Values

The University’s core values include a commitment to learning in order to create:

  • An environment of inquiry, which embraces Jesuit Catholic education as a search for truth where faith and reason complement each other in learning. In pursuit of our educational mission, the University welcomes the perspectives and participation in our mission of faculty, staff, students, and alumni of all faiths and of no faith.

  • A rigorous approach to scholarship that instills in our graduates the knowledge, eloquence, sensitivity, and commitment to embrace and to live humane values.

  • A campus committed to the intellectual, spiritual, emotional, and physical development of each student.

  • An inclusive community where differing points of view and experience are valued as opportunities for mutual learning.

  • A culture of service and excellence that permeates every program and office.

  • A commitment to sharing our gifts in service to each other and the community.

  • A campus that responds to demographic, economic, and social challenges.

  • An appreciation that our personal and collective choices can build a more just world.