Off campus housing at John Carroll University puts students in the Cleveland suburb of University Heights, Ohio, a small town that is so-named because of the school's presence in the community. JCU, founded as Saint Ignatius College by the Society of Jesus, has been in University Heights since it was established in 1886. The institution has maintained a high standard of academics throughout its history, and has continually expanded its resources since the 1950s in order to improve the experience of student living.
Today, with about 3,200 undergraduates and 850 graduate students, about 40 percent of whom reside in a university apartment, the school persists in both its academic rigor and campus expansion. Several new academic and residence building have been erected in the past few years, including the state-of-the-art Dolan Center of Science and Technology. Benefiting from these improvements, students at John Carroll University's College of Arts and Science can select one or more of the 31 majors and 28 minors offered. In recent years, the U.S. News & World Report listed John Carrol University as fifth among Midwestern Universities - Master's I.
In addition, John Carroll University has taken steps to improve student living in University Heights . The school recently purchased several homes and a shopping plaza, to offer additional university apartments and preserve the neighborhood. Beyond campus, many university apartments are abutted by neighborhoods that have helped lend University Heights the nickname, "The City of Beautiful Homes."