Admissions at John Cabot University

Enrollment Profile

A Global Student Population

As an American liberal arts university located outside of the United States, JCU’s student body reflects our commitment to build an international academic community composed of both full-time degree-seeking students and visiting students that fosters intellectual tolerance, freedom and integrity.  

Bringing together Italian, American and international degree-seeking students with our visiting American students, creates a unique student body that thrives in the open, international city of Rome. 

JCU’s multilingual and culturally diverse community surrounds us with opportunities to observe, learn, and be innovative and creative.  This community allows us to appreciate what it takes to collaborate with others whom may seem different until we discover our commonalities. This will distinguish us as we enter into a world where transnational issues present an ever greater need for mutual understanding and civil discourse. 

Total enrollment: 1153 for Fall Semester 2016 (Degree-seeking and Visiting students)

Total enrollment Fall 2016

Degree-seeking:    702 students from nearly 70 countries
Country of Birth

  • Italy                                  52%
  • United States                   17%
  • Eastern Europe/Russia    11%
  • Europe                               4%
  • Middle East                         4%
  • Africa                                  3%
  • Asia & Central Asia             5%
  • South America                   <1%
  • Other                                  4%

Academic profile:

  • Italian high school degree students: maturità average of 83/100: 25th/75th percentile 74/95
  • U.S.  high school degree students: SAT 25th/75th percentile: Math 470/590; Writing 480/595 
  • International Baccalaureate (IB): 29
  • Total degree candidates retained from Spring 2016: 96%


Visiting students: 451
Geographic Origin:

  • 40 U.S. States: New England (13%), Mid-Atlantic (33%) South (6%), Midwest (18%), Far West (26%)
  • Europe, Asia, and the rest of the world: (4%)

Academic profile:

  • Students come from 120 universities including major U.S. public and private institutions, and universities outside the U.S.
  • Most popular fields are international business, international affairs, art history, economics, history, classics, finance, marketing, English literature, creative writing, and communications.
  • Average cumulative home university GPA: 3.36/4.00

Last updated: September 2016, Office of the Dean