Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Size: 4,386 Undergrad and 5,640 Graduate
Percent Women: 44.3%
Tuition (one year): $41,420
Most Popular Majors: Biology/Biological Sciences, Psychology, Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 39.13%
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit Case Western Reserve University's website at http://admission.case.edu/
Why Choose Case?
"I knew that Case was an academically rigious schools with a program that I was interested in -cognitive science- and also had the flexibility to allow me to pursue more than one interest."
"I picked Case because it was pretty small, which is something I wanted, and because I liked their whole attitude regarding sports teams. So obviously it's a D3 school, meaning that academics come first. I liked that. The coaches were all amazing when we met and I loved the fact that I would have the time to take the classes necessary to be Pre-Med while still playing a varsity sport! I also figured that Case had the money and ability to give me a scholarship, which was something I found really important in order to afford university."
"My counselor actually brought up Case Western during one of our meetings. I had never heard of the school so at first I was like, what is this random school that my counselor wants me to check out? But then I researched it and found out that it actually has an amazing reputation. I went for a tour and met some really passionate people and eventually decided to take a chance on the school that definitely ended up paying off."
"Honestly? I googled the best nursing schools and applied to the top ten, but Case was immediately at the top of my list because I liked the vibe of the campus in general. Obviously it's a nerdy school, but I met some really fun and cool girls who I knew I could aspire to be like."
"I went to a really small private school and wanted a college that was medium sized. I knew of Case through family friends, decided to check it out, and fell in love with it during my tour. I visited on this perfect spring day and every single person I talked to was just so nice and welcoming and I knew I would be happy spending the next four years of my life here. Also, there were so many things in the area that I knew could occupy my time when I needed to get away from classes and campus for a little bit."
"I love, love, love, love, LOVE Greek Week! It's honestly so much fun seeing all the sororities and fraternites come out and show some spirit. It's obviously a bunch of competitions, but at the same time, it's kind of a cute bonding thing."
"So, when I first came for my tour, I learned about this tradition where students throw pumpkins off the roof of Clark in honor of Sir Isaac Newton. I know that it's nerdy, but it's also kind of entertaining."
"I really loved finding my nitch of friends. I think it's always a big deal when you find that solid group of people you know you'll be friends with forever...but what made it even better was that, even after finding that group, I was still able to remain friendly with people I knew from the begining of Freshman year."
"I think one of the best things about Case is it's laid back enviorment. Case is such a hardcore academic school, but it's great that I don't feel like I'm competing with everyone."
"I just enjoy walking around campus and knowing everyone. Like, Case isn't the smallest school but it's easy to get to know people. It's pretty fun to show up at a party and see one hundred of your closest friends. I also like that, when I walk to class, I basically have to say 'hi' to someone every 30 feet. I didn't realize how unique that was until I went to visit some friends at other schools and found out that they literally didn't know anyone since their schools were so big."
"I think people at Case definitely need more school spirit. Like, is it really going to kill you to come on out and cheer on the football team?"
"The housing for freshman could be better. I mean, they're not bad but they're not those awesome, huge rooms that you see in the movies."
"The professors here have a huge interest in research, which can sometimes damper their interest in teaching. I kind of get it because Case is this world famous research school, but still."
"People need to smile. Sometimes, the stress really gets to people and they can be such debbie-downers."
"Some of the artwork around campus is questionable. Very questionable."
New Collegiate on Campus
"I found being a Freshman here was surprisingly welcoming and fun."
"There is seperate freshman housing, which is nice because it makes it easier to meet everyone else in your class. At the same time though, you're still able to meet upperclassman through clubs, classes, and just social life in general!"
"Orientation is alright. You walk all over campus and do ice-breakers, take tours, go to a Cleveland Indians game, attend lectures about the different things Case has to offer...the usual orentiation stuff. There's also pre-orientation trips to go camping, to ropes courses, white-water rafting, and other fun stuff."
"Each residential college of dorms has a special tradition! My dorm burned pieces of paper with certain things written on them. Another cool tradition is that all the new students go to the Village and spell out CWRU."
All About Academics
"I'm pretty sure most people here are nurses and engineers, but I'm a liberal arts major so you can find people from all different majors. Also, it's really popular for people to minor in liberal arts subjects."
"The work load is brutal. Awful. Soul crushing. No, but it seriously is. Professors just expect a lot of you and it sucks, but I guess it's understandable. On the bright side, it's reasonably easy to fulfill the basic academic requirements."
"You're assigned an advisor with your freshman seminar and, when you delcare your major, you switch advisors. Honestly, you'll find some very invested advisors and some who are hard to get hold of."
"Near the end of your time here at Case, everyone has a capstone and writes a paper to go with it."
"Registering for classes is stressful because everyone is on at the same time. You have to practice clicking and be ready as soon as registration opens."
"I honestly don't think registration is that bad. I think it depends on your major and how old you are, because seniors get first pick of classes and certain majors are more popular than others, which means that the classes fill faster. I've always gotten into the classes I wanted, but maybe not necessarily the time I was hoping for."
"People either love or hate the library. I know a lot of people who dislike it end up studying in the Village study rooms or Wade."
Learn From the Best
"I think one of the more adored professors on campus is Bernard Jim. He's literally just the man...his SAGEs classes fill up before you can even blink."
"Jennifer Butler was my favorite teacher, hands down."
"I just like the business classes in general...maybe it has something to do with PBL being a cool looking building."
"Most of the classes are PowerPoint and lecture based. It's nice that way because you can print out the powerpoint ahead of time and they often stream the lectures on MediaVision, so you can miss class if you really need to without falling behind."
"I love Pediatrics and OB because I spend my afternoon playing with babies."
"Case is amazing because we have University Hospital on campus, meaning we get great hands-on experience from the very beginging."
"I've weirdly found religion classes to be very interesting here."
"Psychology and sociology classes are the best because they're interesting without being too science-y."
"My Cognitive Diversity class was amazing. It tied older existing established theories to the application and study of some of the theories that are gaining poularity today."
"I find that people do often go to Office Hours. You can obviously go if there’s an issue and they're always pretty helpful, but it's also cool that some professors leave their door open just for you to come in and hang out."
Interests & Involvement"People are pretty active in extracurriculars. I literally feel like everyone plays a sport or is in a club or has an on-campus job.""It's easy for people to get involved, particularly because there’s an activities fair for the freshman. They also push getting active throughout orientation.""I think some of the most popular clubs are Relay for Life, Juggling Club, dance teams, diversity groups, Greek Life, Undergraduate Student Association, and professional groups.""My favorite part of being involved is getting to know people outside of my major.""I think it's important to be a part of a club since it can provide a much needed break from studying. Also, people who work and are involved in the same things often go and hang out later on.""If you're somehow unable to find a club that can't fulfill what you wish to do, it's pretty easy to start a new one. The only annoying part is having to write a constitution.""It's easy to become aware of different groups on campus because, even if you somehow miss the fair, the different organizations hold events all year round. Whether it's a game night, eating competition, or a formal gala, they make their presence known on campus."
"Apparently a lot of our sport teams are pretty good and I was just unaware."
"Attending sport games isn't really a thing here. Sometimes people can get their friends to support them but there's definitely not as much team spirit here as there is at big state schools.""There's a lot of intramural and club sports, especially for the more popular sports like frisbee, soccer and basketball.""What's cool about the sports community here is that yeah, they hang out with each other, but they also support each other. Being on a sports team isn't everything here because people who play sports are also involved in a lot of other things.”
"Girls here do their own thing, style wise. Some dress up for class everyday and some don't...you're totally free to express your own personal style. There's no pressure to wear make-up. You know how at some schools, its weird to not have make-up totally caked on? It's just not like that here."
"I think most women feel really good about themselves on Case's campus. I feel respected here. For example, I don’t ever hear sexist or deragatory jokes."
"There's a lot of support for the female community here with women's clubs and organizations, a women's studies program, and a women's resource center."
"There is still a lot more guys on campus than there are girls, like I think the ratio is 55% men...but the gender ratio has been improving. Good job, us."
"I think what's cool is that most girls know the time to dress casually and the time to get dressed up. Like, maybe they'll wear yoga pants to class one day and then throw on a dress for some formal event later that night."
Food & Drink
"There's two main dining halls on opposite sides of campus, but there are also two cafes, two pizza and burger places, a Starbucks, a Denny's, a restaurant and a few others places on campus that allow you to use your meal swipes!"
"I really like the 'Wellness Arrows' on the food signs in the dining hall. They basically explain how nutricious different foods and meals are...it's really helpful when you're trying to keep a balanced diet without the help of your parents or anything."
"The breakfasts are always really good here."
"I love the desserts at Leutner and L3."
"The Jolly Scholar is my favorite on-campus place to eat. It's convenient, the food is good, they have fun themed nights and they take meal swips and Case Cash!"
"Some people stay on the meal plan for their entire time at Case since you can switch up the type of plan you have. For example, you can have three meals a day or 100 meals for the semester or seven meals for the week or one of the many other options."
"It's super easy to find ways to cook your own meals here -even freshman dorms have their own kitchen."
"My favorite foods here include the M&M cookies, stir-fry, omelettes, and the waffle bars."
"There's plenty of places off campus to eat if I'm ever bored of the food here. Chipotle, Mitchell's, Tropical Smoothie, Luna, Panera, and so many other places are within walking distance. If you have a car or want to use public transportation, you can easily get downtown or to Coventry. Also, this is Cleveland so all the food prices are pretty reasonable!"
"On the weekends, there's plenty to do. I mean, obviously some people stay in and do homework but you can also go downtown, do karaoke at a bar, go out to on-campus events and parties, go see a play or even go see the amazing Cleveland Orchestra. Case also has a lot of discounts for students -for example, they had this thing at the begining of the semester where students could buy $25 season tickets for the Cleveland Orchestra. The seats are pretty good and normally, even cheaper tickets start at around $35, so that deal was amazing. The school also hosts events for free baseball games and other sporting events. I went to one event where I bought a basketball game ticket and got to eat unlimited food for just $10."
"On weekends, I go to The West Side Market, which is pretty famous. I also love to walk the brick road to Little Italy for dinner!"
"All the different classes go to the same parties since the campus isn't huge; however, freshman tend to go to bigger parties and frats while older students usually lean towards more intimate, smaller events."
"The social scene here is definitely pretty inclusive. Everyone can go mostly anywhere."
"Drinking is pretty prevelant, but I think we're pretty much on par as other universities of our size. Also, a lot of people go out on weekdays, mainly on Thursdays. Oh, and Wednesdays to Mi Peubs"
"Drug use isn't very popular. I mean, once you find the circle of people who do drugs, it's probably easier to get hold of them and you'll do them more often, but that's the way it is anywhere."
"People definitely do not feel presured into drinking on the weekends. There's plenty to do here that doesn't involve alcohol."
"It's super easy to get around at night since there's Safe Ride and the Greenie. Thanks, Case."
"Parties at fraternities happen pretty often, but sorority houses remain party-free. I know one of my favorite events is the annual paint party that one of the frats hosts."
"I actually really liked living in the freshman dorms."
"There are three residential colleges and tons of bonding activities are done within the dorms during orientation. Also, every month the RA plans some kind of event to keep up the social aspect of the dorms. What's also nice is that all the freshman dorms are quad style so you get to know people. It's like a little mini apartment."
"My only complaint is that the rooms were kind of small."
"You can pick your roommate, otherwise it's randomly assigned based on similarities and such."
"Living in the dorms was cool. It's safe and you can't get in without a student ID, so there's never any strangers wandering around. As for the people you live with...well, you'll always have one crazy person, but other than that it's fine.
"Everyone is required to live in a dorm for the first year unless you live within 40 miles. It's also not really popular to live off-campus as an upperclassman. I mean, obviously some people do, but upperclassmen living is so great that's there's really no reason too. I mean, I love the Village. North Side is the best side."
"Clevelands definitely not as bad as I was expecting. It's so annoying because so many bad things are said about this city, but honestly? The people here are really friendly and there's so many things to do! You can go to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame or a sports game or whatever! I've never felt unsafe here, either."
"I love Cleveland a lot. There's really good food, there’s fun stuff to do, and its easy to get around via the Healthline and RTA. There's also a ton of restaurants and grocery stores within walking distance. Nights can be spent off campus at Mi Pueblo or downtown or in Coventry -there's a lot of options."
"I feel like people respect us when they find out we go to Case. The most common response to me saying I go here is a lifted eyebrow and someone saying "Wow, you're smart."
"The worst parts about going to school in Cleveland are probably the grey skies in the winter, the petty crimes that happen every now and then, and it's bad reputation. Seriously though, Cleveland isn't nearly as bad as everyone makes it out to be -it's never boring and it's safe."
"The best part about going to school in Cleveland is that it's a city, which means it has all the positive aspects of a city, but without being too overwhelming or expensive. Whenever we have free time, my friends and I love to get off campus to go to a professional sports game or shopping or something."
"Cleveland is awesome for people who are interested in internships or co-ops. Case is really helpful in finding internships and it's normal for engineering students to take a semester for a Co-op."
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