Students Say

Located in Cleveland, Ohio, Case Western Reserve University is mid-sized school that boasts “fantastic research opportunities,” “an awesome environment,” and “amazing financial aid.” CWRU is “known as an outstanding engineering school” and “companies in the engineering field are aware of CWRU’s excellence and rigor and are very eager to hire CWRU grads.” “Our academics and academic reputation is phenomenal,” one happy student boasts. The “well qualified and passionate” professors are “very involved in their fields” and “usually accessible and reasonable about their workload.” “They all have connections within the research community or the private work sector.”

Overview

Applicants
21,733
Acceptance Rate
38%

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
610 - 710
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
660 - 760
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
610 - 710
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
29 - 33

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 1

Early Decision II
January 15

Regular
January 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Non-Academic

Extracurricular Activities

Selectivity Rating

Overall

Students Say

Located in Cleveland, Ohio, Case Western Reserve University is mid-sized school that boasts “fantastic research opportunities,” “an awesome environment,” and “amazing financial aid.” CWRU is “known as an outstanding engineering school” and “companies in the engineering field are aware of CWRU’s excellence and rigor and are very eager to hire CWRU grads.” “Our academics and academic reputation is phenomenal,” one happy student boasts. The “well qualified and passionate” professors are “very involved in their fields” and “usually accessible and reasonable about their workload.” “They all have connections within the research community or the private work sector.” “Supplementary Instructors (past students who passed with an A) are also a great resource and host a variety of study sessions every week to go over material,” one student brags. “We even get free tutoring (up to 5 hours a week). [The] academic load can be challenging, but if you take advantage of all the available resources around it’s definitely manageable!” “It is possible to do well in class and be involved in clubs and sports.” If there’s an area that academics could improve, it’s the liberal arts, as students in these majors report feeling their departments are sometimes overlooked. “Administration and advising could still use some work,” one student says. “It is not always clear what path you should be taking in order to graduate, but if you ask enough people you can figure it out.” Overall, CWRU “is very good at producing students prepared to excel in their career, especially within engineering, medicine, and business.” The university “offers great scholarships and has fantastic research opportunities.” A finance major reports she decided to attend because “it was affordable, prestigious, in an awesome environment, and the people here were all so genuine when I came to visit.” All in all, students really feel that CWRU is a university on the rise. As a cognitive science and psychology student puts it, “If universities were stocks, I’d put all my money into Case Western.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10.6:1
Total Faculty
940
with Terminal Degree
809

532
Men
408
Women
141
Minority
37
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
64%
Graduate in 5 years
79%
Graduate in 6 years
81%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • French Studies
  • German Studies
  • Japanese Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology, General
  • Biology, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Finance, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer Science

  • Education

  • Art Teacher Education
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • French Language Teacher Education
  • History Teacher Education
  • Latin Teacher Education
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physics Teacher Education
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education

  • Engineering

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
  • Biomedical/Medical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • Engineering, General
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Polymer/Plastics Engineering
  • Systems Engineering

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Human Nutrition

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Comparative Literature
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Communication Disorders, General
  • Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

  • History

  • History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematics, General
  • Statistics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Cognitive Science
  • Gerontology
  • International/Global Studies
  • Natural Sciences
  • Nutrition Sciences

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Astronomy
  • Chemistry, General
  • Chemistry, Other
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Materials Science
  • Physics, General
  • Theoretical and Mathematical Physics

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Music, General


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Dr. Julie Gerberding
Former Director, US Center for Disease Control

Susie Gharib
Co-anchor, Nightly Business Report

Silumpa Lertnuwat
Member of Parliament in Thailand

Chip Sansom
Cartoonist (The Born Loser)

Dr. David Satcher
Former US Surgeon General

Frank Rudy
Inventor of Nike Air-Sole

Paul Buchheit
Google employee #23 & inventor of Gmail

Academic Rating

Career overview

Students Say

The academic atmosphere at CWRU is “competitive and full of opportunities for research or internship experience.” Opportunities for co-ops, lab experience, shadowing, and volunteering with some of the world’s top organizations help to overlay classroom theory with hands-on applications, and Case Western Reserve’s science and tech programs act as a natural feeder to the booming healthcare and biotechnology industries in Cleveland. “A student need only simply look, or ask career services,” says one. In addition to being academics, professors include “professionals in the work force who bring those experiences to the classroom for a much more enhanced education,” and can become the foundation of a contact network for jobs after graduation. Many engineering students at Case Western Reserve also take part in a co-op, which is a full-time, two-semester-long, paid work experience that gives students a head start with potential employers. Students in the College of Arts & Sciences can take part in a similar (but shorter) experience called a practicum. The average starting salary for graduates who visited Payscale.com was $56,400, and 49 percent of these same graduates reported feeling that their job had a meaningful impact on the world.

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
64%
Graduate in 5 years
79%
Graduate in 6 years
81%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary
$56,400

Median Mid-Career Salary
$97,100

Alumni with High Job Meaning
49%

Return on Education (ROE) rating
93

Dates

Application Deadlines
May 15
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
School

Bottom Line

Tuition runs at $42,766, with $13,376 being added on for room and board. With all fees incorporated, the total cost for freshman year is $56,534. CWRU suggests that students all live on campus, but those returning students who choose to commute typically receive less need-based grant assistance (around $11,820 less) than those who live on campus. Sixty percent of students also choose to borrow through a loan program to cover costs, graduating with an average loan debt of $34,998.

Bang For Your Buck

CWRU doesn’t want sticker prices to deter any student from receiving an education, and is “very generous with aid, whether it is financial or merit-based,” working with each student to develop a tailored assistance package. Eighty-seven percent of students receive financial aid of some form, with the average freshman scholarship/grant package coming in at $30,008. In addition to need-based scholarships, students may receive general academic scholarships, including a variety of awards based on specific academic interests, such as the Bolton Scholarship, Michelson-Morley STEM Scholarship, and University Scholarship. Students are automatically considered for most available scholarships when they apply to CWRU.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$29,986

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$26,983

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,107

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$33,343

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
59%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$29,986

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$44,156
Required Fees
$404
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,560
Transportation for Commuters
$900

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

Students Say

“Case definitely has a ‘nerd school’ reputation” but students want everyone to know that “we are not a group of loners that spend all their time in a lab or playing D&D.” “You can find all sorts of people” here and overall the student body is “a quirky mish-mosh of quirky students all engaging with one another and doing their best to advance society in one form or another.” “The typical student at Case Western is focused, hard-working, clever, quirky, and probably a little bit nerdy, but in the best way,” one student explains. Students are high achievers; a typical student “works hard [and] studies a lot” yet always makes sure to find “time to socialize and invest their time in numerous groups, activities, and other endeavors.” The “best way to fit in” is to get active by “joining student organizations, doing community service, jamming out to music in the residence halls, or doing a group study session.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
4,911
Out of State
67%

International
11%
Foreign Countries Represented
37

Demographics

21.30%
Asian
5.05%
African-American
6.02%
Hispanic
58.71%
Caucasian
4.26%
Unknown
10.62%
International

46% female
54% male
67% are out of state
97% are full time
3% are part time

Overview

Students Say

One student sums up the university as “nerdy but a lot of fun.” Activities at Case reflect this “nerdy” nature. “One of our biggest campus events (which I help run) is a 10 day long game of tag known as Humans vs. Zombies,” a sociology and theatre major says. On campus, “Case offers literally everything in the way of clubs, jobs, research, and things to do.” Even though many students are “geeky,” Greek life is also strong: “A lot of people are in fraternities or sororities (40 percent of campus and rising).” Students do seem to feel that one area of campus life needs improvement: “school spirit.” “Few students could tell you the football team’s record or who the basketball team is facing this weekend,” one student says, elaborating that it isn’t a surprise since the school is “academically focused.” Off campus, there’s always the entire city of Cleveland. Students love the “beautiful” campus as well as its “fantastic” “location in uptown Cleveland” near that city’s “cultural center.” The area close to campus “offers great museums and downtown has lots of attractions to check out.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
82%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
99%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Other
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Susan Sampson, Coordinator

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Neuropsychological evaluation preferred.

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Yes

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
220
Number of Honor Societies
8

Number of Social Sororities
9
Number of Religious Organizations
4

34% join a fraternity
35% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

38% participate in intramural sports
13% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Spartans)
11 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Spartans)
10 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups: The Office of Multicultural Affairs offers academic, cultural, and social programs to assist under-represented students at Case. See http://students.case.edu/multicultural/. Minority student organizations include the African American Society, Asian American Alliance, National Society of Black Engineers, Minority Student Nurses Association, and the Daniel Hale Williams Pre-Medical Society.

Army ROTC Offered on-campus, at cooperating institutions: John Carroll University
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Kent State University

Sustainability

Case Western Reserve University has signed the ACUPCC, committing the university to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions in pursuit of carbon neutrality, and conducts an annual GHG assessment, in which students collect and analyze data and make recommendations for reduction in the university’s carbon footprint. In 2011, Case Western Reserve published the Presidents’ Climate Action Plan, a road map for achieving institutional carbon neutrality and hired a sustainability director. CWRU has dedicated funding for infrastructure upgrades for increased energy efficiency and building performance. In the last three years, the university has reduced its GHG footprint. A new student Climate Leaders program is spreading the word on campus about the importance of large and small actions to further reach towards climate neutrality. On the green building front, a new University Center seeking LEED certification will open its doors in the Fall of 2014 with a state of the art living green roof, solar array and energy efficiency technology embedded. A new residential hall seeking LEED certification will house students in the Fall 2015. The university houses several centers of sustainability excellence including the Fowler Center of Sustainable Value in the Weatherhead School of Management, the Great Lakes Energy Institute and the University Farm, a 400-acre green campus that boasts several acres of local food production, conservation research and many unique natural endowments. Campus food service provider Bon Appetit purchases 35 percent of its fresh food and supplies from local farmers and food producers and composts 30 percent of its food waste.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
26%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
14

Average Number of PC's per Lab
27

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
99%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, Apple, Motion Computing, Sprint, Allied Telesyn, Barco, Cisco, EMC2, Intellinet, Netgear, SUN

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Office of Undergraduate Admission

Address
Office of Undergraduate Admission
10900 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 441067055

Phone
2163684450

Email
visit@case.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
North Residential Village
Peter B. Lewis Building
Kelvin Smith Library
Veale Convocation and Athletic Center
Tinkham Veal University Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Severance Hall, Cleveland Orchestra home
Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland Botanical Garden
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum / Historical Society Uptown Arts and Entertainment District

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday and selected Saturdays
8:30am-5pm
2163684450

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Fri 10:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm, and 2:00pm
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Mon-Fri, academic year

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
visit@case.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Available when classes are in session

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Cleveland Hopkins Airport is the closest to the university. To get to the campus, take the Regional Transit Authority (RTA) Rapid Transit from the airport terminal to University Circle; the ride takes approximately 40 minutes and is very cheap. Amtrak's Lake Shore Limited provides service to Cleveland via Toledo, Erie, and Buffalo, connecting from those cities to many other locations throughout the country. Greyhound buses also provide service to Cleveland. The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) offers extensive and economical bus and rail service throughout the metropolitan area.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-71 and I-77, exit to I-90 in Cleveland. Take I-90 N to the Chester Avenue exit. Head east on Chester to Euclid (just past E. 105th st). Turn left onto Euclid and look to the right for the information booth.

Local Accommodations
A particular favorite is Glidden House (1901 Ford Dr.; 216-231-8900), a large, Gothic-style bed and breakfast within walking distance of campus. Prices are moderate, and a special rate is available for Case Western Reserve visitors. Also in the neighborhood is the Washington Place Bistro & Inn (2203 Cornell Rd.; 216-791-6500). Somewhat smaller than Glidden House, this converted mansion is within walking distance of the school. Other options for visitors to the university include the Courtyard Cleveland University Circle (2021 Cornell Rd.; 216-791-5678), the Doubletree by Hilton - Tudor Arms (10660 Carnegie Ave.; 216-455-1260), and the Intercontinental Suite Hotel (8800 Euclid Ave.; 216-707-4300), all near the campus. Special rates for Case Western Reserve visitors are available. To get to campus, you can walk or take the convenient loop bus across the street from the hotel. Hotel parking charges vary.
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Key Stats

21,733
Applicants
4,911
Size
38%
Acceptance Rate

Rankings & Lists