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Case Western Reserve University

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    Cleveland, OH
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  • Summary

    Case Western Reserve University is a technically integrated school of studious individuals.

    A typical day on campus consists of going to class, studying, playing computer games or hanging out with friends, perhaps an extracurricular activity, and then logging in more study time before hitting the sack. Especially for pre-meds and engineers, the workload at Case will pile on if students don’t stay on top of it. Students welcome the work and, it seems, prefer to stay in and keep to themselves anyway. The guy to girl ratio (60/40) can be alarming and even disappointing for new students

    but they quickly adjust. Before you file CWRU away as just a “nerd” school, look closer and you’ll find a dynamic, ambitious crop of interesting students. An active undergraduate student government and student organizations aplenty offer many alternatives to hitting the books. Students who choose to go Greek find that it’s a mixed bag of a social scene that surprisingly works. Cleveland offers great restaurants, shopping and professional sporting events for students willing to venture off-campus.

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    There are many places to get work done on campus. For instance, there are many places in the library where one can work relatively undisturbed with ready access to help if needed. Also, many buildings on the academic quad offer tables and chairs that students sit in and work in between classes. Best of all, there are a multitude of comfy armchairs and couches that weary students take advantage of when they desperately require a midday nap!
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    Case Western Reserve University was established in 1967 Case Institute of Technology, a science and engineering school, and Western Reserve University, once known for its excellent liberal arts and professional programs, came together. Case and Western Reserve were neighboring Cleveland schools for 81 years before their union, and the two schools had been sharing facilities, faculty, classes, and ideas for nearly a century before the merger. An example of the latter was seen in 1887, when Case physicist Albert Michelson and Reserve chemist Edward Morley worked together on the Michelson-Morley Experiment, which served as the foundation for Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity.

    Still it was not until the 1960’s that the presidents of Case and Western Reserve both thought to pool their resources and form one university. Their idea evolved into a report by the Heald Commission proposing the federation, and predicting that their union would create one of the largest private universities in the United States, combining both schools’ faculties, degrees granted, and endowments. The trustees approved the consolidation in June of 1967.

    In 1974 faculty member Donald Johanson discovered Lucy, the female skeleton that challenged carbon dating methods available at the time, while on leading a team mission in Eritrea, formerly northern Ethiopia. In 1984, the football team had a perfect record of 9-0, under Coach Jim Chapman. In 1992, Karen Horn was elected the first woman chair of the Case Board of Trustees.

    Just east of downtown Cleveland, Case is located in the University Circle neighborhood, which is also home to many of Cleveland’s cultural institutions including the Cleveland Institute of music. Atmore than 550 acres, the Case campus is known for its architectural diversity, which juxtaposes contemporary high design structures with more traditional collegiate styles in sandstone and red brick.

    At the center of campus is the Kelvin Smith Library, from which you can walk north to Mather Quad, home to the liberal arts departments and offices, as well as Harkness Chapel. North Residential Village, where most undergraduates live, is also in this direction.

    To the south is the Case Quad, where are the Schools of Nursing, Medicine, and Dentistry are located. The athletics and recreation center is also in this direction, as is the Amasa Stone Chapel, the other of the two chapels on campus. South Residential Village is on this side of campus as well, and is home to the fraternities and sororities at Case.

    There are also many contemporary free-standing art pieces on campus, such as the Michelson-Morley Fountain. The Turning Point sculpture by renowned artist Philip Johnson sits in Cleveland’s University Circle Park.

    Case is located in University Circle, a 550-acre park near downtown Cleveland. The Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Museum of Art, University Hospital of Cleveland, and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History are only a few other institutions within walking distance of one another and CWRU within University Circle.

    Around campus, students head to Little Italy for good food and Coventry Village for shopping and bars. They can get there by campus shuttle, known as the “Greenie Bus” because they used to be painted green. Another method of transportation is the RTA bus and rail system. All Case undergrads receive an unlimited RTA pass as part of their student fee.

    Halloween at the Farm is an annual tradition for Case students, faculty, staff, alumni, and their families. There are activities, free food, music, hayrides, and a bonfire. It’s a chance for the university community to get together as well as donate to local Cleveland area families in need of food for the holiday season.

    During finals, students take a break at Thwing Study Over. It’s an evening of free food and a break before final examinations. Various groups on campus sponsor the event.

    Another huge and much-anticipated tradition at Case is Springfest. It’s a day-long event that kicks off with Hudson Relays, a 26-mile footrace that commemorates Western Reserve College’s move from Hudson to University Circle. The rest of the day is spent eating, watching bands perform, playing laser tag and more while spending time outside with friends.

    John C. Dannemiller (1960) is chairman and president of the Jubilee Foundation and serves on the boards of the U.S. Bank, Lamson & Sessions, and the Cleveland Clinic – Western Region.

    Susie Gharib (1972) is co-anchor of the Nightly Business Report.

    Stephanie Tubbs Jones (1971) is the first African-American woman elected to the United States House of Representatives from Ohio. She represents Ohio’s 11th district, which covers parts of downtown and eastern Cleveland and many of the eastern suburbs.

    Dennis Kucinich (1973) is a Democratic member of the US House of Representatives, was the youngest mayor of a major city (Cleveland at age 31), and was a Democratic candidate for president in the 2004 and 2008 elections.

    Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist, studied Computer Science at Case. He was the commencement speaker for Case’s 2008 ceremony.

    Joe Russo (1997) is a director, producer and actor. Russo Received an Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series for Arrested Development.

    Don Shula (1954) holds the most career wins as an NFL coach and led the Miami Dolphins to two Super Bowl victories.

    Case is a Division III school with 19 varsity athletic teams. In 2006 the men’s soccer team won the University Athletic Association title and received a bid to the NCAA tournament for the first time in history. They were defeated in the semifinals by Ohio Wesleyan University. During the 2007-2008 season men’s soccer player Matt Paglia made it to the 3rd All-American Team.

    Intramural sports also provide year-round recreation for Case students, such as softball, tennis, wallyball, dodgeball, and flag football, among others. Case also sponsors 12 club sports. A Club of the Year is chosen at the end of each school year.

    Severance Hall, a concert hall adjacent to CWRU, was featured in the film Air Force One. It is the setting for the opening scene of the military raid of Kazakhstan’s presidential palace. Some of CWRU’s buildings can been spotted in the background.

    The Advocate ranked CWRU as one of the top 100 LGBT-friendly universities, thanks to the efforts of both students and university officials to be more welcoming towards the LGBT community.

    Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist, studied Computer Science at Case. He was the commencement speaker for Case’s 2008 ceremony.

    Residence halls are divided into North and South Residential Villages. Most undergraduates live in North Residential Village, but fraternities and sororities are located in South Residential Village.

    All undergraduates must live on campus their first two years unless they are living at home less than 40 miles away. Freshmen spend their first year as part of one of three residential colleges – Cedar, Juniper, or Mistletoe. Cedar has the Smith, Taft, and Tyler halls, Juniper the Norton, Raymond, and Sherman halls, and Mistletoe the Hitchcock, Pierce, and Storrs halls.

    Sophomores can choose among three suite-style complexes, found on both the north and south sides of campus – Carlton Road Complex, Clarke Tower Complex, and Murray Hill Complex. Upperclassmen live in apartments that encourage them to be more self-sufficient and give them more independence.

    The Village at 115 is a new option in North Residential Village that offers apartment-style housing, more than 50 different floor plans, a common room with a flat screen TV, Wi-Fi, and indoor bike storage, among other conveniences. Each room is a single and there is one bathroom for every 2-3 residents.