About Case Western Reserve University

Founded in 1826, Case Western Reserve University. is a Private college. Located in Ohio, which is a city setting in Ohio, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 5,152 full time undergraduate students, and 6,512 full time graduate students.

The Case Western Reserve University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 11:1. There are 782 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Case Western Reserve University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate35%
Application Deadline
Application Fee0
SAT Range1280-1490
ACT Range30-34

Admissions at CWRU are considered More Selective, with ,38% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 5 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

99% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 92% were in the top quarter, and 63% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Case Western Reserve University.

8%
“We”re apathetic”
35%
“We know about current events and vote”
54%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
3%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
2%
“We save it for the classroom”
15%
“Sometimes, but not often”
49%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
34%
“All the time, including weekends”
8%
“I”m always terrified”
24%
“I only go out in groups”
48%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
20%
“I feel extremely safe”
76%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
22%
“We bought the gear”
2%
“We live for the big game”
14%
“It”s not really our thing”
43%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
37%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
6%
“We”re a very artistic group”
3%
“Haven”t met them”
9%
“Available in class”
57%
“They keep regular office hours”
32%
“They”re always available”
1%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
23%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
59%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
18%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
3%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
24%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
65%
“We only party on weekends”
9%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
14%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
61%
“There might be people who do”
22%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
3%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
8%
“We”re apathetic”
35%
“We know about current events and vote”
54%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
3%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
2%
“We save it for the classroom”
15%
“Sometimes, but not often”
49%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
34%
“All the time, including weekends”
8%
“I”m always terrified”
24%
“I only go out in groups”
48%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
20%
“I feel extremely safe”
76%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
22%
“We bought the gear”
2%
“We live for the big game”
14%
“It”s not really our thing”
43%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
37%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
6%
“We”re a very artistic group”
3%
“Haven”t met them”
9%
“Available in class”
57%
“They keep regular office hours”
32%
“They”re always available”
1%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
23%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
59%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
18%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
3%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
24%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
65%
“We only party on weekends”
9%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
14%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
61%
“There might be people who do”
22%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
3%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

Case Western Reserve University REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    111 Students rated on-campus housing 3.6 stars. 10 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    82 Students rated off-campus housing 3.3 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    114 Students rated campus food 3 stars. 6 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    117 Students rated campus facilities 4 stars. 29 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    117 Students rated class size 4 stars. 36 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    116 Students rated school activities 3.8 stars. 33 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    116 Students rated local services 3.4 stars. 17 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    117 Students rated academics 3.7 stars. 36 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Case Western Reserve University?

35 Students rated Case Western Reserve University

anonymous - 01/21/2022

There's a lot of shit at this school but college is what u make it. I found the good stuff here.. Took a lot of effort but hey im happy.

Jessica - 06/23/2021

If you want to go do med school, engineering, or the hard sciences, then it\'s the school for you, otherwise, give it a passing thought. The freshman dorms aren\'t the greatest, the on-campus food is decent at best, and the neighborhood around is full of over-priced merchandise and dangerous. The kids here are alright, some of them are great, but a lot of them that I\'ve met either act like crackheads or are crackheads. Honestly, if you haven\'t found your group of friends within the the first two months, you\'ll have a hard time finding them since it\'s not a big undergrad class. To be completely honest, the only thing keeping me here right now is the fact that it\'s a top 50 school.

Todd - 04/15/2021

Everyone here is frustrated in one way or another. Anyone who is academically driven wishes that they got into their dream school and anyone who wants a social life is constantly faced with the fact that nobody here wants to party. Most people who want to actually enjoy themselves go to Ohio State or Kent to actually go wild. And anyone who wants to succeed academically tries to transfer after getting a 4.0 GPA. There are certainly a lot of amazing people at CWRU, and if you find the right group of people you can make very close friends, bonded by a hatred of shared homework.

sofia - 04/10/2021

Case Western is an interesting place. Lots of smart people that aren't always the most socially aware definitely makes for an interesting campus. People can be very competitive, so I would recommend it for people that feel like they always want to do the best. It's expensive but provides a good education.

Case Western Reserve University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Case Western Reserve University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Case Western Reserve University is 35%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    Don’t be afraid. I know you’re shy and nervous, and while locking yourself in your dorm room may seem comfortable, it’s not a good idea. It might be hard to force yourself to meet new people, but try. Otherwise, you’ll just get lonely as the year progresses, when everyone else has already made friends. But also don’t worry too much if you can’t, you’ll find friends eventually. No one will be there to make sure you do your homework. In fact, usually no one will even check if you do. Do it anyway—the extra practice will come in handy. Try to study with a friend if possible, so you won’t be tempted to slack off. You’re a good student though, so even if the workload and material might seem daunting, you’ll be fine. And there’s plenty of help available if you’re still worried. Finally, make sure you do something other than study. Once again, don’t stay in your room all day. Take a break, and try to join some clubs, learn new things. Don’t end your first year with any regrets.

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  3. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    Some. Stereotypes come from people and surveys and the people who fill out the 'I hate Case' surveys are mostly people who sit in their room not looking for the fun and excitement that is constantly going on around Case.

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  4. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    Complaining is a favorite past time for many students who wish that fun and enjoyable activities would just show up at their door.

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  5. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    The administration of this school is entirely incompetent. It seems like everything they put in place turns into a disaster. The SAGES program is so worthless and so badly put together that it's already being considered for cancellation (they've already dropped it for engineers) after only a three years of its full implementation! Their public relations campaigns cost the school millions of dollars and only seem to make more people angry. Nobody knows what the rules are or what you need to do to get what you want done, so you have to figure everything out yourself. It's a lot more work to go to school here than it's worth, and that doesn't even have anything to do with the classes themselves.

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  6. Describe the students at your school.

    My classmates are interesting, but can be very social awkward.

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  7. What are the academics like at your school?

    The political science department is pretty small, so most of the professors I've had class with know my name. The classes range from extremely boring and useless to pretty darn good, but it's not consistent across the board. Most of the professors here don't really like to teach and are just here to do research, especially in the maths and sciences. Most students here think they are a lot smarter than they really are, and walking around campus you'll hear lots of people talking about classes or how dumb their professors are. The truth is though, that Case accepts more than three-quarters of their applicants so they don't really weed out any of the dumber kids. I feel like my education is geared towards learning for the sake of learning, because there sure isn't any help getting a job for kids in the social sciences.

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  8. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    Case Men's Glee Club is the most favored and best a cappella group on the entire campus!

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  9. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    Case Western Reserve University maintains a strong pre-professional focus while also emphasizing the undergraduate experience. Furthermore, the university is unique in that it is relatively small yet has a large impact in both research and service. Finally, Case Western Reserve University successfully assembles a diverse class of students each year, and promotes classes that engage different students in meaningful discussions which facilitate the growth and expansion of ideas.

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  10. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

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  11. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    If I had to describe Case in one sentence, it would be difficult to encapsulate all that it is. However, it all boils down to one word: Challenging.

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  12. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    Someone who only wants to party and doesn't care about their academic involvement.

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  13. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    I would say the most frustrating aspect of Case is the difficulty in getting bookkeeping or other, non-academic activities done. Case is trying to go totally digital for all their admissions and such, but it's not well implemented and very confusing.

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  14. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    How much work I'd have for each class

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  15. What kind of person should attend this school?

    People who want to work hard academically, want a school which prepares you for graudate work, and also want to be in a cultural center of the city of Cleveland.

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  16. What's unique about your campus?

    Opportunities after undergrad.

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  17. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    I don't brag. Case Western sucks.

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  18. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    CWRU is best known for its academics. Our sports are not strong, and at times we study on Friday night. Many students value high academic acheivement, and often their scholarships are maintained by a high GPA. It does not mean you cannot enjoy your college years, just that the fun will not compromise your study. Besides the typical college experience of fraternities, football, and bars, there are ocal cultural institutions and opportunities to work or study abroad. College is what you make it. Explore and enjoy!

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  19. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    Case is viewed as the geek school. There is also a feeling that there are no parties here. This is NOT TRUE! While there are "geeks" here most people are what you would call normal, however most people here are very smart! Also there are parties here, I went to more than one last weekend!

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  20. Tell us about the food and dining options.

    There are no "options" at Case. Every student is contractually obligated to be on a meal plan for the first two full years if they want to obtain this education. Because the meal plan is this king of monopoly, the company who runs it (Bon Appetit) knows it does not have to care about the student's opinions or their ability to pay for the expensive meals. The meal plan is $2,800 a semester for a certain number of swipes per week. However, they force you to pay for more swipes than you can practically use because of all of the rules they enforce at the dining halls. No double swiping others in, no swiping more than 3 times a day here, once a day here, once a week here, only after 6 here, and so on. Because of this, you end up wasting swipes every week, causing the practical cost of every meal to be around $16 for every student. In addition, Bon Appetit does not provide $16 a meal quality food to students. They claim to be ultra "sustainable" about all of their food, but they are a penny pinching business just like any restaurant. They switched to Tyson chicken, which is notorious for animal cruelty. Also, most of the time they intentionally do not restock things such as the salad and sandwich bar, the juices, or the soups, so that they do not have to pay for the extra food. It is very often that a student will waste a swipe going into a dining hall and then find that there is nothing to eat. Bon Appetit knows they have a certain number of students every year guaranteed by contract with the school, so they do not have to worry about retention or return customers.

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  21. What are your classes like?

    CWRU's Pac-Man invades a Chemistry lecture.

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Student Body

Students

45%

female

55%

male

5,152

Total Undergrad Enrollment

6,512

Total Grad Students

60%

Out-Of-State

24%

In-State

16%

International

Organizations

170

Student Organizations

16

Fraternities

8

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

38%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
20%
% Black or African-American
4%
% Hispanic/Latino
6%
% White or Caucasian
50%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

82% of students attending Case Western Reserve University receive some sort of financial aid. 15% were awarded federal grants. While 44% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$46,006

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,200

Books and Supplies

$14,298

Room and Board

61,504

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$17,287
$30 - $48K
$20,629
$48 - $75K
$28,484
$75 - $110K
$32,694
$110K & UP
$37,150

We use student reviews and the most current publicly available data on our school pages. As such, we don't typically remove or edit college information. Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Portions of college data include copyrighted material, which is reproduced on this website by permission of Wintergreen Orchard House, a division of Carnegie Communications. © 2009-2016 by Wintergreen Orchard House. All rights reserved.

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