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Unigo Top Student Rated School

Case Western Reserve University Campus Life Reviews

On-Campus Housing
Excellent

10%

Very Good

48%

Average

34%

Poor

5%

Terrible

3%

Off-Campus Housing
Excellent

0%

Very Good

40%

Average

24%

Poor

27%

Terrible

9%

Campus Food
Excellent

6%

Very Good

25%

Average

39%

Poor

20%

Terrible

10%

Campus Facilities
Excellent

29%

Very Good

44%

Average

21%

Poor

6%

Terrible

1%

Class Size
Excellent

36%

Very Good

40%

Average

19%

Poor

4%

Terrible

1%

Activities
Excellent

33%

Very Good

30%

Average

24%

Poor

7%

Terrible

6%

Local Services
Excellent

17%

Very Good

34%

Average

29%

Poor

15%

Terrible

5%

Academics
Excellent

36%

Very Good

27%

Average

17%

Poor

12%

Terrible

8%

Overall Review for Case Western Reserve University

Excellent

35%

Very Good

53%

Average

12%

Poor

0%

Terrible

0%

We Asked Students, What's your overall opinion of this school?

Jessica

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

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

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.

Crystal

Overall I would say my experience at Case Western has been pretty good so far. The teachers are great. The dining hall food could be better but it's decent. Unfortunately, we are not very big on sports and we could use some more school spirit but I believe what made my experience at Case so enjoyable were the people I met. Most of the people I met there have been so nice and friendly as a whole.

Marilena

Overall, Case is a great school, but if you're not willing to seize every passing opportunity and really throw yourself into the heart of what you're doing, it's easy to feel adrift. All of the resource are there--whether it be study abroad, scholarship, academia, research, volunteering, etc. there's probably a whole department eager to help you get it all sorted. But you have to reach out to them first. That's the whole deal with Case. You have to seek out your professors. You have to seek out new clubs. You have to seek out new people. Otherwise it just won't happen. If you're willing to do that, you're pretty much set to have any kind of college experience you want. The best part about Case is definitely that--you CAN have any kind of college experience you want, and there are so many people willing to help you along the way. For a school filled with high-achievers, the competition is about self-improvement rather than clawing your way to the top of the class. People share notes, share study techniques, help each other when they're done with their lab, put in the extra time and the extra effort to lend a hand. If you ask for help, there is a crowd of people ready to offer it.

Kim

I feel that the students at Case Western Reserve University have a work hard play hard type of personality, which results in many having a good balance between being studious and social. The professors are very encouraging to students, in the sense that they want you to talk to them after classes. However, I have encountered a select few that have been very strict graders.

tapan

Overall, it is a good school. Beautiful campus. The classes are difficult and challenging, however there are tutoring services available for free, such as peer tutoring and study sessions. The professors overall are okay. Academics in the school are strong and can you major in disciplinary fields across schools. It is possible to be a biology major and a music or business minor. Also research at the University is huge, If you want to conduct research as an undergraduate, you will get plenty of opportunities.

Okey

I think Case is a school where the nerds get to act like the "cool kids" from high school. This actually bothers me quite a bit, but the feeling is mostly overshadowed by the academic quality of everything else. Overall, I believe it's a good school where everyone can be themselves and be successful.

Samantha

Case Western is a wonderful academic school. There are so many research and professional opportunities for students. Not only this, but it is located in the heart of uptown, so there are always places to go and things to do. The transportation system is also readily accessible, making it easy to attend events downtown or anywhere else off campus as well.

Nina

It's a very welcoming community with excellent academics, extracurriculars, and caring faculty. The professors really take an interest in their students, and they make their office hours known right from the start. There are also a variety of clubs and activities on campus that guarantees a match for everyone.

Margo

Case Western Reserve University has provided me with countless opportunities. I originally applied to go into the nursing program, and received the nursing scholarship, but decided to switch paths in my junior year. The nursing program is one of the best in the country: hands-on clinicals (the most in the country), exceptional facilities at the foot of the school's door, like the Cleveland Clinic, The VA, and MetroHealth Hospital. When switching to psychology, I had so much support from professors, advisors, and undergraduate studies, including financial aid. There are copious research opportunities with renowned professors, and, while the food is not worth bragging about, I would not change my decision to go to Case Western. The campus prides itself on diversity and the students are open, nerdy, and trustworthy. Case Western is an amazing place to go to school.

Kaiyi

Case Western Reserve School is a great school for students who really want to focus on studying because it has merely no party or a lot of interesting activities in daily life. If you are pursuing exciting college life, just choose another one like.

Austin

Case Western Reserve University is essentially two things: a community and a home. CWRU is a place to grow and experience, to love and be loved by faculty and peers and 'Landers – all in the truest sense of the word. Case Western Reserve is a corpus of academics, a school with a vision and a student body with full range of ideas and perspectives. Every school has a nice library and a few good professors, but CWRU stands out as the place where conversations carry on into the night and words provoke real action. There may not be a lot of school spirit around our [really good] sports teams, but there is an undying pride nearly every student shares to be at the forefront of so much of the world's most important research endeavors. This is a school for the inspired and the adventurous; any less of a leader will find themselves struggling to find a place amongst the biggest fish in the lake.

Hrishikesh

Case Western is perhaps one of the best colleges in the nation. Case Western makes it very comfortable and accessible to get a proper education that we students can apply for future jobs. The school puts academics first and makes learning a fun process that is worth it. I absolutely love Case Western and it is definitely the best school for me.

Tamia

Case Western Reserve is a beautiful campus. There are many career opportunities once you leave Case Western and even some while you are there. I thought it was interesting that they have a work room for everyone on campus to come and even off campus.

Makala

Case is a great school for people who are serious about academics and want to be challenged. Most of the professors are extremely enthusiastic about what they teach and always willing to help students. Even though academics is a huge part of the school, there are still plenty of clubs to join and things to do on weekends. It's very easy to find a balance. I wish the dining hall food was better, but there are more important things to worry about.

Angela

I absolutely love it here at Case Western Reserve University. Everyone is welcoming and accepting, from students to professors. There are many useful services offered, numerous opportunities, and something is always going on. I wouldn't want to go anywhere else.

Jakob

I like it at Case, it's a good school. It has its ups and downs, but everything does. I think it's a bit expensive for the facilities (especially the housing and food) that we get, but it's a private school. Most professors are very good, and almost all are rather smart in their fields. Cleveland is actually a nice city, it has plenty of things to do as well.

Alexis

Case has many opportunities and a very wide variety of students. Everything on campus is easily accessible. Campus is beautiful but at night sometimes it is scary when you hear about all of the security alerts. Freshman housing has no air conditioning and the dorms are older and very expensive to live in given the circumstances. I am working on getting more involved during my spring semester and looking forward to the opportunity to join Greek life and meet new people!

Megan

Case Western Reserve University is located in University Circle in Cleveland, which is home to many artistic and medical institutions including four hospitals, the botanical gardens, severance hall, and the art museum. At Case, there is an abundance of pre-meds and engineering students

Lori

I love how detailed Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) is with their students. There are only about 5,000 undergraduate students so there is a lot of individualized attention. I always feel welcomed to walk into Undergraduate studies, the Registrar office or any other professor/administrative office. All faulty are there to help the students and they are genuinely there to help us. I also love the effort CWRU puts to promote diversity. I never feel excluded or unsafe on campus as an Asian American student. There are many events on campus to show the school actively participating in promoting inclusion and diversity. There are also offices on campus such as the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) which is an amazing place for students to go and socialize and feel safe in. Most of all, I pride the education CWRU offers. Each professor is there because they are passionate about their field. This passion allows a class to be enjoyable and allow for students to actually learn the information better. Students are learning about that topic in depth rather than just memorizing facts to apply for a test. Students at CWRU learn to become knowledgeable and I love that. It really motivates me to succeed as a student and in the future in my career.

Utah

Academically, Case Western is a great school. Professors force you to work extremely hard (the workload is among the highest in the nation), and we learn things that comparable universities don't and sooner than they do, like working in a machine shop. Some people complain about there being a poor party scene on campus, but that's because they're looking for the state-school atmosphere on a small campus full of academically-minded students. The administration is often extremely frustrating.

Shira

This school is great if you are interested in STEM fields. For premeds, there is a hospital on campus, so there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer and/or shadow. Also, almost all STEM professors are involved in research, so many students have positions as research assistants. CWRU also has good academic programs for non-STEM fields, but you should be ready to be made fun of by STEM students for your non-STEM major.

Kasey

My overall opinion of Case Western Reserve University is very positive. After my school year at CWRU, some of the aspects of the university I rave about the most are the professors, resources, and student life. At CWRU, professors are required to partake in research and hold office hours, making them incredibly accessible and easy to develop a relationship with, even in larger lecture hall classes. In regard to resources on campus, plenty of options such as peer tutoring, SI sessions, and TA office hours enable students to find extra help outside of the classroom. Other offices are available for counseling, finding research, preparing for study abroad, discussing post graduate-planning, and so on. Additionally, I absolutely love the students on campus. CWRU students are collectively friendly and driven, making it a great environment to feel included and learn. However, students on campus also love to explore, and we take advantage of the many on-campus events, extracurriculars, and Cleveland-area activities around us. I feel like I truly belong at CWRU.

Jennifer

CWRU is one of the best schools in the Midwest, especially for engineering/pre-med students. But it doesn't mean the opportunities for other majors aren't great--there's plenty of mentors and internships a student can partake in during school and the summer. The area isn't the best, and a car makes it much more easy (and safe) to explore Cleveland. Overall, CWRU and Cleveland is on the up--which makes it a great place to attend and to live!

Jonathan

We are a very academically driven campus. There could be some more involvement by students in activities outside of academics. Not the greatest town, uptown sort of feels like a bubble surrounded by East Cleveland. However, lots of students are very knowledgable about their studies and the faculty are very inviting and like to challenge students.

Jen

CWRU is a great place to learn, but not much else unless you join one of the greek organizations on campus. They really nickel and dime you to death here too. Be prepared to pay $18 a meal swipe your first year and nearly double the rent of nearby neighborhoods if you live on campus. They don't care too much about anything besides research and money. You do leave with great education and plenty of research opportunities though.

GAVIN

CWRU is a very academic school where students are focused on their schoolwork, but also provides many extracurricular opportunities. The people are what make any school great, and I have found that the faculty care a lot about their students. Additionally, the students are supportive of each other.

Ellie

CWRU is an excellent school if you’re looking for smart, responsible students. The faculty is very helpful and is almost always available to help if you’re looking for tips to studying. It’s very easy to make friends since there are so many clubs. It’s right outside of Cleveland, so traveling for a night out only takes 16 minutes.

Nina

An amazing institution that promotes research, debate, and the application of education outside of the classroom. All the students I've met are kind and are willing to use their learning to benefit others in the future. The location in Ohio and proximity to the Cleveland Clinic is great, and the area is filled with museums, foods, and nature that can be enjoyed by visitors, educators, and students.

Sophia

Case Western is an academically challenging institution, with students from a variety of social, cultural and economic backgrounds. The campus is in a relatively urban environment with lots of cultural activities nearby that are free to attend as a student.

Jason

A rigorous and academically fulfilling university that prepares it's students exceptionally well for the real world. I think it has the potential to be a top 30, even top 20, school, if the school revamped some of the academic facilities, housing, and dining options on campus. Incredible strides have been made in the renaissance of the University Circle neighborhood, but more student-centric options would make the campus even more appealing, such as a small movie house and a place which could foster more of an inclusive, in-person on campus experience. The internet and connectivity is incredible, but I wish this could also be extended to the in person assistance a student might want to receive should they inquire about it. The study abroad options and programs are phenomenal and better than most ivy league schools in my opinion. Creating more of a unification between arts and STEAM students would also help create a stronger overall school spirit and campus identity. I really think the sky is the limit for this university and the promising additions in infrastructure they have in the upcoming years should make this institution more prestigious than it already is.

Elizabeth

The first month I came to case I absolutely regretted it. I wanted to transfer and actually filled out applications to do so. The social life from my freshman perspective was non existent, and school was kicking my a**. HOWEVER, all these people who claim case has no social scene and isn’t a party school have one reason for saying it. They do not know enough people. After about my 3rd month on campus and beginning to socialize more especially with Greek life I found myself going to parties/bars every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. I never had a problem finding something to do. As for the academics they still are super hard but I’ve learned to adapt to them. By the end of the year I LOVED case. Your time here will be what you make it. I promise case will prepare you for the real world and you’ll have a ton of fun doing it.

RJ

CWRU has resources and potential to be a top 20 university without a doubt. It has some of the best pre-med connections in the world (on par with Hopkins), qualified professors, and smart students. The academics are extremely rigorous and severely underrated because of some fundamental issues revolving around the school: 1) campus safety has some flaws due to the campus being integrated within the city rather than it being a separate entity (closed off like Northwestern for example) 2) Name. Maybe a dumb reason at face value but the name of a university means a lot in terms of marketing and branding. CWRU's marketing and branding team is poor to say the least. 3) biggest reason by far is the unwilling nature for administrators to form many partnerships with companies to help students gain internships and jobs. Schools like Harvard have great ties with Deloitte and pursue companies into becoming major recruiters. Case does not pursue this cause as fervently as it should. 4) Honestly, the humanities here are nearly nonexistent. Perhaps they should adopt a structure like a tech school (which it was before as Case Institute of Technology) and devote its resources to STEM fields first (CWRU's clear strength). MIT is a tech school but still offers some humanities majors as well, yet the majority of their resources goes to developing STEM labs etc. CWRU should make STEM the main priority and become a tech school like it once was.