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Undergrad Profile

Case Western Reserve University students are serious about success, and every facet of their college experience is geared toward equipping them with the knowledge and skills that will allow them to achieve their goals. 

From rigorous course work—spanning arts, engineering, humanities, management, natural sciences, nursing, and social and behavioral sciences—to hands-on learning experiences and vibrant city living, a Case Western Reserve education prepares students to become distinguished academics, savvy professionals, and productive global citizens.  

Academic lessons
Case Western Reserve offers nearly 100 academic programs that weave intense classroom theory with hands-on application in a host of real-world settings. Our single-door admission policy allows students the freedom to dedicate themselves to all their interests, building their capacities in areas as diverse as contemporary dance and physics or political science and biomedical engineering.

All CWRU undergrads benefit from the common curriculum, SAGES (Seminar Approach to General Education and Scholarship). SAGES courses feature small, interdisciplinary seminars that connect students to faculty and the world-class institutions in our University Circle neighborhood. SAGES classes focus on sharpening the written and oral communication skills that ensure the success of students’ ideas—equipping them with the tools to become lifelong leaders.

Experiential learning
A CWRU education is founded on the belief that learning is best accomplished through a blending of theory and practice, and 98% of students participate in at least one form of experiential learning during their undergraduate careers at Case Western Reserve. They put their classroom knowledge to use in clinicals, cooperative education, education abroad, internships, practica, research, and service learning.

Undergraduate research
The chance to be a part of the investigative process is one of the hallmarks of the Case Western Reserve experience, and undergraduates of all academic interests, beginning as early as their first semester on campus, have the chance to play important roles in carrying out CWRU’s research mission. Often their hard work is rewarded when, as undergraduates, they become published authors—their results reported in some of the country’s most prized academic journals.

Community service
CWRU students are not only active members of the campus community; they’re involved throughout Greater Cleveland, across the country, and around the world. Opportunities for community service can be found in classes, student groups, study abroad programs, internships, co-ops, and practica. Students volunteer at three hospitals within one mile of campus, tutor inner-city students, assist local nonprofit organizations with their finances, tackle technical projects that better the community, and much more.

Rich educational culture
Case Western Reserve is the centerpiece of Cleveland’s University Circle—one of the most culturally robust communities in the nation. The area is home to more than 40 prominent artistic, cultural, educational, health, and human service institutions. Partnerships with these neighbors, including the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland Institute of Music, and Cleveland Institute of Art, offer students unparalleled access to invaluable educational resources.

Future health care leaders benefit greatly from the University’s partnerships with nearby medical facilities, including University Hospitals Case Medical Center, which sits adjacent to our campus. Less than one mile away is Cleveland Clinic, consistently ranked among the top five hospitals in the nation.

Less than five miles away and easily accessible by public transportation, downtown Cleveland is the headquarters of KeyBank, Eaton, Sherwin-Williams, and more and is celebrated for its world-renowned health care institutions, burgeoning culinary scene, and four professional sports teams: the Cleveland Indians, Browns, Cavaliers, and Monsters.

The attractions of Cleveland and University Circle are just a short walk or ride away, and students can easily access all the area’s cultural and recreational attractions via public transportation, to which undergraduates are granted unlimited access.

Student life
Case Western Reserve students enjoy nearly 200 student organizations and activities to choose from. They play out their potential with a Spartan athletic team, make their voices heard in a student government body, or soak up the spotlight in a performing arts group. There are academic and community service groups, as well as 37 religious, international, and cultural organizations. With nearly 80% of students living on campus, there are plenty of folks ready to join in the fun.

Beyond CWRU
Case Western Reserve students graduate ready to tackle the next phase of their lives, whether that means landing a spot in a top-ranked graduate or professional program or securing employment in their field upon graduation. Within three months of graduation, 92% of the Class of 2015 were accepted to graduate or professional school, employed full time, or pursuing personal or educational interests such as community service or travel.




Academic Programs 

Case Western Reserve offers nearly 100 academic programs in the following fields:

• Accounting
• Aerospace Engineering
• Anthropology
• Applied Mathematics
• Art Education
• Art History
• Art Studio
• Artificial Intelligence
• Asian Studies
• Astronomy
• Banking and Finance
• Biochemistry
• Biology
• Biomedical Engineering
• Business Management
• Chemical Biology
• Chemical Engineering
• Chemistry
• Childhood Studies
• Chinese
• Civil Engineering
• Classics
• Cognitive Science
• Communication Sciences
• Computer Engineering
• Computer Gaming
• Computer Science
• Creative Writing
• Dance
• Data Science and Analytics
• Dean’s Approved Major
• Dean’s Approved Minor
• Economics
• Electrical Engineering
• Electronics
• Engineering (Undesignated)
• Engineering Physics
• English
• Entrepreneurial Studies
• Environmental Geology
• Environmental Studies
• Ethics
• Ethnic Studies
• Evolutionary Biology
• Film
• Finance
• French
• French and Francophone Studies
• Geological Sciences
• German
• German Studies
• Gerontological Studies
• Health Communication
• History
• History and Philosophy of Science
• International Business
• International Studies
• Italian
• Japanese
• Japanese Studies
• Judaic Studies
• Leadership
• Marketing
• Materials Science and Engineering
• Mathematics
• Mathematics and Physics
• Mechanical Design and Manufacturing
• Mechanical Engineering
• Music
• Music Education
• Natural Sciences
• Nursing
• Nutrition
• Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism
• Origins Sciences
• Philosophy
• Physics
• Political Science
• Polymer Science and Engineering
• Pre-architecture
• Psychology
• Public Policy
• Religious Studies
• Russian
• Social Justice
• Social Work
• Sociology
• Spanish
• Sports Medicine
• Statistics
• Supply Chain Management
• Systems and Control Engineering
• Systems Biology
• Teacher Education
• Theater
• Women’s and Gender Studies
• World Literature


Location: CWRU is the centerpiece of Cleveland’s University Circle, a one-square-mile flashpoint of culture, entertainment, and health care. Among the attractions just steps from our students’ doors are:
• Cleveland Botanical Garden
• Cleveland Orchestra
• Cleveland Museum of Art
• Cleveland Museum of Natural History
• Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland
• Western Reserve Historical Society

• CWRU’s student-faculty ratio is a super-low 11:1, giving our students unbeatable access to experts in their fields of interest.
• Case Western Reserve students represent all 50 states and more than 90 countries.
• Nearly 60% of classes have 20 students or fewer.
• Among CWRU’s student organizations are 17 varsity athletic teams (NCAA Division III); 27 Greek life chapters; 37 religious, international, and multicultural organizations; 28 club sports teams; 50 performance groups; 11 media organizations; and 20 community service groups.

• Graduates routinely go on to graduate and professional programs at such prestigious institutions as Duke University, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, and Yale University.
• Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit organizations, and government employers, including Accenture, Cleveland Clinic, General Electric, Microsoft, and Teach For America, routinely hire CWRU graduates.
• There are more than 100,000 CWRU alumni living around the world.