Case Western Reserve University
What can you do at CWRU?
At Case Western Reserve University, you’re part of a collaborative community. From research labs to performance halls and everywhere in between, we work together to learn, explore and discover. Take a look at what life is like at one of the best colleges in the United States—both on campus and beyond.
Case Western Reserve University offers more than 100 academic programs that weave intense classroom theory with hands-on application in a host of real-world settings. CWRU students are admitted to the University as a whole—rather than individual schools or majors—giving them the flexibility to study across the spectrum of academic programs in areas as diverse as Contemporary Dance and Physics or Political Science and Biomedical Engineering.
All undergraduates benefit from working with a navigator, a professional who stays with a student all four years to help them explore and access opportunities for personal and professional growth on and off campus.
Beginning as early as their first semester, more than 80% of CWRU students take part in research or creative endeavors in any major. Hard work is rewarded at CWRU—you could become a published author with research results reported in some of the country’s most prized academic journals even as an undergraduate.
CWRU students are active members of the campus community. They enjoy more than 200 student organizations, including athletics, student government, performing arts, community service, religious and cultural groups, and more.
Case Western Reserve is the centerpiece of Cleveland’s University Circle—the most culturally robust community in the nation. The area is home to more than 50 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.
Less than five miles away, downtown Cleveland is the headquarters of KeyBank, Eaton, and Sherwin-Williams as well as the location of celebrated and world-renowned health care institutions, an exciting culinary scene, four professional sports teams, and more. Students can easily access the city’s cultural and recreational attractions via public transportation, to which undergraduates are granted unlimited access.
#17 in the nation among private universities for federally funded research
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Case Western Reserve University students are serious about success—and every facet of the CWRU experience is geared toward equipping them with the knowledge and skills that’ll allow them to become 21st-century leaders in their fields. Ninety-nine percent of CWRU students participate in experiential learning during their undergraduate careers. Among Science and Engineering majors, learning outside the classroom commonly takes place throughout Cleveland and around the world through internships, co-ops, research endeavors, and service learning. That dedication pays off, as within three months of graduation, 95% of students are accepted to graduate or professional school, employed full-time, or pursuing other personal or educational interests such as community service or travel.
“There’s a level of diversity in the student body here, where you’re always learning about different cultures from around the world.”
“At Case Western Reserve, it’s not about being smart because you want to be smarter than everyone else; it’s more about being smart because you want to get to the level where you can work with all these other people.”
“The culture at Case Western Reserve is very collaborative, and it’s somewhere you can really grow. The people you meet here and the school culture definitely help you as a student—and person—to grow and develop.”
“I wanted a school where I didn’t have to just focus on one thing. I wanted to look at different things and look at the way they intersected, so I loved the interdisciplinary nature of Case Western Reserve.”