Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland, OH

Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland, OH

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Science & Engineering Profile

Focused, inquisitive, gutsy, genuine, boundless—we are CWRU

Case Western Reserve University offers 22 undergraduate academic programs in the natural sciences and mathematics and 14 Engineering majors. Each of these programs weaves intense classroom theory with hands-on application in a host of real-world settings. Engineering students design working prototypes, making the hypothetical real. And students in the natural sciences put their textbook knowledge to work, creating and testing hypotheses on their own, in groups, and alongside faculty members. What’s more, Case Western Reserve 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.

The research opportunities available to undergraduates at Case Western Reserve are unparalleled, with more than 80% of students taking part in research or creative endeavors. CWRU undergraduates perfect prototypes using 3D printers, laser cutters, and other advanced machinery in the Sears think[box] makerspace, the largest open-access invention center at any university in the nation. Students also train in research centers dedicated to biorobotics, video game design, and fuel cells, and they conduct experiments on campus, at the medical school, and at neighboring facilities like the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals.

Students interested in the health sciences benefit from the Health Education campus, a joint project between the University and Cleveland Clinic that’s home to students from the Dental, Nursing, and Medical Schools. The high-tech campus is designed to encourage teamwork among health care disciplines, which regularly leads to enhanced patient outcomes, research shows. More than half of CWRU Engineering majors complete an internship or co-op, allowing them to hone their skills while tackling real-life engineering challenges—and they average more than $20,000 for a seven-month co-op position.



#12 among Biomedical Engineering programs | U.S. News & World Report


$32 million raised in investments, sales, and grants by 100+ start-ups at think[box]


#13 in the US for commercialization of research | Brookings Institution


#18 in the world for contributions to innovation | Nature magazine


12 booths of student work showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) last year, more than any other university in the US

CWRU Students Succeed

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.

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “I recently found a post-doc who was asking for research assistants, saying ‘undergrads are welcome, first-years, even more.’ I met with the professor, and I was doing research in the Macromolecular Science Department by Thanksgiving.”

    • Cindy N.
  • “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.”

    • Jackson R.
  • “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.”

    • Caroline J.
  • “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.”

    • Lauren P.