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Undergraduate Experience at Case Western

5.0 of 5 stars

November 2017 | CURRENT STUDENT

Uppers

Top notch departments in wide variety of fields, particularly sciences, beautiful campus, in an underrated urban environment.

Downers

Like any Midwestern school, the winters can be dreary, but made up for in easy to get around campus with lots of dining, entertainment, and recreational opportunities.

Comments

Great choice for students looking for the same breath of options at a mega university,but in a smaller, more intimate college community.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Excellent engineering program

5.0 of 5 stars

March 2015 | FORMER STUDENT

Uppers

Very smart students. You'll meet people who will motivate you to succeed.

Downers

Like most engineering schools, not the best social atmosphere. It's in Cleveland, Ohio -- not as exciting as Boston, NYC, or many other places.

Comments

If you're looking for a good engineering program with very bright and motivated students, this is a good place. If you're looking to party and not study very much, you could pick many better alternatives.

Would You Recommend

Yes

4.8 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

Core writing classes, school-spacific core curriculum, large lecture halls for intro-level classes, small and manageable sizes for more specific classes.

Quality of Life

Expensive, standard to nice housing, well-maintained facilities, sketchy neighborhood, FANTASTIC campus security. Many students complain, but are on the whole happy.

Admissions

Common App, interview

Level

1

Graduation Year

2014

4.8 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

Very rigorous major requirements, especially for science majors such as myself. Some general requirements seem unneeded, but they do not interfere much. Intense workload in almost all courses. Students are competitive, but still help each other out a lot. Teachers are tough graders, but getting good grades is still manageable. Advisors and staff are regularly accessible. Most classes have student instructors that hold supplemental sessions. It is incredibly easy to find research here.

Quality of Life

Freshman dorms are a bit cramped, but upperclassman dorms are very nice. Facilities are all very modern and useful. Food on campus is excellent, and there are a few restaurants around that accept the meal plan. Cost of living is relatively low. The surrounding neighborhood is a bit unsafe at night--a few students have had their wallets taken, but nobody was hurt. There is a good escort system to keep you safe when walking at night.

Admissions

Supplemental applications, early action, common application, financial aid, SAT tests

Level

1

Graduation Year

2014

4.3 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Admissions

common application, additional essay,

Level

2

Graduation Year

2013

4.5 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

We have a SAGES program, which is essentially english in disguise.

Quality of Life

Expensive, but good quality. The area is a bit dangerous, but they do try their best to keep us safe.

Admissions

I applied early action. My school was also on the Common Application.

Level

2

Graduation Year

2013

4.0 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

Differs by majors. Usually broad spectrum of requirements for graduation. By major, each set of requirements differs. SAGES (Seminar Approach to General Education and Scholarship) program, rather than basic English literature classes. Each student has to take 3 SAGES classes, which are limited to 17 students per class. There are nearly 100 different SAGES classes to choose from. 2 semesters of PE is required. 60% of classes have 20 students or fewer. Class size shrinks as you progress through CWRU. Professors are extremely approachable and accessible. Every professor is required to hold office hours every week, meaning that their office door is wide open. Research is possible, either working with a professor or conducting research independently. LOTS of study abroad opportunities, to places like Spain, England, South Africa, Cuba, China, Japan, Germany, etc. Workload is generally heavy, but manageable. Too many notable faculty to name!

Quality of Life

Housing is fairly priced. It gets better as you get from freshman to senior. Cost of living (room and board) is acceptable for most. Campus has a lot of open area (fields, parks, trees), as well as a lot of unique sculptures. Also, we have a great view of the city, and in some areas, Lake Erie. We also have a wind turbine on campus. Facilities are numerous, and some are quite cool. For example, we have a LEGO lab, structures lab, circuits lab, virtual worlds lab, wind tunnel, athletic center, tennis courts, black box theater, etc. Located in University Circle (1 square mile), so it is VERY diverse and economically sound. Many museums, University Hospitals, organizations, and restaurants are also located right in University Circle. Generally completely safe, as long as one uses common sense - it's like any other urban or suburban area. Most people are happy here, and those that aren't are not involved in extra curricular activities.

Admissions

Common Application. One essay, I believe. Normal prompts because it is on the Common Application. Interviews can only help, but are not required. If anyone has any questions, there are always people to answer them at Undergraduate Admissions, by phone, email, mail, or in person. Early action and regular decision. Financial aid is offered on need- and merit-bases. Plenty of scholarships available.

Level

2

Graduation Year

2013

4.2 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

There is a very large work load, but it will all pay off in the end.

Admissions

Common application. There is a lot to fill out in terms of financial aid.

Level

1

Graduation Year

2014

4.2 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

Each undergraduate class is about 1000 students total, but the strong focus on engineering at our school means that most of the first-year engineering courses are still very large, the largest being about 400 students. Class sizes decrease quickly as the courses become more specific. Every student takes three semesters of small, discussion-based classes that are unrelated to the major during his/her first two years. The level of academic rigor is similar to that of an ivy-league school, but the students are less competitive and more willing to work together so that everyone might succeed.

Quality of Life

There are some bad neighborhoods nearby, but the campus itself is very safe. Housing is standard for first- and second-year students and very nice for upperclassmen. The dorms are small, which promotes a large amount of social interaction within dorms. The dining halls do a good job at keeping meals from becoming repetitive; there is a large variety in menus and several places to eat on campus.

Admissions

I used the Common Application, for which Case did not require any supplemental applications. My acceptance letter included information on a scholarship I had earned, but the application process for need-based aid started a few months later. I did not use an early decision process.

Level

1

Graduation Year

2014

4.0 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

They don't have a tonne of requirements that everyone has to take. There is a program called SAGES (seminar approach to general education) which everyone has to take 3 of on whatever topic they want and they are good small classes if you get an engaging professor. There is an engineering core and then degree requirements but there are always areas in your schedule that you can have options for classes either in or not in your major. For advising, you start out with your first SAGES professor as your advisor, then when you declare your major you switch advisors. Class sizes for most majors are relatively small, usually around 30-40 students for upper level classes. Professors are really easy to talk to and research opportunities were plentiful! Lots of people do study abroad, even engineering majors! The workload is really tough, but everyone has the attitude that we're all in this together.

Quality of Life

Housing is pretty good and not completely ridiculously expensive, though not cheap either. Laundry is free! Living on campus makes for a really great community. The main library is currently being redesigned to be more student need friendly/oriented. There are 5 different police departments that patrol campus, so its pretty safe. Stress levels are rather high though.

Admissions

There is an option of early decision/action, but the regular application is due around the 15th of January. They use the Common Application with an additional form if I recall correctly. They give really good financial aid packages usually!

Level

3

Graduation Year

2013

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