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2010VERIFIED STUDENT
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Why do you pick this school?

Level

1

Graduation Year

2010

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

So far, I have had an excellet academic experience at Case Western. There is a fairly rigorous first year core that covers every major area of business. The professors are excellent and hold students to high academic and integrity standards. The quality of classes varied a bit, but overall I was challenged in each course. Every course used case studies and current events to helps us draw theoretical learning to practical application. Additionally, grading was fairly straightforward and fair. If students want research opportunities, they can get it, however it is not an integrated part of the curriculum. There is a study abroad program that many students will be taking advantage of. Additionally, Case has a strong partnership with Thunderbird, and several students are taking advantage of that as well. Overall, class sizes are larger the first year, but much smaller and more focused in the second year.

Quality of Life

Cost of living in Cleveland is relatively low. The campus has plenty of housing nearby. There is a free gym and access to a computer lab with printing (black and white and color). Graduate students typically are not on a meal plan, but there are many restaurants near campus. Safety can be a concern at times, but typically I feel very safe on campus. I have plenty of social interactions, but we coujld potentially have more fun and networking if we didn't have quite so much school work.

Admissions

The application requires basic information, 2-3 recommendations, GMAT scores, and several essays. It is all done online, and it is an easy to understand process. Once the initial screening is complete, students are invited for an interview. Scholarship opportunities are given based on qualifications as demonstrated by the application.

Level

1

Graduation Year

2011

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Classes are good: Everyone in the first year takes the same ones because it is an integrated curriculum. The practical study class, Dialogues has a lot of potential and needs work. The theoretical aspects are well explained. There are several opportunities for study abroad and dual degrees. Academic advising in generally easy to get and professors are accessible. Class sixes are great and you really get to know each other because it is a small school. You have to actively seek out research opportunities but they are available and professors are very receptive. Several notable faculty teach mainly 2nd year classes. Grade inflation is not very rampant and most are genuinely given fairly.

The faculty and administration have worked very collaboratively to create the new integrated curriculum and have actively solicited feedback from students. They are very open to constructive criticism and genuinely want to improve the program to meet student needs: I have never seen anything like it.

Quality of Life

Bschool facilities are great. cost of living is reasonable compares to other Bschool areas. The area has problems with crime but is the cultural hotspot for Cleveland. Most Students live off campus in great neighborhoods. Safety is generally not a problem as long as you are smart.

Admissions

CWRU had some of the more unique application questions and they provided you with options. They also invite students to submit additional info for the decision making process so, for some that might be a portfolio or a recording of their music. CWRU allows out of the box applicants.

overall, the applications process follows a traditional format and phone interviews. Dean's Weekend is a great time to see the culture and meet other recruits. Scholarships are widely available and the school seems to highly value past work experience. Current students were very available for me to ask questions of.

Level

1

Graduation Year

2011

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Admissions

The process included a lengthy application with three essays. GMAT is required for admission. Admissions conducts interviews with all candidates before they are admitted into the program. There are a wide range of scholarship opportunities.

Level

1

Graduation Year

2011

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

small class size; mixture of theories; hands-on learning; unique elective offerings

Admissions

I was already a first year law student; I applied for the joint degree program. I had to submit several essays, a detailed application form, two interviews and my GMAT scores

Level

Other

Graduation Year

2011

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Quality of classes and faculty,class sizes and peer competition,working in teams,case studies,class notes,high workload

Admissions

Essays,GMAT score,extra curricular activities,work experience,quality of work experience,scholarship and financial aid and work recommendations from managers.

Level

2

Graduation Year

2011

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

The classes are very good with excellent faculty. The premiere academic opportunity are 6-credit classes that are year-long consulting projects with local companies. I participated in two of these and they were the best classes I took because they helped put everything together.

Quality of Life

I lived in a suburb in a house. I have a wife and 2 kids and they enjoyed the parks and other areas of interest in the neighborhood. It was very safe and friendly.

Admissions

The process was pretty straightforward. I applied, visited campus during Dean's Weekend (the major recruiting event) and accepted the offer in April.

Graduation Year

2010

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Class sizes are small, maybe 40 students in the first year core classes. The professors are easily accessible.

Admissions

I am pleased that the Weatherhead School focused on my work experience, volunteer initiatives, community involvement, and undergraduate GPA more than my GMAT score.

Level

1

Graduation Year

2011

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

The incoming class was somewhere near 90 students. They divide the class into two sections, so you can expect about 45 students in each of the first year classes. The first year is comprised of mandatory core classes to build a strong foundation. The second year is devoted to electives, however, each student must take either Sustainability or Design, which are year-long courses. The core faculty are well-refined in their teaching methods. Most professors are excellent at incorporating current events into the classroom discussions. Case studies are used in Marketing, Supply Chain, Finance, and Accounting. Hands-down, the best first year professor is Dr. Daniel Solow who teaches the Quantitative Methods and Modeling course. As for grading, if you show up to class, complete all of the required assignments, and study for the exams, you can easily earn a B in any class. The A takes a little more effort--expect to push yourself to get the A. Studying abroad: Each year over Spring Break, Weatherhead seeks an international destination and creates a class/tour around that country. This year, they went to China. The students that went were busy everyday visiting various companies and touring. I do not know of any hard and fast corporate partnerships where Weatherhead grads are simply plucked for jobs. However, many Cleveland area companies seek Weatherhead students for both internships and full-time positions after graduation (Progressive, American Greetings, Lubrizol, Rosetta, JoAnn Fabrics). Workload: Expect to read every night. Also expect to work in teams for various projects. Time management is key to survival. There is always something to work on and after exams, you won't know what to do with yourself with so much free time.

Quality of Life

I live off campus and commute so I cannot speak to the cost-of-living on or immediately near campus since I live over 30 minutes away. The Peter B. Lewis building is a new-age building with loads of technology in each class-room including your choice of wired or wireless highspeed internet. The computer lab in the building leaves a little to be desired since they are using outdated Dell computers which take a considerable amount of time to load-up once you log-in. The print station has two B&W laser printers and one color. Students are able to print from their laptops directly to those printers via a virtual private network. The library is stellar! Case is a smaller research university, so you can expect tons of availability when it comes to researching for papers and company analyses. Case has their own campus police that overlaps some of the beats of the Cleveland P.D. Occasionally safety alerts are disseminated through the e-mail system warning about petty-crimes. If you are nervous about walking anywhere, they offer an escort service at night to see you to your car.

Admissions

There were three essays required when I applied. They also required an interview; I did mine in person since I live close to campus. After being accepted into the program, each student has the option of being considered for a scholarship; most scholarships are merit based in nature. Almost no one pays sticker-price for the full-time MBA at Weatherhead. The better your application, the higher the scholarship amount.

Level

1

Graduation Year

2011

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

A great deal of technical finance.

Quality of Life

Good cost of living. Poor computer/printing facilities. I mean AWFUL. Who needs printers at a business school anyway, since our economy is socializing?

Admissions

Three essays, phone or in person interview.

Graduation Year

2010

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