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5 College Student

Academics: It is incredible. Many wonderful opportunities for students. Pre med and engineering are the most popular majoring I've heard of students taking. There are a lot of different great programs at the school for a variety of students interests. For example Case has a joint music program with the Cleveland institute of music that I am a part of. They also have psychology, physics, dance, theater, and so much more.

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5 College Student

Academics: It is amazing! So many incredibly opportunities and more diversity is coming as far as majors. You can study in multiple areas rather than being limited to just your major. You can double major, or minor, or study abroad. Great for research and many areas! Best know for medical and engineering school. Top professors and a curriculum that really works with you and your major.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Case Western Reserve University is pretty much like attending an Ivy League school.

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4 College Junior

Academics: Very rigorous. It's good for me, not for everyone though. Most classes don't give too much busywork, and there is a very wide variety of classes to choose from.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Case is all about the best academics! For a non-Ivy League school, it's amazing!

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The academic quality of Case is usually the selling point for most prospective students. Once you're a student at Case, the professors here go out of their way to involve talented and hard-working students with special opportunities. The contentment among students regarding the decentralized nature of the humanities and science departments is another story. There's no denying that Case's reputation is asymmetrically publicized in the science, engineering and business areas. The notable strength of the humanities departments unfortunately remains in the shadow of the fame and publicity of the science, engineering and business fields.

Case is a unique research institution, because unlike many other prestigious institutions, research is not limited to graduate students and PhD's. Perhaps due to the research-driven atmosphere, many professors at Case embrace challenging innovations and new experiences-much like the students. Case professors expect their students to work hard, but they aren't inflexible. All professors seemingly strive to create a dynamic environment conducive to learning; some are notably more successful than others. It's easy to become pessimistic about professors after a bad experience; after all, you do have to spend an entire semester to a year with them, but those tend to be few and far between. Professors are a very important part of the college experience and students put forth the academic effort, they will thrive in Case's learning environment.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
10:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
707
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
159
Total FT Faculty
1,304
Faculty with Terminal Degree
90%
Average Faculty Salary
$96,316
Full-Time Retention Rate
92%
Graduation Rate
78%
Programs/Majors Offered
111
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 57%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 34%
  • 50 or More Students: 9%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: No
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Case School of Engineering
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing
  • The Weatherhead School of Management
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 4%
  • Law: 3%
  • Medicine: 3%
  • Social Work: 3%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • Health Sciences Library
  • Kelvin Smith Library (KSL)
  • University Hospital Atrium
Tips to Succeed
  • Always dispute bad grades.
  • Ask the TAs tons of questions.
  • Check your school e-mail very often.
  • Do not fall behind.
  • Get to know upperclassmen and listen to some of their advice and tips.
  • Go to class.
  • Know what you want to study before coming here.
  • Meet with your dean and adviser once or twice a year to make sure you haven't left out a GER or important course.
  • Research the courses and professors you will have before choosing them.
  • Study, study, study.
  • Talk to your professors!
Did You Know?
  • Case ranks among the nation's leading independent universities in federal research funding and operates nearly 100 designated research centers and laboratories.
  • Sixty-nine percent of undergraduate classes have fewer than 30 students and 52 percent of undergraduate classes have fewer than twenty students.
  • There are 12 Nobel laureates among Case alumni and current faculty.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 104 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 53 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 52 responses

  • 12% This was my dream school.
  • 63% This was one of my top choices.
  • 25% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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