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Another ‘Western’ For Northsiders to Consider

Another ‘Western’ For Northsiders to Consider

By Adriana De Santiago

Cleveland, Ohio is a city known for its sports, but there is also a top-tier private research institution within the city limits. With a population of 385,800, Cleveland is a relatively small city compared to Chicago, but it houses the prestigious Case Western Reserve University.

Case Western’s undergraduate enrollment size is 5,200, and with an acceptance rate of 35%, it is considered a selective institution. The student to teacher ratio is 11:1, while the male to female ratio is 60%-40%. 81% of students live on campus and campus living is required for first and second year students. The cost of attendance is $67,000, but with an endowment of $1.5 billion, Case Western is accessible for students of all socio-economic backgrounds; nearly 60% of its students receive financial aid. Case Western meets 100% demonstrated need and also has numerous merit scholarships that students can apply for. To be considered for financial aid, both the FAFSA and the CSS Profile are required.

Beginning as early as freshman year, students can participate in research. 84% of students are part of a research project, while students not participating iare primarily performance majors. There are research opportunities across a variety of fields from STEM to the humanities. Students can go to SOURCE, an office dedicated to providing students with information regarding available research opportunities, to receive funds or grants for projects. Study abroad is also another program that students can partake in. 45% of undergraduates study abroad at some point, most often during their junior year. Case Western has connections with 85 countries across the world, providing students with numerous opportunities for international study.

In addition to its academics, Case Western’s campus life is very diverse. Greek life is moderately prominent, with 40% of students being involved. At Case Western, the houses provide a way to network and find opportunities for service work. Some of the most popular traditions are Homecoming in September and the Hudson Relays at the end of the year, during which students run relays from the school’s original campus in Hudson, Ohio to the new campus in Cleveland.

After a long day in class, students can explore Cleveland and see what the city has to offer. Case Western is four miles from downtown, which allows students to efficiently travel to and from restaurants, stores, and other facilities in the city. There is also a big music scene that students can dive into. If students are looking to learn more about culture, they can take a walk down the street and visit Severance Hall and the Art Museum.

Case Western is in the University Athletic Association as a NCAA Division III school. Other schools in their conference are smaller research institutions such as The University of Chicago, Emory University, and Washington University in St. Louis. The women’s and men’s cross country, track, and tennis teams are among the school’s most competitive. The football team went undefeated last season and went on to the second round of the NCAA playoffs. Ultimate frisbee is not recognized as an NCAA sport, but Case Western has a club team that won the National Club Championship two years ago. Sports are important at CWRU, but the school also promises to treat student athletes the same way as regular students.

A student considering a pre-med track might find that Case Western is right for them. A third of students applying to CWRU plan to join the pre-med program, and the most popular major among these students is biochemistry. The Pre-Professional Scholars program grants conditional admittance to their medical school to twenty students each year. For people not studying pre-med, biochemical engineering and managements are also very popular.

When looking into schools, Case Western is well worth your attention.


  • Private

  • 5,200 undergraduate students

  • 60% to 40% male to female

  • 11:1 student to teacher ratio

  • $67,000 is the cost

  • 60% receive financial aid

  • Endowment of 1.5 billion

  • Cleveland, Ohio (urban)

  • 35% acceptance rate

  • 82% graduation rate

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