Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland, OH

Get to know Case Western Reserve University

School Profile

Urban campus setting

5,300 undergraduate students

6,277 graduate students

Undergraduates hail from 50 U.S. states and 87 countries


33,000+ applications received

1,600+ students expected in first-year class in the Class of 2025

SAT Middle 50%*: 1420–1510 in the Class of 2025

ACT Middle 50%*: 32–35 (superscore) in the Class of 2025


100+ majors, minors, and concentrations

Student-to-faculty ratio 9:1

Faculty teach 95% of all CWRU credit hours in small-class settings

Introduction to Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) is a private research university that emphasizes hands-on learning experiences that lead to impressive outcomes upon graduation. Located in University Circle, USA Today’s #1 arts district in the country, the urban campus in Cleveland is only steps away from top hospitals, museums, performance venues, and restaurants, providing students endless options for educational experiences and entertainment.

CWRU students are innovators. They start their own companies, study around the globe, and conduct research as early as their first year. With more than 100 majors, minors, and concentrations across the arts, business, engineering, humanities, nursing, science, and social sciences, students can specialize in practically anything, from accounting and engineering to neuroscience and world literature and everything in between. Students have access to top-notch research opportunities and learn from—and alongside—world-renowned faculty. CWRU is ranked #16 among private universities for federally funded research (National Science Foundation survey); 13th in the U.S. for commercialization of research (Brookings Institution Report); 18th in the world for contribution to innovation (Nature Index Innovation)

Case Western Reserve University is home to some of the nation’s most eye-catching and technologically advanced learning facilities. Among the stand-outs are a recently debuted wing of the iconic Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center, which is one of the best performance spaced at any research university in the country; Sears think[box], the largest open-access innovation center and makerspace in the United States; The Peter B. Lewis Building, a Frank Gehry-designed masterpiece that is home to CWRU’s business programs; and the Health Education Campus of Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic, which includes a 477,000-square-foot building where our nursing students access state-of-the-art simulation technology and learn alongside medical, nursing, dental and physician assistant students.

A Case Western Reserve University education prepares students for their futures. Through research, internships, co-ops and more, CWRU graduates differentiate themselves as extraordinary candidates in the career market or graduate and professional school admission pool. The Office for Post-Graduate Planning and Experiential Education offers career consultants, pre-professional advisors, experiential education specialists, and dedicated professional navigators who are all prepared to help equip students with the skills and experiences they need for fulfilling futures. No matter their majors, graduates leave Case Western Reserve University with solid experience in their chosen fields and are ready to take on world challenges.

Fun Fact: Case Western Reserve University’s long name is the result of the 1967 federation between the Case Institute of Technology (renowned for science and engineering) and Western Reserve University (a highly regarded liberal arts university). Each year, CWRU students celebrate Western Reserve’s 1910 move from Hudson, Ohio, to Cleveland with the Hudson Relays, a 26-mile relay race where classes compete for bragging rights and the chance for a steak dinner with the university president.

96% of CWRU’s recent graduating class were employed, in graduate school, or otherwise pursuing their career goals within 6 months of graduation.

99% of CWRU students take part in experiential learning experiences such as research, creative endeavors, study abroad, internships, and co-ops.

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