Case Western Reserve University: Narrative Description

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10900 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44106
Tel: (216)368-2000
Admissions: (216)368-4450
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Independent, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1826. Setting: 150-acre urban campus. Endowment: $1.5 billion. Research spending 2003-04: $211.8 million. Total enrollment: 9,095. Faculty: 592 (all full-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 8:1. 5,493 applied, 71% were admitted. 68% from top 10% of their high school class, 91% from top quarter, 99% from top half. 60 National Merit Scholars, 61 valedictorians. Full-time: 3,252 students, 40% women, 60% men. Part-time: 264 students, 45% women, 55% men. Students come from 50 states and territories, 28 other countries, 40% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 5% black, 15% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% international, 3% 25 or older, 75% live on campus, 3% transferred in. Retention: 93% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: engineering/engineering technologies; biological/life sciences; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland Institute of Music, 11 other Cleveland area institutions. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview, SAT Subject Tests. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadlines: 1/15, 11/15 for early action. Notification: 3/1, 1/15 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. Comprehensive fee: $35,264 includes full-time tuition ($26,500), mandatory fees ($562), and college room and board ($8202). College room only: $5110. Room and board charges vary according to board plan, housing facility, and student level. Part-time tuition: $1104 per credit hour. Part-time tuition varies according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 100 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local sororities; 34% of eligible men and 17% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: student radio station, Habitat for Humanity, international student groups, music/dance groups. Major annual events: Winter Carnival/Spring Olympics, Hudson Relays, Engineers' Week. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, crime prevention programs. 2,711 college housing spaces available; 2,435 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Option: coed housing available. University Library plus 6 others with 2.5 million books, 2.5 million microform titles, 20,678 serials, 47,491 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $13.7 million. 280 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

The university is located on the eastern edge of Cleveland in University Circle, a 500-acre area of parks, gardens, museums, schools, hospitals, churches and human service institutions. The Cleveland Museum of Art and the Cleveland Orchestra are within walking distance, and downtown Cleveland, offering restaurants, music, theatre, and professional sports, is only ten minutes away by RTA rapid transit. Students also have easy access to many facilities provided by the city of Cleveland and the outlying areas. Among these are Cleveland's well-known "Emerald Necklace" of parks, and Blossom Music Center, the summer home of the Cleveland Orchestra. CWRU also owns a 400-acre farm in Hunting Valley, about 10 miles east of the campus, that is open to students. Recreational facilities include a picnic area, fishing ponds, hiking and ski trails, and buildings for social events.