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Case Western Reserve University



Case Western Reserve University was created in 1967, when Western Reserve University (formerly Western Reserve College) and Case Institute of Technology (formerly Case School of Applied Science), institutions that had been neighbors for 81 years, formally federated.


The university in its present form consists of eight schools:

  • College of Arts and Sciences 
  • School of Dental Medicine 
  • Case School of Engineering 
  • School of Law 
  • Weatherhead School of Management 
  • School of Medicine
  • Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing 
  • Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences 

The university also supports over a hundred 'Centers' in various fields.


Along with teaching, research is at the heart of our work at Case Western Reserve University. From medicine to management, music to mathematics, our faculty, staff and students inquire, explore, study and discover. We are driven to expand knowledge, deepen understanding and contribute to the well-being of individuals, organizations and society at large.

As a student, faculty or staff member at Case Western Reserve, you can conduct research at an institution with a strong history of innovation, a current commitment to breaking new ground and an exciting future in which we will translate ideas to reality.


Discovering your career path is about more than simply finding a job or internship. It’s about finding your own unique path, and we’re here to help guide your exploration. Whatever your next step, be it graduate school, your dream job, or just the first of many next steps, we can help you develop a career plan that’s right for you.

To top it all off, our students care about more than individual success.  CWRU ranked 4th in Washington Monthly’s Guide to Colleges that Contribute to the National Good and we made Campus Pride’s Top 25 LGBT-Friendly Campuses list. 

University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
119 13
132 26
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
155 -3
152 -6
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
167 19
186 27
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.


Student services

Educational Services for Students (ESS) offers resources to enhance the academic experience at Case. Services include the Peer Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction (SI) programs, Disability Resources, Graduate Teaching Assistant (TA) training, educational programs for first-year students, and individual consultation for academic success.

Housing services

If you need a place to stay in Cleveland during the summer months, Case Western Reserve University offers reasonable summer conference and guest housing accommodations. We also provide convenient access to campus facilities, University Circle museums, restaurants, and arts and entertainment venues, so you can make the most of your visit.

Located in the "uptown" area of Cleveland, Case is nestled among a variety of venues, including Cleveland Botanical Garden, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Playhouse Square Center and more. With University Hospitals and Cleveland Clinic adjacent to campus, our facilities provide the perfect location for a medical internship or research visit. 

Library services

The library is located in a campus originally designed by internationally acclaimed architect Edward Durell Stone. The firm of Van Auken-Akins Architects transformed the building into a dynamic learning environment for the children.

ICT services

Case Western's Internet Technology Service runs a High Performance Computing Cluster utilizing 2684 processors over 200 computer nodes interconnected with gigabit fiberoptic ethernet. The HPCC is available for research utilizing a wide array of commercial and custom scientific software packages and computer languages including: Matlab, Mathematica, MCell, Python, Qhull, Sundials, NAMD, C, C++.

Medical services

University Health Service provides a range of services including primary care, women's health, allergy injections, travel care and nutrition. If you are a student enrolled in at least one credit hour, there is no cost to see a provider, regardless of what health insurance you have.

Student Life

Campus life

The university is approximately 5 miles (8 km) east of downtown Cleveland, adjacent to the historic Wade Park District in University Circle, a park-like city neighborhood and commercial center, home to numerous educational, medical, and other cultural institutions. Case Western Reserve has a number of programs taught in conjunction with nearby institutions, including the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Art, the Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, the Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland Botanical Garden, and the Cleveland Play House.

Sports facilities

  • One to One Fitness is the premiere Cleveland fitness center, equipped to help you save time and see progress achieving overall wellness in your life.
  • Intercollegiate athletes should promote the character development of participants, enhance the integrity of higher education and promote civility in society. 
  • The physical education program at CWRU is an integral part of life on campus as it provides many students with a weekly opportunity to excercise and socialize built right into their busy schedules.
  • The sports medicine minor at Case Western Reserve University is a comprehensive program that includes didactic and clinical coursework. 

Student clubs

Nearly one-half of the campus undergraduates are in a fraternity or sorority. There are nine sororities and seventeen fraternities currently on campus. Greek organizations are governed by an Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council.

The fraternities are:

  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Delta Chi
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Delta Sigma Phi
  • Delta Upsilon
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Phi Kappa Tau
  • Phi Kappa Theta
  • Pi Kappa Phi
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Nu
  • Theta Chi
  • Zeta Beta Tau
  • Zeta Psi

The sororities are:

  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Phi
  • Delta Gamma
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Phi Mu
  • Phi Sigma Rho
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Psi
  • Sigma Sigma Sigma


We participated in the university's re-accreditation process with the Higher Learning Commission in spring 2015 and will contribute to the follow up accreditation document that is due in 2019.

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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