Case Western Reserve University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition

Research the degree programs offered at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. Learn about its academics, and get admission and financial aid info to decide if this is the right school for you.

About Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) is a private research university located five miles east of Cleveland, Ohio. The campus is located in University Circle, which has been named one of the prettiest neighborhoods in America by Forbes. CWRU ranked at number 38 in U.S. News' 2012 list of national universities.


CWRU's nine schools and colleges offer almost 200 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs. Popular undergraduate programs include engineering and business. CWRU offers several study abroad opportunities, including summer programs. The university also offers students the opportunity to participate in an exchange program with Fisk University, located in Nashville, Tennessee.

CWRU's faculty has been awarded 15 Nobel Prizes, and the university receives almost $400 million in research funding annually. CWRU's library system is made up of one main library, the Kevin Smith Library, and seven other specialty libraries, including an astronomy library.


To apply to CWRU as a first-year applicant, one must submit the Common Application, the CWRU supplement and official high school transcripts. Additional requirements include a secondary school report with a letter of recommendation from a school counselor, SAT or ACT scores and two letters of recommendation from teachers. Applicants may also choose to submit SAT II subject test scores and additional letters of recommendation. Interviews are optional.

Undergraduate students are admitted to the university as a whole, so they do not need to declare a major before applying. The early-action deadline for undergraduate applicants is November 1st, and the regular decision deadline is January 15th. Early-action applicants will be notified by December 15th, and regular decision applicants are notified by March 20th.

In 2011, 98% of undergraduate students attended the university full-time, and the same percentage of students were 24 years of age or younger. There were more male than female undergraduate students, and more than half of all undergraduates were from outside of Ohio.

Tuition & Financial Aid

For the 2012-2013 academic year, undergraduate tuition was estimated to be $40,120, with a matriculation fee of $465 and $370 in other fees. Room and board were estimated to cost $12,436, and books were projected to cost $1,200. Undergraduate students and their families could expect to pay $1,350 and $550, respectively, for personal expenses and transportation.

CWRU automatically evaluates first-year students for several merit-based scholarships. Some scholarships require a separate application process.

School Type Private not-for-profit, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, doctorate, certificate programs**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semester***
School Setting Large city**
Student Body 4,016 undergraduates and 5,620 graduate students in 2011**
Student Housing 80% of students live on campus*
Schools and Programs 9 schools and colleges; nearly 200 programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 9 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Bachelor's: Engineering (312)
Master's: Business, Managing and Marketing (312)
PhDs: Healthcare Fields (322)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 60% in 4 years; 78% in 6 years**
Admission Rate 51% in 2011**
Entering Class Size 902 in 2011*
First-Year Retention Rates 93% for full-time students**
Average SAT and ACT Score of Admitted Students Middle 50% in 2011: 590-700 (SAT critical reading), 650-740 (SAT math), 590-690 (SAT writing), 28-32 (ACT composite)*
Application Due Date January 15th, 2013 for 2013 admissions*
Decision Notification Date March 20th, 2013 for 2013 admissions*
Tuition $56,491 per academic year (includes all estimated costs for 2012-2013)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011: Scholarship or grant (76%), student loans (59%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 79% of full-time undergrads (2010-2011)**

Sources: *Case Western Reserve University, **National Center for Education Statistics, ***U.S. News.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Undergraduate Admission, Wolstein Hall, Case Western Reserve University, 11318 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, OH 44106-7055
  • Phone: (216) 368-4450
  • Website:

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