If you’re considering attending Case Western Reserve University as a freshman, you may want to be aware of some facts about the school. For instance, it’s a private, not a public school. Students are likely to live in campus housing, making it much easier for them to get to all their classes.
Overview of Case Western Reserve University
The school enrolls around 11,890 students. The undergraduate class has 5,261 students (44%) and the graduate class has a few more, 6,629 students (56%). The student-to-faculty ratio is quite low at 11 to 1, meaning you likely won’t have to compete with your classmates for office hours.
When students want to leave campus, there are a few areas to visit, such as the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame or the Cleveland Museum of Art. There are also plenty of restaurants if you want to eat somewhere other than the student cafeteria.
The campus is 267 acres, but you should be able to find your way around before long. Many of the buildings are described by the degree programs they teach, such as engineering or the Department of Physics.
|School Type||Private not-for-profit|
|Campus Setting||City: Large|
|Student Faculty Ratio||11:1|
Top Rankings For Case Western Reserve University
#19 in Nursing Colleges
#3 in Ohio MBA Colleges
#33 in MBA Business Analytics Colleges
#30 in MBA Entrepreneurship Colleges
#58 in MBA Finance Colleges
#11 in MBA Healthcare Management Colleges
#56 in MBA Marketing Colleges
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CWRU Acceptance Rate and Admissions
|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Rank||Required|
|High School Transcripts||Required|
|College Prep Courses||Required|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)||Required|
|Application Deadline||January 15|
|Common Application Accepted||Yes|
Tuition Cost & Financial Aid
When you and your parents take a look at the total price of attendance at Case Western Reserve University, you may decide you need to apply for student financial aid; many students do. Including tuition, fees, books, supplies, room/board, and some other charges, the final cost is usually around $69,638 per year.
Once your financial aid has been applied by the university, most students still have some charges that remain. This is called the average net price. For a recent academic year, this amount was $34,061. Generally, this net price is based on a family’s income because that affects how much financial aid they can receive, as you can see below.
- Families earning less than $30,000 pay around $18,708
- Families earning between $30,001 and $48,000 pay around $19,034
- Families earning between $48,001 and $75,000 pay around $22,236
- Families earning between $75,001 and $110,000 pay around $29,607
- Families earning more than $110,001 pay around $41,895
Freshmen receiving financial aid at CWRU number about 1,124. Around 1,100 students received an aid package averaging $33,016. Around 1,091 students each year receive roughly $31,673 in grant and scholarship awards.
|Average net price||2017-2018|
|Average Total Aid||$33,016|
|Students Receiving Financial Aid||86%|
|Room & Board||$15,614|
- Tuition In-State - $50,924
- Tuition Out-of-State - $50,924
- Books and Supplies - $1,200
- Room & Board - $15,614
- Other - $1,900
At Case Western Reserve University, you’re one of nearly 12,000 students. It should be relatively easy to get adjusted while going to school with a student population of this size. It’s a solidly mid-size school.
The retention rate for freshmen is 95%. This is great because it means that you can expect to see the same students when many of you come back for your second year of school at CWRU. About 65% of students graduate in four years and 85% graduate in six years.
On average, the student-to-faculty ratio is 11 to 1. That means that, if you are having any issues in your classes, professors will have the time to take a more hands on approach to your learning. You won’t be able to take classes at night at this university, but you can take individual courses online if you can’t take them in person.
Some of the available degree programs include biological and biomedical sciences, business, computer and information sciences, engineering, health professions and related programs, legal professions, and public administration and social service professions. Depending on your career interests, you’ll be able to choose from a pretty wide offering.
Student Population Total
Most Popular Programs & Majors
(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)
|All Engineering Majors||371 Total Graduates / 32%|
|Mechanical Engineering||82 Graduates|
|Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering||78 Graduates|
|Chemical Engineering||61 Graduates|
|Electrical and Electronics Engineering||48 Graduates|
|Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering||36 Graduates|
|All Biological & Biomedical Majors||127 Total Graduates / 11%|
|Biology/Biological Sciences, General||76 Graduates|
|Computational Biology||4 Graduates|
|All Business Majors||122 Total Graduates / 11%|
|Finance, General||34 Graduates|
|Business Administration and Management, General||19 Graduates|
|Marketing/Marketing Management, General||18 Graduates|
|All Computer Information Science Majors||113 Total Graduates / 10%|
|Computer Science||113 Graduates|
|All Physical Science Majors||68 Total Graduates / 6%|
|Chemistry, General||21 Graduates|
|Theoretical and Mathematical Physics||12 Graduates|
|Geology/Earth Science, General||6 Graduates|
|All Other Diplomas||31%|
Outcome & Salary
Once you graduate and begin working in your new career, it will be clear that your education was worth it. Graduate’s average salaries are $75,000 and their average early-career salaries are $66,600. Graduate’s mid-career salaries rise to as high as $117,800. The four-year cost of this education is $136,244. This means that graduates easily see return on their investment (ROI).
Looking at it in even broader terms, graduate’s 10-year salary earnings potential is $750,000 with a projected ROI of $613,756. Their 20-year salary earnings potential is $1,928,000 with a projected ROI of $1,791,756.
On the other hand, high school graduates who don’t attend college earn a national average salary $38,792. Their 10-year projected income is $387,920 and their 20-year projected income is $775,840.
|College Grads Early Career Salary||$66,600|
|College Grads Average Salary||$75,000|
|College Grads Mid Career Salary||$117,800|
|Return on Investment (ROI)|
|10 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$750,000|
|20 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$1,928,000|
|Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year||$136,244|
|10 Year Projected ROI||$613,756|
|20 Year Projected ROI||$1,791,756|
|No College Education Salary Comparison|
|National Average Salary||$38,792|
|10 Year Projected Income||$387,920|
|20 Year Projected Income||$775,840|
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