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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.

General Information

School Type Private not-for-profit
Campus Setting City: Large
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 11:1
Graduation Rate 85%
Year Founded 1826

Student Enrollment

Total Students11,890


Undergraduate Student

Male 2,894
Female 2,367

Graduate Student

Male 3,646
Female 2,983

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CWRU Acceptance Rate and Admissions


Male 13,883
Female 12,759


Male 4,026
Female 3,828

Acceptance Rate29%

Male 29%
Female 30%

Enrollment 1,391

Male 264
Female 236
Application Fee $70
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Required
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Required
Recommendations Required
SAT/ACT 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
Net Price $34,061
Average Total Aid $33,016
Students Receiving Financial Aid 86%
Room & Board $15,614

Sticker Price

  • 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

Student Population 11,890

Evening Classes : No
Distance Learning : Yes

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
Biochemistry 47 Graduates
Computational Biology 4 Graduates
All Business Majors 122 Total Graduates / 11%
Accounting 51 Graduates
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
Astronomy 6 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.

Graduates Salary
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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