Case Western Reserve University

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President Edward M. Hundert, M.D.
School type Private University
Religious affiliation None
Established 1967
Location Cleveland, OH, USA
Enrollment 3,700 undergraduate
5,700 graduate
Faculty 2,200 full-time [1] (
Endowment $1.47bn (March 2004) [2] (
Campus surroundings Urban
Campus size 155 acres [3] (
Sports teams 19 Division III varsity athletic teams [4] (
Mascot Spartan

Case Western Reserve University is a private research university located in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. It was formed in 1967 by the federation of Case Institute of Technology (founded in 1880 by philanthropist Leonard Case Jr.) and Western Reserve University (founded in 1826 in the area that was once the Connecticut Western Reserve).

Case is the largest independent research university in the state of Ohio. The University offers programs of study in Arts and Sciences, Dental Medicine, Engineering, Law, Management, Medicine, Nursing, and Social Sciences. According to US News and World Report 2005 rankings, Case's undergraduate program is ranked #1 in Ohio and #35 among national universities. Case was ranked #37 in the 2002 rankings, #37 in 2003 and #35 in 2004.

Furthermore, the university ranks #12 among private universities receiving the most federal research funding and spends nearly $1 million a day on research.

The university also had the distinction of being #1 in Yahoo Internet Life's 1999 Most Wired College list. There was a perception that this award was obtained through partially false information, and the university did not appear at all on the 2000 Most Wired College list (which included 100 institutions).



The university is approximately five miles (8 km) east of downtown Cleveland in University Circle, a 550 acre (2.2 km²) area containing numerous educational, medical, and cultural institutions. Case has a number of programs taught in conjunction with nearby institutions, including the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and the Cleveland Play House. For transportation, in addition to the Cleveland RTA, which is made available to students for unlimited use through a mandatory $25 yearly fee via semesterly-issued passes, Case has its own fleet of shuttle buses which are better known as "greenies."

Case does not own its parking lots, requiring students, faculty, and staff to purchase permits from University Circle Incorporated. The rates vary between approximately $30 and $80 per month, with multi-year waiting lists on most lots. This is sometimes seen as a way to avoid the (rumored) statute preventing employers from charging their employees to park in their own facilities. Other Cleveland businesses such as Fairview Hospital have also sold their parking lots to management companies.


The university in its present form consists of 8 schools:


As of 2004, the university had approximately 3,700 undergraduates and 5,700 graduate and professional students.

Student life

As of fall 2005, upperclassmen are free to live in new "apartment-style" dormitories that come with air conditioning, full kitchen area, and full sized beds. Case requires freshmen and sophomores to live in the dormitories unless living with a relative within fifty miles of the university. Meal plan participation is also mandatory for freshmen and sophomores with some exceptions made for religious and medical reasons. New housing for underclassmen, along with a "Greek village" bringing all the college's fraternities and sororities together with the other undergraduates, is slated to be constructed within the next ten years.

The dormitories are divided into two areas, one featuring suite-style rooms for upperclassmen (new as of fall 2005) and the other featuring shared-style rooms. Both feature gigabit ethernet network access, and a wireless campus network is also available. Buildings are organized into "colleges", grouping together students of similar ages and creating a sense of ownership and hall pride.

Residence life at Case has a long history of being liberal in its policies, including allowing coed suites (an option offered to upperclassmen, when requested and agreed upon by all occupants of a suite), a generous guest policy, and res life staff with a generally "hands-off" approach to supervising students.

Greek system

Case also boasts the size of its Greek system. In all, nearly 1/3 of the campus undergraduates are in a fraternity or sorority. There are 6 sororities and 16 fraternities.



Note: Some sororities may officially be referred to as fraternities due to the history of the group.


On October 5 2004, Case hosted the Vice Presidential debate between Dick Cheney and John Edwards.

Sports, clubs, and traditions

Varsity athletics

Case Western Reserve is a member of the University Athletic Association, which participates in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Division III.


Hudson Relays is an annual tradition at Case that occurs the last weekend before finals every spring semester. It entails a race between the classes of approximately 26 miles all around campus and the surrounding community. Legend has it that the first class to win the race all 4 years will be rewarded with a champagne and steak dinner with the President of the university.

Springfest is a day-long concert and student group festival which occurs later the same day of Hudson Relays. The University Program Board brings in several bands and a beer garden, student groups set up booths to entertain the student body, and various inflatable carnival-style attractions are brought in to add to the festive atmosphere. Occasionally, due to Cleveland weather conditions (such as those at Springfest 2005), the festival must be moved indoors, usually to Thwing Center or Adelbert Gym.

Facts and Figures

  • Average Incoming Freshman SAT Score: 1380
  • Undergraduate Tuition (2005-2006): $28,400

Notable students, alumni and faculty


Following is a partial list of major contributions made by faculty, staff, and students at Case:

  • Case was the site of the famous Michelson-Morley interferometer experiment, conducted in 1887 by A. A. Michelson of Case Institute of Technology and E. W. Morley of Western Reserve University. This experiment proved the non-existence of ether and gave circumstantial evidence to substantiate Einstein's Theory of Relativity (Profs. Albert A. Michelson and Edward W. Morley, 1887).
  • Discovered the atomic weight of oxygen, the basis for calculating the weights of all other elements (Prof. Morley, 1895).
  • Performed the first full X-ray of the human body -- on himself (Prof. Dayton C. Miller, 1896).
  • Performed the first modern blood transfusion using a coupling device to connect blood vessels (Dr. George W. Crile, 1905).
  • Pioneered chlorination of drinking water to eradicate the source of typhoid bacilli (Dr. Roger G. Perkins, 1912).
  • Developed simulated milk formula for infants (Dr. Henry J. Gerstenberger,1915).
  • Pioneered surgical treatment of coronary artery disease (Dr. Claude S. Beck, 1935).
  • Developed the first heart-lung machine to be used during open heart surgery (Dr. Frederick S. Cross, 1950s).
  • Performed the first successful lifesaving defibrillation of the human heart (Dr. Beck, 1947) and developed the method of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) (Dr. Beck, 1952).
  • Developed a test for infants to identify mental retardation within a year after birth (Prof. Joseph F. Fagan, 1987).
  • Created the first artificial human chromosomes, opening the door to more detailed study of human genetics and potentially offering a new approach to gene therapy. (Prof. Huntington F. Willard of the School of Medicine and University Hospitals of Cleveland, in collaboration with colleagues at Athersys, Inc., 1997).


WRUW 91.1 FM is the campus radio station of Case Western Reserve University. Its motto, "More Music, Fewer Hits", can be seen adorning the rear bumpers of many vehicles in the area.

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