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What can you study at Case Western Reserve?

Practically anything. And with our single-door admission policy, once you’re admitted, you can explore the university's entire catalog of academic offerings across the schools of engineering, nursing and management as well as the College of Arts and Sciences.

Graduate study is available in these schools, plus the schools of medicine, dental medicine, law and social work. Undergrads benefit from these graduate and professional programs, which offer libraries, laboratories and other facilities; opportunities for hands-on learning; and a wealth of contacts.


Arts

We offer world-class training in music, dance and theater under the tutelage of accomplished performers, teachers and scholars. Our internationally recognized dance wellness program and opportunities for performance and research challenge and prepare dancers for intellectual and aesthetic leadership in their craft. Partnerships with the Cleveland Institute of Music engage students in musicology scholarship at our premier research university, while they refine their practice through applied study at a world-renowned conservatory. Students in the theater program perform and serve on technical crews in mainstage theatrical productions, while working closely with faculty, all of whom work with highly skilled, professional actors and directors.

Fast Facts:

  • 50+ performing arts groups
  • 4 mainstage productions per year
  • 100% of art history and music majors and nearly ¾ of theater students were employed or pursuing degrees within three months of graduation
  • Graduate schools recent alums attend: Johns Hopkins, Baylor College of Medicine, Case Western Reserve

Engineering

At Case Western Reserve University’s Case School of Engineering, you’ll think, design and create like a bona fide engineer right out of the gate. With their combination of theoretical understanding and technical mastery, CWRU engineering students enter top-tier graduate programs and launch high-velocity careers.

Fast Facts:

  • 14 majors
  • #12 biomedical engineering program in the nation
  • $20,000+ average co-op salary (that's for seven months of work)
  • Within three months of graduation, 90 percent of recent CWRU engineering graduates were enrolled in graduate or professional school, had accepted full-time employment, or were pursuing personal or professional goals, like community service or travel.
  • Median starting salary: $60,000‐65,000
  • Recent employers: Amazon, Apple, Eaton, General Electric, Google, Honda Motor Co., Microsoft, Yelp
  • Graduate schools recent alums attend: Columbia, Cornell, Duke, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Michigan, University of Southern California

Humanities

The humanities have a rich tradition of excellence at Case Western Reserve University. Our faculty members include MacArthur Genius Grant honorees, Pulitzer-Prize winners, bestselling authors and scholars of the highest caliber. Humanities students draw from the university’s vast resources, and those of nearby institutions, to add a tangible element to their education—study abroad trips to archeological digs; access to rare manuscripts, including 150+ letters from Charles Darwin; and more. University Circle’s cultural offerings put research, internship and volunteer opportunities right next door.

Fast Facts:

  • Approximately 75% of recent alums either attended graduate school or were fully employed within three months of commencement
  • Employers after graduation: Peace Corps, City Club of Cleveland, Cerner Corp., Cenveo Publisher Services
  • Graduate schools recent alums attend: University of Virginia, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, Freie Universität Berlin

Management

Weatherhead School of Management grooms students for careers across the spectrum of management disciplines. Tackling key concepts early means you’re prepped with the skills and confidence to land your first internship quick—opening more chances to gain more experience before graduation.

Fast Facts:

  • Within three months of graduation, 94 percent of recent Case Western Reserve business graduates were enrolled in graduate or professional school, had accepted full-time employment, or were otherwise pursuing personal or professional goals.
  • Median starting salary: $55,000‐$59,999
  • Recent employers: Deloitte, Ford Motor Co., Google, JP Morgan Chase & Co., KeyBank, Progressive, Sherwin-Williams Co.
  • Graduate schools recent alums attend: Columbia, Cornell, Johns Hopkins

Nursing

As a student at Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, you’ll graduate as a confident and capable health care professional. Armed with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and genuine health care know-how, you’ll be equally prepared to provide top-notch patient care; enroll in a graduate nursing program; conduct research; or effect change as a health care policymaker, educator or executive.

Fast Facts:

  • The nursing school is a direct-admission program, so students begin nursing classes in their first year.
  • Clinical placements begin just three weeks after nursing students arrive on campus.
  • 1,350+ hours of practical clinical experience—more than 500 hours above and beyond the national average.
  • Within just three months of graduation, 90 percent of recent graduates were working full time, enrolled in graduate school or pursuing personal or professional goals, like community service or travel
  • Median starting salary: $50,000 to $55,000

Natural Sciences and Math

Case Western Reserve is a powerhouse of scientific inquiry and among the top 15 universities in the nation for federally funded research. In addition to learning about the latest theories and findings, you can actually contribute new knowledge to the field. Our faculty eagerly accept undergraduates, as early as their first year on campus, to join research teams and even to co-author scientific studies. Because of the exposure to an exceptional education and unparalleled opportunities for lab experience, our science and math students are particularly well-prepared for graduate or professional school and career success.

Fast Facts:

  • 94% of recent alums either attended graduate school or were fully employed within three months of commencement
  • Employers after graduation: National Institutes of Health, Deloitte Consulting, Epic Systems Corp., Procter & Gamble, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Accenture, EY, Explorys, PNC Financial Services, Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals
  • Graduate schools recent alums attend: Brown University, Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Emory University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, New York University, Northwestern University, University of Pennsylvania

Social Sciences

Studying the social sciences at Case Western Reserve equips you with the intellectual and practical capacity to enter an array of fields: medicine, law, public health, business, public service, academic pursuits and more. Our faculty conduct groundbreaking research into virtually every aspect of society, and they will challenge you to forge new insights into human behavior—in the classroom and in the field. Specialized research and internship opportunities give social sciences students a chance to experience public service institutions ranging from the U.S. Supreme Court to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; explore northern Ohio's economic and political life; work in cooperation with agencies that serve children; improve access to healthy foods in urban neighborhoods; and more.

Fast Facts:

  • 91% of recent alums either attended graduate school or were fully employed within three months of commencement
  • Employers after graduation: Peace Corps, Teach for America, Hyland Software, National Institutes of Health, Nielsen, U.S. Government Accountability Office
  • Graduate schools recent alums attend: Carnegie Mellon University, George Washington University, Johns Hopkins University, Washington University in St. Louis, Yale University

Pre-Professional Programs

We offer tracks in pre-architecture, pre-law, pre-medicine and teacher education, where you can specialize in certain areas to prepare you for graduate and professional school after you undergraduate career. Plus, we offer the Pre-Professional Scholars Program, in which you earn undergraduate admission and conditional admission to Case Western Reserve's School of Medicine or School of Dental Medicine—setting you up for success as a double alumni of our university.

Fast Facts:

The average Pre-Professional Scholar in Medicine candidate:

  • Ranked at least in the top 10 percent of his or her senior class
  • Has an average SAT composite (math, critical reading and writing) score between 2200 and 2300
  • Has an average ACT composite score between 31 and 34

The average Pre-Professional Scholar in Dental Medicine candidate:

  • Earned an 18 or higher on the academic and perceptual ability sections of the Dental Admission Test