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How to Be a Strong Candidate

How to Be a Strong Candidate

We're looking for students on the path to personal, intellectual and professional success. 

Case Western Reserve University reviews each application for admission carefully, taking into consideration a student's academic background, life experiences and interests. There is no minimum test score or GPA range used to gauge a student's potential for admission.

In terms of meeting academic requirements for admission to CWRU, it's not only about having a set of required units under your belt. We look for students who have been successful in a variety of challenging classes. We understand every school is different, so we evaluate your transcript specifically against your high school's curriculum.

First-Year Students

Prior to high school graduation, we require you complete a minimum of:

  • 4 years English
  • 3 years math
  • 3 years science (2 must be laboratory science)
  • 3 years social studies
  • 2 years foreign language

If you're interested in engineering or the sciences, we recommend an additional year of math and laboratory science. Leaning more toward the liberal arts? We recommend an additional year of social studies and foreign language.

We also look for students who are excited about learning and who take classes in subject areas that interest them—going above and beyond the courses required for high school graduation or college admission.

The Common Application will require you to complete an essay. What you write in your college essay is completely up to you. Writing your essay should be about conveying who you are to the admission staff. No matter the topic, personalize it. Add a part of you into the piece, and make it genuine.


Transfer Students

Prior to high school graduation, we require you complete a minimum of:

  • 4 years English
  • 3 years math
  • 3 years science (2 must be laboratory science)
  • 3 years social studies
  • 2 years foreign language

If you're interested in engineering or the sciences, we recommend an additional year of math and laboratory science. Leaning more toward the liberal arts? We recommend an additional year of social studies and foreign language.

We also look for students who are excited about learning and who take classes in subject areas that interest them—going above and beyond the courses required for high school graduation or college admission.

Interview Tips

Interviews are optional for admission to Case Western Reserve, but many students choose to interview as an opportunity to present themselves and their credentials in a one-on-one environment.

When Case Western Reserve interviews potential applicants, our goals are to learn more about them and to answer any questions they may have about the university.

How can you make the most of this time? 

Ask questions
When you ask specific questions, it shows your interest in CWRU. Ask about things that are important to you, like curricula, majors, financial aid, residence life, social activities and extracurricular interests.

Anticipate questions the interviewer might ask you
Here are some possibilities:

  • Why are you interested in CWRU?
  • Have you read any good books lately?
  • How would your friends describe you?
  • What is your general motivation for going to college?

Know where you are going
Leave home with the address, a contact phone number and a good set of directions to the Office of Undergraduate Admission or the location of your alumni interview.

Wear comfortable, but tasteful clothes
You don't need a three-piece suit to make a positive impression, but faded jeans and dirty sneakers may make a negative one.

Arrive early
Give yourself time to relax in the reception area and fill out any forms. On-campus interviewees may want to plan some time to stroll around campus.

Follow up
Thank your interviewer and request his or her business card. When you return home, send the interviewer a thank you note or email and ask any questions that may have come up since the interview.