Drawing A Crowd

University attracts record 18,000+ undergraduate applicants

More than 18,000 students applied to be part of Case Western Reserve’s undergraduate Class of 2017—a 25 percent increase in applications over last year and a 150 percent jump since 2008.

18,000+ undergraduate applicants to CWRU

Enrollment leaders say the university’s focus on hands-on learning and real-world experience resonates with prospective students and their families. Once they visit, Cleveland itself also proves an asset. People are drawn to cultural powerhouses like the recently renovated Cleveland Museum of Art, as well as the restaurants and shops in the new Uptown district adjacent to campus. (Take a tour of Uptown on page 36.)

Case Western Reserve’s national standing has been growing since undergraduate applications surged by 40 percent in 2011. The leap attracted the attention of The Huffington Post, which named the university one of the country’s trendiest colleges.

“We have a wonderful story to tell—and people are listening,” says Rick Bischoff, the university’s vice president for enrollment management.