Office of Undergraduate Studies

First-Year Students

Welcome to Case Western Reserve University!

As you make your way around campus, we hope you will become familiar with the Office of Undergraduate Studies. Our office oversees the academic aspects of student affairs, working with undergraduates across all schools and majors.

We support first-year students in their academic pursuits and provide guidance to individual students and their advisors on matters that impact first-year students' academic experiences. First-year students are advised by the faculty instructing their SAGES First Seminar, and later by a faculty member within the department in which they declare their major.

Working specifically with first-year students on academic and related matters in the Office of Undergraduate Studies is the Assistant Dean for First-Year Students, as well as the coordinators of the four Residential Colleges. Our office also offers pre-professional advising for students interested in health careers and law.

During your first year, our staff will help you navigate the university and its resources, discover academic and co-curricular programs, and understand policies and procedures so that you can make the most of your first-year experience on campus.

We are here to facilitate your success! The following links will provide you with information on topics of common question and concern among first-year students.

Academic Exploration Events

Following the Choices Fair, many departments, offices, and student organizations are hosting events to provide students with an opportunity to learn more about opportunities for study/involvement and make connections with faculty, staff, and current students. These events are happening now and run through early November. Click here to view the complete schedule. Events will be added regularly, so make sure to check back often. If you have questions about a department that is not hosting a program, contact the department’s Academic Representative to set up a meeting.

First Year Registration Guide: 2014-2015

Our office offers a helpful registration guide to help you navigate your academic degree requirements and information needed to register for your first semester. What do you need to know about SAGES? How do you select a math or chemistry course? What if you are interested in attending law school? Our 121-page includes a table of contents for all those things – and more.

First-Year Student Resources for Academic Exploration

We have created a one-page summary of the exploration process, tips for connecting with Academic Representatives, and links to resources that provide experiential learning opportunities. You can access the document by clicking here.

We have a growing library of YouTube videos that showcase various academic programs on campus. Our brief 3 to 5-minute videos highlight faculty members by department. Learn what classes are needed for your first year and some suggested career paths for majors. We always add new videos, so check back often. Even if you are undecided in your major, we have a video for that, too.

2014-2015 Academic Contact List, By School

This list is your connection to academic representatives for every undergraduate program on campus. Programs are listed alphabetically and include detailed information on advisor name, phone number, e-mail address and office location. Academic representatives are available to meet with students to address program-specific questions and complete major and minor declaration paperwork. Students need not have declared a major/minor or be in the process of doing so to work with an academic representative.

CWRU! First Year Information (FYI) Newsletter

One of the most comprehensive sites for first-year students can show you how to live, manage and learn. The newsletter is delivered to your e-mail inbox every Thursday, but you can also review archives on this website. You'll find a number of stories on topics such as academic policies, tuition deadlines, the Case OneCard, registration, housing and much more.