Major Milestones in CWRU History

Our institution's story begins in 1826—but it wasn't until 1967 that Case Western Reserve University officially came to be. View our schools' major developments—and then get the full story.


drawing of the initial Western Reserve College

Founding of Western Reserve College in Hudson, Ohio. Read more >

1843: Cleveland Medical College established, then renamed the Medical Department of Western Reserve College in 1844; in 1913, the medical department is renamed the School of Medicine


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Philanthropist Leonard Case Jr. initiates a secret trust to endow a polytechnic school in Cleveland Read more >


Case passes away; the Case School of Applied Science is born


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Industrialist Amasa Stone provides funding to move Western Reserve College to its current location in "uptown" Cleveland and become Adelbert College of Western Reserve University


Move to University Circle Classes move from the Case family's downtown home to what is now University Circle, due to a provision to Stone's gift that Western Reserve University and the Case School of Applied Science occupy adjoining campuses

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1888: Western Reserve University establishes College for Women, which becomes the Flora Stone Mather College for Women in 1931

1891 Founding of Western Reserve University's School of Law


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Western Reserve University creates Department of Dental Medicine; later renamed the School of Dental Medicine

1915: Western Reserve University establishes School of Applied Social Sciences, which becomes the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences in 1988, and the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences in 2012

1923 Creation of the School of Nursing at Western Reserve University, which becomes the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing in 1935

1925 Cleveland College is established

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1947: Case School of Applied Science becomes Case Institute of Technology

1952: Western Reserve University creates a School of Business


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Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University federate, creating Case Western Reserve University Through the federation, CWRU establishes a School of Management (which becomes Weatherhead School of Management in 1980), School of Graduate Studies and School of Engineering. Read more >


1971 Adelbert, Flora Stone Mather and Cleveland colleges consolidate and become Western Reserve College in 1973

1992 Case School of Engineering and College of Arts and Sciences established Read more >


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