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Ready to take the first step toward your future at Case Western Reserve?

We’ve outlined our application process that will take you from start to finish in a few short steps.
 
Select your student type* to get started, or jump right in and start your application via the Common Application or Coalition Application.

*International students should follow the same application procedures as U.S. students and also provide English translations, if applicable, for academic records and recommendations along with English language exam scores, submitted to Case Western Reserve via the testing agency. 

First-Year Student

Step
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Determine Your Eligibility

You should apply as a first-year student if you have not taken college courses after receiving your high school or secondary school diploma. If you've participated in post-secondary education or college courses while in high school, you still are considered a first-year student.

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Begin Your Application

You can apply online via the Common Application or the Coalition Application.

Once you begin your application, add Case Western Reserve to your list of colleges.

Application Deadlines

Early Action (non-binding): Nov. 1
Early Decision 1 (binding): Nov. 1
Pre-Professional Scholars Program: Dec. 1
Early Decision II: Jan. 15
Regular Decision: Jan. 15

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Provide Supporting Materials

To complete your application to Case Western Reserve, submit the following materials via the Common or Coalition Application by the appropriate deadline:

  • Official high school transcript 
  • School Report, including a counselor recommendation
  • Two teacher recommendations
  • $70 application fee
    • If you feel the application fee will place a hardship on your family, you can request a fee waiver when you submit your Common Application or Coalition Application. If you have received a notice that you are entitled to a fee waiver, be sure to indicate that you have been granted a waiver on your Common Application or Coalition Application.

You’ll also need to submit your SAT or ACT score via the respective testing agency. Our score recipient codes are:

  • SAT 1105
  • ACT 3244

Additional Materials if Applicable

Application Deadlines

Early Action (non-binding): Nov. 1
Early Decision 1 (binding): Nov. 1
Pre-Professional Scholars Program: Dec. 1
Early Decision II: Jan. 15
Regular Decision: Jan. 15

Applicants to Pre-Professional Scholars Program
  • Two additional essays, completed via the Common Application or Coalition Application
  • Interview: Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to complete an interview before the finalist stage. Applicants selected as finalists are invited to CWRU for a required on-campus interview in late March. Interviews are conducted with admission officers and faculty at the appropriate CWRU professional school.
  • Learn more about the Pre-Professional Scholars Program.
Applicants to Music Major
  • Arts Supplement, completed via your applicant status portal
International Students
  • English translations, if applicable, for academic records and recommendations
  • English language exam score submitted to Case Western Reserve via the testing agency
  • We accept the following language exams and scores for non-native English speakers:
    • International English Language Testing System: 6.5
    • TOEFL: 90 IBT; 223 CBT; 577 PB
    • PTE Academic: 61
  • The English proficiency requirement can be waived if you meet any of these standards:
    • Attend a school where the language of instruction is English for two years by the time of graduation
    • Score 600 or higher on the old SAT Critical Reading
    • Score 33 or higher on the new SAT Reading Test
    • Score 26 or higher on the ACT English

Step
4/6

Complete Financial Aid Documents

If you plan to apply for need-based financial aid, please indicate this on the Common or Coalition Application.
 
If you indicate that you wish to be considered for financial aid, your application won’t be considered complete until the necessary financial aid documents are submitted.
 
If you’re a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you must submit both the FAFSA and CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE.

If you are not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States but wish to be considered for financial aid, you must complete the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE.

Financial Aid Codes

CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE: 1105
FAFSA: 003137

Step
5/6

Submit Optional Materials

To complement your application, you are welcome—but not required—to share more information, including:

  • Additional letters of recommendation
  • ACT writing test
  • SAT essay
  • SAT subject tests
  • Interview, either on campus with an admission counselor or with a Case Western Reserve alum near your hometown (if available)

Step
6/6

Check Your Applicant Portal

Within two weeks of applying to Case Western Reserve, you’ll receive an email inviting you to track your application status. You’ll find out how to create a login to your applicant portal, where you can see your checklist of application materials and, eventually, review your admission decision and any financial aid package that the university may offer you. 
 
If you’re interested in pursuing music as a major, details for the required arts supplement will be shared via the portal.

Transfer Student

Step
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Step 1: Determine Your Eligibility

If you have graduated from high school (or equivalent) and enrolled in college courses, regardless of whether credit was earned, you are considered a transfer student. Our admission office may, at its discretion, consider a student who meets the criteria for a transfer applicant as a first-year applicant.

Step
2/6

Begin Your Application

You can apply online via the Common Application or the Coalition Application.

Once you begin your application, add Case Western Reserve to your list of colleges.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester Early Plan: March 15
Fall Semester Regular Plan: May 1
Spring Semester: Oct. 1

Step
3/6

Provide Supporting Materials

To complete your application to Case Western Reserve, submit the following materials via the Common Application or Coalition Application by the appropriate deadline:

  • Official high school transcript
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • SAT or ACT score submitted to Case Western Reserve via the respective testing agency (This can be waived for U.S. citizens who have completed more than 45 semester hours of non-remedial coursework or who graduated from high school more than five years ago.)
  • A recommendation from a college instructor
    • $70 application fee
      • If you feel the application fee will place a hardship on your family, you can request a fee waiver when you submit your Common Application or Coalition Application. If you have received a notice that you are entitled to a fee waiver, be sure to indicate that you have been granted a waiver on your Common Application or Coalition Application.
    • Transfer College Report, indicating you are in good standing and eligible to return to the college you most recently attended. If you were dismissed from another college or university, you must be eligible to return to that institution in order to be considered for admission to Case Western Reserve.

    You’ll also need to submit SAT or ACT score to Case Western Reserve via the respective testing agency. (This can be waived if you’re a U.S. citizen who has completed more than 45 semester hours of non-remedial coursework or who graduated from high school more than five years ago.)

    Our score recipient codes are:

    • SAT: 1105
    • ACT: 3244

    Additional Materials

    Application Deadlines

    Fall Semester Early Plan: March 15
    Fall Semester Regular Plan: May 1
    Spring Semester: Oct. 1
    Regular Decision: Jan. 15

    Applicants to Music Major
    • Arts Supplement, completed via your applicant status portal.
    International Students
    • English translations, if applicable, for academic records and recommendations
    • English language exam score submitted to Case Western Reserve via the testing agency.
    • We accept the following language exams and scores for non-native English speakers:
      • International English Language Testing System: 6.5
      • TOEFL: 90 IBT; 223 CBT; 577 PB
      • PTE Academic: 61
    • The English proficiency requirement can be waived for students who meet any of these standards:
      • Attend a school where the language of instruction is English for two years by the time of graduation
      • Score 600 or higher on the old SAT Critical Reading
      • Score 33 or higher on the new SAT Reading Test
      • Score 26 or higher on the ACT English

    Step
    4/6

    Complete Financial Aid Documents

    If you plan to apply for need-based financial aid, please indicate this on the Common or Coalition Application.

    If you indicate that you wish to be considered for financial aid, your application won’t be considered complete until the necessary financial aid documents are submitted.

    If you’re a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you must submit both the FAFSA and CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE.

    If you are not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States but wish to be considered for financial aid, you must complete the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE.

    Financial Aid Codes

    CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE: 1105
    FAFSA: 003137

    Step
    5/6

    Submit Optional Materials

    To complement your application, you are welcome—but not required—to share more information, including:

    • Additional letters of recommendation
    • ACT writing test
    • SAT essay
    • SAT subject tests
    • Interview, either on campus with an admission counselor or with a Case Western Reserve alum near your hometown (if available)

    Step
    6/6

    Check Your Applicant Portal

    Within two weeks of applying to Case Western Reserve, you’ll receive an email inviting you to track your application status. You’ll find out how to create a login to your applicant portal, where you can see your checklist of application materials and, eventually, review your admission decision and any financial aid package that the university may offer you.

    If you’re interested in pursuing music as a major, details for the required arts supplement will be shared via the portal.

    3/2 Engineering

    Step
    1/6

    Determine Your Eligibility

    Case Western Reserve University's 3/2 Engineering partnerships allow you to begin your studies at one of more than 50 liberal arts colleges for three years and then pursue an engineering degree at Case Western Reserve for two years. You will enter CWRU as a third-year engineering student. 
     
    As a 3/2 Engineering student, you’ll graduate with a baccalaureate degree from your first college, along with a bachelor of engineering degree from Case Western Reserve.

    Applications are to be submitted during your third year. 
     
    You should meet the following requirements to be eligible to complete your program at Case Western Reserve:

    • Have finished mathematics, science, humanities and social science courses comparable to those offered at CWRU
    • Have maintained a minimum 3.00 overall grade point average and a minimum 3.00 in mathematics and science at your liberal arts college
    • Have completed 90 semester hours, or 135 quarter hours, at the initial college
    • Be competitive for admission as a transfer student to Case Western Reserve

    See the list of participating liberal arts institutions.

    Step
    2/6

    Begin Your Application

    You can apply online via the Common Application or the Coalition Application.

    Once you begin your application, add Case Western Reserve to your list of colleges.

    Application Deadlines

    Fall Semester Early Plan: March 15
    Fall Semester Regular Plan: May 1
    Spring Semester: Oct. 1

    Step
    3/6

    Provide Supporting Materials

    To complete your application to Case Western Reserve, submit the following materials via the Common Application by the appropriate deadline:

    • Official high school transcript
    • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
    • SAT or ACT score submitted to Case Western Reserve via the respective testing agency. (This can be waived for if you’re a U.S. citizen who has completed more than 45 semester hours of non-remedial coursework or who graduated from high school more than five years ago.)
    • A recommendation from a college instructor
    • $70 application fee
      • If you feel the application fee will place a hardship on your family, you can request a fee waiver when you submit your Common Application or Coalition Application. If you have received a notice that you are entitled to a fee waiver, be sure to indicate that you have been granted a waiver on your Common Application or Coalition Application.
    • Transfer College Report from the Common or Coalition Application, indicating you are in good standing and eligible to return to the college you most recently attended. If you were dismissed from another college or university, you must be eligible to return to that institution in order to be considered for admission to Case Western Reserve.

    You’ll also need to submit SAT or ACT score to Case Western Reserve via the respective testing agency. (This can be waived if you’re a U.S. citizen who has completed more than 45 semester hours of non-remedial coursework or who graduated from high school more than five years ago.)

    Our score recipient codes are:

    • SAT: 1105
    • ACT: 3244

    Additional Materials if Applicable

    Application Deadlines

    Fall Semester Early Plan: March 15
    Fall Semester Regular Plan: May 1
    Spring Semester: Oct. 1
    Regular Decision: Jan. 15

    International Students
    • English translations, if applicable, for academic records and recommendations
    • English language exam score submitted to Case Western Reserve via the testing agency.
    • We accept the following language exams and scores for non-native English speakers:
      • International English Language Testing System: 6.5
      • TOEFL: 90 IBT; 223 CBT; 577 PB
      • PTE Academic: 61
    • The English proficiency requirement can be waived if you meet any of these standards:
      • Attend a school where the language of instruction is English for two years by the time of graduation
      • Score 600 or higher on the old SAT Critical Reading
      • Score 33 or higher on the new SAT Reading Test
      • Score 26 or higher on the ACT English

    Step
    4/6

    Complete Financial Aid Documents

    If you plan to apply for need-based financial aid, please indicate this on the Common Application.

    If you indicate that you wish to be considered for financial aid, your application won’t be considered complete until the necessary financial aid documents are submitted.

    If you’re a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you must submit both the FAFSA and CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE.

    If you are not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States but wish to be considered for financial aid, you must complete the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE.

    Financial Aid Codes

    CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE: 1105
    FAFSA: 003137

    Step
    5/6

    Submit Optional Materials

    To complement your application, you are welcome—but not required—to share more information, including:

    • Additional letters of recommendation
    • ACT writing test
    • SAT essay
    • SAT subject tests
    • Interview, either on campus with an admission counselor or with a Case Western Reserve alum near your hometown (if available)

    Step
    6/6

    Check Your Applicant Portal

    Within two weeks of applying to Case Western Reserve, you’ll receive an email inviting you to track your application status. You’ll find out how to create a login to your applicant portal, where you can see your checklist of application materials and, eventually, review your admission decision and any financial aid package that the university may offer you.

    Need Help?

    We’d love to answer any questions you have about our application process, financial assistance or just life in general at Case Western Reserve.

    Hours:
    Monday–Friday: 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Eastern

    216.368.4450

    admission@case.edu

    Contact your admission counselor.

    Request more information.

    Our Mailing Address

    Most application documents can be submitted electronically, but if needed, you can mail to our off-campus processing department. (Don’t worry—your materials will make it to Cleveland!)

    Case Western Reserve University 
    Undergraduate Admission Application Receiving 
    P.O. Box 575 
    Chesterton, IN 46304

    For deliveries requiring a street address:

    Case Western Reserve University 
    c/o DataBank 
    1040 Wabash Ave. 
    Chesterton, IN 46304