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What does it take to be admitted to Case Western Reserve?

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

Our admission counselors review each application carefully, taking into consideration your academic background, life experiences and interests. We don’t have a minimum test score or GPA range to gauge your potential for admission, but there are some things that can make you a stronger candidate.

Course Requirements

In terms of our academic requirements, it's not only about having a set of required classes under your belt. We look for students who have been successful in a variety of challenging courses, especially those that are above and beyond what’s required for graduation. And we understand every school is different, so we evaluate your transcript specifically against your high school's curriculum.

Prior to high school graduation, we require you to 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’d suggest another year of social studies and foreign language.

    Standardized Testing

    Case Western Reserve University is test-optional for applicants entering in the fall of 2021, 2022 and 2023. 

    No catches. No exemptions.

    • No testing is required for any of our nearly 100 programs of undergraduate study.
    • No testing is required for the Pre-Professional Scholars Program (conditional admission to medical or dental school).
    • No testing is required for any of our scholarship or financial aid programs.
    • If you take a standardized test, you choose whether to send us your scores or not.

    At the time of application, students choose whether they wish to apply with testing scores or as test-optional candidates, and you can change your mind about this up until two weeks before your decision release date.

    Students who choose to submit SAT or ACT scores can submit self-reported scores by completing the form on their applicant portal. Enrolling students who submitted test scores will confirm their testing with official score reports.


    We “superscore” our students’ test results, which means we take your best scores on each section of the SAT and ACT. If you took a test more than once, you will be evaluated on the highest score you received in each individual section of the exam.

    Here’s a look at admitted student statistics for the Class of 2022:

    SAT Scores (middle 50%)

    • Composite    1350–1490
    • Evidence-based reading and writing   650–730
    • Math    700–790

    ACT Scores (middle 50%)

    • Composite (superscore)    30–34
    • Math    29–34
    • English    31–35


    Ordinarily, scores for standardized tests taken in November of your senior year arrive in time for Early Action or Early Decision I deadlines, and scores for tests taken in January arrive in time for Early Decision II or Regular Decision consideration.

    To ensure your application can be fully reviewed in time for your chosen decision plan, you should take tests by the following dates:

                                                                                  Testing Deadlines
    Early Action November 30
    Early Decision I November 30
    Pre-Professional Scholars Program November 30
    Early Decision II December 31
    Regular Decision December 31

    High School Results

    Though we take a number of factors into account beyond your GPA, test scores or class placement, we do have statistics about students admitted to the Class of 2022:

    • 66 percent were in the top 10 percent of their high school class
    • 92 percent were in the top 20 percent of their high school class

    Admission Essay

    All first-year students must complete an essay via the Common or Coalition Application. What you write in your college essay is completely up to you—it 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.

    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 we interview potential applicants, our goals are to learn more about you and answer any questions you may have about the university.

    So how can you make the most of this time? Here are six tips to help you make your best impression.

    1. Ask questions. When you ask specific questions, it shows your interest in CWRU. Ask about things that are important to you, such as classes, majors, financial aid, residence life, social activities and extracurricular interests.
    2. 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?
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.

    Art supplements, portfolios and auditions

    See art supplements, portfolios and auditions requirements

    CWRU School Codes

    SAT: 1105
    ACT: 3244