U.S. News & World Report

Undergraduate Programs (Fall 2017) 

  • 37th among 310 national universities (U.S. News & World Report)
  • 45th in "Best Values" ranking
  • Program Rankings:
    • Biomedical Engineering (14th)
    • Management (31st)
    • Engineering (40th)

Graduate and Professional Programs (2018)


50th - Overall
18th - Biomedical Engineering 
(214 PhD-granting programs surveyed in 2018; 199 ranked programs) 


65th - Overall
5th   - Health Law
14th - International Law 
(194 ranked accredited law schools) 


55th - Full-time MBA programs
30th - Part-time MBA programs 
(480 MBA programs surveyed; 127 ranked programs) 


25th - Medical research schools
39th - Primary care schools 
(177 eligible medical schools surveyed; 124 ranked) 


5th   - DNP Program (among 203 ranked programs)
6th  - MSN Program 
12th - Nurse Practitioner: Psychiatric / Mental Health
15th - Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (15th) 
(552 accredited schools surveyed; 296 ranked programs) 

Social Work

9th among more than 250 accredited master's program 

University Rankings

  • Case Western Reserve ranks among the top 28 private research universities nationally, according to The Center for Measuring University Performance (Arizona State University). The center ranks universities on nine indicators, including research support, significant awards to faculty, endowment assets, annual private contributions, doctorates awarded, and average SAT scores. (The Top American Research Universities, December 2015)
  • Times Higher Education ranked CWRU 126th in the world (47th in the U.S.) in its 2016 world university rankings. Factors in the rankings include peer assessments and citations per faculty member.
  • Case Western Reserve University ranks 18th in the world in a listing of institutions based on their contributions to innovation. The results in Nature Index 2017 Innovation, a supplement to the multidisciplinary journal Nature, ordered universities and institutes based on citations of their research articles in other organizations’ patent documents.
  • Case Western Reserve ranked 13th in the country in a new study of research universities’ effectiveness in translating research breakthroughs into commercial success. The Brookings Institution report “Hidden in plain sight: The oversized impact of downtown universities” finds that leading higher education institutions located within major metropolitan areas dramatically outpace suburban and rural peers in research-related economic activity. Case Western Reserve ranked 13th overall, but stood at sixth for its number of patents per 1,000 students, at 4.1. The university's licensing deals (2.7) and new businesses per 1,000 students (0.4) each ranked 13th, while licensing income per student, at $155, was 26th.
  • Case Western Reserve is among the top institutions in the nation in the percentage of baccalaureate graduates who earn doctoral degrees in the sciences and engineering. The National Science Foundation compared the baccalaureate institutions of 2002-2011 science and engineering doctorate recipients with the number of bachelor's degrees awarded in all fields nine years earlier. CWRU ranked 16th, with 8.4 doctorate recipients per hundred bachelor's degrees awarded. Only six research universities, all private, had higher percentages (NSF InfoBrief 13-323, April 2013)
  • CWRU ranked 37th overall and 17th among private institutions in federal expenditures for research and development. (NSF/FY 2015)
  • Case Western Reserve University was ranked 72nd in the 2017 Reuters 100: The World's Most Innovative Universities list. Reuters 100 ranks the educational institutions doing the most to advance science, invent new technologies and help drive the global economy, and relies exclusively on empirical data such as patent filings and research paper citations in its methodology. Case Western Reserve University was ranked 85th in the 2016 Reuters 100: The World's Most Innovative Universities list.