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CWRU gets a mixed review and I definitelyAverageNursing
CWRU gets a mixed review and I definitely agree. The c/o 2016 mech e reviewer's review is the most candid and personally relatable. As a nursing major, there are only a couple GEs to take outside of the nursing classes. I didn't realize how much I would miss seeing the rest of the campus until I had classes with the same 50 people from 8a-5p (on certain days) in the same building away from where the other people (literally all other majors) were. But given that CWRU BSN is a direct-entry program, there's really no cut-throat competition. You can often see collaboration among the students and faculty is generally responsive and helpful. This, however, does not mean that the professors are generous with giving back points. Quite a number of my nursing professors have been extremely stingy with giving back exam points (despite giving textbook and research proofs). But the best part about the BSN program is that clinicals start first semester of freshman year. This not only gives plenty of experience for those who are in nursing for certain but also gives people who are unsure an opportunity to experience nursing and make the quick switch if they decide to and waste less time.

Classes (especially nursing classes) are worth more credit hours than any other classes in other majors (ex. med-surg is worth 5 credit hours, jfc. There goes your GPA if you get anything B or below)

Campus security honestly isn't that great. CWRU's located at the edge of East Cleveland, meaning that it can be quite sketch. Use common sense and don't travel alone at night. Plenty of muggings for laptops/phones/money happen at practically any time of the day/night.

Social life is truly what you make of it. Nursing-specific, cliques definitely do happen. As for the rest of the campus in general, cliques do kind of happen. It's almost like high school again but there's a sweet and cute mix of the high school "popular" and "average" kids in the same friend group, which is astonishing. But pretty much after freshman year, the friend group you're in (if you're in one) is the one you'll stay in until graduation for as long as you don't fight with them. There's not too much campus life so people just hang out in each others' apartments/ suites.

Overall campus vibe is left-wing, liberal, diversity-inclusive but not as intense in those matters as some tree-hugging UC Berkeley. People are pretty accepting and inclusive. For a lot of these folks, Case is their "second choice". So there's a lot of snootiness and "I got waitlisted at ____ but just came here for the financial aid" until some of the aforementioned pre-meds' ochem, biochem, and physics classes come rolling around and they start racking up Bs and Cs and cry.

Also as a nursing student, don't expect some crazy straight-As all four years. Not going to happen. For those who have difficulties with memorization, anatomy and physiology may destroy you and you may get a grade that you have never seen before. Don't lose hope. Or just switch majors fast before you waste too much time on classes you can't get credit for as a different major. Nursing is truly a major that isn't just "I'll do this for money because job security and money". Yes, those are true but it's a job that truly requires time-management, genuine compassion, and quick-thinking. Not to mention the ability to handle excrement and bodily fluids.

Dining hall food isn't phenomenal but it also isn't as terrible as the students say. Case people have a tendency to need to complain about anything and the dining halls tend to be the biggest target. It's honestly fairly decent, folks.Everything at Case is good or bad depending on what you make of it. Personally, I'd go to Case again if I were to choose.

3rd Year Female -- Class 2019
Education Quality: A, Perceived Campus Safety: C-
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The social life at this school is terrible.Quite BrightArt & Design Department
The social life at this school is terrible. Greek parties are not good and essentially have a monopoly on "fun things to do". People do not frequently go out, and a large percentage of the student body will look down on you if you drinkAny department outside of STEM is vastly underfunded, and they'll tell you anything to get you to go here in the first place.
3rd Year Male -- Class 2018
Collaboration/Competitive: A-, Surrounding City: F
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Case is a university where you can runQuite BrightComputer Engineering
Case is a university where you can run into professors that do as little work as possible to run their class, students be damned. I have had a professor run lectures for an entire class off of notes from another professor, and refuse to answer questions!

Course sequences are complete garbage. Prerequisites won't prepare you for classes ahead, necessarily. Some classes have sections taught by different professors where the course materials covered is completely changed from beginning to end! (this happens a lot in the math department in required courses. Calc 3 and Diffeq are completely across the board!)

Classes can be incredibly unfriendly and confusing, led by professors more interested in researching than teaching. The entire engineering maths sequence is based on what the Math department wants to do (create mathematicians) and is fairly useless for the engineers. Meanwhile, you get to enjoy being run through the gauntlet in other courses and get healthy doses of confusion dumped upon you by various professors who you may or may not be able to understand. It all depends.

The university is terrible at maintaining everything, and I'm not just talking about lights in the bathrooms. As an engineer, I've prided myself in learning that our buildings are actually falling apart. I had an asbestos abatement team come into my dorm suite on south side in hazmat suits on the middle of a wedsday afternoon while I was studying. I was not informed of this, and they promptly began to set up their tent and drill into the walls.

If you want a good example, check out Millis Schmitt auditorium when you are on tour, then look up and see that the main lecture hall of this university has paint falling off the ceiling in chunks. One hit me on the head during an exam.

Dining halls are perfectly mediocre. Well, unless it is actually 2 am, at which point your options are A- starve. B- vending machine? or C- wander off into the ghetto and visit a taco bell in a crime hotspot. There used to be a white castle but it closed.

You pretty much need a car if you want to live off campus, unless you want to pay the 2 to 3x markup at the only grocery store within walking distance.

Living on the verge of the East Cleveland war zone means that students get threatened at gunpoint for their cell phones and or cars or backpacks all the time. Or you could sit in the freshman doorms on a summer evening with the windows open and listen to see if there are some nice gunshot reports rolling over the endless sea of broken homes.

A look up on the clearest cleveland night will get you at least six stars. Maybe ten. Most of the time, day and night are interchangable. Also, if you get a dorm room close to the ground floor of any building, you have a good chance of it being bright enough to read inside the dorm with the blinds closed, because LOL ultra bright streetlights. Can you put up curtains? No. I had one facing my window sideways. I painted my window black and paid a fine for it at the end of the year. Worth every penny.

Smokers beware, this university does not understand the concept of free choice in this world. There is a ban in the works that will prohibit you from even OWNING nicotine gum.

In conclusion.
I hated my time here
I regret not transferring despite my financial reasons to stay
The weather sucksDon't Go.

4th Year Male -- Class 2016
Innovation: D+, Education Quality: F
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