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Feb 25 2002Physics
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This school has a lot of potential for those that want to challenge themselves academically. The social scene is a big fat 0. It is advantageous to be from the area, so you have a car, or have friends with a car. Having access to a car is key- no car==no fun. You should get off campus ASAP. Screw the rules and regulations regarding living in the dorms, they are bogus. Just say you are living with your parents, the school will never know.

Frats and Sor. houses are OK- they can be kinda lame, but I guess it depends on what you like. Best places to live- Little Italy (if you are of color, watch out!) or Coventry(all varieties of life welcome here, and then some). If you have a car or can brave the bus (never on time), you could try living near Shaker Square, or deeper into Cleveland Heights than Coventry (Cedar-Fairmount is also nice). Remember, if you come to CWRU, you didn't come here for the parties. Cleveland Institute of Music and CIoArt have very eclectic students. Please introduce yourselves to them. Cultural activities abound in University Circle. You should visit the Art Museum often- it is world class. Orchestra tickets can be had for cheap for those that get the reserved for Students ones ($2, not $34).

My professors were awesome in Physics. I had a small graduating class and we were pretty tight. Outside of physics, I took a slew of engineering courses- these were actually pretty good, and prepped you for industry/grad school quite well. The professors are EXTREMELY available, even for some of the big classes. I never had an issue setting up an appointment to see any faculty or staff. I still keep in contact with my profs to this day, and they have been instrumental in my success AFTER graduation. These people care about us- a lot.The school is expensive- but you get what you pay for. Easy access to professors, top quality education, and so many scholarship opportunities that the real cost should definitely be below 10,000 not including room and board. This is a bit higher than most state schools, but we are talking about a private institution here. All in all, I would go to Case all over again if I had too. Feel free to ask me questions.

4th Year Male -- Class 2000
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Faculty Accessibility: A+, Social Life: D-
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Dec 11 2001Engineering Department
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Case is great school when it comes to preparing you for the real world. They go out of their way to help you find jobs after graduation and internships/Co-Ops while you are an undergrad. The cost of education is a bargain as long as you take advantage of the various merit based scholarships that the university offers. However, the sticker price of the university is WAY TO HIGH for what the university is. You will be given the chance to interact with world-renown faculty because the student to *quality* faculty member ratio is probably lower than most places.

HOWEVER. THE POINTS THAT I SPECIFICALLY LISTED ABOVE ARE THE ONLY - I REPEAT, THE ONLY - THINGS GOOD ABOUT THIS UNIVERSITY. (I WILL TRY TO ONLY OUTLINE NEGATIVE THINGS ABOUT THIS SCHOOL THAT HAVEN'T BEEN MENTIONED IN PREVIOUS COMMENTS)

You need to have a car if you want to have any fun here. And if you do have a car, be prepared to shell out at least $300/semester for parking. The school is bent on taking a hard line approach towads alcohol on campus and students invariably will go to off-campus parties. It almost seems as if the univesrity is promoting drinking and driving. By pushing all the alcohol off campus, the university has effectively removed liability from itself, but not for the good of the student. This is a prime example of how the school approaches issues. It considers the well-fare of the student last among all things. In the last year the university has recognized many of it's faults and implimented a new, student-friendly "master plan." It won't be complete for another 10-15 years or so. Unless you are reading this in 2012, DO NOT COME TO CASE.

3rd Year Male -- Class 2002
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Education Quality: A, Social Life: D-
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Nov 09 2001Business - Management and Administration
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Hello everyone that might be interested in this school. Let me give you a little advice. If you want a good education at a fairly decent price, this is the place to go. The education quality is good and the professors are usually good (at the higher leves that is). That's about all I can say that's good about this university. Now let's move onto the bad. Here is my disclaimer: The following points are based on my subjective feelings about the university; I understand that others may have a different attitude, but I feel the need for people to be infomed. No let's get started. There is nothing on campus. Yes you can go visit the museum or botanical gardens for free, or pay a huge charge of $34 dollars to see the Cleveland Orchestra. However, these great things are overshadowed by the smaller things. There is no private book store, convenience store, movie theater, grocery store, or even a CD store withing 40 minutes of walking distance. You have to pay $17 dollars to get a simple haircut and pay double the price on goods at the university "convenience" store. IF YOU DON'T have a car, you're out of luck. Freshmen virtually have no chance to get a university parking permit. Yes there is public transportation, but it is terrible and the timings are always off. Everything is within driving distance. Don't live on south side. I heard only six freshmen live on south side this year. North side is okay. All the dorms look identical and makes you feel like you're living in a socialistic society. There are only two dining halls, one on north side, one on south side. The food is pretty bad, but I understand that this is usually true at other colleges. If you're not 21 you can't have an apartment: PERIOD. This means that you have to spend your four years in a dorm and are forced to be on the meal plan whether you like it or not. The residence life staff people are intolerant of everything that many people believe what makes college fun: alcohol, smoking, and heckling in general. Most of the students that I've gotten to know are bookworms during the week and computer gamers during the weekend. This is how dorm life is for me, and I supposedly live in one of the most social dorms on campus.... Basically, if you want a life, you're going to have to join a fraternity or sorority. Frats and Sororities don't really accept people past the beginning of their sophemore year. So if you figure this out too late, you'll find yourself in a very antisocial sector. Frats are also getting influenced to have less parties and such. I'm not a partier, but I do every once in a while just want to have a bit of fun with some friends after a hard week of tests. Another thing is that this school is 2/3 's male. Girls, you might like that. Let me tell you though: being a freshman guy here STINKS. Don't let the statistics or the university fool you. This university has an "urban campus." However, most people would think that this would be a positive thing. It most certainly isn't. There is the area known as East Cleveland To the North and Northeast of campus. That area has more homicides than the entire city of Cleveland. There is more ghetto on the west side and southwest side of campus. South of campus is nice supposedly. I haven't been past the south side of campus since just walking to the south side of campus takes 25 minutes. Finally on the east side of campus is the only thing that I like: Little Italy. There are some shops and restaurants here. Not really anything THAT spectacular; most of the shops and restaurants are expensive. This is my basic attitude towards this university. It sucks. I understand it's all on your point of view or your thoughts about how college would be. I am disappointed and will most likely be transferring out of this school. Paying a little bit more money for the sake of having an adequate life is something I'm willing to do. If you are into gadgets, technology, computers, studying, and not doing anything else, this is definately the place for you to go. Business people need to socialize. It's how we function. I'm sorry if I'm bursting some bubbles about how this school is. I just don't want anyone to make the same mistake that I did. Thank you.
1st Year Male -- Class 2005
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