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Aug 18 2011Undecided
1. Students are easy targets to be mugged on campus
2. The campus food is awful
3. My business school advisor didn't care at all about my career decisions. Impatient, no empathy, etc.

4. A lot of my friends transferred out from Case either after their first year or second year.
5. You will be miserable because of the serious lack of a female population6. Only if you're absolutely sure you want to do engineering or biomed as a career should you consider this school.

1st Year Male -- Class 2008
Campus Aesthetics: A+, Education Quality: F

This school is so packed with bureaucracy, you

Jul 20 2011Electrical Engineering
This school is so packed with bureaucracy, you will rarely ever see a personal touch here. It will take you days to change anything regarding meal plans, loans, or anything relating to money.

And don't even get me started about the faculty! One of my teachers--the teacher for the first THREE courses in Electrical Engineering, all of which are required, doesn't even have office hours! He has a full-time job at Nasa, which he will never fail to remind you in his lessons. His job involves designing circuits, and it shows--all he'll ever do in class is draw out circuits he designed, and give a terrible explanation of them (mostly consisting of telling you what he just drew). The quizzes he gives you are an exercise in remembering exact quotes by him--sometimes having to recide metaphors he said once in class a week prior.

The campus is full of ugly statues, gloomy and overworked students, and faculty that care ten times as much about their research as your education. The bottom line: This is your backup school. Only go here if you absolutely NEED to. And be prepared to fend off misery.

1st Year Male -- Class 2015
Collaboration/Competitive: B, Education Quality: F

I just transferred into the Macromolecular Science and

Jun 10 2011Engineering Department
I just transferred into the Macromolecular Science and Engineering department (Polymers) from Chem E. One of the best, smallest, and most friendly engineering departments on campus (only 35 undergrads). They produce lots of things and really encourage students to get involved in research, even requiring at least one credit hour of it to graduate. Since the program is unique, nearly all of the undergrads who graduate get placed where they want to go, whether that be grad school or work force or other. Check it out!

On to Case.
Most of the negative comments about Case are pretty true, but some of the positive comments are true also. Yes Case has alot of socially awkward people that come here, but that's not everyone. Not everyone here sits in their room or library studying all the time (including engineering majors). People do actually party (somewhat), do the typical college stuff. The majority of the people that go here are approachable, they just dont seem that way. Students are generally willing to help if you need help with some class. However, there is alot of the "I'm smarter than you" attitude that goes around though and often times students will only talk about how hard/easy a class was forever seems like. So the students here are ok, not perfect, but not terrible.

The Faculty:
Most of the liberal arts and business faculty are pretty nice and relaxed. They seem to actually care if their students learn and dont shy students away from asking them for help. The science faculty on the other hand is hit or miss. Alot of advanced classes will have teachers that dont have a strong command of the English language which makes it difficult to do well. Also, some exude the "dont come to me unless it's important" mentality which can be frustrating. Thats not to say that they're bad people (which they're not, they're only human) but they're just not good teachers and honestly should not be teaching those kinds of classes.

The work:
Yes there is alot of work, especially for the engineering/science majors. The pre reqs will be challenging, tedious, and utterly pointless, but not impossible. So many students here focus on getting good grades in them (which is fine and what you should do) but in reality, those classes really mean nothing as you probably wont use 75% past your intro the the major courses. Getting a C in Math 121, Phys 121, Chem 111, Math 223/4, and any of the Engr coures doesn't mean the end of the world or necessarily the end of engineering for that student. There are other important things like having a social life which many engineering/science/pre med majors here and at other schools fail to realize.

Social Life:
The common misconception is that there isnt much to do around campus. There is usually something going on, but not something that alot of people (*cough* Springfest *cough*). thats part of the reason either find a close group of friends and just hang with them alot or join greek life since they'll at least have something.

Hit or miss at the cafeterias. the campus restaurants arent very cheap either or good (*cough* Rascal House *cough*). Your best bet is to go to a grocery store and keep stuff in your room/suite if you can.In conclusion, socially, Case is what you make of it. You can have a semi good experience here or not. Its usually not the best experience of anyone's life like some people claim, but its not all that bad. Just come in with an open mind. Academically, just take it in strides. Work hard, but not too hard. There is no reason to pull an all nighter for any exam. No grade is worth losing sleep over (not even an A). Pick your classes/ teachers well and you'll have a decent time with that. Never lose hope and strive for what you want. Only quit a certain major if you truly dont want it anymore.

3rd Year Female -- Class 2013
Education Quality: A+, Individual Value: D
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