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| Case is a unique experience- it is far from being nondescript. The campus is unlike any other that I visited, the campus culture is vastly different, and the student body is a very eclectic mix. I believe that this polarizes students' views to a certain extent- people either hate it or love it here. I fall firmly in the latter category. The majority of bad experiences here are probably due to people not knowing what to expect, and finding that they chose a school that did not match their interests and personality. I would advise anyone looking at colleges to be cognizant of the differences in people's values and perceptions. This is not the right school for everyone, but it certainly is the right school for some.|
Case has several traits that distinguish it from most universities. It is one of very few smaller schools that have strong preprofessional programs and a strong liberal arts track. It has two medical schools, one through University Hospitals and one through the Cleveland Clinic. It sits on a variety of boundaries-it is on the edge of the inner city, stuck between some of the richest suburbs in the country and some of the poorest urban neighborhoods. The school has a unique past as a merging of a tech school and a liberal arts university, and today it still has the feel of a conglomerate of sorts. There are some very beautiful parts of campus, and some parts that seem out of place or poorly contrived. What is certain is that the school is very distinct. It has unique strengths and unique faults.
The key to having a good experience here is to take initiative, and to make goals and work towards them. It is possibly to fall very far behind very quickly here- there is a great deal of work involved, and your professors, classmates, coaches, and everyone else will expect you to put in serious effort into everything you do. This enviroment forces you to get yourself together. Once you have learned to manage your time and set priorities, however, there are incredible opportunities. There are not that many undergraduates here, and there are many faculty. This means that you will have an abundance of opportunities to talk to, learn from and even work for almost anyone on campus. People here are as intense about their interests as they are about grades, so any club, team, or group you join will be an engaging, rewarding experience. People who cannot find things to do are those who cannot be bothered to look around them.
|Apr 07 2011|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2014 |
| Everyone thinks they are smarter and better than you but in all fairness they might be. Most people only ever talk about school and future jobs, but you can find normal kids. |
|Feb 17 2011|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2013 |
| I love Case. Been here almost a year, and am secure in that it was the right choice for me. I am a Computer Science and Cognitive Science double major finishing up my first year.|
The EECS (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science) department at Case is friendly, helpful, and - most importantly - provides a good education with plenty of opportunities to get involved beyond your classes. I can't recommend the program enough. The students here are smart, but not snobby, and there are great facilities and a number of clubs within the department (Hacker Society, Lego Robotics Club, and more).
Case's Cognitive Science department is relatively young and small in comparison. However, I've loved all my CogSci classes so far. The professors are all involved in cutting-edge research, especially in gesture, social cognition, and cognitive linguistics. But be warned, they do not like suck-ups and will get annoyed if you bother them with nonsense. However, if you're respectful and honest they will treat you well. The department also has a student group, lounge, and hosts a number of colloquiums throughout the year, with guest speakers from other cognitive science and neuroscience departments around the country.
As far as social life goes, how much you like it really depends on what you're looking for. There are certainly people who go clubbing, drinking, and partying in frats every weekend. But a lot of Case social life revolves around clubs, common rooms (at least for freshmen), and your own group of friends. People are really friendly, and there is enough going on every weekend to ensure you don't have to leave campus at all if you don't want to ($1 movies on the quad, Spot Night concerts, various clubs, and frat parties). I haven't spent much time in downtown Cleveland - there are a few 18+ clubs and bars open late, as well as fancy restaurants, but I'd rather save my money. Cleveland also has a small but thriving rave scene, much more my forte.Case is *extremely* lax in most residence hall policies. Most infractions (including drugs/alcohol) are dealt with by getting written up, which means essentially nothing. Too many write ups will get you a stern talking-to, followed by kicking you out of the housing system if you continue to act a fool (I've never heard of this happening, but that's the rule). Things freshmen have been written up for this year: alcohol, marijuana, ecstasy, throwing pumpkins off the roof, climbing onto the roof in general, defacing people's doors, refusing to shut up after quiet hours (which vary by dorm).
|Feb 14 2011|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2014 |