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Jun 10 2011Engineering Department
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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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May 05 2011Business - Management and Administration
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CWRU is an excellent University. I emphasize university for most of the comments are from students who should go to a CC or college. U profs are smarter and more accomplished than the latter.If you want an education go to cwru if you want party life and big social scene go elsewhere. I play teo sports at CWRU and was a D1 recruit so we are not what some misfits think. I also got 36's in math and science. I really like Case and I am from NYC originally. Cases admission applications were up 44% this year and next year will also rise. Case is rated by experts as # 32 in USA of ALL colleges and universities. It is tied with Carnegie M but we have the med school and better sports and facilities.
2nd Year Male -- Class 2014
University Resource Use: A+, Perceived Campus Safety: B-
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Apr 30 2011Chemistry
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Biggest mistake ever. I regret coming here so much. Maybe it was my expectations. People here are so close minded sexist, racist, and homophobic (or maybe it's just ohio). It's just really backwards. People are also really cut-throat even when they don't have to be (i.e. not on a curve). People get drunk all the time, though if you go to parties it's generally the same group of people at all of them. It's a perfect place for those who maybe were marginalized as "nerds" or "geeks" in high school to re-invent themselves as what they wanted to be in high school (popular, jock, artsy, etc). That's all fine, but I can't believe they were considered "nerds" or "geeks" considering their low academic calibre.
1st Year Male -- Class 2014
Friendliness: D+, Useful Schoolwork: F
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