Case Western Reserve University
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I was a slacker in high school with 1500 on my SATs and a straight C average who thought that i would go to college and get a 4.0. Not so. Starting with the Class of 2006, the SAGES program was created to "teach future doctors, engineers and scientists" to write. It's a C or a B now for work that would previously recieve A's. Science majors fume at this along with the difficulties of humanities classes that are now extremely difficult (100+ pages of reading a day in some humanities courseloads.
Good Academics, Variable social life, no intellectual life, crappy city (cleveland sucks, the winters here are brutal)
Case. If you want to work as little as possible to become an engineer, doctor, scientist; come here. You'll go to a good grad school. Otherwise look elsewhere, while not terrible here, there are far better opportunities. Know what makes you happy. Myself, I have a 3.5 GPA and I'm graduating this year; I'll probably go to a decent grad school; will I prepared? Hard to say. (something that would never be the case at a more humanities oriented school)
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).
As for academics, the first year is all about getting through core requirements. The weed-out classes begin your second year. So far, the only classes where my homework was not busy work have been my social studies class, and I am an engineering major. Hopefully things get better.The dining services are downright awful. I don't understand how you are supposed to survive on flour and sugar for 9 months of the year. You only have 2 places where you can use meal swipes, and their quality of food is low. You can use a meal swipe at Denny's, but you can only do so once a week. Plus, the dining halls use large amounts of grease on everything they cook, so most of their food is particularly hard to digest. There are many other things wrong with the dining services, but that is only part of it.
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