Why CWRU

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Why Case Western Reserve University?

Top-notch academic programs. Field-leading expert faculty. World-changing research. A built-in ecosystem of innovation. And all located in the heart of a city full of economic, industrial and cultural opportunities.

That’s why!

 

Hands-on education

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Our classroom programs are among the world’s best—designed around rigorous curriculum that ensures you’ll get a solid mastery of fundamental engineering principles. But the classroom is only part of your engineering journey. At the Case School of Engineering, we pride ourselves on giving you the tools you need to be a truly well-rounded engineering professional, a triple threat with technical expertise, communication skills and innovator-style drive.

Opportunities to take your learning outside the classroom are everywhere. Get industry experience through any number of internships or by participating in our accredited co-op program that places you for seven-month (paid!) stints at some of the world’s top companies. Or add a cultural experience to your resume by taking advantage of international opportunities, which range from formal study abroad experiences to the chance to take some of your engineering core classes around the world.

 

Research opportunities

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We’re in the business of new knowledge: from constructing partially organic robots to designing sensation-restoring prosthetics to using the Internet of Things to help create a smarter energy grid and beyond. And students at all levels, from first-year undergrads to thesis-defending PhD candidates, participate in making these exciting discoveries.

Learn more about our research specialties or browse our faculty directory to see who’s making discoveries in your area of interest.

 

A community of innovators

Geek is chic here—according to the Huffington Post. And we’re proud to be a place where smarts shine both inside and outside the classroom. Take advantage of an entire ecosystem of innovation, built around our 50,000-square-foot Sears think[box] innovation center, one of the world’s largest campus-based more-than-a-makerspaces and home to all the resources you need to bring great ideas to life, including business plan advice from CWRULaunchNET and legal expertise from our IP Venture Clinic. Or hone your engineering skills in one of our dozens of student groups on campus. Explore all of our entrepreneurial and innovation resources now. 

 

Engineering in Cleveland

Why Cleveland? Because Cleveland rocks. See why the CLE is the premier place for engineering:

There’s no better place to collaborate with leaders in industry, from advanced manufacturing to energy to health care and more. From NASA Glenn Research Center and Parker Hannifin to Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, our faculty and students work and mingle with some of the brightest minds in the public and private sectors. Cleveland also happens to be a thriving environment for startups, with regional resources like the Cleveland Health-Tech Corridor, JumpStart, Nortech and Aviatra Accelerators making Cleveland THE destination for entrepreneurs.

Cleveland also packs all the awesome of major modern urban living—major league sports teams like the world-champion Cavs to the Browns and Indians, world-class performing arts, museums, shops, Iron-Chef led restaurants, public transportation and nightlife—without the exorbitant price tag. Learn more about why Forbes.com named Cleveland one of the nation’s most affordable cities, as well as one of the top destinations for 2015. (Hint: it's the culture ... plus the food ... plus the close encounters with nature, and more, that make Cleveland 'Rust Belt chic.')

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And Case Western Reserve’s neighborhood, University Circle, is home to not only some of the world’s leading health care institutions, but also serves as the cultural epicenter of the city. Here, you’ll find Cleveland’s symphony orchestra, art museum, museum of natural history, planetarium and botanical garden, as well as a number of eclectic and diverse eateries. In fact, Forbes.com named University Circle one of “America’s Prettiest Neighborhoods.”

But don't take everyone else's word for it. Come visit us and see for yourself.

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