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Student Life at Case

ChurchillGirl13ChurchillGirl13 Registered User Posts: 19 New Member
Case's website really doesn't do a good job of making the school sound exciting. The homepage of most schools websites always boasts about interesting things going on around campus and fun things for the students to do. They also typically have calendars loaded with events. Case's website, on the other hand, really seems lacking. Does Case just have a bad website, or is it truly as unexciting as the website makes it sound?
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  • CegorachCegorach Registered User Posts: 16 New Member
    Case's campus and Cleveland in general are pretty dull. Ohioan here, so I've been able to visit a handful of times and know a good collection of Case students/people based in Cleveland. It's pretty socially dead.
  • jkrtistjkrtist Registered User Posts: 220 Junior Member
    I don't think so at all! If you are a huge party person, go to OSU or Kent, as your money will probably be better spent. People who are constantly looking for huge parties are the ones who complain the most at Case, but everyone else is pretty happy I think. All the museums in the city are in University Circle where the college is, and while I don't visit them during the year, I do go there to study sometimes. I love going to the Art Museum especially because it is quiet and a great place to write a paper! Case also has an extraordinary number of clubs and activities for students to get involved in, basically anything that you want, they have! Case is especially great for student leadership, and the clubs that I happened to have joined in my sophomore year caused me to switch my major and career path because of my leadership skills and development! Students also like to travel to nearby Coventry Village, Beachwood Mall/University Heights area, or to downtown Tower City, Ohio City, or other areas to shop or get food. We frequent Target the most, especially the Chipotle that was built across the street, and they're doing an incredible job of revamping uptown (the area of Euclid Ave. by North Campus, around 115th-117th street) with restaurants and stores, as well as into the suburbs, such as University Heights where they are building more restaurants and shops. I also personally love the music scene in Cleveland, a lot of cool, inexpensive underground concerts (as well as big bands too) come to places like The Grog Shop (which is just a greenie ride away) or to Beachland Tavern or The House Of Blues and are really fun, one of my roommates works at the radio station, WRUW on campus and hears about all of them so we go and support the bands! Overall, Case has a very laid back atmosphere, definitely not a real party one, so don't come here if that is very important to you!
  • ProudpatriotProudpatriot Registered User Posts: 1,526 Senior Member
    My son likes the social atmosphere at CWRU. He is not a big party person so he wasn't looking for that sort of thing. He went to a Cleveland Indians game in Sept and got cheap tickets through the school. He also saw a concert at a state park with some other students. He says you can go anywhere within the city on the RTA so there is a lot accessible by mass transit. There are festivals in Little Italy in the fall (walking distance to campus) and lots of different things go on in Wade Oval.

    I think that students tend to be very focused on school at CWRU and although they have a social life, they do not let their social life interfere with their studies. If you are looking for the excitement found at a large university you will not find it at CWRU. It just doesn't exist. People are interesting but perhaps not that exciting.
  • RunsWScissorsRunsWScissors Registered User Posts: 456 Member
    My son is also not a party person, but he is looking for an active vibrant campus. I did find some info on clubs, but it was kind of buried on the site. Are students involved in on campus life or do the majority go off campus for fun? I'm not sure my son would find this appealing.
  • ProudpatriotProudpatriot Registered User Posts: 1,526 Senior Member
    I can't speak for all students but I know that my son stays on campus most of the time. He is a football player.

    He likes to hang out at The Jolly Scholar on Sundays and watch football. When we visited it was full of students watching football in groups. They run a special on Sunday-$9 all you can eat wings/fries/soda. All the tables were full of students when we were there and they show all the games on the many tvs.

    My husband and I visited the coffee house that is on campus and it was also full of people. I know things happen there. We saw lots of students gathering there in groups.

    The football team travelled to U Chicago over Halloween weekend and my son was disappointed that he would be missing the on campus Halloween events. So something happened on campus for Halloween but I don't know what it was or how well attended.

    When we were there we saw students playing basketball in groups. There are lots of clubs. My son has been playing intramural sports now that the football season is over. There are lots of IM sports. Dodgeball is my son's favorite. I know there will be some sort of weightlifting competition on campus because my son was excited about it. He was a competitive weightlifter in high school.

    He went to see Avenue Q (student production) and said it was great.

    I think there are plenty of things to do but students have to figure out whether the things that are going on are things they like to do. I get the feeling that students need to seek out their group of people at CWRU.
  • RunsWScissorsRunsWScissors Registered User Posts: 456 Member
    That is helpful, thanks. He did like the school when he visited, but other than saying the people looked "normal and friendly" :) didn't have a whole lot of time to get a feeling for the social scene.
  • beautifulchick95beautifulchick95 Registered User Posts: 519 Member
    social life is college is what you make of it
  • jkrtistjkrtist Registered User Posts: 220 Junior Member
    I completely agree with beautifulchick95. The social life at college, especially Case, is what you make of it. There are certainly students that choose to stay in their rooms all of the times, but many of us choose to join clubs or greek life and to be exposed to the university outside of classes. Case is a wonderful college in terms of extracurricular options and most students take advantage of that.
  • Pioneer8Pioneer8 Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    Hoping to get some insight from Proudpatriot. S is attending an overnight as a guest of the football team next week and wondering what to expect beyond the official agenda. Also looking to hear more about his experience with the program. Seems like he is pretty happy there.
  • ProudpatriotProudpatriot Registered User Posts: 1,526 Senior Member
    My son did not attend an overnight visit with the team. We live out of the area and he went for a game visit because he already liked the school and he wanted to get a feel for the type of football they play. During the game visit they met with some of the players who were injured. The coaches were available after the game.

    My son has liked the football experience his first semester. Freshmen as a general rule do not get much playing time. He had weekly meetings with the coaching staff to make sure he was not having academic problems. He likes the guys on the team. The linebackers coach who recruited him is leaving the team but the rest of the coaching staff is staying intact. My son likes the coachs.

    What else???
  • Pioneer8Pioneer8 Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    Thanks Proud Patriot!
  • valley1850valley1850 Registered User Posts: 15 New Member
    I'm oos and have not visited the campus. How will I get from the airport to the campus? Is the campus spread out or compact. Will I have to travel a distance in order to get to class? Will I feel like I am on a college campus or in a big city? What are the dorms like? Is the campus safe? Where should I stay when visiting?
  • hvsmagichvsmagic Registered User Posts: 74 Junior Member
    I was talking to my interviewer from Case and I asked her how the social life at Case is and she said there are a bunch of things to do off campus and on campus. For example, there is a shuttle bus called the Greene that will take you where all the bars, coffee shops and others things are off campus. She also said something that was really important. She said many of her friends ended up leaving Case after 1st year but its because all they did was stay in their room studying. She said even if you had to study, do it at the library or coffee shop because the worst thing, for her, you can do at Case is to study in your room all the time.
  • BluePoodleBluePoodle Registered User Posts: 189 Junior Member
    Valley1850,
    My daughter is a freshman at CASE right now. She is also an OOS student. She does not have a car but her roommate does. She takes the city red line train to the airport for free. But I do have her take a taxi for late night/evening returns from airport for safety reasons. She was originally on varsity swim team but it was too much for her to keep her 16 credits and swim varsity. She just went through sorority recruiting and they will get their bids tomorrow, so she may be involved in Greek life. But either way, she has a lot of good friends because she makes an effort to meet people. If you have any questions...please feel free to ask and I will do my best to answer them. Overall, she is happy with her choice but she does put in a lot of time studying.
  • ProudpatriotProudpatriot Registered User Posts: 1,526 Senior Member
    How will I get from the airport to the campus?

    You can take the RTA red line right from the airport to University Circle as long as you are not coming in late at night. If you are coming in late at night I would take a cab for security reasons.

    The RTA is not free. CWRU students get an RTA pass as part of their cost of attendance so once you are a student it will be free. I don't think it's very expensive but its not free.

    For an urban campus CWRU is pretty spread out and much greener than you expect (not in the winter). You will have to walk to get to class but you won't have to walk miles. There are shuttle buses that will take you if you don't feel like walking. The campus feels like a campus even though there are buildings on campus that are not part of CWRU. It feels urban but not in an overwhelming way. There are no huge buildings in the area of the campus. I really like the CWRU campus.
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