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Thoughts on Case from a senior

SpartanSeniorSpartanSenior Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
I wanted to congratulate all the early accepts to Case and offer my thoughts on the school as you consider where to enroll.

A little bit about me so you have a better sense of my perspective. I'm originally from the North East and attended a private day school. I was accepted early with a half tuition scholarship. I have been a social sciences double major for all four years at case.

Case is a very good university and there is a fair amount of development happening near/on campus. It's an exciting time to be there.

However, look at the school's marketing material with a critical eye. Despite proclaiming to be a well rounded school, some parts of the university are much stronger than others. The strengths and weaknesses of the university reflect the strengths and weaknesses of Cleveland and North East Ohio. I don't see these changing quickly.

For students interested in STEM majors (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) or combining STEM majors with other interests, Case is a great choice. If you're considering pure liberal arts, social sciences or business I would look else where.

Most of the undergraduate resources are geared towards STEM majors. For example, the career fair for undergraduates has a disproportionate number of engineering firms. Likewise, there are scholarships and research opportunities restricted to STEM majors. Furthermore, many of the liberal arts, social sciences and business professors primary research interest is in healthcare or manufacturing.

University Circle is also no where near as vibrant as Case claims. There isn't a lot of interaction between Case, the Cleveland Institue of Music and the Cleveland Institue of Art. There is even less interaction between Case and the neighborhoods surrounding campus. Public transportation only is helpful for getting to the airport and downtown. Many of Cleveland's most vibrant areas are only accessible by car.

Hope this helps folks and good luck on the college search!
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Replies to: Thoughts on Case from a senior

  • statagari32statagari32 Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    I got admitted and it has always been my number one but now I am wondering if its the right place for me. Are there things to do on the weekends in Cleveland? And how is the Greek life at case? Also, is it hard to get internships at the Cleveland clinic for science majors? Thanks!
  • SpartanSeniorSpartanSenior Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    Hey Statagari32 -

    It depends what you want to do at the Cleveland Clinic - some programs are more selective than others. However, in general it is easy to get involved with both University Hospital and the Cleveland Clinic. Freshman often volunteer at one of the hospitals to get their foot in the door. There is also a very large pre-med community if that's what you're thinking.

    Greek life at Case is fantastic. Really something for everyone. Greeks are some of the most involved students on campus.

    Things to do in Cleveland over the weekend is a tricky question. Again, a lot depends on your perspective. If you're from rural Ohio, then Cleveland is going to feel like a big city with lots to do. If you're from a major metropolitan area on either coast or Chicago, then Cleveland is laughable. It is the regional center of North East Ohio and part of the rust belt - plan accordingly.

    Areas popular with students during the weekends are campus, Coventry (there is a free university shuttle - not really walking distance), Little Italy (walkable) and to a lesser extent Ohio City (accessible via public transit). I really like all of the neighborhoods I mentioned, but they are very small. Either one or two streets each. It will seem like a small selection of places if you're accustomed to a bigger city.
  • beautifulchick95beautifulchick95 Registered User Posts: 519 Member
    I also got in EA... i don't really care that much about social life... i am a social person so i will make my own social life. i know you gave some feedback on the other majors not relating to science and I was wondering if you could give some more. I am planning to double major in psych and History.... I know case is more of a "science" school but i was still interested in it and applied (obviously). Is pretty much case's educational curriculum centered around stem?
  • SpartanSeniorSpartanSenior Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    Hey beautifulchick -

    Congratulations on getting in EA. Case has a strong focus on STEM. For example, in the online student academic requirement system which lists what classes you need to take to complete your degree and your grades the first thing listed is undergraduate cumulative gpa. The second thing listed is gpa in science courses. Kind of sets the tone in my opinion.

    Don't know too much about the psych department and only have a little more knowledge on the history department. Both departments are small. A know a few psych majors who have done the combine graduate program in social work. I'd also assume there is a fairly large number of psych pre-med majors. The history program at the undergraduate level is a general program, but that said they do have a lot of expertise in the history of technology and science. The only history major I know was in the general program and is currently doing Teach for America.
  • beautifulchick95beautifulchick95 Registered User Posts: 519 Member
    I actually just did some stalking online at case's course option. I like some of the courses that they offer. I had an awful experience with science this year and vowed I would never take a science class but i shouldnt let one class beat me up. I am thinking of going into business or social work or law or teaching maybe being a doctor? I am not sure what I want to do. I just picked what i am best at. I am just worried that case is a science school and all the resources will be for the science departments but i guess having small departments can be beneficial because there will be more 1 on 1 time with teachers
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