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Case Western vs University of Rochester for engineering


Replies to: Case Western vs University of Rochester for engineering

  • mathmommathmom Registered User Posts: 32,051 Senior Member
    If I remember correctly U of Rochester has no language requirement. Case Western might.
  • 2014novamom2014novamom Registered User Posts: 778 Member
    CWRU has no language requirement for engineering majors.
  • arisamparisamp Registered User Posts: 1,345 Senior Member
    It might come down to "fit". These were the two schools my D was deciding between 4 years ago (where did those years go?). She picked Case and has been very very happy there.

    Merit money - both Case and U of R offered her money - Case gave her a tad bit more. U of R did give her a summer research grant in addition to the yearly merit though. Money was not a factor in her decision.

    Location - I am so happy she picked Case. Traveling to Case from Boston was very do-able - flights were easy to get (although not inexpensive) and she could get from the airport to campus easily enough by metro. Or grab a ride with a friend. Wouldn't have been easy with U or R. U of R is more of a campus feel though compared to Case - but the suburban area of Case has more to offer in terms of shopping, restaurants and the like.

    Case has a better reputation for BME I believe - if that counts at all. D is going to graduate with a degree in BME next May. However, when it came to finding research opportunities, jobs or internships - D did this pretty much on her own. She didn't think the office at Case was very good (I can only contrast this with my friend's son's experience at RPI - they had a fabulous office there - but then again, he was in Computer Science, not BME).

    If you have any specific questions, feel free to PM me.
  • colorado_momcolorado_mom Registered User Posts: 8,892 Senior Member
    OP - Hoping that your guy gets great offers at both schools ;)
  • MADadMADad Registered User Posts: 2,050 Senior Member
    arisamp--just for comparison's sake, US Air offers non-stop flights between Rochester and Boston, and the Rochester airport is only 10 minutes from the campus. Travel between Boston and Rochester is also surprisingly easy.
  • mma396mma396 Registered User Posts: 16 New Member
    Thanks colorado_mom. He received a nice one from Case. Long wait until university of Rochester is out!
  • benrebbenreb Registered User Posts: 214 Junior Member
    I don't know anything about these schools in terms of engineering. But in terms of arts and culture, the U of R has a shuttle bus that takes students from the River Campus (main campus) to the Eastman school. Therefore, students can easily get to the city even if they don't have a car. And the new college town they have built near campus is just amazing.

    In terms of research, when I went there it was pretty easy to get involved conducting research with a professor. Basically just had to ask. And when my son toured the U of R a few years ago, the admissions office talked a lot about student research and how basically, if you were interested, you would be able to find an opportunity.

  • jackiefjackief Registered User Posts: 3,085 Senior Member
    my D is an engineering major and received merit offers from both schools, she is at Case. She has not done research and I would agree with the comment up thread about the coop experience. If this is important to you, ask to see the statistics, same for summer internships. I don't know if they are able to break down number of jobs obtained through the coop/career offices, vs those students find on their own.
  • cptofthehousecptofthehouse Registered User Posts: 27,951 Senior Member
    If cost is about the same, distance about the same, it comes to personal preferance, IMO Cleveland is a bigger city. URochester has more of a campus I've known kids who have loved both schools and kids who have not. Depends upon the kid.
  • SOSConcernSOSConcern Registered User Posts: 3,835 Senior Member
    edited January 2015
    For the top 50 private university rating by Kiplinger's Personal Finance (Feb 2015) - article says full rankings etc kiplinger.com/links/college U of Rochester is ranked 28 and Case Western is 46. U of Rochester says 98% of need met; Case Western says 83%. U of Rochester has 77% graduating in 4 years; Case Western has 65%. Admission rate is higher for Case Western (42%) to U of Rochester (36%).

    There are a lot of individual details that may have one be a better fit than the other. Case Western has a higher % of need aid and non-need aid but higher avg debt at graduation. U of Rochester has a higher avg cost after non-need based aid ($49,948 compared to Case Western $36,422).

    Glad to hear DS has a nice offer from Case.

    The best on a good decision process and happiness with decision.

    I have a dau studying engineering, and the important thing is getting a good education w/o financial stress. Student is happy and parents are happy.
  • colorado_momcolorado_mom Registered User Posts: 8,892 Senior Member
    When we were looking 5 years ago, Case had a reputation for low FA... high merit scholarships. DS (stellar stats, interesting ECs) had a scholarship offer that made Case about the same price as state flagship.
  • mma396mma396 Registered User Posts: 16 New Member
    OP here... DS accepted into URochester. He received a close merit award and we await financial aid data from both. We are planning trips to both in March. I appreciate all the feedback so far. I will report back about the visits...... It may come down to that fit thing:)
  • ohiokid1234ohiokid1234 Registered User Posts: 40 Junior Member
    I don't know anything about URochester. However, I am a junior at Case with several BME friends. In regards to the BME department (based on friends conversations):

    All tracks of BME will leave you well prepared for the workforce.
    Program is extremely well regarded outside of case

    most professors in the BME department are horrible
    one of the hardest majors at Case
    must fulfill abnormally high number of requirements for BME degree
    If going for BME computing track, it is suggested to do a CS degree with minor in Biology instead

    If you have any questions about Case, let me know.
  • bopperbopper Forum Champion CWRU Posts: 13,928 Forum Champion
    Case is very well known for Biomedical Engineering. It is ranked 15th in the nation for BME.
  • colorado_momcolorado_mom Registered User Posts: 8,892 Senior Member
    Congratulations. Note that at most schools you cannot "stack" merit scholarships and need-based Financial Aid. So do your research with all the numbers. (Also factor in years where you might have more than one in college - those are the years when the family is likely to get more FA).
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