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Case Western vs University of Rochester for engineering

mma396mma396 14 replies2 threads New Member
What are some of the pros and cons of these two schools. S is looking into biomedical focus. Thanks
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  • 4kidsdad4kidsdad 4583 replies19 threads Senior Member
    They both are good.
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  • eyemamomeyemamom 5428 replies79 threads Senior Member
    One has a more urban campus, the other more suburban, but in my opinion, and granted I have a son at one of them, but toured both, it would just be personal preference, I see them as "sister" schools.
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  • CreeklandCreekland 6586 replies92 threads Senior Member
    I agree that it's a personal preference. Case is more urban. UR, while in Rochester, has much more of a "campus" feel. My guy preferred the latter and is happily there. Your student might prefer the former. I know students who have gone to Case and enjoyed it.
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  • jym626jym626 57404 replies3010 threads Senior Member
    see if one has better success with job placement. I am guessing Case might.
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  • PurpleTitanPurpleTitan 13445 replies31 threads Senior Member
    See which one costs more after fin aid and merit money.
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  • saintfansaintfan 8182 replies92 threads Senior Member
    This is second party, but a good friend whose D is at Case (seems to be very happy otherwise from what I can tell) has had a very underwhelming experience with the coop office. She has not found them to be helpful at all and my understanding is that they feel like the coop program was oversold.
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  • cobratcobrat 12207 replies78 threads Senior Member
    If one's looking into a biomedical focus, Case has a slight edge in perceived reputation among many I know in the biomedical field. However, it's close enough that one can't go wrong with either.
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  • IowaParent15IowaParent15 52 replies0 threads Junior Member
    I would look at Rensselaer (RPI) for BME if I my son was in that area.
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  • mma396mma396 14 replies2 threads New Member
    Does anyone have knowledge of research and internship opportunities at either of these schools? I have to assume coop is not big based on the response but I think good internships or research work is a close second. Thanks
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  • MidwestDad3MidwestDad3 2172 replies14 threads Senior Member
    Have spent a lot of time at both of these schools, though not in engineering. Both are outstanding. Case has more in the way of arts (world class art museum, symphony) directly adjacent to campus. Rochester has its draws as well, but they are a bit further off campus. If possible, visit both campuses and talk directly with faculty members about research opportunities. They are 4 hours apart, door to door (I've done the drive many times).
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  • mamabear1234mamabear1234 3482 replies45 threads Senior Member
    There will be lots of research going on at both, a student may need to ask a professor to do research with him/her. Both are adjacent to large hospitals. My experience at Case Western RESERVE U was in the early 80's, but co-op was possible even then although very few of us took advantage of it. When only a few are on the program, most peers will graduate a year earlier, which makes for a lonely senior year. Many of my friends back then did research with professors. I know one student there currently who did research in Switzerland over a summer. From reading my alumni magazine I see there seem to be more hands-on engineering opportunities for first and second year students than when I attended. There are plenty if opportunities, the student may need to be proactive to seek them out.
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  • cobratcobrat 12207 replies78 threads Senior Member
    Case has more in the way of arts (world class art museum, symphony) directly adjacent to campus. Rochester has its draws as well, but they are a bit further off campus.

    URochester is close to the Eastman Conservatory of music, one of the top conservatories in the US up there with the likes of Peabody, Curtis, Oberlin, and the NEC. I don't know about the arts, but from knowing a few relatives and a lot more friends who attended URochester for engineering or conservatory(some at the doctorate level), they're certainly not lacking in access to the performing arts in the music area compared to Case.

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  • MidwestDad3MidwestDad3 2172 replies14 threads Senior Member
    @cobrat Yup, Eastman has fabulous concerts, but they are a mile or two away from campus. Otherwise, Rochester doesn't quite have the arts scene that Cleveland does. My impression from recent visits to both cities is that Cleveland is experiencing a resurgence, whereas Rochester is still feeling the pain of recent corporate closures and downsizing. That said, U of R remains very healthy. I think they are now the largest employer in Rochester.
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  • MiamiDAPMiamiDAP 16183 replies1 threads Senior Member
    Case Western is well know for great Merit awards. I do not know anything about Rochester.
    Young people like it in Cleveland, lots of musical / social / fairs events, great places to eat, lots of nice little neighborhoods around the city, very close to campus.
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  • LakeWashingtonLakeWashington 8907 replies482 threads Senior Member
    Either one. They are both superior STEM universities.
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  • mathmommathmom 33089 replies160 threads Senior Member
    If I remember correctly U of Rochester has no language requirement. Case Western might.
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  • 2014novamom2014novamom 778 replies0 threads Member
    CWRU has no language requirement for engineering majors.
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  • arisamparisamp 1343 replies63 threads 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.
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  • colorado_momcolorado_mom 9386 replies83 threads Senior Member
    OP - Hoping that your guy gets great offers at both schools ;)
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  • MADadMADad 2017 replies82 threads 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.
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