Case Western Reserve was originally founded in 1826, and our history is as long and storied as our name. What began as two separate institutions — Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve College — federated in 1967 to form Case Western Reserve University, which immediately became one of the country's leading research institutions.
With an endowment of more than $1.4 billion, Case Western Reserve supports about 100 designated academic and research centers, and receives nearly $400 million in external research awards each year. Our eight schools and college offer close to 200 top-ranked undergraduate, graduate and professional programs that range from arts, law and humanities to engineering and medicine.
Virtually all 2,600+ faculty members hold doctorate or appropriate terminal degrees. They are researchers. They are teachers. They are leaders in their fields. In fact, Case Western Reserve counts 15 Nobel laureates (including the first American scientist to receive the prize) among our current and former faculty and alumni.
About 10,000 students — 40 percent undergraduate — are enrolled at the university, representing all 50 states and more than 100 countries. But our students are more than just numbers. Case Western Reserve students are the best and the brightest in the nation, featuring Fulbright, Goldwater and National Science Foundation scholars (to name a few) who seek challenges within and beyond the classroom.
Outside those state-of-the-art classrooms, our unique urban campus bustles across 155 acres in University Circle, a vibrant cultural district just five miles east of downtown Cleveland, Ohio. A cornerstone institution, Case Western Reserve generates a $1 billion impact on the region's economy with innovative technologies, social services and cutting-edge research.
Each year, U.S. News and World Report ranks the nation’s top universities and graduate programs. Each year, Case Western Reserve University earns its spot among the country’s best colleges.
One of the Nation’s Top Universities
In its 2014 ratings, U.S. News and World Report: America’s Best Colleges ranked Case Western Reserve University No. 37 among 280 national universities.
Case Western Reserve University was also ranked No. 27 on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Values charts.
Best in Ohio
According to the 2014 rankings, Case Western Reserve is rated as the best university in the state of Ohio.
Top Graduate Schools and Programs
Over the past five years, a number of graduate and professional programs at Case Western Reserve University have topped U.S. News and World Report’s Best Graduate Schools charts, including health law at No. 3, social work at No. 8 and biomedical engineering at No. 15.
The report also ranked Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine 23rd in the nation in research, placing it highest among Ohio medical schools.