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Old 03-25-2019, 03:21 AM
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My kid was accepted to CWRU and they gave him a scholarship that amounts to about half the cost. I know its ranked as a good school (#42 in US News & World Reports). Out of the handful of schools he applied to, CWRU gave him the most $ in aid but its the one that we know the least about and the only one we did not visit (although we are going next month). I'd like to hear from those who are familiar with it. FWIW, he's planning on majoring in Business/Finance/Accounting. I read with interest the recent thread about going to college and public vs. private. My kid applied and got into a state school as well ( his "safe school" ) but the difference in cost shakes out to about 7K a year - not enough to really factor into the decision in my estimation.

Thanks for any insight you may be able to provide.

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My kid was accepted to CWRU and they gave him a scholarship that amounts to about half the cost. I know its raked as a good school (#42 in US News & World Reports). Out of the handful of schools he applied to, CWRU gave him the most $ in aid but its the one that we know the least about and the only one we did not visit (although we are going next month). I'd like to hear from those who are familiar with it. FWIW, he's planning on majoring in Business/Finance/Accounting. I read with interest the recent thread about going to college and public vs. private. My kid applied and got into a state school as well ( his "safe school" ) but the difference in cost shakes out to about 7K a year - not enough to really factor into the decision in my estimation.

Thanks for any insight you may be able to provide.
Why not send him to the state school and put the $7k/yr in a savings account each year. Be a nice graduation gift and perhaps give him a head start.
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My wife and I both went to CWRU. I majored in engineering, wife in accounting. Your son will get a great education, the course work is rigorous and the students are serious about schoolwork. This is not a party school.

Cleveland isn't a great City. My son got an offer similar to your son but decided to go to school in Boston which is definitely a much more vibrant City.

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Old 03-25-2019, 05:01 AM
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Mostly known as a high end medical school associated with the Cleveland Clinic and University hospitals.The area and campus is very diverse and cultural.As stated above not a party school and not Boston ( what is).Highest ranked school in Ohio I believe.
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My kid was accepted to CWRU and they gave him a scholarship that amounts to about half the cost. I know its raked as a good school (#42 in US News & World Reports). Out of the handful of schools he applied to, CWRU gave him the most $ in aid but its the one that we know the least about and the only one we did not visit (although we are going next month). I'd like to hear from those who are familiar with it. FWIW, he's planning on majoring in Business/Finance/Accounting. I read with interest the recent thread about going to college and public vs. private. My kid applied and got into a state school as well ( his "safe school" ) but the difference in cost shakes out to about 7K a year - not enough to really factor into the decision in my estimation.
Thanks for any insight you may be able to provide.
My nephew went there and got a degree in economics. He now works as an Equity Research Analyst and makes some good bucks. It is an excellent school and unless the "State" school was one of the ones with a higher speed reputation like Michigan or Texas since the extra 7k is not a economics difference maker go for CWRU.
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Mostly known as a high end medical school associated with the Cleveland Clinic and University hospitals.The area and campus is very diverse and cultural.As stated above not a party school and not Boston ( what is).Highest ranked school in Ohio I believe.
Oldest son went there on a scholarship, and was a solid foundation for him. Biomedical Engineering. Was offered and took his MS and Phd. at the University of South Dakota. I don't think that post grad offer would have come if he didn't go to Case.
There are some rough neighborhoods bordering the campus.
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Old 03-25-2019, 07:03 AM
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Cleveland isn't a terrible city, aside from winter.

Best park park system in the US, lots of good restaurants, etc. Case Western is a great school.
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Thanks for all the great feedback so far - please keep it coming. CWRU sounds like a good match for my son. He is really not into the party "mentality" and has been serious about his studies from early on. He's in a charter high school and it has paid off so far with several acceptances to good colleges. We are waiting on his top choice, Carnegie Mellon to respond so we can then sit and make an overall comparison. I have a pretty bad perception of Cleveland but truthfully, I've never been. Honestly I didn't think much of Pittsburgh either until I visited and found that me preconceived idea about was totally wrong. Pittsburgh is a really nice place and Cleveland may be as well. Let's see.

To address some of the comments, the state school that he was accepted to is The College of NJ which enjoys a pretty good rep here in NJ. I think CW is a significantly better school and may be a better fit for him based on some of the comments regarding party vs. academic focus. He really is a home body that enjoys playing pick up soccer games for kicks. Other than that he gets a ton of homework and plays a "reasonable" amount of video games with his classmates and neighborhood buds.

JohnB48 mentioned to send him to state school and pocket the rest but that wont work - even with a hefty scholarship and several of the schools that accepted him, we will send need to secure loans to pay for his tuition. Since he has really put a lot of work into his studies, if he really wants to go to Case ( or CM if they offer a similar package) I won't let 7K a year more get in the way of that.

CWRU came in late in the process. My BIL, who is a MD suggested it as he has been visiting the campus for professional reasons and after looking into the business program, we added it to the mix.

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Old 05-22-2019, 10:58 AM
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So just to follow up on this thread, after all the comparisons, discussions, hand wringing and so on, my son is off to CWRU this fall. Thanks again to all how provided insight. Appreciated!
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If your son doesn't already know the origin of the name, have him look up the history of the "Western Reserve", in which CWRU is built. Neat piece of Revolutionary War era history.
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Originally Posted by yarcraft91 View Post
If your son doesn't already know the origin of the name, have him look up the history of the "Western Reserve", in which CWRU is built. Neat piece of Revolutionary War era history.
Thanks for that - will do
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I visited three times with my son before he decided to go elsewhere. Check out The Glidden House as a potential place to stay when you are visiting. Very convenient to the campus.
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Yep - we are booked @ Glidden for move-in and orientation
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