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Case Western Reserve University - 2016

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Undergraduate Admission to the College of Engineering

Applicants to Case Western Reserve University have the advantage of a single-door admission policy. All prospective students interested in engineering as a major should submit an application to the Office of Undergraduate Admission via the Common Application online at

Case Western Reserve University prides itself on attracting the best and brightest students and faculty. Admission to Case Western Reserve University is competitive. We look for students who show leadership and a passion for learning inside and outside the classroom.

Applicants are expected to take a challenging high school curriculum to fulfill the following units: four units of English, three units of math, three units of science (two of which must be laboratory science), three units of social studies and two units of a foreign language.

Applicants interested in engineering should have an additional unit of math and laboratory science.

Prospective students must submit either their official SAT or ACT with writing scores, their official high school transcripts, school report with counselor’s recommendation and two teacher recommendations.

Undergraduate Admission to an Engineering Department

Undergraduate students interested in engineering as a major do not declare their majors until the middle of the first semester of their first year, at the earliest, and are not subject to individual departmental requirements.

Entrance Requirements for Foreign Students

International students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents are required to submit proof of English language proficiency. The recommended minimum TOEFL score is 90 (iBT), 577(PBT), or 233 (CBT). Students can also meet language proficiency by scoring a 6.5 on the IELTS, a 600 on the CR section of the old SAT, a 33 or higher on the new SAT reading test, or a 26 on the English section of the ACT. This requirement may be waived for students who have been educated for two years prior to high school graduation in schools where the primary language of instruction is in English.

Residency Requirements

It is generally expected that the final two academic years will be taken in residence at Case Western Reserve University.

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

Transfer applicants are students who have enrolled in a college or university after graduation from high school. Transfers are considered for admission for both fall and spring semesters.

In order to provide adequate time for evaluation, applications should be completed as early as possible and by the appropriate deadline. The deadline for fall semester is May 1, for spring semester it is October 1.

In evaluating transfer students, we are looking for students who will reap the greatest benefits from our challenging academic environment and diverse student life opportunities. We recommend that transfer applicants carry a cumulative grade-point average of at least a 3.2 in all previous college work, especially in their intended field of study. We look for As and Bs in challenging academic courses, including English composition, mathematics, liberal arts and sciences.

If you have recently graduated from high school or have completed less than one full year of college, your high school record will play a large part in our admission decision. We expect you to have completed a minimum of 30 units of full-credit classes in high school (a GED, along with standardized testing, is also accepted) including four units of English, three units of mathematics (four units for math, science and engineering majors) and one unit of laboratory science (two units including chemistry for math and science majors; engineering majors must have one unit of chemistry and one unit of physics)

If you were dismissed from another college or university, you must be eligible to return to that institution in order to be considered for admission to Case Western Reserve University.

Transfer applicants must submit:
1. An application including Case Western Reserve University supplement. The application is available through the Common Application at
2. An official high school transcript
3. Official transcripts from each college or university attended.
4. A letter of recommendation from a college or university professor
5. Transfer College Report from the Common Application, indicating you are in good standing and eligible to return to the college you most recently attended.
6. SAT or ACT scores. The scores must be sent directly to the university from the testing service.

Transfer applicants will be notified of the admission decision on a rolling basis. (Visit for a list of notification dates.) In order to enroll, students must submit a non-refundable $500 deposit as directed in their admission letter by the deadline cited. Offers of admission are contingent upon satisfactory completion of work in progress at another college or university. In order to evaluate transfer credit, the Office of Undergraduate Admission must receive a complete official transcript of all work taken, including course descriptions.

Number of Transfer Students from:

A two-year community junior college where they were full-time students: 10
A four-year college or university where they were full-time students: 38