Case Western Reserve University

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#62, overall score 57.92/100

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Gmail, Craigslist, and Norton AntiVirus were all developed by Case Western alumni.

Why should Jewish students attend CWRU? ​CWRU has a study-intensive culture without much drama. The Jewish life is available and ​strong, although not exceptionally large. If you are looking for a relatively “quiet” place to live with very high level academics, you should look into CWRU. - Rabbi Mendy Alevsky, Chabad at CWRU


  • Location: Cleveland, Ohio
  • Region: Midwest
  • Campus type: Big city
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 5,152
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 630
  • Jewish population share: 12%
  • Student origin: 28% in-state / 72% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: The Observer
  • NCAA Division: III
  • NCAA team: Spartans
  • Ultimate Frisbee team: Fighting Gobles

COST & AID Score: 7.5/15

  • Score: 7.5/15
  • Tuition: $47,500
  • Room & board costs: $14,784
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $36,474
  • Average loan debt: $32,377
  • Starting median salary: $62,400

ACADEMICS Score: 13.33/20

  • Score: 13.33/20
  • Acceptance rate: 33%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 11.2:1
  • Median SAT range: 1340-1520
  • Jewish Studies program: Yes
  • Jewish Studies major: Minor
  • Hebrew major: Yes

ISRAEL Score: 9.33/20

  • Score: 9.33/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 26
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: Israel’s CWRU
  • BDS vote in last four years: Proposed, didn’t pass

SAFETY Score: 9.33/11

  • Score: 9.33/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 0
  • Campus crime rate: 2.91/1,000 students (medium low)
  • City crime rate: 69.47/1,000 people (high)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 18.42/34

  • Score: 18.42/34
  • Hillel: Hillel at CWRU
  • Chabad: Chabad at CWRU
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Jewish fraternities: ZBT
  • Jewish sororities: No
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? Yes
  • Chicken soup hotline: Yes
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 35
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 14 (7 Orthodox, 3 Conservative, 4 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alum: Craig Newmark
  • Where do Jewish students come from? All over the country.
  • Kosher food details: Students can buy kosher food at several locations in Cleveland around 10-20 minute drive from campus. There’s a kosher meal plan available and the kosher restaurant in the Hillel building is working on getting approved for the meal swipe program.

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