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Colleges / Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland, OH 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate30%
Acceptance Rate30%

Case Western Reserve Admissions

If you want to apply to Case Western Reserve, the regular decision application deadline is January 15 and the fee for the application is $70.

Students who submit their applications to Case Western Reserve for the fall semester should hear back from Case Western Reserve by March 19.

Case Western Reserve Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Case Western Reserve's admissions stats.

Case Western Reserve 2022 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 62%
Mean SAT Score 1451
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 39%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 27%
Waitlist Yes

Case Western Reserve University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Case Western Reserve University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 1 December 10
Early Decision II Yes November 1 ––
Early Action Yes November 1 December 21
Regular Decision Yes January 1 March 19

Considering Applying Early to Case Western Reserve?

Case Western Reserve offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, which means you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision I applications are due by November 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 10.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision II applications are due November 1.

πŸ—“οΈ The Early Action deadline is November 1. Case Western Reserve will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 21.

The early decision acceptance rate at Case Western Reserve is 36%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 30%. Last year, Case Western Reserve admitted 318 of the 888 students who applied early decision.

Some students apply early because they hope it will boost their chances of getting in. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of being admitted, since it shows your interest in a school.

➑️ Explore a list of some competetive colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

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Transferring to Case Western Reserve University

Transfer student admissions is very difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Case Western Reserve

In 2022, Case Western Reserve waitlisted 11,494 students and 4,992 accepted a place on the waitlist. Of those, 364 eventually got off the waitlist.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Case Western Reserve?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Case Western Reserve

Wondering what factors are considered by Case Western Reserve during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Class Rank Very Important
Extracurricular Activities Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Application Essay Important
Interview Important
Racial/Ethnic Status Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Talent/Ability Important
Volunteer Work Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered

Make sure to check with Case Western Reserve for more information on admission factors.

Case Western Reserve Application Requirements

To apply to Case Western Reserve, all applicants must submit the following items. Make sure to check in with Case Western Reserve's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Interview √
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Written Essay or Personal Statement √
Other Requirements √ school report, including a counselor recommendation
Transcript of High School Record √

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Case Western Reserve?

Case Western Reserve has not provided an information about GPAs of accepted students. Any questions regarding applicant expectations should be addressed directly with the school.

Out of all students that were admitted, 21% submitted a class rank. At Case Western Reserve 62% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 94.5% were in the top 25% and 99.7% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Case Western Reserve University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 16.77%
3.75 and 3.99 45.1%
3.50 and 3.74 26.57%
3.25 and 3.49 9.09%
3.00 and 3.24 2.26%
2.50 and 2.9 0.07%
2.00 and 2.49 0.07%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Case Western Reserve directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Case Western Reserve considers ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

Case Western Reserve is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 39% of Case Western Reserve's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 27% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Case Western Reserve?

To be competitive with other Case Western Reserve applicants, you should strive to score between 1420 and 1520 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Case Western Reserve 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1520 and 25% of scored lower than 1420, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Case Western Reserve student is 1451.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Case Western Reserve students scored 790 or higher and 75% of students scored 680 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Case Western Reserve students scored 740 or higher, and 75% scored a 680 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for Case Western Reserve?

To be most competitive at Case Western Reserve, you should strive to earn between 32 and 35 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 35 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Case Western Reserve's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 35, and three out of four students scored lower than 35 on the ACT.

A 32 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Case Western Reserve students. Only one out of every four students scored below 32.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to Case Western Reserve University

For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to Case Western Reserve.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is July 1. Applicants should hear back by June 1.

Transfer students can enroll in Case Western Reserve during the following terms:

β€’ Fall Term

β€’ Spring Term

β€’ Summer Term

Case Western Reserve Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Case Western Reserve?

βœ… Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Case Western Reserve.

Does Case Western Reserve accept transfer credits?

βœ… Case Western Reserve accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Case Western Reserve accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

βœ… Case Western Reserve accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Case Western Reserve?

❌ No, Case Western Reserve is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you may want to send them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Case Western Reserve's acceptance rate?

βœ… Case Western Reserve's acceptance rate is 30%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Case Western Reserve?

βœ… Case Western Reserve's early decision acceptance rate was 36% in 2021.

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Case Western Reserve Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into Case Western Reserve? Case Western Reserve is a very selective institution. The Case Western Reserve acceptance rate is 30%. This means that the institution accepts 29 out of every 100 applicants.


Case Western Reserve Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Jul 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Case Western Reserve is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Case Western Reserve is Jul 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Case Western Reserve ACT Scores


ACT Range

32 - 35

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

35 and Above


32 to 35


32 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Case Western Reserve is 33. Students with an ACT score of 35 and above have a good chance of getting into Case Western Reserve. Students with an ACT score that falls between 32 and 35 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 32 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Case Western Reserve SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1420 - 1520


Math SAT Range

730 - 790


Reading SAT Range

680 - 740

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1520 and Above


1420 to 1520


1420 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Case Western Reserve students is 1451. Applicants with SAT scores of 1520 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Case Western Reserve, while applicants with SAT scores between 1420 to 1520 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1420 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Case Western Reserve.

Case Western Reserve GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases Β© 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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