Class of 2021 spells out CWRU on football field

The Class of 2021 by the numbers

A glimpse of the students comprising our newest undergraduate class

Five days ago, about 1,300 first-year students arrived on campus for move-in day. Since then, the Class of 2021 has spent their orientation week getting to know one another and Case Western Reserve. And in just three days, they will begin their first classes, where they plan to pursue 62 different areas of study.

On the way to finding the best students to comprise the Class of 2021, Case Western Reserve University admission staff visited 300 college fairs and 926 high schools around the world. Nearly 4,300 students (plus their families) conducted campus visits to see if Case Western Reserve was a match.

“Finding the right fit for college is not about finding a safe, comfortable place—it is about discovering that environment that feels right because it will help to push you beyond the boundaries of what you know, it will help you to determine where you want to go, and it will equip you with the tools and resources to get there,” Robert McCullough, assistant vice president for enrollment and director of undergraduate admission, said at the University Welcome Monday.

“Likewise, our job in the admission office is not to simply find students who will get good grades,” he continued. “It’s to find those students who will transform Case Western Reserve and the world around them, whose intellectual and human curiosity, and respect for one another, will sustain an environment where all students can achieve their potential.”

So just who are those students? We compiled some quick stats to help you get an overview of the Class of 2021—and we can’t wait to share more about the individuals in the class over the next four years.

Who applied

Where they’re from

  • 41 countries
  • More than 700 hometowns
  • More than 900 high schools (whose graduating class sizes ranged from more than 2,978 students to just 10)
  • 12 percent from outside the United States
  • 13 percent from the Western and Southwestern U.S.
  • 22 percent from the Middle Atlantic states
  • 5 percent from New England
  • 7 percent from the South
  • 16 percent from the Midwest
  • 24 percent from Ohio

How they get involved

  • Volunteering: 76 percent
  • Sports: 70 percent
  • Arts: 55 percent
  • Part-time job: 40 percent
  • Student government: 20 percent

What else you should know about them

  • They speak 33 different languages
  • 20 percent of students learned their first words in a language other than English
  • 13 percent are the first in their family to attend college
  • 12 percent have had other family members attend Case Western Reserve