As alums of dear old Case Western, we have a little working knowledge of the campus and accompanying social life, so imagine the chortle that emerged from our bellies when we saw that Huffington Post ranked CWRU as one of the trendiest colleges in America.
There's a common room full of engineering majors doing homework on a Saturday night that would like to beg to differ with that statement. (Of course, those folks are probably enjoying their holiday weekend on a yacht while we're at a picnic table eating frozen Giant Eagle hamburgers, but whatever.)
But as we read on, HuffPo's criteria for "trendy" has more to do with how many people are applying, and not so much to do with the school actually being a fun place to live and drink for four years. We'll let them explain how Case came to be ranked the 6th trendiest college in the nation.
The numbers for 2011 applications came rolling in. Case's applications had sky-rocketed by 44.51%. Rick Bischoff, vice president for enrollment at the Ohio university, attributed the dramatic rise to recruitment. He said counselors visited 900 high schools, compared with 300 high schools three years ago. In addition, the university reached out earlier and more frequently to potential applicants through increased email and other communications. Still, with an increase that large, we think word of Case's beautiful campus, fiber-optic gigabit Ethernet (for all those future Case engineering majors out there) and expansive academic and research opportunities finally began to reach the masses, drawing in more and more of the goal-oriented, self-motivated students that typify the Case student body.
"Goal-oriented," of course, is code for sober Saturdays over textbooks.