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Case Western Reserve University is a private research university located in Cleveland, Ohio. It was created in 1967 by the federation of Case Institute of Technology (founded in 1880 by philanthropist Leonard Case, Jr. and Western Reserve University (founded in 1826 in the area that was once the Connecticut Western Reserve).
The university encompasses the College of Arts and Sciences, Case School of Engineering, School of Graduate Studies, Weatherhead School of Management, School of Medicine, School of Dental Medicine, Frances P. Bolton School of Nursing, School of Law, and Mandel School for Applied Social Sciences. As of 2004, the university had approximately 3,700 undergraduates and 5,700 graduate and professional students. According to US News and World Report 2005 rankings, Case is the #1 ranked college in Ohio and it ranks #35 among national universities, with Harvard and Princeton sharing the #1 spot. Furthermore, the university ranks #12 among private universities receiving the most federal research funding and spends nearly $1 million a day on research.
The university is approximately five miles (eight km) east of downtown Cleveland in University Circle, a 550-acre (2.2 km²) area containing numerous educational, medical, and cultural institutions. Case has a number of programs taught in conjunction with nearby institutions, including the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and the Cleveland Play House. For transportation, in addition to the Cleveland RTA, which is made available to students through a mandatory $25 yearly fee, Case has its own fleet of shuttle busses which are better known as "greenies".
Case was the site of the famous Michelson-Morley interferometer experiment, conducted in 1887 by A. A. Michelson of Case Institute of Technology and E. W. Morley of Western Reserve University. This experiment proved the non-existence of ether and gave circumstantial evidence to substantiate Einstein's Theory of Relativity.
On October 5, 2004, Case hosted the Vice Presidential debate between Dick Cheney and John Edwards.
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