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University Circle

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Case Western Reserve University is located in University Circle, a 550-acre, park-like concentration of nearly 50 cultural, medical, educational, religious, and social service institutions located at the eastern edge of the city. The area takes its name from the turn-around for the trolley that in the late 18th century linked the campus area with Cleveland's downtown.

In addition to the University, which is the largest institution in University Circle, the community includes Severance Hall, home of the world-famous Cleveland Orchestra; the Cleveland Museum of Art, housing one of the nation's finest collections; the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Art; University Hospitals of Cleveland; the Western Reserve Historical Society; the Cleveland Botanical Garden; the Cleveland Museum of Natural History; and many others. All are within walking distance of the University.



From a settlement that began more than two centuries ago on the banks of the Cuyahoga River, greater Cleveland has grown into a metropolis of more than 2 million people. The heritage of this Great Lakes port includes industrial achievement as well as cultural and scientific advances. The Cleveland area is headquarters for many of the nation's major corporations. The city is also a major banking center; the Fourth District Federal Reserve Bank, one of 12 in the nation, is located here.

Health care is another thriving Cleveland industry. Dozens of hospitals and medical centers are concentrated in the area. University Hospitals of Cleveland, the Cleveland Clinic, the MetroHealth Medical Center, and others are internationally recognized for outstanding patient care and contributions to medical research.

For more historical information regarding Case, University Circle or Cleveland, visit the online version of the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History.