University Circle



We Cleveland! And So Will You.

There are over 40 arts, cultural, and educational institutions in University Circle, a 500-acre park-like area adjacent to the Mandel School and CWRU’s campus. Forbes even named our neighborhood one of America’s Prettiest! University Circle includes Severance Hall, home of the world famous Cleveland Orchestra; the Cleveland Museum of Art, housing some of the world’s finest collections; the Cleveland Institute of Music; the Cleveland Institute of Art; The Dittrick Medical History Center; the Western Reserve Historical Society; the Cleveland Botanical Garden; and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

Cleveland has vibrant neighborhoods, exceptional food and culture, and a low cost of living. So low, in fact, that according to, Cleveland’s average rent is 28% lower than Denver, 99% lower than Seattle, 134% lower than New York, 140% lower than Los Angeles, and 222% lower than San Francisco.   But don’t take our word for it. Take the word of the Huffington Post (9 Reasons You Should Fly to Cleveland Right Now, and check out the Cleveland section on CWRU’s website.

As a location for a school of social work and nonprofit management, Cleveland has a rich history of philanthropic commitment and community action. Cleveland is the birthplace of the Community Chest (predecessor of the United Way), home to the oldest community foundation in the United States (The Cleveland Foundation), and the location of America’s first university-affiliated graduate school of social work (the Mandel School!). It is a city with a thriving nonprofit sector, one of the highest concentrations of community development organizations, and innovative, world-renowned health care.