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Cedarville University
Cedarville University is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong...

Cedarville University

Cedarville, Ohio

Cedarville University is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and leading student satisfaction ratings.


Cedarville is committed to helping every student discover and live out their Gospel purpose. From student life to the classroom, Cedarville develops graduates so that they may possess the expertise and character necessary to engage their professions, their families, and their communities with God’s unchanging Word.


In 111 areas of study, Cedarville provides the resources and support for students to achieve their academic and personal goals. Cedarville students are well prepared to succeed in a highly competitive professional environment. That’s why, even in difficult economic times, graduates are in high demand, earning Cedarville’s well-deserved reputation as one of the nation’s best universities.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
3,353 undergraduate students
90% of undergrad students are full time
48% male 52% female
63% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
193 full-time faculty
187 part-time faculty
13 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2015
97% of first year students live on campus
84% of all students live on campus

School Location

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville offers the charm of a small, Midwest town in a setting less than an hour’s drive from several major metropolitan areas. With easy access to Dayton (25 miles), Columbus (55 miles) and Cincinnati (63 miles), students can immerse themselves in a variety of activities including the arts, concerts, theatre, and professional sporting events.

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
Common Intellectual Experiences X
Learning Communities X
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects X
Undergraduate Research X
Diversity/Global Learning X
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X

Retention Fall 2015

86% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2015

72% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 2%
Hispanic/Latino 3%
Black or African American 2%
White 85%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 3%


NCAA Division II (Great Midwest Athletic Conference).

16 intercollegiate sports (baseball, men’s/women’s basketball, men’s/women’s cross country, men’s golf, men’s/women’s soccer, softball, men’s/women’s tennis, men’s/women’s indoor track and field, men’s/women’s outdoor track and field, women’s volleyball).

Mascot: Yellow Jackets
Colors: Blue and Gold

Academic Programs

Accounting, Allied Health, Applied Communication, Athletic Training, Biblical Studies, Biology (B.A./B.S.), Broadcasting and Digital Media, Chemistry (B.A./B.S.), Chemistry Education, Christian Education, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Economics, Electrical Engineering, English, Environmental Science, Exercise Science, Finance, Forensic Science, Geology, Geosciences, Global Business, History, Health and Physical Education, History and Political Science, Industrial and Innovative Design, Information Technology Management, Intercultural Studies, International Studies, Journalism, Keyboard Pedagogy, Language Arts Education, Liberal Arts, Life Science Education, Linguistics, Management, Marketing, Mathematics (B.A./B.S.), Mathematics Education, Mechanical Engineering, Middle Childhood Education, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Music, Music Composition, Music Education, Music Performance, Nursing, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Physical Education, Physical Science Education, Physics, Political Science, Prelaw, Professional Writing and Information Design, Psychology, Public Administration, Science Comprehensive Education, Social Work, Spanish, Spanish Education, Special Education, Sport Business Management, Studio Art, Theatre, Worship, Visual Communication Design, Youth Ministries.

Whether they participate in study-abroad programs, obtain internships with industry leaders, or bring service to their community, Cedarville students are known for commitment to excellence and passion for spreading the Gospel.

Study Abroad

Students study abroad in Africa, Asia, and Europe. Others spend a semester in Washington, D.C., taking courses and gaining real-world experience in government and policy making.


Students serve in ministries both domestically and abroad through spring, summer, and winter break mission trips.

Locally, the Yellow Jackets serve at local soup kitchens, mentor fellow students, and participate in children’s ministry. Cedarville students are committed to spreading the Gospel both in their community and around the world.

Activities Offered

Campus Ministries X
Choral groups X
Concert band X
Dance X
Drama/theater X
International Student Organization X
Jazz band X
Literary magazine  
Marching band  
Model UN X
Music ensembles X
Musical theater X
Pep band X
Radio station X
Student government X
Student newspaper X
Student-run film society X
Symphony orchestra X
Television station  
Yearbook X

Esteemed Faculty

Cedarville professors include an award-winning composer, a former U.S. diplomat, a retired three-star Air Force General, and marketing consultants to Fortune 100 companies. These humble, highly credentialed men and women invest their lives at Cedarville because they’re passionate about the Lord, their areas of research, and their students. Professors at Cedarville are regularly sought by local and national media for their expertise on breaking news, current events, and other news topics.

Small Classes

A 16:1 student-to-teacher ratio allows for greater personalized instruction and mentoring in the classroom. Cedarville students are given the chance for hands-on learning from the moment they step on campus, giving them the skills they need to succeed after graduation.

Common Core

Arts/fine arts  
Computer literacy  
English (including composition) X
Foreign languages X
History X
Humanities X
Mathematics X
Sciences (biological or physical) X
Social science X


Other: bible courses 

Class Size Breakdown

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 260 223 151 44 46 32 9 765

Student Activities

A vibrant community is an essential aspect of life at Cedarville. Students participate in myriad activities involving the arts, athletics, clubs, and other student life events. Cedarville regularly hosts camps, concerts, seminars, speakers, and theatrical productions.

Besides being a lot of fun, these events also foster an environment of learning outside the classroom, giving students the opportunity to expand their horizons by enjoying the arts, learning from industry experts, and serving visitors during camp sessions.

Campus Fitness

Cedarville University is home to an extremely active campus recreation program, which includes a variety of intramural sports and outdoor activities. In addition, a state-of-the-art fitness center, including a 36-foot climbing wall, gives students the chance to stay physically fit.

Campus Housing Options for Undergraduates

Coed dorms  
Men’s dorms X
Women’s dorms X
Apartments for married students X
Apartments for single students X
Special housing for disabled students  
Special housing for international students  
Fraternity/sorority housing  
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing  
Wellness housing  
Other housing options  


Internships sharpen professional skills and open doors to future careers before graduation. Cedarville students have served with industry leaders in nearly every sector, including Fortune 500 companies.

Outstanding Placement Rates

After their time at Cedarville University, students are prepared for success in their professional careers. According to recent survey data, over 95% of graduates were employed or entered a graduate program within six months after finishing their degree. Such a rate is significantly higher than the national average. Over the past five years, Cedarville has consistently exceeded national placement rates.

Alumni Success

Cedarville graduates work at some of the nation’s top companies, including Boeing, Caterpillar, Ford Motor Company, Fox News, Fox Sports, General Electric, General Motors, Hewlett Packard, IBM, JP Morgan Chase, Kraft Foods, LexisNexis, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, NASA, National Football League, Procter & Gamble, US State Department, and Wells Fargo, among others.


Admissions Fall 2015

3,159 Total Applicants
2,344 Total Admissions
819 Total Freshmen Enrollment

74.20% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission

Rolling Admission? No

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Rigor of secondary school record
Academic GPA
Standardized test scores
Character/personal qualities

Class rank
Application Essay
Alumni/ae relation
Religious affiliation/commitment
Racial/ethnic status
Level of applicant’s interest

Extracurricular activities
First generation
Geographical residence
State residency
Volunteer work
Work experience

Freshmen Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 540 650
SAT Math 520 640
SAT Writing 520 630
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 23 28
ACT Math 23 28
ACT English 24 30
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator



Tuition $27,910
Fees $200
Total $28,110
Room and Board (on campus) $6,880
Room Only $3,900
Board Only $2,980
Estimated Total On Campus $35,910


Average Financial Aid Packages 2014-2015

$18,019 First year students
$17,233 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

33% on average, the percentage of need that was met
39% of financial need students that had need fully met

$4,309 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$5,662 Average need-based loan

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