Cedarville University is a small, private university in Cedarville, Ohio that offers quality academic programs based in ideologically conservative values. Affiliated with the Baptist church, the university has high academic and moral standards for its students.
The university was established more than a century ago by the Presbyterian Church, the predominate religious majority in the area at the time. The university was chartered in 1887, its first classes were held in 1892. and it was officially opened two years later.
Buildings from the university’s early period still remain on campus, including Founder’s Hall and Collins Hall.
By the 1950s the Presbyterian Church handed over control of the college to the Baptists, who merged the Baptist Bible Institute of Cleveland with the college. The school’s Presbyterian roots remain in its seal and a motto incorporated into the seal; however, another motto surrounding the seal is of Baptist origin.
Academic programs are available in a wide variety of disciplines. One common thread uniting all students at the university is the requirement that all students minor in Bible studies. The university has a 15 to 1 student to teacher ratio, and the average class size is 20 students.
Students may choose a course of study including bachelor’s and graduate degrees in more than 70 majors. Graduate programs include education and pharmacy, and the university recently applied for permission to award master’s degrees in nursing.
The university’s degree programs are divided among five schools:
- School of Biblical and Theological Studies
- School of Humanities
- School of Natural and Applied Sciences
- School of Pharmacy
- School of Social Science and Human Performance
The most popular degree programs include:
- Education: 16 percent of enrollment
- Health Professions: 13 percent of enrollment
- Business/Marketing: 12 percent of enrollment
- Theology and Religious Vocations: 8 percent of enrollment
- Communications/Journalism: 7 percent of enrollment
- Engineering: 7 percent of enrollment
- Biology: 6 percent of enrollment
- Psychology: 6 percent of enrollment
- Visual and Performing Arts: 6 percent of enrollment
About 50 courses online are available, including a handful of its master’s degree courses.
The university is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, which accredits schools in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. The association also accredits schools for the Navajo Nation.
Most Popular Fields of Study
Admissions are selective: about 75 percent of students who apply to the university are admitted.
Applicants must submit official high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores along with a required admissions essay. Students should also turn in relevant documentation of volunteer work and letters of recommendation. The university requires new students to have a high school GPA of 3.0 in their college prep classes and an SAT score of 1030 or an ACT score of 22. Students also must profess to be Christians.
Students are eligible for federal grants and student loans. Students may also be eligible for a number of grants and scholarships offered by the state of Ohio, the university itself, and other outside organizations. For example, students who have a high school GPA of 3.2 or higher and SAT scores of 1130 or higher or ACT scores of 25 or higher are eligible for Academic Excellence Awards, which are scholarships that pay between $6,500 and $8,500 per year.
The university’s office of financial stands ready to help students find other grants and scholarships they may be eligible for. About 90 percent of students receive student aid in the form of loans, grants or scholarships.
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Because of the university’s status as a Christian university, it places many restrictions on student activity that are not present at secular schools. Men and women live in single-sex dorms and visiting hours and areas are tightly regulated.
Almost all first-year students live on campus, and 80 percent of all undergraduates do. Students are required to attend chapel services as part of their education, and public service and participation in ministry efforts is also encouraged.
Despite the tough rules, or maybe because of them, CU has a high retention rate, with more than 80 percent of its first year students returning for a second year.
Student Organizations and Activities
The campus is home to more than 60 student clubs and organizations including academic, honor, social, service and recreational groups. The university also has a radio station.
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The Cedarville University Yellowjackets don school colors of blue and gold. The university is currently a member of the NCAA Division II and competes in the American Mideast Conference.
The athletic teams include men’s cross country, baseball, basketball, track and field, golf, soccer and tennis; women’s cross country, softball, volleyball, soccer, tennis and basketball.
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