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Cedarville University

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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

Online Courses

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.

Financial Aid

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.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 2112th for the average student loan amount.
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Campus Housing

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.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


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.

Athletic Teams

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.

Information Summary

Ranks 7th in Ohio and 186th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 21 0.64
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Cedarville, OH 45314-0601
Surrounding communityFringe town (less than 10 mi. from an urban cluster)
Total Population5,415 (3,903 urban / 1,512 rural)
Households1,204 (2.76 people per house)
Median Household Income$42,469
Families860 (3.19 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate Colleges — Diverse Fields
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, no graduate coexistence
GraduateSingle postbaccalaureate (education)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingSmall four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationBaptist
Congressional District3910

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 947th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $26,220 $26,220 $26,220
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $200 $200 $200
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $992 $992 $992
FT Graduate Tuition $9,036 $9,036 $9,036
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $502 $502 $502
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $35,020 $35,020 $35,020
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $34,470 $34,470 $34,470
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $29,270 $29,270 $29,270

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Pharmacology Degree — Tuition $29,558 $29,558
Pharmacology Degree — Required Fees $1,000 $1,000

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $24,400 $25,496 $24,400 $25,496 $24,400 $25,496
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,100(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $5,358 $5,540
On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,700(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $5,200(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $1,700(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $1,700(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$30
Graduate Application Fee$30
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 3,267 (1,404 male / 1,863 female)
Admitted 2,418 (1,042 male / 1,376 female)
Admission rate 74%
First-time Enrollment 781 (368 male / 413 female)
FT Enrollment 779 (366 male / 413 female)
PT Enrollment 2 (2 male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment3,462

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA

ACT Test Admission

184th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 76%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 24 / 31
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 24 / 28
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 24 / 29

SAT Test Admission

243rd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 51%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 540 / 640
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 540 / 640
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1080 / 1280

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity2,629
Meals per Week21
Room Fee$3,300
Board Fee$2,560

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 12 10 16 5 545 19 608
Accounting 1 14 1 16
Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services, Other 1 8 9
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Athletic Training/Trainer 5 5
Bible/Biblical Studies 1 11 12
Biology Teacher Education
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 11 1 13
Business Administration and Management, General 1 13 14
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology 1 10 11
Chemistry Teacher Education
Chemistry, General 1 5 6
Communication and Media Studies, Other
Computer Engineering, General 2 2
Computer Science 10 10
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 8 1 9
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia 1 6 7
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 2 2 4
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 1 1 25 27
Education, General 2 14 3 19
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 20 20
Elementary Education and Teaching
English Language and Literature, General 1 1 7 2 11
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 1 10 11
Environmental Science 2 2
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 1 3 4
Finance, General 1 11 12
Fine/Studio Arts, General 1 2 3
Forensic Science and Technology 2 2
Geology/Earth Science, General 1 1 4 6
Graphic Design 1 1 13 15
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 4 4
History, General 1 9 10
History, Other 7 7
Industrial and Product Design 3 1 4
International Business/Trade/Commerce 2 2
International/Global Studies 1 1 11 13
Journalism 4 4
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching 1 8 2 11
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 10 10
Management Information Systems, General 6 6
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 1 10 11
Mathematics Teacher Education 4 4
Mathematics, General 6 6
Mechanical Engineering 1 34 36
Missions/Missionary Studies and Missiology 6 6
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Music Pedagogy 2 2
Music Performance, General 3 3
Music Teacher Education 3 3
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General 2 2
Nursing Education 1 1
Organizational Communication, General 10 10
Pastoral Studies/Counseling 2 2
Philosophy 1 1
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 3 1 4
Physics Teacher Education
Physics, General
Political Communication
Political Science and Government, General 4 4
Pre-Law Studies 3 3
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing 6 6
Psychology, General 2 2 28 2 34
Psychology, Other
Public Administration 4 4
Public Health/Community Nurse/Nursing
Radio and Television 1 11 12
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 2 1 1 46 3 53
Religious Education 9 9
Religious/Sacred Music 3 3
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Social Studies Teacher Education
Social Work 1 13 1 15
Sociology 1 6 7
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Spanish Language and Literature 3 3
Special Education and Teaching, General 1 1
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 1 1 15 17
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 6 6
Theology and Religious Vocations, Other 3 1 4
Theology/Theological Studies 10 10
Youth Ministry 5 5

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1928th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $63,407 ($66,229 male / $53,594 female)
Number of FT Faculty 234 (150 male / 84 female)
Number of PT Faculty 327
FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
Total Benefits $7,137,950

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