Admission Criteria

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Department-Specific Admission and General Education Requirements

View additional information about specific credentials that may be needed to enter certain programs as well as general education and proficiency requirements that guide the course scheduling and advising process.

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Below are the University's standard admission criteria for undergraduate applicants. While we believe these criteria are helpful indicators of success at Cedarville, we also appreciate that test scores and transcripts tell only a part of an applicant's unique story. These documents can not measure spiritual growth and personal maturity, both of which also signal excellent potential for thriving at Cedarville. Therefore, we are committed to carefully reviewing every application, considering personal statements and strong recommendations, even when the standard academic criteria are not met.

If you are a motivated student who knows Christ personally and wants to grow academically and spiritually, we encourage you to apply for admission to Cedarville University. Please contact your undergraduate admissions counselor if you have any questions.

Admission Criteria for Freshman Candidates

  • Evidence of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ
  • A consistent Christian lifestyle as confirmed by the church leader
  • A 3.0 unweighted, cumulative grade point average in college-preparatory course work
  • ACT or SAT test scores (22 ACT composite: writing section optional; 1020 SAT:Critical Reading + Math)  

Admission Criteria for Transfer Candidates

  • Evidence of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ
  • A consistent Christian lifestyle as confirmed by the church leader
  • A 3.0 cumulative college grade point average in non-developmental course work
  • Proof of successful high school completion

Admission Criteria for Post-baccalaureate Candidates

  • Evidence of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ
  • A consistent Christian lifestyle as confirmed by the church leader
  • Successful completion of a baccalaureate program at an accredited university

Admission Criteria for International Candidates

  • Evidence of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ
  • A consistent Christian lifestyle as confirmed by the church leader
  • Successful completion of a secondary school program
  • If a transfer applicant, a 3.0 cumulative college grade point average in non-developmental course work
  • Minimum TOEFL score of 80 or IELTS score of 6.5

All applicants must also affirm their commitment to the Cedarville covenant and agree to abide by the community lifestyle guidelines. Applicants should also review the University’s doctrinal statement to understand our beliefs and Christian heritage, which serve as the foundation for our community. The application includes the opportunity to indicate points of disagreement.

Finally, please refer to the academic catalog for specific credentials that may be needed to enter your desired program as well as proficiency requirements that guide our course scheduling and advising process. Nursingpharmacyengineering, and liberal arts have minimum academic credentials for admission. Music and worship majors must audition to pursue a degree. Additionally, those interested in the Cedarville University Honors Program should observe the separate application deadline and criteria.