Welcome to graduate studies at Cedarville University! Whether you are a first-time graduate student or continuing your academic journey, you may be asking "What's next?"
Please refer carefully to the next steps for continued guidance and a successful journey with Cedarville. You may want to bookmark this page for current and future access.
- Confirm your enrollment.
Submit your reservation deposit to activate your student record. Once your deposit is processed and your record is activated (usually within 1-2 business days), you will be able to register for classes. You will receive an email from the Office of the Registrar (or your program advisor) when your graduate student record is active.
- Apply for financial aid.
Contact Graduate Financial Aid by submitting a graduate financial aid eligibility form and completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Even if you have applied for aid in the past, you need to file a FAFSA for each academic year that you plan to enroll. The FAFSA must list Cedarville's school code (003025) if you plan to apply for federal loans or University need-based aid. Financial aid is offered and processed after students register for classes (see Step 2 below). For financial aid information related to your program, view graduate costs and financial aid.
- Access your Cedarville email account.
Graduate students are provided a University email address using Google Mail. Become familiar with your Google Mail account and get into the habit of checking it frequently. All official email correspondence from the University will be sent to this account. Your Google username and password are the same as the username and password you used for your online application process.
- Contact your program advisor.
Degree-seeking students should contact their advisor for advising on class selection and sequence. General study or non-degree seeking students should contact the Office of the Registrar for advising assistance.
- Register for classes.
All graduate class registrations are completed through the Office of the Registrar. View current and future graduate course schedules and register for your courses using WebAdvisor. For assistance, review the graduate registration instructions.
- Purchase your textbooks.
Students can find textbook information for each semester in a couple of locations. On the registrar's graduate course schedules, choose your semester/term of study, locate your course, and select "View Textbook" to the right of your course name. At the University Bookstore, click on the "order textbook" icon or the word "textbooks" at the top of the screen. Then select the "View your course schedule and textbook requirements" link. Log in with your username and password to see your schedule. Select the textbook link next to each course to view your textbook information.
- Review orientation information for CedarNet.
Whether you study on-campus or online, review the CedarNet QuickStart Guide (PDF document) provided by the staff of the Information Technology (IT) office.
- Review orientation information for Centennial Library.
Review the Off Campus Library Services (PDF document) and access videos and tutorials provided by the staff of Centennial Library. Students can find their 14-digit library ID number through CedarInfo in the Academic (Student) Transactions area.
All graduate students, visiting Cedarville's Centennial Library on campus or OhioLink member libraries, must present their Cedarville graduate student ID card to check out resources from the library. Graduate students who access only online resources from Centennial Library or the OhioLink system only need their library ID number, which can be found in CedarInfo.
- Download the Centennial Library app for your mobile device.
Visit the CULib2Go! website for more information or to download the app.
- Prepare your technology.
Information Technology (IT) provides basic requirements for student computers, whether a student studies on-campus or online.
- Study online successfully.
Review tips to help you have a successful online experience.
- Access your online courses (as necessary).
Students enrolled in online graduate courses use a web-based delivery system called Moodle. Log in to Moodle using your Cedarville username and password to access your courses. When you're logged in to Moodle, review the Getting Started in Moodle: Orientation for Students course (available about two weeks before your course start date) listed in the My Courses section.
Your registered courses will be accessible one week before the course start date. Your professor can answer specific questions about a course or provide navigation instructions for the course. If this is your first online course, view Online Courses for general assistance with online courses.
- Obtain your graduate student ID card. (all graduate students)
Your graduate student ID card identifies you as a Cedarville University graduate student and provides authorization for Centennial Library online databases/resources and access to the Recreation Center. Your 14-digit library ID number is available through CedarInfo in the Academic (Student) Transactions area. Students enrolling in campus-based or online courses can obtain a student ID through campus safety.
- Register your vehicle. (on-campus graduate students only)
Parking permits are obtained from Campus Safety. To receive your permit, register your vehicle.
- Review graduate student health insurance options. (on-campus graduate students only)
The graduate student health insurance plan provides information about residential health insurance as well as general health insurance.
- Request housing for your summer courses (as necessary). (on-campus graduate students only)
Campus housing is available only during the summer for graduate students. For more information and a housing request form, view graduate housing.
- Visit the student home page.
We've pulled together key online resources for you in one place. The student home page will be your go-to for information and direction as a graduate student.
- Tour CedarInfo.
Log in to CedarInfo to view and complete various secure transactions (e.g., academic, financial, general, password changes, etc.) with the University.
- Review and settle your student account.
The cashier's office provides options for viewing your online invoice, student account, and paying your bill.
- Visit campus or take a virtual tour (optional). (on-campus graduate students only)
Cedarville offers personalized visits for graduate students that can include an appointment with graduate admissions, your program advisor, a financial aid representative, and a campus tour specially geared for graduate students. To schedule your personalized visit or tour, contact graduate admissions. If your are unable to visit Cedarville, please visit by taking a virtual tour.
- Ready, Set, Go!
Great job! Whether you're enrolled in on-campus or online courses, you're prepared and well on your way for a successful journey. Your next step is to begin your classes. May God bless your studies in the days ahead!
Have more questions?
Please contact your program advisor. We are excited to have you as part of our learning community and look forward to helping you meet your education goals.