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Homeschooled Student Admissions

Why Should You Choose Cedarville?

Because Cedarville is committed to building on the strong, home-based, value-centered education you are currently enjoying! Cedarville is intentional about:

  • Preparing you for a successful career and ministry ƒƒ
  • Deepening your faith in Jesus Christ so it reflects in your life and service to others ƒƒ
  • Building a supportive community for lasting and meaningful friendships

Plus you’ll join the 17 percent of students on campus who were homeschooled!

Transitioning to Cedarville as a homeschooled student was very easy for me. Everyone was welcoming, and it was easy to make friends. It is very much a ‘family atmosphere,’ which encourages and challenges you to do your best!

Alexia Mervine '13, Dover, Pennsylvania, Accounting

As you prepare to transition from homeschool to college, you have so much to look forward to! But with all the adventures, excitement, learning, and friends waiting for you on a college campus, it’s a big change — and you probably have a few questions.

At Cedarville University, we are here to serve you, answer your questions, and simplify the process. This site is filled with information other homeschooled students have requested from us. We hope it’s helpful to you as you fill out an application, apply for financial aid, and start selecting your courses.

Absolutely, yes! And you can save thousands on college costs!

  • ƒƒTake Cedarville classes now through our affordable Dual Enrollment program. At $150 per credit hour (FREE for Ohio students who participate in the state’s PSEO program), these online courses offer the biblical perspective, challenging academics, and innovative online learning technologies you'd expect from Cedarville. Find out more at
  • ƒƒ Earn credit through the College-Level Exam Program (CLEP) by taking nationally standardized examinations in a variety of subject areas. Before enrolling at Cedarville, you can take these tests at local colleges and universities. After enrolling, you can take them on Cedarville's campus. Up to 40 credits may be earned through this program or by other test-out procedures. Be sure to review Cedarville's policy on accepting CLEP credit at
  • ƒƒ Complete basic courses at your local community college. Contact the Associate Registrar, Karisa Linafelter, at for more information on the transfer of college credit.

Yes. Homeschooled graduates are eligible for the same financial aid as other students.

Cedarville offers four types of aid to students: grants, scholarships, loans, and employment. Scholarships and grants are based on GPA, ACT/SAT scores, and financial need. In addition to the financial aid Cedarville provides, the federal government offers need-based grants, student loans, and student employment programs. Completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step in applying for financial aid. Visit for complete information.
Cedarville invites applications from high school students who possess strong academic records and a clear testimony of faith in Jesus Christ. We carefully consider all factors that demonstrate your ability to succeed here. A complete application includes the following:ƒƒ
  • Application for admission — You will provide autobiographical information, share your testimony, and tell us how you feel about Cedarville's lifestyle commitment and doctrinal statement
  • Christian leader reference — This form must be completed by a pastor, deacon, Sunday school teacher, or other leader at the church you currently attend.
  • High school transcript — Because transcripts from homeschooled students will vary depending on their curricula, please follow Cedarville’s transcript requirements. A sample transcript is provided at
  • Test scores — Scores from the ACT Assessment Test (ACT code number 3245) or from the SAT Reasoning Test (SAT code number 1151) will be accepted. The optional ACT writing section is recommended, not required. Scores should be sent directly from the test agency.
  • College transcripts — Courses taken at an accredited college or university and in which the student earned a "C" or better will be awarded transfer credit. Transcripts from all attended institutions are required.
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Because of its rigorous academics and professional focus, Cedarville is selective of the students that it admits. You'll be best prepared by taking college prep courses while in high school. A recommended curriculum includes:
  • 4 units of English (grammar, composition, and literature)ƒ
  • 3–4 units of mathematics (algebra I and II, geometry, and trigonometry)ƒ
  • 3 units of natural science (physical science, biology, and chemistry)ƒƒ
  • 3 units of social studies (history and government)
  • 2–3 units of a single foreign language (does not include American Sign Language)
If you are planning to study pharmacy, engineering, science, mathematics, or nursing, you should take as many math and science courses as possible in your secondary school curricula. Naturally, the more training you receive, the better prepared you will be for college.
  1. The transcript must include all academic course information from the first year of high school through graduation.
  2. Information should include:ƒƒ
    • Course titles (i.e., Algebra I, English 10, Bible).
    • Grades earned — Be sure to provide a scale that shows the relationship between percentages earned and letter grades. This should be done even if reporting only percentages.ƒƒ
    • Credit hours earned — The standard measure for awarding credit is the Carnegie Unit. Under this system, a student is awarded one credit for completion of a full-year course that meets daily.ƒƒ
    • Anticipated date of graduation (month, day, year).ƒƒ
    • Signature of parent.
  1. To help us evaluate a student's academic background and determine his or her readiness for the college experience
  2. To improve the quality of our academic advising
  3. To determine if a prospective student meets the satisfactory completion of general education requirements
  4. To verify high school completion for the purpose of meeting University graduation requirements
  5. To document to outside organizations (accrediting agencies, employers, or government agencies) that the University endeavors to admit only qualified applicants
  6. To satisfy the U.S. Department of Education's regulations governing the awarding of financial aid