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New Student Frequently Asked Questions - Fall 2018

When should I arrive on campus?

We encourage all new students to arrive on Friday, August 16, 2019 in order to receive the maximum benefit from the Getting Started program.

Residence Hall students and commuters should plan to report to the Doden Field House on Friday, August 16 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. or Saturday, August 17 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. On Sunday, August 18, room keys will be issued in the Stevens Student Center from 2–5 p.m.

Students who need to arrive earlier than August 16 must contact the Office of Student Development at (937) 766-7872 to see if arrangements are possible (additional charges may apply).

  • The first contract meal for new students is dinner on Friday, August 16, 4:30–6:30 p.m.
  • All students are required to attend the Fall Bible Conference beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday, August 19.
  • Classes will begin on Wednesday, August 21.

What about orientation (Getting Started) and what does it involve?

Cedarville's Getting Started program assists new students and their parents in their adjustments to campus life and acquaints them with their academic responsibilities and opportunities for involvement. Students and staff will greet you, direct you to where you need to go, and respond to any questions you may have. We are intentional about your time on campus for orientation, so we've outlined some outcomes for you and your parents during Getting Started Weekend.

New students are expected to gather at the lakeside patio around the clock for a class picture on Saturday, August 17 at 6 p.m., and attend the Getting Started Program at 6:30 p.m. in the Dixon Ministry Center on Saturday. More details about Getting Started Weekend will be available in June.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the key elements for academic success at Cedarville University.
  • Learn methods of beginning a healthy and smooth transition from high school to college.
  • Understand the Cedarville Covenant and the Core Values.
  • Comprehend University expectations.
  • Identify opportunities for involvement, discipleship, leadership and extra-curricular activities and how they influence success at Cedarville University.
  • Learn about campus resources and services.
  • Understand how to initiate connections with faculty, staff and current students.
  • Lean how to establish and manage interpersonal peer relationships.
  • Learn to navigate the physical and virtual campus environment.
  • Define ways to contribute to the Cedarville University community.

Parent and Family Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the key elements for their student’s academic success.
  • Learn methods of beginning a healthy and smooth transition from high school to college for their student.
  • Understand the Cedarville Covenant and the Core Values.
  • Comprehend University expectations for their student.
  • Identify opportunities for their student to be involved in discipleship, leadership and extracurricular activities and how they influence success at Cedarville University.
  • Learn ways to stay connected to campus from a distance and positively encourage their student towards graduation.

What if I need a ride to campus from the Dayton Airport?

We provide transportation to and from Dayton International Airport. To schedule your transportation, please visit the student transportation website

What if I am not aware of my room assignment or roommate?

Most new students have selected housing through the online housing system which is available until June 15. After June 15, any room assignments or changes will be made by the Office of Student Development. You can view your housing assignment and roommate information on Cedarinfo.

What services are provided to commuter students?

This year more than 500 students will commute to campus. This includes married students, non-traditional students, students who live close enough to campus to commute from home, and approximately 200 students who have permission to move off campus. We provide a variety of services and programs to help off-campus students take full advantage of the Cedarville experience. If you are a commuter student, please plan to attend the new student orientation meeting on Saturday of Getting Started Weekend. Consult the schedule for the time and location.

How May I Apply for a Job on Campus?

Did you know that over 1600 students work on campus each year? We have many student employment opportunities and we would love to help guide you through the campus student employment experience.

Visit the Student Employment webpage to view many of our student employment job postings, to learn about required personal identification documents student employees must bring to campus, and to review step-by-step employment application instructions.

Please stop by the Student Employment booths and plan to attend the Student Employment informational sessions during Getting Started Weekend so we may answer your student employment questions.

What about my car?

There are no restrictions on vehicle registration. However, for academic reasons, freshmen are discouraged from bringing a vehicle their first semester. Please understand that parking is limited and upperclassmen are given priority. All vehicles parked on campus must be registered with Campus Security.

Whom should I call if I have a question?


1-800-CEDARVILLE (233-2784)

Business Office:

Ron Wood, Manager of Accounts Receivable

Financial Aid:

Kim Jenerette, Executive Director of Financial Aid

Health Services:

Deb McDonald, Director of University Medical Services

Getting Started/

Student Life Programs

Veteran’s Benefits:

Fran Campbell, Veterans Coordinator

Office of Student Development:

Brad Smith, Associate Dean of Students (Men)
Mindy May, Director of Student Development