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2017 President's Report

Record Enrollment and Our Largest Freshman Class

In 2017 we celebrated another record enrollment and rejoiced to welcome the largest freshman class in the University's 130-year history. We are equipping a generation of outstanding professionals to stand for the Word of God and the Testimony of Jesus Christ.

Students from 49 states and 41 countries

The Year in Chapel

The president's annual chapel series is focused on the book of Proverbs as we consider "The Way of Wisdom" together. The book of Proverbs contrasts two paths: the way of folly, which leads ultimately to death, and the way of wisdom, characterized by fear of the Lord.

Chapel has long been considered the heartbeat of Cedarville’s campus, and this year was no exception. Every weekday at 10 a.m., students, faculty, and staff come together for a time of dynamic worship and powerful preaching. Here are chapel highlights from 2017. You can access the full chapel archive at or visit our YouTube Chapel Messages playlist to watch selected chapel videos.

Know Wisdom or No Wisdom

Dr. Thomas White serves as President of Cedarville University. He began his sermon series for the academic year, "The Way of Wisdom". The text for his message is Proverbs 1:1-7.

Knowing Jesus

Dr. Matt Carter serves as Pastor of Preaching and Vision at The Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, Texas. The text for his message is Matthew 7:21-23.

Life Beyond the Milestones

Jennifer Marshall serves as Vice President for the Institute for Family, Community, & Opportunity at The Heritage Foundation.

The Stupendous Cost of Your Education

Dr. Paige Patterson serves as President of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. The text for his message is Genesis 22.

Even if One Were to be Raised From the Dead

Dr. Albert Mohler serves as President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. The text for his message is Luke 16.

The Love of Christ

Sam Allberry serves as Associate Minister at St. Mary's Church in Maidenhead, Berkshire, United Kingdom. The text for his message is Luke 22:39-46.

Why is Biblical Theology Important?

Today's 9Marks Conference chapel speaker is Shai Linne, Recording Artist and Church Planter at Risen Christ Fellowship. The text for his message is Luke 24:44-47.

The Battle-Lines

Mark Vroegop serves as Lead Pastor at College Park Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. The text for his message is Colossians 3:1-4.

Dr. Tom Mach on stage behind pulpit in chapel

Dr. Tom Mach Appointed Vice President for Academics

Dr. Tom Mach was appointed as our new Vice President for Academics, effective July 1, 2017. Dr. Mach has served faithfully at Cedarville for 17 years in various academic roles, including Assistant Vice President for Academics, Chair of the Department of History and Government, Director of the Honors Program, and Professor of History. He is a 1988 graduate of Cedarville University and earned his M.A. from Cleveland State University and Ph.D. from University of Akron. We are blessed to have Dr. Mach serve in this new role, as he brings wisdom, humility, and leadership experience.

Academic Highlights

Sam Allberry speaking at podium in chapel

Sam Allberry to Serve as Visiting Professor

Sam Allberry joined our faculty this year as a visiting professor. He is a respected speaker on the topic of sexual identity and biblical worldview. He’s a gifted apologist for the Christian faith, speaking around the globe with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. And he has a shepherd's heart, serving on the pastoral staff at St. Mary's Church in Maidenhead, UK.

IID students collaborating in workspace at ICC

Industrial and Innovative Design Program No. 5 in the Nation

Cedarville University’s Industrial and Innovative Design (IID) program has garnered national recognition for its excellence. The program, according to College Values Online, is No. 5 in the nation for its academic excellence and career earning power. 

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Three-Year Degree Completion Options

Last winter, we announced 12 popular programs that now offer a three-year pathway to a bachelor's degree. At a time in American higher education when affordability is a national talking point, we’re excited that Cedarville is offering innovative solutions that reduce costs while maintaining our commitment to academic excellence and a distinctly biblical worldview. 

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New Civil Engineering Major

Cedarville’s School of Engineering and Computer Science will add offering a civil engineering major to its already strong degree offerings.

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Students Collaborate to Build Bike of the Future

Industrial and innovative design, mechanical engineering, and marketing students collaborate on an innovative e-bicycle.

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School of Education Partners With Legacy Christian

The School of Education began a collaborative clinical partnership with an area Christian school.

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Three-Peat for Cedarville’s Solar Splash Champions

For the third year in a row, and the 10th time in the past 14 years, Cedarville took home the World Solar Splash championship trophy.

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School of Pharmacy in Top Eight in National Research Competition

Cedarville’s School of Pharmacy distinguished itself as a finalist in the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Clinical Research Challenge. Cedarville competed with 81 schools of pharmacy around the country, earning top honors in Ohio and being named one of the top eight in the nation at this year’s competition.

Global Outreach

Whether locally or around the world, our students have opportunities to share the Gospel to a hurting world. From tutoring at a local elementary school to clearing debris in communities ravaged by hurricanes to providing healthcare to remote villages in Honduras, they are sharing the message of hope that is found in Jesus to those who need it most.

Local and Global Ministries Providing Gospel Opportunities for Students

Global Outreach Teams Ministering During Spring and Summer Breaks

Countries Where the Gospel was Proclaimed in Word and Deed

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Students Bring Hope and Help to Houston Hurricane Victims

During Cedarville’s fall break, 30 students, led by Jon Wood, Vice President for Student Life and Christian Ministries; Jim Cato, Associate Vice President of Christian Ministries; and Keith Holcomb, Assistant Director of Cedarville’s Global Outreach, traveled to Houston, Texas, to  minister to those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Our team handed out clothing and food, cleared debris from still muddy homes, removed damaged, water-soaked walls, and shared the Gospel door to door. 

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Generosity That Transforms Lives

Susanna Edwards

"Because of my scholarship, I will have to take on very little debt for the remainder of my Cedarville career. That is nothing short of a miracle, and it means that, Lord willing, I will be able to go to China to teach very soon after I graduate. This scholarship is a testimony to the fact that my time at Cedarville is not about me – it’s about God. He wants me here, so He worked mightily to keep me here."

Susanna Edwards ’19
Middle Childhood Education

Forrest Cannon

"My scholarship has truly been a blessing and has allowed me to continue attending Cedarville. Thank you for your contribution to my education and my present ministry at Cedarville, as well as my future ministry wherever God chooses to place me."

Foster Cannon ’19
Biblical Studies

Total Gifts From Generous Donors

President's Society Members

New/Total Donor-Funded Scholarships

William Gibson Society Members

The All-New Stinger’s

Students came back to campus in August to a newly renovated and expanded campus snack shop, Stinger’s. It’s a perfect place for students to grab lunch or a quick snack, but more importantly, it’s a place of vibrant community, where meaningful, Christ-focused relationships are built and strengthened.

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View inside Stinger's Cafe

Cedarville’s Newest Residence Hall, Jenkins Hall
Summer 2017 saw the completion of Jenkins Hall, which opened for fall semester and houses 64 female undergraduate students. This $3.3 million hall was paid for with donor and capital funds, with no debt to the University.

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Join us in equipping the next generation of Cedarville students for vocational success and Gospel impact.

Yellow Jacket Athletics

Stinger mascot on court at basketball game with students and cheerleaders in background

Yellow Jackets play hard and go for the win. While celebrating championships and pursuing outstanding play, Cedarville teams serve each other and their competitors, honoring Christ as their ultimate goal.

Great Midwest Athletic Conference logo and trophy

G-MAC Presidents’ Cup Stays With Cedarville

Cedarville University was awarded its fourth-straight G-MAC Presidents’ Cup.

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Cedarville earns NCAA Presidents' Award for Academic Excellence

Cedarville was one of 26 Division II schools in the country to be recognized by the NCAA with a Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence.

Daniel Michalski  athletic photo studio shot

NCAA Champion! Michalski Wins 3K Steeplechase

Daniel Michalski ran to a record-setting victory in the 3,000 meter steeplechase at the NCAA Division II Men's Outdoor Track & Field Championship.

Carsyn Koch athletic photo studio shot

NCAA Champion! Koch Repeats in Women’s 800

Carsyn Koch successfully defended her 800-meter crown at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championship.

Faculty in the News

Newsroom with green screen, cameras, faculty member and camera operator

We opened a campus newsroom on September 13, 2017, which has quickly become a valuable academic and media resource. The facility is managed by students from the Department of Communication, and it has allowed Cedarville faculty members to provide expert opinion on breaking news.

Since January, Cedarville's Public Relations team has generated more than 5,750 media placements of Cedarville news or faculty interviews, including more than 65 recorded or live TV interviews from the newsroom. In addition to the interviews, the newsroom has served as a resource for filming academic department videos and video blogs (vlogs).

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2017 Year in Review

Enjoy these highlights from the year and join us in thanking God for His continued blessings upon Cedarville University.

Partnering to Transform Lives for Eternity

Join us as we transform lives for lives for godly service, vocational distinction, and cultural engagement. Your gifts to the Cedarville Fund make Cedarville’s academically challenging, truly Christian education possible for students who are seeking after God.

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