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2018 Highlights of the Year

Record Enrollment and a Firm Financial Footing

Fall 2018, we celebrated another record enrollment and rejoiced to welcome the largest freshman class in the University's history. By God’s grace, our finances are strong. As we equip a generation of outstanding professionals to stand for the Word of God and the Testimony of Jesus Christ, we are committed to honoring God as good stewards of all that He has entrusted to us.

Record Enrollment

A graphic showing the upward trend in Cedarville University’s enrollment, from 3,472 in 2013 to 4,193 in 2018.

Total undergraduate and graduate enrollment is at record levels, increasing nearly 16 percent in the past five years.

Reducing Debt

A graphic showing Cedarville University reduction in debt from $19 million in 2013 to $7.3 million in 2018.

We have been aggressively paying down external debt to ensure a strong financial foundation for the institution.

Financial Strength

A graphic showing Cedarville University’s increase in Composite Financial Index score, from 1.5 in 2012 to 7.7 in 2018.

As a benchmark measure of an institution’s overall financial health, Cedarville’s Composite Financial Index reached an all-time high in 2018.

A Bright Academic Future

Our academic programs continue to grow, keeping up with market demands and trends in higher education. We are committed to offering our students in-demand programs that represent Cedarville’s vision for combining excellence and biblical truth. Here are just three examples of the advancements taking place in our academic offerings.

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Cybersecurity Program Recognized by NSA

In June, the National Security Agency (NSA) named Cedarville University a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Operations. We are just one of 20 schools nationally to receive this designation.

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Civil Engineering Surpasses Expectations

Our inaugural civil engineering class began this fall, more than doubling our expected numbers. We hoped for at least 10 new students to start this program, but we now have 30 enrolled in this program that will equip our students make a difference for Christ through improving infrastructure.

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Expanding Our Graduate Programs

Our newly named Graduate School at Cedarville University added new programs and expanded services in 2018, offering our students even more options to expand their careers while making a Gospel impact.

Added tracks in Business Analytics, Cybersecurity, and Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Increased capacity for the Family Nurse Practitioner track of our M.S.N. Now developing two new areas of focus for 2019.

Three accelerated pathways with eight tracks now available: 79-hour M.Div., 61-hour advanced M.Div., and five-year B.A.+M.Div.

Now offering a $1,000 Ministry Scholarship to all new students.

The Board of Trustees approved adding a Master of Athletic Training program, pending external approvals.

A Commitment to the Gospel

The Heartbeat of Cedarville

Daily chapel continues to be the heartbeat of campus. During his weekly chapel series this academic year, Dr. White is leading students through the book of Ephesians, examining who we are in Christ. We can never be "good enough" to please God; our identity — our true value — is found in the work of redemption that Christ freely offered on the cross.

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#CUGO Continues Our Gospel Focus

At Cedarville University, we want every student on the mission field before graduation, taking the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth. Our Global Outreach department is making that happen. We’re sending out students to touch a needy world with the message of hope found in Jesus.

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Faculty, Staff, and Students Participated in Missions Trips in 2018

Given to Trips

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A Vibrant Community

Our students are thriving and growing in a vibrant community that equips them to to love God, love others, live with integrity, and pursue excellence in everything they do. 

SSC Gets a Makeover

Our Stevens Student Center received a makeover, showcasing our campus spirit, missions focus, and core values.

Stinger Strong

Our mascot, Stinger, came back from summer break new and improved. He’s ready to cheer on the Yellow Jackets!

A Bold Vision for the Future

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We are ready to embark on a bold vision for the future because of the strong foundation and solid footing the Lord has blessed us with. In May, the Cedarville University Board of Trustees approved a 10-year Master Plan, the largest, most comprehensive array of building projects in the University’s history. This plan will allow us to continue equipping future generations of Christian young people to make a Kingdom impact as engineers, educators, nurses, business professionals, missionaries, and in hundreds of other vocational pursuits fields. This bold vision will build upon and advance strengthening Cedarville’s long history of academic excellence, vibrant community, and a Gospel focus.

Proposed projects in the master plan include: 

  • Liberal arts building
  • Civil engineering building
  • Admissions, business, and conference center building
  • Residence halls
  • Addition of new dining spaces, including a Chick-fil-A adjoining Centennial Library
  • Athletic Center expansion, including weight room, locker rooms, and academic space for new graduate programs
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Partnering to Transform Lives for Eternity

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

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