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Arrival Guide

Getting Started Weekend is one of the most memorable experiences you'll have at Cedarville. It's a great way to officially begin your Cedarville experience. Whether you’re a new student or the parent of one, we guarantee you’ll feel welcomed into the Cedarville family. 

Check out the links on the right for further details. We'll also be posting a detailed arrival guide that you can read through at your leisure and consider the possibilities. If there's something you still have questions about, please contact us. We're excited to have you on campus!

You’ll find out quickly that there are tons of opportunities to get involved with at Cedarville. Here are some of the opportunities to consider, along with how you should prepare:

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General Info

Small Groups

Small groups are a key part of Getting Started activities. All new students are placed in coed groups of 10–12 members (transfer students are placed together). Each group is matched with two or three upperclassmen leaders. Activities provide opportunities for interaction with your small group, other small groups, and upperclassmen. You will receive your small group assignment in early August. We encourage all new students to arrive on Friday, August 18, 2017, in order for them to receive the maximum benefit from the Getting Started program. New students and their parents will meet their small-group leaders on Friday night at 6:30 p.m. in the Dixon Ministry Center/Stevens Student Center Parking Lot.


The bookstore will be open during Getting Started Weekend. Remember to use the 15 percent discount coupon you received in your accepted student welcome packet. It’s good through Saturday, August 19.

Bookstore hours will be available Getting Started weekend

Cashiers Office

The Cashiers Office will be available to answer your questions about student accounts, online student statements, credit/debit card payments, payment plans, the PIC plan, instant cash, meal plans, Chuck’s Bucks, and paying for CLEP tests.

Contact Information

Getting Started Central: 937-766-7955

Dining Hall Info

Breakfast – $5.25
Lunch – $6.25
Dinner – $8.00

Friday, August 18
Lunch 11:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Dinner 4:30–6:30 p.m.
(first contract meal)

Saturday, August 19
Breakfast 7:30–9:00 a.m.
Lunch 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Dinner 4:30–6:30 p.m.

Sunday, August 20
(Lunch on Sunday is $8.00)
Breakfast 8:00–9:00 a.m.
Lunch 11:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Dinner 4:30–6:30 p.m.

Prices subject to change.


Campus Employment

More than 1,600 students work on campus. Students typically work up to 12 hours per week based on their schedules. Create your student employment profile online before you arrive and select the areas in which you have interest. Be sure to bring two forms of photo identification (passport, driver’s license, or Cedarville student ID) along with your original Social Security card or birth certificate to complete the necessary documentation with Payroll.

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Our intercollegiate debate team is made up of students from all majors. If you want to critically think through and engage issues from multiple perspectives, sign up for an audition when you arrive on campus. No previous debate experience or audition preparation is necessary.

Speech Team

Sign up for an audition time with Cedarville’s intercollegiate speech team when you arrive. The audition consists of a letter of recommendation, a brief interview, and a performance (memorized speech and oral interpretation with script).

Campus Recreation

Even if you’re not competing on one of the Yellow Jacket athletic teams, there are many opportunities for you to stay active. Campus Recreation coordinates intramural sports, informal sports, outdoor pursuits, special events, fitness programming, fitness and recreation facilities, and other services.

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Continuing Education

Cedarville offers a variety of noncredit classes for lifelong learning through continuing education. Noncredit courses do not accumulate toward a degree or certificate but are the same high-quality programs that you expect from Cedarville. They can be useful for career enhancement and personal improvement or taken just for fun. Courses for 2017–18 include EMT, Excel@Reading, and Practical French.

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Cedarville Emergency Medical Service (CUEMS)

We have the honor of being the first university in the United States to have its own emergency medical service! CUEMS has been providing services to our campus and community since 1968. Students from several majors on campus work with CUEMS. They are all professionally trained EMTs at the basic, intermediate, or paramedic level. They operate their own ambulance (located in the Health Sciences Center) and respond to all medical emergencies on campus and as needed in the community. CUEMS can be accessed 24 hours a day by dialing 911 from any phone on campus in the event of an emergency.

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Need More Financial Aid? Consider ROTC!

Cedarville has strong Air Force and Army ROTC programs. ROTC programs provide the largest individual scholarships at Cedarville. Scholarships typically cover the majority of tuition, course fees, and books, plus a monthly stipend of $300–$500 for living expenses.

Initial job responsibilities and experiences are judged by many to be superior to civilian counterparts. Cedarville graduates have been very successful. Both programs provide excellent leadership training, the opportunity to try the program and compete for a scholarship without any obligation, and paths to job opportunities in many professional areas.


We believe that individual ministry involvement is a vital part of each student’s education and spiritual growth. Ministry isn’t required, but if you go through your years at Cedarville without getting involved in a ministry, you will have missed out on wonderful opportunities to serve God, exercise your gifts, and grow in your faith. In short, you won’t experience a Cedarville education to its fullest.

Each week freshmen and sophomores are asked, via an online survey, to list the church where they worshipped and at least two other spiritual formation activities. Ministries through the Christian Ministries and Student Life Division qualify as spiritual formation activities. Here’s some advice for connecting with the ministry that’s right for you:

  • Think about your vocational goals. Many ministries relate to the majors offered at Cedarville. A ministry related to your chosen field can help you decide if you have made the right choice and, in some cases, may lead to an internship, a reference, or employment.
  • Consider your interests. Look carefully at those ministries that fit your passion, personality, talents, and spiritual gifts as well as your schedule.
  • Ask an upperclassman about his or her experience in the ministry you are considering.
  • Talk with the Christian Ministries and Student Development staff.

Global Outreach (Community)

Are you looking for an opportunity to serve with a local church, community outreach, or spring break ministry team? Community ministry teams are formed at the Involvement Fair. Teams travel to the same location each week throughout the year to assist in all types of ministries and apply lessons learned in chapel and the classroom to real-life ministry settings. You will also have the opportunity to join a spring break ministry team. These teams serve alongside ministries like Inner City Impact (Chicago), Urban Hope (Philadelphia), Service Over Self (Memphis), and Shepherds Ministries (Wisconsin). Community ministry teams provide an opportunity to express your love for God by loving and serving others!

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Discipleship Ministries

While Community Ministries focus on outreach away from campus, Discipleship Ministries focus primarily on “in-reach” to campus through the means of prayer groups and small-group Bible/book studies. These groups meet weekly throughout the school year and seek to create an atmosphere for spiritual growth through accountability, prayer, open discussion, and loving community. Registration will be in early September.

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Global Outreach Spring Break Team Recruitment Week

We are committed to providing students with ministry opportunities that reach beyond Cedarville to the “uttermost parts of the world.” Our Global Outreach program allows you to experience firsthand what missions work is all about. As you go through the application process, raise support, and train for ministry, you will gain valuable insight into preparing for a cross-cultural experience. On the mission field, you will be guided by an experienced missionary and see God work in ways that will influence your life forever.

Explore your missions opportunities during Global Outreach Team Recruitment Week in October. Watch your email for additional information.

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HeartSong Ministries

HeartSong exists to communicate the livable reality of the Gospel as seen through genuine worship. Whether at a large conference or small youth event, HeartSong intentionally balances music, Scripture, and life stories to engage audiences in a way that is distinctively Cedarville. Four teams rehearse approximately six hours a week and travel a minimum of five weekends each semester and 10 weeks during the summer. Due to the level of commitment, a salary is included.

Auditions for vocalists, drummers, keyboard players, acoustic/bass/electric guitarists, and sound technicians start at 1:30 p.m. on August 20 and end at 6:30 p.m. on August 23. Signup sheets and Audition Forms can be found outside DMC 183.

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Whether you want to be involved in a choral or instrumental ensemble, participate in chapel music, or play around campus, here are some opportunities for you to pursue.

Department of Music and Worship Ensembles

Some students wonder if they should wait a year until they’re accustomed to college life or try out for a music ensemble right away. Our music professors encourage you to keep your skills in shape! Participating in an ensemble will take less time than it did in high school, so sign up for an audition today!

Auditions for our eight vocal or instrumental ensembles will take place Sunday, August 20, 2017 starting at 1 p.m. and going into the early evening until we have heard everyone. All students who love to play or sing, and desire to improve their skills and/or take private lessons, should sign up. Non-music majors make up a large percentage of our ensembles, so get involved! Auditions are intentionally brief and relaxed.

Auditions will consist of:

Vocal (approximately five minutes)
  • Singing an a capella verse of a hymn, chorus, or vocal solo
  • Vocalizing to check your vocal range
  • Sight reading a short melody to demonstrate how well you read music
  • A brief interview to allow the directors to get to know you
Instrumental (approximately 10 minutes)
  • Playing a prepared piece of your choice (you may use a hymn or chorus)
  • Playing several major scales
  • Sight reading to demonstrate how well you read music (we know you may be rusty!)
  • A brief interview to allow the directors to get to know you

The Band Rehearsal Room in the Dixon Ministry Center (DMC) will be available for practicing prior to your audition time.

Sign up at the Department of Music and Worship table on Friday or Saturday during Welcome to the ’Ville or sign up in DMC 125 on Sunday afternoon.

You may borrow an instrument from the University for your audition. If you earn a spot in the ensemble, you may also rent an instrument for the duration of the school year.

Questions? Contact the Department of Music and Worship at or 937-766-7728.

For vocal ensemble information, contact Dr. Lyle Anderson ( or 937-766-7736).

HeartSong Ministries

Four HeartSong teams from the Christian Ministries and Student Life Division travel 10 weekends throughout the school year and for 10 weeks during the summer. They meet approximately six hours each week for rehearsals and training. Everything you need to know about auditions can be found online. For more information about HeartSong, go to the Ministry tab.

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Pep Band

Make the crowds go wild and be part of the spirit and fun of Yellow Jacket men's basketball! The Pep Band brings driving energy to home games and has a great sound.

You’ll meet new friends, get a break from studying, and have a chance to play with a strong college group.

No audition is required. Watch your email this fall for more information or sign up at the Involvement Fair.


Chapel Music

Chapel meets each weekday at 10 a.m. and is a foundational part of the Cedarville experience. Services include a mix of celebration, prayer, worship, music, and great speakers. Our 3,500-seat auditorium serves as a dynamic place for the Cedarville family to be together five days a week. Some days we laugh together, some days we cry together, but each day we worship and celebrate God’s incredible grace toward us.

Many students throughout the year have an opportunity to be involved in chapel by providing special music and leading worship. Several designated worship leaders put together praise bands that rotate through the chapel schedule.


Part of Thursday Night Live (TNL), Interruption is a concert series that highlights the artistic talents of the student body. Students enjoy studying or hanging out with friends and using this relaxed environment as an interruption from the busyness of college life. Information about auditions will be provided at Getting Started Weekend.


Personal Computers and Devices

We provide University-owned computers and black-and-white laser printers in the computer labs. Even so, many students bring their own laptop, desktop computer, personal printer, or tablet device. We support both Mac and PC systems. Here are the recommended preparations for your personal computer or device: 

  • Use your CedarNet username and password to access resources for your Windows and Mac systems at
  • Install virus and malware protection and verify that it is up-to-date.
  • Make sure that your Windows computer is current on all Windows updates; Mac computer users should run “Software Update” from the Apple menu.

Find additional technology resources online or call the CU TechStop at 937-766-4156.

Mobile Plans, Software and Hardware Discounts

Cedarville University can provide money-saving, educational discount benefits! We have discount arrangements with AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon for varying plans available to you. Did you know that we even have an AT&T tower on the south side of campus? As a student, you are eligible to purchase Apple, Dell, and Hewlett-Packard computers at educational pricing. Lastly, educational discounts can provide software at a greatly reduced price. View our software pricing page for more details.