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Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements for Dual Enrolled Students

Students in grades 7-12 applying to the College Now dual-enrollment program must meet Cedarville University’s undergraduate admission requirements and are subject to the same standards of academic integrity, social conduct, community covenant, and University policies as other Cedarville University students.

New: Test-optional Admissions
Due to limited availability of standardized testing during the COVID-19 pandemic, Cedarville will not require a standardized test score for admission for students entering any term through spring 2023. Please contact a College Now advisor for more information.

Cedarville utilizes a holistic review for every College Now application. Our admissions committee will consider the strength of high school college preparatory coursework, achievement in honors-level courses, grade trends, recommendations, standardized test scores (optional), co-curricular activities, and community involvement.

Applications for admission to Cedarville’s College Now program are considered on a rolling basis and decisions are typically shared with students within two weeks of completing the application file. Please review our timeline for admission, registration, and orientation. 


Our College Now academic advising team can help assist you with transcript questions and admission requirements. Contact us by email or 937-766-3333.

Application Materials 

The College Now application

Apply Now using the Cedarville undergraduate application and choose the College Now option.

The Cedarville University application should be completed by the student seeking dual enrollment. Please be prepared to submit a brief written testimony demonstrating a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and evidence of a consistent Christian lifestyle.

Church Leader Recommendation Form

As part of your Cedarville application, you will be asked to provide the name, title, and email address of a church leader willing to recommend you. A form will be sent to your recommender via email and should be returned by the recommender electronically.

This form should be completed by a recommender who meets the following criteria:

  • Serves as a pastor, youth leader, or other church leader within the church you attend
  • Is familiar with your personal testimony and spiritual development
  • Has known you for at least six months and is not related to you.

Official High School Transcript

Transcripts for College Now applicants must show at least two full years of grades with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in college preparatory coursework. If your transcript includes high school courses completed prior to ninth grade or dual credit courses taken elsewhere, please include these courses.

Home educators: Please view this sample transcript. You must include your student’s date of birth, expected date of graduation, and years courses were taken on the transcript.

Transcripts should be submitted by email directly from your high school or homeschool to admissions@cedarville.edu.

Standardized Test Scores (optional)

Test scores will supplement a student’s application but will not be required for an admission decision. This means you can decide whether or not to submit test scores for consideration.

College Now applicants are encouraged to submit test scores if they are available, as they are a good predictor of student success for students who have not yet completed their high school graduation requirements. Please see our College Now Admission FAQ or email a College Now Advisor to determine if test-optional is right for you.

Test Score Guidelines: Cedarville recommends that students achieve the following minimum test scores, which demonstrate readiness for the academic challenge of College Now courses:

  • ACT Composite: 22 (English 21, Math 19, Reading 20, Science 20)
  • SAT Combined: 1100 (Evidence Based Reading and Writing 550, Math 530)
  • PSAT: 1100
  • CLT: 68 (combined Verbal Reasoning/Grammar/Writing 52, Quantitative Reasoning 20)

Other standardized tests including the Ohio College Credit Plus test options used to determine CCP funding eligibility will not be used to evaluate dual enrollment eligibility at Cedarville.

You may contact the registrar’s office for information about taking a residual ACT test offered on campus, or you may register online for national test dates for the ACTSAT, or CLT.

How to Submit Test Scores

  • Official test scores – Send ACT or SAT scores directly to Cedarville University from the testing service. Cedarville’s SAT code is 1151 and the ACT code is 3245.
  • Unofficial test scores and CLT scores – Download a PDF copy of your test scores from the testing service website and email them to admissions@cedarville.edu.

English Proficiency: If your first language is not English, you are required to meet Cedarville’s English language proficiency requirement. See International Admissions.

College Credit Plus (CCP) Deadlines (Ohio residents only)

Apply to College Now by March 15 to get your funding letter before CCP’s April 1 deadline.

View the Ohio Department of Higher Education College Credit Plus website for a full list of deadlines, application instructions, and FAQs for Ohio CCP funding.  If you are applying to Cedarville University after CCP deadlines have passed, a Cedarville dual enrollment advisor can assist you with options.

Please contact College Now at 937-766-3333 or email for information.