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Admission Requirements

COVID-19 Admission Update (April 2, 2020)

Because some students are unable to provide ACT or SAT scores (new or improved) at this time, Cedarville University is adopting a test-optional policy for Summer and Fall 2020 College Now applicants. Admission decisions will be based on the transcript, church leader recommendation, and completed application. Students with no test scores must submit a transcript demonstrating two full years of college preparatory curriculum with a cumulative GPA of 3.0. Students are encouraged to supplement their application with any available test scores (ACT, SAT, PSAT, CLT, etc). Course prerequisites may apply for some classes.

College Now is open to highly qualified students in grades 7–12 who present a clear testimony of personal faith in Jesus Christ and evidence a consistent Christian lifestyle. Students who reside in Ohio and plan to participate in College Credit Plus must also apply for admission to College Now.

Admission Requirements for College Now and College Credit Plus

  • Evidence of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ
  • A consistent Christian lifestyle as confirmed by a church leader
  • A 3.0 weighted, cumulative grade point average in college-preparatory course work through the end of the most recent term prior to enrollment
  • ACT or SAT test scores*
    • ACT composite 22 or higher: 21 English, 19 Math, 20 Reading, 20 Science, OR
    • New SAT 1100 combined: 550 Evidenced Based Reading and Writing, 530 Math
    • PSAT score should be an 1100 or higher. English and Math proficiency scores do not make a student eligible for English/Math.
*In the absence of ACT or SAT scores; PSAT/NMSQT test scores or CLT test scores of 68 or higher may be considered for out-of-state residents. Otherwise, you must have an ACT or SAT test score. We do not accept other exams. Contact Admissions for more information. You may contact the registrar’s office for more information regarding a residual ACT test offered on campus. You may register online for national test dates for the ACT or the SAT

Students must earn minimum proficiency scores to take math or English courses:

  • Math: 19 math ACT, 500 Math on the Pre-March-2016 SAT, or 530 Math on the New SAT
  • English: 21 English ACT, 500 Critical Reading on the Pre-March-2016 SAT, or 550 Evidence Based Reading and Writing on the New SAT

College Now and College Credit Plus students are subject to the same standards of academic and social conduct, community covenant, and University policies as other Cedarville University students.

Online, or distance education, programs are governed by state higher education regulations. Cedarville University is permitted to deliver online programs in every state and is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA).


Please email or call Cedarville University Admissions at 1-800-CEDARVILLE (233-2784) for more information.