Are there ways to earn college credit now?
Absolutely, yes! And you can save thousands on college costs!
- Enroll in Cedarville's affordable, online Dual Enrollment program. Tuition rates are reduced by 80% and Ohio College Credit Plus students can take most courses for free.
- Earn credit-by-exam through the College-Level Exam Program (CLEP) by taking nationally standardized examinations in a variety of subject areas. Before enrolling at Cedarville, you can take these tests at local colleges and universities. After enrolling, you can take them on Cedarville's campus. Up to 40 college credits may be earned through this program or by other test-out procedures. Be sure to review Cedarville's policies on accepting CLEP credit.
- Transfer courses from another accredited college or university. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how courses you taken will transfer to Cedarville.
Is financial aid available to homeschool graduates?
Yes. Homeschool graduates are eligible for the same financial aid as other students.
Cedarville offers four types of aid to students: grants, scholarships, loans, and employment. Scholarships and grants are based on academic credentials and financial need. In addition to the financial aid Cedarville provides, the federal government offers need-based grants, student loans, and student employment programs. Completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step in applying for financial aid. Visit Financial Aid for complete information.
What are Cedarville's application requirements?
Cedarville invites applications from high school students who possess strong academic records and a clear testimony of faith in Jesus Christ. A complete application includes the following:
- Application for admission — You will provide autobiographical information, share your testimony, and tell us how you feel about Cedarville's lifestyle commitment and doctrinal statement
- Christian leader reference — Your recommender (a pastor, deacon, Sunday school teacher, or other leader at the church you currently attend) will receive an email from Cedarville asking them to complete a recommendation form. No formal letter of recommendation is required.
- High school transcript — Homeschool students, parents, and umbrella schools can email a PDF copy of your homeschool transcript to email@example.com. Please do not send your transcript by mail.
- Test scores — Cedarville practices test-optional admissions; however, you may choose to submit scores from the ACT, SAT, CLT (Classical Learning Test), or ACCUPLACER exam. Cedarville reserves the right to request test scores from students who do not meet our GPA requirements.
- College transcripts — Courses taken for dual credit should be included on the high school transcript. You may wish to provide a college transcript to strengthen your application.
What high school courses do you recommend?
You'll be best prepared by taking college prep courses while in high school. A recommended curriculum includes:
- 4 units of English (grammar, composition, and literature)
- 3–4 units of mathematics (algebra I and II, geometry, and trigonometry)
- 3 units of natural science (physical science, biology, and chemistry)
- 3 units of social studies (history, economics, psychology, and government)
- 2–3 units of a single foreign language
If you are planning to study pharmacy, engineering, science, mathematics, or nursing, you should take as many math and science courses as possible in your secondary school curricula. Naturally, the more training you receive, the better prepared you will be for college.
What should be included on my homeschool transcript?
The transcript must include all academic course information from the first year of high school through graduation.
Information should include
- Course titles (i.e., Algebra I, English 10, Bible)
- Letter grades earned
- Credit hours earned — The standard measure for awarding credit is the Carnegie Unit. Under this system, a student is awarded one credit for completion of a full-year course that meets daily.
- Dual credit hours earned — A student is typically awarded one high school credit for completion of one 3-credit hour college course. Please note the institution that granted college credit on the transcript.
- Anticipated date of graduation (month, day, year)
- Signature of parent
Why do colleges require a transcript?
- To help us evaluate a student's academic background and determine his or her readiness for the college experience
- To improve the quality of our academic advising
- To determine if a prospective student meets the satisfactory completion of general education requirements
- To verify high school completion for the purpose of meeting University graduation requirements
- To document to outside organizations (accrediting agencies, employers, or government agencies) that the University endeavors to admit only qualified applicants
- To satisfy the U.S. Department of Education's regulations governing the awarding of financial aid