Frequently Asked Questions
Are there ways to earn college credit now?
Absolutely, yes! And you can save thousands on college costs!
- Take Cedarville classes now through our affordable College Now program. At tuition rates that are reduced by 80% and potentially FREE for Ohio students who participate in College Credit Plus, these online courses offer the biblical perspective, challenging academics, and innovative online learning technologies you'd expect from Cedarville.
- Earn credit 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 credits may be earned through this program or by other test-out procedures. Be sure to review Cedarville's policy on accepting CLEP credit at cedarville.edu/registrar.
- Complete basic courses at your local community college. Contact the Registrar's office at email@example.com for more information on the transfer of college credit.
Is financial aid available to homeschooled graduates?
Yes. Homeschooled 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 — This form must be completed by a pastor, deacon, Sunday school teacher, or other leader at the church you currently attend.
- High school transcript — Because transcripts from homeschooled students will vary depending on their curricula, please follow Cedarville’s transcript requirements.
- Test scores — Due to limited availability of standardized testing during the COVID-19 pandemic, Cedarville will not require a standardized test score as a requirement for admission for students entering any term through spring 2023.
- College transcripts — Courses taken at an accredited college or university and in which the student earned a "C" or better will be awarded transfer credit. Transcripts from all attended institutions are required.
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 and government)
- 2–3 units of a single foreign language (does not include American Sign 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)
- Grades earned — Be sure to provide a scale that shows the relationship between percentages earned and letter grades. This should be done even if reporting only percentages.
- 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.
- 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