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Cedarville University named a Best Value college

by Natalia Kirychuk, Public Relations Writer

College students want to receive the best education at the most economical cost. According to SmartAsset, an independent tech company that addresses financial questions, Cedarville University is the best value among Christian universities in Ohio. 

The ranking will be announced in SmartAsset’s third annual Best Value College edition. 

“What makes Cedarville University such a good value is seeing how successful our graduates are in their lives and in the workforce,” said Jeff Reep, director of career services. “So many of our students are working for well-known companies and have been prepared by faculty who see the big picture, not just the four white walls of their classroom. Our programs are exceeding national standards and students are receiving a good return on their investment.”

The study ranked schools based on scholarships provided, tuition, living costs, retention rate and starting salary for graduates.

Cedarville University’s tuition cost is the second lowest among all private universities on the list, and Cedarville boasts the lowest student living costs ($8,600 annually) among all Ohio universities in the report. The university’s student retention rate of 86 percent is sixth in the Ohio survey, and the starting salary for its graduates is nearly $47,000.

Case Western Reserve University is the highest-ranked university in the ranking. Ohio State University, the University of Dayton and the University of Cincinnati are slightly ahead of Cedarville University.

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 3,760 undergraduate, graduate, and online students in more than 100 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and leading student satisfaction ratings. For more information about the University, visit

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