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Forbes: Cedarville Among Best in Nation

by Clem Boyd, Communication Content Manager

Forbes Magazine announced its best universities in the United States and according to the report, Cedarville University is one of the highest ranked universities in Ohio.

Forbes’ list of America’s Top Colleges for 2019 ranked Cedarville University the third-highest among universities in southwest Ohio, and no. 8 in Ohio. The highest ranked universities in southwest Ohio are Miami University, the University of Dayton, and Cedarville.

Cedarville University was the only Christian university from Ohio to make the national list. Statewide, Cedarville followed Kenyon College, Oberlin University, Case Western Reserve University, Ohio State University, Denison University, Miami University, and the University of Dayton.

The Forbes ranking is based on early- and mid-career salaries of alumni, student satisfaction ratings, low student debt and default rates, leaders in American society coming from a university, on-time graduation rate and academic success.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) College Navigator, there are 114 four-year colleges and universities in Ohio. Forbes listed 29 of these schools in its annual ranking, and Cedarville's no. 8 placement puts it in the top 10% of schools in the state.

Cedarville recently welcomed more than 1,000 new students to campus during the university’s Getting Started Weekend. This school year marks the 13th consecutive record enrollment for the university.

Cedarville University is currently in the midst of a 10-year campus master plan that will position the Christian liberal arts and professional programs school to continue growing and expanding. A 282-bed residence hall will open in Fall 2020, as will a 300-seat Chick-Fil-A restaurant, and a facility for the university’s civil engineering program.

The master plan also includes a new school of business administration building, a welcome center and liberal arts building, and expansion of Callan Athletic Center to accommodate new master of athletic training and physician assistant programs by 2022.

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 4,193 undergraduate, graduate and online students in more than 150 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 high student engagement ranking. For more information about the University, visit

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