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It's Time for the Hand-Off!

Friday, June 3, 2022

Getting Started LogoSome of our Parent Prep subscribers are about to be parents of a new Cedarville University student! We have enjoyed sharing information and resources with you throughout this year. It will be exciting to meet you and your new student (along with more than 1,000 others!) when you arrive on campus for Getting Started in August.


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Shopping for Your Student's Dorm Room

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Dorm LifeYour to-do list to prepare for your student's college experience is probably getting long. One easy — and fun — thing you can start doing is preparing for his or her residence hall room!

To access the best deals, start shopping now for your student's residence hall room and other needs. Here is a helpful list of "What to Bring" items for your reference.

Thinking about a cell phone or computer purchase? Be sure to check out discounts available to Cedarville students.

Call your admissions counselor at 1-800-CEDARVILLE (233-2784) if you have any questions about Getting Started activities in August. There is much anticipation as we prepare for the fall, and our team is here to help! We will keep you informed through the summer.


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Shop Online Bookstore for Graduation Gifts and More!

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

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If you're looking for graduation gifts for your future Yellow Jacket, check out the online University Bookstore! You'll find a variety of Cedarville-branded apparel and gifts to get your student ready for the fall. Your student will also be able to purchase course materials from this site.

Use coupon code WELCOME22 at checkout to receive a one-time 15% discount* off a single item.

Start shopping now!

*Online only. Textbooks excluded. Valid through August 31, 2022.


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National College Decision Day Is Tomorrow!

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Tomorrow is May 1 – the National College Decision Day! We are so thankful for the number of students who have already confirmed their plans to be at Cedarville in August.

Read More to see the top reasons students and parents give for choosing Cedarville University.


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Choosing a Residence Hall and Roommate

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Girls in dorm room sitting on bed and chairs with open notebooks on their lapsIs your admitted student ready to choose a Cedarville residence hall and select a roommate? We’ve made it easy!

Your student’s personalized My.Cedarville.edu portal has all the resources he or she will need to easily transition from home to a residence hall room on campus. Your student can visit My.Cedarville.edu today to:

  • Get to know future classmates through the Cedarville incoming fall 2022 class Facebook group.
  • Find a roommate with RoomSync, a roommate-matching software that compares your student's likes and dislikes with other new students.
  • Complete the Request Housing task. Before making a decision, visit our residence hall page to get to know all of the dorm options. You can learn about community life in each residence hall, view floor plans, and watch a video with a Cedarville student as your guide. You'll also find a timeline for when your student will be granted access to the housing selection system. Keep in mind that students’ access is based on when they made their reservation deposit. 

If you have any questions about the housing selection process, contact us at 1-800-CEDARVILLE. Your student’s admissions counselor will be happy to help!


Be sure to pay your student's reservation deposit by the May 1 deadline. With a record number of deposits already submitted for fall 2022, we will need to start a waitlist for those who deposit after the deadline.


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Accessing Cedarville Orientation Information

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

MyCedarville screen shotWe’ve created a personalized MyCedarville student portal for all admitted students. This online resource alerts students to required forms and approaching deadlines, not to mention information about residence hall and roommate selection, financial aid, class registration, Getting Started orientation weekend, and much more! Each completed task moves them one step closer to their arrival at Cedarville University in August.

You will never miss a deadline or lose a required form with this interactive and personalized site. Log in with your student today and begin exploring.


P.S. Reminder to parents of admitted students: The deadline to submit the reservation deposit is May 1. With record deposits already for fall, those who send in their deposit after the deadline may be placed on a waitlist.


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Cedarville's Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Options Make Education More Affordable

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Cedarville is always looking for ways to help make our distinctly Christian education affordable and accessible for more families. Last week we mentioned three-year completion options that can help your student complete college sooner, saving time and money. A few years ago, we took this idea to another level: accelerated graduate pathways.Students have three options to complete a bachelor's and master's degree in less time at a lower cost:Pathway to an M.B.A. – Students can complete a...
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Posted in Academics Admissions Affordability

ROTC Opportunities and Scholarships

Thursday, March 24, 2022

ROTC student in classIs your student interested in a military career someday? Cedarville University offers ROTC programs for the United States Army and Air Force. The ROTC helps students gain confidence and self-discipline that they will use throughout college and the rest of their lives, while preparing for a fulfilling career. It’s also a great way to help pay for college; full and partial scholarships are available.

Read more and watch a video about Cedarville's ROTC program in today's post.


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Your Student's Next Steps

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Pencil checking off a checklistIf you’re a parent of one of our incoming new Cedarville students, encourage them to watch for text messages about the personalized My.Cedarville.edu portal. This online resource site alerts incoming students about upcoming mailings, required forms, and approaching deadlines. Each completed task will move them one step closer to their arrival at Cedarville!

As examples, My.Cedarville.edu gives students easy access to information about residence hall and roommate selection, financial aid, class registration, Getting Started orientation weekend, and much more. They will never miss a deadline or lose a required form with this interactive, personalized site!

If you have not already done so, now is the time to pay your student's reservation deposit and secure a place in the fall class. You can send the $250 deposit by mail or pay by credit card online. The deposit is refundable through May 1.

Call Admissions at 1-800-CEDARVILLE (233-2784) if you have any questions.

P.S. Did you know that Cedarville hosts a private online Facebook community for our admitted students? It’s a place to join engaging conversations, explore interests, ask questions, and receive updates. It is the online space to be for all future Cedarville students! Please encourage your student to join the conversation at My.Cedarville.edu!


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Including Dual Enrollment in Your College Plan

Monday, February 7, 2022

As a reminder, tomorrow, February 8, 2022, is the third of our three informative Dual Enrollment webinars.

Learn how dual enrollment can help your student get a jump-start on college to save both time and money. Once you register, you'll receive a link to access the webinar on the day of the event.

Tuesday, February 8, 2022, at 7 p.m. EST

Register now »


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Summer Academic Camps

Friday, February 4, 2022

Girls working on mannequin at nursing campYour student’s college experience is just around the corner. It's time for them to explore their options and prepare for the future … all while having an unforgettable summer experience, full of new friends and great memories! That's exactly what Cedarville’s summer Academic Camps will let them do! 

While your student explores a career field, camp faculty will challenge them to make their career their calling. They will be challenged to consider how their gifts, skills, and interests can make a difference in this world for Christ. We've packed the schedule with fun activities, too, so students return home with new friends and great memories!

Read today's post to find out how your student can apply and register to become a part of Cedarville University's summer experience today!


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Making Sense of Your Student's Financial Aid Award

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Financial Aid 101Cedarville University began sending financial aid emails last month through our Self Service Financial Aid portal. We have also begun mailing a customized financial aid prospectus to the parents of accepted freshmen students. Today's ParentPrep post provides additional information for those of you who are awaiting these important pieces of information ... or anticipating this process next year!

Don't hesitate to contact our office at 1-800-233-2784. Your student's admissions counselor will also be calling to review your financial aid package and address any remaining concerns or questions.


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Ohio’s College Credit Plus Program: What’s New in 2022

Monday, January 31, 2022

As a reminder, tomorrow, February 1, 2022, is the second of our three informative Dual Enrollment webinars.

Learn how Ohio high school students can take FREE college courses and get updated information about 2022 College Credit Plus (CCP) deadlines, eligibility requirements, and more!

Tuesday, February 1, 2022 at 7 p.m. EST

Register now »


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Answering 5 Important Questions About College Affordability

Friday, January 28, 2022

College CostsWe understand that choosing a college for your son or daughter is a big decision. As you help your student work through the process, you probably have a lot of questions. In today's post, we provide thoughtful answers to five of the most common questions we hear from parents about college costs and affordability. As always, you may contact our Admissions office at 1-800-CEDARVILLE. We are here to serve you in any way we can!


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Cedarville Financial Aid Notifications and Your FAFSA

Thursday, January 20, 2022

FAFSA logoLast week, we began sending financial aid packages to students who have been accepted for the fall 2022 semester and have submitted their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you have not already done so, please complete your FAFSA to ensure that your student will receive as much financial aid as possible and be among the first to receive a financial aid package.

Remember, the FAFSA is used to consider you for not only government forms of aid, but also for all need-based scholarships from Cedarville. Many students who do not receive federal or state grants DO qualify for Cedarville scholarships or subsidized government loans.

Once we receive your FAFSA, we will prepare your student's personalized financial aid award. Very shortly thereafter, we will send you a financial aid prospectus, which will outline all of the scholarships, grants, work study, and loan opportunities available to your student.

Visit our Financial Aid website for the most up-to-date information about financial aid at Cedarville.


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When Will My Student Receive a Financial Aid Package?

Thursday, January 6, 2022

FAFSA formCedarville University plans to begin sending award notifications to new incoming students in January. Having your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completed is the best way to ensure that we are able to award your student as much financial aid as possible.

The FAFSA opened on October 1. If you have not yet completed it, we encourage you to do so soon. Remember, the FAFSA is required to access all need-based scholarships at Cedarville as well as state and federal grants and low-interest federal loans.

If you have not completed the FAFSA yet, visit fafsa.gov and complete it soon. If you need help, check out our FAFSA filing instructions.


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How Important Is a University's Doctrinal Statement?

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Bible text close upLike your local church, Christian colleges all have a statement of beliefs. As you research and visit different institutions with your student, how important is it to consider each college's doctrinal statement?

First, know that a doctrinal statement provides the general framework within which the university will be offering its education. It is a good idea to review the statements (most are posted online) to assure you are comfortable with the direction. If you have questions about what you read, this is a great opportunity to involve your pastor to provide insights.

Second, ask Christian universities if their faculty sign the doctrinal statement as a condition of employment. Not all do. Knowing that faculty will be teaching in line with the institution's stated beliefs provides a point of accountability to you as a parent. Are you comfortable that the faculty at the university will uphold the beliefs that are most important to your family?

Several years ago, we conducted a study related to parents' use of the Cedarville University website. We made an interesting — and candidly, unexpected —finding. Parents were more likely to search terms related to the University's doctrinal commitments and focus on spiritual growth than any other topics.

In today's post, you'll read about the importance of Cedarville's Doctrinal Statement and how it informs Cedarville's approach to Christ-centered higher education.


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Did You Know Cedarville Offers 3-Year Degree Completion Options?

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

smiling graduatesCedarville is always looking for ways to help make our distinctly Christian education more affordable and accessible for families. One way we do that is by offering three-year completion plans for many of our popular undergraduate degrees.

What a great way for students to fast-track their college experience and save money on overall education expenses. You could reduce your college bill by $15,000 or more. And, your student would enter the workforce and begin earning a salary one year sooner, making the value of a three-year degree $50,000 or more!

Read today's post to learn more about three-year completion plans available to your student at Cedarville.


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Explore Cedarville's Campus Through Our Virtual Tour

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Virtual TourThe best way for you to get to know Cedarville is by visiting campus, but we know that for some of you, distance has made it difficult to get here. That's why we created an online virtual campus tour. You’ll get a taste of Cedarville's beautiful campus as you take a guided virtual tour.

Read today's post for more information on our virtual tour, plus another great option you can explore from home.


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Happy Thanksgiving From Cedarville University!

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Fall pumpkins and candlesThanksgiving is the perfect opportunity to say how much we appreciate you as a parent and your part in your student’s college decision process! 

Research affirms that parents are the top influencers of a student's college decision. You help to shape the conversation about what is important. Thank you for making a Christian education – one that presents a distinctly biblical worldview in every academic discipline – a priority for your student.

From the Cedarville family to yours, may you experience the blessing of God's goodness and peace during this Thanksgiving season!


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