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Celebrating Highlights From the Past Year

Monday, January 10, 2022

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As we begin a new semester, it's a great time to reflect on God's goodness to Cedarville University in 2021. Whether your student has already made a final decision to enroll at Cedarville next year or is still working through the decision, we'd like to share the 2021 Highlights of the Year video and report with you.

You'll read about our historic fundraising campaign, record enrollment, and new academic programs and hear directly from students about their Cedarville experience.  Throughout the report, you'll notice a common thread: God has richly blessed Cedarville University, and everything we do, we do for Him. From cherished times in chapel to a new residence hall that will build true Christian community, you’ll see that God continues to have His sovereign hand on our campus. And, as we look to the new year, you can be confident that, by God's grace, we will continue to stand for the Word of God and the Testimony of Jesus Christ. We will remain resolute in pursuing our mission to transform lives through excellent academics and intentional discipleship in submission to biblical authority.

Please take time to read this report, and be encouraged about the truly life-transforming education your son or daughter will experience at Cedarville University. Review the 2021 Highlights of the Year now.


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Spiritual Growth in College

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

man standing on hill in front of sunrise with feet turning to roots in the groundAs a parent, you want your student to receive a high-quality education and be prepared to succeed in his or her chosen vocation. But as a Christian parent, you also want your student to grow in his or her faith and be transformed to live a life that honors God in everything they do. At Cedarville University, you can be assured of both.

In today’s post, guest writer Aaron Cook, Director of Discipleship Ministries at Cedarville University, shares how his experience as a student at Cedarville changed his life, and how Cedarville is still intentionally changing students’ lives today.


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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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Student Leadership Conference Coming in January

Thursday, December 9, 2021

CU LEAD January 22, 2022

Encourage your student to register for the life-changing CU LEADership Conference on January 22, 2022.

This year's theme is "Build Your Leadership Tool Kit," and we'll explore practical ways students can develop their leadership skills as they seek to glorify God by serving others. Dynamic speakers and challenging sessions will teach students what it means to have a biblical view of leadership.

They can sign up as an individual or as part of a church or school group.


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Livestream Our Annual Christmas Concert

Saturday, December 4, 2021

As a reminder, our annual Christmas concert is tomorrow! Each holiday season, Cedarville University presents a special Christmas celebration concert as our gift to the local community and our campus family. We’d like to extend this gift to you, wherever you are.

With hundreds of our students involved, you'll enjoy the sights and sounds of Cedarville’s choral and instrumental ensembles along with special performances by our esteemed music faculty. You’ll get a taste of the talent God has blessed Cedarville with, but more importantly, you’ll experience our heart — Jesus! It’s a musical celebration of our Savior’s birth, and it’s our gift to you this Christmas.

Plan to join us this Sunday, December 5, at 6 p.m. EST for this special event. Simply visit the  Christmas Celebration livestream site, sit back, and celebrate the season with Cedarville University.


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A Bold, Biblical Approach to Geology

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Rock formationsAt Cedarville, we approach the study of geology differently from most universities – even ones that are identified as "Christian." As with every program we offer, our geology program boldly acknowledges the Bible as the ultimate framework for research and study, without sacrificing academic excellence. We are unashamed to adhere to a literal, six-day account of creation and recognize God as the Creator of all life. We are honored to be an invited exhibitor at Answers in Genesis’ annual college expo.

Regularly, Dr. John Whitmore, Professor of Geology, leads a group of students on a trip to the Grand Canyon, where they examine geological evidence that supports the biblical account of Creation and Noah's Flood. Read today's post to watch a video to get a taste of this incredible trip.

This bold, biblically integrated education is exactly what your student will experience at Cedarville University in every course, in every major. We invite you to visit campus and see for yourself!


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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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Cedarville Is Homeschool-Friendly

Thursday, November 18, 2021

If you’re a homeschooling parent, you probably have specific concerns when considering where to send your son or daughter to college. Our president, Dr. Thomas White, understands. He's a homeschooling dad.

Dr. White recorded a video in which he highlights what makes Cedarville University homeschool-friendly. Watch the video in today's post and you’ll discover how at Cedarville, your student will join many other homeschool students on a vibrant Christian campus. He or she will be challenged with rigorous academics and encouraged through daily chapel, Bible minor courses, and intentional discipleship to grow deeper in their faith.


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Explore Cedarville's Bible Minor Project

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Dr. Chris Miller teaching in online videoOne of the value-added distinctives of a Cedarville education is the Bible minor that is built into every undergraduate program. Made up of five courses — The Bible and the Gospel, Old Testament Literature, New Testament Literature, Theology I, and Theology II — the Bible minor stretches students to think about God, His Word, and His world in whole new ways and encourages them to apply Scripture to all areas of their lives.

Read today's post to see how you can experience this outstanding Bible teaching at home for FREE through our online Bible Minor Project.


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How Do Colleges Make Admissions Decisions?

Thursday, November 11, 2021

photo of admissions acceptanceAs you and your student go through the college application process, you may wonder what colleges consider as they make admissions decisions.
When colleges — including Cedarville University — make admissions decisions, they are seeking to admit students who will be successful in their college experience and able to achieve their educational goals at the institution.

Read today's post for more insight into Cedarville's admissions process, including admission requirements and intended outcomes.

P.S. It's not too late to apply for fall 2022! If your student is considering Cedarville University, encourage him or her to apply online as soon as possible. We would be happy to discuss our admissions criteria with you in greater detail, if you have questions.


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Checklist for Choosing a College

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

collegebound signChoosing a college will most likely be the biggest decision your son or daughter has made so far. It can be an overwhelming — but not impossible — decision. In today's post, Matt Dearden, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management at Cedarville, offers Five Words of Wisdom for walking through the college decision process with your son or daughter.

We will be praying along with you this year as you work through this incredible, life-changing decision. Please don't hesitate to contact us if we can help in any way!


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President's Chapel Series

Monday, September 6, 2021

Ears to Hear graphic for chapel series

Chapel has long been called the heartbeat of Cedarville University, where students, faculty, and staff gather each weekday for dynamic worship and powerful preaching. Chapel is just one way we help our students grow in their walk with Christ, and most students consider chapel a highlight of their Cedarville education! If you really want to understand Cedarville culture and what makes us "tick," you need to experience chapel.

This year in his chapel series, our president, Dr. Thomas White, is preaching on a selection of parables from the Gospels of Matthew and Luke in “Ears to Hear: Listening to the Stories of Jesus.”

Read today's post to watch a preview of Dr. White's series and learn how to follow along from home.


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Connect With Cedarville's President

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Inside View logo

Want to keep up with all that’s happening at Cedarville University? Here are is a great way you can stay connected.

Subscribe to "Inside View," the monthly e-Newsletter from our President, Dr. Thomas White. In it he shares highlights of all that is happening at Cedarville University. As you consider Cedarville for your son or daughter, we hope this "Inside View" gives you a taste of what Cedarville is all about.


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Welcome to Parent Prep – Discover Top 4 Ways Parents Support the College Search

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

ParentPrepWelcome to Cedarville University's Parent Prep resource blog! We are excited to provide information and resources throughout this year for parents who are walking with their students through the college search and decision process.

Every week you will find new posts about important topics, such as financial aid tips and information, ways students can graduate from college with a strong faith, making the most of a campus visit, understanding the application process, and so much more! Last year we had nearly 1,000 subscribers, and we would love to continue adding to the Cedarville Parent Prep family. Tell friends, family, or anyone in need of helpful college search advice! Once they subscribe, we'll send an email whenever new posts are added. We'll also be providing helpful information about College Now, our program for high school students, so be sure to tell your friends with younger students as well.

Read today's post for our Top 4 recommendations on how you can best help your student through the college search process this year. Although parents usually do not make the final college choice for their student, they do contribute to narrowing down the choices, even before the college search begins. We want to help as you start this all-important journey with your student.


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New Magazine From Cedarville University

Thursday, June 3, 2021

We recently released our summer issue of Cedarville Magazine, and we'd like to share it with you. Published three times a year, Cedarville Magazine tells the story of Cedarville University and the people and programs that make us unique. In the current issue, "A Season for Growth," you'll discover ideas and resources for connecting to God in a deeper way during the slower summer months. Get to know Cedarville in the pages of Cedarville Magazine. More than anything, we hope you'll see on every...
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What Do Recent Grads Say About Their Cedarville Experience?

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

CommencementWe’ve told you about Cedarville’s academic rigor and excellent career preparation. We’ve told you how daily chapel and the Bible minor inspire students to know God’s Word and apply it to every area of their life. And we’ve told you how intentional mentoring and discipleship programs challenge students to seek Christ first and honor Him with everything they do. But to truly understand the life-changing Cedarville experience, you've got to talk to our students. In today's post, enjoy reading testimonies from members of the class of 2021. Then, imagine what your student will be able to say four years from now! 


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Graduation Celebrates Transformed Lives

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

smiling graduatesThis past weekend, Cedarville University celebrated the graduation of 892 new alumni, including those earning both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

More than just a number, these 892 students represent lives that were transformed by their time at Cedarville. Students who grew closer in their walk with the Lord from intentional mentoring, daily chapels, and biblical integration in their coursework. Students who were challenged by rigorous academics and prepared to succeed in their chosen field. Students who were in the same place as your student just four years ago, and are now ready to go out into the world and make a difference for Christ.

Be encouraged that your student, too, will experience amazing transformation at Cedarville, and you’ll be surprised at how fast the next four years will go! We will be praying for you and your student as you prepare for the transition to college life.

 

Read today's post to hear what some of these graduates have to say about their 1,000 days at Cedarville.


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National College Decision Day Is Today!

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Today 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. Here are the top reasons students and parents give for their choice: Biblical worldview. It's not just a buzzword here; it's intentionally part of every aspect of classes, residence life, activities, and ministries. Academic reputation. We have the in-demand majors students want, and our grads are excelling at places like...
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Introducing a New Worship Video From Cedarville

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Cedarville University’s Resonance Gold worship team, one of three ministry ensembles from the Department of Music and Worship, has just released a new worship video, Whole Heart, and we want you to be among the first to experience it! This powerful song will encourage you as you surrender your whole heart to your Savior.

View today's post to watch it now!


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Defending Life Summer Institute at Cedarville

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Equipping the Next Generation of Pro-Life Leaders

Cedarville University seeks to be among the nation's leaders in speaking for the sanctity of life and the rights of the unborn. To help us accomplish this, we are excited to announce the Defending Life Summer Institute, designed to equip the next generation of pro-life leaders to advocate for the life of the unborn. Through two weeks of intensive training with two national leading pro-life communicators, you'll learn how to defend the pro-life position to a hostile world.

Read today's post for details about the institute and to watch a video with one of the speakers.


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