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Answering 5 Important Questions About College Affordability

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

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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Don't Let College Undermine Your Student's Faith

Thursday, January 19, 2023

Don't Let College Undermine Your Student's FaithYour student’s college years are critical to forming their worldview, and where they go matters. Will they choose a secular university with a humanistic worldview, a university that is Christian in name only, or a genuinely Christian university that will build upon the biblical worldview you have taught in your home? In a newly released video, Dr. Thomas White, President of Cedarville University, discusses how to prepare your student for this critical college decision. He shares questions to consider to make sure your student’s faith stays strong during the important college years. The video is long but well worth your time.


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Spiritual Growth in College

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

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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4 Reasons Why Teaching Creation at a Christian College Is Important

Thursday, January 12, 2023

Creation: In the BeginningWhen it comes to their science departments, most Christian universities and colleges either ignore the issue of creation and Genesis altogether, or they promote theistic evolution or some other harmonization of Genesis. There are only a handful of schools that believe that Genesis is historically accurate and forms a foundation for science, the Bible, and Christian education. In today's post, Dr. John Whitmore, Senior Professor of Geology at Cedarville University, shares four reasons why Cedarville holds true to a biblical, literal six-day Creation, and why we always will.


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Celebrating Highlights From the Past Year

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

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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 2022. 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 2022 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 2022 Highlights of the Year now.


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Explore Cedarville's Bible Minor Project

Tuesday, December 27, 2022

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 Important Is a University's Doctrinal Statement?

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

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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Livestream Our Annual Christmas Concert

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Christmas community celebration concertEach 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 4, 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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Happy Thanksgiving From Cedarville University!

Thursday, November 24, 2022

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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Athletics at Cedarville

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Yellow Jacket in front of trackAt Cedarville, we do athletics very differently from other universities. Yes, our student-athletes train and compete hard to win on the court, field, or track. But that's not the most important thing. At Cedarville, our athletes use their sport for Kingdom impact. They pray for and with their opponents, take the Gospel around the world on missions trips, and make Christ known by the way they play and interact with teammates, fans, and officials.

Watch this video and hear from some of our student-athletes. You'll discover that Cedarville Athletics is like no other.

This is what your future Cedarville student will experience as an athlete or fan!


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Why a Bible Minor for All Students

Thursday, November 10, 2022

BibleAt Cedarville University, we take our mission statement very seriously: "Cedarville University transforms lives through excellent education and intentional discipleship in submission to biblical authority.” Not only is there biblical integration in every course, but all students complete a Bible minor as a part of their academic program. Always among our students’ favorites, Bible classes stretch them to think about God, His Word, and His world in whole new ways.

In today's post, you'll learn about the different courses that make up Cedarville's Bible minor and hear from our president about the difference it can make in your student's life.


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A Bold, Biblical Approach to Geology

Thursday, November 3, 2022

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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Cedarville Is Homeschool-Friendly

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

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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How Do Colleges Make Admissions Decisions?

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

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. Now is the best time to apply for fall 2023! If your student is considering Cedarville University, encourage him or her to apply online as soon as possible. Students who apply by November 1 pay no application fee, and they will receive some fun incentive gifts. 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 21, 2022

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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Connect With Cedarville's President

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Inside View logo

Want to keep up with what's on the heart and mind of Cedarville's President? Here is a great way you can stay connected:

Subscribe to "Inside View," Dr. White's monthly e-Newsletter. In it, he shares highlights of Cedarville events and important news. As you consider Cedarville for your son or daughter, we hope the "Inside View" gives you a taste of what Cedarville is all about.

 


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President's Chapel Series

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

The Lord Is Good chapel theme logo

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 titled  "The Lord Is Good," our president, Dr. Thomas White, is preaching through the book of Psalms, looking at the steadfast love of the Lord.

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

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

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 Dual Enrollment, 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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What Recent Grads Say About Their Cedarville Experience

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

We’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 hear from our students. 

In today's post, you'll hear members of the class of 2022 sum up their experience at Cedarville University. Listen and imagine what your student will be able to say four years from now!


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Graduation Celebrates Transformed Lives

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

smiling graduatesOn May 7, Cedarville University celebrated the graduation of 924 new alumni, including those earning both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

More than just a number, these 924 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 experience highlights from this year's commencement.


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