Cedarville University Reviews

4.23 out of 5 stars
(10 Reviews)
  • Cedarville (OH)
  • Annual Tuition: $30,270
89% of 10 students said this degree improved their career prospects
90% of 10 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
Marie Ewing - 9/28/2019
Degree: Allied Health
Graduation Year: 2019
"Each program at Cedarville University comes from a biblical world view. This university has impacted my life in so many ways, and has helped me see just how to integrate my faith and integrity into my career. The professors are very intentional so that studying the bible isn't just for academia, but more for spiritual growth and for life change. Being able to learn in that type of environment was truly priceless. What Cedarville brings is a balance between the uniquely, distinctive Christian experience and an emphasis on good stewardship. At Cedarville University, I personally enjoyed analyzing research data using critical thinking and application. I developed skills in interpreting, and evaluating published research using case study and literature review. Outside of the regular classroom work, I was able to conduct independent research regarding sensory integration therapy and its effects on children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This research is developing my skills in interpreting and evaluating literature, while fostering an appreciation for the importance of quality research in allied health and exercise science. In addition, as a year round collegiate athlete, the accountability and support from teammates and coaches at this university has helped me to become a better leader."
3.3 out of 5 stars
E.C. - 5/23/2019
Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2021
"I just finished my sophomore year in the international studies major; most of my professors have been anywhere between good to fantastic, truly caring about the students. Also, the campus is pretty, with a lake in the center. Beautiful flowers bloom on the trees whenever spring comes. Unfortunately, Cedarville often seems fake. Other students may try convincing you that theyre the perfect Christian or act like they cant relate to you if you struggle with depression, like me. Cedarville requires 5-day-a-week chapel attendance. I have repeatedly heard (in chapel) the message that depression/anxiety is sinful/the result of lack of faith. One chapel condemned the use of medication for depression. Some of the Cedarville administration is, in my humble opinion, sexist. When the university's current president began that role, all of the women professors in the Bible department were laid off, and the 25-member board of the university reduced its number of women members to one. According to a news article on this faculty shakeup, President Dr. White said Our position is that we dont train women to be in the office of pastor, elder or bishop. The idea that they shouldnt be elders is insulting, as elders are often important voices in the church who vote on various church decisions and issues. The position that women should not be pastors does not surprise me, as it is common among baptists. Personally, I have no problem with women being pastors. (I am a woman, if youre wondering). What bothers me is the hypocrisy: Cedarville encourages all students to join a local church, as their position is that university chapel does not count as church. Cedarvilles position is that women should not lead in the church, but leading in other areas of life is okay. The hypocrisy comes from the fact that Cedarville now will not allow women to lead as professors at an academic institution, nor will they allow women to teach theology in chapel, which, by their own admission, is not church. Officially, women who speak in chapel are only allowed to share testimonials (personal stories), but they cannot teach theology because that is seen as exerting authority over the men in the chapel, which, in my humble opinion, is bull crap. Ive encountered a fair amount of sexism in my interactions with certain male students, although that that could be a problem at any university. If you have any opinion that does not align with Cedarvilles particular brand of conservatism, chances are, you may be judged if you choose to share it. A couple chapels in the year were purely political messages, without referencing God, which bothered me, because the students were basically a captive audience for someones political agenda. Although Cedarville frequently emphasizes that it is not legalistic, I find that actions often do not support these words. Cedarville can be so overbearing that they treat the students like children rather than adults. Students are required to sign a contract that promises that they will not consume alcohol as long as they attend Cedarville, even if they are of age, off campus, or on break. There is a strict curfew (midnight during the school week and 1 oclock during the weekend) that will result in a fine charged directly to your student account if violated. Women are not allowed into the mens dorms and vice versa except at designated times. Cedarville monitors everyones internet activity, and several websites are blocked from access. Every computer in the Stevens Student Center building has a little plaque on it to let you know that internet activity is being monitored, so do all that you do to the glory of God. Good intentions, maybe, but a little Orwellian, in my humble opinion. Cedarville has what its students call a ring by spring culture, meaning that everyone is seriously rushed to get married, for whatever reason. I am 20 years old and know many already-married-Cedarville-students my age/younger. The university has married housing for them, so its not just a handful of people who get hitched ASAP. I considered transferring from Cedarville earlier in my sophomore year, but many of the credits would not transfer to another university. Cedarville requires everyone to get a Bible minor, too. I am almost done with that, so that would also be wasted. Cedarville also is very particular about accepting credits from high school AP classes. If you transfer to Cedarville and already have taken Gen-Ed science classes, youll still have to take science classes at Cedarville, because their courses are different in that they offer the evolutionary perspective and the creationist perspective. On the bright side, though, I have discovered that not everyone is the same there. If you look hard enough, you will find some pretty cool people, and people who think for themselves rather than blindly accepting everything that the university feeds them in chapel. These hidden-gem friendships have truly made school bearable. I think critical thinking is an important part of faith. I say all this partially to vent, yes, but also because I would have liked to have known all this myself before I committed to Cedarville."
4.7 out of 5 stars
Sarah Plantenga - 5/10/2017
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2017
"Cedarville University came alongside me and helped me discover my passion for Social Work. Through rigorous course work, excellent professors and a great learning environment, I was able to meet my best potential. Cedarville not only helped me grow in the professional arena, but as a person as well. I would not be the person that I am now if it was not for my last four years at Cedarville University. I made some of the best friends I've ever had, discovered my passions and talents and grew as an overall person while at Cedarville University. I would highly recommend Cedarville to anyone I meet! Look it up and take a trip to visit campus. It will be worth it!"
2.8 out of 5 stars
Beau Augusto - 2/23/2017
Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2015
"Cedarville is difficult for me to review since it is a highly religious institution and I have since become less religious. It did not meet my needs and expectations academically; however, this wouldn't be the case for everyone. The academics are fair, and, for some people, that's just what they need, particularly those who are fervidly religious."
4.5 out of 5 stars
Megan Moffitt - 2/6/2017
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2014
"Throughout my degree, the professors did everything they could to help you succeed. They bring in professionals in order to give you tools and people to further your education if desired. They not only care about helping you educationally but professionally in your field. With smaller classes, you are able to really have interactions and get to know your professors."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Adam Oakley - 9/11/2016
Degree: Information Systems
Graduation Year: 2013
"Cedarville was, by far, the best decision I have ever made. I attended Cedarville from 2008 - 2013, which If you can do math means I was one of those 5 year people. I started my freshman year as an electrical engineering major, It took me half-way through my junior year (and taking Calculus II three times) to finally get the hint that I couldn't do engineering. (I took Calc II with three different professors so I can't really blame their teaching skills) I switched to Information Systems and I can't tell you just how amazing the program was. The top-notch education I received at Cedarville was only because of the amazing professors. After attending Cedarville I believe that the number one factor in determining the quality of a university is based on how much professors care about their students. This is why I gave Cedarville 5 stars, the professors really do care. Next point: Cedarville is EXPENSIVE! I left Cedarville with $140,000 in student debt. (This number is so high primarily because I was there for 5 years). I do not recommend Cedarville for the student who is just looking for a degree. I paid over one hundred thousand dollars for the Cedarville experience, I just happened to get a degree in the process. Obviously this sounds a little extreme but, at it's core, it really is true. If I simply wanted a degree I had dozens of alternatives that would've costed a fraction of what Cedarville costs. But as an 18 year old, I can't say how much Cedarville changed my life. Growing up in a Christian home still didn't prepare me for life on my own. I could make my own decisions and determine my own future. Without the fellowship of other students and the daily chapels I am confident that I would be in a much worse place in life right now than simply in debt. I also recommend attending Cedarville if your major can provide the income for the debt you will receive. Unless you have a support system that can alleviate or prevent the debt, such as living at home after graduation or having parents that can pay your way though school. My degree started me at $45,000 a year which was sufficient for my monthly payments. Conclusion: Cedarville is an amazing college, 'nuff said"
4.4 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 9/14/2015
Degree: Music
Graduation Year: 2006
"High quality Christian education in an excellent environment. Students, faculty and staff all make it a great place to attend and a worthwhile investment."
3.8 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 9/4/2015
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2007
"Cedarville is a great liberal arts Christian college. The campus is constantly being updated, the dorms are comfortable, and nothing is too far away from anything else. Chapel is a great experience with interesting speakers and motivating messages. The professors are fantastic, very supportive and tend to treat you like family. The cafeteria is pretty good, with lots of options and opportunities to make your own food if desired. There are a number of majors and classes to suit a wide variety of students, and class sizes are on the smaller size. The Bible classes are particularly interesting and inspiring. There's a decent gym on campus that's free to students, and it includes a climbing wall (but no pool). There are lots of opportunities to get involved with ministries and activities off campus. There are several sports - including soccer, basketball, and volleyball."
3.9 out of 5 stars
Becca - 9/4/2015
Degree: Journalism
Graduation Year: 2014
"Cedarville is an excellent university. Small enough to feel like family but big enough for you to continually meet new people. It has rigorous academics, thoughtful professors and a beautiful campus. Yeah, the "town" of Cedarville might only have two stop lights and seven hundred corn fields, but the university has great student activities programs and I never felt like I was missing out on any excitement. Cedarville University feels like home <3"
4.4 out of 5 stars
jvader - 8/19/2015
Degree: Fitness Trainer
Graduation Year: 2013
"One of the greatest experiences for life and learning."