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Cedarville University
Motto Pro Corona et Foedere Christi: For the Crown and Covenant of Christ
Established 1887
Type Private
Religious affiliation Baptist; Independent, Evangelical
Endowment $14.4 million[1]
President William E. Brown
Faculty 210
Students 3,077
Undergraduates 2,996
Location Cedarville, OH, USA
Campus Rural, 400 acres
Athletics 16 NAIA Division II teams,
called Yellow Jackets
Colors Blue and Gold
Website www.cedarville.edu

Cedarville University is a private, independent Baptist, Evangelical Christian university located in Cedarville, Ohio, known for its conservative theology. Its environment and culture are underscored by its foundations in Biblical teachings which influence student life and school policy. The University is chartered by the state of Ohio and certified by the Ohio Board of Regents; it is also a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. According to its Mission Statement, the University is "a Christ-centered learning community equipping students for lifelong leadership and service through an education marked by excellence and grounded in biblical truth."[2]



Cedarville University was chartered in 1887 by the Presbyterian church; at the time, the township was largely Presbyterian. The first classes were held in 1892, though the college did not officially open until 1894. David McKinney was the college's first president. [3]

Elements of the school's heritage remain on today's campus in the form of two original buildings: Founder's Hall (Old Main) and Collins Hall (Science Building).The college early on also purchased the former Presbyterian church located near Founders Hall (Old Main), and renamed it the Alford Memorial building. Over the years it has been renovated numerous times and served as a gymnasium, class room space, and a theater. The University seal has remained essentially unchanged and still contains the Latin phrase 'Pro Corona et Foedere Christi' (For the crown and covenant of Christ).

In 1953, the Baptist Bible Institute of Cleveland assumed management of the institution through a cooperative effort with the former board of trustees[4]. The Baptists retained the Presbyterian college seal, surrounding it with the Baptist Bible Institutes's motto, 'For the Word of God and the Testimony of Jesus Christ.'

The current president, Dr. William E. Brown, assumed the office in 2003, succeeding Dr. Paul Dixon.[5]


Cedarville University offers 8 undergraduate degrees in 111 programs of study, including 73 undergraduate degrees programs, which cover most areas of the liberal arts, professional sciences, and theological studies. It also offers 40 minors, including a Bible minor, which is required for all students. The university also awards a limited number of graduate degrees in the areas of education and pharmacy (pending accreditation by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education). In November 2009, the university announced the addition of a Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) degree beginning in the fall of 2010, pending accreditation and approval by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the Ohio Board of Regents [6]. A full list of programs offered is here. Cedarville's teaching body is composed of 197 full-time faculty members who profess to be Christians and support the University's doctrinal statement. The university integrates a Biblical worldview into each discipline. The university is organized into five schools: the School of Biblical and Theological Studies, the School of Humanities, the School of Natural and Applied Sciences, the School of Pharmacy, and the School of Social Science and Human Performance.

The student/teacher ratio is 15:1, and the average class size is 20 students. [7]

Spiritual life

With a stated goal of "helping [the student] increasingly reflect the character of God in [his or her] life," Cedarville University is a religious university. All matriculants are required to earn a 16 credit hour Bible minor. Classes that comprise the minor are found here. Students are also required to attend weekday chapel services on-campus in the Dixon Ministry Center. Information on Cedarville's daily chapel can be found here. In addition to these requirements, students are also encouraged to participate in various community service and ministry programs off-campus.


Dixon Ministry Center

Cerdarville's campus includes many flat, low mid-century buildings. Hanna Rosin, the author of God's Harvard, said that the buildings at Cedarville were "undistinguished" and had no "pretensions to deeper history." Rosin contrasted the Cedarville campus to that of Patrick Henry College, stating that Cedarville's architecture "gives off the opposite impression of Patrick Henry."[8]

Cedarville is a coeducational university and students who choose to reside on campus live in single-sex dormitories. The university has nine residences for men and seven for women. All of these dormitories have coed lounges, except for the cluster of male dorms know as "The Hill". Some students live in a suite-like setting, with three to four bedrooms sharing a comparatively small lounge in each unit. Others live in a single-room, hall-style format with a communal lounge on each floor. The university discourages off-campus housing by limiting the number of students and applying strict criteria.[citation needed]


BBI publications

Before Baptist Bible Institute purchased Cedarville College and moved from Cleveland, Ohio, to Cedarville, Ohio, BBI published two publications: "Marturion" (a student yearbook) and "B. B. Eye", the only known archives of which are in the Cedarville University library and in the Louisiana Serials list [9].[citation needed]

Present Cedarville publications


Cedarville's athletic department, the Yellow Jackets, are members of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA), and the American Mideast Conference (AMC). After recent approval from Cedarville's Board of Trustees, the university applied for and received admission to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II. The University will undergo a two-year testing period before it becomes a full member for the 2011-2012 academic year. Cedarville offers men's and women's cross country, men's and women's soccer, and women's volleyball during the fall, and men's and women's basketball and men's and women's track during the winter. Both the men's and women's basketball teams have advanced to the NAIA national basketball championships. In 2005, the men's team made it to the final four, and in both 2004 and 2005 the women's team competed in the championship game. Cedarville also offers spring sports including men's baseball and women's softball, and men's and women's tennis. Cedarville's women's division won the AMC All-Sports Award for the 2004-2005 season.[10]

Accreditation and involvement

Cedarville University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). Its professional degrees are also accredited by the relevant commission.

In addition, Cedarville is a member of the following organizations:

Student Organizations

  • Alpha Chi (AX): a society for men that endeavors to cultivate Christian personality and leadership in its members.
  • Alpha Delta Nu (ADN): provides criminal justice students with the opportunity to enhance their professional development. Members are students who believe that a career in criminal justice is a ministry in a God-ordained institution, which is government. This organization promotes Christian character, leadership, and service through training, information, and networking to supplement academic studies. The society assists students to prepare for a transition to their professional field as practitioners.
  • Alpha Delta Omega (ADO): an organization for women designed to encourage the development of its membership primarily through personal services to students and others.
  • Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD): Local chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, National English Honors Society
  • Alpha Psi Omega (APO): Local chapter of the National Honorary Theatre Organization
  • Alpha Sigma (AS): an organization devoted to promote critical thinking through philosophical and theological inquiry into issues central to the Christian worldview and our contemporary culture.
  • Amplified: focuses on urban ministry
  • Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP)
  • Cedarville University College Democrats
  • Cedarville University College Republicans
  • CUEMS: an organization of trained students who provide prompt and professional prehospital care and transportation to Cedarville students in need.
  • Delta Omega Epsilon (DOE): a men's organization whose projects and activities provide social and service benefits for the University.
  • Gamma Chi: a women's service organization formed for women with a passion for their local church. They help girls connect with local churches in or near Cedarville believing that committed involvement in local churches during their years at Cedarville will prepare them to serve at churches in their future.
  • MENC: Cedarville's Chapter of the Music Educator's National Conference
  • Multi-Cultural Community: a group of students from ethnic minorities and/or international backgrounds
  • Phi Epsilon Beta (PEB): a women's organization promoting spiritual and social growth within its members.
  • Photography Club: The Cedarville Photography Club is a group of students who are passionate about the art of photography. They meet once a month and provide members and visitors alike the opportunity to participate in photo contests, outings, and photo advice. They also showcase members and professional photographers at their meeting in order to gain an appreciation for each other's work and recognize talent.
  • Resound Radio Cedarville's Professional Student Radio Station
  • Student Government Association
  • SIFE (Students In Free Enterprise) : student business organization
  • Sigma Phi Lambda (SPL): a men's organization that seeks to further the cause of Christ through various activities and service opportunities.
  • Society for Technical Communication (STC): Student chapter of the Society for Technical Communication
  • Tau Delta Kappa (TDK): Honors organization. Composed entirely of past and former students who have gone through the Making of the Modern Mind, the freshman honors class. TDK exists to provide honor students with service opportunities in the community and on campus, and to fellowship with each other.
  • Theta Rho Epsilon (OPE): a men's organization that seeks to develop character and friendships through social and service opportunities.
  • Women of Vision: dedicated to the education of the University family in support of many different issues related specifically to women around the world.
  • SWE: Society of Women Engineers.
  • Zeta Pi Sigma (ZPS): a men's organization dedicated to the principles of leadership by example, encouragement through service, and spiritual growth through discipleship and accountability.

GARBC Separation

After many years of association, the GARBC (General Association of Regular Baptist Churches) approved a motion to separate itself from Cedarville University. The motion in part reads:

"A motion was made and seconded that the Council of Eighteen present the reasons for the decision not to associate with Cedarville University with special attention given to the Biblical statements and principles that warrant such a decision; that this presentation be made publicly to the fellowship of churches at the 2006 GARBC Annual Conference; and that messengers at the Conference be given the opportunity by vote to express their support for or dissent from the Council's presentation. The motion further directed that copies of the Council's presentation be sent to all Fellowship churches not less than 90 days prior to the beginning of the 2006 GARBC Annual Conference. The motion passed."[11]

The GARBC considers Cedarville University's "unofficial but public" partnership with Southern Baptists of Ohio to be "inconsistent with the Articles of Faith and purpose statement as adopted and practiced historically by the GARBC."[12]

As a result, in September 2003, the Baptist Network Northwest (formerly Northwest Association of Regular Baptist Churches) Council of Fifteen, approved a statement urging the GARBC to reconsider its decision to deny partnership status to Cedarville University, stating:

"We believe that the council’s decision to sever relationships with Cedarville University runs contrary to the historic position of the GARBC on ecclesiastical separation."[13]


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