CU top Christian college for grad rate


Xenia Daily Gazette

CEDARVILLE — Cedarville University continues to excel in key areas related to student success and satisfaction.

Christian Universities Online (CUO), an independent online resource for prospective students of Christian higher education, ranked Cedarville as the number one Christian college or university in Ohio for overall graduation rate.

The overall graduation rate for Cedarville is 72 percent, while the national average stands at 59 percent.

Cedarville has recently intensified efforts to retain and graduate students at all-time high rates by focusing on increased affordability, fostering a vibrant student life and continuing academic excellence.

Dr. Janice Supplee, vice president for marketing and communications, said the university is working hard to increase scholarships.

“In the past five years, the university’s investment in scholarships has increased by more than 50 percent,” Supplee said. “We are engaging donors like never before to invest in Cedarville students.”

Cedarville also places a special importance on the construction of a strong and vibrant campus community that enjoys campus life.

Many of Cedarville’s student life initiatives build into this vision, including Coffee and Community, a weekly time devoted to distraction free conversation, and Campus Christmas, a weekend-long Christmas event including dorm decorating competitions, a midnight breakfast served by faculty and staff, and even a 10-foot dual slide in the student center.

“We want to provide exceptional programs, events, services, and opportunities that reflect the character and Love of Christ and create a strong sense of community,” said Brian Burns, director of student life programs.

Cedarville is known for its rigorous academics, and provides free tutoring labs, study groups, disability services and learning specialists through The Cove Academic Enrichment Center. As Cedarville pursued NCAA Division II status in 2012, the NCAA Division II governance contractor recognized the Cove as “one of the best academic enrichment programs in the world of NCAA Division II.”

A recent Ruffalo Noel Levitz survey showed Cedarville student satisfaction rates to be well above the national average. With questions related to the quality of academics, campus environment and spiritual growth, the study found that nearly 90 percent of Cedarville students would attend again, compared to just 68 percent of students nationally who would say the same.

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