This weekend, Lord willing, we will welcome nearly 1,000 new students to Cedarville University during Getting Started Weekend. We thank God for continuing to bless this institution. We thank Him for parents who consider us faithful to provide a comprehensive liberal arts and professional education, immersed in the truths of Scripture. We thank God for the privilege of equipping young people to impact this culture for the Gospel in every vocation. Please pray for every student whom God is entrusting to us, that their “1,000 days” will be marked by godly mentors, intentional discipleship, Christ-centered community, and personal and professional development marked by excellence. In all of this, our prayer is to set them on a trajectory to make a difference for King Jesus.
The World Championship of Solar Boating took place in June in Springfield, Ohio, and Cedarville’s engineering team came out on top once again. This was Cedarville’s third-straight victory in the competition that tests students’ ability to put a fully functioning boat on the water, fueled almost exclusively by solar power. Cedarville has won this prestigious engineering competition 10 out of 14 years.
For the fourth year in a row, our sports teams have earned the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Presidents’ Cup. Conference championships and runners-up finishes are used to determine the Presidents’ Cup champion. Congratulations to our Yellow Jacket athletes who consistently bring glory to King Jesus through their sportsmanship, diligence, and character.
Cedarville’s School of Pharmacy distinguished itself as a finalist in the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Clinical Research Challenge. Cedarville competed with 81 schools of pharmacy around the country, earning top honors in Ohio and being named one of the top eight in the nation at this year’s competition.
If you’ve visited the Cedarville website recently, you noticed the significant change and improvement! The new site makes it easy for you to learn about our more than 130 undergraduate and graduate programs, access videos and other resources, and connect with our faculty and staff. I hope you take some time this summer to enjoy this engaging and vibrant online gateway to Cedarville University.
Money magazine recently recognized Cedarville as the most affordable private college in Ohio and one of the most affordable private colleges in the country. The magazine cites Cedarville’s tuition rate, financial aid package, and early career earnings of our alumni. This ranking confirms what I firmly believe, that Cedarville is a great value. But, there is more work to be done! I am passionate about stewarding our costs and doing even more to increase scholarships for students. You can be a part of that effort by giving to scholarships (our new online giving portal makes that easier than ever!). With your gift of any size, you will be part of transforming lives for godly service, vocational distinction, and cultural engagement.
Not only do our students go out on mission all over the world, but often our faculty and staff members are leading these trips. Taking the Gospel to every corner of the globe is a passion for the whole Cedarville family. And this summer, that passion led a team of our staff members and students to bring the love and transforming Good News of Jesus Christ to Haitian mothers and their children. Enjoy a video that tells a beautiful story of baby formula, willing servants, and a cry to know Jesus!
The Lord has been very good to us, and by His grace, it appears we will have a very strong enrollment for fall semester. On May 15, we already had 903 freshmen deposits, 100 more than last year at this point. With the great news of a potentially large freshman class comes the question of where to put them all. That’s why we need to be a University that is keeping faith — Faith Hall, that is.
Progress is under way on The Hive this summer, the Cedarville snack shop and lunch spot near and dear to students and alumni. The renovation and expansion includes more seating, an inviting design, and better traffic flow. These changes will help this special place continue to serve as a hub for fostering vibrant community, growing disciples, and building friendships of eternal value.
Starting this fall, students in our Cedarville University School of Pharmacy will have the option of completing a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in six years instead of seven. That could mean a savings of up to $20,000. In addition, these same students can begin their career a year earlier. This kind of innovation, while maintaining our commitment to biblical integration, is one reason our School of Pharmacy is such a bold, leading-edge program