Cedar Crest College

Cedar Crest College


Since it's founding in 1867, Cedar Crest College has taken a bold approach to education - creating a college and a curriculum designed for women who want to achieve at the highest levels! Recognizing the multi-dimensional nature of students, Cedar Crest College is dedicated to the education of the next generation of women leaders by preparing the whole student for life in the global community.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

First-Year Experience & Transition First Year Experience

FYE is a program for all traditional first-year students, created to help you prepare for a successful life during and after college. With a focus on women’s leadership, global connectivity, civic engagement, and health and wellness, the experience as a whole will help you make a smooth transition into the Cedar Crest College community of scholars. The First Year Experience is designed to help you develop personally as well as academically. FYE focuses strongly on academics, since doing well academically increases the likelihood that you’ll have a satisfying career. The program also helps you explore your career options, get involved with campus clubs and groups, build a network of resource people, and establish healthy habits that add up to a well-balanced life. Learn more about First Year Experience

Academic Advising & Support 4 Year Guarantee

The Four Year Guarantee (4YG) program promises that you will graduate in four years if you follow certain guidelines. If you follow these guidelines and are not able to graduate in four years due to circumstances beyond your control, Cedar Crest College will take steps to expedite your graduation. Cedar Crest College’s Four-Year Graduation (4YG) Guarantee is open to all first-year, traditional students. Academically qualified candidates are enrolled full-time in a 4-year bachelor’s degree program, with the exception of Nuclear Medicine Technology. It does not apply to dual degree, fifth-year, or graduate programs. Provided students comply with all of the conditions of the program, Cedar Crest College will guarantee graduation within four years. The guarantee extends to one major only. While many students add additional majors and minors and finish within four years, Cedar Crest will not be able to provide four year guarantee in those cases. Learn more about 4 Year Guarantee

Academic Advising & Support Academic Services - Student Success Center

The mission of Academic Services at Cedar Crest College is to empower all students to become independent learners and active members of their community by providing holistic guidance in a creative and safe environment. We are committed to delivering resources and services that foster self-directed learning, confidence, and academic success. Academic Services is located in the brand new Student Success Center located in the Cressman Library, providing a one-stop shop for student resources. The resources, services, and programs offered by Academic Services are inclusive, comprehensive, and offered at no charge to all members of the Cedar Crest College community. Academic Services is committed to offering academic support that enhance students’ abilities to meet academic standards, guide students through the transition to the college learning environment, and prepare students for lifelong learning. Our programs aim actively support Cedar Crest College’s mission to foster critical thinking and technological literacy while providing students opportunities to develop and demonstrate their leadership skills, creative abilities, and social awareness. Academic Services collaborates closely with Academic Affairs and Student Affairs to offer comprehensive programs and provides resources to support faculty and their instruction. Learn more about Academic Services - Student Success Center

Academic Courses & Service Learning Sophomore Expedition

Cedar Crest makes it a priority to provide each student with a global experience. Starting in the spring of 2018, Cedar Crest College will officially launch the Sophomore Expedition. Each full-time traditional student (with a 2.5 GPA and in good social and financial standing) will have the opportunity to spend 7-10 days abroad in her sophomore year, at no cost. Studying abroad is a high-impact experience that invokes a new way of thinking and fosters meaningful life experiences. Learn more about Sophomore Expedition

Student Life & Support Center for Diversity and Inclusion

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) supports Cedar Crest College’s diversity statement through its educational programing and services. The CDI will provide resources that foster awareness as well as empower students with knowledge, tools and experiences that promote global citizenship and a more inclusive campus. Finally CDI will advocate for our diverse student population. Learn more about Center for Diversity and Inclusion

Student Diversity

  • 1,397
  • 13/87
  • 48%
    First-generation college students
  • 1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 3%
  • 9%
    Black or African American
  • 14%
  • 1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 58%
  • 1%
    Two or more races
  • 3%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 10%

Student Success

  • 79%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 56%
    Six-year graduation
  • n/a
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 30%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 18%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 74
    Full-time faculty
  • n/a
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 10:01
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Nursing, Forensic Science, Biology, Genetic Engineering, Art Therapy

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Black Student Union (BSU), Cultural Connections Club, FADED, International Student Organization (ISO), OutThere, Spanish Club


Cost of Attendance

  • $37,492
  • $37,492
    In-state Tuition
  • $1,075
    Required Fees
  • $11,106
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $19,291
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $24,140
    Average aid package
  • n/a
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • n/a
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • n/a
    Students with financial need
  • 100%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 55%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • n/a
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 1,300
    # of applicants
  • 60%
  • 3.00
    Average HS GPA
  • 21
    ACT Composite
  • 500—570
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 500—550
    SAT Math
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • Rolling
    Regular application closing date
  • n/a
    Application Fee
  • n/a
    Application Fee (online)
  • n/a
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • n/a
    Early decision plan
  • n/a
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date