Who We Are
Cumberland University is a student-centered institution of higher learning. We are committed to providing a transformational liberal arts education designed to prepare students to have successful careers and lead impactful lives. We offer competitive associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, including online degree programs, and we are also a proud participant in the Tennessee Promise program.
Surrounded by towering trees and historic architecture, our campus lives in the heart of Lebanon, Tennessee, just 23 miles east of the exciting city of Nashville. Our students become part of a friendly community with a small-town feel and plenty of things to do. A quick trip to Music City offers students endless options for adventurous dining, sporting events, and live music.
Where We've Been
For 177 years, Cumberland University has been committed to preparing students for a lifetime of learning, leadership, and growth. Throughout our long history, we've continued to evolve and rise. From the very ashes of the Civil War, we have expanded our campus, broadened our academic programs, added new living and learning facilities, and graduated some of the most respected and influential leaders in our state and nation's histories.
Where We're Going
Recognized as one of the fastest-growing liberal arts universities in the state of Tennessee, Cumberland University continues to transform to meet the needs of our expanding community. We’ve enhanced our science labs, improved our sports arena and athletic fields, and purchased land to construct a new multi-use living and learning facility.
Student enrollment has increased by more than 50% over the past three years.
What We Believe
The values and beliefs of Cumberland University have shaped our culture to create a personal and meaningful college experience for our students. We’re committed to providing a transformational liberal arts education while preparing each student to compete in today's dynamic and demanding workplace.
The mission of Cumberland University is to provide a contemporary liberal arts education to students seeking a high-quality, personalized college experience, which will empower them not only to have a successful and productive career, but to thrive intellectually, professionally, personally, and spiritually for a lifetime.
Cumberland University will be a distinguished scholarly community that prepares its students not simply to have successful careers, but to lead impactful lives.
Diversity and Inclusion Statement
Cumberland University is committed to intentionally fostering a diverse community: one that is inclusive and supportive of each and all of its students, faculty, and staff. The university seeks to promote diversity in its many manifestations. These include but are not limited to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, disability, and place of origin. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspective, background, and experience flourishes, the contributions of all individuals are respected, and all voices are heard. All members of the university community share a responsibility for creating and maintaining a learning environment in which these values are embraced.
Our university motto “I will arise” brought life to our university symbol, the phoenix. Through this motto, our pledge to one another is that we will rise to endure, prosper, and illuminate the world for centuries to come. This idea is the spark that continues to transform our University today. Together, WE ARISE.
W - Work as one team.
E - Enjoy your work.
A - Assess all that we do.
R - Respect and care for others.
I - Improve continuously.
S - Stay competitive.
E - Enhance the Cumberland experience for all.
“We rise by lifting others.” ― Robert G. Ingersoll
These words capture the vision of Cumberland University. They express our long-standing commitment and desire to develop and prepare the leaders of tomorrow. Our leadership lineage is rich, and our organization is empowered by top-notch talent across the board.