Quick Facts

Cumberland University was founded in 1842 and is a private, independent, coeducational, liberal arts institution with five academic schools, three graduate degree programs and a non-credit Continuing Education Program.

How to Find Us / Get In Touch
  • 1 Cumberland Square
    Lebanon, TN 37087-3408
    615.444.2569 (fax)

  • President: Dr. Harvill C. Eaton
  • Executive Vice President: Eddie Pawlawski
  • Vice President of Academic Affairs: Dr. Bill McKee
  • Vice President of Business and Finance: Judy Jordan
  • Vice President of Advancement:  Rusty Richardson
  • Vice President of Online and Professional Studies:  Stacey Garrett

Academic Calendar: Two regular semesters, a May interim term and three summer sessions

Student Population for Fall 2013:  1,501
Full/Part-time Enrollment    
Full-time 1,099  
Part-time 402  
FTE (As defined by THEC) 1,271  
FTE (As defined by IPEDS) 1,255  
Total 1,501  
Gender Percentage  
Female 54.1%  
Male 45.9%  
 Age Percentage  
Under 18 4.5%  
18 - 24 62%  
25 - 44 27.8%  
45 - 64 5.5%  
65 and over  0.1%  
Race/Ethnicity Percentage  
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.7%  
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.3%  
Black, non-Hispanic 11.7%  
Hispanic 2.7%  
Non-resident 3.9%  
White, non-Hispanic 67.2%  
Unknown/Unreported 13.7%  
Student Level    
Freshman 321  
Sophomore 209  
Junior 270  
Senior 398  
Undergraduate special 71  
Master's candidate 231  
Total 1501  
Citizenship Status Percentage  
Non-US Citizen 3.9%  
US Citizen 93.5%  
Permanent Resident  2.7%  
State of Permanent Residence Percentage  
Tennessee 83.3%  
Other 16.7%  
Current Student Credit Hours Enrolled           Percentage  
< 6 hours 5.9%  
6-11 hours 22.1%  
12-14 hours 29%  
15-17 hours 35.5%  
18+ hours 7.5%  

Admissions requirements for Fall 2010 semester:
  • Undergraduate - Minimum of 21 ACT or 980/990 SAT Critical Reading and Mathematics combined score, minimum high school grade point average of 3.00, academic transcript(s), $25 application fee and completed application for admission form is required.
  • Graduate - GMAT, GRE or MAT scores required; $50 application fee and completed application for graduate admission form is required; other requirements vary; refer to graduate admissions. (MA program does not require standardized testing, portfolio may be requested)
Faculty/Student ratio: 1 faculty member/16 students

Programs: CU offers undergraduate programs in the sciences and social sciences, business administration and economics, education, physical education and special education, music and fine arts and nursing; graduate degree programs in business administration, education and public service management. Degrees conferred are Master of Arts in Education, Master of Art in Fine Arts, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Education, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing.