Cumberland University

Quick Facts

Cumberland University was founded in 1842 and is a private, independent, coeducational, liberal arts institution with three academic schools, seven 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

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

Student Population for Fall 2014:  1,481
Full/Part-time Enrollment    
Full-time 1,034  
Part-time 447  
FTE (As defined by THEC) 1,221  
FTE (As defined by IPEDS) 1,208  
Total 1,481  
Gender Percentage  
Female 57.4%  
Male 42.6%  
 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 1%  
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.3%  
Black, non-Hispanic 12.1%  
Hispanic 2.6%  
Non-resident 3.4%  
White, non-Hispanic 63.8%  
Unknown/Unreported 16.7%  
Student Level    
Freshman 269  
Sophomore 199  
Junior 285  
Senior 413  
Undergraduate special 88  
Master's candidate 215  
Total 1,481  
Citizenship Status Percentage  
Non-US Citizen 3.4%  
US Citizen 95.7%  
Permanent Resident  0.9%  
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 to present:
  • 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/14 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.