Cumberland University

Student Success

The Office of Student Success is your place for academic support. The office is located in the Learning and Career Commons room 122. It serves as a resource for Cumberland University students in need of academic support and offers tutoring, testing, mentoring, and academic assistance. The primary goal is to provide Cumberland University students with the tools that are necessary for success.

Visit the Office of Student Success to get assistance with any of your classes. We can arrange for you to meet with a peer tutor for private study sessions or pair you up with a group tutor. In addition to tutoring, we offer walk-in writing assistance with a faculty-approved English tutor, a qualified Graduate Assistant, or the Center’s Director.

The Office of Student Success is here to provide you with the tools necessary to be successful, whether that means helping you pass your hardest class or turning a B into an A!
While the Office of Student Success is open to all Cumberland University students who wish to obtain academic assistance and/or individual tutoring, Cumberland University faculty may also refer students for further academic attention. The office works closely with the Athletic Department to ensure student-athletes have access to additional academic resources.  


Whether you prefer to study one-on-one with a qualified tutor or enjoy a group setting, the Office of Student Success will find you what you need. Depending on the semester, tutors may also hold weekly sessions open to all.

Located in room 122 in the Learning and Career Commons at Mary White Hall, the office is where CU students can get academic assistance through free individual or group tutoring.


The Writing Center provides students with the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a tutor to help improve their writing skills. Whether you just need a second set of eyes to catch minor grammar mistakes or you need help structuring and organizing your paper from the start, the writing center is here to help. The writing tutor can help with any step of the writing process, including citation formatting.

The Writing Center located in the Learning and Career Commons in room 116.

Dos and Don’ts of the Writing Center
  • Come with plenty of time
  • Come with two printed copies
  • Be prepared with questions
  • Come in with your assignment prompt
  • Bring comments from professor
  • Determine your writing strengths and weaknesses
  • Come in with papers and/or essay
  • Come in with an open mind
  • Don’t wait until the last minute
  • Don’t forget to bring your assignment instructions
  • Don’t disengage. Avoid distractions – put down your phone
  • Don’t forget you have other resources available – the library is a great resource for support
  • Don’t forget your materials, i.e. books, laptop, writing utensil
  • Don’t forget to sign in/out
  • Don’t forget to thank your writing specialist
  • Don’t drop off your paper or email


What holds back many students isn't their lack of knowledge, but instead their test taking anxiety or not knowing how to take a test. The office also offers study skills coaching to help you always put your best foot forward.

Want a quiet place to study? You can do that too! Email to make room reservations.


The Office of Student Success also is the home of Cumberland University's Testing Center, where we offer testing services for the KAPLAN Nursing Entrance Exam, Miller Analogies Test (MAT), the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Math Placement Tests, and the ACTFL Language Competency Exam. 

The Testing Center offers exams Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, or by appointment only, please schedule exams at least two weeks in advance. The KAPLAN Nursing Entrance Exam and Math Placement Tests are held on select dates. Students who have a registered disability and need to request accommodations should contact the Office of Disability Services. To schedule an exam with the school please email Jennifer Novo or visit one of the links below: 

               KAPLAN NURSING ENTRANCE EXAM - The Kaplan Nursing Entrance Exam is designed to assess a student’s academic and personal readiness for higher education in a nursing related career. The exam consists of four academic exams and a personality                     profile that helps to determine your learning style. The academic exams include reading, math, writing, and science.

               The exam is required by all students who wish to be considered for admission to the Nursing program at Cumberland University. This exam is a computerized test that will be taken on a desktop computer. The exam should take no longer than 2 hours                       and 45 minutes to complete.  Applicants are allowed to take the admission exam twice per application term.   

               Kaplan Nursing School Entrance Exam by Kaplan can be purchased as a study guide in our Pride Shop for $22 during daytime business hours. You should call ahead to verify that we have plenty of stock at (615) 547-1236. We strongly suggest that students                 purchase the study guide for the exam and be prepared---our program is competitive. Your score is a key component in our selection process. 

               Test are offered on select dates and times throughout the semester. To view and sign up for tests, you can visit the following link:

               Students will need to pay the $50 test fee prior to sitting for the test. They may pay here: 

MAT: The Millers Analogies Test is a graduate school entrance exam. The MAT is a computer-based, one-hour test, and testers need to only bring photo identification. The exam fee is $65 and is non-refundable, payable by cash (exact change only) or check at time of testing to, checks are made payable to: Cumberland University. To pay by credit card, testers must make arrangements with the university business office at least one day BEFORE testing time. For practice questions and detailed test information, please visit MAT’s website at For a study guide, please click here.


CLEP: College-Level Examination Program helps students receive college credit for subjects they may already be familiar with, at a fraction of the cost! The exam is $80 and is non-refundable; however, effective July 1st, 2018 the new test fee is set at $87, payable only by check or credit card at time of registration to CLEP. CLEP tests are computer-based, one-and-one-half-hour tests, and testers need to only bring photo identification. For details on test specifics, please visit CLEP’s website at All prospective testers are strongly encouraged to contact the university registrar’s office in order to confirm the acceptance of specific CLEP credits. You may also find additional information on CLEP by reviewing the CLEP page found under the Admissions tab on the main website page, you can also click here.”


ACTFL – Language Testing International offers the ACTFL language proficiency exam. The exam will test a student’s knowledge of a foreign language, with over 100 languages to choose from. The test will allow students to waive the foreign language requirement if a passing score is received (not for credit). The test is taken in two parts, the oral and the written, the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) costs $139 and the Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) $70. For more information on the test, please visit .

Students: You need to contact ACTFL directly and sign up for the test on their website:, you must create an account and register and pay for the test. Please be sure to schedule the test by selecting three dates and times that will work for you. You must complete the computer-based written test and the telephone oral interview.

To register, please scroll to the bottom of the page and click on "Academic".  At the bottom of the "Academic" page, scroll to the bottom and click "I'd like to register for an academic test".  This will take you to the "Test Candidate Site Page". Remember, you will need to sign up (name, address, telephone, email, etc.) and create a password for your account.  You will then login and apply for a test.  On the following page, you will have a school or university option.  If you want to take it at CU, put Cumberland University.  You'll need to select Test Proctor Jennifer Novo and email  They will send the proctor dates and times you requested. 

You will receive an email for the date and time of your test once an agreed date is reached. 
You will need to take both the oral and written proficiency tests.  The oral test should take 30 minutes and the written test should take anywhere from 50-80 minutes.

It is going to ask you whether you want to pay the ACE Registration and would like to order a transcript from the American Council on Education Transcript Fee of $75. You DO NOT need to pay this fee. The ACTFL oral exam costs $139 and the written exam costs $70. Please be sure to have your official test score mailed to the institution.  The fee is $10.

Please contact Jennifer Novo at 615-547-1295 or by email at if you have questions. 


Office of Student Success contact information

The Office of Student Success phone number is 615-547-1295.