Cumberland University

Admissions FAQ

1. How large is the campus?
The main campus is on about 50 acres in a residential neighborhood near the business districts of Lebanon, TN. 

2. How many students attend the University? 
Our fall 2017 enrollment was 2,314 students consisting of 1,578 full-time undergraduates, 393 part-time undergraduates, 75 full-time graduate students and 268 part-time graduate students.

3. What year was Cumberland University founded? 

4. Does Cumberland have a religious affiliation? 
No, Cumberland is a private, independent university. However there are multiple religious clubs and organizations which are active on campus.

5. What major cities are nearby? 
Lebanon is a fast-growing community with many opportunities for dining and entertainment. In addition, Nashville is just located 25 miles from campus where many students go for additional nightlife, dining, and entertainment opportunities.

6. What are the current expenses for tuition, room and board? Does an out-of-state fee exist for non-residents?
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7. Are students required to live on campus or purchase a meal plan?
All freshman students are required to live on campus. Exceptions to this policy must be approved by the Director of Residence Life and the Vice President of Business and Finance. If you live on campus you must purchase a meal plan (part of room & board).

8. What types of financial assistance are available?
Well over 90% of Cumberland students receive some type of financial assistance with average awards of $8,000 to resident students and $5-6,000 to those not living on campus. The award comes in a package that may include a scholarship, grant, low-interest loan and part-time employment. The type of package and amount of assistance depend on your financial need, the amount of funds available to the University, and the number of Cumberland students who qualify for assistance.

9. What is the total number of volumes in the library?
The Vise Library has approximately 199,000 volumes - about 50,000 of which are e-books. The Vise Library has about 250 print subscriptions and has access to 40,000 titles through our 90 full-text databases including Proquest Central.

10. What is the minority population of the University?
In recent years, the minority population has been approximately 36.2% combined African-American, American Indian, Asian, and Hispanic.

11. Where are the students from geographically?
Although Cumberland students are primarily from Tennessee , they also come from 26 states and 27 countries.

12. Are there tutorial services available for students?
Yes, the University offers peer tutors free of charge in various subjects including math, English, Biology, Spanish, History, and with writing papers in any class or discipline.

13. In what intercollegiate sports does the University participate?
Men's: Baseball, Basketball, Cross-Country, Cycling, Football, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Track, and Wrestling.
Women's: Basketball, Cross-Country, Cycling, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track, and Volleyball.
Co-Ed: Archery, Bowling, Cheerleading, Dance
JV:  Baseball, Football, Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball, Softball, Volleyball

14. What athletic association is Cumberland University a member of and what divisions are included?
Cumberland belongs to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Mid-South Conference. All sports are in NAIA Division I.

15. Can freshmen have cars on campus?
Yes, freshmen can bring cars to campus. However, the student parking permit states which parking lot you may park in, depending on whether you live on campus or commute.

16. What Fine Arts programs are offered to students?
Cumberland has a variety of opportunities for students to perform in the arts, from the Jazz Band, the Jazz Combo, a Marching Band, the Cumberland Choral to drama, and art studio.

17. How many students live on campus?
For the 2017 academic year there are approximately 500 students lived on campus.

18. How many residence halls does the school provide?
There are multiple residence halls on the CU campus: Edward Potter, which sleeps 106 residents;  Justin Potter, which sleeps 60 residents; South Hall, which sleeps 140 residents. Jackson and Lurton Halls, are two-story, suite-style residence halls reserved for upper-classmen.

19. Are there any fraternities or sororities on campus?
Yes, there are two fraternities: Kappa Sigma and Sigma Chi Nu, and two sororities: Alpha Sigma Tau & Alpha Omicron. 

20. How many clubs and organizations are on campus?
There are over 40 clubs and organizations on campus.

21. Is the University accredited?
Cumberland University is chartered by the State of Tennessee and is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the associate, the baccalaureate and the master's degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of Cumberland University.
  • The School of Humanities, Education and the Arts at Cumberland University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and/or advanced educator preparation programs at the University.
  • All undergraduate and graduate teacher preparation programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and/or advanced educator preparation programs at the University and by the Tennessee Department of Education.
  • The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program has full approval from the Tennessee Board of Nursing and is accredited to offer the baccalaureate degree by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.
  • The Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).
  • The Labry School of Business and Technology is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP) in both its undergraduate and graduate programs.
  • Cumberland University is authorized to offer professional continuing education for accountants by the Board of Accountancy of the State of Tennessee.

22. Does Cumberland have any noted graduates?
Few institutions have a heritage as rich. Past Cumberland University alumni include United States Secretary of State, Cordell Hull, who also was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1945; James Lafayette Bomar, president of Rotary International; Thomas P. Gore, United States senator; more than eighty congressmen, including Albert Gore, Sr.; two justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, Howell Edmunds Jackson and Horace Harmon Lurton; thirteen governors, including Frank G. Clement; three ambassadors, including Edward Albright, U.S. Ambassador to Finland; scores of local, state and federal judges, including Charles Dickson Clark; and fifty college/university professors, including the “Father of Political Science”,  John Burgess." Cumberland University continues its tradition of excellence by focusing on the students of today. We emphasize that Cumberland University is a contemporary liberal arts school. Therefore, Cumberland University commits itself to provide a sound education while preparing each student to compete in today's dynamic and demanding workplace.