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. The University also operates sites in Mt. Juliet (Online and Professional Studies), Lebanon McFarland Campus (Jeanette C. Rudy School of Nursing), and offers dual enrollment course work in Macon County, TN.

2. How many students attend the University? 
Our fall 2012 enrollment was 1502 students with 1,067 full-time undergraduates, 170 part-time undergraduates, and 265 graduate students.

3. What year was Cumberland University founded? 
1842

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. However, Nashville is just located 30 minutes from campus where some 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?
Click here for tuition and fees.

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 theDirector 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 29.8% 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 34 states and 21 foreign countries.

12. Are there tutorial services available for students?
Yes, the University offers peer tutors free of charge. You can request a tutor in the Academic Enrichment Center (AEC), which offers assistance with 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, Cheerleading, Cross-Country, Cycling, Football, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, and Wrestling. Women's: Basketball, Cheerleading, Cycling, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, and 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 2012-2013 academic year there are approximately 481 students living 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, and the Cumberland Commons I & II, which 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 Education and Public Service at Cumberland University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), www.ncate.org. This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and/or advanced educator preparation programs at the University.
  • All undergraduate and graduate teacher preparation programs are approved 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?
Yes, United States Secretary of State and Nobel Peace Prize winner Cordell Hull; the "father of political science" John W. Burgess; 13 governors; 10 US Senators; more than 80 members of the House of Representatives; and two Supreme Court justices, to name a few.