International Students


International applicants interested in attending Cumberland University should contact Ms. Katie Gibson, Coordinator of Graduate & International Admissions, in the Office of Admissions for admissions procedures and application forms at 615.547.1206 or by e-mail at

Applicants should apply at least six (6) months in advance to allow sufficient time for completion of files and correspondence. No international student will be considered for admission and enrollment at Cumberland University until all official documents have been received and are on file. It is the applicant's responsibility to make certain all documents are received by the appropriate deadline. 

International applicants must meet the following requirements to be considered for admission:
  • Graduation from an accredited high school. Applicants must submit English translated official transcripts of all secondary school work.
  • All applicants must submit an affidavit that shows the student has the cost of living and studying at Cumberland University for two semesters in deposit at a financial institution in the US or foreign country.
  • All applicants from countries where English is not the native language must demonstrate five hundred (500) or higher on the written TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) examination or a score of 173 or higher on the computer-based TOEFL examination by submitting an official copy of the TOEFL grade report.
  • Submit a $50.00 non-refundable Application Fee.
  • Complete both the English and Reading sequences of the Cumberland University Developmental Studies Program if proficiency in English is not demonstrated.
  • International applicants must submit their transcripts to the World Educational Services (WES) for evaluation and a cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale if the high school does not provide it or if Cumberland University academic advisors cannot evaluate the transcript properly. An original copy of the WES evaluation must be on file before the student is considered for admission.
  • ACT or SAT examinations are required for freshmen or transfers who have less than 30 hours of college work.  The minimum scores that are required for a composite score of 21 ACT Composite, 980/990 SAT Critical Reading and Math Combined Score. The official document must be submitted from the high school or from the ACT or SAT testing agency.
  • Applicants who have completed a thirteenth year in a secondary (high) school must take and pass CLEP examinations to receive college credit for courses taken in that thirteenth year.
  • All international students must enroll in health and accident insurance approved by Cumberland University and provide evidence of appropriate insurance. The Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs along with the International Student Advisor will assist in locating an agent to supply such service.
Once accepted for admission, the University will then issue a certificate of eligibility for non-immigrant "F-1" student status (I-20). International students who have attended colleges or universities within the United States must meet the requirements previously stated for transfer students. Part-time and transient international students must meet the same requirements as outlined above, in addition to paying the total cost of course work at the time of registration.

International Student Forms