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 kgibson@cumberland.edu.

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. 
 
  1. All international students must file an application for admission and submit a non-refundable application fee of $50, which must accompany the application form. International students may also apply to the University online at www.cumberland.edu. Students who apply online may pay their application fee online. The application form must have all the appropriate spaces completed. Failure to complete the application form or to submit the $50 application fee will result in a delay in processing and consideration of the application.
     
  2. Graduation from an accredited high school is required. All students must submit English translated official transcripts of all secondary work.
     
  3. All students from countries where English is not the native language must demonstrate a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination, 500 or higher on the written exam, 61 or higher on the internet-based exam, or a 173 on the computer-based exam, by submitting an official copy of the TOEFL grade report.
     
  4. All students must submit an affidavit that shows the student has funds for the cost of living and studying at Cumberland University for two semesters on deposit at a financial institution in the United States or a foreign country. An affidavit of support is required each academic year.
     
  5. International students must submit their transcripts to the World Educational Services (WES) or Joseph Silney & Associates, Inc. (JS&A) for translation, evaluation, and to provide a cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale. An original copy of the WES or JS&A evaluation must be on file before the student is considered for admission. Minimum GPA requirement of 3.0 for freshmen is required for secondary work. All students who wish to transfer from another college or university must have a cumulative GPA for 2.0 or better to qualify for undergraduate admission.
     
  6. ACT or SAT examinations are required for freshman or transfer students who have less than 30 hours of college work. The minimum scores that are required are a composite score of 21 on the ACT or 980/990 SAT critical reading and math combined score. The official score report must be submitted from the high school or from the ACT or SAT testing agency. ACT or SAT scores that have been manually entered on transcripts or self reported are considered to be unofficial and do not meet the official ACT or SAT score report requirement. This requirement is waived for persons who have graduated five years or more prior to their application to the University or are 25 years of age or older upon the beginning of their first semester at the University.
     
  7. Students who have completed a thirteenth year in a secondary (high) school must take and pass College Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations to receive college credit for courses taken in that thirteenth year.
     
  8. All international students must enroll in health and accident insurance approved by Cumberland University and provide evidence of appropriate insurance. The Designated School Official (DSO) will assist in locating an agent to supply such service.
     
  9. All students must provide documentation of the required immunizations. For further information regarding current immunization requirements please contact the Office of Admissions.
     
  10. All international students are required to pay an international fee of $75 each semester.

Once it determines the student has been accepted for admission, the University will then issue a Certificate of Eligibility for non-immigrant “F-1” student status (1-20). Part-time and transient 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