Cumberland University



What are your transfer acceptance requirements? What if I don’t meet them?

Cumberland University has a minimum 2.0 GPA requirement for applicants who have 30 or more hours of college coursework. If the applicant has less than 30 hours of college coursework, we require the same GPA of 2.0 for their college courses, plus we require a 3.0 high school GPA and at least a 21 composite score on the ACT. If you do not meet these requirements, do not give up! We have an admissions committee who will review your student file, and, based on other criteria, they may be able to work with you.

Do you need my high school transcripts and/or my ACT scores?

You will only need to supply your high school transcripts and ACT scores if you have fewer than 30 hours of college coursework.

I’m at a school that has a transfer agreement with Cumberland. Does that mean I’m automatically accepted?

No. A transfer agreement does not guarantee acceptance to Cumberland. It’s in place to ensure the transfer of most of your class credits to Cumberland. To be accepted as a student, you will still need to supply the appropriate admissions documents and meet the minimum requirements for admission (see question #1). Lori Long’s contact information is or 615-547-1217.

Can someone go over my transcripts with me to tell me what I lack for my program?
Absolutely! You can contact Lori Long, our transfer student admissions representative (see contact info above) and she will look over your transcripts with you to give you an idea of which classes will transfer and what general education classes you may still need. 

Can I begin taking classes at Cumberland while still lacking one class for my associate degree at my community college?

There is a two-part answer for this question: Part one – as long as you make arrangements with your community college, we do offer the option of attending that final class at Cumberland. Once the semester is over, that class credit will transfer back to your community college for your degree completion requirement. Part two – we would recommend you completing your degree requirements at the community college for one main reason: money! We have scholarship money that may be awarded to you, but you must have already received your associate degree to qualify (see question #8).

Which course credits will transfer from my current college?

Many of your general education requirements will most likely transfer to Cumberland. However, to get a better picture of exactly which classes that will be – please contact our transfer student admissions rep. Her contact information is or 615-547-1217.

How much does it cost to attend Cumberland?

Our tuition and fee schedule can be found here.

Does Cumberland offer any scholarships for transfer students? Am I eligible for them? How do I apply for them?

Cumberland offers several options for transfer student scholarships:

  1. CU Grant – offered to all incoming transfer students who do not hold an associate degree ($6,000.00/year)

  2. Community College Educational Advancement Award (CCEAA)– offered to incoming transfer students who hold a University parallel associate’s degree which is an Associate in Arts or an Associate in Science ($6,000.00)

  3. CCEAA for Academic Excellence – offered to incoming transfer students who hold a University parallel associate degree and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better (additional $4,000.00 - $7,000.00)

Application for these awards is automatic when you apply to Cumberland and complete the FAFSA.
The CCEAA is only applicable to non-nursing majors.

Can I hand-deliver my transcripts from another college?

You can hand-deliver official transcripts to our Admissions Office (Memorial Hall, Room 100) as long as the envelope remains sealed. You can also contact the other college(s) to request official transcripts to be mailed to Cumberland. Our address is 1 Cumberland Square, Lebanon, TN 37087.

If I only took one or two classes at another college and I failed/withdrew from them, does Cumberland still need that transcript?

Yes. We must have all transcripts from every college you have attended, regardless of performance or length of enrollment.

I applied to Cumberland two years ago and had my college transcripts sent then. Do I have to send them again?

If the transcripts we have were received longer than two years ago, we will need new transcripts from every college you’ve attended.

How/when will I know which of my college courses will transfer to Cumberland?

Once we receive your official transcripts and you have been initially accepted to Cumberland, our registrar’s office will do a transcript evaluation. At that point, you will know exactly which courses will transfer. Please be advised that any unofficial evaluations that may be done for you during the admissions process will be overruled by the official evaluation that can ONLY be completed by the registrar’s office.

How will I know if I’ve been accepted to Cumberland?

Once we have received all of your admissions documents, you will be notified by mail when you are accepted. If you have questions, give us a call! 615-547-1217.

Is there someone I can speak with about transferring to Cumberland?

You can speak with our Transfer Student Admissions Representative, Lori Long. Her email address is and her office phone number is 615-547-1217.

How can I check the status of my application once I’ve applied? Can I check the status of my application online?

Once you have applied, there are two ways to check your application status. First, you can return to our website at Enter the username and password you set up when you applied. Once you are logged in, click “Document Tracking” on the left-hand side of the webpage. You will find all of your admissions documents required and what we have received. You can also call our Transfer Student Admission Representative, Lori Long at 615-547-1217.