Cumberland University is a special place. We hope you can see yourself thriving with our Phoenix family. We’re excited you’re considering Cumberland University. Our team will do everything we can to answer your questions, guide you through the admissions process and share all CU has to offer.
Completed application and $50 application fee
International transcript evaluation
Official SAT or ACT score
Official English3, TOEFL, Duolingo or IELTS English proficiency exam score
Certificate of Financial Responsibility Form
Step 1: Complete your online application.
Before your academic journey can begin, you must take the first step and apply. You should apply at least six (6) months in advance to allow sufficient time for completion of documentation and scheduling your Visa appointment.
Step 2: Pay non-refundable application fee of $50
The final step for admitting your application is the payment of a non-refundable application fee of $50.
Step 3: Complete Basic Admissions Requirements
Submit official transcripts
All students must submit official transcripts in English of all secondary work and any university work you have completed. Have official transcripts sent from the schools you have attended. If you have 30 or more transferable college credit hours, we need only official transcripts sent from each college and university you have attended. If you have 0-30 college credits, we will need official high school transcripts as well
Complete transcript evaluation for non-US schools.
For high schools and universities outside the US, international students must submit their official high school and any university transcripts to an evaluation agency that is a member of the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc., (AICE) or a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) for translation, evaluation, and to provide a cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale. An original copy of the evaluation must be on file before the student is considered for admission. A 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 of 2.00 or better to qualify for undergraduate admission. Athletes who are planning to play on one of our NAIA teams must use the evaluation service InCred.SpanTran is our recommended international transcript evaluation service for all international students except NAIA athletes. They have created a custom application for Cumberland University that will make sure you select the right kind of evaluation at a discounted rate. You can access their application here: SpanTran Application – Cumberland University
Complete an English Proficiency Test
All students from countries where English is not the native language must demonstrate a satisfactory score on one of the following tests: English3 Proficiency Test (E3PT) with a score of 62 or higher, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination with a score of 65 or higher, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination with a 5.5 or higher, or the Duolingo examination with a 100 or higher. The official scores must be sent from E3PT, TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo. The English Proficiency requirement may be waived for students transferring to the university from an United States University, who have completed a minimum of 30 college-level credits and meet the minimum GPA requirement for admission.
Submit Official SAT or ACT score
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. 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.
College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
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.
Enroll in health and accident insurance
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.
Submit documentation of immunizations
All students must provide documentation of the required immunizations. Required immunizations include; 2 doses of Varicella or history of the chickenpox, 2 doses of MMR, 1 dose of Meningococcal if living on campus, and 3 doses of Hep B if a health science major.
Step 4: Once Accepted For Admissions
Send copy of your passport photo page
Email Admissions@Cumberland.edu a copy of your passport photo page.
Complete the Certificate of Financial Responsibility and Affidavit of Support form
All international students must file a Certificate of Financial Responsibility and Affidavit of Support form. The information on this form will be used to complete your I-20 that is used to obtain your F-1 Student Visa. Included is the financial support you will be receiving from your government, an organization, or individual sponsor apart from Cumberland University. All supporting documents to the affidavit support form must be in English, be dated within the past six (6) months, be official, and be signed by the appropriate officials. All the appropriate spaces on the form must be completed.
Once 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).
Have questions? We have answers.
Check out our International Student FAQs.
Contact Us. We’re Here to Help
If you have any questions or need any help through your next steps, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re here to help guide you through this process and discuss your future at Cumberland University.
The Admissions Office is open Monday through Friday from 8am to 4:30pm CST. Please contact the Admissions Office at 615-547-1246 locally or 800-467-0562 to speak with our International Enrollment Specialist or email email@example.com.