For students today, life is a series of destinations. To reach your destination, you must not only work hard but receive an education that will allow you to maximize your success. Whatever your destination in life may be, you can come to Cumberland University to get there.

For more than 170 years, CU has offered students a cutting-edge, career-ready liberal arts education geared toward real-life success. Our Heritage is rich, but our eye is to our students’ futures. Not only do we prepare students that are ready to uphold a tradition of excellence; we prepare leaders that are ready to create traditions of their own.

Whether you wish to learn how to command a classroom as a teacher, care for your future patients as a nurse, or become a business leader in tomorrow’s industries, your pathway to success in 21st century careers begins at Cumberland University.



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The mission of Cumberland University is to provide a contemporary liberal arts education to students seeking a high-quality, personalized college experience, which will allow them to not only have a successful and productive career, but to thrive intellectually, professionally, personally, and spiritually for a lifetime. Our core curriculum will require students to undertake programs of study in the cultural arts, humanities, social sciences, mathematics and natural sciences. In addition, our elective curricula will afford students the opportunity to pursue majors in these liberal arts areas, as well as in one of several modern professional programs.

What does that mean for you? It means that we are completely, totally, and absolutely committed to your success during and after college.



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Cumberland University fields intercollegiate athletic teams in 19 sports, including football, volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s basketball, wrestling, baseball, softball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s bowling, and men’s and women’s cheerleading. The Bulldogs compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Mid-South Conference.

The athletic department has three team national championships, both in baseball (2004, 2010, 2014) as well as two individual wrestling national titles (2005, 2011) and three individual cycling national championships (two in 2005, 2011). 

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Are you thinking about transferring to Cumberland? Luckily, we accept credits from many accredited institutions and community colleges such as Volunteer State Community College and Motlow State Community College, just to name a few. Cumberland has a variety of academic majors, minors, and pre-professional areas of focus. Some of the top transfer programs include nursing, education, and business.

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Cumberland University is proud to offer 7 graduate degree programs; six of which are offered in a traditional on-ground setting. The Master of Arts in Education (MAE) and the Master of Business Administration (MBA) are both offered fully online. For more information about the online MAE or online MBA click here. Each program is designed with the student in mind. CU strives to offer market-driven curriculum based on the rising trends in the marketplace. We hope this assists you with your search for a graduate program, and ultimately in your decision on where you choose to advance your studies. 

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