Frequently Asked Questions

How large is the campus?

The main campus is on about 50 acres in a residential neighborhood near the business district of Lebanon, TN. The University also operates sites in Mt. Juliet (Online and Professional Studies) and Lebanon McFarland Campus (Jeanette C. Rudy School of Nursing).

How many students attend the University?

Our fall 2013 enrollment was 1501 students with 1,056 full-time undergraduates, 213 part-time undergraduates, and 232 graduate students.

What year was Cumberland University founded?


Does Cumberland have a religious affiliation?

Cumberland University does not have a religious affiliation and is a private, independent university; however there are multiple religious clubs and organizations which are active on campus.

What major cities are nearby?

Lebanon is a fast-growing community with many opportunities for dining and entertainment. However, Nashville is located just 30 minutes from campus where some students go for additional nightlife, dining, and entertainment opportunities.

What are the current expenses for tuition, room and board? Does an out-of-state fee exist for non-residents?

Click here for tuition and fees. Cumberland University does not have have an out-of-state fee for non-residents. 

Are students required to live on campus or purchase a meal plan?

All freshman students are required to live on campus. Exceptions to this policy must be approved by the Director of Residence Life and the Vice President of Business and Finance. If you live on campus you must purchase a meal plan (included in room & board).

What types of financial assistance are available?

Well over 90% of Cumberland students receive some type of financial assistance with average awards of $8,000 to resident students and $5-6,000 to those not living on campus. The award comes in a package that may include a scholarship, grant, low-interest loan or part-time employment. The type of package and amount of assistance depends on the applicant’s financial need, the amount of funds available to the University, and the number of Cumberland students who qualify for assistance.

What is the total number of volumes in the library?

Vise Library has over 350,000 volumes including 200,000 e-books. They also have over 2,000 DVD’s, including recent films, and a collection of popular reading titles.

What is the minority population of the University?

In recent years, the minority population has be approximately 33% combined African-American, American Indian, Asian, and Hispanic.

Where are the students from geographically?

Although Cumberland students are primarily from Tennessee, They also come from 34 states and 31 foreign countries.

Are there tutorial services available for students?

Yes, the University offers peer tutors free of charge. Students can request a tutor in the Academic Enrichment Center (AEC). The AEC offers assistance with various subjects including Math, English, Biology, Spanish, History, and writing papers in any class or discipline. The AEC also provides a free online tutorial service for all students through SmartThinking. For more information on SmartThinking online tutoring please click here.

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What athletic association is Cumberland University a member of and what divisions are included?

Cumberland belongs to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Mid-South Conference. All varsity sports are in NAIA Division I.

Can freshmen have cars on campus?

Yes, freshmen can bring cars to campus. Students must apply for parking passes that will designate which lot they are allowed to park in depending on whether they are a residential student or a commuter. 

What Fine Arts programs are offered to students?

Cumberland has a variety of opportunities for students to get involved in within performing arts. Students can choose band, the Cumberland Chorale, drama, studio art, and much more!

How many students live on campus?

There are approximately 481 students living on campus.

How many residence halls does the school provide

CU proudly boasts multiple residence halls on campus: Edward Potter, primary housing facility for all first-year male CU students; Justin Potter, primary housing facility for all first-year female CU students; South Hall, residence for students who are at sophomore status or above and is co-educational facility divided by floors, and the Cumberland Commons I & II, which are two-story, suite-style residence halls reserved for students that are at a sophomore status or above.

Are there any fraternities or sororities on campus?

Yes, there are two fraternities: Kappa Sigma and Sigma Chi Nu, and two sororities: Alpha Sigma Tau & Alph Omicron.

How many clubs and organizations are on campus?

There are over 40 clubs and organizations on campus.

Is the University accredited?

Cumberland University is chartered by the State of Tennessee and is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate and master’s degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of Cumberland University.
  • The Teacher Education Programs in the School of Humanities, Education, and the Arts at Cumberland University are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and/or advanced educator preparation programs at the University.
  • All undergraduate and graduate teacher preparation programs are approved by the Tennessee Department of Education.
  • The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program has full approval from the Tennessee Board of Nursing and is accredited to offer the baccalaureate degree by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.
  • The Athletic Training (AT) Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).
  • The School of Science, Technology, and Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP) in both its undergraduate and graduate programs.
  • Cumberland University is authorized to offer professional continuing education for accountants by the Board of Accountancy of the State of Tennessee.

Does Cumberland have any noted graduates?

Yes, United States Secretary of State and Nobel Peace Prize winner Cordell Hull; the “father of political science” John W. Burgess; 13 governors; 10 US Senators; more than 80 members of the House Representatives; and two Supreme Court justices, to name a few.

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