Cumberland University

Cumberland University

Cumberland University, or CU, was established by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in 1842. This private, coeducational, independent, liberal arts university is situated in Lebanon, Tennessee. The current campus was constructed in 1896.

CU offers bachelor's degrees in more than 30 majors, and several master's degrees. Students can also opt for pre-professional degrees in nursing, education, anthropology, and theater. The academic divisions of the university are:

  • Labry School of Business & Technology
  • Rudy School of Nursing
  • School of Education
  • School of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • School of Music and the Arts

The athletics department of Cumberland University is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, TranSouth Athletic Conference, and Mid-South Conference. The teams are known as the Bulldogs, and they participate in sports like baseball, basketball, cycling, football, golf, soccer, tennis, wrestling, softball, and volleyball.

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Cumberland University
One Cumberland Square
Lebanon , TN 37087
General Phone: (615) 444-2562

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Cumberland Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching120education, educational administration, special ed, elementary school teaching, art education, English teaching, math teaching, music teaching, physical education teaching, ...
Nursing and Emergency Medicine56registered nursing
Business and Management56business, business administration, accounting, organizational behavior, management science, marketing
Family and Social Work39public administration
Security and Law Enforcement17criminal justice and administration
Liberal Arts9English, liberal arts and sciences, liberal arts and humanities, social services, political science, sociology, history
Therapy and Counseling7psychology
Fine Arts4fine arts
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy4parks and recreation studies, parks and recreation management, health and physical education, sports and fitness management, athletic trainer
Computer Science and Engineering4computer and info science
Music1music, music performance
Art Studies0art studies
Drama and Performing Arts0drama

Number of programs and degrees for Cumberland in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree19339
Associate's degree25
Master's degree1344

Cumberland Student Body

In 2007-2008, Cumberland had a total enrollment of 1,335 students (1,229 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 58%
Women 42%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 77%
Graduate 23%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 71%
Black 14%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 9%
(Foreign Students) 3%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 4%
18-19 23%
20-21 23%
22-24 21%
25-29 12%
30-34 6%
35-39 5%
40-49 4%
50-64 2%

Cumberland Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 56 %
Part-Time 45 %

Cumberland Room and Board (2007)

Cumberland offers campus housing for 410 of its 1,229 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Lebanon, Tennessee for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Tennessee Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Cumberland Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal440540
SAT Math450520
ACT Verbal1924
ACT Math1723
ACT Composite1923

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT16%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT90%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Cumberland Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 16,720
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 16,720
Room and board $ 5,840
Room charge $ 2,340
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,350
Books and supplies $ 1,260
Other expenses $ 3,540

Financial Aid:
Cumberland participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 348500)

Cumberland Faculty

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year1*0*
Instructorcalendar year1*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year2*1*

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year4$48,1221*
Associate professoracademic year4$45,2120*
Assistant professoracademic year9$41,1578$43,587
Instructoracademic year2*5$44,000
All faculty totalacademic year19$42,65514$45,038

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Cumberland Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Mid-South Conference
Basketball TranSouth Athletic Conference
Baseball TranSouth Athletic Conference
Track TranSouth Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports96120216

Cumberland Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Business/Commerce, General
Management Science, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Organizational Behavior Studies

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Biology Teacher Education
Education, General
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Geography Teacher Education
History Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Special Education and Teaching, General

Family And Social Work
Public Administration

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General

Mathematics, General

Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies

Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Health and Physical Education, General
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Biology/Biological Sciences, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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