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College is one of the most meaningful times in your life. It’s a time for new experiences and for making lifelong friends. It’s a time for exploring your interests and for setting new goals. It’s a time for learning new things and deepening your sense of who you are. It’s a time for dreaming big, rising to the challenge, and preparing for a meaningful life and fulfilling career. This is the time - your time. It’s time to rise.

Every student adds value to our campus.

At Cumberland University, we strive every day to inspire our students to rise and fulfill their greatest potential. We offer an educational experience that blends the arts and humanities with practical knowledge and skills to position you for a lifetime of success. At CU, we’ll help you grow in confidence and character by creating a place for your


You. “CU has given me the opportunity to further my education and meet people who have become my family away from home!" -Gisela Amor Garcia, Class of 2020

ideas and dreams to grow - a place where you belong. Our community thrives on the range of ideas, backgrounds, and experiences our students bring to campus, and we can’t wait to add your enthusiasm and new ideas to our CU experience.

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Academics Whether you want to impact the next generation as a teacher, care with confidence in healthcare, or be a pioneer in tomorrow's top industries, we take your success personally and help you rise academically to prepare you for a fulfilling career; that's why students from around the world choose to study at Cumberland University. With a variety of undergraduate majors, minors, and graduate degree offerings, CU puts you on the path to launch your career. Student-Centered, Teaching-Focused Our experienced professors will guide you throughout your academic journey to ensure you’re ready to rise to meet what lies ahead. Cumberland University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, and master's degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Cumberland University.

Three schools compose CU: The School of Humanities, Education, & the Arts; The Labry School of Science, Technology, & Business; and The Rudy School of Nursing & Health Professions. Wihin each of these schools, you’ll find faculty eager to teach, exceptional academic resources, and unique opportunities for professional development.

Programs OF STUDY

Associate Programs:



Associate of Arts (AA)

Pre-Athletic Training


Associate of Arts in Business (AAB)

Pre-Dental Hygiene


Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice (AA in CJ)


Pre-Physical Therapy

Associate of Arts in Education (AA in Ed)



Associate of Arts in History (AA in His.)



Associate of Arts in Music (AA in Mus.)


Health Care Administration

Associate of Science (AS)



Associate of Arts in English (AA in Eng.)

Athletic Coaching

Hospitality Management

Bachelor Programs:


Humanities and Social Sciences

Accounting (BBA)


International Business

Art and Design (BFA)

Computational Finance


Art Education (BFA)

Creative Writing


Biochemistry (BS)

Criminal Justice


Biology (BS)

Digital Photography


Business Administration (BBA)


Non-Profit Management

Chemistry (BS)


Philosophy and Religion

Child Growth and Learning (Elementary Education) (BS)


Physical Education

Criminal Justice (BA)

Film Studies


English (BA)

General Business


English with Secondary Education (BA)


Strength and Conditioning

Exercise and Sport Science (BS)

Graphic Design

Technology Management

General Studies (BA)


Health Care Administration (BBA)


History (BA)

Teacher Licensure

History with Secondary Education (BA)

Additional Licensure Endorsement English as a Second Language Pre-K

Humanities & Social Sciences (BA) Information Technology (BS)


Reading Specialist

Interdisciplinary Studies (BA) Kinesiology (BS)

Masters Degrees:

Management (BBA)

Master of Arts in Education (MAE)

Marketing (BBA)

Master of Arts in Sports Management (MASM)

Mathematics (BS)

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Mathematics with Secondary Education (BS)

Physical Education

Music (BMu.)

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Music Education (BMu)

Master of Education (MEd)

Music Performance (BMu)

Physical Education

Music Theater (BA)

Instructional Leadership

Nursing (BSN)

Reading Specialist

Physical Education and Coaching (BS)

Master of Public Service Management (MSP)

Psychology (BS)

Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT)


Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Special Education (K-12) (BS)

Master of Sport and Exercise Science (MSES)

Sport Management (BS) Theater (BA) For more information visit

Labry School of Science, Technology, & Business Associate of Science (AS) Associate of Arts in Business (AAB) Bachelor of Science (BS) Biology Biochemistry Chemistry Information Technology Mathematics

Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Accounting Business Administration Health Care Administration Management Marketing

In the Labry School of Science, Technology, and Business, you’ll learn more than balance sheets and ethics. Our curriculum allows you to sharpen your powers of observation, analysis, and evaluation to make an impact in the workplace. In class, you’ll develop essential communication, critical thinking, and decision-making skills to prepare you for future graduate studies and your professional career.

"Being a Biochemistry major has been the most enjoyable challenge of my life. The science faculty have been kind, but firm, and I can't imagine what college would have been like without them." Jake Yarbro, Biochemistry, Class of 2019

Associate of Arts (AA) Criminal Justice Education English History Music

School of Humanities, Education, and the Arts

Bachelor of Arts (BA) Creative and Imaginative Writing Criminal Justice English General Studies History Humanities and Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Studies Music Theater Theater Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Art Education Art and Design: Studio Art

The School of Humanities, Education, and the Arts (SHEA) is home to a variety of subjects spanning the social sciences, humanities, creative writing, public service, education, and fine arts degrees. These degrees serve several of the noble professions: teachers, law enforcement, and public service, though, in fact, any degree offered in this school prepares students for success across any professional goal. SHEA is full of faculty who develop in students the skills of analysis, expression, service to others, and an understanding of the human experience throughout history. They will guide you as you develop practical and philosophical skills to prepare you for a life of learning. Whether history is your passion or you were born to be a future educator, SHEA faculty will help prepare you to create the change you want to see in the world.

Bachelor of Music (B.Mus) General Music-Instrumental or Vocal Music Music Education - Instrumental Music Education -Vocal Music Performance - Instrumental Music Performance - Vocal

Bachelor of Science (BS) Child Growth & Learning (Elementary Education) Kinesiology Physical Education & Coaching Psychology Special Education Certifications Additional Licensure Endorsement English as a Second Language Reading Specialist Teacher Licensure

“CU is small, but it’s a strong community where people are always nice and welcoming. The professors are proof of that.” Shelby Lahammer, Psychology, Class of 2021

Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Nursing Online RN to BSN Bachelor of Science (BS) Sport and Exercise Science Sport Management

In the Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions, you'll get the training you need to prepare you for a career in healthcare. Our curriculum is taught by experienced healthcare professionals and is designed to prepare you to provide excellent care to individuals, families, and communities around the world. Whether nursing is your passion or athletic training is more your speed, we'll help you develop the skills you need to continue your studies in one of our graduate programs or jump right into your career of helping others.

"From day one all of the courses build upon one another to create a strong foundation for my career. Every single class helped shape and mold me into the nurse I am today. I'm extremely thankful for my education from CU. It was a tough journey where I was pushed to my limits, but thanks to my professors and classmates, I made it through.� Jennifer Turner, Nursing, Class of 2019


classes taught by graduate students

16:1 Student to faculty ratio

Teaching is a work of heart - and our faculty have a heart for our students. They’re passionate about learning, and they work every day to invest in your unique strengths and character. This means you have a whole village of fans cheering you on and celebrating your success every step of the way.

You. "CU has always been very welcoming to me, but my favorite part is that my professors made the effort to get to know me personally and I was more than just a name on their attendance list." -Zane Potter, MBA, Class of 2020

Our faculty are available to talk through your challenges and mentor you one-on-one. They advise you as you make important academic decisions and share their knowledge and time to help you prepare to take on the world when you graduate. They’re some of the most disciplined and dedicated people who are 100% committed to you, your success, and your goals.

Make lifelong friends

CU is full of exciting moments that make your college experience fun and memorable. Here, you’ll make lifelong friends and become part of a family of some of the brightest and kindest people. With a variety of student organizations and clubs, a vibrant greek life community, intramural sports, and a sweet southern city, you’ll be right where you belong.

Clubs & Organizations This is where your interests get even more interesting. No matter what you’re into, it’s likely there’s a group of people here who share the same interests. You can customize your college experience and meet new friends by joining one or more of our 55+ student organizations. Have a new idea you want to bring to student life? We can help you get it organized and off the ground in no time.

Greek Life


Student Organizations & Clubs

We understand that finding a sense of home on campus is important to all students as they make their new life here at CU. Joining a fraternity or sorority is just one of the many ways to connect with other students, get involved, and further develop your leadership skills. Cumberland has five fraternities - Kappa Sigma, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma, Kappa Alpha Psi, and Sigma Chi - and three sororities Alpha Omicron Pi, Alpha Sigma Tau, and Zeta Phi Beta.

Intramural Sports CU‘s intramural sports programs offer fun physical and social opportunities for students who love to play, compete, and stay active. CU organizes sports throughout the year on campus like flag football and basketball in the fall and softball and volleyball in the spring. CU also offers billiards, ping pong, and video gaming tournaments and other recreational activities such as hiking, climbing, paintball, and camping.

Community Activities


Greek Fraternities & Sororities

As a CU student, you’re not only part of the Phoenix family but the Lebanon community as well. Our campus is at the center of the growing city of Lebanon, where you'll enjoy exploring restaurants, boutique shops, and local businesses. You can catch a movie at the historic Capitol Theatre, enjoy shopping with friends, grab some homemade ice cream, and attend local festivals throughout the year. CU hosts a variety of events that welcome the community every year.

Make the most of every moment


Heart of the Phoenix

Each fall, we gather to attend the Homecoming football game and see the crowning of the Homecoming Court. The weekend is full of activities and opportunities to show your CU pride.

At Convocation, we write down any fears or concerns we have about the upcoming semester and commit them to the flame. In doing this, we believe we're stronger than the trials we may face and will rise above them.

Memorial Lawn A college campus isn't complete without a central meeting spot. Memorial Lawn, also known as 'The Quad', connects CU's main campus. The Quad is where you’ll see CU come to life. It’s where you’ll experience Welcome Week and other fun student life activities. And weather permitting, Commencement is held on the lawn at the end of the academic year. The Quad brings CU together.

The Learning & Career Commons The LCC is a popular spot on campus. Once a residence hall in the 1960s, the LCC was transformed into a community center where students come to study, meet, hang out, or grab a Starbucks coffee. The LCC is open late to ensure you have a spot to work on group projects and prepare for your exams. Oh yeah, did we mention there's coffee?

Mitchell Student Center The MSC is a hub of activity. The center houses the Phillips Dining Hall, the Barry Bistro, the mailroom, the Phoenix Nest Recreational room, the Blackbox Theater Lab, and the Commuter's Lounge.

The Phoenix Wings Student Mural was painted by Allie Garcia, a CU student who wanted to leave something special for all students to enjoy. It is a popular photo spot on campus, and on the first-year checklist, so make sure to stop by the Mitchell Student Center and strike a pose before the year is over.

Make campus your

home. We’re a small campus with a BIG community. Living on campus places you right in the middle of student life activities. It makes it easy to connect with your friends and participate in student organizations, honor societies, and interest groups. As a resident, you’ll be able to make an impact on campus as a leader and play a part in shaping the CU experience for all our students.

"I love living on campus. It makes getting to class easy and I'm able to stay connected to my friends and to everything happening on campus." -Paige Hrobsky, Class of 2020

Over 500 students call CU’s campus home. Our campus features five residence halls that offer a variety of living options and experiences to support you throughout your academic career. Residential students enjoy walking to class, academic support services, dining, and athletics facilities. Choosing to live on campus offers you a traditional college experience that is all-inclusive, convenient, and fun.

You belong. Phoenix value diversity. We embrace individuals and the range of ideas, backgrounds, and experiences they bring to CU. It makes our community strong and promotes a culture of acceptance and belonging. We are committed to cultivating a campus environment that is inclusive of all students, faculty, and staff. Together we create educational opportunities, raise awareness, and provide strategies and tools to help foster an inclusive environment and inspire a spirit of unity.

Diversity Focused Clubs & Organizations: Afro, BSU, Futuro, International Student Org, Pride Alliance, Sanctuary for All, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma, Zeta Phi Beta We celebrate diversity with students from

32 & countries 42 states

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Part of earning a well-rounded education is becoming part of a greater community. At CU, we believe we rise by lifting others, and community service is just one of the many ways you can make a difference as a Phoenix. Our students share a sincere passion for people and regularly put their hearts into action. CU students volunteer nearly 5,000 hours each school year in their communities. Whether you want to build new homes with Habitat for Humanity, read to children in the city schools, or become a Big Brother or Big Sister, we'll provide you with the resources and support you need to leave your mark on the world.

4,400 recorded Community Service HoursÂ

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Our teams are led by top-award winning coaches who invest their time and energy into our student-athletes. With their support, our student-athletes continue to excel both on the field and in the classroom.Â

Phoenix rally behind 22 NAIA men's and women's athletic teams that rise and compete for conference and national championships. The CU baseball program has won 3 NAIA national championships since 2004, and since 2011, the wrestling and men’s track teams have claimed a total of 4 individual national titles. Men's soccer has won 3 conference championships since 2015, and the men's golf team has been conference champions for the past 3 years. Our women's basketball team excelled to the Final Four in 2013 with an impressive 33-3 record.


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168 NAIA All American Athletes

468 NAIA Scholar-Athletes

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after undergrad undergrad

When you start at CU, you can follow your dreams all the way across the stage into the workplace. But before that happens, we’ll help you make a plan, prepare for interviews, and choose a job that keeps you on your dream path.

Career Services The Office of Career Services and Internships support you now as a student and long after undergrad as an alum. They will guide you as you begin to make important decisions to reach your career goals. The office offers self-assessment and career planning, internship and job postings, resume and cover letter review, graduate school preparation, and career workshops to ensure you're ready to take on the next chapter of your life.

Internships Internships are an essential part of preparing to launch your career. During an internship, you’ll work directly under an employer where you can begin to apply the skills you learn through classes and other experiences while at CU. Finding an internship that fits your interests and career path will help you gain valuable on-the-job experience and insight into your chosen career field.

Extend your stay advance your degree. Graduate Programs

CU offers nine graduate programs: Master of Arts in Education (MAE) Many of our graduates seek to obtain a master’s Master of Arts in Sport Management (MASM) degree to advance their careers in a field they Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) genuinely love. Something that you’re passionate Master of Business Administration (MBA) about is something you should strive to continue Master of Education (MEd) expanding your knowledge on throughout your Master of Public Service Management (MSP) life. Obtaining a master’s degree in the field that Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) most suits your passion and career goals can be Master of Science Nursing (MSN) Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod temporinincididunt ut labore et dolore both personally professionally rewarding. Master of Sport and Exercise Science magna aliqua. Utand enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex(MSES) ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolveniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodhrhw For more information visit

Rise as an active


There are many great ways to stay connected to CU after graduation. You can be involved no matter where you live. Each year, committed alumni around the world generously donate their time, talent, and financial resources to advance the vision of CU. By joining the Alumni Association, you’ll be able to continue to make an impact at CU.

13,174 Active Alumni

There are always things happening in the Phoenix Family, from Party on the Patio to tailgates at the big game, you’ll have fun networking and connecting with your fellow Phoenix.

"I'm grateful for all of the opportunities CU gave me as a student. Now, as an alum, that's why I give back both financially and with my time. I want to be able to pay it forward so current and future students can be given the same opportunities as me to grow and excel." -Anthony Leonard, Class of 2015

Cumberland is defined by personal relationships. As an alum, you will help foster and sustain a welcoming culture that demonstrates the value of your Cumberland experience to our students and the community. Once you graduate from Cumberland, you remain a lifelong member of the CU family. We want you to be proud to be involved with CU. Your ongoing engagement fuels our vision for the future.

$300K awarded in private & endowed scholarships every year.

Financial Aid & Scholarships You can afford a degree from CU. Your future should not be limited by the cost of your education. We're committed to doing all that we can to ensure Cumberland is affordable and that we deliver a great educational value. We help you understand your options and maximize the financial opportunities available to you. We control our costs to maintain a tuition price that is comparable to other private universities and offset tuition by offering financial assistance opportunities for those who qualify. Did you know 93% of our students receive some kind of grant and or scholarships? This means we have a variety of financial aid options available to help you make your college education more affordable.

What is financial aid? Financial aid is money to help you pay for educationally-related expenses. Aid can be loans, part-time employment, grants or scholarships, and can come from federal, state, institutional, or private agencies. You can combine these types of aid to help offset the costs of your education.

Start with the FAFSA. Completing your FAFSA is one of the most important things to check off on your to-do list when applying for college. The FAFSA, Free Application for Student Aid, is used to determine if you are eligible for federal, state, school, or even private financial aid. By completing the FAFSA, you're able to apply for federal and state grants, loans, and work studies, as well as school and private scholarships. The FAFSA is your first step for receiving monetary assistance for your entire college career. On average, it takes about 31 minutes to complete the application. To make it easier on you and your guardian parents(s), be sure to have the following materials available when starting your application:








003485 Social Security numbers for students and parents, or Registration Numbers for nonU.S. citizens Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID Driver’s license or other eligible government ID Tax returns for students and/or guardian Asset records, like bank statements and investments Records of untaxed income, like child support

Average tuition was 31% less than other 4-year private colleges.

*College Board

Scholarships Academic Your good grades in high school can pay off. Academic scholarships may be awarded to qualified students who have excelled in their previous academic work. These scholarship awards are based on your GPA and standardized testing scores, like your ACT and SAT.



Performance Are you an athlete? Do you play a musical instrument or have other talents in the arts? You may be eligible for a performance scholarship. Performance scholarships are awarded at the discretion of the coach or program director based on proven performance and future potential. You can earn a scholarship for your participation in either athletics or any of our fine arts programs.

Endowed Cumberland has over 100 endowed and annual scholarships established by dedicated alumni and friends. We award over $300,000 in private and endowed scholarships every year. To learn more visit

Federal Grants and Loans There are several forms of federal aid available to help you with funding your education. Federal grants do not generally require repayment. Loans do require repayment with interest six months after leaving college. To learn what you can receive in federal grants and loans, you must submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).Â

Tennessee Promise CU accepts more Tennessee Promise students than any other fouryear institution in the state. Tennessee residents have the opportunity to fund the first two years of your college experience using the TN Promise Scholarship at Cumberland University. When you enroll in one of our eight associate degree programs, we help you smoothly transition into one of our bachelor's degree programs. This means you avoid all the stress that comes with changing schools, transferring course credits, and leaving your Phoenix family. To learn more about the TN Promise visit





You'll You'll want want to to stay stay --

FOR FOUR YEARS. CU is a special place. We hope you can see yourself thriving with our Phoenix family. Students like you make us who we are – a university on the rise. While on your campus tour, be sure to ask your student guide lots of questions. They’ll be able to share many moments that have shaped their CU experience, and they'll tailor your tour to what interests you most. Your Enrollment Specialists will be available to answer any questions you may have about your future at CU.


Financial Aid


Starting in October, you will be able to file the FAFSA online at You should apply by February 1. You have options for financing your degree at CU, and our team is here to help you make sense of all things financial aid. Learn how you can fund your college education, or schedule a time to connect with one of us at to discuss your options and find what works for you.

Our application opens August 1, and we send decisions out two to three weeks after all application documents have been received and your application is complete. Our recommended deadline is January 15. Applying by this date will guarantee you a decision before spring, which gives you a chance to be fully informed about scholarships and other financial aid options available to you. Early Decision September 15 Priority Deadline January 15 Scholarships Deadline April 1 Late Decision July 15

General Requirements: In addition to your completed application, we’ll need your official high school transcript. Our general requirements for admission include: Minimum of 21 ACT composite score or SAT equivalent based on ACT/SAT score converter Minimum 3.00 high school grade point average Official academic transcript(s) (including Dual Enrollment Courses) $25 application fee ($50 for International Students) Immunization records

Personal Review Process: You’re more than a test score. We know that a student shouldn’t just be measured by their test scores or GPA ; that’s why each application is personally and holistically reviewed. This means someone is actually reading it carefully, and we look at the rigor of your curriculum, the trends in your grades, and any supplemental information you provide to give context.

Scholarships: There are many ways you can pay for your college education and receive financial assistance. Explore scholarship opportunities at Our scholarship application deadline is April 1. To apply for CU scholarships, complete the scholarship application found on our website. Cumberland University is an equal opportunity education institution, and as such, does not discriminate in the admission policy on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or veteran status.

Explore If you’re like us, you love small town vibes close to big city FUN! CU is located just 25 minutes from Nashville, Tennessee. Our campus is at the center of the growing city of Lebanon and is walking distance to coffee shops, restaurants, boutique shops and more. Take some time to explore Lebanon if you can, even if it’s just a quick drive through downtown. We love our city, and we’re eager to share it, so be sure to ask us what to see and do.

Visit The best way to see if CU is the right fit for you is to visit our campus. On a campus visit you’ll have the opportunity to tour the campus, meet current students, see a residence hall, and learn about scholarship opportunities at CU. For your convenience, campus visits are offered almost every weekday during scheduled appointment times. To schedule an appointment visit We can’t wait to meet you and share all CU has to offer. Explore our campus virtually at

Contact Us Applying for college can be overwhelming at times. If you have questions at any time throughout this process, feel free to reach out to us. We’re here to guide you through every step. Office of Admissions Cumberland University 1 Cumberland Square Lebanon, TN 37087 615-547-1246

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MISSION STATEMENT: The mission of Cumberland University is to provide a contemporary liberal arts education to students seeking a high-quality, personalized college experience, which will empower them not only to have a successful and productive career, but to thrive intellectually, professionally, personally, and spirirually for a lifetime.

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