Cumberland University

Introduction to Cumberland University

Located in Lebanon, Tennessee, Cumberland University is about 30 miles east of Nashville. In 1842, the Cumberland Presbyterian Church founded the school.

The original building burned down during the American Civil War. Cumberland's current campus has been standing since 1896, but the school fell on hard times during the Depression era, when attendance dropped. Today, Cumberland University is thriving and growing as a liberal arts college.

Student Life at Cumberland University

Cumberland offers 32 bachelor's degrees, three master's programs and eight pre-professional programs in dentistry, medicine, law, pharmacy and more. Given the student population of roughly over 1,300, the small ratio between faculty and student means individual attention during instruction.

Cumberland athletics plays in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Other students participate in the large variety of clubs and organizations.

FAQs on Cumberland University

What is the Accreditation Status of Cumberland University?

The Commission on Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accredits Cumberland University. It is also chartered by the State of Tennessee, as well as accredited by several other organizations.

What Are the Requirements for Admission to Cumberland University?

Admission to Cumberland University is based on a minimum high school grade point average of 2.75, official SAT or ACT test scores, academic transcripts from high school or a high school equivalency such as the GRE and a completed application with a nonrefundable application fee. Applicants should also schedule an optional interview with the admissions office.

Can I Receive Financial Aid From Cumberland University?

A very high number of students receive financial aid from Cumberland University. All students should apply for federal funding in the form of loans, grants and work study by submitting a FAFSA application. The school also offers a full variety of scholarships based on subject of study, community, merit and need.

What Career Possibilities Are There With Cumberland University?

Cumberland University continues to expand its degree offerings each year. The school is best known for its integrated math and science program and criminal justice program, as well as being one of the only schools in the region to offer an anthropology minor.

The accelerated nursing degree is another popular program, while engineering sciences is a new degree program. Other undergraduate programs relate to the sciences and social sciences, education, nursing, and economics, while graduate programs include business administration, education and public service management.

What Notable Individuals Have Graduated From Cumberland University?

For a small school, Cumberland University boasts a surprisingly impressive array of accomplished graduates, including Albert Gore, Sr., former Secretary of State and Nobel Prize winner Cordell Hull, political scientist John Burgess and former Supreme Court Justice Howell Edmunds Jackson.

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