Cumberland University


Enrollment: 921.

Student Body: 57% female, 43% male, 15% out-of-state, 3% international (27 countries represented). Asian 2%, African American 14%, Caucasian 77%, Hispanic 1%.

Retention and Graduation: 69% freshmen return for sophomore year. 23% freshmen graduate within 4 years. 15% grads go on to further study within 1 year. 5% grads pursue arts and sciences degrees. 3% grads pursue law degrees. 5% grads pursue business degrees. 1% grads pursue medical degrees.

Faculty: Student/faculty ratio 13:1. 79 full-time faculty, 57% hold PhDs, 5% are members of minority groups, 38% are women.


Degrees: Associate, bachelors, masters.

Classes: Most classes have fewer than 10 students. Most lab/discussion sessions have fewer than 10 students.

Majors with Highest Enrollment: Elementary education and teaching; nursing/ registered nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN).

Special Study Options: Accelerated program, distance learning, double major, dual enrollment, honors program, independent study, internships, teacher certification program Special programs offered to physically disabled students include tutors.

Career services: Career/ job search classes, career assessment.


Housing: Special housing for disabled students, men’s dorms, women’s dorms. 100% of campus accessible, to physically disabled.

Special Academic Facilities/Equipment: Cavett Wild Game Collection.


Environment: Town.

Activities: Choral groups, dance, drama/theater, jazz band, marching band, music ensembles, musical theater, radio station, student government, student newspaper, yearbook.

Organizations: 15 registered organizations, 13 honor societies, 2 religious organizations. 3 fraternities, 2 sororities.

Athletics (Intercollegiate): Men: Baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross-country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, wrestling. Women: Basketball, cheerleading, cross-country, golf, soccer, Softball, tennis, volleyball.

On-Campus Highlights: Labiy Hall Atrium, Memorial Hall Student Lounge, Mitchell Student Center, Phillips Dining Hall Patio.


Freshman Academic Profile: Average high school GPA 3.03. 12% in top 10% of high school class, 32% in top 25% of high school class, 70% in top 50% of high school class. 89% from public high schools. SAT Math middle 50% range 380-510. SAT Critical Reading middle 50% range 410-530. ACT middle 50% range 17-22. Minimum paper TOEFL 500. Minimum computer TOEFL 173.

Basis for Candidate Selection: Very important factors considered include: Class rank, rigor of secondary school record, standardized test scores. Other factors considered include: Application essay, recommendation(s), alumni/ae relation.

Freshman Admission Requirements: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted. Academic units recommended: 4 English, 3 mathematics, 3 science, (1 science labs), 2 foreign language, 2 social studies, 1 history, 12 academic electives.

Freshman Admission Statistics: 532 applied, 66% admitted, 59% enrolled.

Transfer Admission Requirements: College transcript(s), minimum college GPA of 2.0 required. Lowest grade transferable C.

General Admission Information: Application fee $25. Nonfall registration accepted. Admission may be deferred for a maximum of 1 year. Credit offered for CEEB Advanced Placement tests.


Annual tuition $12,130. Room and board $4,680. Required fees $100. Average book expense $1,040.

Required Forms and Deadlines: FAFSA, institution’s own financial aid form. Financial aid filing deadline 5/1. Priority financial aid filing date 2/15.

Notification of Awards: Applicants will be notified of awards on or about 5/1.

Types of Aid: Need-based scholarships/grants: Federal Pell, SEOG, state scholarships/grants, private scholarships, the school’s own gift aid. Loans: FFEL Subsidized Stafford, FFEL Unsubsidized Stafford, FFEL PLUS, Federal Perkins, state loans.

Student Employment: Federal Work-Study Program available. Off-campus job opportunities are excellent.

Financial Aid Statistics: 48% freshmen, 43% undergrads receive need-based scholarship or grant aid. 91% freshmen, 76% undergrads receive non-need-based scholarship or grant aid. 58% freshmen, 52% undergrads receive need-based self-help aid. 85% freshmen, 96% undergrads receive athletic scholarships. 85% freshmen, 85% undergrads receive any aid. 70% undergrads borrow to pay for school. Average cumulative indebtedness $7,596.

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