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Cumberland University Data & Information Overview

35 awards Ranking Badges
Fair Price Value for Your Money
54% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Cumberland University Ranked?

#1,572 Best Colleges in Nation
#30 Best Colleges in TN
General Education Highest Ranked Major

2023 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Cumberland University was awarded 35 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is general education.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked CU as #1,572 out of 2,241 colleges and universities in the country on its 2023 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when CU held the #1,579 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 45 colleges in Tennessee, CU is ranked at #30.

See all of the rankings for Cumberland University.

Is It Hard to Get Into CU?

54% Acceptance Rate
60% Of Accepted Are Women

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to Cumberland University you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 54%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

Learn more about Cumberland University admissions.

Cumberland University Faculty

17 to 1 Student to Faculty
45% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1, Cumberland University is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Cumberland University is 45%. This is comparable to the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  45 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Cumberland University

66% Freshmen Retention
26% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at Cumberland University is 66%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  66 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When we say that a student has graduated on time, we mean that they have finished their bachelor's degree within four years. The on-time graduation rate at CU is 26%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  26 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Cumberland University.

Cumberland University Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,886 Full-Time Undergraduates
19.8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
57.5% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,397 undergraduates at CU with 1,886 being full-time and 511 being part-time.

How Much Does Cumberland University Cost?

$24,706 Net Price
22% Take Out Loans
$22,216 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of CU is $24,706. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for CU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$22,314 $23,723 $28,937 $27,537 $23,265

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of CU, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At CU, approximately 22% of students took out student loans averaging $5,554 a year. That adds up to $22,216 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at CU is 6.7%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do CU Graduates Make?

$45,849 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from CU with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $45,849 in their early years. That's great news for CU students since it is 8% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at Cumberland University make the most money.

Location of Cumberland University

Tennessee State
1,886 Full-Time Undergraduates
Town Campus Setting
Located in Lebanon, Tennessee, Cumberland University is a private not-for-profit institution. Lebanon is a great place for students who enjoy small town life.

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Contact details for CU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1 Cumberland Square, Lebanon, TN 37087
Phone: 615-444-2562

Cumberland University Majors

36 Majors With Completions
503 Undergraduate Degrees
157 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 36 majors graduated from Cumberland University. Of these students, 503 received undergraduate degrees and 157 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Nursing 39 $55,549
Health & Physical Education 36 NA
Business Administration & Management 30 $33,915
Accounting 17 NA
Criminal Justice & Corrections 16 $31,267
Teacher Education Grade Specific 15 NA
General Psychology 15 NA
Marketing 13 NA
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 13 NA
Liberal Arts General Studies 13 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Cumberland University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at CU

2% Take At Least One Class Online
2% Take All Classes Online

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2019-2020, 53 students took at least one online class at Cumberland University. This is a decrease from the 59 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 53 53
2018-2019 59 59
2017-2018 46 46
2016-2017 61 61
2015-2016 192 192

Learn more about online learning at Cumberland University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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