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Get the facts about Cumberland University. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Cumberland University Ranked?

2021 Rankings

Overall Quality

CU landed the #1,433 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

Out of the 42 colleges in Tennessee, CU is ranked at #35.

See all of the rankings for Cumberland University.

Is It Hard to Get Into CU?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Cumberland University is a competitive 54%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

Average Test Scores

About 3% of students accepted to CU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 530 and 580. Math scores were between 500 and 590.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Cumberland University  ( 530 to 580 )
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800

SAT Math Scores for Cumberland University  ( 500 to 590 )
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800
CU received ACT scores from 97% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 19 and 23.

ACT Composite Scores for Cumberland University  ( 19 to 23 )
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Cumberland University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Cumberland University is about average at 17 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

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 48%. This is comparable to the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  48 out of 100
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Retention and Graduation Rates at Cumberland University

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 70%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  70 out of 100
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Graduation Rate

When it comes to finishing their studies on time, those seeking a bachelor's degree from CU have a four-year graduation rate of 31%. This is comparable to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  31 out of 100
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100

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Average Overall Diversity at CU

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,279 undergraduates at CU with 1,827 being full-time and 452 being part-time.

CU Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and racial-ethnic minorities*. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

CU scored 52.98 out of 100 for overall diversity. This is about average when compared to other colleges and universities in the United States.

Overall Diversity Score  52.98 out of 100
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How Much Does Cumberland University Cost?

The overall average net price of CU is $21,948. 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 +
$18,355 $20,833 $25,665 $24,306 $24,580

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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At CU, approximately 30% of students took out student loans averaging $5,617 a year. That adds up to $22,468 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at CU is 8.0%. 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?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from CU make around $38,700 per year during the early years of their employment. This is in the same neighborhood of the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. However, certain majors may produce higher-paying graduates.

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See which majors at Cumberland University make the most money.

Location of Cumberland University

Cumberland University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Lebanon, Tennessee. Lebanon is a great place for students who enjoy small town life.

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Location of Cumberland University

Contact details for CU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1 Cumberland Square, Lebanon, TN 37087
Phone: 615-444-2562
Website: www.cumberland.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CumberlandUniversity
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/CumberlandU

Cumberland University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 34 majors graduated from Cumberland University. Of these students, 438 received undergraduate degrees and 177 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 112 $55,700
Business Administration & Management 23 NA
Health & Physical Education 21 NA
General Psychology 20 NA
Accounting 15 NA
Criminal Justice & Corrections 12 $25,900
Teacher Education Grade Specific 11 NA
General Biology 10 NA
Liberal Arts General Studies 10 NA
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 7 NA

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

Online Learning at CU

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 46 students took at least one online class at Cumberland University. This is a decrease from the 61 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 46 46
2016-2017 61 61
2015-2016 192 192
2014-2015 233 233
2013-2014 279 244

Learn more about online learning at Cumberland University.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*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.

References

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