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Cumberland University Data & Information Overview

If you want to know more about Cumberland University, such as what majors does it offer, how diverse it is, how well it ranks, and more, this is your one-stop resource. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is Cumberland University Ranked?

2021 Rankings

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked CU as #1,433 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list.

CU is also ranked #35 out of 42 schools in Tennessee.

See all of the rankings for Cumberland University.

Is It Hard to Get Into CU?

Acceptance Rate

Cumberland University has an acceptance rate of 54%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for CU.

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 )

SAT Math Scores for Cumberland University  ( 500 to 590 )
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

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

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus 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

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

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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Average Overall Diversity at CU

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,971 undergraduates at CU with 1,578 being full-time and 393 being part-time.

CU Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. 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?

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 $38,700 in their early years. 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.


See which majors at Cumberland University make the most money.

Location of Cumberland University

Cumberland University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Lebanon, Tennessee. The charming, small-town atmosphere of Lebanon draws many to the area.

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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

Cumberland University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 35 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
General English Literature 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 learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

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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