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Cumberland University Data & Information Overview

13 awards Ranking Badges
Fair Price Value for Your Money
58% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Cumberland University Ranked?

#1,701 Best Colleges in Nation
#30 Best Colleges in TN
General Education Highest Ranked Major

2024 Rankings

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Cumberland University was awarded 13 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is general education.

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Overall Quality

College Factual ranked CU as #1,701 out of 2,217 colleges and universities in the country on its 2024 Best 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?

58% Acceptance Rate
63% 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 58%. 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

61% Freshmen Retention
32% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate is a sign of how many full-time students like a college or university well enough to come back for their sophomore year. At Cumberland University this rate is 61%, which is a bit lower than the national average of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  61 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full-time students who get their bachelor's degree with four years. At CU this rate is 32%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  32 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
19% Take Out Loans
$23,776 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 19% of students took out student loans averaging $5,944 a year. That adds up to $23,776 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
337 Undergraduate Degrees
98 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 36 majors graduated from Cumberland University. Of these students, 337 received undergraduate degrees and 98 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
Accounting 17 NA
Criminal Justice & Corrections 16 $31,267
Teacher Education Grade Specific 15 NA
General Psychology 15 NA
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 13 NA
Marketing 13 NA
General English Literature 12 NA
General Biology 11 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 2020-2021, 39 students took at least one online class at Cumberland University. This is a decrease from the 53 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 39 39
2019-2020 53 53
2018-2019 59 59
2017-2018 46 46
2016-2017 61 61

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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