Cumberland University

Lebanon, TN 37087

Established in 1842, Cumberland University is a private institution in Lebanon, Tennessee. Most of the buildings on the campus were constructed in the mid-1890s, as several buildings were burned down during the American Civil War. The Cumberland Presbyterian Church founded the university, and it was chartered by the state in 1843. Several years later, the church added the Cumberland School of Law, which was the first law school west of the Appalachian Mountains and the first in the state. Cumberland University has two sororities and four fraternities, along with several student clubs and organizations.

Cumberland University offers four undergraduate nursing degree programs. Students may enroll in a traditional BSN, RN to BSN, accelerated BSN, or LPN to BSN program. All four programs are accredited by the CCNE. The traditional BSN is an eight-semester program that is completed in four years.  The RN to BSN includes flexible scheduling for working RNs. This program also requires at least two years of experience as an RN. The RN to BSN program does not require clinical rotations. However, clinical experiences are part of the accelerated and traditional BSN programs. The university also offers an MSN program with two specialty tracks – Nurse Educator and Nurse Executive Leadership and Administration.


Campus LocaleTown: Fringe
Student to Faculty Ratio17:1
Open AdmissionNo
Religious Affiliation -
Level4 year
Business ModelNot for Profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate66%

Nursing Programs Offered

  1. BSN
  2. RN to BSN
  3. Accelerated BSN
  4. LPN to BSN

Nursing Programs Graduates - 2016-2017 academic year

Program name Degree type Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's degree 199

Nearby Nursing Schools

The following schools are located within 200 miles radius from Cumberland University

Trevecca Nazarene University
25.66 miles away
Belmont University
28.02 miles away
Fisk University
28.3 miles away
Vanderbilt University
28.46 miles away
Lipscomb University
28.69 miles away
Aquinas College
30.76 miles away
Martin Methodist College
80.63 miles away
Lindsey Wilson College
83.11 miles away
Campbellsville University
94.6 miles away
Oakwood University
102 miles away


Institutional Accreditations
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
01/01/1962 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
03/01/1995 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
10/10/2013 - Current

Admission to School


Acceptance Rate
SAT: Critical Reading420 to 490
SAT: Math410 to 540
SAT: Writing370 to 430
ACT Composite19 to 23
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Recommendations Recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

Net Price


Average Net Price/year
Net Price by Family Income
Less than 30k$15,287
30k to 48k$20,720
48k to 75k$22,611
75k to 110k$21,477
Over 110k$22,856
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Cost Per Credit Hours

Cost of a course per credit hour for undergrad and graduate classes.

Undergrad classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $840.00 $840.00

Graduate classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $475.00 $475.00

Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Race/ethnicity unknown
Black/African American
Non-resident alien
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
American Indian or Alaska Native
Two or more races

Data soucre: IPEDS colleges survery (Fall 2016)

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Cumberland University
1 Cumberland Square
Lebanon, TN 37087

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