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 LocaleFringe Town|
|Number of Students2,314|
|Student to Faculty Ratio17:1|
|Is Admission OpenNo|
|Religious Affiliation -|
|On Campus HousingYes|
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
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
|SAT||1030 to 1170|
|ACT||19 to 23|
|Secondary school GPA Required|
|Secondary school rank Recommended|
|Secondary school record Required|
|Completion of college-preparatory program 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|
In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Cost to Attend
The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.
|In District Students||$865/credit|
|In State Students||$865/credit|
|Out of State Students||$865/credit|
|In District Students||$490/credit|
|In State Students||$490/credit|
|Out of State Students||$490/credit|
Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.
|Program||Credit Hours||In district||In State||Out of State|
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.
In 2017-2018 academic year, 100% of Cumberland University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.
|Students Receiving Aid||Average Amount/Student|
|Other Federal Grant||15%||$396|
|State Grant & Scholarships||85%||$4,599|
|Institutional Grant & Scholarships||49%||$12,038|
|Federal Student Loans||39%||$4,927|
$23,175Average Net Price
Average Net Price by Family Income
|Less than $30,000$17,344|
|$30,001 to $48,000$20,144|
|$48,001 to $75,000$23,498|
|$75,001 to $110,000$24,774|
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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Tennessee state board of nursing.