Cumberland University

Lebanon, TN 37087
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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
Campus SizeSmall
Student to Faculty Ratio17:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
Business ModelNot-for-profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate70%

Nursing Programs Offered

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 23 136
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 83.8%

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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



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT1030 to 1170
ACT19 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

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).
Application fee
Undergrads $25
Graduates $50

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$865/credit
In State Students$865/credit
Out of State Students$865/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$490/credit
In State Students$490/credit
Out of State Students$490/credit

Tuition Estimates

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
LPN 45 $38,925 $38,925 $38,925
ADN 70 $60,550 $60,550 $60,550
BSN 125 $108,125 $108,125 $108,125
FNP 50 $24,500 $24,500 $24,500
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
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.

Financial Aid

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
Pell Grant 40% $4,243
Other Federal Grant 15% $396
State Grant & Scholarships 85% $4,599
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 49% $12,038
Federal Student Loans 39% $4,927
Private Loans 1% $12,352


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
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
Over $110,000$25,161

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Student Population













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

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Tennessee state board of nursing.

Cumberland University
1 Cumberland Square
Lebanon, TN 37087

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