Cumberland University: Narrative Description

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One Cumberland Square
Lebanon, TN 37087-3408
Tel: (615)444-2562
Free: 800-467-0562
Fax: (615)444-2569
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Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1842. Setting: 44-acre small town campus with easy access to Nashville. Endowment: $6.3 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $5100 per student. Total enrollment: 1,475. Faculty: 98 (60 full-time, 38 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 20:1. 646 applied, 38% were admitted. 10% from top 10% of their high school class, 40% from top quarter, 70% from top half. 2 class presidents, 2 valedictorians, 1 student government officer. Full-time: 845 students, 56% women, 44% men. Part-time: 161 students, 59% women, 41% men. Students come from 25 states and territories, 18 other countries, 14% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 13% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 19% 25 or older, 43% live on campus, 15% transferred in. Retention: 69% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; health professions and related sciences; education. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, freshman honors college, honors program, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, ACT, SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT. Required for some: 3 recommendations. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $18,564 includes full-time tuition ($13,344), mandatory fees ($400), and college room and board ($4820). Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $557 per semester hour.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 15 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 17% of eligible men and 7% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: African-American Student Association, Baptist Collegiate Ministry, Law and Government Club, Student Government Association, Student Nurses' Association. Major annual events: homecoming, Spring Fling Week, Coming Home. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols. 412 college housing spaces available; 350 were occupied in 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Doris and Harry Vise Library with 50,000 books, 130 serials, 250 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $311,166. 150 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Named for the Biblical Lebanon because of the tall cedars found in the area. There are TVA Lakes on three sides of the town, and the Cedars of Lebanon State Park is on the fourth side. Bus transportation is available. Nashville Airport is 25 miles away. Community facilities include three libraries, many churches of major denominations, hospitals and clinic, four major shopping areas and a number of the civic and service organizations. Recreational facilities are excellent for fishing, boating, hunting, swimming, and water skiing.

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