#10 Best Private Colleges in Tennessee

Christian Brothers University

Memphis, Tennessee

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Christian Brothers University overview
Location Memphis, Tennessee
Online cbu.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large City
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic
Christian Brothers University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Christian Brothers University (CBU), located in Memphis, Tennessee, is a private Roman Catholic university founded in 1871 by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, a religious teaching order founded by Saint Jean-Baptiste de La Salle. The university maintains a historic affiliation with the Roman Catholic Church and presents a picturesque campus known for its Gothic architecture. CBU offers a range of undergraduate and graduate programs with notable emphasis on engineering, business, and the sciences. The campus housing includes residence halls for students who opt for on-campus living, contributing to the university's vibrant community. Situated within a metropolitan setting, the institution leverages its proximity to downtown Memphis, providing students with a blend of suburban tranquility and urban accessibility. Application to CBU is considered moderately selective. Christian Brothers University does not have a specific focus on athletics, hence little emphasis is placed on athletic programs in comparison to its academic endeavors.

In the most recent statistical year 877 prospective students applied, and 767 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 175 enrolled in the school.  1,531 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 403 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $35,520 plus fees of $0. CBU is ranked 606 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












CBU is rated within the lower 49% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 5 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Christian Brothers University overview
SAT 1030/1280
ACT 18/25
GPA 3.67

Applications Accepted

Christian Brothers University overview
Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Christian Brothers University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,327
Other Fees$0
Room and Board $10,220
Budget for Other Expenses$2,027
Total One Year Cost$49,094

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$50,600 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

52% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Christian Brothers University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 39%
Psychology 18%
Engineering 9%
Physical Sciences 9%
Biology 6%

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