Private 4 Year

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Lebanon, Tennessee

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Chances of getting into Cumberland University

Acceptance Rate

Admission Difficulty for Cumberland University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Unavailable 
Applicant Competition Average 
How hard is it to get into CU and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at CU is 54%.  It ranks #8 in Tennessee for lowest rate of acceptance. CU is a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Last year, 1,544 out of 2,872 applicants were admitted.

Cumberland University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.3. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 41% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The CU application fee is $25 and applications are due by May 1.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is recommended but not required for admission to Cumberland University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application.

CU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
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Applicants Submitting SAT 
SAT Scores for Cumberland University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
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SAT Composite 25th N/A
SAT Scores for Cumberland University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th N/A
SAT Math 75th N/A
SAT Composite 75th N/A
Average SAT Score N/A
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class
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CU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
Not Reported
Applicants Submitting ACT 
ACT Scores for Cumberland University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th N/A
ACT Math 25th N/A
ACT Composite 25th N/A
ACT Scores for Cumberland University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th N/A
ACT Math 75th N/A
ACT Composite 75th N/A
Average ACT Score N/A
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class


Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
Typical High School Grades 

What GPA do you need to get into Cumberland University?

Applicants require above average high school grades to get into CU. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Cumberland University was 3.3 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #33 in Tennessee for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as CU accepts 54% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

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GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

74% of Cumberland University freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Cumberland University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 20%
Top 25% of class 34%
Top 50% of class 74%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Cumberland University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 1,695 1,177 2,872
Accepted 927 617 1,544
Acceptance Rate 55% 52% 54%
Enrolled 375 258 633
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 40% 42% 41%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
May 1, 2023
Days left to Apply

Applicants have 85 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on May 1, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Cumberland University is $25.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Cumberland University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Cumberland University Application Requirements
Test Scores Recommended
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Cumberland University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=219949 IPEDS survey data for Cumberland University.


Does Cumberland University prefer SAT or ACT?

3% of students submit their SAT scores to CU. 96% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Cumberland University?

54% of those who apply are granted admission to CU. Admission competition is low and the college has unavailable admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.