University of the Cumberlands

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6178 College Station Drive

Williamsburg, KY 40769

Phone: (606) 549-2200
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
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Aug. 15
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#84 Overall Score: 37 out of 100. Regional Universities (South)

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University of the Cumberlands is a private institution that was founded in 1888. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,864, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 100 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of the Cumberlands's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (South), 84. Its tuition and fees are $20,000 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

For more than 100 years, University of the Cumberlands has been committed to challenging students with an innovative education while remaining keenly aware of the importance of traditional liberal arts education. Our commitment to traditional values is reflected by our undergraduate curriculum which provides the foundation for a deeper understanding of advanced studies. Cumberland graduates enjoy a high acceptance rate to graduate and professional schools. Within five years of graduation, 66% of our alums have completed or are pursuing a graduate or professional degree. Of course, one of the major reasons for the success of our students is that we require more than just academic success for their degree. We also require that each student help his/her fellowman by volunteering a minimum of 40 hours of community service hours before graduation. The Leadership and Community Service Program helps us to fulfill our mission of preparing students for lives of ethical and responsible leadership. Through this program, students gain practical hands-on experience working with established service organizations and designing and implementing community service projects. We have found that once the students catch the spirit of volunteerism, the majority will exceed the requirement. For instance, since we began our Community Service program fourteen years ago, our students have volunteered 496,538.75 hours. This equates to 220 years of community service (at 40 hours per week. What a difference these youngsters have made in the lives of so many!

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1888
Religious affiliation Baptist
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $68,265,981


When applying to University of the Cumberlands, it's important to note the application deadline is August 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 15. The application fee at University of the Cumberlands is $30. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 69 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 69.0%
Application deadline August 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of the Cumberlands is 13:1, and the school has 57.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of the Cumberlands include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies; and Health Professions and Related Programs. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 61 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 13:1
4-year graduation rate 28%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 19%
Education 13%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 9%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 9%
Health Professions and Related Programs 8%

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Student Life

University of the Cumberlands has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,864, with a gender distribution of 51.4 percent male students and 48.6 percent female students. At this school, 74 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 26 percent of students live off campus. University of the Cumberlands is part of the NAIA athletic conference.

Total enrollment 4,297
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NAIA

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Campus Info & Services

University of the Cumberlands offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring. University of the Cumberlands also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at University of the Cumberlands, 82 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at University of the Cumberlands.

Students who have cars on campus 82%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At University of the Cumberlands, 82 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $14,482.

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Tuition and fees $20,000 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,500 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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