Cumberland University (CU)

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Cumberland University can be found in Lebanon, TN, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. CU has an enrollment of approximately 2,700 students.

A SAT or ACT exam may be required before applying to this school. Scores in the range of 910 (25th percentile) - 1100 (75th percentile) on the SAT and between 18 (25th percentile) - 23 (75th percentile) for the ACT exam is common among applicants that get into this school. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the Cumberland University (CU) average GPA range for accepted students is around 2.89 - 3.18. This school has an acceptance rate of about 61% with 40% of applicants deciding to continue on and enroll. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Cumberland University (CU) Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Cumberland University was reported as 61.0% in Fall 2020 with over 2,830 college applications submitted to CU. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • CU ACT Scores: 18 - 23
  • CU Average GPA: 2.89 - 3.18

How Hard Is It to Get into Cumberland University?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

The applicant selectivity of Cumberland University is about average, as determined by collecting standardized test scores e.g. ACT/SAT and high school average GPA ranges of students who were granted admissions from previous years.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2022 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2022-2023 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for CU has been getting much higher in the past few years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 48.9%
  • 2017-2018: 54.1%
  • 2018-2019: 61.7%
  • 2019-2020: 61.0%
  • Projected CU Acceptance Rate 2022-2023: 54.3%

How Does Cumberland University (CU) Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Cumberland University is eight percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Trevecca Nazarene University62.3%
Fisk University93.4%
Lipscomb University63.1%
Sewanee-The University of the South66.7%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Recommended
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Recommended
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Cumberland University (CU) (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading440 - 550
Math470 - 550
Total Score910 - 1100
ACT®Score Range
English18 - 24
Math17 - 23
Composite Score18 - 23
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