Welcome to Cumberland University! Cumberland University is located in Lebanon, Tennessee, 30 miles east of Nashville. Founded in 1842, Cumberland University offers a variety of educational, athletic and social experiences to enhance the learning opportunities of the current student body. The university has an exceptional academic program steeped in the liberal arts. Athletic teams regularly compete for conference and national championships.
Few institutions have a heritage as rich. Past Cumberland University alumni include United States Secretary of State, Cordell Hull, who also was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1945; James Lafayette Bomar, president of Rotary International; Thomas P. Gore, United States senator; more than eighty congressmen, including Albert Gore, Sr.; two justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, Howell Edmunds Jackson and Horace Harmon Lurton; thirteen governors, including Frank G. Clement; three ambassadors, including Edward Albright, U.S. Ambassador to Finland; scores of local, state and federal judges, including Charles Dickson Clark; and fifty college/university professors, including the “Father of Political Science”, John Burgess.” Cumberland University continues its tradition of excellence by focusing on the students of today. We emphasize that Cumberland University is a contemporary liberal arts school. Therefore, Cumberland University commits itself to provide a sound education while preparing each student to compete in today’s dynamic and demanding workplace.
Recent graduates of Cumberland University include Edward Labry, president of First Data USA. Other alumni have distinguished careers in the military service, teaching and a variety of business, health and public service settings. Cumberland University alumni continue to distinguish themselves in their chosen professions.
While Cumberland University has a distinguished past, the university is focused on the future, and on educating the next generation of leaders. Professors, coaches, staff and administrators have set assisting students to ensure success both in and out of the classroom as a primary goal. We are committed to supporting our students in their collegiate endeavors. Cumberland University is an institution committed to excellence. We invite you to visit the campus and experience Cumberland. We want to see you at CU!
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