About Cumberland University
Welcome to the Cumberland University web site. 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.
For fall 2008, 1,351 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in over thirty majors. A variety of clubs and organizations enhance the social opportunities for students. Honor societies recognize student achievers in a variety of disciplines.
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 Prize for Peace in 1945; James Lafayette Bomar, president of Rotary International; Thomas P. Gore, United States Senator; over 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 “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,” says Cumberland University President, Dr. Harvill C. Eaton.
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 as a primary goal, assisting students to ensure success both in and out of the classroom. 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!