University of the Cumberlands
The University of the Cumberlands is dedicated to helping students build a “life more abundant.” The campus maintains a small, tightly knit community that encourages a connection of research with practice. Located in Williamsburg, Kentucky, UC propels its graduates out into a world of possibility. With a University of Cumberlands education, students are equipped for their career goals and prepared to lead and serve in a global community.
This vibrant Christian community thrives on the basis of every individual’s motivation and character. Through service to others, students embody the heart of Cumberlands each and every day.
On January 7, 1889, Williamsburg Institute opened its doors in Williamsburg, Kentucky. Williamsburg Institute became Cumberland College on March 15, 1913. The name reflected the institution’s location along the Cumberland River and its proximity to Cumberland Falls and the Cumberland Gap.
From its inception, the institution has been affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention, and its mission has been to educate and prepare leaders for service to the greater community. The College received its first accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) in 1931. Since then, SACSCOC has reaffirmed the College’s accreditation in 1974, 1985, 1995, 2006, and again in 2016. The institution is recognized by SACSCOC as a Level VI institution.
On July 1, 2005, after action by the Board of Trustees, Cumberland College became the University of the Cumberlands. The University is authorized by the Commonwealth of Kentucky to operate as a nonprofit corporation with perpetual duration and is licensed by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) to grant the degrees currently offered.
Originally as Williamsburg Institution, then as Cumberland College, and now as University of the Cumberlands (UC), the institution provides a quality education in a Christian environment with the vision that its graduates serve and become leaders in their communities. University of the Cumberlands is a private university governed by the University Board of Trustees. Reporting directly to the Board of Trustees, UC is led by President Dr. Larry Cockrum, who assumed the Presidency on October 15, 2015. He, along with other members of his executive leadership team, directs the academic and administrative activities of the University.
Currently, there are over 10,000 total students enrolled at University of the Cumberlands. There are more than 2,000 students enrolled in undergraduate programs, nearly 800 of whom study online in a variety of majors. Forty-eight percent of traditional undergraduate students are first-generation college students.
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UC not only sponsors and supports a wide variety of study abroad programs, but it also leads its own trips all around the world to help students earn class credit while embarking on the adventure of a lifetime. Programs exclusive to Cumberlands students include trips to Belize, Costa Rica, England, France, and Spain, all of which are designed specifically to enhance their UC education.
For example, the one-of-a-kind trip to Belize enables biology majors to immerse themselves in the field of Tropical Ecology and Conservation, researching tropical biodiversity and creating real solutions to the issues that humankind has produced for the country’s ecosystems.
There is a trip for everyone at UC, most of which take place over the summer or winter breaks. And with the help of a Study Abroad Facilitator, anyone can figure out a way to make their mission service, internships, or classes abroad earn them credit toward their degree.
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Nonresident aliens: 2%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 5%
White, non-Hispanic: 58%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 1%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 30%
FRESHMAN INTEREST GROUPS
First-year students are introduced to the University together, learning to navigate college side-by-side in the Orientation 100 course. Not only does OREN 100 help students prepare for higher-level coursework, but it also gives them an early opportunity to meet others who are bound to take another class with them. The freshman class’ seminars are divided by Freshman Interest Groups (FIGs), each of which is made up of students in the same major.
Meeting each other so early on, students in every major are well prepared to take Cumberlands’ challenging courses alongside people they know. A FIG is the foundation of a student’s Cumberlands network, giving them early connections to their peers and professors who have the same professional goals and interests.
At University of the Cumberlands, servant leadership is unmistakably at the center of learning and campus activities. In fact, community service is a degree requirement! The school’s community values and culture, however, have made it natural for all students, faculty, and staff to contribute far more than what’s asked of them. A majority of student-led groups make community engagement an inherent part of their activities.
One noted organization founded entirely by Cumberlands students is the Mountain Outreach program. In a heartfelt effort to improve the lives of struggling local families, Mountain Outreach has dedicated over thirty years to renovating households, making significant repairs, and even building nearly 150 homes from the ground up! Other Mountain Outreach projects include volunteer trips over Spring Break, summer construction projects, and a Community Distribution Center through which those in the UC community hand out necessities to their neighbors in need.
Nestled in the foothills of Daniel Boone Country, Williamsburg is the county seat of Whitley County. With endless trails to explore, history to learn, and sites to see, Williamsburg has it all—including the biggest waves in Kentucky, located at the Kentucky Splash Waterpark. Williamsburg is the “Gateway to the Cumberlands.”
Mid-South Conference, NAIA
Men’s: Archery, Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Dance, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track & Field, Wrestling
Women’s: Archery, Basketball, Bowling, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Dance, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball, Wrestling
PREPARING FOR THE REAL WORLD
Students’ futures as postgraduates are always on the mind of UC faculty and staff. From their very first day on campus, and all the way through their four years on campus, students are easily within reach of all the best resources and guidance for success. Specific courses within UC’s general education incorporate career-readiness assessment and guidance, providing every student with a career counselor who can set them in a clear direction.
And of course, what better way to prepare for the professional world than by working in it firsthand? All Cumberlands students have the opportunity to complete skill- and network-building internships, most of which can even qualify for course credit. Beyond such professional programs as education, nursing, and business, students who study within areas like the social sciences and human services have a wealth of opportunities to gain hands-on experience within their field of interest.
The journey to becoming a University of the Cumberlands Patriot begins here. Learn about professors who love to teach, explore the unprecedented opportunities available in both career and community, schedule a private campus visit with a personal admissions counselor, or sign up for preview day.
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SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 450 | 75th Percentile: 570
25th Percentile: 460 | 75th Percentile: 560
25th Percentile: 19 | 75th Percentile: 25
25th Percentile: 17 | 75th Percentile: 24
25th Percentile: 19 | 75th Percentile: 25
Tuition & Cost
Room & Board: $9,000