At University of the Cumberlands, we welcome hardworking students from all backgrounds who are excited to pursue their passions and excel in their UC majors and degree programs. Through rigorous coursework, a talented faculty, small class sizes and a vibrant student life, UC graduates go on to successful careers where they make a difference as strong, ethical leaders.
Mission & Goals
UC continues to offer promising students of all backgrounds a broad based liberal arts program enriched with Christian values. The University strives for excellence in all of its endeavors and expects from students a similar dedication to this pursuit. Its commitment to a strong academic program is joined with a commitment to a strong work ethic. UC encourages students to think critically and creatively so that they may better prepare themselves for lives of responsible service and leadership.
In 1888, a group of ministers founded a small college in Kentucky known as the Williamsburg Institute, for the purpose of preparing young adults for lives as servant leaders. In 1913, following the acquisition of Highland College, Cumberland College was born. The school became the University of the Cumberlands in 2005, expanding program offerings and its student reach beyond the Appalachian Mountains. Today, thanks to the welcome addition of online learning, the University supports more than 10,000 students from all over the world.
Cumberlands is led by Dr. Larry L. Cockrum, President & CEO. The University is governed by a Board of Trustees, which is responsible for establishing policies for the governance of the University. Five vice presidents oversee Academic Affairs, Athletics, Business Services, Compliance, Enrollment and Communications, Finance, Information Services, Institutional Advancement, Operations, Student Financial Planning and Student Services.