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College isn't for everybody, but we're not everybody. 

About UC

College isn't for everybody, but we're not everybody. 

About Cumberlands

In 2018, we launched the Cumberlands Commitment, which slashed tuition by 57 percent to make education affordable for any student who pursued their undergraduate degree on our Williamsburg campus. In 2019, we expanded our Commitment to include complimentary books. $9,875 tuition and free textbooks. You won't find a value like this anywhere else in Kentucky. 

UC Facts

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Majors, Minors and Pre-Professional Programs
80%
Faculty with Terminal Degree
20:1
Student to Faculty Ratio
4,618
2021 Undergraduate Enrollment
100%
Involved in Service Programs
72%
Live on Campus
$29.8m
Awarded in Scholarships
44%
First-Generation Students
97%
Receive Financial Aid
Students walk across the viaduct on the first day of class

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.

UC History

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 15,000 students from all over the world.

A student studies on the lawn at the Sutton House
President Cockrum congratulates a graduate

University Leadership

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. President Cockrum is assisted in his management of the University by six executive vice-presidents that oversee Student Affairs, Information Services, Enrollment and Communications, Institutional Advancement, Operations, and Finance.