College isn't for everybody, but we're not everybody.
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. You won't find this anywhere else in the state of Kentucky.
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 15,000 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.