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Located in the heart of Appalachia, University of the Cumberlands (UC) is an institution of regional distinction that offers undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study, along with several pre-professional, graduate, and doctoral programs. With a total enrollment of more than 19,000 students, UC is one of the largest and most affordable private universities in Kentucky. Cumberlands is devoted to preparing students for the future through innovative programs as well as hands-on, experiential learning and research.  



  • Undergraduate On-Campus - $9,875 inc. Free Textbooks*
  • Room & Board - $9,300
  • Undergraduate Online - Beginning at $220 per credit hour 
  • Graduate - Beginning at $315 per credit hour 


  • Undergraduate residential – 1,857
  • Undergraduate online – 2,280
  • Dual Enrolled (High School) – 481
  • Graduate – 14,694
  • Total enrollment – 19,312

University Profile

  • 44% of students are first-generation college students
  • Residential population is 48% men and 52% female
  • Residential students from 44 states
  • International students on main campus representing 38 different nations
  • Academic profile of Fall 2021 entering students
    • Average ACT – 21 (National average – 21.0)
    • Average Grade Point Average – 3.45 on a 4.0 scale
    • 22% were in the top 25% of their graduating class
  • It has been named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) by the National Security (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). There are just over 200 universities nationwide with CAE-CD designation, and only a select few in Kentucky among this elite group.
  • Named College of Distinction five years in a row - 
  • Highest ranked university in the south for Social Mobility - U.S. News & World Report 
  • Fastest Growing University in Kentucky in 2021 - Chronicle of Higher Education 
  • Named Safest College in Kentucky - Nuwber Research
  • Best online college in Kentucky - Senior Education Group
  • Best graduate schools 2022 - We focus on the degrees that help students advance in their field - Abound
  • Named a Top Ten Military Friendly University in 2022
  • Best Online Master's Cybersecurity - College Consensus


  • Archery (Coed)
  • Baseball (Men)
  • Basketball (Men and Women)
  • Bowling (Men and Women)
  • Cheerleading (Coed)
  • Cross Country (Men and Women)
  • Dance (Coed)
  • ESports (Coed) 
  • Football (Men)
  • Golf (Men and Women)
  • Lacrosse (Men and Women)
  • Soccer (Men and Women)
  • Softball (Women)
  • Swimming and Diving (Men and Women)
  • Tennis (Men and Women)
  • Track and Field (Men and Women)
  • Volleyball (Women)
  • Wrestling (Men and Women)

* University of the Cumberlands is one of the most affordable regionally-accredited private universities in Kentucky and offers the state's lowest tuition rate based on published data from the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities. 

The University of the Cumberlands admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.