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Where is University of the Cumberlands?

University of the Cumberlands is a small, private, Southern Baptist, liberal arts university located in Williamsburg, Kentucky on I-75. Williamsburg is a small, friendly town of about 6,000 people.

What is meant by liberal arts?

A liberal arts education is a broad-based education in which a student studies a variety of different subjects in addition to concentrating on a particular area of study. The liberal arts education prepares the student for a lifetime of opportunities and changes.

How many students are enrolled at Cumberlands?

Enrollment for the 2021-2022 academic year for undergraduates is 4,618, which includes full-time and part-time students.

UC's graduate degree program enrollment is 14,694.

Altogether, UC has a student population of 19,312 this academic year.

What percentage of Cumberlands students are from Kentucky?

69% of UC’s undergraduate students are from Kentucky. University of the Cumberlands also has students from 44 other states and 38 countries.

What is the minority ratio?

The minority ratio is 16%. UC has a very diverse student body; we have students from 44 states and many different countries.

What programs of study are offered?




What graduate degrees are offered at University of the Cumberlands?

What is the student-faculty ratio?

The student-faculty ratio is 20 to 1, with an average class size of 27.

What are University of the Cumberlands' admissions requirements?

UC’s application requirements are a complete application, an application fee of $30, an official transcript with GPA or official GED scores, and an ACT or SAT score. The Acceptance and Scholarship Committee reviews each applicant individually.

Graduate level programs have additional admissions requirements that might be required for the individual program.  Please review the admissions requirements associated with the program of interest.

What factors does UC consider when evaluating an application for admission?

Each student is considered individually for admissions. The Admissions and Scholarship Committee considers courses taken, grade trends, extra curricular involvement, résumé, essay quality, etc.

How can I apply?

You can apply to UC by requesting an application from the Admissions Office or by visiting our website and applying online.

Traditional Undergraduate Admissions Office

Graduate & Online Admissions Office
800.343.1609 ext. 4309

International Graduate Admissions Office
800.343.1609 ext. 3577

Does UC have a foreign language requirement for admission?

University of the Cumberlands does not require a foreign language as an admission requirement.

What is the average high school GPA, SAT, and ACT scores of UC’s freshmen?

Our current average GPA is 3.4 for freshmen. The average ACT score is 21, and the average SAT score is 1026.

When should I take the ACT/SAT?

It is recommended that you start taking the ACT or SAT during your junior year in high school. We recommend that you take the test more than once.

Many students improve their score with each test. To get more information about the ACT please visit or for the SAT, please visit

ACT/SAT scores are not essential for admissions at UC. Prospective students can apply with our new test-optional application. 

What percentage of your graduates attend graduate school?

Within 5 years of graduation, 66% of our alumni have completed or are working on a graduate degree.

Are internships available?

Internships are available and required as credit for most majors. To learn more about internship opportunities available in your field of study, contact the chairperson of your academic department.

Is there opportunity to study abroad?

Yes, there is opportunity for studying abroad. To find out more information, please view the Study Abroad page.

How can I get help for my classes?

UC offers free tutoring through The Learning Commons program. To get more information, please visit the Learning Commons webpage. Faculty are also available outside of class to offer assistance.

Are there computer facilities available?

UC has computer labs in most academic buildings including our library. We also have labs in some of the residence halls. You may bring your own computer if you wish. All residence hall rooms have wired and wireless Internet access. Wireless access is available inside all buildings on campus.

What is the retention rate at UC?

University of the Cumberlands' retention rate is 69%.

What do college guides say about University of the Cumberlands?

Recognition by U. S. News and World Report in its list of America's Best Colleges and by the John Templeton Foundation as a member of its distinguished Honor Roll of Character Building Colleges signals that a UC education is an exceptional value. We are also recognized as a national College of Distinction three years running. 

Do many of the students live on campus?

Yes; 72% of undergraduate students live on campus. UC is a residential campus. All students are required to live on campus except those who meet certain requirements. To live off campus, a student must either be 22 years of age, married, have children or live with parents. If you have any questions, contact the Office of Student Services at 800.343.1609 or locally at 539.4230.

How’s the food?

Of course, we think it's great; however, you may wish to visit Campus Dining Services page. Or better yet, come for a visit and have lunch on us!

Can freshmen have cars?

Yes, freshmen are allowed to have cars on campus. A parking permit is required for all students that have a car on campus, but there is no cost for the permit.

What is the security like on UC’s campus?

University of the Cumberlands attempts to provide a safe and secure environment for our students, faculty, staff and visitors. The college has developed policies and procedures, offers educational programs and cooperates with local law enforcement agencies. To find out more about campus security, please visit our Campus Safety page.

What types of student organizations are available?

Visit our student life page to learn more about the student activities and organizations UC has to offer.

What type of sports are available?

University of the Cumberlands has 13 sports for men and 14 for women, as well as a coed cheerleading team, dance team, and eSports team. Athletic teams include men’s and women’s archery, baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, fast pitch softball, football, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s swimming, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s track, volleyball, and men’s and women’s wrestling. To find out more information and contact information on our sports teams, please visit our Athletics page. 

What athletic division is UC in?

University of the Cumberlands is in the NAIA Division I.

Do you offer athletic scholarships?

UC does offer athletic scholarships. To find out more about our sports program please visit our Athletics page. Be a Patriot!

When is the best time to visit campus?

Our Office of Admissions is open from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. When you are ready to visit campus, contact our Campus Visit Coordinator to arrange a schedule for you that addresses your unique interests. Visit classes, meet students, faculty and coaches, and even spend the night in one of our residence halls if you like. We're eager to show you all that UC has to offer. Call: 800.343.1609 or 606.539.4241 Email: