High School Students


Your high school years will go by quickly. So, don’t wait to start planning for college. The most formative years of your life will happen at University of the Cumberlands, and we want you to be ready. Start asking yourself now what you expect from a college, what you want to major in and what you want to experience on campus, then let us show you how Cumberlands can guide you toward that experience. Start by clicking around the website, scheduling a campus visit and downloading our Patriot Guide to College.

You can also get a jump start on college by enrolling in dual credit programs, where you can earn credit toward your degree at University of the Cumberlands while still in high school. Learn more here.


Top 10 Reasons To Choose University of the Cumberlands

  • Student Life

    Our 1,800 undergraduate students hail from 32 countries and 43 states. You’ll have the opportunity to make lifelong friendships on our close-knit campus.

  • Affordable Cost

    Our cost for tuition, room and board remains below the national average for private four-year colleges and universities. Plus, last year alone, we awarded our students $33 million in scholarships, grants, loans and work-study positions.

  • Academic Programs

    With over 40 different majors and minors, you’ll be able to explore your options and find the program that fits your career goals. And it’s worth mentioning that 80 percent of our faculty have earned the highest degree in their field, which means you’ll learn from the best.

  • Personal Approach to Learning

    With a 13:1 student to faculty ratio and an average class size of 27, our faculty and staff are dedicated to making sure you’re successful throughout your time at Cumberlands.

  • Commitment to Your Career

    Graduates have gone on to work at Fortune 500 companies, government offices, hospitals and more. And within five years of graduation, 66 percent of our alums have completed or are working on a graduate degree.

  • Study Abroad Programs

    We encourage our students to travel the world and immerse themselves in different cultures. That’s why we offer study abroad opportunities in Belize, England, France and Spain. Broaden your cultural knowledge of business, language, religion and medicine.

  • Location

    Our campus is centrally located between Lexington, KY and Knoxville, TN and allows for weekend trips to Nashville, Louisville and Atlanta.  If you enjoy outdoor excursions to lakes, mountains, etc., our location lends itself to state parks and the breathtaking Cumberland Gap, just an hour’s drive away. Walk around campus and take in the spectacular Appalachian scenery!

  • Clubs and Organizations

    Learn something about yourself through one of our 40+ clubs and organizations on campus. From Mountain Outreach charity organization to Outdoor Club and the Patriot Student Newspaper, this is your chance to try something new and meet your classmates.

  • Athletic Programs

    If sports are more your speed, get involved in an intramural team including battleship (in the pool!), knocker ball or sand volleyball. If you have more of a competitive spirit, there are 28 intercollegiate NAIA Division I teams including archery, football, baseball, basketball, wrestling, swimming, tennis, golf and more. In fact, we have 13 different varsity level sports for both men and women.

  • Housing Options

    We think that living on campus gives you the opportunity to make the most out of your college experience. We have 11 residence halls where students gather for late night study and hang out sessions. Beyond where you live, it’s how you live on campus. Unlike many other colleges, laundry is free. This helps you and your parents since you won’t have to ask for rolls of quarters for your holiday gift.

    Attending college may not be right around the corner, but it’s not far off either. Now is your chance to start gradually preparing yourself. Make a list of your top picks. Visit campuses. Go to college fairs.

    We hope you’ll take time to learn more about UC so that we can get to know a little bit more about you and what you’re looking for. Fill out the form on this page and let’s begin that conversation.

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Financial Aid Fast Facts



of Undergraduate Students Receive Financial Aid



Awarded last year in Scholarships, Grants, Loans and Work-Study



Awarded on Average 
per Student

    How much will college cost?

Tuition & Fees


Room & Board


**   + 19 Meals per week

  *   2016-2017 rates for 12.0 - 18.5 credit hours (New Freshman and Transfer Students Only)



Scholarships are available to regular (not online) undergraduate students. Amounts can range from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars.



Grants are given based
on many different criteria. 
They may or may not require
a minimum GPA, ACT or SAT
score, or financial need level.



The Federal Work-Study Program is a program using federal money to provide a way for students with financial need to earn money to help pay education expenses.



There are many different 
types of student loans 
available. There are even 
loan programs for parents 
of college students.

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