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President's Welcome



Welcome! For more than a century, University of the Cumberlands has remained true to its mission of providing a quality education while preparing students for lives as servant leaders.

Our approach to education is personal. We value and are committed to the success of each and every student. Whether it is a first time undergraduate student, a working parent coming back to school, or a professional seeking to further their career, we strive to meet the unique needs of each individual so they can achieve their goals.

At Cumberlands, we are different by design. We believe a quality education provides a variety of learning opportunities -- not just textbook learning but practical, hands-on learning. Along with academics, we place a strong emphasis on student work and service to others. The end goal is to develop keen minds, warm hearts and helping hands.

In our journey from 1888 to today, Cumberlands has continually adapted to new technologies and the ever-changing world in which we live. Today, our reach extends beyond our strong, traditional on-campus community to include our cutting-edge online and hybrid classroom communities. 

I invite you to look around our website where you can learn more about our academic programs, student life and outstanding scholarship opportunities. You can also schedule a private campus visit and take your first steps toward becoming a University of the Cumberlands Patriot.


Larry L. Cockrum


"I believe that UC is making great strides toward becoming one of the best online programs."

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– Benjamin Clayton
MACS Program

"The MAED program was a very comprehensive and robust experience that definitely added value to ..."

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– Nathan Smith
Elementary School Teacher

"The [MBA] program allowed me to make great contacts and network with other professionals."

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– Amanda Farris
Southeastern Kentucky Rehabilitation Industries

"I enjoyed the convenience and flexibility of the schedule especially with four children. The small ..."

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– Mark Steely
Coordinator of Radiology and Radiation Safety Officer
Baptist Regional Medical Center

"The MBA program fit my busy lifestyle. I was able to attend MBA classes and do the assigned work all ..."

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– Pam Jones
Baptist Regional Medical Center

"The MBA program has given me an opportunity to further my education while working a full-time job."

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– Desrick Jones
Assistant Manager
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

"I was attracted to UC because of its location in the beautiful foothills of the Appalachian Mountains ..."

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– Suzanne Benninger
PA Program Student

"Enrolling in the University of the Cumberlands’ MBA program was a rewarding and valuable investment ..."

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– Brooklyn Hooker
Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation

"I enjoyed the quality of the materials and the instructors. The knowledge I gained will help me in my business."

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– Eric Greer
Founder & President

"The online program at UC has allowed me to further my education while maintaining my personal commitments."

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– Carl Roberts
MAT Program

"UC provided me with the tools and professional network of individuals to lead our school district in South Carolina."

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– David O’Shields
Laurens County School District

"UC has multiple attributes that I find attractive. Its affordability, high moral standards and sense of ..."

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– April Templeton
MBA graduate

"The learning environment and the facilities at UC PA are the best around and it makes learning so much ..."

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– Kevin Caddell
PA Program Student

"The Rank 1 program at UC provides a broad array of avenues for enhancing our roles as educators."

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– Elizabeth Stack

"Being part of the new era of technology allows UC to be a great learning institution as well as versatile."

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– Lesley Tipton
PA Program Student

"UC does an excellent job of bringing students from the virtual world together in a cohesive class unit."

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– Jennifer Kincaid
Assistant Principal
MAED Program Student

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