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Performance Evaluation
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First-Time Freshmen

Document Number: ENRSER--104 Revision #: 1.0
Document Owner: Date Last Updated: 01/27/2017
Primary Author: Executive Director of Enrollment Services Status: Approved
Date Originally Created: 11/29/2011

General Description

Information about first-time freshmen requirements.


Delineation of policy.



Responsibility: Enrollment Services

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Relevant Knowledge: In order to comply with this policy you should know:
Standard company policies
Standards of good practice
Current University policy

Terms and Definitions: Additional training

Loss of privilege

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Policy Provisions

First-Time Freshmen

1. All students must file an Application for Admission and submit a non-refundable application fee of $25 which must accompany the application form. Students may also apply to the University online at Students who apply online may pay their application fee online. The application form must have all the appropriate spaces completed. Failure to complete the application form or to submit the $25 application fee will result in a delay in processing and consideration of the application. Paper applications are available in the Cumberland University Office of Admissions or may be requested by calling the Office of Admissions at (615) 547-1224.

2. For students who do not meet the minimum high school grade point average (unweighted) and/or minimum ACT composite score/SAT Critical Reading and Mathematics combined score, the University will require the student to complete a personal statement. Written by the student, the personal statement will indicate why the student would like to attend Cumberland University, would help contribute to a diverse student body, and measures the student will take to be successful academically at the University.

3. All students must be graduates of an accredited high school with an academic diploma and a minimum of a 3.0 GPA. Transcripts from graduates of Tennessee public high schools must provide evidence that the student passed the required Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP). Applicants who have a passing score, 450 or higher, on the General Educational Development (GED) Test will also be considered for admission. NOTE: The high school transcript must be a regular or honors diploma. A Special Education Diploma or Certificate of Attendance does not meet this requirement.

4. All students must submit an official score report for an ACT or the SAT. The student must attend an official national testing date for this score to be considered for admission purposes. The minimum scores that are required are a composite score of 21 on the ACT or 980/990 SAT critical reading and math combined score. The official score report must be submitted from the high school or from the ACT or SAT testing agency. ACT or SAT scores that have been manually entered on transcripts or self reported are considered to be unofficial and do not meet the official ACT or SAT score report requirement. This requirement is waived for persons who have graduated five years or more prior to their application to the University or are 25 years of age or older upon the beginning of their first semester at the University.

5. Students with a GPA or ACT/SAT score that does not fit the combination scale will be admitted only upon the recommendation and approval of the Cumberland University Admissions Committee.

6. All students must complete the required immunization form provided by the Office of Admissions. For further information regarding current immunization requirements please contact the Office of Admissions.

7. Any student requesting special consideration or exception to these criteria may address his/her requests to:


Office of Admissions

Cumberland University

1 Cumberland Square

Lebanon, TN 37087


8. When all admissions paperwork has been received in the Office of Admissions, the student will be contacted regarding his/her admission status.

9. During the application process, all applicants have the opportunity to self-identify as being previously convicted of a felony. Those applicants affirming such a history are required to submit a written statement outlining the details of the conviction and the steps previously taken to reform and prevent repeated behavior. This written statement is separate from the personal statement required by select applicants appealing to the Admissions Committee.


Also, any student self-reporting a criminal history will be required to give consent to the Provost allowing the Provost to request a criminal background check report from a reputable agency of the Provost’s choosing. Such a report will give accurate detail either supporting or refuting the claims made by the applicant and provide an unbiased narrative of the past criminal history in question. Since the report may improve the university’s ability to fairly adjudicate the student’s application, the university will pay any fees required by the reporting agency. This report will then remain confidential, secured in the University Provost’s Office, and viewable only by the University President, Provost, and Vice President of Enrollment Services during a called meeting of the Admissions Special Circumstances Sub-committee of the Admissions Committee. A copy of the report will be included in the final electronic version of the student’s admissions file via the document tracking feature within the university’s database management system and processed under the direct supervision of the Executive Director of Enrollment Management with original copies returned to the Provost.


Lastly, if any student admitted by the university fails to self-report a criminal history, the Provost has the authority and discretion to summarily dismiss the student. Dismissal as a result of a criminal history will not merit an appeal at any level of university administration and will remain in effect indefinitely.  

Upon admission to Cumberland University, first-time freshmen are required to confirm their position in the Fall class and to submit the one time $100 Freshman Fee. The Freshman Fee should accompany the acceptance of position form and be submitted prior to April 1st. The Freshman Fee must be submitted before Freshmen can attend a Freshmen Registration Session. The Freshman Fee is non-refundable after April 1st.



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Performance Evaluation
Performance Metrics: Compliance with standard policy and procedure

Consequences: Further training
Loss of privileges

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Subject Experts
The following may be consulted for additional information.
Executive Director of Enrollment Services

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