WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - The University of the Cumberlands was recognized as one of the fastest-growing colleges in America.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reported this in their annual Almanac of Higher Education. Both private and public colleges and universities across the country are represented in this article.
“In the decade from 2007 to 2017, Cumberlands’ enrollment grew 350 percent," wrote Kelly Field from the Chronicle.
Cumberlands launched an online graduate program in 2011 which helped with enrollment growth. The Chronicle reported that the college has used the success of its program "to subsidize the education of its residential learners."
“Cumberlands is different by design,” said Dr. Larry L. Cockrum, President of UC. “Whether in seat or online, all of our programs are built on a foundation of affordability, quality instruction, and service to students.”
Cumberlands spend less than two percent of their functional expenditures recruiting new students and about 16,000 students have enrolled this year.
In September of 2018, Cumberlands announced it is reducing tuition costs by 57 percent for all on-campus undergraduate students enrolling in the fall of 2019. Cumberlands' tuition use to be $23,000 which is above average but now the cost will be $9,875.
“With the tuition reduction, I no longer have to take out any loans,” said Daniel Hunt, a senior at Cumberlands from Bowling Green, KY studying communication arts. “That’s thousands of dollars that I don’t have to pay back anymore. I’m really thankful for that. I feel free.”
With the tuition reduction, Cumberlands is expecting nearly 900 undergraduate students for the fall of 2019.
“We’re following a business model built on the strong attributes of the University,” said Dr. Jerry Jackson, Vice President for Enrollment and Communications. “We offer the public something they need. We make it affordable. We make it high-quality. And we provide a positive experience for all our students as best we can. When you follow those foundational principles, the finances take care of themselves.”