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Looking for a college education that offers a lot of real-world, professional opportunities? Or would you prefer something smaller and more personal? What if you could have both?

Real. Personal.
Want a college that offers a lot of real-world, professional opportunities? Or would you prefer a college that’s smaller and more personal? Or, how about both?

At CBU you can have the best of both worlds. Here in Memphis, Tennessee, one of the nation’s great cities, you’ll find immense opportunities for internships, research, professional projects, jobs, and more. And along with these real-world experiences, you’ll thrive as part of an intimate learning community where you’ll study in small classes and know your professors and fellow students well.

A real-world education
CBU is consistently rated one of the best universities in the Southeast and in the nation. It’s not hard to understand why. CBU delivers an outstanding education that will challenge you as a scholar and prepare you for success—in your career and in every area of your life. You won’t just learn; you’ll use what you learn firsthand. By working with professionals in your field, you’ll experience your area of interest and build invaluable knowledge and skills—along with your résumé.

Today, it is vitally important that students develop the skills that will allow them to succeed in a variety of jobs and gather as much work experience as possible while in college. A CBU education will enable you to achieve both. CBU’s core curriculum—whether in the arts, business, engineering, or the sciences—seeks to help you develop strong communication skills, think critically, and work in teams—all qualities that employers want to see in today’s graduates. CBU undergraduates further gather extremely valuable work-related knowledge through internships, externships, and co-ops.

Small classes and close faculty relationships will play a major role in your success. You’ll interact daily in class with fellow students and faculty, and you’ll also work closely together outside the classroom, collaborating on research and other projects. A CBU education is rigorous, but it is also highly supportive and highly personalized.

Helping you develop the ability to conduct research, analyze the data, and interpret the results is a top priority in the unique CBU education. Virtually every major program features a senior project during which students are engaged in research with their professors and give professional presentations at the end of the course. It is not at all surprising, then, that CBU graduates enjoy impressive acceptance rates at medical, pharmacy, dental, nursing, physical therapy, and law schools. The same applies to graduate programs ranging from the liberal arts to engineering to the sciences.

A full college experience
CBU doesn’t just offer you a great education—it’s also a lot of fun! CBU’s diverse student population creates an open, accepting community where everyone is made tofeel welcome. It’s an active campus, and it’s easy to fit in. You can participate in more than 40 student clubs, Greek life, NCAA Division II athletics, intramurals, concerts, movie nights, dances, service projects, and more—plus all that Memphis has to offer! Beale Street. Graceland. The Memphis Grizzlies. The mighty Mississippi River. Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum. Sun Studio. A blend of big city and Southern culture, Memphis offers major fun and entertainment—from legendary live music and world-famous barbecue to major city offerings and an unmatched outdoor lifestyle.

You’ll get involved, meet others, and make lifelong friends. It just happens naturally at CBU.

Excellence made affordable
CBU is committed to making its high-quality private education affordable. In fact, more than 96% of our full-time students receive financial assistance. With so many options available—from generous scholarships and grants to loans and payment plans—CBU can help you. In fact, you’re automatically considered for a scholarship as soon as you apply.

ACT score:Merit scholarship:

Must have a minimum GPA of 3.75
(Scholarships based on 2015–2016)

Real success
More than 90% of CBU’s graduating classes are employed or accepted to graduate school within six months—most of them when they cross the stage to receive their diploma. With real-world learning and a personalized, small-university environment, it’s no wonder CBU graduates succeed.




Founded: 1871 by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, a Catholic teaching order

Student Profile: 1,670 students (44% male, 56% female); 30 states, 25 countries; 43% minority; 3.4% international

Religious Background: 35 different faiths are represented in the student body (21% are Catholic). Religious observances are not required, but students are encouraged to practice their faith openly and actively.

Faculty Profile: 104 full-time faculty; 13:1 student-faculty ratio; average class size of 14

Residence Life: 67% of freshmen live on campus.

Athletics: NCAA Division II; 15 varsity sports (seven men’s: baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, tennis, track & field; eight women’s: basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball, track & field), club sports, and intramurals

Undergraduate Tuition: $29,316 per year, full time (as of 2015–2016 academic year)

Financial Aid: 96% of full-time undergraduate students receive some financial aid; average award: $15,808 

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