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Quick Facts

Christian Brothers University is a four-year, private university affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. The University was founded in 1871 by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, a Catholic teaching order.


CBU is located on a 75-acre wooded campus in midtown Memphis, Tennessee—about four miles east of downtown; near Interstates 40, 240, and 55; and close to major medical centers. The campus is at 650 East Parkway South, at the corner of Central Avenue.


Christian Brothers University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the bachelor's degree and master's degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Christian Brothers University.

The chemical, civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering degree programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, (410) 347-7700.

CBU is approved by the State Department of Education of Tennessee as a Teacher Training Institution. CBU is a member of the National Catholic Educational Association and the Tennessee Association of Colleges. CBU is also accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Student Profile

1,673 students (46% male, 54% female); 23 states, 26 countries; 42% minority; 3% international

Religious Background

While CBU is a Catholic university, 41 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

100 full-time faculty. 13:1 student/faculty ratio. Average class size is 14.

Residence Life

Moderately residential. 67% of freshmen live on campus.


NCAA Division II, Gulf South Conference. 13 varsity sports (6 men's: basketball, baseball, soccer, cross-country, tennis, golf; 7 women's: basketball, soccer, tennis, golf, cross-country, softball, volleyball), club sports, and intramurals. Athletic team name and mascot: Buccaneers, Lady Buccaneers

University Colors

Red and Gray (the official print color for CBU red is PANTONE 186 and gray is PANTONE 408).

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Graduate Degree Programs

Undergraduate Tuition

Financial Aid

96% of full-time undergraduate students receive some financial aid. Average award: $15,808.

Graduate Program Tuition

University Endowment

$25 Million

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