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Christian Brothers University

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.  
  • CBU is authorized to operate in the state of Tennessee by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, Parkway Towers, Suite 1900, 404 James Robertson Parkway, Nashville, TN 37243, (615) 741-3605.  
  • Undergraduate and graduate education programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, 1140 19th Street, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 223-0077. CBU is approved as a Teacher Training Institution by the State Board of Education of the Tennessee Department of Education, Ninth Floor, Andrew Johnson Tower, 710 James Robertson Parkway, Nashville, TN 37243-0375. A list of CBU’s approved Educator Preparation Programs can be found at here.
  • 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.
  • The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA), 12000 Findley Road, Suite 150, Johns Creek, GA 30079 accredits physician assistant programs in the United States.
    • CURRENT PROGRAM: The ARC-PA accepted the plan for the current Christian Brothers University PA program to withdraw from the ARC-PA accreditation process effective May 31, 2017. The program will remain on Accreditation-Probation until that time. The program will not accept any new students for enrollment. Specific questions regarding the Program and its plans should be directed to the Program Director and/or the appropriate institutional official(s
    • NEW PA PROGRAM: CBU has applied for Accreditation - Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). CBU anticipates matriculating its first class in 2018, pending achieving Accreditation – Provisional status at September 2017 ARC-PA meeting. Accreditation - Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding accreditation-provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.
  • The RN-to-BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036-1120. CBU is approved as a Professional Nursing School by the Tennessee Board of Nursing, 665 Mainstream Drive, 2nd Floor, Nashville, TN 37243, (615) 532-5166.
Student Profile

1,898 students (49% male, 51% female); 34 states, 24 countries; 38% minority; 12% international

Religious Background

While CBU is a Catholic university, 34 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

105 full-time faculty. 12:1 student/faculty ratio. Average class size is 14.

Residence Life

Moderately residential. 67% of freshmen live on campus.


NCAA Division II, Gulf South Conference. 15 varsity sports (7 men's: basketball, baseball, soccer, cross-country, tennis, golf, track & field; 8 women's: basketball, soccer, tennis, golf, cross-country, softball, volleyball, track & field), club sports, and intramurals. Athletic team name and mascot: Buccaneers

University Colors

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

Undergraduate Degree Programs
  • Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology, Child Development (Education PreK-3), Cultural Studies (Licensure 4-8), Creative Writing, English, English for Corporate Communications, History, Liberal Studies (Licensure K-6), Mathematics, Psychology, Religion & Philosophy
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with concentrations in Banking, Finance, International Business, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Sports Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Science, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering Physics, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Physics
  • Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
Graduate Degree Programs
  • Business: Master of Business Administration. Master of Accountancy
  • Catholic Studies: Master of Arts in Catholic Studies
  • Education: Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Education, Master of Science in Educational Leadership
  • Engineering: Master of Science in Engineering Management
  • Health Programs: Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies
Undergraduate Tuition
  • Traditional Day Undergraduate Tuition: $29,316 per year, full-time
  • Professional Studies (Adult Learners) Tuition: $395 per credit hour
  • RN to BSN Program (Nursing) Tuition: $420 per credit hour
Financial Aid

97% of full-time undergraduate students receive some financial aid. Average award: $15,808

Graduate Program Tuition
  • Master of Accountancy (includes books and meals): $695 per semester hour
  • Master of Business Administration (includes books and meals): $695 per semester hour
  • Master of Science in Engineering Management (includes books and meals): $695 per semester hour
  • Master of Education: $565 per semester hour
  • Master of Arts in Teaching: $565 per semester hour
  • Master of Science in Educational Leadership: $565 per semester hour
  • Master of Arts in Catholic Studies: $420 per semester hour
  • Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, $11,300 per semester
University Endowment

$25 Million

More Distinctions
  • Ranked among the best Southern universities in U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges."
  • Ranked among the top 20% of the nation’s colleges by Forbes magazine
  • Honored as a "College of Distinction" (Also a "Tennessee College of Distinction" and a "Catholic College of Distinction") by  the publishers of Colleges of Distinction
  • Ranked among the Top 10 Southern Universities by College Choice
  • Listed in Peterson's Competitive Colleges
  • Ranked among the best Southeastern colleges by the Princeton Review
  • Listed in Michael Viollt's Great Colleges for the Real World