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.

What You Need to Know About CBU: At a Glance

In many ways we’re a living contradiction. We’re a small, liberal arts school with nationally renowned STEM programs. A bucolic, 75-acre wooded campus in a major metropolitan city. A Catholic university boasting more than 30 religions represented by one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation. 

OK, maybe we’re less of a contradiction, more of a “best-of-both-worlds” kind of place.

About CBU: Quick Facts

  • Located in Midtown Memphis, TN
  • NCAA Division II Athletics, Gulf South Conference
  • 11:1 student/faculty ratio
  • Average class size is 16
  • 1,746 students (49% female, 51% male)
  • 30 states represented
  • 28 countries represented
  • 40% minority, 7% international
  • 99% of full-time undergraduate students receive some financial aid
  • $35 million endowment
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About CBU: Our Misson

Christian Brothers University is a Catholic university in the student-centered tradition of the De La Salle Christian Brothers. CBU fosters academic excellence in a range of programs to prepare students from all faiths and backgrounds for careers and lives informed by the Lasallian values of faith, service, and community.

Our Identity

Christian Brothers University is founded on the heritage and traditions of Lasallian education. While large enough to provide educational opportunities in the arts, business, education, engineering, and sciences, the University is small enough to promote teaching as ministry and to provide challenging student-centered learning and personal growth. Students of diverse cultures and religious traditions are encouraged to grow in their own faith. 

The University welcomes students into an educational community of faith and service, one that is committed to academic excellence, the betterment of society and the care of God’s creation.

Core Values

  • Faith: Our belief in God permeates every facet of the University’s life.
  • Service: We reach out to serve one another and those beyond our campus.
  • Community: We work to build better communities and a better society.

Lasallian Tradition

As Lasallians, we emphasize academic excellence, faith formation, inclusion, respect for the individual, service and social justice. We welcome all to join our supportive community.

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Diversity & Inclusion

As a Lasallian school, Christian Brothers University is built on a foundation of inclusion and equality. To that end, we proudly boast one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation.

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