Year after year, CBU earns recognition for excellence by some of the best college and university ranking publications. Read more about this year's rankings in this CBU news story.
- US News & World Report ranks CBU among the 2019 best Southern universities. It also ranks CBU in its best value, ethnic diversity, best undergraduate teaching, and best for veterans categories.
- Forbes magazine ranked CBU among its 2019 best value colleges in the nation.
- The Princeton Review ranked CBU among its 2020 best regional (Southeast) colleges.
- Colleges of Distinction recognized CBU as a 2019-2020 "College of Distinction." Programs receive the College of Distinction honor for adhering to the Four Distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community, and successful outcomes. CBU earned special recognition in the areas of business, education, engineering, nursing, and career development.
- Listed in Peterson's Competitive Colleges.
- Listed in Michael Viollt's Great Colleges for the Real World.
- Best Value Schools ranks CBU a best value among colleges and universities in Tennessee, 2018.
- Niche.com ranks CBU as one of the top 10 Best Colleges in Tennessee, as well as ranking them highly in categories such as location, value, student life, diversity, and athletics— nationally and by state.
- Best Value Schools ranks CBU's psychology program a best value - #2 of 25 on its list of The Best Small Colleges for a Psychology Degree.
- Best Value Schools ranks CBU's English program a best value - #2 of 15 on its list of 15 Best Value Small Colleges for an English Degree 2019.
- BestCounselingDegrees.net ranks CBU's art therapy program #28 of 41 on its list of The Best Undergraduate Degrees in Art Therapy Ranked by Affordability 2018.
- Animation Career Review ranks CBU's art therapy program #8 of 10 on its list of Top 10 Graphic Design School Programs in Tennessee – 2019 College Rankings.
- Niche.com ranks CBU's psychology program #229 of 1,012 on its list of Best Colleges for Psychology in America.
- Niche.com ranks CBU's psychology program #6 of 24 on its list of Best Colleges for Psychology in Tennessee.
- CollegeFactual.com ranks CBU's finance program a best value - #28 of 378 on its list of 2019 Best Finance & Financial Management Colleges for the Money.
- CollegeFactual.com ranks CBU's marketing program #49 of 402 nationwide in its list of 2019 Best Marketing Colleges for the Money.
- Colleges of Distinction recognizes CBU's School of Business as a top school for business majors.
- BestColleges.com ranks CBU’s Online Masters in Engineering Management at #12, calling the program “ideal for working professionals.”
- College Choice, a leading authority in college and university rankings and resources, also named CBU’s Online Master’s in Engineering Management in the Top 20 for affordability, and #27 overall.
- U.S. News & World Report ranked CBU’s School of Engineering among the Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs.
- Colleges of Distinction commended the CBU Engineering program for excellence.
- Best Value Schools ranks CBU #4 of 20 best value small colleges for electrical engineering, 2018.
- Best Value Schools ranks CBU's chemical engineering program #1 of 50 best value small colleges for chemical and biomedical engineering degrees, 2019.
- Best Value Schools ranks CBU's biology program #2 of 35 best value colleges for biology, 2019.