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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

University Rankings

  • US News & World Report ranks CBU among the 2019 best Southern universities. It also ranks CBU in its best valueethnic 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 2019 best regional (Southeast) colleges.
  • Colleges of Distinction recognized CBU as a 2018-2019 "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, and nursing.
  • 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.
  • gives CBU high rankings in categories such as location, program, student life, and athletics - nationally and by state.

Program Rankings


  • ranks CBU's finance program a best value - #28 of 378 on its list of 2019 Best Finance & Financial Management Colleges for the Money.
  • also ranks CBU's marketing program #49 of 402 nationwide in its list of 2019 Best Marketing Colleges for the Money.


  • 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 by Colleges of Distinction.
  • 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.