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 and statistics in this CBU news story.

University Rankings

  • U.S. News & World Report’s 2024 rankings place CBU in the . It also ranks CBU in the a , one of the region’s, and among the
  • recognized CBU as a 2023-2024 “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 business, education, engineering, nursing, and career development
  • ranks CBU in the in its newly published College-Access Index (2023).
  • ranked CBU among its 2020 best regional (Southeast) colleges.
  • ranked CBU among its 2019 best-value colleges in the nation and among the best colleges in the south.
  • selected CBU as the #1 Best Online College in Tennessee.
  • Listed in Peterson’s Competitive Colleges.
  • Listed in Michael Viollt’s Great Colleges for the Real World.
  • ranks CBU as the best value among colleges and universities in Tennessee, 2018.
  • 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鈦犫 nationally and by state.
  • ranks CBU in the 10 Best Colleges for Jobs in Tennessee for 2019.

Program Rankings


  • ranks CBU’s psychology program a best value – #2 of 25 on its list of The Best Small Colleges for a Psychology Degree.
  • 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.
  • ranks CBU’s art therapy program #28 of 41 on its list of The Best Undergraduate Degrees in Art Therapy Ranked by Affordability 2018.
  • ranks CBU’s art therapy program #8 of 10 on its list of Top 10 Graphic Design School Programs in Tennessee 鈥 2019 College Rankings.
  • ranks CBU’s psychology program #229 of 1,012 on its list of Best Colleges for Psychology in America.
  • ranks CBU’s psychology program #6 of 24 on its list of Best Colleges for Psychology in Tennessee.


  • ranks CBU’s finance program a best value – #28 of 378 on its list of 2019 Best Finance & Financial Management Colleges for the Money.
  • ranks CBU’s marketing program #49 of 402 nationwide in its list of 2019 Best Marketing Colleges for the Money.
  • recognizes CBU’s School of Business as a top school for business majors.


  • ranks CBU鈥檚 Online Masters in Engineering Management at #12, calling the program 鈥渋deal for working professionals.鈥
  • , a leading authority in college and university rankings and resources, also named CBU鈥檚 Online Master鈥檚 in Engineering Management in the Top 20 for affordability, and #27 overall.
  • ranked CBU鈥檚 School of Engineering among the Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs.
  • commended the CBU Engineering program for excellence.
  • ranks CBU #4 of 20 best value small colleges for electrical engineering, 2018.
  • ranks CBU’s chemical engineering program #1 of 50 best value small colleges for chemical and biomedical engineering degrees, 2019.


  • ranks CBU’s biology program #2 of 35 best value colleges for biology, 2019.
  • ranks CBU in the top 10 best colleges for Biology Majors in Tennessee for 2019.