Christian Brothers University (CBU) is a private co-educational institution founded by the De La Salle Christian Brothers in November 19, 1871 as the Christian Brothers College. It follows the educational system instituted by St. John Baptist de la Salle in which teachers of Christian schools assist parents in the formation of their children not only in the educational aspect but also in the ethical and religious aspects as well. It is the oldest degree-granting institution in Memphis, Tennessee. It is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. The current name was adopted in 1990 after it achieved university status.
The university believes in pushing students to achieve beyond their potential and expectations. It offers a form of education which puts emphasis on individualized attention focusing on moral responsibility and community development. The Lasallian community is alive in more than 1,000 educational institutions scattered in 82 countries all over the world.
Academic programs offered by CBU includes undergraduate degree programs for traditional day students and evening students, graduate degree programs, and certificate programs. There are various majors and pre-professional areas of study offered. The Liberal Arts Department offers programs in Applied Psychology, Child Development, Cultural Studies, English, English for Corporate Communications, Fine Arts, History, Liberal Studies, Pre-Law, Psychology, Religion and Philosophy, and Special Education. Offered by the Business Department are programs in Accounting, Finance, Human Resource, International Business, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, and Sport Management. Engineering Programs include Chemical and Biochemical, Civil and Environmental, Electrical and Computer, Mechanical, Engineering Management, and the Dual Degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. For its part, the Science Department offers programs in Biochemistry, Biology Biomedical Science, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering Physics, Mathematics, Natural Science, Physics, and Pre-professional Health Programs and Multidisciplinary fields. Master’s degree programs are offered in Engineering, Business Administration, Catholic Studies, Education, and Physician Assistant Students.
Tuition cost per semester (12 to 18 hours) for undergraduate students is estimated at $12,760.00. Additional credits cost $895.00 per hour. Housing expenses range from $2,895.00 for double room to $ 4,900.00 for apartments per semester. Professional Studies tuition cost $485.00 per credit while Graduate Studies tuition ranges from $365.00 to $650.00 per credit depending on the area of study.
Christian Brothers University makes available different forms of financial assistance including scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study. Federal aid may come through the Pell Grant, SEOG, College Work Study, Perkins Loan, Direct Subsidized or Unsubsidized Loans, PLUS Loan, Vocational Rehabilitation Grants, Veterans’ Benefit, Tennessee Student Assistance Award, Tennessee Teacher Loan Scholarship Program, Tennessee Hope Scholarship, Tennessee Hope Access Grant, Tennessee Hope Need-Based Supplemental Award as well as the General Assembly Merit Scholarship. Alternative educational loans are provided by private lenders.
There are about 1,779 students enrolled in Christian Brothers University including undergraduates and post-graduates. They come from at least 28 states and 14 countries. As to ethnicity, the largest groups represented are White Americans and Black Americans. A very small percentage represents Asian Americans and Hispanic Americans. In spite of being a Catholic university, only 23% of students are Catholics. There are 32 other faiths represented.
Being a member of Division II Gulf South Conference, Christian Brothers University fields its teams known as the Buccaneers and the Lady Buccaneers in baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, softball, and volleyball.