Bethune-Cookman University

640 Dr Mary Mcleod Bethune Blvd, Daytona beach, FL 32114-3099
Tel: (386)481-2000
Private not-for-profit | 3,543 students
Founded by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune in 1904, Bethune-Cookman College is an historically Black, United Methodist Church-relatedcollege offering baccalaureate degrees. The mission is to serve in the Christian tradition the educational, social, andcultural needs of its students--traditional and non-traditional--and to develop in them the desire and capacity forcontinuous intellectual and professional growth, leadership, and service to others. Institutional priorities in the missionof the College are teaching, research, community service and commitment to moral and personal values.

School Overview:

Bethune-Cookman University
CountyVolusia County, FL
Title IV EligibleParticipat
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate Colleges--General
Institution LevelFour or more years
Institution ControlPrivate not-for-profit
Instructional Staff Total
(research/public service staff included)
221 staff115 staff
Student Body
Total Enrollment3,543 students1,633 students
# Full-Time Students
3,392 students1,434 students
# Part-Time Students
151 students137 students
# Undergraduate Students
3,486 students 1,507 students
# Graduate Students
57 students129 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Asian
% Hawaiian
% Hispanic
% Black
% White
% Two or more races
Finances and Admission
In-State Tuition Fees
Out-State Tuition Fees
Percent Admitted73%64%
SAT Reading (25-75%)360-450450-570
SAT Math (25-75%)360-450460-573
SAT Writing (25-75%)350-440440-570
ACT English (25-75%)13-1819-25
ACT Math (25-75%)15-1818-25
ACT Writing (25-75%)6-86-8
ACT Composite (25-75%)13-1820-25

School Notes:

  • Bethune-Cookman College provides excellent facilities, instruction, current technology, and supportservices for liberal arts, career-oriented and continuing education programs. The College emphasizes teaching by continuallyadapting teaching techniques to meet student needs and by providing support programs for faculty development.
  • Situated on what was once “Hell’s Hole,” the city’s garbage dump, in 1904, Mary Jane McLeod Bethunefounded Bethune-Cookman College, which now sits on more than 70 acres of prime Daytona Beach, Florida land in an ideallocation providing easy access to business centers, theaters, museums, beaches, bus and air terminals, and recreationalfacilities. The college library is the center of learning on the campus. The library was constructed in 1971 and now containsover 154,000 volumes. The library maintains an open-stack system on the first and second floors and the second floor alsoprovides group study rooms, a computer lab, conference rooms and the special collections. The Library/Learning ResourceCenter thus serves as a major focus for improving learning, teaching, and research.
  • The motto of the college “Enter to learn; depart to serve” has become the mantra of the approximately13,000-plus alumni, who now live and serve their communities all over the world. There are six degree-granting academicschools: Business, Teacher Education, Arts and Humanities, Nursing, Social Sciences, Science, Engineering, and Mathematics,through which 37 majors are offered, and a non-degree granting school of General Studies.
  • Bethune-Cookman College is accredited by the Commission on colleges of the Southern Association ofColleges and Schools to award the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees.
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