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640 Dr Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd
Daytona Beach, FL 32114-3099
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Bethune-Cookman University

Bethune-Cookman University Rating: 4.2/5 (24 votes)

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Bethune-Cookman University (BCU), formerly Bethune Cookman College (BCC), offers 37 degrees within seven schools that include the School of Nursing, the School of Education, the School of Business, the School of Arts and Humanities, the School of Social Sciences, the School of Graduate and Professional Studies and the School of Science, Engineering and Mathematics.

The School of Nursing was founded in 1978 and offers bachelors in nursing degrees. The school also offers a state-of-the-art facility complete with labs and a community healthcare clinic. Students in the school are exposed to clinical learning experiences and mental health agencies.

The School of Business offers classes in accounting, business administration and hospitality Management. The Hospitality Management program offers classes in tourism and lodging. Students may also participate in field trips including an International Study Tour.

The School of Graduate and Professional Studies offers education for adult learners from all backgrounds. The school offers a degree in Transformative Leadership among other degrees in professional studies.

The School of Arts and Humanities offers a host of degrees in a variety of programs including English, mass communications and religion and philosophy.

Accreditation is granted by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Applicants must submit an official school application with a non-refundable application fee. Students must furnish high school transcripts or equivalent, SAT or ACT test scores and a counselor’s recommendation form.

Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.25 at the high school level to be accepted as an undergraduate

Students wishing to be admitted to the graduate program must have an undergraduate GPA of 2.75, reference letters that show the ability to succeed at the graduate level, a written essay and an employer support form.

International and transfer students are welcome. Students may apply online.

Financial Aid

To be considered for financial aid students must fill out a FAFSA form online.

The financial aid office offers many types of aid including grants, loans and scholarships. Students must complete entrance and exit counseling forms before and after acceptance of loans.

Grants include the Federal Pell Grants, The Florida Resident Access Grant and the Florida Student Assistance Grant Program

Scholarships include United Negro College Fund Scholarships and the Florida Mary McLeod Bethune Scholarship Grant Fund.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 2316th for the average student loan amount.
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The university was founded in 1904 in Daytona Beach, Florida. The school is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.

The campus offers many clubs and organizations including the Florida-Georgia Louis Stokes Alliance, The Radio Club and the Arts and Humanities Student Advisory Council.

The school also sponsors a Student Government Association that acts as the voice of the students.

The Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center is located on campus and hosts many national acts.

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Student Graduation Demographics


The athletics department sponsors many intercollegiate sports including baseball, basketball and football. The Wildcats compete in the Mid Eastern Athletic Conference in the NCAA Division 1. The school’s football program has an intense rivalry with Florida A&M and competes annually in the Florida Classic.

Information Summary

Ranks 46th in Florida and 1431st overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 3 0.08
Robbery 3 0.08
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 4 0.11
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.03
Arrest 1 0.03

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 559 0.90
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 3 0.00
Forcible Rape 37 0.06
Robbery 236 0.38
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 994 1.61
Larceny 2,899 4.69
Vehicle theft 375 0.61

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Daytona Beach, FL 32114-3099
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population34,117 (34,117 urban / N/A rural)
Households14,000 (2.13 people per house)
Median Household Income$22,395
Families6,597 (2.91 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate Colleges — Diverse Fields
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, no graduate coexistence
GraduateSingle postbaccalaureate (business)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationUnited Methodist
Congressional District1206

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1477th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $14,410 $14,410 $14,410
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $600 $600 $600
FT Graduate Tuition $9,270 $9,270 $9,270
FT Graduate Required Fees $300 $300 $300
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $515 $515 $515
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $27,058 $27,058 $27,058
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $29,110 $29,110 $29,110
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $19,710 $19,710 $19,710

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $13,990 $14,410 $13,990 $14,410 $13,990 $14,410
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,000(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,300 $8,548
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,740 $3,000
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,200 $9,000
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,100 $4,200
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,100 $4,200

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$25
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 7,429 (2,680 male / 4,749 female)
Admitted 4,948 (1,718 male / 3,230 female)
Admission rate 67%
First-time Enrollment 1,022 (419 male / 603 female)
FT Enrollment 1,016 (416 male / 600 female)
PT Enrollment 6 (3 male / 3 female)
Total Enrollment3,787

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

ACT Test Admission

1354th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 64%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 14 / 18
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 15 / 18
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 15 / 18

SAT Test Admission

1305th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 49%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 370 / 460
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 360 / 450
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 730 / 910

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,967
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 415 12 3 20 17 475
Accounting 10 10
Biology Teacher Education
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 15 1 17
Business Administration and Management, General 36 4 2 1 43
Business Teacher Education 1 1
Chemistry, General 1 1
Computer Engineering, General 9 10
Computer Science
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other 62 2 1 66
Education, General 33 33
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities 1 1
Elementary Education and Teaching 7 8
English Language and Literature, General 7 7
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Environmental Science 1 1
Gerontology 10 10
History, General 1 1
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management 13 13
Information Science/Studies 4 4
International Business/Trade/Commerce 4 2 6
International Relations and Affairs 2 2
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 6 2 9
Mass Communication/Media Studies 40 1 41
Mathematics, General 3 4
Music Teacher Education 7 2 9
Music Technology 5 5
Music, General 1 1
Organizational Behavior Studies 17 1 2 3 23
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies 10 2 12
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other 3 1 4
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Political Science and Government, General 4 1 5
Psychology, General 33 2 1 8 46
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 45 1 8 1 55
Social Studies Teacher Education
Sociology 17 1 18
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 8 1 9

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2925th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $54,923 ($57,649 male / $48,608 female)
Number of FT Faculty 184 (94 male / 90 female)
Number of PT Faculty 259
FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
Total Benefits $2,535,349

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