220px Bethune CookmanSealBethune-Cookman University, or B-CU, is a private historically black university in Daytona Beach, Florida, United States. Bethune-Cookman University is an institution filled with rich history and beloved traditions, and a strong commitment to academic excellence and community service. It’s nickname is the Wildcats and the University is member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Their colors are Maroon and Gold and their motto is Enter to Learn, Depart to Serve.

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640 Dr Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd, Daytona Beach, Florida 32114-3099
Phone: (386) 481-2000
Website: www.cookman.edu
Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:
Bachelor's degree
Master's degree
[thirdlast]Campus setting:
City: Small
Campus housing: Yes
Student population: 3,577 (3,545 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio: 17 to 1


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  • Mary McLeod Bethune founded the Daytona Educational and Industrial Training School in 1904.
  • In 1923, it became a co-ed high school as a result of a merger with the Cookman Institute of Jacksonville, Florida.
  • In 1931 Receives full accreditation.
  • In 1941, the Florida State Department of Education approved a 4-year baccalaureate program offering liberal arts and teacher education.
  • 2007 Achieves University status.


Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) is a four-year, private and fully accredited institution of higher education. Bethune-Cookman is the 6th largest of the 39‑member UNCF colleges located in the Atlantic coast city of Daytona Beach, Florida, with a population of more than 61,000 (2010 U.S. Census Bureau).


  • Approximately 50 miles from Orlando, Florida.
  • Approximately 85 miles from Jacksonville, Florida.
  • Conveniently located near Daytona Beach International Airport
  • Easily accessible from Interstates 4 and 95.
  • Blocks from US-1 and the beautiful Coastal Beaches.


The academic program of the university is conducted within seven schools.

  • School of Arts & Humanities
  • School of Business
  • School of Education
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Graduate & Professional Studies
  • School of Science, Engineering and Mathematics
  • School of Social Sciences

Degrees Conferred:

During 2010‑11, the university conferred 561 Bachelor degrees and 12 Graduate degrees.


  • 67% – Florida Residents
  • 33% – Out of State (includes International students)
  • 2% – International students
  • 94% – Minority students
  • 60% – female
  • 40% – male


187 full-time teaching faculty Student/faculty ratio 16:1


$42 million (June 2011)

Tuition (semester)


Room & Board (semester)


Total Cost (year)



There are residential houses; eight (8) female houses, four (4) male houses, two (2) scholarship houses (1 male and 1 female), and four (4) Leadership house (2 male and 2 female). The residential housing have the capacity to hold 1,961 students.

Bethune-Cookman University promotes social, recreational, cultural, and extracurricular activities through the Office of Student Activities. The Office of Student Activities creates opportunities for students to learn and develop problem-solving, leadership, decision-making, critical-thinking, conflict management,and social skills as well as student employment.


Last March, approximately 50 alumni mentored more than 500 Bethune-Cookman University students by participating in the first-ever Alumni Day of Service on Campus.

Source: Bethune-Cookman University

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