Bethune-Cookman College Details
640 Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard
Enter to learn, Depart to serve
|Level of Selectivity
Location: The thirty-two-building campus offers easy access to business
centers, theaters, museums, recreational facilities, and churches. Because
Bethune–Cookman is located in a resort area, its faculty and students have
easy access to the Atlantic Ocean, home of some of the world’s most famous
beaches. Walt Disney World, EPCOT, and the Kennedy Space Center are within
a few hours of the campus. Public transportation provides easy access to
Orlando, only 60 miles away, as well as Miami and Tallahassee, each about
200 miles away. Bethune–Cookman’s students have access to a variety of
entertainment, social, and cultural activities on the campus and
recreational activities in the surrounding cities.
Founded in 1904, Bethune–Cookman College is a four-year, private, coed
college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. It is the
architectural offspring of the union between Cookman-Collegiate Institute,
founded in 1872 by Reverend D.S.S. Darnell, and Daytona Normal and
Industrial Institute for Girls, founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod
Bethune. This historic merger took place in 1923.
From 1923 to 1932, the school served as a rudimentary training center for
students. In 1932, it functioned as a high school and junior college.
Bethune–Cookman became a four-year college in 1942, awarding its first
Bachelor of Science degree in 1943.
Bethune–Cookman’s mission is to serve the educational, cultural, and
social needs of its students in the Christian tradition. The current
president, Dr. Oswald P. Bronson Sr., states that “excellence in academic
study as a religious endeavor is given top priority at Bethune–Cookman.”
This excellence results from such emphases as small classes, low
student-teacher ratios, research efforts, broad-based curriculum
offerings, and dynamic teachers.
The home of Dr. McLeod, located on this campus, was declared a national
historic landmark by the National Park Service of the U.S. Department of
the Interior in 1975. The thousands who tour the foundation are reminded
of the spirit of Bethune, the founder and first president of
Bethune–Cookman College is accredited by the Southern Association of
Colleges and Schools to award the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science
|Costs per Year
2002–03 Tuition: $9810
Room and board: $6130
Special fees: $200
Estimated total cost: $16,840
|In State Tuition
|Out of State Tuition
|Financial Aid-Institutional Funding
Percentage of students receiving financial aid: 95
Number of scholarships and grants: 2,269
Total amount of scholarships and grants: $17,851,011
Range of scholarships and grants: $100–$15,400
April 1 (priority date)
July 30 (fall); November 30 (spring);
High school graduate (or equivalent) with a minimum
2.25 high school average; completion of the following units: 4 English, 3
mathematics, 3 Social Sciences, 3 science, and 6 academic electives; 2
modern languages strongly recommended; two letters of recommendation; a
mandatory pre-entrance medical record; a written essay; and an interview
with college officials. A nonrefundable $25 application fee is due by July
Minimum of 124 credit hours, with 6 hours in a
foreign language, 6 hours in mathematics, 6 hours in science, and 1 hour
in computer science, and a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA in a major field of
study. Must pass all sections of the College Level Academic Skills Test
(CLAST), complete the mandatory orientation-week program for freshmen or
new students, complete a senior seminar, write a senior research paper,
and pass a senior exit examination. The last semester of the senior year
must be completed on campus, and one full year of study must have been
obtained at Bethune-Cookman College.
|Student Body Profile
Total enrollment (men/women): 1,023/1,535
Other regions: 28 states; 25 international
Full-time undergraduates (men/women): 1,014/1,343
Part-time undergraduates (men/women): 86/115
Ethnic/racial makeup: African American, 2,446; Asian, 8; Caucasian, 25;
Hispanic, 25; International, 200; Other/Unclassified, 41.
Campus Regulations: Students must attend a college orientation program and
reside at least one year on campus. Students must also maintain a minimum
2.8 GPA to join a service/social organization.
Campus Services: Health center, psychological counseling, late-night
transport, remedial instruction, career planning and placement services,
and religious services, including chapel.
Campus Activities: Social activities include theater, concerts, dances,
and chorale. Students may work on the Bethune–Cookman yearbook (the
B-Cean) or the school’s student newspaper, the Wildcat.
Leadership opportunities can be found in the Student Government
Association or numerous other student-run organizations. The Reach Program
gives students an opportunity to provide service to the surrounding
Greek sororities include Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Sigma Gamma
Rho, and Zeta Phi Beta; fraternities include Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha
Psi, Omega Psi Phi, and Phi Beta Sigma. Honor societies include Alpha Chi,
Alpha Kappa Mu, Alpha Mu Gamma, Beta Kappa Chi, Honors in Teacher
Education Certification (HITEC teacher/ed), Kappa Delta Pi, Minority
Access to Research Careers (March-Science), Phi Beta Lambda Business, and
Psi Chi National. Two social/service organizations are also represented on
Number of faculty members: 207
Student-teacher ratio: 16:1
Full-time faculty members: 130
Part-time faculty members: 77
Tenured faculty members: 108
Faculty with doctorates or other terminal degrees: 62%
Bethune-Cookman is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic
Association (NCAA), Division I (Division I-A for football).
Intercollegiate Sports: men’s baseball, basketball, cross-country,
football, tennis, and track and field; women’s basketball, cross-country,
tennis, track and field, and volleyball.
Intramural Sports: basketball, football, racquetball, table tennis, and
Athletic Contact: Director of Athletics, Bethune-Cookman College, 640 Dr.
Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard, Daytona Beach, Florida 32114; Telephone:
386-481-2216 or 2215.
Commencement and conferring of degrees: May
One summer session.
Bachelor of Arts: Broadcasting Production, Business
Administration/General, Business Education, English, English Education,
French Education, German Education, History, Hospitality Management,
Journalism, Marketing, Music, Music Education, Political Science,
Philosophy, Psychology, Religion, Spanish Education, Speech
Communications, Social Science Education, Sociology
Bachelor of Science: Accounting, Biology, Biology Education, Chemistry,
Chemistry Education, Computer Information Systems, Criminal Justice,
Elementary Education, Engineering (cooperative), Mathematics, Mathematics
Education, Medical Technology, Physical Education, Physics, Physics
Education, Psychology, Special Education
Preprofessional: Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Prechiropractic,
Predental, Pre-engineering, Premedicine, Preoptometry, Prepharmacy
Teacher Certificate: Biology Education, Business Education, Chemistry
Education, English Education, French Education, Music Education, Physical
Education, Religious Education, Social Science Education, Spanish
Education, Speech Communications Education.