Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU)

Bethune-Cookman University was founded by educator and civil-rights leader Mary McLeod Bethune in 1904 as the Daytona Educational and Industrial Training School for Negro Girls. In 1941 the school was approved by the Florida State Department of Education to award bachelor degrees in liberal arts and education. Through its seven academic schools, B-CU offers 37 degree programs in a variety of interests such as English, Music Technology, Biology, Criminal Justice and much more. Outside of the classroom, students can become involved in many social, academic and community activities. On campus, B-CU has all of the National Pan-Hellenic Council sororities and fraternities. Since its beginnings, B-CU has grown from the educational home of five African-American girls to a co-ed institution with over 3,600 students that carries on Bethune’s legacy of faith, scholarship and service.

Location: Daytona Beach, FL

Type of Institution: Four-year, liberal arts HBCU

Tuition and Fees (per semester)

     • In-State/Out-of-State: $7,205

Size: 3,500+ students

Percentage of African-American Students: 92%

Percentage of Men: 40%

Percentage of Women: 60%

Student-Teacher Ratio: 16:1

Degrees Offered: Bachelor’s, Master’s

Colleges/Schools: Nursing; Education; Business; Social Sciences; Arts and Humanities; Science, Engineering and Mathematics 

Housing: On-campus housing provided — six women’s dorms and four men’s dorms. Off-campus housing information available.


     • Greek: Alpha Kappa Alpha, Alpha Phi Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Zeta Phi Beta, Iota Phi Theta, Kappa Alpha Psi, Sigma Gamma Rho, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma, Tau Beta Sigma, Gamma Sigma Sigma, Gamma Phi Delta, Gamma Beta Chi, Phi Mu Alpha, 

     • Others: Pre-Law Club, Criminal Justice Association, International Organization of Black Security Executives, Association of Black Sociologists 

Famous Black Grads/Faculty: Eric Weems, Kevin Ferguson (Kimbo Slice),Rashean Mathis 

City Life: Beaches, surfing, parasailing, speedway track, Jet Skis, museums (African American Museum of the Arts), art galleries, blues clubs




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