The history of Bethune-Cookman University begins in 1904, when Mary McLeod Bethune founded the Daytona Educational and Industrial Training School for Negro Girls, and enrolled its first five young girls. As the school evolved, it became a co-educational high school, formed ties to the United Methodist Church, transitioned once more to a junior college and then introduced Bachelor’s programs in the 1940s. At this point, the Bethune-Cookman College gained regional accreditation and focused on increasing academic programs. The College also established additional satellite campuses throughout Florida. By 2006, the school initiated a graduate program and one-year later assumed University status. Today, the four-year private, not-for-profit institution retains affiliations with the United Methodist Church, and enrolls approximately 3,500 students, with a predominantly African-American student demographic.
Bethune-Cookman University is accredited the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, in addition to retaining programmatic accreditation for Individual programs, such as approval from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.
Bethune-Cookman University awards Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Master of Science degrees through the School of Business, School of Education, School of Arts and Humanities, School of Science/Engineering & Mathematics, School of Social Sciences, along with the Division of Professional Studies and Graduate Studies. More than 35 Bachelor’s degrees range in studies from Accounting, Computer Science, and Criminal Justice to majors in Gerontology, Elementary Education, and Music Performance. Master of Science degrees include the Transformative Leadership and Integrated Environmental Science programs. Furthermore, the School of Professional Studies works to facilitate the educational goals of non-traditional students, including adults and working professionals.The University maintains a student-to-faculty ratio of 16:1.
In an effort to integrate technology into the educational environment, the Office of Instructional Technology at Bethune-Cookman supports online Graduate & Professional Studies. Students can pursue the Masters of Science in Transformative Leadership online, in addition to a number of undergraduate and graduate courses. Online coursework reflects identical standards to that of on-campus counterparts, and a student orientation for online learning provides additional information and aids readiness.
Located on an 82-acre campus in Daytona Beach, the campus features a wide range of activities for students. Bethune-Cookman sponsors honor societies, clubs and organizations, the student newspaper and yearbook, in addition to religious organizations and sororities and fraternities. Students can also attend cultural events, musical concerts or participate in a number of musical groups, including the marching band, various choirs, and the Orchesis Dance Ensemble. The University supports 17 intercollegiate athletic teams, including basketball, football, track, cross country, volleyball, tennis and more.
Undergraduate tuition is $14,410 annually. Bethune-Cookman University awards financial aid programs, including grants, scholarships, loans, and Work Study for eligible students. Grant programs include the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, TEACH Grant, Florida Resident Access Grant, Florida Student Assistance Grant, Academic Competitiveness Grant, National SMART Grant, along with institutional grants. Students may also qualify for loan programs, including Federal Direct Stafford Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loans, Federal Direct PLUS Loans, and private alternative resources. Furthermore, Bethune-Cookman University is approved to award veteran’s benefits to eligible military personnel, veterans, and their dependents in accordance with Veterans Affairs.
Sector Of Institution:Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Highest Level Of Offering:Master's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:203
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