#21 Best Private Colleges in Florida

Bethune Cookman University

Daytona Beach, Florida

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Bethune Cookman University overview
Location Daytona Beach, Florida
Online cookman.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Small City
Religious Affiliation United Methodist
Bethune Cookman University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Bethune-Cookman University is a historically Black, United Methodist Church-affiliated university situated in Daytona Beach, Florida, approximately 51 miles northeast of Orlando. Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune as the Daytona Educational and Industrial Training School, it transitioned into a four-year university in 1941 and maintains a legacy of offering a culturally enriched higher education environment. The university campus exudes a warm, traditional atmosphere, with select architecture reflecting the red-brick Collegiate Gothic style, and offers both on-campus housing and a variety of student facilities. Bethune-Cookman focuses on a diverse range of academic disciplines, with notable programs in business, education, and the health sciences. While maintaining a moderately selective admissions process, the university also provides a range of extracurricular opportunities. Athletically, the university competes in the NCAA Division I Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference under the team name the Wildcats, though it emphasizes its academic offerings above athletic prominence.

In the most recent statistical year 12,818 prospective students applied, and 10,891 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 965 enrolled in the school.  2,606 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 121 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $13,844 plus fees of $950. Bethune-Cookman is ranked 1010 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.

Bethune Cookman University is a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) primarily serving the African-American community.
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Bethune-Cookman is rated within the lower 20% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 3 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Extremely Easy
Bethune Cookman University overview
SAT 830/980
ACT 15/18
GPA 3.3

Applications Accepted

Bethune Cookman University overview
Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $25

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Bethune Cookman University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,450
Other Fees$950
Room and Board $10,396
Budget for Other Expenses$3,300
Total One Year Cost$29,940

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$31,700 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

37% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Bethune Cookman University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 21%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting 14%
Education 12%
Health Professions 11%
Psychology 9%

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