Bethune-Cookman University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Tuition, Graduation Rate & More

Bethune-Cookman University
Bethune-Cookman University. Photo Credit: Allen Grove

Bethune-Cookman University Admissions Overview:

Students with good grades and high test scores have a decent shot of being admitted, especially those with extracurricular activities, strong writing skills, and work/volunteer experience. Bethune-Cookman does require scores from either the SAT or ACT as part of the application process--about half of the students applying submit scores from the ACT, and about half from the SAT. As part of the online application, students are asked to write a short essay about Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune. Interested students can find more information about the admissions and application process on the school's website, and are encouraged to contact the admissions office with any questions. Campus visits are always encouraged.

Admissions Data (2016):

Bethune-Cookman University Description:

Bethune-Cookman University is an urban, private university affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The university ranks well nationally among historically Black colleges and universities. The 82-acre campus is located in Daytona Beach, Florida, less than two miles from the city's famous beaches on the Atlantic Ocean. Students can choose from 35 majors from the university's seven academic schools. Professional fields -- business, marketing, nursing, and mass communications -- are most popular with undergraduates. In athletics, the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats compete in the NCAA Division I Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. The university fields eight men's and nine women's sports. Popular sports include softball, track and field, football, cross country, and basketball.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 3,934 (3,796 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 40% Male / 60% Female
  • 94% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $14,410
  • Books: $1,450 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $8,560
  • Other Expenses: $4,400
  • Total Cost: $28,820

Bethune-Cookman University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 97%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 94%
    • Loans: 86%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $10,654
    • Loans: $7,029

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Education, Mass Communications, Nursing, Psychology, Hotel Management, Accounting, Liberal Arts, Sociology, Elementary Education, Parks & Recreation Studies, Information Sciences, Gerontology, Music Technology

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 63%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 14%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 33%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Track and Field, Cross Country, Golf, Basketball, Tennis, Baseball
  • Women's Sports: Bowling, Track and Field, Basketball, Cross Country, Volleyball, Softball, Tennis

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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