Bethune-Cookman University Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Bethune-Cookman University

Bethune-Cookman University is an urban, private institution associated with the United Methodist Church. The institution ranks well nationally among historically black institutions and universities. The 82-acre site is situated in Daytona Beach, Florida. Students can choose from 35 majors from the institution’s seven academic schools. Professional majors — business, marketing, nursing, and mass communications — are most popular with undergraduates. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via the university’s many clubs and organizations. In athletics, the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats play in the NCAA Division I Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. The institution sponsors eight men’s and nine women’s sports.


  • Total Enrollment: 3,773 (3,620 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 38% Male/62% Female
  • 96% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $14,814
  • Books: $1,450
  • Room and Board: $9,462
  • Other Expenses: $4,200
  • Total Cost: $29,926

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 99%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 99%
    • Loans: 88%
  • Mean Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $11,662
    • Loans: $7,100

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services; Psychology; and Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 65%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 14%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 34%

NCAA Athletic Programs

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

Overview of Bethune-Cookman University Admissions

Students with good grades and good test scores are likely to be admitted. Applicants must complete an online application, and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Half of the students submit SAT scores while half submit ACT scores. Glowing recommendation letters can bolster your application, along with being involved with student organizations and attempting a challenging course load. After applying, students will receive a message from an admissions counselor about the next steps of the application process. Interested students should check out the university’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices.

Admissions Data

  • Bethune-Cookman University Acceptance Rate: 79%
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Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Bethune-Cookman University, then it should be easy for you to gain admissions to the schools below. If Bethune-Cookman University is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

Rust College, Central State University, Lane College

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Bethune-Cookman University, then you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, Pine Manor College, University of Louisiana at Monroe, Paul Quinn College, Medgar Evers College (City University of New York), Livingstone College, Jarvis Christian College

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will Be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Bethune-Cookman University. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, then you’ll be a competitive candidate for these schools.

Calumet College of St. Joseph, Albertus Magnus College, California State University Dominguez Hills

Applying to Bethune-Cookman University

Application Deadline: Rolling

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