About Bethune-Cookman University

Founded in 1904, Bethune-Cookman University. is a Private college. Located in Florida, which is a city setting in Florida, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 3,796 full time undergraduate students, and 138 full time graduate students.

The Bethune-Cookman University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 15:1. There are 193 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Bethune-Cookman University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate100%
Application Deadline
Application Fee25
SAT Range
ACT Range

Admissions at B-CU are considered , with ,67% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

33% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 12% were in the top quarter, and 4% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Bethune-Cookman University.

“We”re apathetic”
“We know about current events and vote”
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
“We save it for the classroom”
“Sometimes, but not often”
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
“All the time, including weekends”
“I”m always terrified”
“I only go out in groups”
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
“I feel extremely safe”
“We don”t play sports”
“We play recreationally”
“We bought the gear”
“We live for the big game”
“It”s not really our thing”
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
“There are a variety of opportunities”
“We”re a very artistic group”
“Haven”t met them”
“Available in class”
“They keep regular office hours”
“They”re always available”
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
“We”re not into drinking at all”
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
“We only party on weekends”
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
“Never, we”re here to learn”
“There might be people who do”
“People are known to partake on weekends”
“There”s a huge drug scene”

Bethune-Cookman University REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    153 Students rated on-campus housing 3.1 stars. 14 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    100 Students rated off-campus housing 3.5 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    152 Students rated campus food 2.9 stars. 16 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    160 Students rated campus facilities 3.6 stars. 28 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    160 Students rated class size 4.4 stars. 57 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    159 Students rated school activities 4 stars. 42 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    159 Students rated local services 3.7 stars. 36 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    160 Students rated academics 3.6 stars. 33 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Bethune-Cookman University?

93 Students rated Bethune-Cookman University

Fredrick - 07/23/2023

My opinion is it’s a great HBCU School an I love it

Anjaliyah - 12/29/2021

My experience at Bethune-Cookman University has by far been one of the best college experiences so far. Everyone from faculty to students are so loving and caring. We always look out for one another through the good and bad. It is so many opportunities to branch out and learn new things, meet people and learn more stuff about yourself that you probably didn't even know you had in you. I LOVE MY HBCU!!!

Atina - 08/25/2021

A big scam. You pay so much for poor quality everything. They will mess up your finances, you need to keep an eye out for some random charges to your account because that's a regular occurrence here. You may end up paying $6000 for something you didn't sign up for at all like some camping trip. And the refund process takes forever, at least 2 months til you get your money back. The parking lots need extreme update, the paint on the ground are all faded out so you can't read what it supposed to say, if you park in the wrong place they will toll your car and you will have to pay to get it back, even when you couldn't read their painted signs on the ground. The labs equipments are falling apart, rusty, and old. Very disappointing. The classrooms are somehow hotter than outside of the building, which was 90° outside. You couldn't breath through your mask because of how hot it is, you will sweat all over the place leaving sweats in your seats. If you pay for your dorms and the pandemic happens to cause you to leave campus, they will not refund you even tho the government paid them to do so. They made you sign a waiver that you don't want your refund. READ THROUGH EVERYTHING YOU SIGN. The students are all childish. They are adults that act like middleschoolers, not adult. The only good thing about this place are the instructors, they are the mvp that keep most students attending the university instead of transferring out. The instructors truly care about your futures, will provide you with everything that might help you such as extra lessons, internship opportunities, and willingness to teach in a way that you will understand. Tl;Dr The buildings and equipments are too old and in need of updating. The school is always out to get your money. The instructors cares about you and is the mvp of this place.

Deondrea - 08/05/2020

It is one of the best HBCU’s that can be very underrated; however, I am glad that I decided to come here to finish out my education. At first I was timid and shy however as I begin to get more involved, and help me break through and make unbreakable friendships.

Bethune-Cookman University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Bethune-Cookman University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Bethune-Cookman University is 100%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    The best advice I could give to myself, or anyone for that matter, would be to continue in school and just go for it! Don’t give up on your dreams, no matter what life throws at you. It is not the end of the world, and going back to get your education 15 years after high school is more challenging than you could ever imagine. Live your life to the fullest while you are young! Get the full college experience; meet new people, experience different cultures. Once you have children of your own, your life changes and the focus will be on them and not you.

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  3. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    It was founded by the late, Mary McLeod Bethune.

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  4. What kind of person should attend this school?

    This school is a school that anybody can attend.

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  5. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    My school is a Historically Black University. We were founded by the late great Dr. Mary McLeoud Bethune. We have only had one other female president since Dr. Bethune. My school started out with seven little girls and was built upon a garbage dump, and just recently have we reached University status. My great school has come along way.

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  6. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wish I would have known more of the scholarships that the school has to offer.

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  7. Describe the students at your school.

    Very fun and smart

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  8. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    The organiation is very poor. There could be better faculty/staff support outside of the classroom also.

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  9. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    I would not recommend this school to anyone who does not like to follow rules.

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  10. What's unique about your campus?

    The down south hospitality

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  11. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    I brag about the classroom sizes; meaning that our class are not over crowed with students and there is an postive learning at my college.

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  12. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    the most frustrating thing about my school is having to do run-arounds, they tell you one thing and someone else tell you different. Another thing is how expensive school is.

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  13. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    The band!

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  14. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    Its a very good school. Have my major I am interested in.

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  15. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    minorities..because its a predominately African American school

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  16. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    I haven't attended to know

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  17. What are the academics like at your school?

    I haven't attended this school to know.

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  18. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    That it is a church based school.

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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

97% of students attending Bethune-Cookman University receive some sort of financial aid. 82% were awarded federal grants. While 86% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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