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Daytona Beach, Florida
Bethune-Cookman College is a private, liberal arts, career-oriented, coeducational, residential institution, which operates on a semester calendar and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The College is a result of a merger between the Daytona Educational and Industrial Training School for Negro Girls (founded by Mary McLeod Bethune in 1904) and the Darnell Cookman Institute for Men (founded in 1872). It is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the bachelor's degree, and by the Florida State Department of Education, the University Senate of the United Methodist Church, the AMA Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. The College is approved by the Florida State Board of Nursing Licensure.
Location and Community
Bethune-Cookman College is located in the Atlantic coast city of Daytona Beach, Florida, amid a metropolitan area that has a population of more than 160,000. Its location on Doctor Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard provides easy access to local business centers, churches, theaters, museums, beaches, recreational facilities, and bus and air terminals. The College is within 100 miles of the Kennedy Space Center, Walt Disney World/EPCOT Center, Sea World, Universal Studios, Marineland, and other such attractions.
The academic program follows an educational core-concept approach. Student progress is monitored by the School of General Studies. Sequences are required in biology, English, general psychology, mathematics, modern languages, physical education, physical science, religion, and social science. A developmental program seeks to provide courses and growth experiences that develop student competence in communications and mathematics skills for those needing remedial assistance. Academic support and reinforcement activities include individual conferences, periodic academic evaluation, and access to five laboratories for tutoring in reading, writing, speech, mathematics, science, and study skills. The Bethune-Cookman College Honors Program is designed to broaden intellectual horizons and to integrate various areas of knowledge, individualized learning, and independent research. Student Support Service programs are designed to improve student retention as well as academic and personal development. These programs, designed to increase successful matriculation in major fields of study, enrich the curriculum by reinforcing academic skills and course content necessary for success. A cooperative education program and other career-related field experiences are major components in several fields of study.
To receive a degree from Bethune-Cookman College, a student must complete a major in an academic field of study with a minimum of 124 semester hours of work with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0. Upon recommendation of the instructor, a student exhibiting outstanding competence in a given course may receive credit by examination in lieu of taking the course.
There are 140 full-time teaching faculty members, 53 percent of whom hold the doctoral degree. The student-faculty ratio is 17:1. The faculty members participate actively in all phases of college life.
The College operates Continuing Education Program sites in Florida in Belle Glade, Bradenton, Fort Pierce, Gainesville, Lake Wales, Sanford, and West Palm Beach. A branch campus is located in Spuds, Florida.
The Bachelor of Science degree is awarded in accounting, biology, business administration, business education, chemistry, computer engineering, computer information systems, computer science, criminal justice, elementary education, gerontology, hospitality management, international business, mathematics, medical technology, nursing, physical education, physics, psychology, specific learning disabilities, and varying exceptionalities. The Bachelor of Arts degree is awarded in church music, English, history, international studies, liberal studies, mass communications, modern languages, music, political science, religion and philosophy, social science education, and sociology. The majors in biology, chemistry, English, mathematics, modern languages, music, and physics can carry teacher certification. A dual-degree program in engineering is offered in cooperation with University of Florida, University of Central Florida, Florida Atlantic University, Florida A & M University, and Tuskegee University. Army and Air Force ROTC programs are offered in cooperation with Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach.
Facilities and Resources
Facilities on the 60-acre campus include twelve classroom buildings, a student union building, an infirmary, nine dormitories, a gymnasium, an athletic weightroom, a library resource center, five administrative buildings, and a new 2,500-seat performing arts center. The library resource center houses an open-stack collection of more than 156,861 volumes, 41,914 microforms, 5,355 films and slides, 1,792 audiocassettes and videocassettes, 800 journals and magazine subscriptions, and a special collection of African-American and Methodist historical materials. The campus Learning Resource Center includes a nonprint media center, a graphics studio, and an ITV studio. The College operates an academic computer center system, with outlets in all classroom buildings. There is also a telecommunications satellite network for mass communications majors. All residence hall rooms are wired for Internet access.
High academic standards, curriculum flexibility, concern for the individual student, and an emphasis on a broad Christian way of life are trademarks of the institution. The 2,900 students at Bethune-Cookman College come from forty-three states and thirty-five international countries. The campus cultural and social activities include choirs, band, drama, student publications, radio broadcasting, clubs, and Greek letter organizations.
Sports / Varsity Athletics
Bethune-Cookman offers Intramural and NCAA Division I-A and I-AA intercollegiate athletics.
Financial Aid / Scholarships
The financial aid program includes competitive academic, athletic, band, and choir scholarships; work study awards; and federal and state grants and loans. Applications should be filed by March 1. Notification of awards is generally made in the spring. Applicants for federal and state loans, a grant-in-aid, or a work-study award must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Admission Requirements / Application
There is a ten-year restriction on accepting previously earned credits. Students accepted with an A.A. degree and passing scores on the College Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST) are admitted to the upper level, but they must have earned a C or higher in English, mathematics, reading, and speech. A.A. degree holders without a CLAST score must take the CLAST examination on the next available date. If the student takes the examination and does not pass one or more of the subtests, he or she must enroll in the course which corresponds with the failed subtest. Passing scores on the CLAST are a graduation requirement for all students. The college operates on a two-semester plan with an additional seven-week summer session. Qualified applicants may register at the beginning of any term.
The closing date for students applying for admission for the fall semester is July 30 and November 30 for the spring semester.
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