Bethune-Cookman College: Narrative Description

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640 Dr Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd
Daytona Beach, FL 32114-3099
Tel: (386)481-2000
Free: 800-448-0228
Admissions: (386)481-2600
Fax: (386)481-2010
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Independent Methodist, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1904. Setting: 60-acre urban campus with easy access to Orlando. Endowment: $25.6 million. Research spending 2003-04: $723,704. Educational spending 2003-04: $5131 per student. Total enrollment: 2,895. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 17:1. 4,134 applied, 59% were admitted. 7% from top 10% of their high school class, 20% from top quarter, 51% from top half. Full-time: 2,677 students, 60% women, 40% men. Part-time: 218 students, 63% women, 37% men. Students come from 42 states and territories, 35 other countries, 32% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 90% black, 0.2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 5% international, 8% 25 or older, 57% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 80% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; protective services/public administration; education. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.25 high school GPA, 1 recommendation, medical history, SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay. Required for some: interview. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: 6/30. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $16,984 includes full-time tuition ($10,610) and college room and board ($6374). Part-time tuition: $442 per credit hour.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 40 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 3% of eligible men and 5% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: concert chorale, marching band, Inspirational Gospel Choir, SGA. Major annual events: Homecoming, Founders' Day, Career Day. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service. 1,772 college housing spaces available; 1,658 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Carl S. Swisher Library plus 1 other with 173,193 books, 60,150 microform titles, 770 serials, 7,825 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $553,165. 300 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Daytona Beach is a resort area located on the Atlantic Ocean with a subtropical climate. All modes of transportation serve the area. The community facilities include two libraries, two museums, many churches, a hospital and major civic organizations. Part-time employment opportunities are available. Recreational activities include water sports, stock car racing, motor bike racing, and archery. Beach drivers almost outnumber swimmers. Spring vacation brings an influx of college students. Special events include the Antique Car Meet and car racing known as the Speed Week.