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International Student Admissions

International Students

Bethune-Cookman University seeks to enroll students with the potential and desire to further their intellectual, spiritual and social development. Each applicant is evaluated individually based on their academic performance at the high school level. The University also considers the applicant’s character and demonstrated interest in obtaining a college education.

Definition of an International Student

A student is considered an international student if s/he was born outside of the United States and does not currently hold a permanent resident card.

Disclosure Statement: The student must disclose all institutions attended. Failure to disclose all institutions previously attended will constitute falsification of information and will result in denial of the student's application

Admission Criteria:

Admissions decisions are holistic and based on the total student portfolio and demonstrated potential for contribution to the university and probability for success at Bethune-Cookman University. In the application review process, B-CU strives to discover students who will bring academic and creative achievements and who have a proven commitment to community service and leadership.

Decisions for admissions will be based on the strength of the academic curriculum, grade point average, SAT or ACT test scores, extracurricular activities, and potential contribution to the university.

Satisfying the minimum requirement for admissions does not guarantee admissions.

Application Procedures:

The student must have their secondary school credentials (high school transcripts and other national certification exam scores) submitted to one of the evaluation agencies listed below. These agencies will provide Bethune-Cookman University with a summary of the student's academic program and progress. If the student has also attended a postsecondary institution, those credentials should be submitted for translation as well to the evaluation agency for evaluation and a GPA calculation. The minimum GPA accepted by Bethune-Cookman University is 2.25. Please note that there is a fee for the evaluation service. Contact the agencies directly for further information. If the student submits their credentials to Bethune-Cookman University without being evaluated by one of the agencies below, the credentials will be returned to the student, causing a delay in their acceptance.



World Educational Services
PO Box 5087
Bowling Green Station
New York, NY 10274-5087
(212) 966-6311

The student must apply online to WES in order to have their credentials evaluated and pay the application fee for the evaluation from WES. (Contact agency for fees).

The student must request a comprehensive course-by-course evaluation from WES and print an academic transcript request form from the website.

The student must submit the academic request form to all educational institutions attended (secondary which includes grades 9-12 and post-secondary).

The student must request that all educational institutions attended submit the forms to WES. Please note: If WES does not receive all transcripts from educational institutions attended by the student, it will delay the evaluation process. It is important that the student follows-up with their academic institutions ensure that they submit the transcripts in a timely manner.


Educational Credential Evaluators
PO Box 514070 
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470    

The student must apply online to ECE in order to have their credentials evaluated and pay the application fee for the evaluation from ECE. (Contact the agency for fees). Secondary school students must request a general evaluation report and post-secondary students must request a detailed evaluation report.

Once inside the application portal, students must select the name of their country of residence and follow the instructions given for that particular country.

If the instructions require that all academic institutions attended submit their transcripts to ECE for evaluation, it is the student’s responsibility to notify the educational institutions and follow-up with them to ensure that the documents have been submitted.


If the student is currently attending an institution, Bethune-Cookman University will require the student to submit an evaluation of their final transcript inclusive of all courses taken prior to enrolling in our institution.

All international students with fewer than 28 transferable postsecondary level credits must submit an ACT or SAT score report directly to Bethune-Cookman University prior to consideration. For more information on these examinations, please contact the testing companies directly.

The American College Testing
(319) 337-1448

The College Board (SAT)
(609) 771-7600

If English is not the student's native language or language of instruction, the student will need to submit the results of a Test of English as a Second Language (TOEFL). Please visit the Educational Testing Service's web site at or call 1-800-529-3590.

  • A $25.00 (US) application fee is required in order to begin processing the application.
  • The student must complete and submit a Statement of Financial Support form (in PDF format; get the free Adobe Acrobat Reader HERE). While receipt of this form is not required prior to reviewing the student's file for admission, preparing it now will save valuable time if the student is admitted and allows Bethune-Cookman University to expedite the processing of required visa forms. Please note that Bethune-Cookman University does not offer need-based financial assistance to international students.
  • International students are encouraged to apply early.

Candidates must submit the following credentials:

  • A completed application.
  • SAT or ACT test scores. Test scores should be forwarded directly to the University by using Bethune-Cookman’s CEEB code: 5061 (this is the same as the SAT code) or the ACT code: 0720. Required ACT  15; SAT – 810 (new) 1110 (old).
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) test score if the applicant’s first language is not English.  The University may consider a waiver of this requirement if the applicant has completed significant academic coursework in English.  Contact or call (609) 881-7100 for information on the test. Minimum passing grade on TOEFL is 79-80.

If admitted, the applicant will be asked to provide a financial statement documenting verified sources of adequate financial resources required for attendance.  The student will receive the I-20 Immigration Form after they have been accepted for admission and submitted the financial resources form. 

Upon acceptance, submit the following:

  • $300.00 Enrollment Fee by logging into the Wildcat web portal and pay the fee through the payment portal, calling the Cashier's Office at 386-481-2292 or by mailing it to the Cashier's Office at the University's address. 
  • Submit your health records to the Health Services office.
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