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 July 6, 2006

The Bethune-Cookman College Fall Orientation begins on Friday, August 18th and ends August 27th, 2006, with classes beginning on August 28th, 2006.

The purpose of the College Orientation is to help new and  transfer students and their family members effectively transition into college life.

The following components provide a general synopsis of the orientation program

Survival Skills Sessions-Parents/Students- These sessions are held at 2:00 p.m. from Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 18-20, 2006. These information sessions provide answers to questions pertaining to all facets of college life and are critical for better a better transition from high school to college.

College History-Sessions providing new students with important information about the Legacy of our founder, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, including her educational vision and mission.

This session is facilitated by Bethune-Cookman graduates who will reflect on their own journey and what it meant to join the Bethune-Cookman Family.

Presidents’ Message-Dr. Trudie Kibbe Reed, President of the College addresses students with an official welcome to the College on Sunday, August  21, 2006 in the Performing Arts Center (4:00 p.m.)

Academic Advisement/Registration/Career Information-These sessions assist the student in preparing for the Registration and Academic requirements of College Life. Placement Testing

Placement Testing is an integral part of the registration process.

Tests will be given on Monday, August 21st , 2006. Students who have not already taken the Placement Test will be tested on this day. The Placement Test is not given to students who are exempt.

Student Life Sessions-These sessions are facilitated by Student Leaders such as Peer Counselors, Student Government Association officers, Presidential Ambassadors, AmeriCorps Members, and students representing other organizations.

These groups will provide sessions on Adjusting to Campus Life,

Freshman Programs, College-wide opportunities for involvement, and Community Outreach. Student organizations also create recreational programs through, games, movies nights, and trips to the Wildcat Student Center. 

Honor Code/Honor Court-This session will promote the College’s required dress code. It also gives behavioral standards and guidelines that each student is expected to follow.   The Honor Code and Honor Court (for violations) is important for every aspect of college life. As such, students will hear it included in many discussions with various members of the Bethune-Cookman family of faculty, staff, and students. The Honor Code/Honor Court statement must be signed by every student. The signed copy is put on file. Copies appear on the chalk boards of every classroom and students may access a copy through the College’s Homepage link to Student Affairs.

Inspirational Service- Bethune-Cookman College is a United Methodist affiliated institution of higher education. We begin every college meeting with prayer. An important college tradition is an inspirational service. It is one of the major highlights of the College’s New Student Orientation and will be held on Wednesday, August 23, 2006, at 6:30p.m. in the Heyn Chapel.

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About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit