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President Jackson to Offer New Students an Optimal First-year Experience

Good News Monday - July 23, 2012

In a renewed emphasis on providing each and every new Bethune-Cookman student an "excellent" first-year experience, President Edison Jackson has established a Freshman College for the 2012-13 school year.

"We are here to prepare the next generation of leaders to become equipped with the skills, tools and competencies to be change agents in their chosen field of study," said President Jackson. "Bethune-Cookman University is a special place, with a sacred mission, a beloved founder, rich vision and student-centered mission."

Freshman College, under the leadership of Dean Michelle Thompson, will provide new students a comprehensive first-year experience with structured support to ensure a seamless transition from high school to college. Each student will be educated on the historical context in which to view the school and the core values that are important to the institution.

With a team of dedicated faculty, staff and student success coaches who understand the unique challenges many of these students face, Freshman College provides a network of resources to help students as they matriculate so that students are prepared for success in their upper-level classes.

"It is our hope that new students will take advantage of every educational opportunity they are presented with not solely for their own future financial gain," said Thompson, "but so that they are aware of the needs of their community - local and global - and are in a position to bring about positive change."

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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

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