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California Transfer Student Makes Decision to Attend B-CU During Campus Tour


California Community College Transfer Student Receives B-CU Admittance

On Tuesday, June 13, 2016 Markisha Richardson, an eligible California Community College Transfer student made her final decision to attend B-CU during her campus tour. Ms. Richardson, who is a transfer student from Victor Valley Community College in California, traveled with over 30 classmates and advisors to tour B-CU for the first time. “I was excited to tour the campus,” said Richardson. “I enjoyed the school spirit the tour guides showed and Daytona reminds me of California.” Markisha made her initial decision to attend B-CU from watching YouTube videos and reading about the history of the university.

In 2015, the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and B-CU signed a guaranteed agreement, giving California transfer students the opportunity to receive guaranteed admittance. Students who apply to B-CU and obtain a transfer-level associate degree with a GPA of 2.5 or higher enter with junior standing into the university.

The students received a warm “HAIL WILDCATS” welcome by Director of Admissions, Manicia Finch and her staff. Lorena Ochua, student advisor for Victor Valley Community College said, “The staff was extremely welcoming. This was a great opportunity to expose our students to an HBCU. They received a lot of resources and the tour guides seemed passionate and caring for the current and new students.”

The B-CU Office of Admissions has worked closely with Victor Valley Community College and Glendale Community College over the last year to prepare students for this college visit. B-CU alumna, Maleta Wilson, spearheaded this initiative with the universities through her non-profit, HBCU Campus Tours. “I wanted to give students an opportunity to not only hear about my alma mater, but visit the campus and make sure it’s a fit for them. Many of the students have not traveled outside of California and I wanted them to see the tradition, heritage and impact B-CU has made not only for African-American students, but all students,” said Wilson.

In overwhelming excitement, Markisha received her acceptance and gave her decision on the spot. She plans to attend this Fall and major in sociology with a minor in African American Studies.

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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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