Bethune-Cookman University was founded by an extraordinary woman, Dr. Mary McLeod-Bethune, who was decades ahead of her time and remains one of the nation’s most iconic leaders of the 20th century. Mary McLeod-Bethune famously started what became B-CU in 1904 with $1.50, five little girls and a rented house that cost $11 a month. While she had a vision of success, more critically, she possessed the resilience, commitment and faith to bring her vision to reality. The University, today, powerfully and visibly affirms that same strength, fortitude and faith along with a manifest commitment to serving and supporting its students, as did its founder and benefactor at the turn of the 20th century.

Throughout its 115-year history, Bethune-Cookman University has served as a beacon of hope, opportunity, refuge, and education for tens of thousands of students from across the US and around the world. B-CU, along with Tuskegee University, is a co-founder of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) and remains one of its 37 institutions today. B-CU is committed to bridging the chasm between ability, talent and potential, which are ubiquitous in this country, and access and opportunity, which are often not. The University intentionally serves a highly vulnerable population and over 90% of its students are PELL eligible. B-CU possesses a rich portfolio of academic programs that include health science (including public health and nursing), engineering and computer science, business, education and performing arts. The University is committed to holistically educating students and to preparing them to become value creators for a connected and global 21st-century economic reality.

EEO Statement:

Bethune-Cookman University, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures.


Currently the university uses E-Verify for employment verification. E-Verify is an Internet-based system that compares information entered by an employer from an employee’s Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to records available to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration to confirm employment eligibility.

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