Accreditations and Certifications of Academic Programs, Colleges, and Schools

Institutional Accreditation

Bethune-Cookman University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award the baccalaureate and master’s degrees. Questions about the accreditation of Bethune-Cookman University may be directed in writing to Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia, 30033-4097, by calling 404-679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (        

Florida Department of Education

Bethune-Cookman University is a nonprofit, independent postsecondary education institution, chartered and located in, and authorized by the State of Florida to operate educational programs beyond the secondary level in Florida and grant postsecondary diplomas and degrees. The University, accredited by SACSCOC, is exempt from the Commission for Independent Education licensure and is eligible to participate in Florida’s student financial aid programs.

Distance Learning

Bethune-Cookman University is certified by the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA); and is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA).

Carnegie Classification

Bethune-Cookman University is classified by The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus.

Program Accreditations

Bethune-Cookman University is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN); the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA); Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and Florida Department of Education (FLDOE); Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET); the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM); Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP); Commission on Accreditation for Athletic Training Education (CAATE); and Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Additionally, Bethune-Cookman University is recognized as a Program of Merit (POM) by the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education.

Collegiate Athletics Affiliation

B-CU is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), participating at the Division I level and has been affiliated with the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference since 1979.


The University is approved for listing as a United Methodist Church-affiliated university by the University Senate of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church. The University is a member of the United Negro College Fund.